David Hoyle – Diamond


  • Touring windowAutumn 2017 & Spring 2018
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Diamond is an avant-garde, angry and often hilarious journey into LGBT liberation from 1957 to present day, told via the thrilling, passionate biography of David Hoyle, with musical interludes from London drag four-piece The Lipsinkers.

Weaving together intimate personal experience with public events, Diamond charts David’s rise from a gay adolescent working in BHS in Blackpool to Channel 4’s famous anti-drag queer cult phenomenon.

Reclaiming renowned historical moments and reflecting on the lives of prominent gay figures such as Alan Turing, Diamond revisits LGBT political history through Hoyle’s provocative and profound lens, and will appeal to all with liberation in their heart.

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

Diamond offers moments of reflection and insights into this history and on-going struggle for equality.

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.

Press

‘EXCELLENT … MARVELLOUSLY CATCHY… A NIGHT WORTHY OF A SPOT ON ANY FESTIVE CALENDAR.’ ★★★★ Time Out

‘Gloriously bad taste, extremely funny and properly unique.’ ★★★★ Guardian

‘Unstinting honesty.’ ★★★★ Sunday Herald, Mary Brennan

‘An uplifting, educational and empowering piece of theatre.’ ★★★★ Broadway World

‘Hoyle’s acidic humour is affectionately rooted in the minutiae of Britain.’ ★★★★ The List

‘Hoyle is a master storyteller.’ ★★★★ The Wee

‘A triumph from one of Manchester’s finest.’ ★★★★★ Canal St

‘David Hoyle may be ready to storm the barricades and bring down the Establishment but he is also a unique and sensational artist.’ ★★★★ Boyz.

‘An explosion of energy, glitz, dance and drama which provides an interesting exploration into LGBT history and social inequality.’ ★★★★ Everything Theatre

‘Our narrator is intent on waking us up.’ ★★★★ Brighton Source


2018

Friday 26 October 2018, 7.30pm
SPILL Festival,  Jerwood DanceHouse 

£10, part of SPILL Passes.

Friday 31st August, 2018 9:00 pm
Španski borci Centre,
Zaloška cesta 61, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
sindikat.emanat.si
Monday 11- Wednesday 13 June, 7.45pm
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place Manchester M15 4FN
homemcr.org | 0161 200 1500

Saturday 8 June
Skopje Pride Weekend 2018
Macedonia
www.coalition.org.mk

Friday 25 – Saturday 26 May, 7.45pm
Tron, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB
www.tron.co.uk | 0141 552 4267

Wednesday 2 May, 8pm
Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF
www.colchesterartscentre.com | 01206 500900

Saturday 28 April, 8pm
Arnolfini 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA Bristol
www.arnolfini.org.uk | 0117 917 2300

Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 April, 9pm
SOHO Theatre 21 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3NE
www.sohotheatre.com020 7478 0100

2017
Thursday 16 February – Premiere
Contact Theatre 8pm
Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA
www.contactmcr.com | 0161 274 6000

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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