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Welcome to issue 12 of Seen Magazine. For more than two years Seen has continued to deliver a fantastic quality magazine with great editorial and offering all our advertisers fantastic campaigns. We are constantly receiving good feedback from both readers and clients. As well as this, one of the Seen directors, Tony was recently shortlisted for an Entrepreneurial of Excellence award in the National Diversity Awards.
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This just shows the continued impact we have on minority communities as well as the mainstream market – and this latest issue is no exception! In this latest issue we have highlights of the upcoming Homotopia Festival. Running throughout November, the event sees some of the best artists of the LGBT world showcase their work in the city of Liverpool. The festival, now in its ninth year attracts international visitors to the city and it makes us very proud to be a media partner with such a ground breaking movement. We also speak to another international traveller in the form of Martyn Andrews, who was born in Merseyside and now lives between London, Moscow and Cyprus as a professional TV presenter.
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Merseyside. This past few months the talk of the town has been the Seen Awards. The event is fast becoming the city’s most coveted, our reputation continues to proceed us.
In this issue’s news section we speak to Lee Kelly, a Liverpool choreographer who is making his name all over the world. As well as this we have our column from Andy Green the People’s Queen and hear form the Armistead Centre about a special visitor they recently had.
NEWS LGBT news from around the globe
Doctor didn’t tell trans about cancer A New York transgender man has claimed that his doctor didn’t tell him he had breast cancer because he was confused by his patient’s transgender status. American Jay Kallio, 56, transitioned from female to male at the age of 50. He has had hormone therapy but has not had surgical treatment. Speaking to the New York Daily News, he said he saw a doctor about a suspicious lump in his breast but the doctor appeared bemused by the fact that his body did not match his apparent gender. Mr Kallio said the doctor did not know whether to refer to him as male or female and crucially, did not tell him that the lump was cancerous.
Gay games Olympians and Paralympians are being offered free entry to the ninth quadrennial Gay Games, due to take place in the US in 2014. The Federation of Gay Games announced the launch of ‘From Games to Games’ at a Pride House event in London. Athletes, coaches, officials and team staff from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will have their entry fees waived under the scheme. South African archer Karen Hultzer, who publicly confirmed her sexuality for the first time at the London Olympics, was among the first to take up the offer for the Gay Games. Team GB’s Paralympic sitting volleyball player Claire Harvey has also accepted, saying: “I’m a big fan of LGBT sport and have been involved here in the UK for several years.”
Beijing HIV trial begins
Lady Gaga is reportedly getting a new wing built in her house on the Greek island of Crete for her godson Zachary, son of Sir Elton John and David Furnish. According to newspaper reports, Gaga plans to give Zachary his own nursery, a huge bedroom, playroom and bathroom – all of which will overlook the Cretan sea.
The second phase of a trial into finding a vaccine for HIV has started in Beijing. Around 150 will take part in the clinical lasting for two years. It’s estimated that there are 780,000 people living with HIV in China, of which 46.5% were infected through heterosexual sex and 17.4% through homosexual sex. Shao Yiming one of the founders of the China AIDS Vaccine Initiative said at a news conference that phase one of the trial was promising. “The first phase conducted among 46 volunteers found that it could induce immune responses to HIV among some recipients. The phase two clinical trial mainly aims to test the vaccine’s safety and is crucial for the introduction of the next phase, which will test its effectiveness.”
Torchwood star would adopt Gay Torchwood star John Barrowman wants to help troubled teens turn their lives around – by adopting them. He reckons he could help rogue adolescents clean up their acts. The actor, who plays Captain Jack in the Dr Who spin-off, admitted he and architect husband Scott Gill hope to one day adopt but are waiting for John’s career to settle down. He said: “We haven’t ruled out having children ourselves but it depends where my career takes us. We wouldn’t want a baby. We’d look at adopting an older child or teenager who might have been in trouble.”
Public services ‘failing’ minority group Britain’s black and minority people who are also lesbian, gay or bisexual are not having their needs met by public services, it’s reported by leading gay campaign organisation Stonewall and the Runnymede Trust. Although based on just 50 in-depth interviews, it reveals a consistent picture that black or Asian people are assumed to be straight – and that results in poorer-quality public services, from healthcare to policing. The survey also found particular problems in education. Black and minority ethnic gay pupils feel they can’t talk about their sexuality and even some gay parents are frightened to come out to their children’s teachers. The report adds that black and minority ethnic people are less likely to report anti-gay hate crime, even though they are more likely to be a victim of a physical attack.
Same sex ballroom dancing Same-sex international ballroom dancing championships are to be held in Blackpool this autumn. Officially titled The Same Sex Open Dancing Championships, the event will be held at the city’s Winter Gardens in October and will be hosted by the Sugar Dandies, who made a name for themselves as finalists on Britain’s Got Talent. The managing director of Marketing Blackpool has said the city is “thrilled” to be staging the championships. Participating couples will come from across the UK and from countries including France, Greece and Hungary and will compete in the event on 27 October in the Spanish Hall. The event will also feature classes for beginners.
Sheriff visit to Armistead. The High Sheriff is the local representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and has an important role in supporting the work of the local public and voluntary sectors.
High Sheriff of Merseyside visits Armistead Centre & SAFE Place Merseyside. Liverpool Community Health (LCH) NHS Trust had the honour of hosting a visit by Martin Amlôt, High Sheriff of Merseyside at two of its ground-breaking community outreach services this week. Amongst his many duties, the High Sheriff is the local representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and has an important role in supporting the work of the local public and voluntary sectors. He visited The Armistead Centre and the SAFE Place Merseyside initiative, which are both based just off Liverpool city centre’s Dale Street, on Thursday 13th September. Martin Amlôt, OBE said of his visit; “I was very grateful for the opportunity to visit both the Armistead Centre and SAFE Place Merseyside today, in order to find out more about their work in supporting vulnerable members of the community in Merseyside. It was incredibly inspiring to be able to meet with staff and service users at the centre, and to hear of the hugely positive impact that these services are having on people’s lives.”
Run by the LCH NHS Trust, working in close partnership with Merseyside Police, the Armistead service provides sexual health promotion and other support services to Liverpool’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. It also provides a range of outreach, access and referral services for the city’s on street and off street sex workers. SAFE Place Merseyside is the Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Merseyside and provides specialist support to people who have been sexually assaulted. The project is jointly run and supported by the Trust, working alongside the Home Office, Merseyside Police and local councils. It offers free and confidential help and advice to members of the public affected by sexual violence, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Bernie Cuthel, Chief Executive at LCH says: “As a Trust we are very proud of the high quality of care and support provided to our communities through our Armistead and SAFE Place Merseyside initiatives, both of which have received national recognition for their work. “By establishing close working relationships between our health professionals, the Police and other community partners, these services have been able to significantly improve outcomes for people in our communities and are a great example of how to develop patient centred services.” For more information about the Armistead Centre or any of the services it provides, please call: 0151 227 1931 or visit: www. armisteadcentre.co.uk For more information about SAFE Place Merseyside, please contact the team, call: 0151 295 3550 or visit: www.safeplacemerseyside.org.uk
Green on Seen Andy has been on Liverpool’s gay scene for more years than he can remember and has Andy Green
been writing about it regularly for the last eight years and has seen many gay venues and organisations come and go in that time.
PRIDE IN LIVERPOOL This year’s Liverpool Pride was the biggest yet in terms of numbers with a reported 53,000 attending the event at the Pier Head, Stanley Street Quarter and Eberle Street. How many of that 53,000 were LGBT is anyone’s guess and I have to say I‘m always a bit dubious about how these figures are arrived at but hey ho if Liverpool can claim to be the biggest free Pride outside London then that’ll do me.
I enjoyed Pride but not as much as the last couple but that could have been for a variety of reasons; getting drenched whilst wearing white linen (see-through look not good), taking far too many photographs and having to go home to download them so I could take some more - and obviously I missed Neil and Mark who both sadly passed away earlier in the year. Pride for me is all about the march and I don’t know whether it was where I was positioned in it but it didn’t seem to be quite as big this year. I marched alongside The Masquerade and their fabulous speed boat-full of drag queens and as ever the reception from the fabulous people of Liverpool was amazing. The so-called “Christians” at Derby Square did their usual bit of protesting but their numbers are noticeably decreasing each
year. They used to really annoy me, in fact at the Pride event in Pownall Square back in the 90s I had to be held back by the police because I was determined to “have a word” but these days I just smile and give them a patronising wave which I find quite satisfying and I hope they find particularly annoying. There is a debate going on in some quarters as to whether Liverpool Pride can stay free. In the current economic climate public money is scarce but this year Liverpool Pride pulled it off with the help of commercial sponsors. The main ethos of Liverpool Pride is that it should be a free event, accessible to everyone but whether that is sustainable remains to be seen. I wouldn’t object to being charged to attend Pride but the collecting of the money is a cost in itself so it would almost certainly have to be more than a couple of quid. But people quite happily pay a tenner to get into a club on Saturday night so… how much for the party of the year? It’s an event that everyone looks forward to and there are people that I only ever see once a year at Pride – that’s what makes it so special. It really is a celebration of us being us and you get the feeling that the city is rather proud of us too.
LANCEL TO PLAY GAY FORMER BEATLES MANAGER. The producers of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles have announced that acclaimed actor and TV star Andrew Lancel will play Brian Epstein in the long awaited world premiere play about the legendary music manager in this, the Beatles 50th Anniversary year.
unning from 15 Nov – 1 Dec 2012 at Liverpool’s newly reopened Epstein Theatre, Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is brought to you by Bill Elms & Jen Heyes Productions Ltd (Tales from Haunted Liverpool, Tales From Charles Dickens), written by Andrew Sherlock (Wall Talks and The Shankly Show) and created and directed by Jen Heyes (Treasured, Blood Wedding, Wall Talks). Lancashire-born Andrew Lancel most recently played the high profile part of Frank Foster in ITV’s Coronation Street and has also had notable roles in ITV’s The Bill (as DI Neil Manson), Channel 4’s Queer as Folk (Harvey Black) and BBC1’s Cardiac Arrest (Dr Andrew Collin). He says: “As a Beatles fan it’s a daunting but hugely exciting challenge to be playing Brian Epstein and I was very honoured to be asked. This is the first play I’ve accepted in 10 years which says a lot – it’s a powerful and moving piece but also an entertaining insight into one of our own and what makes him tick.” Jen Heyes, co-creator and director of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, said: “I am so pleased that Andrew has accepted the part of Brian Epstein. The casting process was a long and considered one as befits this iconic role and I can think of no one better to play Brian than Andrew - a professional Liverpool actor who has become a household name, with a fantastic and varied body of work under his belt. We had a responsibility to find the right actor for this role and I am extremely excited to have Andrew on board, I know he will do Brian justice and he even has a resemblance to him which is an added bonus.”
Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles forms part of the official programme of Liverpool’s 50th Anniversary of The Beatles. It is a highlight of Liverpool’s established annual Homotopia international arts festival and the first major production at the newly refurbished Epstein Theatre (formerly The Neptune) named after Brian. The two-hander multi-media play charts Brian Epstein’s adult life and illustrious career from his drama school days to managing the world’s biggest pop group. Brian’s short life was crammed with success and controversy; an intelligent man whose presence, taste, vision and passion left a lifelong impact on the world. Born in Liverpool in 1934 to Jewish descent, the cool, modern, urbane and gay Brian spent his early adult life working for the family business NEMS (North End Music Stores), between being drafted into the Royal Army Service Corps and moving to London to join RADA and live a more openly gay life. He returned to Liverpool to manage the new NEMS city centre music store making it one of the biggest in the North. Not long after was the historic lunchtime visit to the famous Cavern Club to hear four Liverpool lads perform and the rest was history. Brian died in 1967 of an accidental overdose at the age of 32. Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is sponsored by Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP Solicitors (Matthew Street and Penny Lane). Writing cocommissioned by Homotopia. Supported by Liverpool Vision. The official charity of production is C.A.L.M. More information on Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles can be found at www.epsteintheplay.com
SHOW INFORMATION Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles / The Epstein Theatre, Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DY / Thu 15 November – Sat 1 December 2012 / Preview Performances: 15-17 November 2012 / Thu and Sat Matinees: 2.30pm | Mon – Sat Evenings: 7.30pm Ticket Prices: £10-£24 (Concessions Available) How to Book: Box Office: 0844 8000 410* or 0844 888 4411. Online at www.ticketquarter. co.uk* or www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk* or in person at the Ticket Quarter, Queens Square, Liverpool* *Subject to booking fee.
SEEN PARTNER SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL AWARD. Director of Seen Media, Tony Burns was recently shortlisted from 8,000 people to just three in the National Diversity Awards. Tony was named as one of the top three LGBT entrepreneurs in the country following his nomination in the awards, which sees thousands of names flood in from all over the UK.
“Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the awards I was overwhelmed with the feedback from the Liverpool business community.”
From Lands End to John O’Groats, the UK’s most inspirational people came together on Friday 21st September at The Midland Hotel in Manchester to celebrate the rich tapestry of our nation. The awards, in association with Microsoft, was hosted by Brian Dowling. The glittering event celebrated excellent of grass- root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving them the recognition for their dedication and hard work that positive role models, charities and community organisations do on a daily basis. Following the star-studded ceremony Tony said: “Although I wasn’t a winner on this occasion, I feel very proud to have been shortlisted to the final three of thousands of people. The evening was fantastic and it was amazing to meet so many inspirational people form diverse backgrounds. Certainly an evening I will never forget. “Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the awards I was overwhelmed with the feedback from the Liverpool business community.” Co-director and editor of Seen Magazine, Rebecca Keegan says: “The fact that Tony was shortlisted for this accolade just shows
the waves that Seen Magazine has made in the community. “He shows true commitment in his business ventures and is a real inspiration to the LGBT community. We are all very proud of him.” Thousands of nominations were received from across the UK telling the inspirational and unforgettable journeys of many who have achieved within their field. On the evening The Co-operative Group was honored as the diverse company of the year, particularly for its LGBT employee network which helped the firm get named as Britain’s most gay-friendly retail employer earlier this year by campaign group Stonewall. Paul Sesay, Chief Executive if The Diversity Group, says: “The concept behind The National Diversity Awards came just after the riots spread throughout the UK. When I realised there was little, if any, promotion of positive role models in the main stream media especially from diverse backgrounds. “I wanted to create an event where role models in various communities were rewarded for their hard work and dedication, Highlighting all that is great about Britain and how the diversity in our country is what makes it so valuable and special. I have always been a great pursuer of equality and believe that diversity is the one true thing we all have in common and what better way to celebrate it than together!”
Liverpool will once again make history this October as we hold the second Seen Awards in the city. Recognising the achievements of our LGBT community, the highly anticipated event will see awards presented to nominees who received the most votes from the public in the 13 categories. Held at Camp & Furnace in a glittering ceremony the event is sponsored by business both local and national who recognise and openly support the LGBT community. Editor of Seen Magazine Rebecca Keegan says: “Since the first Seen Awards in 2011, we’ve all placed Liverpool’s LGBT community firmly on the map. We are very excited for the 2012 event and promise another spectacular evening with plenty of surprises.” The Seen Awards takes place on October 12 and tickets are available to buy at www.seenawards.co.uk or call 0151 515 0613. BAR OF THE YEAR The Masquerade. Voters said: The Masquerade is the friendliest bar in Liverpool. The atmosphere is fantastic and the staff always greet you with a warm and friendly smile.
CHARITY OF THE YEAR Michael Causer foundation. Voters said: The family deserve this award for endeavouring to turn the tragedy that hit them so harrowingly into a campaign and scheme which will be of great benefit to the LGBT young community.
The Lisbon. Voters said: The Lisbon is the bar where everyone starts their night... and often forget to leave. Definitely the most gay friendly bar in town.
YPAS/GYRO. Voters said: GYRO do so much for young LGBT people in the city and very are rarely recognised for their hard work.
Bar Wickid. Voters said: This bar has been rescued from difficulty - made really clean and smart venue and very welcoming staff and managers. It’s great to see some good investment in the gay scene.
Pride. Voters said: Liverpool Pride showed the rest of the country that we can really do good together as a city raising awareness for our LGBT community and welcoming others in.
CLUB OF THE YEAR Navy bar. Voters said: Navy Bar always has the best music and the bar staff are lovely! It’s full of lovely people and there’s never any trouble.
BAR PERSON OF THE YEAR Anne Mooney (The Masquerade) Voters said: Anne is always the life and soul of the party – she will talk to anyone and is great for a laugh.
Superstar Boudoir. Voters said: The best Gay Club on the scene. It’s the home of Drag and has fab Music and great drink offers.
Tom Mccadam (Gbar). Voters said: Tom has worked at the Gbar for many years and it’s always a pleasure to see him in there dancing his head off to Britney Spears.
Gbar. Voters said: Who doesn’t end up in Gbar?!? They are still committed to staying gay and keeping the gay customers safe. Best way to end a night out!
Steven Lancaster (The Lisbon). Voters said: He is extremely friendly, professional and in general give an excellent reputation to being gay. He is an asset to both his bar and the gay community
BUSINESS PERSON Stephen Houghland (Clinton Group) Voters said: Stephen is a successful business man and helps lots of LGBT companies and services maintain business and grow. If his name is linked to it then it will work. Dion Padan (Hooka Salons). Voters said: He works extremely hard and never gives up – even having to work twice as hard during this recession in order to keep both salons going. Eileen Lea (The Lisbon). Voters said: Eileen always fully supports LGBT events on the scene and has truly made The Lisbon bar the Liverpool Gay scenes local. BEAUTIFUL MAN Paul German. Voters said: Paul is not only beautiful on the outside, he’s beautiful on the inside. Always smiling no matter what. Michael Lawler. Voters said: Lovely looking and has real inner beauty. Just what our LGBT scene needs. Tom Eaton. Voters said: He is gorgeous to look at and a pleasure to be in the company of – there isn’t a bad part to him.
BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Mia Ross. Voters said: Mia beautiful, kind and funniest. She always goes the extra mile to help both friends and strangers because she is such a naturally good person.
YOUNG PERSON Zac Daily. Voters said: A great lad always helping people out. Well mannered, loyal and highly respected for his hard work and good manners and dedication.
Lorraine Masquerade. Voters said: She’s a lovely person and there’s not a bad bone in her body. If you want someone to make you feel better after a long day, pop to the Masquerade to see Lorraine who is always smiling.
Andi Herring. Voters said: Andi has been supporting the needs of LGBT students in Liverpool Hope, but also young people in the rest of the city, setting up a city wide network of support.
Hannah Needham. Voters said: Hannah is a stunning girl, inside and out, always smiling, has an amazing dress sense and very liked in the scene.
Craig Smith. Voters said: He is funny, loving and a wonderful warm person. He is always there to help others with charity work or personally, not many young men nowadays are as caring!
DJ Kitty Flick. Voters said: Flick has been a part of the scene for over 4 years. She makes a night out in Liverpool perfect. Her excellent choice in music, her karaoke, comedy and friendly nature makes her the perfect dj!
INSPIRATIONAL PERSON Kieran Bohan. Voters said: Kieran is a real inspiration for young people. Running Gyro and fighting so hard for it through the cuts. Working constantly in his own time for the rights and support of young people.
Martin Cleary. Voters said: Martin is always very entertaining. He is witty, charming and forever smiling which lifts even the lowest of spirits. Martin makes everyone feel welcome and special.
Rob Webb. Voters said: Rob is a genuine, fantastic person. He is always there to help out a friend or a stranger, whether it’s through his business, Voodou or as an individual.
DJ Taz. Voters said: Taz put on an amazing performance at Liverpool Pride and he really got the crowd buzzed up. He works hard on the decks and really brings a club to life when he gets going.
Martin Fenerty. Voters said: Martin has continued to drive the service forward in times of great flux in public services and austerity. He is a shining example of how a great service manager should be. He is also an amazing counsellor who serves the LGBT communities of Merseyside and has worked with hundreds of people over the years in traumatic situations yet always gives of himself.
EVENT Vogue Ball. Voters said: The vogue ball always delivers a well packed, unique and enjoyable party night. This brings together artistic flare, culture and dancing for a great night out. Liverpool Pride. Voters said: We as a city demonstrated what we do best supporting family and community together. It was such a well run and successful event with numbers both in the march and at event that would put long established prides in envy. Queertet Voters said: Queertet 2012 is 4 short plays focusing on LGBT issues. The plays are related, thought provoking & eye opening as well as inclusive & represents members of LGBT communities in a positive way. Certainly deserving of recognition.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Sandi Hughes. Voters said: Life time dedicated to archiving and capturing the memories of Liverpool and the gay scene. Known by nearly everyone in Liverpool and many country if not world wide! Tracy O’hara. Voters said: Tracy has worked tirelessly for the LGBT communities of Merseyside for over 10 years. She took the momentous decision to come out which was unheard of at the time....she set up glsn for LGBT officers and staff within Merseyside Police giving courage and solidarity to others. Paul White. Voters said: HIV Prevention outreach for Gay and Bisexual Men in Liverpool in 1989 when Paul was employed by the local health authority to develop this work. With only a desk to sit at he had to figure out what was the best way of reaching men at the height of the HIV epidemic and when many people would rather have ignored that it was even around. Twenty Three years on Liverpool has the Armistead Centre providing support and information to the local LGBT community including other groups such as Queer NOtions, Merseyboys and LGB Christian Movement. Without Paul none of this would exist.
