The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions

25 –⁠ 28 Jan 2024, various times
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Performance & dance
From £20
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A dining table with six people sat around with one waving a purple flag and another playing the violin.

'unforgettable celebration of queer activism'

The Guardian

Fables and myths celebrate queer community, friendship and pleasure in this piece of music theatre retelling world history through a queer lens.

The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions is based on the cult 1977 book by Larry Mitchell and Ned Asta.

In this musical adaptation by composer Philip Venables and director Ted Huffman, the original text is taken on a kaleidoscopic journey by a cast of actors, singers and musicians.

Together they conjure up a world on the brink of revolution filled with battle reenactments crossed with cheerleading, and all-night raves mixed with lute songs and court dances.

The result is a joyful celebration of queer experience that's both vulnerable and provocative – a space where deeply personal stories are shared and soothed through community.

Radical and playful, The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions brings together theatre, dance and song for the ultimate anarchic bedtime story.

Commissioned by Factory International, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bregenzer Festspiele, the Southbank Centre and NYU Skirball in association with Holland Festival. Produced by Factory International for Manchester International Festival.

Under exclusive licence and courtesy by Nightboat Books, New York

You can read the cast and creative credits below.
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‘an exhilarating cabaret spectacle’

The Times

'a genuinely fresh and distinctive new work that gladdens the heart'

The Stage

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 16+

Contains scenes featuring strobe lighting.

British Sign Language interpreted (BSL): Sun 28 Jan, 3pm. BSL interpretation provided by Paul Michaels (subject to change).

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A note from us, the creative team and the Southbank Centre:
We recognise that faggot is a provocative word – one that for many isn’t easy to read or hear.

When Larry Mitchell wrote and published the book in 1977, he sought to reclaim the word in a loving, supportive and positive way. This follows a long process of reclamation by parts of the LGBTQIA+ community of words that have previously been seen as only negative – including using the word queer as a collective term.

The inclusion of the word faggot in this production marks that intention and is a deliberate choice by the creative team. Since the book was published in 1977, conversations about gender diversity within the queer community have also evolved, and this is reflected in both the language the show uses and the casting.

For anyone who feels affected by any of the issues raised around discrimination towards the LGBTQIA+ community in this production, we would like to signpost to the LGBT Foundation, The Proud Trust and Stonewall for their expert resources, help and advice.

The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions deals with sexual liberation in an explicit way. The production makes reference to discrimination and violence against the queer community, and includes a scene of simulated whipping.

Dates & times

25 –⁠ 27 Jan 2024, 7.30pm

28 Jan 2024, 3pm

Approximate run time: 1 hour 30 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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