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Mon 22 August - Sat 27 August

Riot Act

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Created and Performed by Alexis Gregory Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE Presented by Emmerson and Ward & Alexis Gregory

‘Riot Act’ is a solo verbatim show, created entirely, word for word, out of interviews with three key-players in the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement; a survivor of the Stonewall Riots, an alternative ‘70s drag artist, and a ‘90s London AIDS activist.

Following several UK tours and a special West End performance, this digital ‘reimagining’ of the critically acclaimed audience-favourite, filmed at the beautiful Hackney Empire in London, and also streamed globally via and Broadway On Demand, sits somewhere between a theatre and cinema experience.

A breathtaking, rip-roaring, white-knuckle ride through six decades of queer history, taking the audience right up to the present day; a celebration of queer activism across the decades, pulling no punches, hilarious and inspiring. It’s a riot!

‘Riot Act’ digital in partnership with, commissioned by, and filmed at Hackney Empire.

Funded by Arts Council England.

Previous praise for ‘Riot Act’:

· ‘Riot Act is at once frank, warm and uninhibited’ – Evening Standard

· ‘Queer theatre doesn’t get more essential’ – The Metro

· ‘This stand out piece of theatre will become part of LGBT cultural heritage…a

career defining performance’ – Attitude Magazine

· ‘The most moving piece of new queer writing in London’ – The Spy In The Stalls

· ‘Verbatim theatre at its best’ – The Stage

Previous praise for the digital version of ‘Riot Act’:

· ‘Be sure not to miss this spectacular, enlightening performance’ – London Theatre Reviews

· ‘The intimacy of the storytelling grips you constantly……moving, powerful and essential’ -Reviews Hub

· ‘Gregory’s script is descriptive and raw…nothing sells it better than Gregory’s performance…his delivery is totally on the mark’ – The Upcoming

· ‘A brilliant roller-coaster of a show….Beadle-Blair’s skill is to bring the camera up close and personal…a tour-de-force performance…relentlessly honest and inspiring’ – GScene

· ‘The show translates brilliantly into the digital medium…vital piece of verbatim theatre…Gregory’s acting is exquisite’ – Independent