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Raving Beauties (Literary Leicester festival, Attenborough Arts Centre, 10 Nov 15)

-reviewed by Sally Jack– What with body image and the tampon tax, women’s bodies are still ‘up there’ as far as media interest is concerned, never mind the all-pervading male (and female) gaze directed women’s way. Hallelujah, therefore for the Raving Beauties. This women’s theatre company performed on Channel 4’s opening night in 1982 and…

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The Venus Papers (launch at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, 29 Sept 2015)

-Reviewed by Sally Jack– Poems by Lydia Towsey Paintings by Scott Bridgwood Music by David Dhonau Event also part of Everybody’s Reading festival To quote Led Zeppelin, there was a whole lotta love in the performance space of Attenborough Arts Centre for the launch of Leicester-based writer Lydia Towsey’s first collection The Venus Papers (Burning Eye…

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The Lion-Faced Man by CN Lester and Hel Gurney – Tête à Tête Opera Festival

– reviewed by Sasha Garwood – A fascinating collaboration between a poet and composer… Full disclosure: the people behind The Lion-Faced Man (part of the Tête à Tête contemporary opera festival), composer and musician CN Lester and anarchic poet-turned-librettist Hel Gurney, are among my closest friends. You will simply have to trust that I am a terrible liar and…

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Riverlands feat. Jo Bell and Jo Blake Cave (Oundle International Festival, 12 Jul 15)

reviewed by Jayne Stanton  THE VENUE: Oundle Wharf, on the bank of Northamptonshire’s River Nene.  Few sites could be more apt to stage this river’s stories.  And what stage could be more fitting than a landing stage? THE VIBE: The Wimbledon Men’s Final conveniently done and dusted, festival-goers crossed the river bridge equipped with folding…

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Home – curated by Deanna Rodger (The Roundhouse Last Word Festival, 28/05/15)

– reviewed by Lettie McKie – The Hub As part of the Last Word Festival of spoken word, the Roundhouse transformed one of their unique circular spaces into a comfy hub for informal performances and discussion. With sofas, soft lighting and projected video art installations, the hub was comfy and welcoming. Deanna Rodger described the hub…