Wednesday 18th February 2015 8pm at The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury
Come and join SpringOut and the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival crew for a screening of the Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister as part of our LGBT History Month celebrations.
Free entry – please book a seat via Eventbrite – click here – so we know how many to expect
Starring Maxine Peake & Anna Madeley, this is a bold and passionate drama telling the story of Anne Lister, 1791-1840, a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist. She was a lesbian, who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, in private defied the conventions of her times by living with her female lover.
Anne kept a detailed account of her life, her loves and her emotions in a fascinating and painfully honest 4,000,000-word journal. A sizeable portion was written in code, and the deciphering of the diaries a few years ago provides an astonishing insight into the life of the woman who has been called Britain’s first modern lesbian
Dickie Beau is performing his show Blackouts: Twilight of the Idols at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the Aberration team have arranged a fun pre-show quiz in the theatre bar at 5.45pm prompt, as part of LGBT History Month UK.
Bring your friends or join a team to meet new people. Questions will include the queer history of Wales and a photo quiz. Ends in time for a chat or a bite to eat before the show. All welcome, whether you are lesbian, gay, bi, undecided, straight, trans, intersex, whatever.
£1 per person on the night.
Quizmasters Mike Parker & Helen Sandler.
It’s Aberration’s first birthday so we hope you will raise a glass with us to celebrate!
Please book separately for the show, see below.
Quiz organised by SpringOut and Enfys Aber for Aberration.
Blackouts: Twilight of the Idols
Drag fabulist Dickie Beau shapeshifts through a shadowy soundscape of lost souls in a theatrical trip to the subconscious underworld of his future self. Bringing to life extraordinary audio artefacts, Dickie leads us on a bewitching adventure in found sound as he channels the ghosts of his childhood idols. Includes previously unheard tapes of Marilyn Monroe’s final interview.
Sgarmes: Aber’s dynamic close-harmony chorus gives it some glitter, bringing you camp classics, pop covers in two tongues… and surprises.
Mimi Amore: A burlesque star who is sexy, humorous and downright dazzling, Mimi has been voted ‘Legend in the Making’.
Izzy Rabey & Bill Sutton: Izzy’s knockout voice soars through jazz classics and her own soulful songs.
Ali Cocks: Melding dance, gymnastics and aerial arts with pole-dancing in a unique show of fitness and thrills.
Hilary Ramsden: The surreal and funny rebel clown of Ceredigion.
Helen Sandler: Your host for the night.
Ted Wroxley: Amazing table magician with nothing up his sleeve.
Mar Gonga: Juggling her magic crystal ball.
The Swan Vestas: The music hall’s last surviving male impersonator treads the boards in the cheeky style of Tipping the Velvet.
Carey Wood-Duffy: Short passionate poems from the Cardiff American’s new collection, Grit.
George Sandifer-Smith: Aber-based poet engages the audience with both humour and depth.
Emily Farr: … And her guitar!
PlusRaffle in aid of LGBT causes overseas, with acerbic writer and broadcaster Mike Parker, Plaid Cymru’s out gay parliamentary candidate for Ceredigion.
Prizes from Over the Rainbow vegetarian guesthouse, Light of Asia Indian restaurant, Sombrero at Sophie’s, Irie’s cocktail lounge, Rummer’s bar and other friends of Aberration. Proceeds from raffle and popcorn sales will be distributed by Stonewall to LGBT causes overseas.
And at the end of the evening, DJ Boundary (Swing City) returns by popular demand to fill the dancefloor till late.
Don't miss this amazing night, which is an Aberration event, programmed by SpringOut and Enfys Aber supported by Aberystwyth Arts Centre. You won't find many LGBT arts events in Mid Wales and we're proud that Aberration is giving lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans audiences and their friends top-quality nights out in Aberystwyth.
Aberration A Queer thing’s happening at the Arts Centre
Saturday 8 November 2014
8pm Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Join us for Cabarration: a cabaret night with an LGBT* bite. Prepare to be amazed by a glitzy line-up of local and national talent in the Great Hall, from queer burlesque to camp comedy via circus and song. Stay late and dance with Swing City’s DJ Boundary – back by popular demand. All welcome.