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DRAG QUEEN Marlene. Voters said: Marlene is the best drag host, witty, and fabulous brings out the best in your night out cheers you up no end DJ Brenda. Voters said: DJ Brenda has fantastic makeup and overall appearance. She’s a warm and friendly hostess always makes you feel welcome. Lavinia. Voters said: Lavinia always gets everyone on that dance floor and loves her banter with her customers, who love her right back!
AT JUST 32-YEARS-OLD, LIVERPOOL’S LEE KELLY HAS EARNED HIS PLACE AS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED STAGE PRODUCERS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS AROUND. HE’S TAKEN STAGE SHOWS AND PANTOMIMES AS FAR AS THE MIDDLE-EAST AND HAS ALREADY ACHIEVED MANY OF HIS LIFE’S AMBITIONS, ALTHOUGH HE CONTINUES TO MAKE MORE GOALS, LEARNS SEEN MAGAZINE.
t all started at the Elliott Clarke Theatre School in Liverpool,” he says. “My mum sent me there when I was 10-years-old. She obviously saw my calling when I was dancing around the house and my dream was to be Kylie’s backing dancer. “Four months after starting I was cast to perform in Aladdin at the Liverpool Empire with Mr T. After that things were non stop. I was a child performer in big shows and went on tour with Scrooge. I was earning money as a child doing what I loved, which was fantastic as I could by all my Game Boy games and things whenever I wanted them.” Lee was in part time school at this time, but he really wanted to be in a full time
stage school. “My parents pulled the money together and they sent me to stage school – they were always so supportive and really encouraged me to follow my dreams and develop my talents.” Lee worked hard at stage school to achieve his next goal – to attend the Laine Theatre Arts College in Surrey. “I was nervous when it came to my audition, but I was really excited when they accepted me with on full scholarship. “During my time there, I performed at the Royal Variety Show, did some work with Pepsi, trade shows it was an amazing and skin thickening experience. People would start the course though and gradually get jobs – one girl was there for just four months and was given a part in CATS.” Lee eventually left the school when he was chased down to audition for a new
boy band promoted by the firm behind Boy George. They toured for two years performing on some great circuits. “Sadly this was the time when the market was saturated with this type of music,” he reflects. “So we called it a day.” It was time for Lee to choose his path, but he really had no doubt about what he wanted to do with his life. “I’ve always loved choreography and producing,” he tells Seen. “I said in the beginning to my parents, if fame comes then great, but what I really want to do is make my mark and be someone who achieved something great – whether it’s in the public eye or not. Being a celebrity has never mattered to me.” Something Lee is known for is pantomime. He first produced one at just 19 and he has choreographed with some of the biggest
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stars including Cilla Black at the Liverpool Empire in 2008. “That was the Capital of Culture year panto and it’s definitely the one to beat – people still talk about it to me it was amazing.” This was also one of Lee’s biggest milestones in his career; “I said to myself that I would choreograph a panto at the Liverpool Empire by the time I was 30, and I did it at 28-years-old.” He’s now travelled all over with different pantomimes including the Middle East, France and other parts of Europe. “I’m not also in talks with Asia and North America,” he says. “Pantomime is so popular – it’s amazing how other parts of the world are so curious about it and want to embrace it as well. “It’s one of Britain’s greatest traditions” This year, Lee is producing Pantomimes in Wraxham (Aladdin) starring Gareth
Thomas and Cinderella at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre (formerly the Neptune) starring Sonia, Philip Olivier and Nikki Grahame. “It’s going to be fantastic, one of my earliest performances was in panto at the Neptune and it’s always been on my radar as a venue. “I’m so excited to be the Christmas Pantomime the first year the theatre has been refurbished and opened again. It’s a gorgeous venue.” Lee also has an act management company and does produce stage shows for lots of different clients. “The thing I love about panto is that it’s so much fun and can be adapted. I like to use up to date music and really get the audience on their feet and singing – it’s basically all my own favourite songs!” Although he loves Merseyside, Lee says he rarely gets a chance to go out on
Liverpool’s gay scene, “Things get so busy for me, I’ll socialise a lot but I’ve only been out and really had a good dance about four times this year. I do love the city’s gay scene though. It’s friendly and you always bump into people you know. “The rainbow street signs are fantastic it’s really giving the scene an identity. The fact that there is going to be a new hotel on the scene is brilliant – and it’s going to bring a lot of tourists to the city see our scene and LGBT community. “Liverpool is coming such a long way, we have gay pride and Seen Magazine now we are really making things move.”
Tech News It’s 2012, and this year should see some amazing new gadgets coming on sale. Technology is Chris Danks www.cyberhostpro.com
Hey Guys, yet another miserable summer has come and passed us by with hopes and dreams of BBQ weather washed down the drain with the rain! During my summer I had a three week affair on my iPhone with the all new Samsung Galaxy S III Android mobile. My reason for swapping from iPhone was purely through boredom and I missed that “new phone” feeling. My initial thought of the phone was ‘wow’, it was really thin and had a lovely big screen. However within a day or two, I started to realise the android system is not as user friendly as the iPhone’s iOS. It’s missing the easy to use interface of the Apple creation and overall just simply not as cool! One thing that really bugged me was that I always use Spotify when I go the gym and to pause/swap a track I can do it all from my lock screen, with the Android I had to enter my pin, scroll through all the pages to find the app then press pause or skip track.. not what you want to be doing when you’re on the treadmill.
constantly changing and some cool new toys will be on sale this year.
Three things I loved about Samsung Galaxy S III: Live wallpapers Desktop widgets Expandable memory
Biggest negative on the S III:
The phone is plastic, after 2 weeks the sides looked like I had battered the phone even though it had been looked after very well, this made me realise how high quality the iPhone handsets are! If you’re looking at buying a new phone this year, for quality.... then the only way is iPhone.
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Life in Liverpool has never been more exciting, so we wondered why someone would possibly want to leave? We hear from TV presented Martyn Andrews who is an ambassador for the city all over the world working mainly in Russia.
Also, we take a look at the latest art exhibition to hit the city, Bodies Revealed. The controversial display shows the bodies of human beings and is fascinating. We also took a trip to Farmaggedon earlier in the month and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more terrifying than ever before â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss it this year!
Bodies Revealed The world famous and highly controversial Bodies Revealed Exhibition has come to Liverpool for the first time and will be here until early next year...
he exhibition offers the public an opportunity to see inside carefully preserved real human bodies and learn about the detailed structure and function. Having been staged in cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin and Mexico City, the exhibit features 275 whole and partial human body specimens, which have been preserved through a revolutionary technique called polymer preservation. The exhibition has already been experienced by more than seven million people worldwide. Bodies Revealed has been brought to Liverpool by New York based S2BN and Premier Exhibitions, Inc. - a major provider of museum quality touring exhibitions throughout the world. Dr. Roy Glover is the Chief Medical Director for Bodies Revealed. He is Associate Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Cell Biology and taught Anatomy for over 30 years at the University of Michigan Medical School where he also developed and ran the university’s Polymer Preservation Laboratory. He says: “We are delighted Bodies Revealed is showing in Liverpool. The collection of exhibits will allow visitors of all ages the chance to explore and discover the wonders of the human body in a completely new way. “It’s all about education. It is a demonstration of the complexity, intricacy and sophistication of our organs and how they work. We want Bodies Revealed to inspire people of all ages to think positively about their own body and promote healthy living choices.”
Dan Thomas, Project Director for Bodies Revealed Liverpool, adds: “This is an extraordinary and thought provoking exhibition which represents a unique fusion of anatomy, science and art in an educational, museum quality setting. Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter is home to a concentration of world leading health, medical and life science institutions with a global reputation for ground breaking research. “This is another first for Liverpool and a natural fit for a city famed for its culture, medicine, science and innovation.” The exhibition is taking place in a specially adapted space on Paradise Street, Liverpool ONE. Bodies Revealed is running now until January 2 2013 and doors will be open seven days a week. Tickets are priced from £9.35 for a child and £13.75 for an adult and can be purchased on the door or through the website www. bodiesrevealed.org.uk All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Parents and guardians are advised to exercise their own judgment when deciding on the suitability of this exhibition for young people in their care. Concessions apply to students and senior citizens and discounts are available on group bookings.
LADY BOYS OF BANGKOK CARNIVAL QUEENS Thu 11th October, 7:30pm. GOLD TICKETS (Front): Standard £23.00 MIDDLE & REAR: Standard £21.50 Concession £19.50
MID WALES OPERA
DON GIOVANNI BY MOZART Fri 12th October, 7:30pm. Standard £18.00 Concession £16.00
IT’S TIME TO PARTY Invite your guests to a party tailored to your needs. The Floral Pavilion in New Brighton with its impressive glass panoramic lounge is getting a reputation as the place to party. The newly built venue is more than just a large scale theatre – with amazingly flexible spaces over looking the beautiful marine lake framed by the historic fort and lighthouse, The Blue Lounge and terrace is suitable for any number of guests. Whether an 18th, 21st or 60th birthday (or an age you would rather keep to yourself!) the Floral Pavilion is the perfect place to either party the night away or celebrate in more intimate style. Party planners, Tom and Jimmy, are happy to talk through your needs to make sure everything is perfect. Alistair Armit, the Floral Pavilion’s Communication Manager, explains to Seen: “Since re-opening the Floral Pavilion’s theatre has been incredibly successful with most shows playing to sell out houses, however there is so much more to the venue than a theatre; at the moment we are busy taking bookings for Christmas parties with some people combining the party with
tickets to a theatre show and others joining us for one of our exciting dinner and show packages. It is always a great night out at the Floral Pavilion.” Carringtons @ the Floral, headed by Master Chef of Great Britain Darren Wynn, will work with you to create vibrant and versatile menus designed to make your guests’ visit to the Floral Pavilion one to remember. To discuss your party arrangements call the lovely Tom and Jimmy on 0151 606 2992 or visit www.floralpavilion.com Dinner and show packages are £25 per head - Thursday 13th December - Mikey Powell as Michael Buble, Friday 14th December - Planet Abba and Saturday 15th December - Bootleg Bee Gees.
He may not be a familiar face to some, but Liverpool born TV presenter Martyn Andrews is an award winning broadcast journalist who has worked with various major networks in the UK and abroad. From hosting TV shows on dangerous scuba diving, a series on extreme Russia and the secrets of the Pyramids, as a travel and culture expert he has visited over 500 cities and towns around the world. Martyn currently lives between London, Moscow and Cyprus and says he never forgets his Liverpool roots...
grew up in Crosby and went to St Nicholas Primary School and then Manor High School (now St Micheal’s I believe). My family were always really supportive with my dreams and ambitions,” Martyn tells Seen.
