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Paradise in the Vault V29
August 3rd to 25th (not 11. 18)
⭐⭐⭐ (3 stars)
This is a verbatim play that uses real-life testimonies to the inequality and prejudice that still surround LGBT lives. The Riot Road company canvassed opinions across the UK over a period of eighteen months.
The performance opens with a dominatrix drag queen singing to us, backed up by three eager cheerleaders. This was a striking and encouraging beginning. However, it was maybe unwise for them to begin with their biggest number – the remainder of the show took the form of recounted evidence gathered in their survey, which was disturbing and pointedly delivered, but seemed lacking in colour after the opening. The final section was very moving, and many issues and situations were covered, which included religious intolerance, coming out to parents, the extensive debate on trans rights, all of which are key issues.
It is sad to think that such prejudices still affect so many lives more than fifty years since the first partial legalising of homosexuality in England and Wales, but there are centuries of prejudice to be erased.
This is a play where you can buy an advance ticket or pay what you can on the day. What is said here has been said many times, but it does need still to be emphasised, and every effort to reduce and erase negative attitudes to sexual minorities is very much to be welcomed.