We have recently been introduced to this spectacular new magazine called EQUAL by the King of Introductions, Richard Selwyn-Barnett (see recent article).
EQUAL is published online and also as a magnificent high end journal that you can read and keep, showcasing Fashion, Art, Culture, and Music with a heavy emphasis upon diversity and uniqueness.
The charming and down to earth Shelley Rodgers, who is at the helm of EQUAL lives in a sleepy coastal village in between Dublin and Belfast with her musician partner Kieran Sherry and her daughter Maya.
Her stunning photography is shot through her own creative eye and embraces all aspects of our Planet and its people, from sub-cultures to those who have been excluded, with a particular emphasis upon the environment with cruelty free makeup, recycled jewellery and eco fashion.
EQUAL is also the perfect platform to promote both established and up and coming artists to showcase their work while also nurturing their talent. They have live fashion shows in iconic and historic buildings. Their most recent was held in Belfast Castle in February of this year, where they presented artists like Skyler Jett (the Commodores) with a life time achievement award for his career in music and other emerging creatives.
On Saturday 19th October at Belfast Castle there will be another ‘alternative’ fashion show with live music and a captivating catwalk featuring some stunning new designs like the new Bruno Tilley collection of T shirts, models from the LGBT community and those with severe injuries – the physically challenged.
Our very own Dee Anderson will be walking the catwalk and modelling a jean jacket in glittering Swarovski crystal, which has been designed by Rachel and Dean Mayhook, and their son Josh at jeanjacketdesigns.com
Dee will be performing her new song written especially for EQUAL entitled ‘You are Unique”.
Ticket sales will be announced in the next few weeks – watch this space and keep a close eye on EQUAL magazine.
I consider myself to be a ‘feminist’ – I have always loved being a woman, embraced the Goddess and unashamedly used every feminine wile in the book. So why have do some of us have a problem with International Women’s Day?
As many of you know from documented accounts of my family’s legacy, my Grandfather was one of the first registered bare knuckle fighters at The Ring in London’s Blackfriars in the 1920s, and yet I regard him as one of the biggest ‘feminists’ at a time when females were constrained to the Kitchen.
Sid ‘Tiger’ Thomas was one generation apart from me, but taught his offspring how to box, how to stand up for ourselves in a male dominated environment and that there were no limits to what we could achieve.
As a result of this confidence to have this freedom, my Mother Sylvia Anderson went on to become a pioneer for women in television, having created characters and storylines for iconic TV whilst surrounded by a male team. They were indeed hungry for her contribution and talent as they lacked her vision and creativity, but less able to give her the ultimate credit at the time, as women were not always celebrated.
I have always been my own person, taking risks and pursuing my own passions in spite of gender barriers and have encouraged my daughter and now granddaughter to do the same.
So why do some of us feel triggered to dispute the rhetoric of a day which celebrate an entire gender. Perhaps it is its own PR which can be deemed as both political and gender biased.
But if we look beyond the narrative – perhaps we can deploy our own interpretation and pay homage, not just to the suffragettes, but the women who have silently fought our corner, in both in our own environment and far reaching realms of our Planet – some of whom still do not have a voice, but are an integral part of the fabric of their society, and soldier on regardless without rights or recognition for their own talents or achievements.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States, record numbers of women march along 5th Avenue, past a banner that reads ”Women of the World Unite!’, New York, New York, August 26, 1970. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)
This is why I will always celebrate International Women’s Day, and would encourage us all to do the same.
We had the time of our lives on Saturday 1 December 2018 as we launched The Silver Screen Ball at Pinewood Studios, the legendary and iconic venue, famous for 80 years of stardom and movie magic.
This will be the first of many, due to the success of the event and the feedback we have received from our guests ‘
I just want to say thanks for all your help, I had a great time last night. I got the chance to talk to Thomas Sangster. It was the best day of my life. Thank you so much. If this event is going on next year, I’d definitely want to be there again. International guest at the event.