“I think I drove them all mad with my singing lessons, drama clubs, local shows, piano lessons etc - my parents were like taxi drivers! I was lucky and to this day I’m very grateful.” When he was younger, Martyn was a member of the Waterloo and Crosby Theater Company and BOST (Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust). He studied performing Arts at Southport College, did lots of amateur theatre and used to have a video camera in his bedroom where he’d pretend to present chat shows. “I always knew I wanted to work in professional theatre then move into television and moving to London, with luck, hard work and determination that’s what I did.” He adds. “I was no posh kid, none of us lived in the huge houses in Blundlesands and my childhood was very loving and down to earth.” Martyn’s grandfather Cyril who died in 1994 was a great influence on his life too: “He loved poetry and Shakespeare and was a very clever man who told me everyday I could do anything. “In regards to ‘being different’ I was the typical young creative Liverpool kid trying to find his feet. I was artistic, emotional and passionate - sure I was bullied, but I also bullied back! “ Martyn says he always knew he wanted to be in television, as well as do musicals: “I always said I wanted to be a Blue Peter presenter. In fact I did work experience on it in 1996. They were also looking for a new male presenter a few years back but they said I was too old - I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! “It’s all about timing. Right place right time. With my travel shows and extreme activities I’ve filmed all over the world I suppose I more or less still presented the same format - just with different programme names. So I’m not too upset!” Martyn performed some major musicals for several years in the past including Starlight Express and Whistle Down the Wind, but found the repetition of eight shows a week difficult to handle: “It wasn’t too creative. I knew I loved travelling, writing, being expressive and telling stories, so it was a natural move to go from theatre to presenting. I retrained in journalism too and a lucky meeting in New York meant I met an exec producer who asked me would I like to be involved in a TV series about the secrets of undiscovered Egypt. I adored seeing different cultures, people, places and I was hooked. “I think I have had many breaks along the way and here’s to more! In my teens I was chosen to present a spin off series of the BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’. Later they asked me to sing at Goodison Stadium for the BBC’s ‘Merseyglory’, they were both great gigs and wonderful exposure.
“In my adult career apart from my breaks in theatre doing Eurovision live from Moscow was fun, as was Wayfarer my travel show on extreme Russia. It’s been shown in over 100 countries in the world and even dubbed into different languages. Siberia, the Polar Circle, Outer Mongolia. I have so many stories from filming that show. I’ve had people coming up to me while I was in America and on holiday in Thailand chatting about it - that was just weird! Martyn is without a doubt not only an ambassador for Merseyside but also for the LGBT community: “I’m gay so what?” He tells Seen. “I really think people are far more interesting if someone is really funny, uber-smart, interesting, well travelled, unusual etc.. I’ve worked with dozens of people around the world who have never met an openly gay person before, and as soon as I’m nice, kind to them or make them laugh I get them on my side. “That’s always my main aim anyway. It’s all about education. Some people are down right nasty and rude, but people can and do change. I find humour helps a lot. We all need to laugh at ourselves more. Of course I feel proud to be an LGBT ambassador for the North West. Liverpool is one of the most famous cities in the world. You’ll be amazed how many people know about it - from a club called Liverpool in Guatemala City to cocktails named after Merseyside in Tokyo. “I’m a proud scouser and hope to be good representation of someone decent who comes from Merseyside, gay or otherwise!” Martyn loves to come home to Liverpool: “We really take things for granted when we live in places for a long time. Crosby beach, Another Place, the architecture of the city centre, the cathedrals, the Liverpool Empire (seriously one of the largest in the world) and I must mention the city’s cheap shops. London is expensive but wow, Moscow is sometimes double the price for things. “I take photos of sales signs and show my friends how cheap some brands are! I always buy my jeans in Liverpool. “The gay scene in the city is special. It’s fun, friendly and always changing. Bars like the Lisbon I do hold close to my heart. I was in there recently and was amazed by the design of the ceiling - I think I’m getting old! “I thought it was great step forward to have the rainbow flags added onto the street signs.” Martyn doesn’t think the gay scene is in the right location though; “It stems from the bars like The Curzon being backstreet alley locations from twenty years ago. They are associated with hidden lifestyles and something dodgy.
Why can’t Liverpool have a new area like Canal Street and give Manchester a run for its money! Make Stanley Street pedestrian maybe - more chic and inviting? Either way from the new bars to the old classics a fun night out in Liverpool is hilarious, cheap and you always meet a whole range of exciting and varied people! The 33-year-old came out in Liverpool when he was just 16; “It was at The Escape nightclub - what memories! I’m sure lots of readers will remember it too. With the cool new buildings around Liverpool ONE it’s hard to actually remember where it was located, but it was next door to the old BBC Radio Merseyside building. I used to think it was the best club in the world. Actually maybe I still do. “I had a terrible time coming out and I often forget that. It was my mother Helen who asked me. I felt so alienated, alone, helpless and confused, I was and still am very dramatic about everything. However I got over it, dealt with it and then grew to cherish my sexuality. I love my lifestyle and wouldn’t change it ever. My entire family and parents are the best in the world and so open and accepting. My parents comment on all my gay Facebook friend’s photos from around the world. How cool is that? A friend in London once said he’d marry me just because of them!” So what projects is he working on at the moment? “I’m filming my cookery show, have an interview series and I work as the main travel, food and culture expert for RT based in Moscow and Washington DC. It’s a new English speaking international news channel to rival SKY and CNN. Green logo. You’ll find it when you flick on the news channels on Freeview or Sky. “I’m in Moscow for about six months each year, it’s so exciting and glamorous there. The summers are so hot and sunny too - Scousers would adore it. “Regarding major terrestrial TV projects in the UK I was almost going to join GMTV a few years back but then it was sold off and closed as I said it’s all about timing! I’m not on TV to be in Heat magazine in the UK. I’m very lucky, I travel the world, it’s very lucrative, my time is flexible, I have my bases also in London and Cyprus and in comparison to Daybreak I have a world wide audience. I get letters and emails from everywhere - Syria, Philippines, South Africa and people come up to me in the strangest of places. Being on TV is not just about presenting XFactor in the UK - you have to think wider than that to succeed!
Farmaggedon returns The award-winning Farmaggedon has returned and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more terrifying than ever before.
ubbed the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimate interactive haunting experience, the scream park has gained national acclaim for its original and horrifying ways. Farmaggedon is the brainchild of Mark Edwards whose inspiration came from the immense popularity of the American Halloween market. Each area has been built, designed and themed by Mark and his workforce, but what really makes this venue come alive are the packs of zombies and other creatures roaming around the venue making the hairs on the back of your neck stand bolt upright. The zombies are professional actors and trained volunteers who are all produced and directed by Richard Cottier. Richard has worked with Mark for many years on various projects and comes from a background of acting and event organisation.
what really makes this venue come alive are the packs of zombies and other creatures roaming around the venue making the hairs on the back of your neck stand bolt upright.
The park contains three interactive horror houses; Terror the Farm is the original mausoleum of mayhem. A labyrinth of corridors, crypts, caverns - and many of your worst nightmares. Stick together, keep heading forward and maybe you will live to tell the tale. Insanity is a different experience altogether, preying on all of your senses, flaunting your phobias and leaving you a shadow of your former self. Psychosis and your reality soon becomes the intruder. Surrender your senses and prepare to lose your grip on life as slowly your torment unfolds....and Farmaggedon takes your mind! Farmaggedon opened its doors on October 5 and runs various dates throughout October. Dates are shown on the website. The attraction has been forged in the fires of Hell but is conveniently located on site at Farmer Tedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm Park on the B5195 (between Ormskirk & Formby). Tickets are available from the Ticket Quarter on 0844 736 0152 or online at www.farmaggedon.co.uk
style We’ve worked with the very talented stylists and photographers at Dollworx to bring a whole new fashion spread like nothing we’ve ever featured. Using local models, clothes form local stores and a local venue the shoot is young, fun and friendly.
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Over the past ten years, the art of cocktail making has become more than a hobby for many bartenders. In fact it’s a highly respected skill which many of us love to take advantage of. Seen speaks to one of Liverpool’s leading mixoligists to find out more. Tom Myles, head barman at Hotel Indigo says the world of cocktails has exploded in the last decade and continues to constantly evolve. “People’s tastes are becoming more refined to different cocktails, and visually they are always changing. With the introduction of different mixing methods such as spherification, there are always new drinks and twists on classics. “Lots of people have a favourite cocktail, but a lot of the time they like to try something new. The beauty of a cocktail is that there is one for every mood or preferred taste, whether it’s sweet or sour.” Something we love most about cocktails though is the preparation. Flaring is quite a skill giving us a show in the process. “Putting effort into the mixing of a drink is an essential part of the job, it’s like theatre. It wets the customer’s appetite and builds the anticipation around the drink,” says Tom, who won Bartender of the Year at the 2012 Ambassador Awards.
MAKE YOUR OWN
THE BLINKER 2oz whiskey/ 1oz grapefruit juice 1oz raspberry jam / 0.25oz gomme (sugar syrup)
The signature cocktail of Hotel Indigo is the Cotton Candy Martini. Using fresh candy floss and a specially made vodka based mixer the drink is very sweet, very alcoholic – and well worth a try. Put simply, Tom either has the best job in the world or the worst. He’s not given the opportunity to get bored in the ever evolving world of cocktail making and creating, but he is making these gorgeous drinks for someone else to enjoy!
Shake all ingredients and strain in to a cocktail glass. This is the perfect cocktail for parties. It’s tasty, fun and easy to create.
Have you ever wanted to give flaring a go? Or want to create your own cocktail in professional surroundings? Hotel Indigo are introducing Cocktail Masterclasses in October, and are launching with an introductory offer of just £15 per head. This is the perfect event for a special occasion or just to try something new. Call 0151 559 0555 for group bookings.
10 Chapel Street Liverpool, L3 9AG 0151 559 0111
MEET MICHAEL In his role of assistant restaurant manager at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Michael Williams says his love of spending time with people is the best part of his job. Michael has recently joined the team at Marco Pierre White, based inside Liverpool’s Hotel Indigo. With 15 years in the hospitality industry under his belt he is a true ambassador to Liverpool. “I love that the steakhouse is based inside the hotel,” he says. “It means we have guests dining here from all over the world and it is a great opportunity to speak to them about our city. It’s fantastic to give them information about attractions, culture and the history of Liverpool.” Working for Sanguine Hospitality (the umbrella company of the hotel and restaurant) gives Michael the chance to be an individual. “The company promotes diversity and I like that I can be myself when working. “The entire team are encouraged to show their own personalities and it means we have a fantastic atmosphere in the restaurant.” As well as customer satisfaction, Michael’s role includes the training of staff and handling queries.
