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Aberration: Forbidden Lives {Eng}

Aberration:

FORBIDDEN LIVES

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23 February 2018,  7.45pm in the Studio at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
A special evening marking LGBT History Month UK
Booking: Tickets from Aberystwyth Arts Centre>>

Join us for an evening of short talks and performances about the hidden histories of LGBT people in Wales (and a corner or two of England).

Mike Parker will give us a sneak preview of a work in progress: ‘On the Red Hill’. A celebratory study of the ‘queer rural’ through the true tale of a gay couple, together since 1949, who moved from Bournemouth to mid Wales in 1972.  To be published in May 2019 by William Heinemann.

Members of Glitter Cymru, Cardiff’s BAME LGBT social group, will talk about their fabulous short film, made with Iris Outreach. Glitter follows the struggles of a gay asylum-seeker, a non-binary person and a pansexual woman to live their full glittery lives.

This is also a chance to talk about the film that Aberration will be making with Iris.

This will be the Mid Wales launch of historian Norena Shopland’s new book, Forbidden Lives (Seren, £12.99). This is a fascinating and thoroughly researched collection of true stories about the people who came before us in LGBT Wales. Norena will tell us how she decided who to include in the book as well as discussing the difficulties she faced with this groundbreaking project.

We are also holding a Book Club with Enfys Aber at 6pm on 12 Feb to discuss this very book, in Aberystwyth Arts Centre bookshop!

‘An Extraordinary Female Affection’ – The Life and Love of the Ladies of Llangollen: Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler were two upper-class Irish women who eloped to Wales. But was this an 18th-century romantic friendship, or a prototype lesbian marriage? A lively re-imagining by Jane Hoy and Helen Sandler, in beaver hats.

Tom Marshman returns to Aberration to test out a new piece of theatre in development. The Geoffrey Train explores a chain of criminal cases in Somerset in the 1950s which began with a ‘pretty policeman’ and a young man on a train.

Sponsors: Generously supported by Over the Rainbow vegetarian country retreat and Aberystwyth University.

This fabulous event full of new work is going to sell out well before the night so book now to avoid disappointment. See below.  

 

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Cabarration bach

Aberration presents ‘Cabarration bach’ – a gorgeous little cabaret in the Studio at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

17 November 2017, Onstage 7.45pm
£10/ £8
, Age guidance 16+

NOW SOLD OUT!

Jonathan Mayor at Cabarration 2016 (by Jess Rose)

Lineup

Starring Jonathan Mayor (above), genius comedian back by popular demand. Laugh till you fall off your chair, then laugh on the floor, then someone will take an embarrassing photo of you and use it as publicity for future events.
“Marvellously wicked” – Sarah Millican

CN Lester, wonderful singer-songwriter with lush, lyrical songs for voice and piano. Author of ‘Trans Like Me’ (Photo above by Dafydd Owen).
“The music was faultless. Mesmerising, beautiful, emotional and raw” – DIVA

Pi the Mime, skilfully weaving the traditions of mime, burlesque and drag (Photo below by Eddie Adams).

Sarah McCreadie (below), superb spoken-word artist from Cardiff, where she is a host on the youth-led Radio Platfform. Also heard on 1Xtra and seen at this summer’s festivals, Sarah writes about “every goddamn thing a girl could want”, according to Milk Poetry.

And Cardiff Trans Singers – fab new community choir performing upbeat songs with all the camp fun we love at Aberration.

Hosted by Helen Sandler. You know what she’s like.

All welcome. Croeso i bawb. Dress to impress!

Bring some change for the charity raffle with amazing prizes from local businesses.

Thanks to our sponsors

This event is generously supported by Aberystwyth University Centre for Widening Participation, Equality and Social Inclusion (CWPESI); and Over the Rainbow Vegetarian Country Retreat.

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The Handmaiden Screening Aberystwyth

Special Screening of new film The Handmaiden, with book discussion and post-film Q&A


Handmaiden poster

Aberystwyth Arts Centre cinema 20 June 2017

5.30pm Book Club: discuss Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. Led by Jane Hoy. In Aberystwyth Arts Centre bookshop, with a glass of wine or fruit juice. Try to read the book beforehand and bookmark your favourite bit.

7pm movie: The Handmaiden film: “Park Chan-wook’s adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, relocated to 1930s Korea, is an erotic triumph – with a whiplash twist” – Guardian. Book through the Arts Centre as usual.

