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Dancing around bisexuality

CHARLOTTE DINGLE EXPLORES THE HISTORY OF BISEXUALITY ON STAGE
Playing bi (from left): Melancholy, Stop Kiss and By The Bi
PHOTO MARK TUREK

“ Can I be queer and radical and genuine, and be with a boy?”

FROM BI THE BI, A PLAY BY CAROLINE DOWNS AND MORGAN BARBOUR

Fictional representations of bisexual women (and other female-spectrum folk) still have a long way to go. And theatre, of course, is no exception. Indeed, in a world where attending a play is considerably less popular than staring at a screen, it seems to suffer more of a dearth of bisexual characters, particularly sympathetic and realistic ones, than movies, TV and, to a lesser extent, books. Bi women are frequently reduced to lazy stereotypes: they just had to find the right person and choose a side, they’re unhappy and confused, they cheat, they sleep around, they’re in a love triangle, they have to be in a polyamorous relationship…

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Who better to cover our first ever theatre issue than star of stage and screen, Sophie Ward? The former Vogue model has won legions of fans throughout an impressive career spanning 40 years, and in our feature interview we talk to her about her highlights, as well as the progress of LGBT equality in that time. Also in this issue… West End Girls: Your favourite musicals reimagined with a lady-loving twist Theatre for all: Carrie Lyell looks beyond the bright lights of Broadway to find exciting, innovative and inclusive theatre Reclaiming bossy: DIVA chats to the hosts of a new political podcast for young women Emotional infidelity: Are you cheating on your partner without knowing it? Why we love body positive YouTuber Brittney Keating Lucy and Georgina Spraggan on becoming foster carers Fight like a girl: Meet the women of MMA Plus interviews with Lauren Sanderson, MJ Chan, Ashley McGuire and more!
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