Celebrate the festive season in style at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill. Whether you’re looking to add a touch of glamour to your Christmas party or just a festive evening out, MPW Liverpool is guaranteed to exceed your expectations. With fantastic offers from as little as £23 per person, book for the perfect evening at one of the city’s finest restaurants.
He is also openly gay and says working for a gay friendly company makes a big difference to his job. “It’s fantastic, I love the company’s individuality and the fact we are always given opportunities to learn something new. There’s a lot of career growth options and different avenues within Sanguine to take in the future. For now though, I’m really happy where I am.”
Download the full menu at www.hotelindigoliverpool.co.uk/marco-pierre-white or call 0151 559 0555 for more details.
10 Chapel Street Liverpool, L3 9AG 0151 559 0111
he autumn / winter 2012 trends see a hint of a break from the continuous sheep skin of the past three years. With a ‘tiki’ feel to traditional style jumpers and a skater boy influence, bold prints are back. In Seen’s friendship themed photo shoot at Camp & Furnace, we’ve looked at the outdoor style which is making a huge return to the high street. We’ve featured lots of androgynous pieces, which when boy meets girl can be suited for either sex.
Loud and proud tops play a huge part in the season’s fashion, with stripes, small blocks and even tie-dye making an appearance. Jackets are heavy, that cosy sheep skin refused to shake its way out completely, but we see the introduction of cloth covered wax cotton giving the opportunity to show off patterns rather than bland block colour of previous years. Heavy cardigans and jumpers play a big role this winter and accessories are bohoesque. Don’t hide behind winter browns and greens this season – come out from the camouflage and stand out in big, bold and beautiful patterns.
HARPER: BRIXTON Box jacket £100, RESURRECTION. TAYLOR: Mustard Sweatshirt £16, Checkered Shirt £20, POP BOUTIQUE ELIAS: Hugo Boss cardigan £22, POP BOUTIQUE ONYX: Suede Tan shirt £25, POP BOUTIQUE / ‘PANUU’ Tshirt £30. RESURRECTION. Checkered Chino’s £28, POP BOUTIQUE.
HARPER: BRIXTON Box jacket £100, RESURRECTION. TAYLOR: CUSTOMISED SHORTS £50.00, RESURRECTION TEAL/NAVY KNIT JUMPER £18-£20, POP BOUTIQUE. ELIAS: Hugo Boss cardigan £22, POP BOUTIQUE ONYX: Suede Tan shirt £25, POP BOUTIQUE / ‘PANUU’ Tshirt £30. RESURRECTION. Checkered Chino’s £28, POP BOUTIQUE.
ELIAS: KNIT JUMPER £24.00, POP BOUTIQUE.
ONYX: SHEEPSKIN COAT £45, RESURRECTION. ELIAS: STRIPED CARDIGAN £10(SALE), POP BOUTIQUE. TAYLOR: RELIGION UNION JACK JEANS £65, LEOPARD PRINT CROP TOP £22, RESURRECTION. SUEDE SHIRT £25, POP BOUTIQUE. HARPER: KNIT CARDIGAN £22, CHECKERED SHIRT £20, POP BOUTIQUE.
‘The Hundreds’ Sweatshirt £65, RESURRECTION.
Photography/Direction: DOLLWORX (www.dollworx.co.uk) Make Up Artist: Fae Horne Assistant: Nicola Livingstone Dollworx Models: Elias/Onyx/Harper/Taylor Jewellery: Claudia Pink Clothing: Resurrection/ Pop Boutique Location: Camp & Furnace
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS Known locally as the city’s ‘third Liver bird’ the Liverpool Mal boldly overlooks Merseyside’s glorious cruise liner terminal and river Mersey and stands for everything that is luxurious in our city. What better venue to celebrate Christmas 2012 than this landmark hotel, offering lavish packages at unmissable prices. From just over £100 for a gorgeous room and fantastic Christmas day lunch, guests can expect the usual extravagant treatment at The Mal. You can feel like royalty and treat yourself this New Year’s Eve for just £299 for you and your love one, including a room, New Year’s Eve entertainment and a great breakfast to start 2013 off in style.
Early Bird Menu – available 19th November – 3rd December 2012 - Two courses for 18.95 per person Including coffee and mince pies or Three courses for £22.95 per person. Celebrations menu – 4th – 24th December 2012 – 3 courses from £29.50 per person including coffee and Mince pies. Shared Parties – every Thursday and Saturdays December 2012 - £39.95 per person – Prices includes 3 course meal, half a bottle of wine per person with a disco and DJ after dining. Christmas Day Menu – 25th December bookings – 4 course meal - £75 per person
From November 19 to December 3, the Mal is offering a special early bird menu of mouth-watering taste from just £18.95. At the Liverpool Mal indulgence is unavoidable, so relax and enjoy the amazing hotel, fantastic cocktails and seductive ambience. They are launching shared Christmas parties this year, so for smaller group or companies and from as little as £39.95 per head you can celebrate the festive season in spectacular style with one of the most beautiful views available in Liverpool. Sharon Simons of the Liverpool Mal tells Seen: “The Mal has the reputation of a sophisticated hotel which also offers the rock star lifestyle. People are often really surprised how much we can offer at such great value and I can guarantee our parties will be the place to be this Christmas!” Menus will vary from Mal classic dishes to traditional Christmas using locally sourced and free range turkey. There really is something for everyone at the Mal. For more details on all menus and offers visit www.malmaison. com or call Sharon on 0151 229 5020 and quote ‘Seen’.
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work We have tracked down the ever busy Louise Baldock to ask her about her business. A well known woman in Merseysideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LGBT community, Louise has years of experience under her belt in both politics and her career. She tells us what she does and how she
overcomes hurdles. Morecrofts Solicitors also give us the latest news on the gar marriage bill and why thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been no movement or decisions made.
Taking the stress out of buying your
New Build Home
At BBH we have a specialist New Build Residential Conveyancing Team who has vast experience in dealing with new developments for residential purposes. For further information or to instruct us please contact Nicola Vaughan on 0151 326 2388. Quote ‘Seen’ for a ‘free will’ when you instruct us to act on your property.
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Why BBH Legal Services?
Having a wealth of experience in dealing with new build transaction we are frequently referred by developers to prospective buyers and have firsthand knowledge of many sites. We will fix our fees with you at the outset of your transaction, we extremely competitive and do not charge for abortive transactions. You will also be given a direct line and email address of the person dealing with your transaction.
How does the New Build Process differ from an ordinary conveyance?
You should instruct solicitors, such as BBH, who are familiar with the New Build Legal Process. We will check all manner of issues for you, planning and building regulation consents, rights afforded for the benefit of the property etc. We ensure that the contract sets out everything the builder has agreed to do.
Who will be responsible for the Estate Roads?
We will ensure a Highways Act Agreement is in place. This agreement is made between the Local Authority and the Developer and a third party providing an insurance guarantee This agreement confirms that the estate roads are the responsibility of the developer until they become publicly maintained (adopted) by the Local Authority.
I have reserved a plot what should I do now?
In order to reduce the risk of losing your new build property, make sure that you instruct solicitors as soon as you decide to reserve a new build. Early appointment with your proposed Lender is recommended to ensure you meet your Reservation Expiry Date.
Will I know what your fees are upfront?
Yes, we offer a free, no obligation quotation at the outset of your transaction. Our fees have proven extremely competitive and we do not charge for abortive transactions.
Are you familiar with schemes such as Shared Equity, FirstBuy?
Yes, BBH have dealt with numerous transactions subject to such schemes. Our aim is to give clear and practical advice to assist and ensure you are informed every step of the way.
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Spot ight ouise Baldock is a Liverpool councillor and also runs a marketing business imaginatively called Local Marketing Liverpool – because, she says, this encapsulates the whole concept in three simple words. She set up the business part-time several years ago, whilst also employed as a marketing assistant for a local firm of accountants. She took the big step to go out on her own and although forced to learn some harsh lessons, she tells Seen that she’s never looked back. What made you want to go into business for yourself? I don’t think I have ever been a very good subordinate, I work hard and I produce great work, but I have never been very good at doing what I was told, particularly if I thought there was a better way. I can’t count the number of bosses I have had who knew less than me about the best way to deliver things, but whose word was law. In the end it became clear that for me to be satisfied about my input into a project, to go home happy at the end of a day’s work with what I had created and to believe I had made a difference, I needed to work for myself. I did harbour the same vain hopes of all new business people, that I would be able to manage my own diary and take time off when I wanted to, but you soon realise in business that you are as much a slave to earnings as ever, and not
only can you not take holidays when you would like, but when you do take holidays, it costs you in unearned income. But even with that sharp lesson, I still prefer to work for myself. What does your company do? My business is a one-stop shop for all marketing needs. I work with small businesses and organisations to develop a good marketing strategy, so that they have the right message in the right place at the right time to reach potential new clients. With that strategy to guide them, I will then work with them to create whatever print or online marketing they need. They get on with their business and leave the marketing to me. Who is your business role model? I don’t really have a business role model, of course I admire all those rags-to-riches stories about barrow boys who went on to run multi-national companies, but I am not motivated by wealth. I am a big fan of anyone who believes in themselves and their products or services enough to give it a go, and step out into the big bad world of commerce, and of course you would expect me to say that I particularly value business people who are sensible enough to understand that however good they are at what they do, they still need to give proper consideration to marketing their
business. Some of my clients have put in huge amounts of hours to get to where they are, and I harbour secret admiration for many of them. In terms of support to businesses, I don’t think you could find a better advocate than Maggie O’Carroll who has set so many women on the road to independent self-employment. What is it like to be in business in Liverpool and do you think it differs from other cities? I love being in business in Liverpool. I suspect it does differ from other cities in one way, in marketing terms you really have to be prepared to big yourself up, but often I come up against the natural Scouse reticence to do that. “Self praise is no recommendation”. When I encourage my clients to think of their good points, what makes them special, their unique selling proposition (USP), it can be difficult, they will tend to say things like “Oh we don’t want to set ourselves up above anyone else” or “it sounds like bragging”, which can sometimes make me feel like banging my head against a wall. But they are also amongst the most passionate people in the country about doing well, taking on staff, helping to make a difference to the unemployment figures, wanting to offer opportunities to others, wanting to be a good boss. The other thing I love about being in business here is that everyone who has been around for
I believe very strongly that in a time of high unemployment it is wise for budding entrepreneurs to set up on their own.
Liverpool Councilor any period of time knows everyone else in business, so it is a great networking city. One of my clients came to me because he recognised another of my clients on my website, who he knew well of old, and phoned him for a chat about whether I was any good – apparently I was, and we did the deal. I don’t think business people in other cities are as close as they are in Liverpool. As an ‘out’ gay businesswoman does your sexuality affect the way you are treated by other business people? That is an interesting question. I have to say I don’t go around at networking events, or when meeting new clients, by saying “Hello, I am Louise, I am gay”, so they don’t probably know the first thing about my sexuality, and why should they? It doesn’t mean a thing in terms of my ability or aptitude for the work that I do. That said, I do clearly advertise in my marketing material that I will also take on LGBT/Pink Pound work so that must give them a bit of an idea. I do sometimes have clients who say that they would particularly like to reach out to the LGBT community with their products, and many of my clients have great products to sell to our community – whether they are florists, hair stylists or bathroom showrooms, and I am very well placed to help them with that.
