David Hoyle presents


With special guests The Lipsinkers.

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

Diamond is a bitter sweet journey into LGBT liberation from 1957 to current day events through the thrilling biography of David Hoyle. Weaving together intimate personal experience and public events, Diamond charts David’s rise from gay adolescent in Blackpool to famous Channel 4 Anti-drag queer cult phenomenon.

Reclaiming historical moments and reflecting on the lives of prominent gay figures such as Alan Turing, and more recent LGBT political activists, Diamond revisits this challenging 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.

“[David Hoyle] enthralled the audience… With passion and humour blunt and biting, light and shade runs throughout the 75-minute production… Don’t miss your opportunity to bear witness to this wonderful journey.” – Honorary Manc

★★★★ “Excellent… Marvellously catchy… A night worthy of a spot on any festive calendar.” – Time Out

★★★★ “Gloriously bad taste, extremely funny and properly unique.” – The Guardian

★★★★★ “A triumph from one of Manchester’s finest.” – Canal Street

★★★★ “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

Part of the Manchester Histories Festival, Commissioned by Contact, Produced by Jayne Compton for Switchflicker Productions.

  • Recommended age 16yrs+
  • Running time 1hr 15mins (no interval)
  • £12.50 full (concs. available)