Q&A at end of film with our resident experts Tasha Alden and Stephanie Jones. Chaired by Helen Sandler.

This a public event with Aberration magic sprinkled all over it!

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Aberration Blast from the Past

Aberration presents

Blast from the Past

7.45pm Friday 3 March 2017, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, £7.50

Devils in Human Shape by Tom Marshman
Devils in Human Shape by Tom Marshman (pic: Vonalina Cake)

A fabulous evening about lesbian, gay, bi and trans lives, for LGBT History Month. With live music, theatre, talks, discussion and charity raffle…

‘The Devils in Human Shape’ – veiled gossips whisper about unspeakable sins in Tom Marshman’s theatrical interpretation of 18th century sodomy cases.
Ciaran O’Driscoll, as seen on The Voice, sings his way through queer musical history from Broadway to Bronski Beat.

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Norena Shopland talks about the holes left in women’s history when sexual orientation and gender identity are overlooked.
Book launch & poetry recital from Archibald Tactful (Rachael Clerke): proto-God, cement-lover, experimental dancer.
Amy Daniel and Harry Heuser on the extraordinary eccentric collector, George Powell of Nanteos.
Charity raffle with prizes generously donated by Sophies, Rummers and the Arts Centre.
With your host for the evening, Helen Sandler.

Diolch yn fawr / big thanks for financial support to: Aberystwyth University; Over the Rainbow vegetarian guesthouse.

Croeso i bawb / all welcome. Aberration is organised by SpringOut and Enfys Aber in partnership with Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

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Cabarration 2016

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CABARRATION

8pm 21 October 2016 (doors 7.30pm)
Aberystwyth Arts Centre – Great Hall
A cabaret night with a very queer bite!

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AMAZING ACTS…

Jonathan Mayor

jonathanmayorgoldJonathan Mayor will be entertaining us with his cutting comedy – dressed up in glitter-storm Bollywood drag and delivered with twinkly chutzpah. Coming all the way from Gaychester just to entertain you.

‘A self-obsessed glittery queen with a larger than life personality who arrives onstage in a bamboozling mix of innuendo’ – Manchester Evening News
‘Very funny’ – Michael Palin
‘Marvellously wicked’ – Sarah Millican

www.jonathanmayor.co.uk
Twitter: @jonathanmayor

Lynette Frances

lynettefranceswebLynette Frances is a hit wherever she plays, from L Fest to an intimate bar, combining an amazing voice with a love of entertaining. She will play a range of rock and country covers to get us in the Friday night vibe. Later in the evening, Lynette will be teaching us all a line-dance so get your dancing shoes on!

Lynette lives on the south coast of England and has been performing since the age of 12. She runs the Way Out Country Facebook group for LGBT lovers of country music and line-dancing.

lynettefrances.webs.com
Twitter: @LynetteFrances

Ashleigh Owen

ashleighturnAshleigh Owen will be performing an extract from her one-woman show, ‘The Rise and Fall Of The Hamburger Queen’, which can be seen in full at the Unity Theatre, Liverpool, as part of Homotopia.

Ashleigh’s mum wouldn’t let her dance, because dancing killed her dad. ‘He went down into the splits and never got up again.’ She danced in secret until the day came to break the news to her mother: she was leaving for London to become a famous dancer. Bright lights, big city, wide-eyed Scouser… what could possibly go wrong?

www.ashleighowen.co.uk
Twitter: @AshleighPOwen

Sparkles Hoop Troupe

sparkles2Hula-hoop dancing from Cardiff’s amazing Sparkles Hoop Troupe. This community troupe is fully inclusive and hooping crazy.

‘The funniest, finest and most dynamic act in Cardiff!’ – We Are Cardiff Press

sparkleshooptroupe.simdif.com
Twitter: @sparkleshoop

Ernie Sparkles

sparkles7Fun ‘boylesque’ (male burlesque) from Ernie Sparkles. Cheeky in every way!


Bois y Fro

boisAberystwyth’s own vocal quartet, Bois y Fro, have been singing together off-and-on for 10 years and more. With a repertoire ranging from folk to classical to modern (and a lot of things in between) in both Welsh and English, there’s sure to be something for everyone when these guys take the stage.

Twitter: @boisyfro

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Hosted by Aberration favourite Helen Sandler, with raffle and bar. The evening has an LGBTQI+ theme (lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, intersex, and all-round inclusive). All open-minded people are welcome at this fun and friendly night. “You don’t have to be queer to be here.” Dress to impress!

