Words: Steve Brown
London-based playwright Alexis Gregory is set to perform his moving and powerful show Riot Act to honour the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
The one-man show based on three fascinating and hilarious long interviews that Gregory conducted tells the story of a man who experienced the night of the Stonewall Riots first-hand when he was on a gay night out aged just 17, another with a radical 1970s drag queen who toured Europe in the face of widespread homophobic abuse, and a third interview with a 1980s Aids activist who used to organise publicity stunts.
Watch the trailer below:
Written and performed by Alexis Gregory and directed by Rikki Beadle MBE, the show will play at London's Arcola Theatre on Sunday June 16, Sunday June 23 and Sunday June 30.
Arcola Associate Director Jack Gamble said: “In our main-stage programme and with our community Queer Collective, Arcola has a deep commitment to staging the lives and histories of LGBT+ people.
"We’re very proud to be co-producing Riot Act ahead of a UK Tour. It’s an exceptional piece of theatre, which - on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots - is also a vital reminder that the civil rights of LGBT+ people were hard-won, and must be defended.”
The production will also go on a small UK tour calling at:
Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham, June 6/7/8
Arcola Theatre, London, June 16/23/30
Crewe Lyceum, June 27
Norwich Theatre Royal July 3
Wardrobe Theatre (Bristol Pride), July 10
Oldham Coliseum, July 27
Marlborough Theatre, Brighton July 30 / Aug 1
Number 70 Oxford Street (Manchester Pride), Aug 24
Make sure you get your tickets to this unmissable production here.