DAVID HOYLE: DIAMOND
UK NATIONAL TOUR
With Special Guests: THE LIPSINKERS
09 November – 02 December 2017
Diamond explores LGBT history spanning the 60-year period from 1957 to 2017 through the personal biography of David Hoyle. Weaving together intimate personal accounts and landmark events, Diamond charts David’s rise from gay adolescent in Blackpool in the north of England, to famous Channel 4 anti-drag queen cult phenomena.
Revisiting landmark events such as the Wolfenden Report, the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, the repeal of Section 28 and the lives of prominent gay figures such as Alan Turing, and more recent LGBT political activists, Diamond offers moments of reflection and insights into this history and on-going struggle for equality.
Diamond is a piece of theatre that navigates counter-cultures, queer gender and sexuality, and British attitudes, and will appeal to all with liberation in their heart. Created in collaboration with Olivier Award-winning director Mark Whitelaw.
David Hoyle says: “The show is a celebration of survival against overwhelming odds. We have a LGBT history we are proud of.”
ABOUT DAVID HOYLE
David Hoyle has been bringing his message on the trouble with gender and other political issues to audiences since the 1990s. Without him the gender fluid drag we have become accustomed to in recent years might not exist. He has been a major influence and inspiration, he is an icon and there is nobody like him. Born in 1962 in Blackpool, Hoyle was relentlessly bullied as a child for his effeminacy. At school, both pupils and teachers alike tore into him for years and he later described his journeys to school as akin to walking daily “to his own execution”.
It was in the gay clubs of Manchester that he developed the character that was to be known as “The Divine David” – an “anti-drag queen” who combined “lacerating social commentary” with “breath-taking instances of self-recrimination and even self-harm”. This character was so popular that it was only a matter of time before he was doing runs of shows in London theatres and clubs which saw television companies suddenly seeking him out and in the late 1990’s he produced two series for the UK’s Channel 4 – “The Divine David Presents” and “The Divine David Heals”…
WHAT THE PRESS HAVE SAID ABOUT DAVID HOYLE’S DIAMOND:
“David Hoyle is one of the most extraordinary performance artists working in the UK. His combination of risk, thoughtfulness, onstage anarchy and intuitive leaps that only he could make, ensure that every performance is a memorable and significant event. His foray into history with Diamond is a wondrous new adventure: Queer history, queerly – and brilliantly – told.”
John McGrath, Artistic Director, Manchester International Festival
‘A triumph from one of Manchester’s finest’ ★★★★★ Canal St Online
Commissioned by Contact. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
DIAMOND UK TOUR DATES – AUTUMN 2017
9th November – 2nd December 2017
09 November: 7.30pm The Mac Theatre, Birmingham
www.macbirmingham.co.uk | 0121 446 3232
10 November: 8.00pm The Black Box Theatre, Belfast
www.outburstarts.com | 02890 244400 ON SALE EARLY OCTOBER
11 November: 7.30pm Homotopia Festival at Unity Theatre, Liverpool
www.homotopia.net | 0844 873 2888
13 – 18 November: 7.15pm Soho Theatre, London
www.sohotheatre.com | 020 7478 0100
02 December: 8.00pm Attenborough Centre, Brighton
www.attenboroughcentre.com | 01273 678822