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Homotopia 2009

homotopia-200Homotopia 1 – 30 November 2009 at Various Venues
This year the Homotopia festival offers you the very highest quality LGBT culture including; an international art opening, a theatrical premiere, a  Booker short-listed author, some very funny women and exclusive screenings.

Festival Director, Gary Everett describing this year’s festival said: “Homotopia has developed a strong social justice strand this year and we have taken the fight against homophobia abroad with our youth exchange to Poland. But November is a celebration of our community’s talents that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.”

homotopia: 2009

Below are quick listings of the homotopia 2009 programme.
Full website listings and
programme download to follow.

Download festival brochure here
(2.5Mb PDF)


Girls Go Down
Saturday 31 October
3345, Parr St
8pm £3

For girls who love girls, wherever they sit on the rainbow.

DJs will be spinning a cracking hit list mix of pop, electro, retro, indie, 80s, 90s, 00s and more.

FREE PRIZES! Plus….. cauldrens of cocktails, live entertainment, pumpkins, and more……

It’s halloween, dressing up is optional but there will be lots of halloween extras and surprises going on!!!!

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My Turkish Delight
Tuesday 3 November
The Actors Studio
36 Seel Street
7.30pm
Free

By Stan Jones & Sarah Atkins-Navas; A rehearsed reading of a new Liverpool play; Directed by
Sarah Helsby-Hughes

A tasty treat about hopes, fears and shattered dreams. Two gay men and a psychopathic sister share their secrets whilst something sweet thaws at the bottom of the freezer.

Tickets:
0151 254 1662
News from Nowhere Bookshop 0151 708 7270

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Insight Photography My World, My Story
Tuesday 3rd Nov – Sunday 29th Nov
Contemporary
Urban Centre
Ground floor
Free

Local photographer Elaine Stapleton spent 5 weeks earlier this year working with young children aged eight to 11 in six village schools in Tanzania. The children, who had never seen a camera before, were loaned digital cameras and taught how to take photographs. The project enabled them to tell their own stories by taking pictures of their friends and families and recording images of everyday life in their village. The resulting images are striking and uncontrived.

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Laurie Lipton
Extraordinary Drawings

Tuesday 3rd November – Sunday 29th November
Contemporary Urban Centre, Greenland Street, L1
Free

The international opening of new work by Laurie Lipton. Lipton, originally from New York, has been based in London since 1986. Her provocative, topical images are intensely detailed and rendered in layers of charcoal and graphite echoing the work of Bosch, Memling and Goya. This year Lipton has exhibited at the Basel and Pulse (New York) contemporary art fairs as well as the Saatchi Gallery London and galleries in California, Ohio and Dusseldorf.

Private View Tuesday 3rd November at 6pm Please email artistic@homotopia.net for invites

3rd Floor Gallery
Open from 4th – 29th Nov
10am – 6pm (closed Mondays)

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Chris Von Steiner
Tuesday 3rd November – Sunday 29th November
Contemporary Urban Centre, Greenland Street, L1
Free

This exhibition showcases the work of digital French artist Chris Von Steiner whose work was featured in the Fellow Travellers exhibition as part of Homotopia 2008. His work combines the pop icons of his youth with bold colours,elements from movies, music, books and television. He draws on dreams and desires to create digital nightmares. He has participated in group shows alongside artists such as Banksy, Tracey Emin, Blek le Rat and Sam Taylor Wood.

3rd Floor Gallery
Open from 4th – 29th Nov
10am – 6pm (closed Mondays)

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Memories of Yankel
Wednesday 4th November
Unity Theatre
6pm
£3, both films for £5

In April 2009 Yankel Feather artist and former club promoter sadly died. Yankel was one of the first and most colourful contributors to Our Story Liverpool. This short documentary is from 2007 and has never been seen in its entirety. A tribute to a wonderful spirit and gifted painter. The film is particularly poignant as Yankel sang as a young boy at Unity when it was a synagogue.

Tickets:
0151 709 4988
unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

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Project Triangle
Wednesday 4th November
Unity Theatre
6.45pm
£3, both films for £5

In September 2009 Homotopia produced Project Triangle – a unique arts & social justice initiative. The project worked with a group of 12 Merseyside LGBT young people, Armistead, GYRO & Merseyside Police. They travelled to Poland visiting Cracow, Warsaw & Auschwitz as part of the first phase of an international youth exchange. Unity hosts the premiere of the documentary footage from the trip.

Produced by Re:Dock in association with Homotopia TV.
Directed by Tim Brunsden.

Tickets:
0151 709 4988
unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

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Truant Company presents
Caretakers
by Billy Cowan

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th November
Unity Theatre
8pm
£8 / £6

Those who care, aren’t the ones who stay.

