Rose Collis Joins Cast of Motherlogues by Forked Theatre
A raw & honest portrayal about motherhood. Whether it’s being a mum, not wanting to become a mum or dealing with a mum, five women collaborate to present a series of monologues sourced and written by the women who perform them.
This show is a wonderful array of funny, heart-warming, sad, but above all, honest stories for all.
As Lauren Reed, Creative Director of Forked Theatre, explains, ‘It’s important for us to have a new cast heading up each edition of MOTHERLOGUES. This means we can provide a new slant on motherhood every time. We are constantly gathering source material – this show will just grow and grow.’
With Lauren Reed, Rose Collis, Kailing Fu, Colleen Prendergast and Stephanie Wickmere.
Podcast interviews with Rose Collis and the other cast members can be heard here: http://www.forkedtheatre.co.uk/our-podcast
- MOTHERLOGUES opens at The Etcetera Theatre on Wednesday 23rd August until Sunday 27th August at 18:30. Tickets are £12.50 (£10 concs) BOOK ONLINE HERE
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ARTS COUNCIL FUNDS NEW PLAY BY ROSE COLLIS
Writer and performer Rose Collis has been awarded research and development funding from Grants for the Arts, supported by Arts Council England, to create a two-act stage play based on her book Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment, about the extraordinary life of Valerie Arkell-Smith aka ‘Colonel Victor Barker’.
Virago published Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment in 2001, and it garnered enormous critical acclaim:
‘Excellent… treads a careful line between sensation and sentiment.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Collis’s unpretentious, ribald, chatty style carries this ripping yarn.’ Time Out
‘A fascinating tale…Collis has researched this book thoroughly, and she writes with a lively sense of humour.’ Times Literary Supplement
‘Rose Collis has delved meticulously…and produced a remarkably gripping and, at times, quite hilarious story.’ Val Hennessy, Daily Mail, ‘Critic’s Choice’
‘Written with style and feeling…’ Financial Times
The funding coincides with the start of a two-week residency at the Gladstone Library awarded to Rose Collis after she was shortlisted for its prestigious Writer-in-Residence 2016 programme.
The residency commences on October 29, with her event Rose Collis and Her Trouser-Wearing Characters taking place during the Library’s popular Hearth Festival.
The Trials of Colonel Barker will be developed to rehearsed reading stage, in time for the second (Brighton And) Hove Grown Festival of new writing which takes place March 24 to April 2 2017.
Rose Collis’s new one-woman play, Wanting the Moon, featured in the inaugural Hove Grown Festival in 2016.
Prior to the rehearsed readings, Rose Collis will present two tie-in public engagement events: a free ‘Lunchtime Lecture’ at Worthing Library on February 28 and a talk at Jubilee Library, Brighton (date tbc). All events will have Q&A sessions, and copies of Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment will be on sale.
Participating artists for The Trials of Colonel Barker will include Keith Drinkel, Philippa Hammond and Guy Wah.
Rose Collis said, ‘I am enormously grateful to Arts Council England for supporting another of my projects, and also to the Gladstone Library for the two-week residency which will be spring-boarding this exciting new project. Writing this play will provide an exciting and vital challenge in my development as a stage writer, breaking new ground to create my first two-act play, and my first for a cast of more than two performers.’
V&A LUNCHTIME LECTURE BY ROSE COLLIS
Clemence Dane is the ‘invisible woman’ of British 20th century culture: a prolific and popular writer and artist, described by her great friend Noel Coward as ‘a wonderful unique mixture of artist, writer, games mistress, poet and egomaniac.’
Yet her name and achievements are almost forgotten today: she was the first British woman screenwriter ever to win an Oscar, the inspiration for eccentric medium ‘Madame Arcati’ in Coward’s Blithe Spirit and a highly-regarded scriptwriter in Hollywood.
Join acclaimed writer and performer Rose Collis as she talks about the life and work of this extraordinary woman, the subject of her new Arts Council-funded one-woman play, Wanting the Moon.
Wednesday 1st February, 13:00-13:45, in the Museum’s Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, . Part of the Museum’s Lunchtime Lecture series. Lectures are free and no booking is required.
