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Over the past twelve months, our magazine and website have been brimming with super-talented, creative souls. We asked a few of them to tell us about their 2019. Newcastle based writer, comedian and cabaret artist Melody Sproates shares their highlights.

So, how was your 2019?
2019 was mega! And my busiest ever. I did a LOT of gigs, joined a band, made new friends, ‘came out’, saw a gazillion shows, got a Skeletor tattoo and Vic Reeves broke my phone case… A good year all round!

What was your best moment?
I should probably say when I got a standing ovation after my solo show *gender not included in July… BUT I did get a life-size gremlin prop replica who is my best friend.

And your worst moment?
I was on the way to running a zine-making workshop and I accidentally broke the bus ticket machine by pulling the ticket out too soon… Both embarrassing and anxiety-inducing.

Your favourite band/artist of the year?
Definitely, GWAR who I saw last week at the Riverside… I got drenched in fake blood, it was brilliant!!

Your favourite song of the year?
Photo Opportunity by Slaves.

Favourite TV show of the year?
Either the new Vic & Bob’s big night out, or Gone Fishing with Paul & Bob. Basically anything with Bob Mortimer in. He is the best.

Your favourite film?
I saw the double bill of IT Chapters 1 & 2 in 4D and it was so much fun feeling like Pennywise was gonna eat me!

Best book you read?
‘Seeing Gender’ by Iris Gottlieb. So good to read about different experiences of queer identities, alongside some beautiful illustrations.

Favourite venue of the year?
I have started going to The Star and Shadow cinema more often with my besties The DGA Collective. We run alt drag nights there and the S&S is such a lush inclusive and friendly space!

What was your favourite gig/show of the year?
I can’t decide between the theatre shows Joey (Sean Burn) and Burgerz (Travis Alabanza). Both absolutely soul-shaking, heart-wrenching amazingness.

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2020?
Yes! But I have lot’s cos I know too many brilliant creatives:

The DGA Collective (alt drag weirdos)

The Table (Awesome womxn & non-binary writers)

Julie Devon (Recent MA in Design graduate, wellbeing practitioner and my Mam!) 

And finally, what has next year got in store for you?
I can finally announce I’ll be touring my show *gender not included! Whoooo. It’s my one person non-binary cabaret lip-sync show, see below for dates!

I’ll also hopefully be starting my next show- An 80s movie inspired queer sci-fi play. Stay tuned…

*gender not included on tour 2020!

4th & 5th February at VAULT Festival London

4th March at Northern Stage (ft Non-binary double bill with Space: A Herstory!)

11th March at ARC Stockton

20th March at The Camden People’s Theatre for Sprint Festival

Would be lovely to see some peeps there!

You can watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/370982317

I’ll also be continuing co-running The LGBTQI+ Art group OURS/US/WE at The Customs House for folks aged 13-21


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