Ms Lawson, a new teacher at St Margaret’s High School, believes Jamie Harrow is being bullied because he’s gay. She wants to help but Mrs Rutter, the Deputy Head, thinks it will sort itself out. Is she speaking from experience or is there something more unsavoury about her unwillingness to help?

A gripping and powerful new drama from Manchester’s award-winning writer Billy Cowan of Truant Company – the company who brought you the fabulous Smilin’ Through (Writing Out International Award winner 2003 and Manchester Evening News Best New Play nominee 2005).

Not suitable for young children.

Tickets:
0151 709 4988
unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

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Sarah Waters: In Conversation
Friday 6th November
FACT
7.30pm
£10/£8

Sarah Waters is one of the UK’s most popular authors and appears at a special event in conversation with publisher and author Helen Sandler. Sarah talks frankly about her career, the importance of lesbian writing and her latest novel ‘The Little Stranger’ which has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009.

Her first novel, Tipping the Velvet, won a 1999 BETTY TRASK AWARD and was dramatised for BBC Television. She was inspired to write it while working on her PhD thesis on lesbian historical fiction that underlined the inadequacies and potential of the contemporary lesbian historical genre. In January 2003, Sarah Waters was named as one of Granta’s twenty BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH WRITERS. She is recipient of the SOUTH BANK AWARD FOR LITERATURE 2003 and was named AUTHOR OF THE YEAR AT THE 2003 BRITISH BOOK AWARDS & WATERSTONE’S AUTHOR OF THE YEAR 2003.

Tickets:
08717042063
picturehouses.co.uk

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Lau your Luppers on the Strillers Bona:
The rise and fall of Polari – the secret language of gay men
Saturday 7th Nov
Lecture Theatre
Merseyside Maritime
Museum, Albert Dock
2pm Free

Polari was a secret spoken language developed from a wide range of sources, and used by British gay men (and other social groups) across the 20th century, as a way of expressing gay identities in a climate of repression and hostility. It was popularised by the 1960s Radio series Round the Horne, which featured two camp characters who sprinkled their talk with Polari words and phrases, and was also used by entertainers and men who worked on cruise ships. Dr Paul Baker traces Polari’s historical origins, the ways that it was used, the reasons why it eventually died out, and considers whether it will ever come back. By the end of the talk, listeners should be familiar with the basics of Polari.

Dr Paul Baker. Senior lecturer in Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University.

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Charlotte Mendelson & Joanna Briscoe
Saturday 7th November
FACT
4.30pm
£5/£3

Charlotte Mendelson, prize-winning author of the Orange Prize-shortlisted When We Were Bad, will be reading from her novels and answering questions about her writing and lesbian fiction. Her first novel, Love in Idleness, was largely written in her lunch breaks at work. For Daughters of Jerusalem, her second novel, she was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. For her third novel, When We Were Bad, she was chosen as one of Waterstone’s 25 Authors of the Future.

Joanna Briscoe is the author of three novels: Mothers and Other Lovers, which won a BETTY TRASK AWARD in 1994, Skins and Sleep with Me. Sleep with Me was published in ten countries and has been adapted by Andrew Davies as a two hour drama for ITV. Whilst writing for many magazines and newspapers and being a literary critic for The Guardian, Joanna has just finished her fourth novel and will read from this and her other work.

Tickets:
0871 704 2063
picturehouses.co.uk

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Clare Summerskill: In No Particular Order!
Saturday 7th November
Unity Theatre
8pm
£10/£8

Don’t miss Clare Summerskill performing her totally brand new stage show, packed full of hilarious and thought-provoking stand-up, totally original songs and finely drawn comedy characters.It’s a one night stand you’ll never forget! Clare has written for several sketch shows on Radio 4 and Radio 2 including the last series of Weekending, Heated Rollers and A-Z.

‘One of the most rip-roaring talents on the lesbian stage today” Rainbow Network

“One of the funniest women in the country!” What’s On

“Unorthodox and uninhibited”
The Independent

Tickets:
0151 709 4988
unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

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Lavender Girls
Wednesday 11th November
Unity Theatre
9.45pm
£8.50/£6.50

Homotopia’s annual sell out show of home grown comedy returns to the unity with a line-up that includes Rosie Wilby, Jane Townend (both Nivea Funny Women finalists) Emma Bowley and local newcomer Norma KC.

Tickets:
0151 709 4988
unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

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World Premiere
Jiggery Pokery
A Homage to Charles Hawtrey
A True English Eccentric
Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 Nov
Unity Theatre
8.00 pm
£9 / £7

Preview: Wednesday 11th Nov. £6.00

A provocative, funny and moving show inspired by the life and lonely death of Charles Hawtrey, one of Britain’s best loved comedy actors, famous for his many appearances in the Carry On Films and for his unique physicality and distinctive voice. Like many performers of his generation Hawtrey’s jolly persona hid more than a dark side. Said to be at his most relaxed when playing a woman, Hawtrey enjoyed the escape these opportunities offered him.