I just wanted to thank you both so much. I had the best time and I was so glad to be a part of your wonderful evening. Victoria Jarnefelt, Hassium
Stephen Dixon & Liz Kershaw (Sky News)
On behalf of all my guests, I would just like to say what a wonderful event and a massive thanks to all in making it such a success. The switch to the evening was a hit with us and we love the venue. A great time was had by all and for me kicked off the Christmas season superbly. Mike Mills, Castelli UK
What an amazing night! Our table had a ball in a lovely setting for a good cause so a big well done to you, Dee and all those involved in organising the event. Our friend, Mike, who ‘won’ Parker already has him on display in his shopfront. Ranjiv Bhalla, Veenus
Thanks for a fab evening and the photos. We had a laugh especially with the dancing. It was lovely to meet you and chat. Phil Howell, Turmerlicious
Cass Lewis (Skunk Anansie)
We all had a wonderful evening, so thank you for all the hard work done to make it a success. Chris Keeble, Pharma Medico
What can we say, it was the most amazing evening, we cannot remember the last time we enjoyed such an evening, it was perfect in every way, we met so many lovely people. You have all worked so hard and it paid off, WELL DONE. Judith Burrows, Jackloc
Christian Vit (Game of Thrones, Holby City)
Thank you for all of your wonderful organisation – it was a stunning and truly memorable event – Mike Parker, Dating Options
I just wanted to send a personal thanks to you all for your support again this year and for putting such hard work into organising a fantastic ball on Saturday evening. I had a really great time and I hope the guests enjoyed hearing about how their generous donations make a difference to GOSH and the hospital’s projects. Jonathan Tebble, GOSH
Maureen Lipman (Coronation Street)
We had a huge line up of celebrities too, from Maureen Lipman, Anthea Turner, Debbie Arnold, Christian Vit, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Cass Lewis, Liz Kershaw and Stephen Dixon to name but a few.
Thomas Brodie-Sansger (Games of Thrones, Maze Runner) with his sister & mum
Our celebrity singer Jack Montgomery entertained us throughout the evening, and we all danced the night away into the early hours.
Many tables have already been booked for 7 December 2019 when we will host our second Silver Screen Ball, again at the legendary Pinewood Studios. Contact us for details.
A FAB CELEBRITY SILVER SCREEN BALL AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS
1st December 2018
A RED CARPET EVENT
In Support of Great Ormond Street Hospital
Sylvia Anderson has left a huge legacy with her pioneering work as co-creator of Thunderbirds with her most iconic character Lady Penelope, and was always at the cutting edge of ground breaking television. Sylvia’s daughter Dee Anderson, in collaboration with Industry Professionals, has created the Sylvia Anderson Awards to be presented to emerging writers, musicians, film makers and animators at a high profile Celebrity Evening event to be held at Pinewood Studios on 1st December 2018.
There will be a Champagne Reception, followed by a sumptuous 3-course dinner with wine, amazing entertainment, the presentation of the Sylvia Anderson Awards (celebrating emerging talent), plus in support of GOSH, we have a “What Money Can’t Buy” Auction & Luxury Raffle.
The Ball is an exclusive black-tie event, in aid of a wonderful cause –Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. It will be great for entertaining and shouldbe a fabulous evening – guests get to walk the red carpet and mingle with our Celebrity Guests.
All this, plus dancing into the early hours – so plenty to look forward to!
Celebrities from the world of TV & Film will be in attendance ranging from Eastenders to Game of Thrones, along with various people who worked with Sylvia over the years on the productions inc voice artists & puppeteers.
Sylvia’s passion was to support new artists in all genres of film and television, and her memory lives on as we honour her vision and pay homage to all that she represented in the world of Entertainment.
In addition to the award ceremony, there will be a ‘what money can’t buy’ auction to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital, famous for their arduous work in revolutionary treatments for children suffering with serious diseases.
Many celebrities will take part and will walk the red carpet with guests from all walks of life – to share the champagne reception, sumptuous three course meal and enjoy the superb entertainment provided by Glotime TV – held in the most iconic film studio in the country, home to James Bond and Disney and with the largest underwater film stage in the world.
Well-known Anderson character lookalikes will be there to greet you and you can join in with this fun event, whilst supporting a brilliant Charity.
Also on display will be range of Puppets & Props from the many series created by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson.
Here is a glimpse of last years event
A small number of tickets are now released for fans to come along and join in with the festivities of this stunning red carpet event, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and to reserve your place.