Aberration is programmed by Enfys Aber (Aberystwyth University Staff LGBT Pride Society) and SpringOut.
Once again SpringOut has been invited to programme the lesbian interest films at the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival and we are delighted to announce our film selection
Friday 17th October 2014 Opening Night starting with a bit of a launch party, then:
Two Girls Against the Rain – a beautiful 10 minute short film from Cambodia. The Director, Sao Sopheak is totally delighted that we are screening it.
After almost 30 years of civil war and the genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia is still one of the poorest countries in the world. Traditional values and customs such as arranged marriages are upheld. This short film is the first locally produced documentary, which gives a voice to members of the lesbian community.
Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf – In this eccentric all-female romantic comedy, charismatic filmmaker Anna, who we first meet dressed in a giant vagina costume, is facing a crisis. She has neither job nor girlfriend, and lives in her friend’s garage in Los Angeles. Just when she’s about to throw in the towel, she meets Katia who becomes her muse, sending her into a self-reflective, and semi-self-indulgent, navel-gazing spiral in which she decides to make a film in order to woo her!
She is inspired to write and direct an all-female remake of Edward Albee’s Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? the film of the play that tracks the excruciatingly painful breakdown of George and Martha’s marriage in a claustrophobic domestic drama.
Surrounded by beautiful women as cast and crew including, Anna destroys everything to get to the bottom of what is truly stopping her from love and life. The film’s epigraph, “for beyond the difficulty of communicating oneself, there is the supreme difficulty of being oneself”—a quotation from Virginia Woolf—epitomizes Anna’s storyline. She is struggling with the classic work and (love) life balance. Can she ‘have it all’ or has she ‘had it all’ all along? Who is she and what is she supposed to be.
WAVW is dark and parodic and exquisitely intelligent at the same time with sharp yet subtle nods to past literary and pop cultures, performed by the wonderfully talented ensemble. As one critic raves ‘Guinevere Turner playing a lesbian actress playing Elizabeth Burton playing Albee’s Georgie is flat-out phenomenal; she nails the deadpan satire of the Hollywood actress’. You can buy tickets here: Opening Night
Saturday 18th October 2014
We are so totally delighted to have found a couple of films about the lesbian movers and shakers in our lifetimes to screen at this year’s Rainbow Film Festival – wow are they amazing! You can buy tickets here: Saturday special
First off – No Secret Anymore – Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were partners in love and political struggle for over fifty years. With incisive interviews, rare archival images and warmhearted humor, No Secret Anymore reveals their inspiring public work, as well as their charming private relationship. It is a delightful way to meet these legendary lesbians, known as the founders of the modern lesbian civil rights movement. When they courageously launched the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, it became the first public organisation for lesbians in America.
Here’s a sneaky preview:
Followed by a chat with the ever popular Chair Jane Traies and then the second half of the double bill:
Some Ground To Stand On – This film is so rarely seen – and hard to get hold of – that the only copy we can get starts with a little shake but you’ll be pleased to know it settles down. There is no trailer available so you’ll just have to trust us that it is worth a watch.
Screening as part of a double bill with No Secret Anymore, this compelling documentary tells the life story of Blue Lunden, a working class lesbian activist whose odyssey of personal transformation parallels lesbians’ changing roles over the past 40 years. Starting with Blue’s experience of being run out of the 1950’s New Orleans gay bar scene for wearing men’s clothing, interviews photos, and archival footage trace her experiences: giving up her child for adoption and getting her back; getting sober; and coming into her own as a lesbian rights feminist, and anti-nuclear activist. Filmed when she was 61 and living in Sugarloaf Women’s Village, Blue reflects on aging, activism, and a life spent “doing what she wanted” in this touching, inspiring look at a generation’s struggle for a lesbian identity and consciousness.
Sunday 19th October 2014 The Children’s Hour (AKA The Loudest Whisper) – An old black and white classic for a Sunday matinee, starring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley Maclaine – quite pioneering for its day and based on a Scottish experience.
