An Emmerson & Ward and Alexis Gregory production
Written and performed by Alexis Gregory
Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE

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: Michael Anthony Nozzi, a survivor of the Stonewall Riots; Lavina Co-op, an alternative ‘70s drag artist: and Paul Burston, a ‘90s London AIDS activist.

Following several UK tours and a special West End performance, this critically acclaimed audience favourite is a breathtaking, rip-roaring, white-knuckle ride through six decades of queer history, taking the audience right up to the present day.

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 a celebration of queer activism across the decades, pulling no punches, hilarious and inspiring. It’s a riot!

Watch the trailer here

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Adult £10 

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"Verbatim theatre at its best...Gregory; a powerful presence, shows fierce awareness of his theatrical and political context"

The Stage

“Funny as well as moving, honest and at its simplest and at its best”

British Theatre Guide

“A compelling account of gay rights activism... what makes 'Riot Act' really work is Alexis Gregory’s utterly captivating delivery”

Gay Times