Wed 21 July 2021

Riot Act

  • Synopsis

    Written and Performed by Alexis Gregory
    Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair


    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; ‘90s London AIDS activist.

    This critically acclaimed audience favourite is a breathtaking, rip-roaring, whiteknuckle 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.


    We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Coliseum after being closed for over a year due to the pandemic. Please see our covid-secure procedures here.
  • Wed 21 Jul: 7:30pm

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

    Gay Times

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

    The Stage

    “This stand-out piece of theatre will become part of LGBT cultural heritage…a career-defining performance.”

    Attitude Magazine

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