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Homotopia 2013 - full listings

Boy George, Beefcakes and a bit of bondage up yours

Published on October 31st 2013.

Homotopia 2013 - full listings

LIVERPOOL'S 10th Homotopia festival has already unveiled two big name shows - David Hockney at the Walker and April Ashley at Muesum of Liverpool. However the Boy George photography show is now open at Camp & Furnace and John Waters and Sandi Toksvig are all to come.  Not forgetting X Ray Spex.

Here is the full list of things to come.

JOHN WATERS  ‘THIS FILTHY WORLD’  8 November 8pm  Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The incomparable writer, director and actor John Waters’ one-man show is a vaudeville act that celebrates the film career and obsessional tastes of the man William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash.”  The creator of Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Serial Mom and more than a dozen other cult hits, focuses on his early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, and the extremes of the contemporary art world.

Tickets £20, £26 Box office  0151 709 3789 and here


30 October – 25 November 11am- 5pm  Camp and Furnace

This collaborative exhibition is the first DJ and photographer (who knew?) Boy George has publicly exhibited his photo/graphic artworks. Working with club culture pop painter TradeMark, the exhibition explores identity, specifically the notion of the constructed identities adopted by anyone trying to live outside the heterosexual mainstream.  

538992_613095442064958_1206962992_NBoy GeorgeBOY GEORGE – IN CONVERSATION  14 November 6pm     St George’s Hall. Tickets £16 Box office 0151 709 3789.  Free

GERM FREE ADOLESCENTS 30 October – 25 November  11am – 5pm The Met Quarter

Combining rare and original artefacts donated to LJMU Special Collections and Archives by former X-Ray Spex manager Falcon Stuart this exhibition documents the life and music of Poly Styrene (Marion Elliot Said). FREE

ENGLAND’S EROTIC DREAM 30 October – 25 November 11am-5pm The Met Quarter

Featuring photographs from LJMU’s Special Collections and Archives including England’s Dreaming: the Jon Savage Archive, this exhibition focuses a queer gaze on London’s early punk scene. FREE

EARTHFALL CHELSEA HOTEL, 1 & 2 November 8pm Unity Theatre

Take a journey to New York’s Chelsea Hotel with award-winning Earthfall. A voyeuristic exploration of its inhabitants lives, loves and longings. From Andy Warhol to Jack Kerouac and Dylan Thomas to Patti Smith, stories both true and false combine through radical dance, live music and film capturing significant moments in the history of this rebel artist mecca. £10 (£8 concs) Box office 0844 873 2888 

England's Erotic Dream#England's Erotic DreamSANDI TOKSVIG MY VALENTINE 5 November 8pm, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Comedian, novelist, actor  long-standing host of Radio 4's News Quiz and Excess Baggage Sandi will be performing her uniquely witty evening of stand-up, stories and fascinating facts and also signing copies of Valentine Grey after the show. £20, £26 Box office  0151 709 3789 

NEIL MCKENNA  FANNY & STELLA, 6 November 6pm  The Bluecoat

An extraordinary true tale of cross-dressing and gay sub-culture in 19th-century London is revealed in Neil McKenna’s new book, Fanny & Stella. His dazzling account of the arrest and sensational trial of Fanny Park and Stella Boulton – scandalously revealed to be two young men – is a meticulous evocation of the underbelly of Victorian society.

£6/£5  Box Office 0151 702 5324 and here

DICKIE BEAU  LOST IN TRANS, 6th November 7.30pm, Unity Theatre

Performance phenomenon and gender dis-illusionist, Dickie Beau takes inspiration from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' for his latest show presenting a poetic performance of personal discovery and transformation. 

£10/£8 Box office 0844 873 2888 and here


7 November 7pm and 8 November 7pm & 9pm    Unity Theatre

In a hedonistic world decorated with cheap glamour, three outcasts create their own distorted version of a family as they seek a different kind of Sainthood through glorious self-destruction.

£10/£8  Box office 0844 873 2888 and here

Stella And FannyStella And FannyDIVA DEBATES  LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX, BABY! 7 November 6pm The Bluecoat 

Jane Czyzselska, Campbell X, Paris Lees, Caroline Walters, Dr Meg Barker.

Free but pre-booking advised Box Office 0151 702 5324 and here

CHEW DISCO: VOL 12 FEATURING MS VAGINAL DAVIS  8 November 9.30pm The Kazimier

Queer DIY party and multimedia project Chew Disco welcomes legendary performance and multimedia artist, filmmaker, musician, and drag-punk figure Ms Vaginal Davis. 

