Four Weeks Until Riot Act Embarks On UK Tour Opening In Liverpool

In just four weeks, critically acclaimed LGBTQ play Riot Act embarks on a new UK tour for 2020.

The powerful verbatim theatre piece explores the history of the LGBTQ rights movement, and the 10-date tour coincides with LGBT History Month.

The new Riot Act tour opens at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre on Wednesday 5 February 2020, before visiting Harrogate, Bradford, Milford Haven, Cheltenham, London, Keswick, Newcastle, Doncaster, and Bracknell. Further dates will be announced shortly.

The new tour follows a run at the Duchess Theatre in the West End and a successful 2019 tour.

Written and performed by Alexis Gregory, Riot Act is a hard-hitting, hilarious and heart-warming solo verbatim piece, taking audiences on a breathtaking journey through six decades of queer history including the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

The production has been 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.

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.

Producer Rob Ward commented: “The history of the LGBTQ rights movement is an important story which 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.”

 

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.

The Riot Act play text is published by Oberon Books.

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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