PUBLISHED: 10:30 16 March 2019 Andrew Clarke Latitude is one of the cornerstones of Suffolk's festival season Picture: MEGAN ALDOUS Archant Festival season will soon be upon us. All ready line-ups for the big summer events are being announced and as ever Suffolk is leading the way when it comes to celebrating culture in all its diversity. Sheeran has built a 'wildlife pond' in his back garden - but some neighbours complain it could be used as a swimming pool Picture: BEN BIRCHALL/PA WIREInk Festival - April 12-14, Halesworth CutDuring the three days of The Ink Festival 2019 over 40 brand new, short plays for stage and radio, will be performed at The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk showcasing East Anglia’s brightest talent including Scarlett Curtis, Shappi Khorsandi, Greg Mosse and Paul Heiney. During the three days there will also be comedy, performance poetry, art, children’s playwriting, talks and workshops.Saturday will include Q&A with … [Read more...] about Have you got tickets to one of the festivals coming to Suffolk this summer?
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In the first half of the 20th century, you could be arrested for staging a gay play. Theatres could be packed and shows sold out, but that wouldn’t stop them from being shut down for "obscene" content. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. Attitudes have changed, and queer themes aren't viewed as vulgar in the eyes of the law - but we're still playing catch up. LGBTQ+ theatre has for a long time been a predominantly cis, white, male game. That hasn’t necessarily been the case on the fringes, but those plays haven’t interested mainstream theatres in the same way, so this list of ten plays that have shaped queer theatre history is by no means exhaustive. We’re missing narratives from people of colour, trans, non-binary, bisexual and more, not to mention those that aren't centred around the UK and America. They definitely exist, but now it’s up to the West End and other larger theatres to bring these plays to … [Read more...] about 10 plays that have shaped LGBTQ+ theatre history
Last summer’s Second World Theatre Festival in Astana, Kazakhstan, felt more like a film festival with its red carpets and limos, and Juliette Binoche reading Kazakh poetry at the closing ceremony. Asanali Ashimov and Meruert Utekesheva, stars of Kazakh theatre and cinema since the Soviet era, were guests. The festival was financed by the culture and sports ministry and the state organisation Qazak Concert, and is linked with a national programme, Ruhani Zangyru (Understanding Modernity), launched in 2017 by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. whose regime, criticised as politically closed, is keen to show itself culturally open. Once head of Kazakhstan’s communist party, Nazarbayev became president in 1990 and has been regularly re-elected since without any real opposition, maintaining what he calls an ‘enlightened dictatorship’. He wants to modernise Kazakhstan’s identity because ‘it is impossible to occupy a place in the advanced group of nations … [Read more...] about Kazakhstan invests in theatre
Chichester’s festive favourites All That Malarkey will be back in the city once again as the Christmas countdown hots up. They are promising their latest high-energy, opera/pop fusion of singing, daft choreography and outrageous four-part harmony.Composer, accompanist and music director David Harrington says it will crown a busy and successful time for the critically-acclaimed classical cabaret ensemble.“2018 has been a crazy, unpredictable, shocking and barmy year for us all. But nothing will be as crazy, unpredictable, shocking and barmy as All That Malarkey’s 2018 Christmas show Camp as Christmas.”“We are so thrilled to be returning once again to Chichester and Portsmouth after a fab audience response last year. Our radiant red-head soprano, Amy Fuller, (Cicestrian born-and-bred) is in fine voice and lending her beauty and sarcastic wit to some of our more adventurous numbers. “The team are especially excited about this show as it combines a … [Read more...] about All That Malarkey promise camp Christmas cabaret delights in Chichester and Portsmouth
Lifestyle / Entertainment by Press Association 09/11/2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Sir Ian McKellen will celebrate his 80th birthday with an 80-date tour of the UK in support of regional theatre. The renowned actor will take his On Stage show – a collection of anecdotes and acting from across his career – to theatres in Norwich, Northampton and Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland. Sir Ian will also return to his hometown of Bolton to put on a special show at The Albert Halls Theatre on the night of his birthday. The well-loved actor explains to the Press Association in his own words why certain theatres hold special meaning to him. January 25-26 2019The Space269 Westferry Road, Isle of DogsLondon E14 3RS “The Space is my local theatre and the first stop on my tour of London with a new solo show involving Tolkien, Shakespeare, others and you – the audience “I am a patron of … [Read more...] about In his own words: Sir Ian McKellen on the regional theatres he will tour