Riot Act, a powerful verbatim theatre piece exploring the history of the LGBTQ rights movement, comes to Oldham as part of a UK Pride season tour.
Written and performed by Alexis Gregory, Riot Act is a hard-hitting, hilarious and heart-warming solo verbatim piece, taking audiences on a breath-taking journey through six decades of queer history.
Created from the playwright’s interviews with Michael-Anthony Nozzi, one of the only remaining Stonewall survivors; Lavinia Co-op, a 1970s London radical-drag artist; and Paul Burston, a prominent 1990s AIDS activist.
Provocative, tender, truthful, funny, political and personal, these are stories of queerness, sexuality, activism, addiction, family, childhood, love, sex, drag, community, togetherness, conflict, identity, youth, ageing, loss, fierce queens and a Hollywood diva.
It promises to be a riot!
Producer Rob Ward said: "With recent developments in Brunei as well as protests outside primary schools in Birmingham, 'Riot Act' provides a timely reminder just how precious these rights are and how passionately they must be defended.
“We are incredibly proud to present Riot Act to audiences across the UK this Pride season."
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR RIOT ACT…
“A career defining performance...Rikki Beadle Blair’s direction; brilliant...this stand-out piece of theatre will become part of LGBT cultural heritage”
“Verbatim theatre at its best”
“Gregory has done something magical with Riot Act”
A Younger Theatre
“A stunning and deeply emotional performance...deftly directed by Beadle-Blair:”
“Theatre at its simplest and at its best”
British Theatre Guide
“Gregory’s tour-de-force performance led to the standing ovation he so rightly deserved. Cohesive direction by Beadle-Blair”
“Achieves ambitious levels of storytelling. An eye-opening punch to the gut”
Riot Act is recommended for audiences of 16 years+.
Contains themes and language of an adult nature.
Riot Act is created and performed by Alexis Gregory; directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE; and produced by Alexis Gregory, Team Angelica, Arcola Theatre (Arcola dates) and Emmerson & Ward Productions.
Riot Act will also visit Arcola Theatre; Crewe Lyceum; Norwich Theatre Royal; Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol; and The Marlborough in Brighton. The performance at Arcola Theatre on 30 June will mark the 50th anniversary weekend of the Stonewall riots.
The Riot Act play text is published by Oberon Books.