Who owns history? Who gets to share it?

In two fast-paced and entertaining monologues, performers/writers Joshua Val Martin (Bruntwood Prize, Royal Exchange Theatre), and Jez Dolan (V&A, British Museum) share personal, candid, and sometimes laugh-out-loud, stories about Queer people – past and present – living, learning, and loving in a rapidly changing Manchester.

Joshua Val Martin tells the story of the Manchester walking tours he set up six years ago. His encounters include fetish events, the Uruguayan rugby team and Noel Gallagher. Then one day, a suspiciously similar tour starts up, and Josh is dragged into the dark underbelly of warring tours – leaving him wondering who ultimately has more right to the story of a city.

Josh Pulpit

Jez Dolan; part stand-up, part-lecturer, and fantbulosa sing-a-long host, tells you all about Polari, the subversive and lost-language of Queer men spoken in the gay pubs and secret spaces of yesteryear. You’ll learn your actual Polari; it’s bona to vada your dolly old eek!

Leave the theatre with a far wider and cheekier vocabulary than the one you went in with… That’s a promise; #DoubleEnder!

Directed by Josh Coates.
Funded by Arts Council England and Superbia.

Dates & Times

Last session: Thu 30 Sep 2021 at 7:00 PM - This event has now passed
£13 (inc fees)

Ages 16+

Running Time: Two hours, including interval.

Covid Safety at The Met

This will be a full-capacity event with a non-socially distanced audience; we will however still be utilising many Covid safety measures for your safety and the safety of our staff.

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Reviews

“Fantabulosa!”

“Life’s A Drag was fantastic; important in queer history wrapped in a sing-a-long glitter bomb package.”

“It was fun, serious, tragic.”

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