Men have been dressing as women for the purposes on entertainment for hundreds of years. The female roles of Shakespeare's plays were performed by boys with unbroken voices, the traditional pantomime calls for a male performer to play the female dame character and one of Robin Williams' most iconic roles was a drag performance - … Continue reading Drag queens and divas: performing confidence
For someone whose life had such an incredible influence over contemporary pop culture, it amazes me that more people don't know who Josephine Baker was. Her influence can be seen in the work of celebrities such as Rihanna and Beyonce and she has been referenced and featured in countless films - my favourite cameo of … Continue reading Vaudeville and valour: Josephine Baker
There are many famous names that I look up to. I'm inspired every day by Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Carrie Fisher, Josephine Baker, Sylvia Plath and many other brilliant people who have in some way touched me with their lives and with their art. But the person who has inspired me above all others is … Continue reading Fragility and fame: Marilyn Monroe
Both C.S. Lewis and Phillip Pullman have discussed the works of John Milton, primarily Paradise Lost, throughout their own writing careers, and so it comes as no surprise that a high level of influence can be found in each writer’s most renowned work – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and the His Dark … Continue reading The complex relationship between His Dark Materials, Narnia and John Milton’s afterlife
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