STAGE REVIEW: ARC is Curious @ ARC, Stockton (04.07.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Hosted by Sapphires’ Gucci Gaboré and Tiny’s Gina Tonic, ARC is Curious boasted a cabaret night of weird and wonderful excerpts from across the North’s Curious Festival.

Signed throughout by Caroline Ryan, the show opened with a snippet of one of this month’s magazine cover stars, JG Tansley’s theatre show SPACE: A Herstory. A poignant multi-media piece travelling through the memories of LGBT nightclubs, Tansley asks what would queer spaces look like if queer history was rewritten?
Drag Idol 2015 winner Gucci Gaboré was up next, performing a fabulous dance track complete with splits and tricks to liven the Stockton crowd, followed closely by + Dance Company. Their expressive interpretive dance evoked the night of the historic Stonewall Inn riots, creating an emotional and visually stunning piece choreographed by Tom Cassidy.

But it was an excellent lip sync performance from co-magazine cover star Melody Sproates’ show *gender not included, that really shone through. With goofy throwbacks to 80s rock, Spongebob and Madonna interlaced with telling questions on gender identity, Sproates’ charming performance lifted the night with big laughs and a ceaseless charm (you can see the show again at Alphabetti Theatre on Saturday 13th July).

Ending with a silly and daring work-in-progress performance from Lucy McCormick filled with audience participation and loud erratic humour not for the faint of heart, ARC is Curious was a thoroughly enjoyable taste of what Curious Festival has offered to the north throughout this summer.

 

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