His overt sexuality proved controversial in the conservative age within which he worked and although he was much loved by the public in his time he ended his days on the Kent coast an ungracious, disillusioned drunk.

Mandy Lawrence [Kneehigh] captures the spirit of Hawtrey and the relationships that affected his life, in this intimate exploration of a true English eccentric.

“Hawtrey never felt secure enough to stop touting for work and recognition. He never stopped being strange and solitary – he was beyond eccentricity.”
From The Man Who was Private Widdle
by Roger Lewis

Directed by Paul Hunter
(Told by an Idiot, Young Vic and RSC)

Original music by Jules Maxwell.
Script development by Bryony Lavery

‘Amanda Lawrence is a fabulously funny clown’.
Independent on Sunday

Commissioned by:
Homotopia; BAC and The Corn Exchange, Newbury.

Tickets:
0151 709 4988
unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

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The Invisible Death of Michael
UK, 2009
Thursday 12th November
Unity Theatre
6.15pm & 7pm Free

Donations welcome – all proceeds will support the continuing work of the ‘Homotopia NOT Homophobia’ social justice programme.

UK Premiere of new short film examining the media coverage of homophobic hate crime, Michael Causer’s murder and subsequent trial. With frank contributions from human rights activists, journalists, family & friends the film illustrates the stark and disturbing invisibility of institutionalised homophobia in modern Britain.

A Homotopia TV Light Factory co production
Directed by Tim Brunsden & Gary Everett.

Screened with A Pansy For Michael, UK 2009.

Tickets:
0151 709 4988
unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

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Liverpool Is Burning
The Grand Vogue Ball
The Movie
Friday 13th November
Unity Theatre
9.45pm £4

One night – One film – One hundred performers. November 2008 saw one of the 2008 highlights – Liverpool’s first glamorous vogueing contest, a fantasy costume ball in the sumptuous environs of the Adelphi Ballroom. Re-inventing the black, gay, New York, 1980’s, fashionista format with a myriad of fiery community groups for Liverpool 08. The contest categories included WAGs, Fantasia, Femme Realness, Best Choreography, Retrosexual, Orphans and Scally’s Mum.

Now is your chance to re-live the experience. Interspersing spectacular highlights from the ball with behind the scenes footage, this film takes you on a fantasical visual tour, capturing the atmosphere of a very special night.

Tickets:
0151 709 4988
unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

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Pere Faura
Striptease
Saturday 14th Nov
The Bluecoat
8pm £5

Heidi: I wanted to tell a story. I had always thought that just to strip didn’t make sense, there has to be some sort of a reason.

Dixie: Just pretend you’re making a movie; don’t look at the audience… Then, on your bow, blow them kisses.

Faura’s performance/lecture/video is a striptease to the artistic gaze and the sexual gaze. Faura won the ITS Festival Choreography Award and is resident choreographer at the Frascati Theater, Amsterdam.
Pere Faura is one of the most exciting new talents in European contemporary dance. Faura won the ITS Festival Choreography Award and is resident choreographer at the Frascati Theater, Amsterdam.

Tickets:
0151 702 5324
bluecoat.org.uk

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Music in the afternoon
with Steve McFarlane
Sunday 15th November
Studio 2, 33-45 Parr Street, L1
5pm Free

Steve runs a regular Music in the Afternoon in the wonderful surroundings of “the coolest space in the North West”, STUDIO2 at Parr Street. He is joined on the 15th by the very talented Billy Hui on keyboards and there will be some superb guest artistes on the day.

The November concert is specially themed for Homotopia featuring the music of Cole Porter, Noel Coward & Gershwin to name a few.

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Little Boy
Written by Tommy Kearney
Directed by Steve Miller
17-21 November
Contemporary Urban Centre
7.30pm £12/£10

After it’s critically-acclaimed debut in London’s Union Theatre. Little Boy arrives in Liverpool for its homecoming and northern premiere. A striking, often hilarious, tale about standing up for what you believe in, dealing with your identity and finding the ultimate goal of inner peace.

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Gay Sunday
22 November
FACT
2pm gallery tour starts
Free

Forget your hangover with an afternoon tour of well-respected gay filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s new multi-platform artwork Primitive at FACT. Join exhibition curator, Karen Newman on a special tour of the galleries, then grab a coffee and discuss the issues and themes in the works.

Book your place on the tour by emailing rsvp@fact.co.uk