David Hoyle – Diamond


  • Touring windowAutumn 2017 & Spring 2018
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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.

2017 is an important year in British LGBT history as its marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957 that recommended that homosexual activity should no longer be a criminal offence. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Diamond explores LGBT history from 1957 to 2017 through the personal biography of the legendary performance artist David Hoyle.

“The show is a celebration of survival against overwhelming odds. We have a LGBT history we are proud of.” David Hoyle

Revisiting landmark events such as the Wolfenden Report, the 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.

In collaboration with The LipSinkers and The House Ghetto, Manchester’s Vogue House, 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.

Performed by David Hoyle with special guests The LipSinkers & House of Ghetto
Director – Mark Whitelaw
Dramaturg and Producer –  Jayne Compton
House of Ghetto Choreographed by Darren Pritchard
Commissioned by Contact

‘A triumph from one of Manchester’s finest.’ ★★★★★ CANAL STREET ONLINE

Thursday 16 February – Premiere
Contact Theatre 8pm
Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA
www.contactmcr.com | 0161 274 6000

Autumn Tour 2017

Thursday 9 November
SHOUT Festival,  The MAC 7.30pm
Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH
www.macbirmingham.co.uk0121 446 3232

Friday 10 November
OUTBURST Festival,  7.30pm

www.outburstarts.com |

Saturday 11 November
Unity Theatre 7.30pm
1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG
www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk | 0151 709 4988

Monday 13 – 18 November
SOHO Theatre 7.15pm
21 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3NE
www.sohotheatre.com |020 7478 0100

Saturday 2 December
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts 7.30pm
Gardner Center Rd, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RA
www.attenboroughcentre.com | 01273 678822

 


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”…

However this kind of success was not for him and he killed of the Divine David in a performance on an ice rink… after some time out he returned to London’s stages as himself David Hoyle. Some key venues David has played include Sydney Opera House and The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Tate Modern, The Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, The Southbank Centre, and Soho Theatre in London along with Contact Theatre and Manchester International Festival in Manchester.

 


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