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.
‘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