V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Arts Council England funded the first-ever regional tour of Trouser-Wearing Characters by Rose Collis.
The tour took place during LGBT History Month 2016, when the show was performed at ten different regional libraries, starting at Ipswich Central Library on February 9, and ending at Newcastle City Library on March 2.
The tour was a tremendous success with the public and staff alike. Thirty-nine per cent of total audiences completed feedback forms; 54% rated the event as ‘5-star’; the overall star rating was 4.5 star. Asked ‘Would you like to see more performances in this library?’, 100% of respondents answered ‘Yes’. Asked ‘Would you like to see other theatre performances by Rose Collis?’, 100% of respondents answered ‘Yes’.
All the partner library services expressed a keen interest in hosting future performances of my shows.
This critically-acclaimed original entertainment − a unique mixture of music, history and comedy − is the first-ever one-woman cabaret-style musical show created and performed by a British author. It combines stories, vignettes and songs about some of her favourite, eclectic ‘trouser-wearing characters’, from Nancy Spain to Colonel Barker, Dougie Byng to the ‘f**king lady’ herself, Coral Browne — with cameo ‘appearances’ by the likes of Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich and Vincent Price.
Since making its world premiere at the Brighton Fringe Festival 2012, the show has appeared at festivals and venues throughout the UK, but this will be its first full-scale tour.
Early in 2013, it had a hugely successful five-week tour of New Zealand and Australia, appearing at Auckland Fringe, NZWellington Fringe, Sydney Mardi Gras and Adelaide Fringe — the second biggest arts festival in the world.
Rose Collis said, ‘I am thrilled to be taking Trouser-Wearing Characters on its first full-scale regional UK tour and deeply grateful to Arts Council England for funding it through ‘Grants for the Arts’.
I chose to take the show to public libraries as I felt it would appeal to a more diverse audience who prefer to attend cultural events there rather than theatres, and I thank all the library services who have greeted the show with enormous enthusiasm and support.
I am also delighted that I’ll be working with Kinny Gardner again, who directed the rehearsed readings of my ACE-funded play Not Wanted On Voyage earlier this year.’
Original production was directed by Matt Thompson, 2016 version directed by Kinny Gardner B.C.A.a
All performances will be followed by informal Q&A sessions with Rose Collis and opportunities to buy books by her.
‘…brings gems and nuggets of biographical details compellingly recounted through humour, song and wit’
Trouser-Wearing Characters is a highly-entertaining and personal piece of cabaret theatre that will be appreciated by a broad audience.’
Theatre Review New Zealand
The 2016 tour dates are:
Tues Feb 9
Lecture Hall, Ipswich Central Library, Northgate Street, Ipswich IP1 3DE. 01473 263827 7.30pm, doors open 7pm
Sat Feb 13
Plymouth Central Library, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AL. 01752 305900
6.30pm, doors open 6pm
Mon Feb 15
Rougemont Room, Exeter Library, Castle Street. Exeter, Devon EX4 3PQ. 01392 384218
7pm, doors open 6.30pm
Weds Feb 17
Taunton Library, Paul St, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3XZ, 0300 123 2224
6.30pm, doors open 6pm
Fri Feb 19
Battle Library, Reading, 420 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1EE. 0118 901 5100
7.30pm, doors open 7pm
Mon Feb 22
The Hive, Worcester Library, Sawmill Walk, The Butts Worcester WR1 3PD. 01905 822866
7pm, doors open 6.30pm
Weds Feb 24
Shrewsbury Library, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2AS, 01743 255308
7.30pm, doors open 7pm.
Fri Feb 26
Carpenter Room, Sheffield City Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ. 0114 2734727
7.00pm, doors open 6.30pm
Mon Feb 29
Todmorden Library, Strand, Rochdale Road, Todmorden OL14 7LB. 01706 815600
6pm, doors open 5.30pm
Weds Mar 2
Bewick Hall, Newcastle City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge St W, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX. 0191 277 4100
6.30pm, doors open 6pm.