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Aberration is brought to you by SpringOut and Enfys Aber, in partnership with Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Without the financial and practical support of the Arts Centre, this year's Cabarration could not take place (or not unless we charged three times as much for the tickets) so please come along, show your support for the biggest queer-themed night in Mid Wales and have a fabulous night. Diolch yn fawr!

 

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Desert Hearts. Rainbow Film Festival 2016

Sunday 16th October 1.30pm

The Old Market Hall Cinema, The Square, Shrewsbury
(Donna Deitch, 1985. USA. 1hr 36 mins)
Certificate 18

Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts 1 Desert HeartsIn 2016 the appeal of Desert Hearts may be less in the story and more in the landmark staging of the first lesbian love story on-screen that didn’t end up in suicide or ménage à trios! A true love story, considered very risqué at the time, Desert Hearts was the first to portray lesbian relationships as multi-dimensional and real, rather than a caricature or somebody’s wet dream. Having said that, Donna Deitch’s film is a passionate, beautifully controlled drama about making choices and exercising the heart.

Desert Hearts4If you want a taster of the story … imagine Reno. It is 1959 and a 30-something teacher from New York turns up in search of divorce. She has an up-tight bun and a bunch of nerves when she encounters a younger woman – sexy, capable and living on a ranch with a Patsy Cline soundtrack! This is brilliant, beautiful and not-to-be-missed!

Desert Hearts 5We asked a few women to comment:

Desert hearts! There’s a blast from the past. One line that has always stuck in my head….she just reached in and hung a string of lights round my heart….. Classic

I think the woman on the door thought I was too young to be watching such a salacious film!

I was asked my age when I went to see this at the MAC in Cannon Hill Park, back in 1985. I was 24 at the time!

For a full line-up of the 2016 Shropshire Rainbow Festival click here: http://www.rainbowfilmfestival.org.uk/2016-film-festival-programme/

 

Summertime: Rainbow Film Festival 2016

Saturday 15th October 8pm

The Old Market Hall, The Square, Shrewsbury

Summertime (La Belle Saison)
(Catherine Corsini, 2015. France / Belgium (subtitles). 1hr 46 mins)

SUMMERTIME_still-01In 1971, Carole, Parisian teacher and feminist campaigner and Delphine, rural farm worker and practical problem-solver – meet and fall in love. They luxuriate in each other’s company in a symbiotic relationship, which combines a sexual awakening for Carole and a political awakening for Delphine.

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When Carole follows Delphine back to her family farm, experiencing rural life at its most sun-dappled and sweaty, the two find lesbianism and feminism are not as easy in the countryside.

SUMMERTIME_still-02From vibrant scenes of civil unrest on the streets of Paris, to the lushly photographed rural landscape that make up the latter section of the film, Director Catherine Corsini has crafted a beautiful and sensual film about two women in love, and the reminder that “We can’t turn back. We can only move forward”.

For the full festival line-up check out: http://www.rainbowfilmfestival.org.uk/2016-film-festival-programme/

Women Like Us & Women Like That: Rainbow Film Festival 2016

Saturday 15th October 1.30pm Double Bill

Women Like Us (1989) & Women Like That (1991) – followed by a discussion with the Director Rosalind Pearson. UK. 55 mins & 30 mins

Women_Like_Us(1) First screened in 1989 as part of Channel 4’s groundbreaking TV series ‘Out on Tuesday’, these two documentaries explore and revisit the lives of older lesbians in the UK from different cultures, classes and backgrounds from the 1920s to that present day (1989). Their stories incorporate ideas about lesbianism, the changing image of lesbians, love and romance, the pressures that led some of them to marry and the later discovery of their lesbian identity with the subsequent coming out stories to their children.

Putting this in context, only 6 years earlier Channel 4 had launched ‘One in Five’, a weekly programme for the gay and lesbian communities which led to calls for Channel 4 to be scrapped! Women_Like_That

We have been trying to get hold of these 2 films: Women Like Us & Women Like That  for years so we are delighted to be able to screen them and welcome Director Rosalind Pearson to join us for a discussion, Chaired by Jane Traies. We hope other special guests will join us to update you 25 years on!

For the full rundown visit www.rainbowfilmfestival.org.uk at The Old Market Hall Cinema, The Square, Shrewsbury