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Miriam Margolyes’ Magical Masterpiece

‘Dickens’ Women’ was created for the 1989 Edinburgh Festival by Miriam Margolyes and Sonja Fraser. It has since traveled internationally throughout six countries and was nominated in 1992 for the prestigious Olivier Award. As part of a worldwide celebration of 100 years of Charles Dickens, Margolyes will continue the tour throughout this year sharing carefully chosen characters to honour the man himself. As I entered His Majesty’s Theatre on Hay Street in Perth, I felt like the youngest person in the room with the rest of the attendees averaging around an estimated 55-60 years old, and all dressed up to the nines! Everyone settled down for the show to start, just a few minutes after 8pm and a man entered from stage right to sit at the grand piano placed to the side of the stage. John Martin would be Margolyes’ sole accompaniment this evening as he played a few pieces in a build up to Margolyes’ entrance. She staggered on stage in a drunken stupor, in full character of her first portrayal. As she …

‘True Colors’ Romney Attack Ad leaves Cyndi Lauper Unhappy

Cyndi Lauper, has expressed her disapproval after her ever popular hit “True Colors” was used in a negative political campaign ad against Mitt Romney. Not only was she unhappy about the unauthorised use of the song, associated most commonly and positively with the LGBTQ community,  but also that it had been used in a negative rather than positive context. “While I am in no way a fan of Mitt Romney, my music is meant to lift people up, especially ‘True Colors.’ The song has been a tremendous source of healing and acceptance for so many people and for it to be used in such a negative way dishonors its history and intention” said Lauper. “I am a huge supporter of President Obama and his re-election, but I have let the responsible party know how disappointed I am the song was used and asked that it be removed from the ad.”

Miriam Margolyes' One Woman Show: Dickens' Women

Miriam Margolyes is returning to Australia this year to perform her one woman show: Dicken’s Women. You may recognise her from works such as James and the Giant Peach, Wicked (on Broadway) or even Harry Potter (Professor Sprout) among many voice roles throughout her career. She’s just finished filming Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries in Melbourne and is now ready to tribute Charles Dickens 200th bithday with her show. “I’m a huge fan of his works, and I don’t understand why people everywhere aren’t. To me he’s just the greatest there is,” Margolyes said. “I love the characters, I love the story, I love the prose, and I dedicate my whole life really to getting people to understand how wonderful he is. And the show Dickens’ Women is a way of doing that.” In this original stage show, Margolyes plays a total of 23 characters from Dicken’s novels, both men and woman and at times gives insight to the writer himself. Margolyes will be playing a number of shows around Australia. To view tour dates click …

Self Evident Truths – A Project About Equality

Did you know that in 29 states in the USA you can legally be fired for your sexuality? Self Evident Truths is a project that began in 2010 by New York City artist  iO Tillett Wright who brings to light such facts. She aims to take portraits of anyone who remotely fits into the LGBTQ spectrum showing “the humanity that exists in every one of us through the simplicity of a face.” The project aims to capture the faces of over 4000 people all over the US, having started NYC at 300. “All men are created equal, it’s written in the Declaration of Independence. We’re failing as a nation to uphold the morals upon which we were founded,” says Wright. “This is my contribution to the civil rights fight of my generation.” To find out more about the project and how you can get involved click here.