Riot Act – online screening

Alexis Gregory’s critically acclaimed production Riot Act returns in 2022 to celebrate LGBT History Month.  Direct from the West End and touring the UK, this online ‘reimagining’ has been created using interviews with a Stonewall survivor, a radical drag artist, and an AIDS activist.  This audience favourite solo show is filmed at the Hackney Empire and will be available to watch throughout February.


The production is formed word-for-word from playwright and performer Gregory’s interviews with three key players in the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement: Michael-Anthony Nozzi, a survivor of the Stonewall riots; Lavinia Co-op, an alternative ‘70s drag artist; and Paul Burston, a ‘90s AIDS activist.  Gregory’s verbatim solo show Riot Act is a breath-taking, hard-hitting, yet hilarious wild white-knuckle ride through six decades of queer history, directed by Stonewall (1995) writer Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE, taking the viewer right up to the present day.


Following a gala West End performance at the Duchess Theatre, runs at the Arcola Theatre and King’s Head Theatre and three tours, Riot Act will be available to stream globally via to mark LGBT History Month 2022.  This beautiful online version is filmed at the iconic Hackney Empire, blending the mediums of theatre and film.  A celebration of queer activism across the decades; pulling no punches, hilarious, moving and inspiring…  It’s a riot.


This online production is created in partnership with and commissioned by Hackney Empire; their first-ever digital commission in their 120th birthday year, and is funded by Arts Council England.



Feb 01 - 28 2022


7:30 pm - 12:00 pm