Riot Act (Oberon Modern Plays)
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Riot Act is a powerful brand-new verbatim theatre piece created especially for the King's Head Theatre Queer Season.'You know what's strange, I felt safer on the night of the riots, on the sidewalk in front of Stonewall, than I did in my own hometown.' 'I'm a drag queen. I want to live. I want to survive. As an older person, I'm sixty-five now, I couldn't give a f cking shit.' 'In London, the idea of 'safe sex' was: don't sleep with Americans. James was older; a mature student. He was twenty-two years old when he died.' Playwright and performer Alexis Gregory interviewed one of the only remaining Stonewall survivors, a radical drag icon from 1970s London and a 1990s London ACT UP AIDS activist. This solo theatre piece channels six decades of queer history. Hard-hitting, provocative, tender, truthful, funny, political and personal, these are stories of queerness, activism, addiction, sex, drag, community, conflict, youth, ageing, fierce queens and a Hollywood diva.
Oberon Books, 9781786826015, 56pp.
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
About the Author
Alexis Gregory is a performer, playwright and theatre maker. He is a regular reader at LGBT Literary Salon Polari, and was longlisted for the 2016 Polari Prize. Alexis Gregory's previous work includes Slap (Stratford East/Channel 4 pop-up performance/Concrete, Shoreditch), Safe (Soho Theatre/London Theatre Workshop/Norwich Theatre Royal) and Sex/Crime (The Glory).
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