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Performances

Date Time Event Venue Booking Info
Thurs 18 Nov 7.30 PM Performances Evening Cochrane Theatre £15 / £10 (concs)
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Box Office 020 7269 1606
Fri 19 Nov 7.30 PM Performances Evening Cochrane Theatre £15 / £10 (concs)
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Box Office 020 7269 1606
Sat 20 Nov 7.30 PM Performances Evening Cochrane Theatre £15 / £10 (concs)
Book online here
Box Office 020 7269 1606

GFEST 2010 Performances @ Cochrane Theatre.

Cochrane Theatre, Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4AP.
Box Office: 020 7269 1606 / click here to book
Thurs 18 Nov / 7.30PM (Approx duration 2 hr 15 min with interval)

40 YEARS A QUEEN / UK / 20 min


Performer: Peter Scott-Presland

Description: A semi-autobiographical cabaret show of original witty sketches, songs, savage political satire, and personal revelations from 1973 to the present.

About the performer: Peter is one of a handful of gay cabaret performers who has been performing continuously since the 1970s. He is Artistic Director of Homo Promos Theatre Company, for whom he has written and directed over 20 plays and musicals.

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PROHIBITION - GAY BODIED & SOLD / UK / 10 min


Performer: Tonny A

Description: A durational live art installation piece combining poetry, movement and video art to highlight issues surrounding stigmatisation.

About the performer: Tonny's artistic personae has varied over the past seven years from theatre director to promoter and to curating experimental cabarets. His interdisciplinary body of work predominantly explores issues of identity, gender and sexuality related to physicality, ethnicity and modern culture. GFEST 08, GFEST 09 artist

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BEDROOM EMPIRE / USA / 25 Min


Performer: Nikki Patin

Description: A solo show blending music, spoken word and burlesque to look at a 10-year successful performance career with intersections of oppression and evolution towards joy and self-possession.

About the performer: Patin has been in six bands and was a member of Chicago's 2001 Mental Graffiti National Poetry Slam team. In 2006, Patin was voted one of 30 under 30 most influential LGBTQ people in Chicago by Windy City Times and took the gold medal in the Gay Games International LGBT poetry slam. She has had a performance tour in Australia & New Zealand and has recently released her full-length debut album.

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LORRAINE BOWEN EXPERIENCE / UK / 20 min


Performer: Lorraine Bowen

Description: Playing her Casio organ on its ironing board stand, dancing to hits from her albums, entertaining with hilarious surreal stories...she'll have you in stitches in no time!

About the performer: An accomplished performer and a regular on BBC Radio 7, Lorraine Bowen has performed in cabaret events, pubs, clubs, private parties and festivals. She has written over 70 songs, has four albums, performed all over the world and facilitated workshops for young entertainers.

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LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH / UK / 15 min


Performer: Liz Carr

Description: One womans life as a disabled woman, love as a lesbian and laughs as she tries to make her way in the world of stand-up comedy.

About the performer: Liz is a co-founder of the disabled women's comedy sketch group 'Nasty Girls'. She has performed all over the world - at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, in the USA and in festivals and at gigs all over the UK, including Edinburgh Fringe, Leicester & Liverpool comedy festivals. She also writes and co-presents an irreverent talk show for the BBC's disability website 'Ouch!'

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Z-STAR / UK / 20 min


Performer: Z-Star

Description: Deeply moving soul jazz acoustic reggae rock from a 'female Hendrix vs Grace Jones'

About the performer: Born in East-London to Trinidadian parents, Z-Star comes from the musical dynasty including her grandfather Al Timothy who wrote the hit 'Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me' for Shirley Bassey. Her two albums released on EMI have received great acclaim. She has performed at venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Ronnie Scots, Glastonbury Festival and for MTV Live.

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GFEST 2010 Performances @ Cochrane Theatre.

Cochrane Theatre, Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4AP.
Box Office: 020 7269 1606 / click here to book
Fri 19 Nov / 7.30PM (Approx duration 2 hr 15 min with interval)

WORDS AND MUSIC / UK / 20 min


Performer: Marcus Reeves

Description: A delightfully witty collection of songs and poetry from a decade long performance career.

About the performer: Writer and performer Marcus studied at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design before moving into music and theatre. As a singer-songwriter and cabaret artist, he has performed across many London venues. In 2007, Marcus won The Peggy Ramsay Foundation award. GFEST 07, GFEST 08, GFEST 09 artist.

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WELCOME TO LESBIALAND / UK / 20 min


Performer: Paola Cavallin

Description: A satire in light of the political situation in Italy: the cultural decline, the continuous attacks of the Vatican against gay people and the growing of far-right movements.

About the performer: Paola Cavallin is an established performer and writer. She has toured nationally in the UK and internationally and her work has been published in 'Scatti di Teatro Lesbico' an Anthology of Modern Italian Lesbian Theatre Writing. Her directorial work includes a Commedia dell'Arte musical 'Scaramouche' GFEST 07 artist

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TELEPATHY 101 / UK / 25 min


Performer: Jim Hollands

Description: Avant-garde audio/visual performance, using CIA telepathic techniques and remote viewing.

About the performer: Jim Hollands is an experimental audiovisual artist who played the Tate Modern, Liverpool Biennale and The Whitechapel Gallery as well as residencies in Berlin and Prague.

