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Putting YOU centre stage

WRITER, THEATRE MAKER AND COMMUNITY ARTIST AMIE TAYLOR ASKS HOW ALL THE WOMEN MISSED THE CURTAIN CALL

WHERE ARE THE WOMEN?

Rachel Mars in her show, Our Carnal Hearts
PHOTO CHRISTOPHER SHEA

I remember the moment I snapped, the split second in which I thought “things have got to change”. It was during an LGBT+ theatre festival and a drag artist made a derogatory and misogynistic aside about lesbians. I left the theatre feeling angry, invisible and on the sidelines. This wasn’t the first time; often I have found LGBT+ spaces are not truly inclusive of all people. Misogyny, biphobia and transphobia unfortunately still lurk in so-called “safe spaces”, the theatre included.

I was at the festival to write a review for my website, The LGBTQ Arts Review. Launched in 2014, it’s an online magazine reviewing and documenting LGBT+ theatre. During my first year of running the website, almost 80% of the shows we were invited to were made by, or about, cisgendered gay men - largely white and all ablebodied. This didn’t come as a surprise. Having worked in theatre for the past 12 years it’s no secret that it is still predominantly a male-dominated industry. As always, there was a lot more G in this particular festival than there was LBT+. It’s something I’ve seen time and time again in theatre - certain voices making it to the stage far less often than others.

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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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