Playwright Mark Ravenhill was fascinated by the life of Bette Bourne, Soho legend and pioneer of gay theatre. In a conversation which forms the basis of their forthcoming show together, the pair discuss Fifties repression, liberation and illicit love


HIS bright red lips puckered up in concentration, Bette Bourne is leaning over a black and white photograph of Old Compton Street. “I think I can find the window,” he says, producing a large magnifying glass. The photo Bette is inspecting shows a...

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