With February fast approaching, so is LGBT History Month! Dedicated to eradicating prejudice through education and making LGBT+ people visible in all their rich diversity, this month long annual celebration sends an important message in promoting a more inclusive society. To mark this, we have selected our top picks of shows and events in the North West, celebrating the LGBT+ community and their wonderful contributions to The Arts – from risqué stand up to eclectic cabaret.
Stand Up – Stephen Bailey:
Can’t Be Bothered
Thursday, 13 February 2020, at Quays Theatre, The Lowry
Presenter, television personality, writer and rising star of comedy, Stephen Bailey debuts Can’t Be Bothered – a new show addressing all that is going on in the world. Whether you know him as the arch-bitch with a winning smile, or everybody’s favourite gay best friend, Stephen’s open brand of gossipy humour has won him critical acclaim. Still wildly inappropriate, but more vulnerable than ever before, Stephen’s latest offering takes you on a personal journey as he explores what it’s like to be a ‘woke’ comedian.
Music – The Music of Judy Garland starring Denise Nolan
Wednesday 19th February 2020, at The Stockport Plaza
The ultimate gay icon Judy Garland is brought to life once more as Denise Nolan pays homage to one of the biggest stars of the silver screen. With anecdotes about Garland’s life and comparisons to her own career that includes performing alongside the late great Frank Sinatra, The West End’s leading lady brings her own vibrant style and world class vocals to classic Garland hits including: ‘The Man That Got Away’, ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘Zing Went The Strings’, and the timeless classic ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’.
Cabaret – Spring Cabaret at
Following the success of last year’s Cabaret Night Lady Member’s, which saw performances from RuPaul finalist and drag queen extraordinaire Davina de Campo amongst many other talents, Slung Low will be holding another Spring Cabaret show at The Holbeck this February. Promising live music, comedy, performance art, dancing and of course delicious food, this pay what you decide event ensures that there is something for everyone.
Musical – Guy: A New Musical
Leo&Hyde’s award winning electronic musical is a gay rom-com for everyone. Fat, nerdy and shy, Guy is a gay millennial looking for love in a community he feels shunned by. But when a rejection on Grindr pushes Guy over the edge, he is forced to confront his inner demons. Exploring everything from body image, identity and mental health, Guy is a reminder that the only person you should be is yourself.
Fringe – WTF Wednesday:
Wednesday 12th February 2020, at The Studio, The Lowry
Winner of the LGBTQ Award at the Brighton Fringe Festival, performance artist and entertainer Harry Clayton-Wright kicks off his first ever tour of his award winning solo show Sex Education. Delivered with candour, positivity and charm, Sex Education is an exploration of sex – how we learn about it and how it shapes our lives. Combining interviews, anecdotes and some good old-fashioned gay porn that Harry’s dad bought for him when he was 14, this is a show for anyone who’s wondered why they want what they want.