£7 (£5 Advance/NUS) £15 (Advance ticket PLUS Manchester-Liverpool return coach travel) here

ROSANA CADE WALKING: HOLDING    9 November 2pm-5pm     outside Museum of Liverpool

A woman with a shaved head takes your hand in a station. A large man dressed in black follows you down an alley. A white haired woman hugs you good-bye as you leave. Walking:Holding is a one-on-one walk through town, in the hands of strangers.


9 Nov 7pm   Unity Theatre

A night of new works featuring female dancers. 

£10/£8 Box office 0844 873 2888 and here

DAVID HOYLE IN THE COMPANY OF FRIENDS 9 November 9pm      Unity Theatre

Join England’s avant-guardian for a night of live art, poetry, conversation and music. Featuring special guests Julie Holestar and Gerry Potter. ‘David Hoyle is no drag’ Nancy Durrant The Times

£10/£8 Box office 0844 873 2888 and here

‘I AM DIVINE’ 10 November 6.30pm Picturehouse at FACT

REGIONAL PREMIERE. Jeffrey Schwarz’ enlightening documentary about a unique person – follow Divine’s life from humble Baltimore beginnings to superstar status as the Queen of Cult. 

£8/£6 Box office 0871 902 5737  and here 

CAZ ‘N’ BRITNEY PRESENT 'MIS LES'  13 Nov & Sat 16 Nov 8pm,  14 Nov & Fri 15 Nov 9.15pm 

Written and performed by Keddy Sutton and Gillian Hardie. Mis Les - a Revolution in Rollers promises the return of  Caz ‘n’ Britney, with a brand new show after their sell out stretch in 'Scottie Road The Musical'.

£14/£12 Box office 0844 873 2888 and here

LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT       BLACK    14 & 15 Nov 7.45pm (matinee 2.30pm 15 Nov)      Unity Theatre

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you" Maya Angelou. Le Gateau Chocolat has a story to tell. This is an intimate portrait of the Nigerian born baritone and his own personal battles.

£10/£8 Box office 0844 873 2888 and here 

RONALD WRIGHT IN CONVERSATION    16 November 2pm     Walker Art Gallery

Rupert Smith explores the world of Ronald Wright, spiritualist writer, gay magazine illustrator, celebrity portrait artist, author, artist’s model and psychic medium, 

Beefcake And DrippingBeefcakes And DrippingBEEFCAKES & DRIPPING, 17th November 2pm, Walker Art Gallery

British gay culture went deep underground after the Second World War. A secretive network grew up around the boom in bodybuilding and physique magazines, which became a covert gay press, supplying British men with erotic images, contacts and a sense of belonging at a time of vicious legal persecution. Rupert Smith uncovers a vibrant, erotic gay visual culture in magazines like Man's World, Health and Strength and Man Alive, illustrated with work by the brave, eccentric photographers and models who created some of the most striking images of gay desire in the 50s and 60s. Both events are free but pre-booking essential at the Walker Welcome Desk or call 0151 478 4199.

I AM A WOMAN NOW 16 Nov 2pm, Museum Of Liverpool

This powerful documentary directed by Michiel van Erp gives us privileged and rare access to some of the first generation of trans* women.  Among the stars are April Ashley MBE and some other performers who originally met as professional female impersonators at the famous Parisian nightclub, Le Carrousel. 



 Developed in collaboration with Aviance Milan (NYC’s House of Milan) - Vogue-Deco is a new dance work that pushes the boundaries of the company’s previous pieces and promises stunning performances from Darren Suarez and Aviance Milan with selected artists hand-picked from the new House of Suarez Training Academy. The evening will also showcase House of Suarez signature Vogue-ography works created throughout 2013.Supported using public funding by The National Lottery through Arts Council England.

£10/£8   0151 702 5324 and here

AFFRONT!, 16 November 81 Renshaw Street

Enter the unpredictable world of Affront! Psychedelic performances by Liverpool LGBT artists tackling the theme of labelling. Featuring Grim Outlook, Caustic Widows, Austin Hewitt, Tom Burroughs and more. Affront rounds off the final day of live performances for this year’sHomotopia festival. £5 on the door


7 December – 9 February 2014    Open Eye Gallery

 The exhibition focuses on the area of the Piers in New York City during the mid-1970s, and speaks of the state of abandonment and dilapidation these underwent as a consequence of the oil crisis that reconfigured the geography of the city. Whilst Gordon Matta-Clark pursued the idea that art could act as a catalyst for urban regeneration and land re-appropriation, Baltrop investigated the life at the margins, mapping hedonistic displays of flesh, occasional sexual intercourse, corpses that could be mistaken for sleeping squatters (and vice versa) and other traces of humanity hidden amongst the interstices of society, notwithstanding the sense of freedom and liberation originating in the sexual revolution.


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