What advice would you give anybody thinking of starting up in business in the current climate? I believe very strongly that in a time of high unemployment, when finding a job is really difficult and hundreds of people are applying for every post on offer, it is wise for budding entrepreneurs to set up on their own. If no-one will give you a job, then create your own job, and if you are really good at it, you might be able to create jobs for others, further down the line. What have you got to lose? What has been your proudest achievement? As a business woman, I am most proud of the day when I handed in my notice on a very well-paid job (albeit part-time) in order to become fully self-employed. I still wonder where the courage came from, to turn away from a settled salary with all the perks and job security, to make a go of it on my own. You’re also a Labour councillor for Kensington and Fairfield, what made you want to get into politics? I have been a passionate member of the Labour Party for over 20 years, because I believe whole-heartedly that we should actively support those who are less fortunate and more vulnerable and who need someone to speak for
them. I worked, professionally and as a volunteer, for 15 years supporting other politicians in their roles, campaigning for them and getting them elected and when the chance came for me to join them as an advocate for change myself, and as someone who could really make a difference, I grasped it with both hands. What do you think the Stanley St Quarter needs to enable it to compete on a national scale with other gay scenes? As a gay woman “of a certain age”, I think the city – and the quarter – needs to do a whole lot more about opening up the scene to people who are no longer in their teens or twenties. We need day time venues, offering lunch, tea and cake (there should always be cake). We need evening venues offering quiet space, maybe with a resident pianist, or a cabaret singer, if we really need entertaining, where we can sit in comfort on soft seats, ideally with carpet, and chat and feel easy about ourselves. I think we do pretty well in Liverpool in terms of night clubs and dancing but for women of my age (and men too perhaps), we would like to be able to go out for something to eat and a drink where we can be all grown up and sensible and just chat or chill, but feel okay about holding hands if we want to.
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Since all the media coverage on the gay marriage bill months ago, news seems to have died out. Following queries from several readers about what is happening (if anything) we speak to Morecrofts solicitor Jo-anne Lomax who explains the current situation. THE MAIN CHANGES WOULD BE AS FOLLOWS: • to enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage i.e. only civil ceremonies in a register office or approved premises (like a hotel) • to make no changes to religious marriages. This will continue to only be legally possible between a man and a woman • to retain civil partnerships for same-sex couples and allow couples already in a civil partnership to convert this into a marriage • to continue to permit civil partnership registrations on religious premises as is currently possible i.e. on a voluntary basis for faith groups and with no religious content; and • to allow individuals to be able legally to change their gender without having to end their marriage.
your freedom to love who you choose is a fundamental right in a liberal society – and you will always have our support. NICK CLEGG JUNE 2012.
s we all know the Gay Marriage Bill was heralded as a piece of legislation that would bring an end to prejudice and injustice against same sex couples in the United kingdom which has been in existence for many years, it would give same sex couples the right to marry who they want, where they wanted to and the marriage would be afforded the same legal recognition as a heterosexual marriage. In fact Nick Clegg went so far as to say that reform “must happen now and cannot wait”, so we could all have been justified in thinking that once the consultation period ended on the 14th June 2012 that we would see the drafting and submission of a White Paper for progression of this legislation through Parliament to reflect the initial urgency and unequivocal demand of Mr Clegg. Unfortunately I am here to tell you today that has not been the case, the coalition have been placed under a great deal of pressure by a number of Tory backbenchers, the Roman Catholic Church and more particularly the Anglican Church. Who have gone so far as to say that if this legislation is pushed through and not amended to deal with their concerns, there may be a constitutional crisis in which the State and Church will part company after 500 years of constitutional harmony. The current position would appear to be that Mr Cameron is going to put this Bill on hold in an effort to appease some of the Conservative backbenchers who are concerned about the focus of the Coalition’s legislative programme, the poor results in the recent Local Election and are worried that the coalition agenda is too heavily influenced by the Liberal Democrats. Comments have been made that the Civil Partnership Act in 2005 was sufficient and that there is no need for reform and whilst it is fair to say the Civil Partnership Act was a piece of ground breaking legislation and made great strides in the recognition of same sex relationships, it is believed by most that the Civil Partnership Act 2005 did not go far enough, and the draft same sex marriage bill attempted to address some of those shortcomings. And whilst despite extensive research it is not possible to ascertain exactly where the bill is up to and whether in fact this Government is going to stand by their promise to deliver the legislation by the next election, it is a positive step that the draft legislation has been endorsed and supported by the London Assembly on the 12th September 2012. There appears to be a positive desire to keep this legislation upon the agenda and to that end you must continue to campaign, knock on doors and remind your own local MP’s that this is not something that will go away and needs to addressed sooner rather than later.
LEES REVEAL NEW BRAND. Merseyside based law firm Lees Solicitors LLP has undergone a total brand review and will unveil its new logo and their new website this October. Changes will include; office refurbishments across their Heswall, West Kirby and Birkenhead offices, new signage, brochure, mission statement and core values. The Heswall office will also be opening its doors on Saturdays to exemplify their support and flexibility for prospective clients. Nadine Killoran, Head of Business Development at Lees Solicitors, led the brand review and launch. She says: “The new brand identity and service offerings have been driven by a number of client testimonials and reflect Lees Solicitors’ commitment to provide the very best legal services in order to meet its clients’ needs. “The new values; we aim for excellence, we are honest, we are approachable, we are compassionate and we are passionate; illustrates that Lees is a here to support and understand its clients. The new signature style logo reflects the personable and friendly style that Lees believes in, whilst the inclusion of ‘est 1889’ highlights Lees’ heritage and expertise.” The new website www.lees.co.uk will seek to increase Lees’ online presence and help to communicate with current as well as prospective clients. After a competitive pitch process two agencies were chosen to lead the rebrand activities to work alongside Lees’ marketing team. Web Design, Social Media and Search specialists PH Creative were chosen to rebuild and re-launch the website to help Lees increase its digital marketing activity and online presence. The rebrand of the logo, creation of the mission statement, core values and design of the brochure was developed by creative agency Artemis, who worked closely with the marketing team to build a brand identity that reflects Lees Solicitors’ values and future strategy. The new imagery used shows the approachability and personality of the firm. ABOUT LEES Founded in 1889, Lees is a leading law firm across the Wirral, Merseyside with offices in Birkenhead, Heswall and West Kirby. With a team of 100 lawyers, legal experts and support staff are specialists in their field we take the time to listen to your needs and develop a relationship based on professionalism, trust and commitment rather than provide a one-size fits all service. INDIVIDUALS • Family Law • Residential Conveyancing • Wills, Trusts & Estates • Court of Protection INJURY OR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE • Clinical Negligence • Accident & Personal Injury BUSINESS • Commercial Property • Business Services • Dispute Resolution
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It’s our favourite issue of the year containing our Homotopia special feature. From performance to paintings, the festival which promotes ‘queer art’ has become more popular as the years for by. Now in its ninth year, Homotopia has put many of Liverpool’s talented people on the map and continues to show and
highlight some of the highest quality work in the country. Continuing in our gay history stories, 70-year-old Cloud Downey reminisces from the past and Liverpool’s swinging sixties.
HOMOTOPIA FESTIVAL 2012
Returning for its ninth year Homotopia rampages across Liverpool this autumn presenting visual arts, performance, film and debate that reflects the non-heterosexual experience. The festival theme this year is ‘Traditional Family Values’ and encompasses over 35 events including new commissions and world premieres that celebrate, interrogate and explore ‘the family’ in all its queer diversity. Continuing and developing partnerships with cultural organisations across the city Homotopia is insinuating the queer aesthetic into venues including the Walker Art Gallery, Open Eye, FACT and the Liverpool Biennial. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE The world premiere of ‘Epstein’ a multi media play about the man that made the Beatles in the 50th anniversary year of their meeting. The first solo show outside London of work by 2009 Turner Prize nominee Enrico David. UK premiere of Habibi Problem by Austrian dance company cieLaroque. The recreation of a Manchester council house as live art set inside Liverpool venue Camp and Furnace. UK premieres of 2 new films by New York director Matt Wolf. Drag fabulist Dickie Beau presents an exploration of the pain and madness of stardom using rare ‘found’ audio of Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. Acoustic performance by Patrick Wolf as part of his world tour.
“Politicians and religious leaders continue to attack gay and trans peoples’ human rights at home and abroad making festivals like Homotopia ever more pertinent. We present this cornucopia of controversial, camp and colourful culture as a proud demonstration of the rich wealth of talent that exists within our queer family.” Homotopia Director Gary Everett describing this year’s festival.
EPSTEIN by Andrew Sherlock
COUNCIL HOUSE MOVIE STAR
HOMOTOPIA FESTIVAL 2012 VISUAL ARTS WELCOME TO MY WORLD DUGGIE FIELDS The Gallery, Stanhope Street, L1 14 Sept – 15 Oct Presented by Homotopia as part of the Independents Liverpool Biennial. Duggie Fields’ work is a combination of popular and classical imagery reworked by the artist into his own cohesive signature style. The exhibition will include paintings, prints and objects designed by the artist, which open a window into his flamboyant world with pieces from his archive as well as previously unseen work. For this exhibition selected iconic images are presented in a new way, with his high colour, post-Pop figures, turned into large wall mounted perspex sculptures. Duggie Fields trained at the Chelsea School of Art in the 1960’s. He has held solo exhibitions in London, Tokyo and New York. We are delighted to present, for the first time in the North West, an anthology of his dynamic and dazzling paintings and imagery.
LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL: MARK MORRISROE Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront L3 1BP www.openeye.org.uk Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.30am to 5pm Mark Morrisroe, an instrumental figure in the 1970s’ Boston punk scene, was 30 years old when he died of an AIDS-related illness. The work displayed here, made during his final years, uses photographs and X-ray images alongside other ephemera. Many of these works were produced in a makeshift darkroom in his hospital bathroom.
Mark Morrisroe: Super-8 Films Cert. 18 / Thursday 22 Nov 7pm The Box, FACT This special screening presents Mark Morrisroe’s rarely seen Super-8 films. The Laziest Girl in Town (1981), Hello from Bertha (1983) and Nymph-O-Maniac (1984) are underground home movies filled with thrift-store costumes, cheapo gore, trashy dialogue and gratuitous nudity, starring Morrisroe and his friends as performers. Please be aware that this screening contains explicit violence which some people may find disturbing. Presented in partnership with the Open Eye Gallery as part of Liverpool Biennial 2012 – The Unexpected Guest.
