What’s on in London: Riot Act
Alexis Gregory’s production of Riot Act is returning to the stage in London, with a final live performance at Piccadilly’s Cabaret stage, Crazy Coqs on 25 July.
After premiering in London’s West End, and then touring the UK, the production is returning to the London stage.
Riot Act has been created from interviews by Alexis Gregory with three people with different perspectives on the evolution of LGBTQ equality: Michael-Anthony Nozzi, a survivor of the Stonewall riots; Lavinia Co-op, an alternative ‘70s drag artist; and Paul Burston, a ‘90s AIDS activist.
The result is an emotional roller-coaster through six decades of queer history.
Gregory’s performance is impressive – a one-man show that brings each distinct character to life with verbatim dialogue drawn from his interviews. The characters established with accent, mannerisms, attitude, and costume.
The strength of this production is that it feels as if our queer history is being brought to life – bringing the voices of different generations, different perspectives of our community, into the present-day conversation.
The production is directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair.
“It has been an honour to perform these three extraordinary, hidden, queer stories, all over the UK since Riot Act’s premiere in 2018…” says Alexis Gregory.