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KEEPING TIME WITH YOUR HEARTBEAT (A homage to Jobraith) / UK / 15 min


Performer: Guy Harries

Description: A homage and personal interpretation of some of glam rock star Jobriath's most moving, witty songs.

About the performer: Guy Harries has worked extensively as singersongwriter both solo and in various bands, including iNiT, performing in London venues including the South Bank Centre. His music has been broadcast on various radio stations in the UK and abroad, and released on labels such as Sub Rosa, X-OR and Tursa. GFEST 08, GFEST 09 artist.

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THINGS FALL APART / UK / 10 min


Performer: Mandy Romero

Description: How the 'new' disintegrates and how we deal with it - A stand-up with a difference - images of decline, feelings of possibility.

About the performer: Liverpool based Mandy Romero is a transgender writer/artist who has produced films and performed in plays and cabaret in places like Barcelona, Shanghai, Copenhagen and the Pearl River Delta. Bluecoat Arts Centre has produced many of her art-works. In 2008 she was named as Liverpool Queen Of Culture for the city-wide celebrations. Her most recent projects are for the Liverpool Biennial and the Pan-Europe Festival.

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THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLINGS US / UK / 15 min


Performer: Zorras

Description: A fresh look at tackling love, gender, objectification and ownership in this humourous and dramatic take on queer women's place(s) in the world.

About the performer: Scottish-Canadian poet Sandra Alland and Venezuelan musician Y. Josephine formed the multimedia performance troupe, Zorras in 2007. Two years later, they were joined by photographer and filmmaker, Ariadna Battich. Zorras have performed widely throughout the UK to critical acclaim. Zorras have also published two volumes of a hand-made, limited-edition poetry chapbook, Maricón. GFEST 09 artist

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GFEST 2010 Performances @ Cochrane Theatre.

Cochrane Theatre, Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4AP.
Box Office: 020 7269 1606 / click here to book
Sat 20 Nov / 7.30PM (Approx duration 2 hr 15 min with interval)

JULIE JEPSON / UK / 15 min


Performer: Julie Jepson

Description: An arresting and animated observational comedy stand-up act.

About the performer: Julie Jepson regularly performs in comedy clubs and theatres up and down the country and in Europe. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Brighton and Birmingham Comedy Festivals as well as Manchester and Brighton Pride Festivals. Julie has appeared live on The Richard Hammond 5 O'Clock Show for ITV. A professionally trained actress, Julie has worked in television, theatre, radio and voiceovers.

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CARLY BRYANT / UK / 20 min


Performer: Carly Bryant

Description: An acoustic 'must-see, must-hear' solo musical performance.

About the performer: Carly Bryant has performed gigs across Europe and collaborated with songwriters from Asia for international releases, her work has also been featured on iTunes essential albums list. Carly was recently awarded one of four places by the PRS Foundation to write and record with various industry professionals.

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ROSIE'S POP DIARY / UK / 20 min


Performer: Rosie Wilby

Description: A show based on personal columns written for now defunct Making Music Magazine, Rosie reflects on her days trying to make it in the music business at the height of Britpop.

About the performer: In 2005, London based singer songwriter Rosie Wilby turned her hand to comedy and appeared in the finals of Funny Women, Funny Bones and Leicester Mercury Comedian. A prolific performer at festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe, Glastonbury Festival and Sydney Mardi Gras, she has appeared on Radio 4, Radio 5, LBC, BBC London and presents shows on Resonance FM. GFEST 08, GFEST 09 artist

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DEBRIS DEBRIS / UK / 15 min


Performer: Amphibia

Description: An exploration of the themes of homophobia, the challenges of family, and the courage to love another of the same sex.

About the performer: Amphibia is a dynamic music and spoken word project between French virtuoso percussionist Stephane Roul and Bermudian poet and performer Andra Simons. They have performed in various locations including the Black Gardenia, the Museum of London and the Soho Theatre, London.

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THE SHORT & GIRLIE SHOW / UK / 20 min


Performer: The Short & Girlie Show

Description: A Lesbian comedy troupe perform improvised sketches, using suggestions from the audience - full of uncensored wit and laughter!

About the performer: Short And Girlie Theatre Company was established in 1999, after founding member Ali Adolph saw the need for a gay-girl theatre company. In 2004 the company created comedy-impro show OFF THE CUFF in collaboration with RCM Productions. GFEST 09 artists

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KATJA VON KASSEL / UK / 15 min


Performer: Katja von Kassel

Description: Katja brings the world of Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich in her elegant and yet dark, sultry Diva act in this 'Electro Weimar Cabaret'.

About the performer: Katja was born in a deep in the German countryside village where she sang in the church choir and learned to play guitar and church organ. Post her winning a singing contest on TV, she packed her bags and headed for London. She has worked within the UK music scene for several years including a stint as a guitarist. GFEST 09 artist

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SNOWDRIFTS / WARFLOWERS / UK / 10 min


Performer: Denis Fernando

Description: Two intense piano compositions - Snowdrifts portrays isolation and desolation conjuring up a winterscape. Warflowers is a lament about the futility and horrors of war.

About the performer: Denis Fernando has composed, arranged and performed music since his childhood. He runs Cable Band named after the battle for Cable Street in 1930s East London. Denis graduated from Goldsmiths College, London and has been an anti-racist campaigner over a decade.

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