ENRICO DAVID Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, L3 / 15 Sept – 25 Nov / Free The Arts Council Collection will be presenting Enrico David’s major installation ‘Madreperlage’ (2003) and more recent works on paper at the Walker Art Gallery as part of the 2012 Liverpool Biennial. Enrico David was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2009, but this will be the first solo presentation of his work in England outside London. David works in painting, sculpture and collage, often drawing on craft techniques. ‘Madreperlage’ (2003) characteristically includes semi-grotesque theatrical figures as well as elements that veer towards the vocabulary of design. The exhibition is part of ‘The Arts Council Collection Partnerships supported by Christie’s’, a new collaboration between the Arts Council Collection and four regional museums to develop a dynamic programme of displays and exhibitions based on loans from the Collection.
ENRICO DAVID EXPLORED 23 Nov, 1 – 1.45pm Walker Art Gallery Exhibitions Officer Linda Pittwood will give an insight into the installation ‘Madreperlage’, Enrico David’s career and the production of this exhibition.
WELCOME TO MY WORLD ANDREW LOGAN The Gallery, Stanhope Street, L1 20 October - 21 November Homotopia commission Andrew Logan has exhibited his jewellery and sculptures all over the world in such diverse places as India and Beverley Hills, St Petersburg and Mexico, creating commissions for The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and The Flowers East Gallery, London. Andrew famously created the Alternative Miss World events which have been an exciting and creative part of London’s cultural calendar since the early 1970’s. These spectacular events played host to a diverse and wide ranging cast of renowned artists, designers and actors, (e.g David Hockney, Derek Jarman and Brian Eno) and featured in the recent film ‘The British Guide to Showing Off’.
Berriew, in the Welsh Marches, as well as new commissions created for the exhibition.
COUNCIL HOUSE MOVIE STAR Camp & Furnace, Greenland Street, L1 30 Oct – 11 Nov Homotopia commission An immersive theatre & live art experience. Council House Movie Star captures the sublimely bizarre characteristics of the everyday life of Gale Force, an ageing WAG/HAG queen (and failed child star of OMO Washing Powder) in her resurrected Council House. Audiences are invited to step through the front door into Gale’s dated council house interior. Visitors might see Gale or her social worker Dawn Patrol, friend Donna Reah or international drag queen Cris D’Bray. There is also a 15 minute film shot in the original council house in Manchester. What happens when drag queens get old in this unforgiving, youth obsessed, Jeremy Kyle world? Mark Edward is senior lecturer in performance at Edge Hill University. Council House Movie Star has been funded by Edge Hill University and is collaboration between performance artist, dance maker and Senior Lecturer Mark Edward (Department of Performing Arts, Edge Hill University) and award winning film makers and Senior Lecturers Rosa Fong and Dr Mark Fremaux (Department of Media, Edge Hill University).
ARCHETYPE 10 & 11 Nov 2pm Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, L1 Post Olympics anarchic interrogation of the body, muscle, ageing & size. David Hoyle explores identity, types and labels from gay culture. An afternoon romp in the Walker’s Sculpture Gallery. Featuring live art & performance from Timberlina, Holestar, Bette Bourne, Rhyannon Styles, Gianni Rochetta & Vilo Kinos.
Now Homotopia will premiere a retrospective show of Andrew’s sculptures, portraits and jewellery which will include work from his own sculpture museum in
HOMOTOPIA FESTIVAL 2012 DANCE & MUSIC
Horsemeat / A Beautiful Hell / Bitter Suite
DANCE ‘1’ by Darren Pritchard 31 Oct & 1 Nov 6pm Unity Theatre, Hope Place, L1 Homotopia commission 1 Dancer...1 Audience........1 Song.......1 Experience. A unique dance experience from multi award-winning choreographer Darren Pritchard. Beautiful music and pure dance are combined together to create a skilfully crafted solo. Once the rules of engagement are laid out and boundaries are set, you will have a private dance for your eyes only.
HABIBI PROBLEM CieLaroque 14 Nov 7.30pm / Bluecoat Chambers, School Lane, L1 UK Premiere The Arabic word “Habibi” is the male connotation of darling/my beloved. Based on a true story, this moving dance piece explores the struggle of two gay Iranian teenagers.
Gary Clarke in association with Edge FWD and 12 0 North Horsemeat / A Beautiful Hell / Bitter Suite Liverpool Community College Sat Nov 3rd 7.30pm Award winning choreographer Gary Clarke brings together 3 of his most recent dance works in an electrifying evening that will move, excite and enthral audiences. Mentored and Directed by the late Nigel Charnock, Horsemeat is a bold, brash and brutally honest autobiographical solo that confronts the gritty realities surrounding love, life, sexuality and the pains of growing up. Following a sell out run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, A Beautiful Hell sees 9 young men present a vivid landscape of dreams and desires that explores the notion of exclusion and what it’s like to be an outsider. For his most recent work, Clarke throws together 6 women, 1 man and a room full of envy. Bitter Suite is a fast, furious yet incredibly touching portrayal of human relationships. ‘Clarke delivers some wrenching strong stuff’ – The Herald ****
PATRICK WOLF 10th anniversary Acoustic World Tour 21 Nov 7.30pm The Gallery, Stanhope Street, L1 The tour will commence with a special performance at The Old Vic in August in London, Patrick then circles the globe heading to Australia, the USA and mainland Europe before returning to UK and Homotopia. Patrick will perform in the exhibition space where Andrew Logan’s ‘Welcome to My World’ is showing. He takes the stage playing grand piano, Celtic harp, dulcimer and more, he will be accompanied by one other musician on stage. He will be digging deep into his 10 year, 5 album catalogue creating a different set list for every night of the tour.
HOMOTOPIA FESTIVAL 2012 THEATRE
A RIGHT PAIR
SCOTTY ROAD THE MUSICAL 30th and 31st October 9pm Unity Theatre, Hope Place, L1 Caz ‘N’ Britney hit the Unity stage with a journey from Primark to prison in a twowoman musical comedy that will bring tears to your eyes and aches to your belly! Featuring and created by Keddy Sutton (Spike Theatre’s The Games and Liverpool Royal Court) and Gillian Hardie (Blood Brothers, Bad Girls: The Musical) Work in progress supported through Queercore artist development programme.
THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME 31 Oct 7.30pm & 1 Nov 2pm Unity Theatre, Hope Place, L1 Commissioned and Produced by Opera North A supremely well-sung and coolly contemporary look at one of the most intriguing questions of musical theatre – just what is it that makes a woman in trousers so appealing ? Mezzo-soprano Jessica Walker and theatre director Neil Bartlett conjure up an entire world, from the swaggering cross-dressers of the Victorian Music Hall, to the ambiguous boy-heroes of Mozart and Strauss. Devised by Neil Bartlett and Jessica Walker.
THE RIGHT BALLERINA by Billy Cowan. 1 & 2 Nov 7.30pm Unity Theatre, Hope Place, L1 Direct from its world premiere at The Lowry comes a provocative and challenging new thriller from the award-winning Billy Cowan and Truant Company who last brought Homotopia the 5 star Care Takers and Stigmata. Jack, the Artistic Director of the country’s
leading dance company, is forced to make some difficult decisions when Penny, his principal dancer, is ‘outed’ by a national newspaper. A sustained campaign of protest by a group headed by Mr X brings the company to near bankruptcy and Jack is forced to meet Mr X’s ever-increasing demands with Penny being the ultimate victim.
BLACKOUTS: Twilight of the Idols. Dickie Beau / 9 Nov 9pm Unity Theatre, Hope Place, L1
A RIGHT PAIR Bette Bourne & Paul Shaw 7 Nov 7.30pm Unity Theatre, Hope Place, L1 Bette Bourne and Paul Shaw have been partners both offstage and on since the late 1970s. In this whistle stop tour of their life together they explore some of their favourite scenes, some obscure gems and some things completely new. Direction Bette Bourne. Writers Neil Bartlett, Nicolas Bloomfield, Bela Borgia, Jimmy Camicia, Constantin Cavafy, Ray Dobbins, Tim Fountain, Dorothy Parker, Paul Shaw, Oscar Wilde
Amy Lame UNHAPPY BIRTHDAY. 8 & 9 November Unity Theatre, Hope Place, L1 Amy Lamé invites you to her birthday party. Morrissey’s invited too; will he arrive clutching a bunch of flowers? Will he turn up at all? Cake and quiffs, balloons and beer, party poppers and pass the parcel collide against a soundtrack of teenage obsession in this immersive, interactive show/party.*Unhappy Birthday* cracks open celebrity; flays fat, fandom and faith, and probes the pains of growing up.
The drag show at the end of the world. Drag fabulist Dickie Beau shapeshifts through a soundscape of lost souls in this theatrical ‘trip’ to an underworld of icons in exile. An adventure in found sound, ‘Blackouts’ brings to life extraordinary audio artefacts to tell the story of the dark sides of stars estranged not only from society, but also from themselves....
EPSTEIN by Andrew Sherlock 15 Nov – 1 Dec 7.30pm The Epstein Theatre, 85 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 Homotopia Commission and world premiere A brand new play about one of Liverpool’s favourite sons and one of the world’s most successful music entrepreneurs . The premiere coincides with the 50th anniversary of the formation of The Beatles and will be the first major production at the new Epstein Theatre. EPSTEIN is a long-awaited theatrical production celebrating the life of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein. It is a multimedia play with live music, created by Jen Heyes and Andrew Sherlock.
HOMOTOPIA FESTIVAL 2012 FILM
THE CREATOR Directed by Al and Al 7 November FACT, Wood Street, L1 The Creator explores the legendary myth of the father of the computer age and maker of AI (Artificial Intelligence) machines, Alan Turing. Combining Lynchian nightmare with the prophetic themes of J.G. Ballard, The Creator takes you into the surreal dream world of the visionary scientist, where his binary children embark upon a mystical quest to discover their origins and destiny in the universe. This unique new film commission premieres on the occasion of the centenary of Turing’s birth. Contains scenes of a sexual nature and optical effects. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with internationally renowned artists Al & Al and producer/curator Bren O’ Callaghan.
I REMEMBER & TEENAGE Directed By Matt Wolf 14 November FACT, Wood Street, L1 UK Premieres The director of the Arthur Russell documentary Wild Combination, Matt Wolf returns to FACT to present previews of two new films never before seen in the UK. The first of these, I Remember (2012) is a 24-minute film inspired by Joe Brainard’s legendary memoir poem of
CALL ME KUCHU
the same name – creating an innovative biography of this underground icon. This will be followed by a preview of the muchanticipated film Teenage, adapted from the legendary Jon Savage book that tells the story of the invention of teenagers. This will be a rare and un-missable opportunity. Screening followed by a Q&A with Matt Wolf.
