Alexis Gregory’s Riot Act to head out on hybrid summer tour

Alexis Gregory’s Riot Act will head out on a hybrid summer tour.

The piece will tour the UK from Friday, 29 April – Sunday, 28 August 2022 following an outing on the West End at the Duchess Theatre and online reimagining in February celebrating LGBT History Month 2022.

The in-person tour will be followed by screenings of the digital companion piece in August.

This hard-hitting but outrageously funny production was created from Gregory’s interviews with a Stonewall survivor, a radical drag artist, and an AIDS activist.

Writer and performer Alexis Gregory interviewed three members of the LGBTQ+ rights movement to form this poignant and entertaining show: Michael-Anthony Nozzi, a survivor of the Stonewall riots; Lavinia Co-op, an alternative ‘70s drag artist; and Paul Burston, a ‘90s AIDS activist. Directed by Stonewall (1995) writer Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE, Riot Act brings to life the stories of these three key players in the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement in a breath taking and hilarious exploration of six decades of queer history.

Riot Act, produced by Alexis Gregory and Emmerson & Ward Productions, embarks on a hybrid tour, with in person performances as well as online screenings of the digital piece accompanied. Summer 2022 also sees the digital adaptation return to wider global streaming platforms. The digital version was commissioned by and created in partnership with Hackney Empire. The tour will include workshops for young LGBTQ+ people and local LGBTQ+ community groups.

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

Alexis Gregory, Creator and Performer, commented: “Playing these three roles is such an honour, performing in beautiful theatres all over the country, and meeting these amazing audiences. This is thanks to the show’s three ‘real life’ subjects; Michael-Anthony Nozzi, Lavinia Co-op and Paul Burston, who so generously shared their stories with me, enabling me in turn to share them further. The Pride 2022 tour is my first full tour of the piece since before the pandemic, and I know there are some electric evenings in store for sure.”

Director Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE added: “This latest leg of the Riot Act journey is the most thrilling one so far. Live shows, digital sharings, and Alexis Gregory’s vibrant, hilarious, moving performance just goes from strength to iconic strength. What a joy it is to be directing such an entertaining, informative and essential show. I’m officially excited!”

Rob Ward, Creative Director of Emmerson & Ward Productions, said: “Riot Act continues to go from strength to strength. Embarking on our third full national tour, we are so proud to be able to share this wonderful piece of queer theatre with people up and down the country. Alexis is an inspirational and passionate artist who has created a piece full of warmth and wit that delights audiences wherever we go. I’m sure this tour will be no different.”

Riot Act tour dates

Friday 29 April Hull Truck Theatre

Saturday 7 May Exeter Phoenix

Thursday 12 May Birmingham Rep

Friday 13 – Saturday 14 May Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Saturday 21 May Octagon Theatre

Thursday 9 June York Theatre Royal

Saturday 2 July Reconnect Regal Theatre

Thursday 7 July Studio, Curve Theatre

Monday 22 – Sunday 28 August Sherman Theatre

Monday 22 – Sunday 28 August The Lowry

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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