Riot Act, Arcola Theatre - ★★★★☆ - June 16, 23 & 30, 2019


Three monologues with three very different voices bring recent gay history to life. The uprising of Stonewall which signaled a refusal to be abused and marginalised was the beginning of a march toward equality. The challenge of AIDS called on the community's compassion and strength. These are milestones on the journey and not its end. With humour and sympathy, Alexis Gregory powerfully dramatises the memories of three older gay men, using their reflections to inform the present struggle. With a minimum of theatrical effects, the emphasis remains on the words and stories. The concept of social justice becomes more than an abstraction as it is given human faces. This is a powerful piece of verbatim theatre in which Alexis Gregory delivers a performance that lets the spirit of his inspirations shine through as he challenges and informs. Bravo!

Reviewed by J.C.


 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆★ 

WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
June 16, 23 & 30 (2019) - 7:30 pm
Arcola Theatre
Nearest station: Dalston Station
https://www.arcolatheatre.com/whats-on/riot-act

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