Gay London Festival: Q and A with GFEST 2010 artist Peter Scott-Presland


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Peter Scott-Presland, director of Homo Promos Theatre Company will be presenting his show at GFEST 2010 PerformancesCochrane Theatre, Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4AP. Box Office: 020 7269 1606

Thurs 18 Nov / 7.30PM / more info and booking : http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/performance.php

GFEST 2010 quickfire and ‘TWEET friendly’ Q & A with Peter :

Peter Scott-Presland

What are you doing right now?

Editing the sound files and making a video promo for my musical, “Desire”, which I wrote with Peter Murphy and tried out at the Albany in June.

How would you describe your own practice?

Entertaining the troops.  Political work to raise awareness; radical content, traditional form.

How is your work or practice relevant today to be a part of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) or queer art work?

I’m a queer man writing about queer subjects.  Simple as that.

Tell us about your reasons for presenting your work as part of GFEST 2010?

I’ve always been interested in queer history, and now I’m old enough to have been part of it.  I think it’s important to know where we came from.  We need roots.

Do you see yourself as ‘gay or queer artist’?

Yes and yes.  Sexuality is one of the main things which defines who you are and how you see the world.  You can’t just leave it in a plastic bag at the door when you start to create.

A new gay musical

How do you finance your practice?

With difficulty.  From ticket sales.  Out of my own pocket.

Do you think  you market your work well and what publicity support would you need?

Not really for me to say.  We’d all like more audience.  Could do with more skills / support re. internet use.

How would you like yourself  to be known?

Funny.  Sharp.  Well-crafted.  Relevant.

How do you see tomorrow’s ‘gay or queer art’ scene?

I don’t think it changes.  We all need affirmation, questioning, challenging as lgbt people.  And the desire to hear stories doesn’t change either.  (I’m a narrative traditionalist.)

A single wish ?

Respect across the generations.  And a decent piano.
- Respect to you Peter and best wishes from GFEST, decent piano donors are welcome to get in touch!
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Now in its fourth year, GFEST is supported by the Mayor of London, dignitaries, Ministers and MPs from all the leading parties, various London boroughs and Arts Council England.

LONDON: GAY ART FESTIVAL : GFEST 2010 showreel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwJ9UWJX1fg

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GFEST 2010  images on  http://www.flickr.com/photos/GFEST

GFEST 2010 Performers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/sets/72157624995681186/

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More info on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival (GFEST for short) web:  http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/

GFEST Artistic Director: Niranjan Kamatkar

WISE THOUGHTS is an arts charity that organises GFEST – Gaywise FESTival  in venues across London.
GFEST web networks: http://www.wisethoughts.org http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk http://www.facebook.com/niranjan.kamatkar http://www.gaywisefestival.blogspot.com/ http://twitter.com/gfest http://gaywisefestival.wordpress.com/ http://www.yoursemotionally.com/ http://www.myspace.com/interviewwithapolitician http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/ http://www.youtube.com/user/wisethoughts http://uk.linkedin.com/in/niranjankamatkar http://www.myspace.com/gaywisefestival

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