All articles by: Cary Gee

Out And About

Published: September 21, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

As a verb, activate can mean to turn on, or to trigger. It can also describe the act of converting a molecule into a reactive form. As a noun it …

Out And About

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

I recently interviewed Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury (Labour), the very first MP to come out as gay (in 1983), and David Mundell, Conservative Secretary of State for Scotland, for …

Dance: Briefs encounter

Published: July 26, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Briefs: Close Encounters Underbelly Festival, South Bank, London Billed as Boylesque, Briefs, an Australian dance troupe directed and led by the fiercely non-binary Fez Faanana, have landed their glittery starship-a …

Theatre: Shit-Faced Shakespeare

Published: July 22, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Much Ado About Nothing Leicester Square Theatre, London While this wouldn’t be the first play in the west-end to include an actor who is, frankly, a little the worse for …

Music: Triumph of the backroom boys

Published: July 11, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

The Tex Pistols Nells Jazz and Blues Club, London Billed as a celebration of Americana this Independence night gig is really a celebration of the fundamentals of great rock n …

Out And About

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Without Jeremy Corbyn as leader, Labour would have won the election outright. Absolute rubbish. As hypotheses go, this one, forwarded by a number of senior Labour figures in the immediate …

Books: A comic political saga

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

A Very English Scandal:?Sex, Lies And A?Murder Plot At The Heart Of The Establishment by John Preston Penguin £9.99 What happens when an Eton dandy falls for a socially inadequate …

Opera: Sophisticated and moving

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Semele Garsington Opera Presenting oratorio in fully staged performances is now a well-established tradition and there have been many notable successes. Even Handel’s own performances were usually semi-staged in some …

Theatre: Judy, Judy, Judy

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Judy Arts Theatre, London Judy Garland is “back in town”, and in writer and director Ray Rackham’s musical there are three of her. While the elder CBS Judy (Helen Sheals) …

Comedy: Enlightening laughs

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Ayesha Hazarika – State of the Nation Soho Theatre, London “Welcome to an evening of strong and stable comedy. Comedy means comedy and I intend to make a success of …

Out And About

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

At the 2015 general election, 11.3 million people voted for the Tories and 9.3 million voted Labour. And 15.7 million people eligible to vote did not do so. They included …

Theatre: Toad in the surreal whole

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

James Thierrée/Compagnie du Hanneton: The Toad Knew Sadlers Wells Theatre, London From the moment the red velvet curtain falls, when it should rise, you know to expect the unexpected. And …

Comedy: Wham bam Pam Ann

Published: May 10, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Pam Ann: Touch Trolley, Run to Galley Leicester Square Theatre, London Twenty years after she first took to the skies, Pam Ann’s latest touchdown in London is timed perfectly. After …

Out And About

Published: May 9, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

If Labour wins the general election it has promised to introduce a ‘consumer rights revolution’ for people who rent their homes. Private landlords would not only require a licence for …

Wam bam Pam Ann

Published: April 30, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Pam Ann: Touch Trolley, Run to Galley Leicester Square Theatre, London

Music: No frontiers

Published: April 22, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Garland Jeffreys Nells Jazz and Blues Club, London The first thing you notice, on entering Nells, is that that there is no one at the bar. Despite the early hour. …

Party time!

Published: April 13, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

This Joint Is Jumpin’ The Other Palace, London It’s the end of a long day. You feel more than ready to go home and crawl into bed when a friend …

Books: Transformative champion of LBGT rights

Published: April 11, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

When We Rise: My Life In the Movement by Cleve Jones Constable £14.99 Movements, of whatever hue – in Cleve Jones’ case it is rainbow coloured – can be all-consuming …

Out And About

Published: April 11, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Last week I was privileged to interview the remarkable LGBT activist Cleve Jones about his moving new memoir, When We Rise, the inspiration for a major prime time miniseries currently …