Rose brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as a writer, performer and alternative historian as well as being a member of the Society of Authors and Equity. Her work covers many genres, including theatre, biography, journalism, short-fiction and radio. Stephen Hayes, National Trust Property Administrator, who along with the staff and volunteers at Coleridge Cottage, chose Rose for the role, is looking forward to an event-packed 2015.
Rose and guest authors and poets will be organising events, masterclasses, workshops and talks at Coleridge Cottage, many of them offered free of charge, which will bring the stories of Coleridge’s time in the West Country, including spies, addiction and revolutionary poetry into the spotlight to a much wider audience. Later in the year there will be an Open Day for the public. Events are booking out fast so keep an eye on press and this site for details of the Writing Places programme, as well as keeping up to date with Rose’s posts about her experiences.
For more details, visit http://writingplaces.org/
Writing Places has a series of reading and writing events running at the end of October at Coleridge Cottage, run by Rose Collis, their Writer In Residence.
Speaking Objects – free drop-in workshop
October 30th 2015, 2-4pm
Speaking Objects: Writer-in-Residence Rose Collis leads a creative writing workshop in which participants will be encouraged to unleash their imagination on some of the deceptively simple household and personal items and ephemera on display throughout Coleridge Cottage. What part did objects such as a humble fireplace, a hat, a laudanum bottle or a skillet play in inspiring major works of the Romantic movement? What was their history, and what can they tell us? You decide!
Domestic Dramas – free drop-in activity
November 1st 2015 2-4pm
Domestic Dramas: Rose Collis, Writer-in-Residence, is your host for readings of her specially-devised dramatisations about some of the domestic and personal tensions involving Samuel and Sara Coleridge, and William and Dorothy Wordsworth, adapted from journals, letters and texts by the prolific writer, May Byron.
Twilight Tales at Coleridge Cottage for Halloween
October 31st 2015 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Twilight Tales: Gather around Coleridge’s fireplace by candlelight with Rose Collis, Writer-in-Residence, and other readers to enjoy extracts from Gothic works directly influenced by the Romantic writers, including Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The Vampyre by John Polidori, plus some of Coleridge’s own darker moments.
Booking via Coleridge Cottage on 01278 732662
A BUSY START TO 2014!
In February, Rose Collis was performer/compere at the University of Birmingham’s LGBT History Month Launch Extravaganza – an evening of celebration, music and laughter featuring the Isis String Quartet, performances from Baron Sternlook’s Big Naughty Gay Improvised Musical, The Vagina Monologues, Le Cabaret Du Chat Électrique II and Victoria Perks (VixVox) of Fuzzbox fame.
Also for LGBT History Month, Rainbow Hamlets — with the support of LB Tower Hamlets — presented Trouser-Wearing Characters.
Since making its world premiere at the Brighton Fringe Festival 2012, the show has appeared at festivals and venues throughout the UK, from Manchester to Margate, Worthing to Wigtown. Early in 2013, it had a hugely successful five-week tour of New Zealand and Australia, appearing at Auckland Fringe, NZWellington Fringe, Sydney Mardi Gras and Adelaide Fringe — the second biggest arts festival in the world.
The show garnered yet another a five-star rave review – this time, from Planet London, who said:
‘Drawing the audience in instantly with skilled story telling, cheeky songs, gender exploration and a comparison of attitudes of people then and now (striking similarities will startle), Rose weaves secrets, tidbits of biographical information & audience banter. Rose brings gems and nuggets of biographical details compellingly recounted through humour, song and wit.’
Then it was on to LGBT HISTORY IN WORTHING AND ADUR: AN ILLUSTRATED TALK at Worthing Library on February 13.
And then, to round the month off, it was POLARI AT THE SOUTHBANK on February 28.
Headlined by VG Lee, and also featuring Colin Bell, Jonathan Broughton and Musa Okwonga, this was attended by the event’s biggest-ever audience.
As blogger Eve Muswell reported: ‘Alternative historian Rose Collis took the stage to rapturous applause – she’s clearly well-known on the circuit. A total change of tone here with her mini-lecture on the connections between Brighton and Death. Sounds bizarre, I know, but it was quite interesting. Then Rose whipped out her banjolele and delighted the audience (who were not shy to join in!) with her rendition of ‘The Boys in the Back Room”, originally made famous by the great Marlene Dietrich, taking us into the interval.’
