Riot Act

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  • Show Description
  • Artist Bios
  • Created and performed by Alexis Gregory. Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair. Presented by Alexis Gregory and Emmerson and Ward.

    Riot Act is a solo verbatim show, created word for word, out of interviews with three key-players in the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, Michael; a survivor of the Stonewall riots, Lavinia; an alternative ‘70s drag artist; and Paul; a ‘90s London AIDS activist.

    Currently touring the UK, following several previous tours and a special West End performance, presented for the first time in a cabaret setting at Crazy Coqs for Pride season, this critically acclaimed audience favourite is a breathtaking, rip-roaring, white-knuckle ride through six decades of queer history, taking the audience right up to the present day.

    Provocative, tender, truthful, funny, political and personal, these are stories of queerness, love, sex, drag, community, family, childhood, youth, ageing, Leather Queens, and a Hollywood diva placed somewhere over the rainbow.

    Pulling no punches, hilarious and inspiring…it’s a riot!

    Tour funded by Arts Council England.


    ★★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls | ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1 | ★★★★★ Queer Review | ★★★★★ London Box Office | ★★★★★ London Theatre Reviews | ★★★★★ Remotegoat | ★★★★ The Stage 

    ‘Riot Act is at once frank, warm and uninhibited’ – Evening Standard

    ‘This stand out piece of theatre will become part of LGBT cultural heritage…a career defining performance’ – Attitude Magazine

    ‘One of the most moving pieces of new queer writing in London’ – The Spy In The Stalls

    ‘Verbatim theatre at its best’ – The Stage

    ‘What makes ‘Riot Act’ really work is Alexis Gregory’s utterly captivating delivery…compelling’ – Gay Times

    ‘Theatre at its simplest and at its best’ – British Theatre Guide

  • Alexis Gregory is a playwright, performer, director and producer whose work mostly explores queer themes. Plays include solo self-performed verbatim piece Riot Act (West End / Arcola Theatre / Kings Head Theatre / touring / digital version – Hackney Empire and, returning to and debuting on Broadway On Demand this summer), ‘Safe’ (Soho Theatre / London Theatre Workshop / Reading Rep and directed by Alexis; Norwich Theatre Royal and digital version in association with Hackney Empire, supported by Park Theatre), ‘Sex/Crime’ (Soho Theatre / The Glory) and ‘Slap’ (Theatre Royal Stratford East / Channel 4 pop-up onsite theatre performance – the channel’s first / ‘Concrete’, Shoreditch). Additional online directing credits over lockdown also include ‘Declan’ (Actors Centre, The Guardian top choice) and ‘Silvertown’ (Join the Docks). Recent screen credits, as an actor, include the co-lead in the globally screened short ‘Mankind’ and appearing as Jean-Paul in London LGBTQ+ series ‘The Grass Is Always Grindr’ (Amazon Prime). Alexis’ plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing and he is currently developing three new plays; ’Modern Sky’, ‘Instrumental’, and a new solo show; ‘Smoke’. You can find out more about Alexis at


    Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE is a writer, director, composer, choreographer, designer, producer and performer. Rikki also works extensively in theatre and has written 28 plays in the last decade that have been performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Bush Theatre, the Soho Theatre, the Tristan Bates Theatre and the Contact Theatre in Manchester, including Gutted, Bashment, Shalom Baby and the recent groundbreaking Summer In London written for an all trans cast of performers. He developed and directed many plays by upcoming writers such as Hashtag Lightie by Lynette Linton, Stripped by Hannah Chalmers, Slap & ‘Riot Act”by Alexis Gregory plus My Dad”s Gap Year” and ‘Undetectable” by Tom Wright. He is also known for his work on several feature films and TV series, including the American feature Blackbird starring Oscar-winning actress, Monique, Stonewall for the Killer Films New York and BBC Films, Metrosexuality for Channel 4, Noah”s Arc for MTV LOGO as well as FIT, Kick Off and Bashment for his own company Team Angelica. Rikki has won several awards including the Sony Award, the Los Angeles Outfest Screenwriting and Outstanding Achievement awards and he is one of the creative directors of the Visionary Youth Project for young European Film Activists. Rikki has been a committed mentor to a great many writers, actors, composers and directors around the world including Noel Clarke, Lynette Linton, Somalia Seaton and Joe Cole.


    Emmerson & Ward Productions are a theatre company based in Manchester whose work focuses on new writing, particular work with an LGBTQ+ theme. They have toured nationally and internationally, taking shows to theatres across the UK as well as Canada and Serbia. Their work champions the underdog, gives centre stage to the outsider and offers contemporary commentary of our society. Emmerson & Ward are resident creatives at Curve and have produced Alexis Gregory’s Riot Act (2019-present), Sex/Crime (Soho Theatre, 2020), Rob Ward’s Gypsy Queen (2019), The MP, Aunty Mandy & Me (2020- present), Conversations (Curve digital production 2021) and Love It If We Beat Them (Live Theatre, 2021-present). They are currently developing work by several new writers, including Daneka Etchells’ Sappho. For more information on Emmerson and Ward please visit

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