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Jo Clifford
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The re-discovery of a lost play: of WAR IN AMERICA
Something happened on Friday night that moved me so profoundly I find it very hard to put into words. It had something to do with it being the dress run of a play of mine that’s never been seen before: WAR IN AMERICA. But then I’ve been there so many times....

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A travesti theatre artist who refuses to be silenced
A very determined attempt was made yesterday to silence the performance of my play “The Gospel According to Jesus Queen Of Heaven”. The performance took place in Taubate, a city of a quarter of a million people roughly half way between Sao Paulo and Ro de J...

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On being an "outstanding woman of Scotland 2017"
I spent yesterday evening with a polar explorer, a forensic anthropologist, two choreographers, a singer, an artist, a theatre critic and two activists. It was amazing. All remarkable women. And all of us chosen by the Saltire Society and Glasgow Women’s Li...

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Why do I still have to argue that it's wrong to expect people to work without payment?
I was asked to perform this week . As an LGBT performer at a poetry event. By a colleague I like and respect and for a cause that passionately I believe in. “We promise to promote you thoroughly” the invitation went but as it's free event there will be no p...

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working in times of darkness
I take refuge in work in these dark times. And, naive as I may be, I think creating art is a valid protest against the obscenity that is happening... http://exeuntmagazine.com/features/jo-clifford-prevails-love/

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On the threshold of 2017
These are such dangerous times. More than ever I sense that our planet’s life is on a knife edge, somehow; and in these circumstances what we say and what we do really matters. We have to stand up to be counted. We have to make sure, as best we can, that we...

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Singing with just one voice
We met in the library. Me and Elizabeth Miguel, who used to be a ballet dancer, and who still shows flashes of her former artistry in the way she stands and sits. Me and Marcelino Oliveira, a man of immense dignity and charm who gave me a beautiful pendant ...

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The Empathy Machine
Last week I experienced an empathy machine. The Machine To Be Another uses virtual reality techniques to enable you to begin to see the world through another person's eyes. At FLUPP, the literary festival that was this year in the City Of God, we were invit...

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trying to keep the light shining
Terrible things are happening in the City of God. There was a police raid on the favela last Saturday which led to a firefight. Later that morning, a police helicopter crashed nearby, killing all the crew. Following that, police intensified what are euphemi...

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Gentileza or kindness.
We were travelling through an endless dreary underpass in the port area of Rio de Janeiro.  It was the usual hellish, frightening and repulsive kind of place where you often see the makeshift encampments of the homeless. But even they seemed to have been cl...
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