Colin Bell also praised ‘the ebullient but hard-hitting Rose Collis.’
On March 6, Rose performed at London L&G Switchboard‘s star-studded 40th Anniversary Gala at the Waldorf Hilton, on a bill that included Lucy Spraggan, The Feeling’s frontman Dan Gillespie Sells and Beverley Knight.
Then came the truly memorable ‘End Of’ event on April 29, at The Hove Centre. The brainchild of Julie Burchill, the event was created with the express purpose of raising funds for RISE – Brighton & Hove’s domestic abuse charity. The line-up included Alison Moyet, Caitlin Moran, Suzanne Moore, Jackie Clune, Ann Mitchell, Tracey Thorn, Julie Graham and Linda Lewis. By request, Rose performed a dramatic and moving rendition of ‘Surabaya Johnny’, and was overwhelmed by the post-show acclaim she received, including Ann Mitchell’s praise for her ‘wonderful voice’.
The Argus reported: ‘There’s barely any need to point out that all the performers were female, just that they were all brilliant, and united for a very worthy cause.’ Over £13,000 was raised for RISE.
After this busy few months, Rose is now working and collaborating to develop some exciting new theatre and history projects.
* ROSE COLLIS AWARDED GRANT
FROM PEGGY RAMSAY FOUNDATION *
In May, Rose Collis was proud and honoured to have become the recipient of a grant from The Peggy Ramsay Foundation, towards the writing of her new play, A Fine ‘Romance’. Her thanks and gratitude for their support of her work go to the Foundation’s esteemed Trustees: Laurence Harbottle, Neil Adleman, Simon Callow CBE, Michael Codron CBE, Sir David Hare, Tamara Harvey, Rupert Rhymes OBE, John Tydeman OBE and Dame Harriet Walter.
ROSE COLLIS AND DEATH IN THE CITY SHORTLISTED BY GLADSTONE LIBRARY
Gladstone’s Library Announces Its Writers in Residence 2016 Shortlist
Gladstone’s Library has today revealed the 10 books shortlisted for the Library’s successful Writer in Residence programme.
The shortlist is made up of novels, poetry and creative non-fiction that in the eyes of the shortlisters best represent some of the most creative writing in the world today.
Four authors will win a month’s residency at Gladstone’s Library, a creative community that is open to the public and is based in the world’s only residential library. Previous winners include: Naomi Alderman (The Liars’ Gospel), Stella Duffy (Theodora, The Purple Shroud), Vanessa Gebbie (The Coward’s Tale), Melissa Harrison (Clay, At Hawthorn Time) Peter Jukes, Lesley McDowell (Unfashioned Creatures), Peter Moore (Damn His Blood, The Weather Experiment) and Sarah Perry (After Me Comes the Flood). Previous winning poets include Katrina Naomi, (The Girl With the Cactus Handshake, Hooligans), Judy Brown (Loudness), Pascale Petit (Fauverie).
The submissions are drawn from a pool of entries all around the world. To qualify for consideration, all applicants have to submit a book published in the last three years and a short piece on liberal values.
The ten shortlisted titles are:
Susan Barker, The Incarnations (Doubleday)
Sue Hubbard, The Forgetting and Remembering of Air (Salt)
Rose Collis, Death in the City (Hanover Press)
Rebecca Farmer, Not Really (smith/doorstop)
Alyson Hallett, Suddenly Everything (Poetry Salzburg)
Jason Hewitt, The Dynamite Room (Simon & Schuster)
Tung-Hui Hu, Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon Press)
Amy Liptrot, The Outrun (Canongate)
Katharine Norbury, The Fish Ladder (Bloomsbury Circus)
Natasha Pulley, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Bloomsbury Circus)
The Warden of Gladstone’s Library, Peter Francis, commented that as in previous years, the list represents ‘a wonderful blend of established, newly published and as-yet unpublished writers. Our shortlist seems to develop organically, to include long- and short-form fiction, poetry, biography and creative non-fiction. We are delighted to be able to announce such a strong shortlist and we’re sure that those of us who are judging have their work cut out’.