As the Iconic show says “Thunderbirds Are Go” – FAB
On Thursday 1st November, Dee Anderson was the guest of Sarah Walker on BBC Radio Berkshire
You can listen to Dee talking to Sarah about Thunderbirds, Puppets and the Ball here
A particularly moving and evocative exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, focuses on gender identity and politics, and how we have evolved over the past 50 years.
The first ‘drag’ act was actually recorded as far back as 1870, but dates back even further, and they are now highly regarded works of art with the ‘drag’ artists perfecting their presentations with enthralling picturesque performances of ingenuity.
‘This free exhibition features the work of more than 30 artists who have used drag to explore or question identity, gender, class and politics, from the 1960s to the present day.
Alongside key figures such as Pierre Molinier, VALIE EXPORT, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman, the exhibition also includes self-portraits by a younger generation of contemporary artists who have recently embraced drag as an art form, including Adam Christensen and Victoria Sin.
Rather than offering a linear or chronological narrative, this exhibition aims to present a multitude of voices that explore cultural shifts of the past 50 years and touch on topics that include the 1980s AIDS crisis and post-colonial theory.
Focused on photography but spanning a variety of other media, DRAG is accompanied by a programme of tours led by drag performers.
Featured artists at the exhibition include
Eleanor Antin, Oreet Ashery, Renate Bertlmann, Leigh Bowery, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Luciano Castelli, Adam Christensen, Francesco Copello, Jimmy DeSana, Rose English, VALIE EXPORT, Samuel Fosso, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ann Hirsch, David Hoyle, Michel Journiac, Birgit Jürgenssen, Paul Kindersley, Suzy Lake, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ana Mendieta, Pierre Molinier, Tony Morgan, Hunter Reynolds, Cindy Sherman, Victoria Sin, Jo Spence, Sturtevant, Ulay, Martha Wilson, David Wojnarowicz & Jesse Hultberg, Ming Wong and Cerith Wyn Evans.
A brave beginning in every sense as Zora Panic, a frustrated young freedom fighter come cook played exquisitely by Martha Dancy, opens the Play on a deserted stage. Her job is to warm up and amuse the audience and ultimately Randolph Churchill himself, against a backdrop of WW11 and nostalgic music of the time, and she wins hands down on every count.
This extraordinary play by writer James Hugh MacDonald is based on a true story and is skilfully directed by Andrew C Wadsworth.
Mr Macdonald who is seeing the Premiere of his first Play at the age of 91 said: “When I read that Waugh and Churchill had been together in this farmhouse in Croatia and Waugh had got Churchill to read the Bible in a week, that seemed to me a godsend plot”.
Happy Warriors, set in a farmhouse in Topusko, a small town in Croatia, formerly Yugoslavia, is based on a true story from World War II. The comic plot sees author Evelyn Waugh, best known for Brideshead Revisited, antagonised by Randolph, son of Winston Churchill.
Winston Churchill had sent his son, who had the rank of Major, to join the mission in Yugoslavia, and Randolph who was well known for his overly high opinion of himself, was complaining that he lacked companions of his own social and intellectual standing. Hence Evelyn Waugh, an old chum of the Major, was factored in as a companion to keep him ‘happy’.
As we observe the constant banter and bickering between the two, we are torn between thinking that Churchill regrets requesting such a challenging companion, as it certainly seems to backfire, but is it more of an obvious distraction where war and death beckon at every turn.
As Mr MacDonald says “There are two strong characters, and both want something the other is not prepared to give – and one way or another they succeed or don’t succeed.”
Mr Macdonald’s play was picked up by Joan Lane, from Wild Thyme Productions, one of the early backers of the script for The King’s Speech, which went on to win an Oscar for best picture in 2011.
Simon Pontin as Randolf Churchill not only exudes the arrogance and grandeur of the Major, but reveals his weaker traits as he is relentlessly challenged by his counterpart, Evelyn Waugh.
Evelyn Waugh, beautifully portrayed by Neil Chinneck, is resilient in his goading of Churchill, who in turn reminds him of his Senior ranking – but Evelyn is not deterred and his pay back is deftly dealt in all forms of emotional and verbal inquisition.
A wordy piece in every sense, but judging by the audience on their first night at the Gatehouse Theatre, the Play has a charm and longevity that like its subject matter will more than survive the passage of time.