Riot Act at the Arcola
Saturday 4 May 2019
LGBTQ+ - Shows
Riot Act, written and performed by Alexis Gregory, directed by Rikki Beadle MBE, will play the Arcola Theatre on three Sundays in June ahead of a UK Tour.
Image courtesy Alexis Gregory and Team Angelica
Written and performed by Alexis Gregory and directed by Rikki Beadle MBE, Riot Act will play Arcola Theatre on Sunday June 16, Sunday June 23 and Sunday June 30.
After a sold-out West End performance and a summer 2018 run during the Kings Head Queer Season, and ahead of a UK Tour, Riot Act honours the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots - with the 30 June performance marking the actual anniversary weekend.
Created from playwright and performer Alexis Gregory'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, this solo verbatim piece is a journey through six decades of queer history.
ActDrop reviewed the show during its run at the King's Head Theatre back in 2018 - read Peter Brown's 4 star review here.
Arcola Associate Director Jack Gamble said ...
"In our main-stage programme and with our community Queer Collective, Arcola has a deep commitment to staging the lives and histories of LGBT+ people.
We're very proud to be co-producing Riot Act ahead of a UK Tour.
It's an exceptional piece of theatre, which - on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots - is also a vital reminder that the civil rights of LGBT+ people were hard-won, and must be defended."
Hard-hitting, provocative, tender, truthful, funny, political and personal, Riot Act delivers stories of queerness, sexuality, activism, addiction, family, childhood, love, sex, drag, community, togetherness, conflict, identity, youth, ageing, loss, fierce queens and a Hollywood diva.
About the writer/ performer
Alexis Gregory is a London-based playwright, performer and producer.
Plays include his debut, the immersive 'Slap', directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE (Theatre Royal Stratford East / 'pop-up' performances at Channel 4's London HQ - the channels first ever onsite theatrical presentation and at warehouse space, 'Concrete' in Shoreditch for The Telegraphs 2016 Pride celebrations), published by Team Angelica, long listed for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize, currently being adapted into a film version, verbatim theatre piece; 'Safe' on LGBT youth homelessness (Soho Theatre - Pride in London Arts Festival / London Theatre Workshop - media partnered with 'Attitude' magazine - both directed by Robert Chevara / Norwich Theatre Royal directed by Alexis), created in association with the Albert Kennedy Trust, published by Oberon Books and the April 2018 sell-out run and critically acclaimed 'Sex/Crime' at alternative East-End queer venue, The Glory, with Alexis acting opposite queer cabaret legend Jonny Woo, also directed by Chevara and the workshop of 'Bright Skin Light' (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
Short plays include 'And Where There Once Were Two' (Arcola Queer Collective / The Bunker), 'Freak' (Bush Theatre), 'Orlando, Judy Garland and The Fierce Children of the Light - In Response to the Orlando Attack' (St James Theatre).
He is a regular guest reader at LGBT literary salon; 'Polari' (Southbank Centre / UK tour) and a judge for the Polari First Book Prize, produces or co-produces much of his own work and is regularly funded by Arts Council England.
Additional acting credits include several plays with Rikki Beadle-Blair's Team Angelica company (Riverside Studios / Pleasance Theatres - London and Edinburgh / The Drill Hall / Birmingham Rep / Tristan Bates Theatre), 'First Signs' (Kings Head), 'Sparkleshark' - Write To Play with Phillip Ridley (Southwark Playhouse), 'Eight' (Kings Head / Tara Arts / Tristan Bates), Larry Kramer's 'A Minor Dark Age' (Operating Theatre Company), 'You Couldn't Make It Up' (New End Theatre), workshop productions of 'Children At Play' (Young Vic) and 'A Thousand Miles of History' (High Tide), performance art piece 'Gasping Words' (ICA), 'SwanSong' (Kings Head Queer Fest).
Screen credits include several of Team Angelica's features; 'Bashment', 'Kick Off' and 'Fit' and 'Free' (both co-produced with Stonewall), the co-lead in the short 'Mankind' (2018) and 'Specimen' (BFI Flare, 2016).
About the director
Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE is a writer, director, composer, choreographer, designer, producer and performer.
He has won several awards including the Sony Award, the Los Angeles Outfest Screenwriting and Outstanding Achievement awards.
Past projects include several feature films and TV series, including the American feature 'Blackbird' starring Oscar-winning actress, Mo'nique, 'Stonewall' for the Killer Films New York and BBC Films, Metrosexuality for Channel 4,' Noah's Arc for MTV LOGO as well as FIT, KickOff and Bashment for his own company Team Angelica.
He is one of the creative directors of the Visionary Youth Project for young European Film Activists.
Rikki also works extensively in theatre and has written 28 plays in the last decade that have been performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Bush Theatre, the Soho Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre and the Contact Theatre in Manchester.
Including the recent groundbreaking Summer In London written for an all trans cast of performers.
Rikki is a committed mentor to a great many writers, actors, composers and directors around the world and recently received The Gay Times Honours award for Services to the Arts.
Created from playwright and performer Alexis Gregory'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, this solo verbatim piece is a breathtaking journey through six decades of queer history.
Arriving at Arcola after a sold-out West End performance, and ahead of a UK Tour, Riot Act honours the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots - with the 30th June performance marking the actual anniversary weekend.
It's going to be a riot!
Author: Alexis Gregory
Director: Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE
Production: Arcola Theatre, Alexis Gregory and Team Angelica
From: Sunday 16 June 2019
Closes: Sunday 30 June 2019
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