Alexis Gregory’s Riot Act to stream online in February for LGBT History Month

Alexis Gregory’s Riot Act will be available to stream online throughout February.

Direct from the West End and touring the UK, this new online ‘reimagining’ of the acclaimed solo show will help mark LGBT History Month.

Riot Act will be available to stream globally via having been filmed at the iconic Hackney Empire, blending the mediums of theatre and film.

The production is formed word-for-word from playwright and performer Gregory’s interviews with three key players in the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement: Michael-Anthony Nozzi, a survivor of the Stonewall riots; Lavinia Co-op, an alternative ‘70s drag artist; and Paul Burston, a ‘90s AIDS activist.

Gregory’s verbatim solo show Riot Act is a breath-taking, hard-hitting, yet hilarious wild white-knuckle ride through six decades of queer history, directed by Stonewall (1995) writer Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE, taking the viewer right up to the present day.

You can purchase tickets to watch the stream online here.

The online production has been created in partnership with and commissioned by Hackney Empire; their first-ever digital commission in their 120th birthday year, and is funded by Arts Council England.

Alexis Gregory, Creator and Performer, commented: “It has been an honour to perform these three extraordinary, hidden, queer stories, all over the UK since Riot Act’s premiere in 2018.

“Since 2018, there has also been talk of filming Riot Act, and so, finally, to mark LGBT History Month 2022, here is that special filmed version of the show. With the pandemic redefining what online theatre can be, this digital reimagining of the show for the screen sits somewhere between theatre and film.

“Streamed globally via, partnered with and filmed in the stunning Hackney Empire, funded by Arts Council England, and once again directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, with an amazing creative team attached, now, wherever in the world you are, Riot Act is available to you, and everyone can ‘meet’ Michael, Lavinia and Paul, who so generously and bravely shared their stories with me.”

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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