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Marcus Reeves, a recognised and talented performer, will be presenting his show at GFEST 2010 PerformancesCochrane Theatre, Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4AP. Box Office: 020 7269 1606

Fri 19 Nov / 7.30PM more info and booking : http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/performance.php

GFEST 2010  ‘Twit friendly’ Q & A with Marcus :

What are you doing right now?

I am currently in the final stages of mixing a concept album of the songs from ‘Postcards from God – The Sister Wendy Musical’ and preparing for GFEST with a handful of small gigs.

How would you describe your own practice?

After working in a few different genres (acting, cabaret and music) I see myself as a writer and performer with songwriting at the core of my practice, but I also dabble in poetry and text for the stage.

Do you see a debate going on around ‘Art Vs. Sexuality’ ?

I find it most exciting when people see beyond the LGBT ‘mask’ and say that my work spoke to them emotionally, rather than politically. But I think it is hugely important to be a visible and vocal performer who is proud of who and what they are.

Marcus Reeves

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

This is something that I still feel I am in the process of navigating. Much of my work is aimed at an LGBT audience, but I also feel the need to speak more widely and I hope I can gain crossover without censoring myself.

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

GFEST is a vital and unique part of the current arts landscape. It’s a joy and an honour to be part of it for the fourth time*. I feel that it’s an exciting forum and the most appropriate home for my work.

*Marcus is the only artist selected for all 4 years in a row.

How do you fund your practice?

Much of my work has only been possible due to the generosity of my family. I work part time at best in ‘day jobs’. Financially my work is a constant struggle and the strain of it means I am always on the verge of giving up, but as you progress, that becomes unfeasible due to your achievements.

Marcus Reeves

How do you publicise or market your work ?

I use my own website, Facebook and Myspace.

How would you like yourself to be known?

I would like to be seen as a Noel Coward for the noughties! (Though they are over now, so I will have to think of someone else for the teens!) (Noel Coward for the next generation?)

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

Greater equality has in many ways marginalised gay art. However, homophobia and misogyny are sadly still alive and well and breeding among the young, which is why GFEST and ‘out’ artists are deeply important.

A Single wish ?

To remain a part of GFEST for years to come.

– That’s very kind of you Marcus, and thank you.

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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 https://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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