The judging panel consists of Strategy Director of Rufus Leonard and Trustee of Gladstone’s Library Freddie Baveystock; novelist and Director of the National Academy of Writing Richard Beard; Peter Francis, Warden of Gladstone’s Library; novelist and academic Francesca Haig; novelist Sarah Perry; Director of Collections and academic Louisa Yates.
Writer and performer Rose Collis has been awarded funding from Grants for the Arts, supported by the Arts Council England, to create a new stage play about 50s media stars Nancy Spain and Gilbert Harding.
The Research & Development project will culminate in two ‘script-in-hand’ performances in late February 2015 at in Brighton and London, to which theatre industry professionals and other interested groups and individuals will be invited. Collaborative partners for the project include Shelley Silas, Kinny Gardner, Thea Bennett, Keith Drinkel, the Marlborough Theatre (Brighton), Bread and Roses Theatre (London) and Sussex young people’s organisation, Blueprint 22.
Rose Collis, author of Spain’s biography A Trouser-Wearing Character, says ‘In the 1950s, Gilbert Harding − a guilt-ridden and unhappy gay man − was the most famous personality on British television who loathed his fame. Nancy Spain was the most famous female all-media personality, at ease with her sexuality and her celebrity status. I’ve always thought their unlikely friendship – including the long-running and hilarious rumours that they might marry − was a subject worthy of dramatisation.
‘I’m enormously grateful to the Arts Council for this grant – the first public funding I’ve ever received – and also to the Peggy Ramsay Foundation, which contributed vital match-funding. I am also thrilled to be collaborating with project partners of the highest calibre who will make valuable contributions to the creative process and the outcomes.’
National Gallery Talk:
6 November 2014, 7pm. http://www.npg.org.uk/
© Amanda Baker
A SHORT REVIEW OF THIS EVENT BY UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER LGBT STAFF NETWORK:
Queer Perspectives at the National Portrait Gallery
Last Thursday’s social event was a trip to hear Rose Collis discussing with Sadie Lee a number of LGBT icons in the Gallery’s collection, including Noel Coward, Nancy Spain, Gilbert Harding and – most surprising of all – Clemence Dane who most in the audience had not heard of. An excellent evening with solid research, entertainment and even singing from Rose. See photo.
‘Trouser-Wearing Characters’ nominated for ‘Best Theatre Show’ in Ultimate Planet 2014 Awards
Since making its world premiere at the Brighton Fringe 2012, the show has appeared at festivals and venues throughout the UK, from Manchester to Margate, Worthing to Wigtown and Northampton to Norwich. Early in 2013, ‘Trouser-Wearing Characters’ had a hugely successful five-week tour of New Zealand (produced by Tomboi Productions) and Australia, appearing at Auckland Fringe, NZWellington Fringe, Sydney Mardi Gras and Adelaide Fringe — the second biggest arts festival in the world.
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*** ROSE COLLIS AWARDED GRANT
FROM PEGGY RAMSAY FOUNDATION ***
In June, Rose Collis was proud and honoured to become the recipient of a grant from The Peggy Ramsay Foundation, towards the writing of her new play, Not Wanted On Voyage. Her thanks and gratitude for their support of her work go to the Foundation’s esteemed Trustees: Laurence Harbottle, Neil Adleman, Simon Callow CBE, Michael Codron CBE, Sir David Hare, Tamara Harvey, Rupert Rhymes OBE, John Tydeman OBE and Dame Harriet Walter.
‘DEATH AND THE CITY’, NEW BOOK (HER TWELFTH) BY ROSE COLLIS
OUT NOW IN PAPERBACK AND KINDLE EDITIONS!
NEW HISTORY BLOGS FROM ROSE COLLIS ON THEBESTOFLOCAL WEBSITE:
BRIGHTON PINK PLAQUES
UK’s first ever LGBT history app now available
BY ROSE COLLIS AND STEPHEN WATSON
Writer and historian Rose Collis and programmer Stephen Watson have created ‘Brighton’s Pink Plaques’, an app about Brighton’s LGBT history —which is the only app of its kind about the UK. Based loosely on some of her ‘Walkie Talkie’ tours, the app features original text and photos by Rose Collis, and takes users on three themed ‘trails’ around the city’s LGBT history: Hotels, Pubs & Clubs and Shops & Cafés.
