Penny's Pals

Fri 25 September 2015

We’re delighted that during the run of Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer we’ll be hosting a programme of Platform Events featuring the people below, Penny’s Pals.

Penny Arcade
Penny Arcade is an internationally respected writer, actress and director who is one of a handful of artists who created and continue to define performance art. With an artistic career spanning almost 50 years, Arcade now occupies a unique position in the American avant-garde through her long association with the architects of the American counter culture movement including Charles Henri Ford, Judith Malina, Taylor Mead and Charles Ludlum. A former Andy Warhol Factory Superstar, Arcade is a contemporary of Patti Smith and Debbie Harry and the late great Quentin Crisp named her as his soul mate and the woman he most identified with.

Sarah Schulman
Sarah Schulman is the author of 17 books including Israel/Palestine and the Queer International and the novel The Cosmopolitans a re-imagining of Balzac’s Cousin Bette set in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1958 forthcoming in March 2016. She has had two plays produced at Playwrights Horizons in New York and is the theatrical adaptor of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Enemies, and A Love Story. Her films include The Owls (Berlin Film Festival 2010) and Mommy is Coming (Berlin Film Festival 2012). Sarah is co-founder with Jim Hubbard of MIX:NY Queer Experimental Film Festival, now in its 30th year, the ACT UP Oral History Project and a co-producers of the film UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP which will be screened with Sarah in attendance on 14th November at Hackney Attic.

See Penny & Sarah in conversation

Dan Glass
Dan Glass is an award winning writer, cabaret performer, human rights campaigner and LGBT and ACT UP London activist. For ACT UP he has successfully campaigned against UKIP’s anti HIV immigration policies, and as part of a broader coalition led the now infamous pub protest on Nigel Farage just prior to the General Election. In 2008 he superglued himself to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown campaigning over environmental issues. He regularly writes for Attitude, Guardian and Independent and his company The Glass is Half Full, is engaged in a range of politically charged debates and programmes including ‘Never Again Ever!’ a unique memorial activism programme for Holocaust survivors and their ancestors.

See Dan & Sarah in conversation

Matthew Todd
Matthew Todd is the editor of Attitude magazine. He is the Stonewall journalist of the year 2011 and the British Society of Magazine Editors Men’s magazine editor of the year 2011. He is one of the Independent on Sunday’s most influential LGBT people in the country. His first play ‘Blowing Whistles’ has played in London and Sydney. His first book, ‘Straight Jacket’, is published in 2016.

Patrick Cash
Patrick Cash is a writer, activist and spoken word poet living in London. He runs the monthly forum ‘Let’s Talk About Gay Sex & Drugs’ to facilitate an open and honest dialogue about drugs and sexual issues within the gay community. He also writes regularly for Attitude, and has recently written the play ‘The Clinic.’

David Stuart
David Stuart is the Substance Use Lead at 56 Dean Street addressing the sexualised drug use by gay men (‘ChemSex’) and has been involved in the development of London’s pioneering services Antidote, Club Drug Clinic and CODE Clinic and has been instrumental in placing ChemSex issues firmly on international Public Health agendas. David is also the curator of the Dean Street Wellbeing programme, a series of community engagement events that resource art and theatre, designed to mobilise, engage and impact on sexual health and wellbeing.

William Fairman
William Fairman is a Director at VICE. He has produced and directed some of their most popular and acclaimed documentaries such as Fashion Week Internationale and The Debt Collector and previously oversaw all of their UK online video content, leading their multi award winning Rule Britannia strand. Fairman is now Showrunner of ‘Gaycation’, a forthcoming LGBT travel and culture series hosted by, Ellen Page.

Max Gogarty
Max Gogarty started his career in writing, where he won a BAFTA Craft Award for his work on Channel 4’s Skins at the age of 19. He then moved into documentaries, developing C4’s Fried Chicken Shop at Mentorn Media and producing the Grierson-shortlisted documentary Payday at Pulse Films. Formerly head of development at VICE UK, Max is now Content Editor at BBC Three, developing and producing a number of films for the channel’s proposed move online in 2016. CHEMSEX is his first feature length documentary.

See Matthew, Patrick, David, William and Max in conversation

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