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Presented by Bristol Queer Arts & Arnolfini. “A celebration of survival against all odds” – with special guests The LipSinkers.

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

Diamond is an unforgiving queer performance of sexuality and British culture exploring LGBT history from 1957 to 2018 through the personal biography of avant garde performer David Hoyle.

Weaving together intimate personal accounts and landmark events, Diamond charts David’s rise from a gay adolescent in Blackpool, through famous Channel 4 anti-drag queen cult phenomena Divine David, to the performer he is today.

“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.

An unforgiving piece of avant-garde theatre, Diamond navigates the transformation of gay counter-cultures, queer gender and sexuality, and British social attitudes, and will appeal to all with liberation in their heart.

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Diamond has been made by performer David Hoyle, director Mark Whitelaw, and producer/dramaturg Jayne Compton; commissioned by Contact and supported by Arts Council England.

With special guests The LipSinkers

Commissioned by Contact and supported by Arts Council England