Riot Act

6 June 2024 7:30pm
  • 7:30pm
  • £5
  • Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX


Riot Act is coming to the Thameside Theatre!

Hard-hitting, hilarious and heart warming exploration of the history of the LGBTQ rights movement in this solo show. Its going to be a riot!

Created from playwright and performer Alexis Gregory’s interviews with Michael-Anthony Nozzi, one of the only remaining Stonewall survivors; Lavinia Co-op, a 1970s London radical-drag artist; and Paul Burston, a prominent 1990s AIDS activist, this solo verbatim piece is a breath taking journey through six decades of queer history.

Riot Act received a sold-out West End performance, and honours the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

Directed by: Rikki Beadle-Blair

Suitable for: 18yrs+

Book your tickets: RIOT ACT – OVER 18’S ONLY (

ID may be requested upon entry and at the bar.

This show runs for 75 minutes, plus a 20 minute post show Q & A. with a 20 minute interval. Expected finish time 9:10pm. 

Riot Act’ reviews include:

‘Riot Act is at once frank, warm and uninhibited…a forceful reminder of the importance of knowing your history’.
Evening Standard

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

‘Powerful…passionate…anchored by a compelling performance…sensitively directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair….Gregory utterly inhabits his characters’.
Exuent Magazine

‘Gregory has done something magical with Riot Act, and it was an honour to hear these remarkable stories. His careful collation of the words of Nozzi, Lavinia and Burston are performed with honesty, authenticity and respect…unforgettable’.
A Younger Theatre

‘An important lesson in the art of theatre…it has everything good art should have; it’s emotional, it’s honest, and it’s unignorably passionate’.
QX Magazine

★★★★★ ‘One of the most moving pieces of new queer writing in London…powerful, deeply moving and politically rousing…Gregory remains an incredibly watchable and powerful figure on stage…mesmerising’.
The Spy In The Stalls

★★★★★ ‘Three real-life stories brought to life by a master storyteller…a first-rate show that will make you laugh and cry…theatre rarely gets as impactful as this…one to see, and one to remember’.

★★★★★ ‘The rage is palpable, as is the humour. And it’s a moving experience…a wonderful tribute to three strong people and their unique stories that is well worth seeing…brilliant’.
Queer Review

★★★★★ ‘Gregory’s delivery of each nuanced monologue is energised with subtlety and an intense and overwhelming passion’.
London Box Office

★★★★★ “Carefully considered and beautifully composed…keeps you on the edge of your seat.
London Theatre Reviews

★★★★★ ‘A stunning and deeply emotional performance…a deeply profound production deftly directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair’.

★★★★ ‘Verbatim theatre at its best…Gregory; a powerful presence, shows fierce awareness of his theatrical and political context’.
The Stage

★★★★ ‘A compelling account of gay rights activism… what makes ‘Riot Act’ really work is Alexis Gregory’s utterly captivating delivery’.
Gay Times

★★★★ ‘Alexis Gregory brings his own energy to all three voices, taking the audience through fifty years of gay history and giving them a gripping immediacy…funny as well as moving, honest and truthful … theatre at its simplest and at its best’.
British Theatre Guide

★★★★ ‘Alexis Gregory has woven various themes together beautifully in his compelling performance in ‘Riot Act’.. a masterclass…absolutely riveting’.
Queer Guru

★★★★ ‘Gregory gives a masterful performance under director Rikki Beadle-Blair…a powerful and important piece of verbatim theatre…a fascinating piece’.

★★★★ ‘Achieves ambitious levels of storytelling…an eye opening punch to the gut’.
Broadway World

★★★★ ‘Powerful and deeply moving”.
Theatre Weekly

★★★★ ‘A powerful piece of verbatim theatre, Alexis Gregory delivers a performance that lets the spirit of his inspirations shine through as he challenges and informs. Bravo!’.
London Living Large

★★★★ ‘These are stories that need to be heard, delivered with power that demands we listen’.
The Reviews Hub

★★★★ ‘Excellent direction from Beadle-Blair…this production is powerful, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, insightful, warm, and funny too’.
The Upcoming