Performed at the duchess Theatre between 26 Nov, 2018 and 26 Nov, 2018
Created and performed by Alexis Gregory
Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair
A World AIDS Day charity gala performance in aid of and with all proceeds going to the Dean Street Wellbeing Programme.
Post its critically acclaimed summer 2018 run as part of the Kings Head Theatre Queer Season, Riot Act hits the West End for this special charity gala performance.
‘Riot Act’ is a powerful verbatim theatre piece, created entirely word-for-word out of playwright and performer Alexis Gregory’s interviews with one of the only remaining Stonewall survivors; Michael Anthony Nozzi, radical-drag icon; Lavinia Co-Op and prominent 1990’s London ACT UP AIDS activist; Paul Burston.
In this widely acclaimed solo theatre piece, he ‘channels’ these three characters and with them, six decades of queer history. ‘Riot Act’ is hard-hitting, heartbreaking, hilarious, provocative, tender, truthful, personal and political.
'Verbatim theatre at it's best…Gregory; a powerful presence, shows fierce awareness of his theatrical and political context'.
'As if possessed by the three men, Gregory without doubt gave a career defining performance…Beadle-Blair's direction; brilliant... I predict this stand-out piece of theatre will become part of LGBT cultural heritage'.
'It has everything good art should have. It's emotional, honest, passionate'.
'One of the most moving pieces of new queer writing currently being performed in London... Gregory gives a startlingly punchy, grounded and virtuosic performance... packs an emotional and political punch that will move and inspire'.
The Spy In The Stalls
'Unforgettable. Gregory has done something magical with Riot Act'.
A Younger Theatre
'Funny as well as moving, honest and truthful... theatre at its simplest and at its best'.
British Theatre Guide
'Theatre rarely gets as impactful as this... one to see and one to remember'.
'An eye opening punch to the gut... achieves ambitious levels of storytelling'.
'Powerful and deeply moving'.