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Queer Editorial

curious17.jpg Curiouser and curiouser…

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer culture festival ‘curious’ is back on Tyneside (and Stockton!) in early July with a whole bunch of stuff designed to light up your summer like a rootin’ tootin’ Christmas tree.

Aaaand let’s start at the end. Why? Because, BALTIC Live is curious looks so damn appealing that if I hold back the line-up any longer then I fear I’m going to burst. Taking place on Sunday 9 July this night - at, yes, BALTIC - will showcase some of the best queer live art performance stuff you’re likely to see anywhere. ANYWHERE! Among the performers will be David Hoyle (pictured) who rose to prominence in the 1990s as Divine David. Something of an anti-drag queen he lacerated bourgeois Britain and the materialistic/hedonistic gay scene in equal measure. He killed the character off in 2000, but has since been performing under his own name with his biting satire winning him much praise in the press (“Thrilling in his look-no-hands recklessness” the Guardian; “electrifying” Time Out). The night will also include Kate O’Donnell’s Hayley and Me show (this cabaret takes a nostalgic look at Coronation Street’s Hayley Cropper and her place in trans history, and explores the relationship between her storylines and Kate’s own journey) and Gavin Coward’s A Blighted Life (fusing dance, raw physicality and commentary exploring contrasts and extreme attitudes towards homosexuality from around the world).

Another of the festival highlights is sure to come in the shape of Theseus Beefcake at Dance City (7 July). This will – SOUND THE METAPHOR KLAXON! - detail the ultimate death match between a hero and a minotaur. Gird yourself to delve deep into the dark labyrinth of masculinity by way of mixed martial arts, death metal, US frat culture, rodeos, pornography and Greek mythology. Sweat will fly.

Elsewhere the festival will also visit Northern Stage for Northern Stage is curious (5 July) with ‘PETRICHOR, a sharing by Zendeh; an extract of ‘Shorty’ by Hester Chillingworth; and a showcase of New Writing North Young LGBT+ people’s work. Also at Northern Stage is Words Bare (6-26 July), an exhibition drawing attention to modern day prejudice and discrimination in society. The festival also swerves over to Stockton on 6 July for Mothers Ruin is Curious, a variety evening from LGBTQ artists.

There will also be various talks and workshops, and one of Newcastle’s best club nights, Poke, will be throwing their very own Curious Vogue Ball at Bamburgh House (8 July). Get the latest news on the full programme from the website, below.

curious, Wednesday 5-Sunday 9 July, various venues. curiousfestival.co.uk