This article is from 2007.

The run-up to the riot

Stonewall, that little corner of New York that created such controversy, is synonymous with the fight for gay equality. ‘The perception is that gay rights have moved forward but it’s not far enough,’ says writer/director Ricki Beadle-Blair who has adapted his own Stonewall screenplay for the stage. ‘Societal attitudes are obscured as gay people can walk down two streets in every capital holding hands without being beaten up, however gay teens are three times more likely to commit suicide and to kids (and a certain radio DJ) “gay” is another word for “lame”.’

‘As seen through the glitter-filled eyes of a drag queen, the play focuses on the build-up to the Stonewall riot in 1969. It’s a visual feast with glitter and lots of it, on skin, hair, bowties and underwear – you name it, it’s covered in glitter. ‘In Australia, the film has become a cult classic,’ says Beadle-Blair. ‘People have parties where they dress up as characters from the film and recite the script. Expect great big high-kicking numbers, entertainment, magic, humour, and if you want to see a drag queen do the splits, this is the show to watch.’

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 4–27 Aug (not 13, 20), 5.50pm, £11–£12.50 (£9.50–£11). Previews until 3 Aug, £5.

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