Forbidden Love


  • Singer Jessica Walker. Accompanist Joseph Atkins.
  • 28 February 2018 - 1 March 2018
  • The Studio

Half a century after the legalization of homosexuality, ‘The gifted singer Jessica Walker’ (NY Times) and MD Joseph Atkins present a provocative cabaret about illicit same-sex desire in times of repression.

Beginning with the male impersonators of the Victorian music hall and the first openly gay songs of the Weimar Cabaret in 1920s Berlin, we journey through the erotic songs of 1930s Paris, and into the hidden sexualities of artists in Britain and America, right up to the introduction of the infamous clause 28 in the 1980s. From Noel Coward to Dusty Springfield via Marlene Dietrich, this is an evening of queer history in song not to be missed.

“Walker’s luminous, androgynous appeal” The Stage

“A pure, bright mezzo-soprano of such melting beauty I think I could listen to it forever” New York Times

“Walker, a gifted chanteuse” The New Yorker

“A slinky, flame-haired androgyne in tux and boots, looking as if she might have strayed from some Weimar Republic dive” The Guardian

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Studio

    PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES: Wednesday 28 February, 7.30pm, (Extra Performance Added) Thursday 1 March, 2.30pm and Thursday 1 March 2018, 7.30pm

    TICKET INFORMATION: Adults £13 and Concessions £11
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    RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes 

    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833 / online 


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