Riot Act @ Arcola Theatre*

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tickets and more information: https://www.arcolatheatre.com/whats-on/riot-act/
Booking until: 30th June 2019 prior to a UK tour.
Production Photos by: Dawson James
Run time: 1hr 15mins.

Alexis Gregory’s one man show Riot Act explores the history of the LGBTQ rights through a series of interviews, discussing almost six decades worth of queer history. Using these interviews, Alexis channels his subjects to tell their stories – Michael – Anthony Nozzi, one of the remaining Stonewall survivors, Lavinia Co-op, a radical drag artist and Paul Burston, an AIDS activist who partook in various Act Up protests.

This is an absolutely magnificent piece of theatre. Alexis Gregory is incredibly captivating as a performer, really inhabiting his role as all three interviewees. At the performance I attended, there was a Q&A afterwards where he mentioned that he really had to condense the interviews down because they went on for hours. And yet, I wouldn’t have guessed! Each interviewee is in the show for about half an hour, roughly, but Alexis’ monologues are really fine tuned and are powerful & captivating.

This is seriously a stunning piece of work with a powerful performance & writing from Alexis Gregory and brilliant direction from Rikki Beadle-Blair. Riot Act is on at the Arcola for a couple more Sundays, the final performance ending on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, before heading out on tour so definitely keep an eye out. This is one not to miss.

Until next time,

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