Touring News – November 2017

Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dateline: 19th November, 2017

Diamond, Reflections Of A Constant Monk, Minefield

Diamond – tour starts 9 November

David Hoyle’s Diamond is a personal biography that follows 60 years of LGBT history.

Mixing personal and landmark events, Diamond follows Hoyle from his birth in 1961, to his gay adolescence in Blackpool through to his Channel 4 anti-drag queen cult phenomena, The Divine David Presents and The Divine David Heals.

Diamond is both reflective and a look at the present on-going struggle for equality.

Diamond visits The Mac Theatre Birmingham, The Black Box Theatre Belfast, Homotopia Festival at Unity Theatre Liverpool, Soho Theatre London and Attenborough Centre Brighton.

Reflections Of A Constant Monk – tour starts 11 November

Reflections Of A Constant Monk has a three-date tour of Scotland.

A "musical, poetic and theatrical wisdom-filled romp", the show started life at last year's Luminate festival of creative ageing where it enjoyed a successful première at Edinburgh’s Summerhall.

The cast is led by Scottish-based New York playwright and poet Lee Gershuny who said of the show, “the monk could be any of us, someone who begins to understand that gender, religion, culture and background aren’t really the essence of who we are.”

Joining Gershuny are Robin Mason, music composer and director James Bryce on keyboards and Peter Galinsky on clarinet.

This is a contemporary piece of work with a gender-fluid monk on pilgrimage across central Scotland addressing questions of life and love.

Reflections Of A Constant Monk visits Pathhead Town Hall, The Poetry Club Glasgow and The Scottish Storytelling Centre Edinburgh.

Minefield – tour starts 15 November

Minefield visits London's Royal Court Theatre where it premièred in 2016 prior to a tour.

It is a multi-media performance that uses archive footage, live feeds, music and projection to look at the aftermath of war.

The play was created collaboratively with both British and Argentinean veterans of the Falklands conflict, by Argentinean artist Lola Arias who directs a cast made up of Lou Armour, David Jackson, Gabriel Sagastume, Ruben Otero, Sukrim Rai and Marcelo Vallejo.

Minefield visits Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts Brighton, Northern Stage Newcastle, York Theatre Royal, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and HOME, Manchester.

Check web sites for information regarding post–show Q&As, captioned, signed and relaxed performances, and age suitability. At the time of going to press, some dates may not yet be on sale.

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