Karen and Martha are best friends, fresh out of college and establishing a new private girls’ school. Everything seems to be working out – until some of the pupils overhear an argument where Martha’s Aunt Lily accuses her and Karen of an “unnatural relationship”. Mary, a troubled and vengeful child, hears the story and tells her guardian grandmother who spreads the gossip further. Soon all the parents withdraw their children from the school and the fight begins.The future of the school is brought into question, and Karen faces losing her fianceé (James Garner).
Based on the 1934 play of the same name by Lillian Hellman, the story is inspired by the 1809 account of two Scottish school teachers whose lives were destroyed when one of their students accused them of engaging in a lesbian relationship, though they eventually won their case. At the time of the play’s premiere (1934) in New York State, the mention of homosexuality on stage was illegal, but authorities chose to overlook its subject matter when the Broadway production was acclaimed by the critics.
ABERRATION kicks off in style with a tea dance: LatinandBallroomDancing led by experienced Bristol teacher Norma Daykin. Whether you’re a star of the dancefloor or a complete beginner, join in! No partner needed; you can lead or follow. And there’s a prize for most creative hat.
KateO’Donnell performs her short one-woman show Big Girl’s Blouse, using humour, music, high kicks and theatrical tricks to tell the story of a little girl who was born a boy – and had to use every trick in the book to get by. We were wowed by this at Contact Theatre Manchester and were delighted when Kate agreed to bring it to Aber. There will be a chance to ask her questions at the end of the performance.
8.45pm Beth Prior
Talented Borders singer-songwriter BethPrior plays her folky, rootsy, soulfully shapeshifting songs. Nomad, her hot new debut EP, epitomises Beth’s infectious guitar and compelling vocals. An absolute delight.
Gypsy Wine Cartel, the electrifying local seven-piece gypsy-ska band, play their last Aberystwyth gig before leaving town. Their energetic and fun live show always stirs the crowd up into a frenzy of dancing and revelry. If you’ve never seen them, prepare to become a big fan.
10.30 to late: DJ Boundary
Multi-genre DJ Boundary, head honcho of Swing City and Black House, will keep up the tempo with killer floor-fillers, exhibiting his penchant for classic mashups and vintage sounds.
Plus Raffle with proceeds to LGBT charities and amazing prizes: tickets to London Fashion Week, afternoon tea at Ynyshir Hall and more.
It’s going to be fabulous. Bring your friends. Tickets £10 for whole evening including tea dance, entertainment and DJ (limited number of £5 tickets for those coming to just the tea dance).
When we say ‘all welcome’, we mean EVERYONE, whether gay, straight, trans, cis, bi, poly, female, male, in-between, all things to all people, or prefer not to say. Please come and be part of our unique and friendly events.
Brought to you by SpringOut, Enfys Aber and Aberystwyth Arts Centre with financial support from the Arts Council of Wales.
All timings are approximate and may change on the day.
We are thoroughly chuffed that Norma Daykin, friend of SpringOut and dancer supreme, is going to be teaching the latin & ballroom classes at our tea dance at the next Aberration on 31 May in Aberystwyth.
Norma is based in Bristol where she has taught classes in latin, salsa and ballroom dance for over 15 years. She is a qualified dance teacher (UKA) and FitSteps instructor. She is also a musician and band leader who specialises in live music for all kinds of dance events. As well as learning the steps, you will benefit from Norma’s extensive musical knowledge and experience, gaining a deeper understanding of dance rhythms and music.
Norma currently works with various organisations to provide community dance events in Bristol for a wide range of participants. In partnership with Dance Factory Bristol she offers regular Strictly Pink sessions for LGBT dancers and friends. She also offers workshops in Wales, including a forthcoming salsa and yoga weekend in West Wales on 5/6/7 September 2014.
SpringOut is delighted to be screening the film once more for this event. This year there is a ‘comic mag’ theme and we’ve chose Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines to complement the programme which includes cartooning with Angela Martin.