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Feature: How to Describe a Plague: Dan Phillips on directing Safe Sex and On Tidy Endings

Posted on 10 April 2014 by Billy Barrett

The weekend of our first same-sex weddings, Dan Phillips started rehearsals for the UK premier of Safe Sex and On Tidy Endings. Harvey Fierstein’s 1987 plays depict a darker chapter in the lives and loves of gay men – the AIDS epidemic. Part of a blackly comic trilogy, their original Broadway run closed after just […]

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Feature: Michaela Coel – a powerhouse

Posted on 07 March 2014 by Lisa Carroll

Playwright, actress, singer and poet, Michaela Coel is a busy woman, I learn, as I manage to grab a few minutes with her on a two-show day: she’s currently performing in Blurred Lines at the National Theatre Shed, while simultaneously preparing for her upcoming solo show, Chewing Gum Dreams, which will play the same venue […]

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Feature: Spotlight on Nir Paldi – “I was just telling stories”

Posted on 10 February 2014 by Lauren Mooney

Meeting Nir Paldi upstairs at the Southbank Centre, I’m not entirely convinced I’m going to recognise him. After all, the last time I saw him, five months ago at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he was buried in gold lamé to play Star, the abrasive drag queen at the centre of Ballad of the Burning Star. […]

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Feature: The Worst of Scottee – more than a mirror-wank

Posted on 08 February 2014 by Billy Barrett

I first saw Scottee at Bestival. Through a hungover haze of September rain and heckling revellers, the thickly made up “low-rent Liberace” appeared on the outdoor stage and declared that he refused to use a microphone “because I’m pretentious”. Actually, he’s anything but; his solo show The Worst of Scottee is alternately dazzling and bleak, […]

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