Thu 14 October 2021


An Initiative Arts production

  • Synopsis

    Written and performed by Joshua Val Martin and Jez Dolan.
    Directed by Josh Coates

    Who owns history? Who gets to share it?

    In two fast-paced and entertaining monologues, performers/writers Joshua Val Martin (Bruntwood Prize, Royal Exchange Theatre), and Jez Dolan (V&A, British Museum) share personal, candid, and sometimes laugh-out-loud stories about Queer people – past and present – living, learning and loving in a rapidly changing Manchester.

    Joshua Val Martin tells the story of the Manchester walking tours he set up six years ago. His encounters include fetish events, the Uruguayan rugby team, and Noel Gallagher. Then one day, a suspiciously similar tour starts up, and Josh is dragged into the dark underbelly of warring tours – leaving him wondering who ultimately has more right to the story of a city.

    Jez Dolan; part stand-up, part-lecturer, and fantabulosa sing-a-long host tells you all about Polari, the subversive and lost language of Queer men spoken in the gay pubs and secret spaces of yesteryear. You’ll learn your actual Polari; it’s bona to vada your dolly old eek!

    Leave the theatre with a far wider and cheekier vocabulary than the one you went in with… That’s a promise.

  • Thu 14 Oct: 7:30pm

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  • "A wonderful evening of informative fun, simple, affecting and enriching."

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