CALL ME KUCHU By Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall Fact, Wood Street, L1 Winner Best Documentary Teddy Award Berlinale 2012 (need logo for Teddy Award) Winner Cinema Fairbindet Prize Honourable Mention Jury Award Sheffield Documentary Festival 2012 In a country where ninety-five percent of the population condone the criminalisation of homosexuality, a group of queer activists are fighting to prevent this legislative proposal from going ahead. This film describes the life of David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay activist, and his comrades-in-arms. His is a life constantly pervaded by fear of attack, but also characterised by moments of happiness and celebration. Events take a tragic turn when David Kato is found dead in his bed having been bludgeoned to death. In its quietly observational way, this film portrays an
exceptionally homophobic and Christianfanatical environment, the extremity of which helps to strengthen Uganda’s LGBT community.
SUPER 8 22 November 7pm FACT, Wood Street, L1 In partnership with Open Eye gallery and by special arrangement with the estate of Mark Morrisroe Between 1981 and 1984, Mark Morrisroe made three films on Super-8 sound— underground home movies filled with thrift-store costumes, cheapo gore, trashy dialogue, and gratuitous nudity, starring himself and his friends as performers. The Laziest Girl in Town features the transvestite antics of Morrisroe, Stephen Tashjian (Tabboo!), and Jack Pierson, culminating in an obscene sequence reminiscent of John Waters’ Pink Flamingos. The trio continued two years later with Hello from Bertha, loosely based on a one-act drama by Tennessee Williams about a prostitute dying in a fleabag bordello, played out in a Boston bedroom with spotty Southern accents and loose wigs. Morrisroe’s longest film, Nymph-O-Maniac, tells the story of a portly phone sex operator and her insatiable girlfriends, one of whom comes to a grisly end at the hands of two sadistic young toughs.
HOMOTOPIA FESTIVAL 2012 COMEDY / CABARET
HOMOTOPIA FESTIVAL 2012 DEBATE
LAVENDER GIRLS 10 November 9pm Unity Theatre, Hope Place, L1
QUEERING THE FAMILY 8 November 6pm FACT, Wood Street, L1
Homotopia’s home-grown cabaret and music night is back featuring a night of local talent with music & comedy from Gem Andrews, Rosie Wilby, Caz ‘N’ Britney and singer-songwriter Rachel Awork.
Jane Czyzselska , editor of DIVA magazine, chairs a discussion exploring the family, equal marriage and the growing emergence of queer families.
Cloud Downey, 70, continues to share his memoirs with Seen readers as he recollects upon another huge leap forward in Liverpool’s LGBT history. Liverpool should have been a central focus of the so-called ‘swinging sixties’, but it was far from it. Despite the phenomenal rise of the Beatles, quickly followed by Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Swinging Blue Jeans, The Searchers and many other exponents of the ‘Mersey Beat’ there was a distinct lack of night-life in the city for anyone, let alone gay people. Pubs closed at 10.30 pm (10pm on Sundays.) Some music venues, like the Cavern, might have occasional late nights, but these venues were not welcoming to a gay clientele, despite the fact that the manager and promoter of the Beatles, Brian Epstein, was well known on the Liverpool gay scene and could often be found drinking with his gay pals in the Magic Clock or the Bassnet Bar. Also the last buses left the Pier Head (then the terminus for most local buses) before midnight, and there was no night service.
So what did we fun-loving queens do, particularly at the weekends, when there was no pressure to be up early for work? We partied, though privately and illegally. You could guarantee a party of some kind, either elaborately arranged or completely impromptu, any Saturday night after the pubs closed. The word went around the bar, from group to group. ‘Derek (or Billy, or Sean or many another) is having a do at his place.’ A formal invitation was not required, but you had to attach yourself to someone who at least knew the host. This wasn’t difficult, as we moved in a small world and most pub going queers knew each other. It was a closed world that formed its own small cliques within it. The party venue was always someone’s home and could vary from a flat in Upper Parliament Street to a big house in Hoylake – we always found a way of getting there and it was usually possible to stay the night by sleeping in your clothing on the floor, or you might ‘click’ and get taken home by an attractive stranger. Sometimes the parties were planned, with a theme or elaborate costumes. We would spend time assembling costumes or hats as required. Hat parties were particularly popular, as you could carry your elaborately decorated titfer in a carrier bag to be donned on arrival. Full fancy dress was more difficult and not encouraged in the bars, so one arrived fully dressed in all splendour at the party venue by taxi or by car. I recall many such hat parties and several themes. There was a black-and-white party (I dressed as a character from an Aubrey Beardsley drawing,) Monster parties (mummies and vampires in abundance,) and characters from fairy tales, amongst others. People would take time, spend money and use their imagination to create wondrous creations for these events.
appear as Mae West, Rita Hayworth or Cinderella’s ugly sisters. There was a secondhand shop near T.J Hughes in London Road that sold a wide choice of large-size high heeled shoes and used ball gowns. The manageress was ‘understanding’ and allowed men to try on her wares in the privacy of a curtained booth. The ‘impromptu’ parties would be announced just before closing time so that everyone would scramble to the bar to buy bottles to take to the party. This was essential – you would be seriously in breach of etiquette if you turned up empty-handed and it hardly ever happened as everyone knew the rules. None of these parties were orgiastic, or even particularly sexual, but they were wonderful social occasions when we could dance together (to 45rpm discs played on a Dansette portable gramophone) and forge new friendships. Until the Bear’s Paw club opened in the early 1970s, there was nowhere where we ‘queers’ could dance together. There might be a little snogging or light petting as the evening wore on, but if anyone got a bit too fruity, the host would usually direct them to the bedroom where they could assuage their passion with the door firmly closed. Many love affairs were both started and finished at these parties. It was at such a party that I met my first proper lover, but that’s another story. At the end of the sixties things started to change. Gordon Shearer opened his legendary club at the Bear’s Paw in an alleyway off Lord Street. This venue opened as the pubs closed, so we would rush to join the queue to get in at 10.30 on Friday and Saturday nights. We could drink and dance here until the small hours, so although parties still happened, they became less frequent as we now had our first night club.
If you were into drag, then this was the longed-for occasion when you could
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THE OLYMPICS HOW DID TEAM LGBT DO?
MARAUDERS SET FOR NEW SEASON
After an epic Olympic games that was hailed as a great success by all involved, team GB (Great Britain) did excellently, finishing 3rd in the final medals table behind China and USA. They also finished the highest in Europe and well ahead of Australia who had a very poor Olympics by their high sporting standards.
Liverpool’s gay football club Mersey Marauders start their first ever league campaign this month in the GFSN division 3. After beating Village Manchester in Round 1 of the GNL Cup, the team has a great confidence that they are going to perform well at 11-a-side this season. A good recruitment drive and extensive training has given the team immense quality to really do well in this first season and aim for promotion into Division 2.
But how did team Gay and Bi do?? Well, the answer to that is rather good; no less than 10 LGBT Olympians came home with medals, 7 of them being gold. This would put them 13th in the overall medal table, higher than Ethiopia, Holland and all of the Scandinavian countries. Nine of the LGBT athletes were female, 5 representing Holland, 3 for USA and 1 for Germany. The only male LGBT competitor was Carl Hester for Great Britain, who won gold in the equestrian dressage.
Wolverhampton Harts are also new to the league with high hopes and start in the same division. The other teams Mersey will face in the league are Birmingham, Nottingham and Leftfooters FC three teams with a strong GFSN pedigree but who have struggled in recent years in the league. MERSEY’S LEAGUE FIXTURES FOR 12/13 SEASON
Matthew Mitcham from Australia, probably the most famous LGBT athlete, did not reach the final of the 10 metre diving, but was again a great ambassador for LGBT sport. Over 43% of the out athletes (10 of the 23) won a medal in these Olympic Games. That’s over double the percentage of athletes overall who won medals: 20%. Team LGBT also outperformed the percentage of Team USA athletes with medals, 39% of which is taking home a medal.
28 Oct – Leftfooters FC (H) 09 Dec – Birmingham (A) 13 Jan – Nottingham (A) 10 Feb – Wolverhampton (H) 03 Mar – Leftfooters (A) 28 Apr – Birmingham (H)
It is known that some athletes don’t wish to come out for fear of it hampering their performance; however Rapinoe (one of the athletes) came out just before the Olympics and won gold, completely quashing this idea.
Take One Joan Burnett’s passion for queer film started when she saw her first fabulous gay kiss in My Beautiful Film review with Joan Burnett
Laundrette more moons ago than she cares to remember. After eight years at FACT, a stint for outsiders and a year as Trustee for Liverpool Pride, she believes the importance of LGBT people seeing themselves on screen is as essential as ever. She reviews the best in new and classic DVD’s
IT’S SHOWBIZ KID! The Misfits
t seems a bit odd to writing about film just as we plunge into Autumn and the world of live performance, after being amused and amazed by the glamour of the Vogue Ball and ready for the action and emotion of Homotopia. This year’s Vogue Ball was Twisted Fairytales and by the time you read this, perhaps you’ll have been dazzled by the brilliance of House of Suarez and the gang. I know you’ll be left wanting to know more about Vogue culture, about so much more that dance and fashion. There are two great documentaries and a recent feature, Leave It on the Floor (2010), that can help you keep the Vogue spirit alive. Paris is Burning (1990) is available now on DVD in the UK for a reasonable price for the first time in a decade. It’s an enthralling account of how penniless
A Star is Born
and marginalised people came together to create a culture of sheer energy that ended up in the mainstream with Madonna. Each group of performers is a House – literally – the groups care for and bitch about each other just like any ‘family’. How do I look? (2006) revisits the scene and continuing the story of the original performers whilst documenting a community that has survived the HIV disaster, poverty and discrimination with style and determination. How Do I Look? isn’t out on DVD in the UK but you can find it on Netflix. Film is theatre’s little cousin trying to emulate theatre’s grand passions, fascinated by live performers and their charisma just like us. Immediately catching my eye from the Homotopia programme – very hard to pick
out one or two things in a festival brimming with delights - is Dickie Beau in Twilight of the Idols, a dark exploration of the stars we think we know. I saw Dickie Beau perform wonders at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival as part of This is Not A Dream. You can expect a haunting performance – a ghost in the celluloid machine. This is a chance to brush up on your tortured Hollywood souls, the Marilyns and Marlenes and Judys: for some people this is revisiting old favourites, but for the new young things amongst us, try The Misfits (1961) for a despairing Marilyn, Rancho Notorious (1952) for a rebellious Marlene and the ever luminous Judy in A Star is Born (1954). For Dickie Beau, check out Youtube – you get a shade of an idea of the avalanche of emotion Dickie will bring to the stage – your inner Diva will be screaming to escape!
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