Critically acclaimed LGBT play Riot Act kicks off a 10-date UK tour at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5 February 2002 to mark LGBT+ History Month.
The powerful verbatim theatre piece, written and performed by Alexis Gregory, is a hard-hitting, hilarious and heart-warming solo verbatim piece, exploring the history of the LGBT rights movement.
Performer Gregory takes audiences on a breath-taking journey through six decades of queer history, including the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The show is created from his own 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.
Producer Rob Ward commented: “The history of the LGBTQ rights movement is an important story that needs to be told. Riot Act is a powerful piece of theatre and we’re delighted to bring this piece of social history to stage and in front of audiences. These rights are precious, and the play shines a very important spotlight on those who have passionately defended their basic human and LGBTQ rights.”
Come to the Epstein Theatre this February to mark LGBT History Month. It’s going to be a riot!
Riot Act is created and performed by Alexis Gregory, directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE, and is produced by Alexis Gregory and Emmerson & Ward Productions. The Riot Act Tour is funded by Arts Council England. Riot Act is recommended for audiences of 16 years+. Contains themes and language of an adult nature.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY:
‘A career defining performance…Rikki Beadle-Blair’s direction; brilliant…this stand-out piece of theatre will become part of LGBT cultural heritage.’ – Attitude
‘Riot Act is at once frank, warm and uninhibited. A forceful reminder of the importance of knowing your history.’ – Evening Standard
‘Verbatim theatre at its best.’ – The Stage
‘Gregory has done something magical with Riot Act.’ – A Younger Theatre
‘A stunning and deeply emotional performance…deftly directed by Beadle-Blair.’ – Remote Goat
‘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.’ – Boyz
‘Achieves ambitious levels of storytelling. An eye-opening punch to the gut.’ – Broadway World
EPSTEIN THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
Wednesday 5 February 2020 at 7.30pm
Box Office 0844 888 4411
To book tickets please call 0844 888 4411* or go online at www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk * or in person at The Epstein Theatre Box Office from 12pm – 6pm Monday – Saturday.
*Subject to booking fee. All prices include a £1 per ticket venue restoration levy