Brighton Pink Plaques is available to download now for free, via the App Store, which can be accessed from iTunes (Mac or Windows) or any iOS device (iPhone, iPod touch or iPad) running iOS 7 or higher. http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/brighton-pink-plaques/id501749755?mt=8
My Gay Travel Guide gave it the thumbs-up: http://mygaytravelguide.com/lgbt-travel-app-for-brighton-1053
As did Frontiers LA: http://www.frontiersla.com/Channels/PostcardsUK/story.aspx?ID=1655417
Sussex University recommended it to their students: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/studentlifecentre/diversity/lgbtq
The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Erotica, edited by Rose Collis,
is now available in Kindle edition from Constable and Robinson:
Including stories from Joan Nestle, Stella Duffy, Emma Donoghue, Nina Rapi, Kathleen Bryson, Jill Gardiner, Bente Clod, Berta Freistadt and Patience Agbabi.
PRAISE FOR THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF LESBIAN EROTICA:
‘Whether choosing this book to read with a partner, or simply to settle down for a good read with your chocolates, hankies and possibly vibrator by your side, you’ll be making a good choice. It’s also very good value.’
‘It was a pleasure to turn to Rose Collis’s new collection and find that not every story climaxed with a climax. There are around 50 stories here and it’s great to see European and Antipodean writers side by side with North Americans for once.’
Helen Sandler, Diva
‘A simply wonderful collection of lesbian erotica brought together by the well-known Brighton author Rose Collis…nearly 500 pages with a diverse global collection of 48 well-crafted tales. I loved it.’
READER REVIEWS FROM AMAZON – AVERAGE RATING 4.5 OUT OF 5:
‘The attractive thing about this book is that you can dip in and out without being bored with the consequences and there’s plenty of variation in the scenarios from “first times” to threesomes.’
‘Lovely, so pleased i got this its just right for a quick read because its all short stories. Lots of sex but also v good characters and stories. Love it.’
‘Some excellent short stories from authors old and new, experienced and inexperienced, but all excellent reading.’
‘Overall, excellent and good quality for most of the stories, well worth the money.’
‘I found it a very good book, really caught my attention with some of the stories, nice and steamy.’
ALSO AVAILABLE NOW IN KINDLE EDITION:
For more details and reviews, see The New Encyclopaedia of Brighton
In August 2013, Rose Collis joined Blueprint 22 in celebrating the completion and launch of Screened Out, ‘an historic journey into reel stories from the celluloid closet’ – the first ever project about Worthing’s LGBT history. Using the focal point of Worthing, West Sussex, we explored the history of LGBT films shown locally at the town’s independent cinemas between the 1920s up to the present day. We worked with LGBT residents of all ages to explore the impact these films had on their lives throughout the decades.
In September 2013, at the ‘Queer in Brighton‘ conference, Rose gave a talk about the project and its outcomes, which included:
- ‘Wilde About Worthing’, the first ever LGBT history tour aimed at young people aged 16-25, devised and led by Rose Collis; featured personalities included Oscar Wilde, Maureen Colquhoun, Maureen Duffy, Lindsay Anderson, Gluck and Harry Hay.
- A digital timeline about historic films with LGBT themes and characters: http://blueperez.net/screenedout/timeline/
- A short documentary, available to view free at: http://www.blueprint22.org.uk/lgbtu-projects.php
- A companion e-book, written by Rose Collis and Blueprint 22, available to buy at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Screened-Out-Companion-Guide-ebook. 5o% of profits from the e-book go to Blueprint 22.
In December 2013, Rose Collis and VG Lee presented ‘Bah Humbuggers (or Dyke the Halls)‘, an evening of hardly festive fun, words and music in Brighton and London.
Read a great review of the Brighton show:
And a great review of the London show:
‘Rose Collis…a style not unlike that of “grumpy old women” but more interesting and funnier.’
And… the show’s title sparked a piece of unbelievable censorship , which provoked an unprecedented (and unexpected) outpouring of support and debate on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere: