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A Roundhouse production in association with Quiet Riot presents

Hive City Legacy

From the creators of Hot Brown Honey (Christmas 2017 at HOME) and following the success of 2018’s sell-out run at London’s Roundhouse, the femmes of Hive City Legacy bring their riotous and empowering show to Manchester.

This unapologetic satire brings together intersecting tales, redefined narratives and social activism to explore the experiences of femmes of colour, confronting issues of race, sexuality and mental health.

Expect an explosive mash-up of beat-boxing, aerial acrobatics, spoken word and body-popping. Hive City Legacy will uplift, empower and shake up the status quo.

Hive City Legacy is a Roundhouse production brought to you in collaboration with international creators Lisa Fa’alafi and Busty Beatz of Australian sensation Hot Brown Honey, alongside hip-hop artist Yami ‘Rowdy’ Löfvenberg.

“A glorious mixture of styles… The [performance concludes] with a very enthusiastic stage invasion by the audience who do not need asking twice to take part… It is unquestionably the most enjoyable ending to a show we have seen in Manchester for some time… A refreshing blast of raw entertainment.” – British Theatre Guide

★★★★½ “A powerful cabaret-style outpouring of femme-centric observation and deliberation – all expressed through fine theatrical artistry… An intriguing experience.” – The Greater Manchester Reviewer

★★★★ “Sassy, funky… An audacious production… Big, bold, and blooming brassy… By the end [it] will have you literally out of your seat dancing  in solidarity with these glorious sisters!” – Caught in the Act

★★★★ “A riotous 60-minute long cabaret showcase… It is truly wonderful to watch such talented women take over the performance space at HOME, expressing how they really feel and demand that we watch… Hive City Legacy feels like a celebration.” – Upstaged Manchester

“The performances are full of savvy confidence, boisterous energy, anger and poignant sadness… There is a definite sting in the words and actions of these femmes in this hive and they are definitely all queen bees in their own right.” – Live Art Alive

“For one fast and frenetic hour, Hive City Legacy lives up to its mantra of pollinate, activate, liberate… Highly original and energetic… I would urge you to buzz off to HOME and spend time with these powerful queen bees, as their vocals are as sweet as honey and they wax lyrical with passion and heart.” – I Love Manchester

“They (quite literally) give the world the finger… What could risk becoming a distinctly ‘them and us’ experience culminates in the audience being welcomed to join the on-stage party… The fourth wall is just another boundary that this production smashes through.” – Harpy

“The disco party atmosphere created is infectious, and I can’t help leaving with a smile on my face… Hive City Legacy is a fun cabaret of fierce females not to be missed… A show with something for everyone.” – Emma Reviews

★★★★ “A fast, furious blast of beatboxing, body-popping, hip-hop, breakdance, mime, burlesque, aerial acrobatics and spoken word.” – The Guardian

★★★★ “Hive City Legacy pollinates the seeds of revolution… [an] explosive and invigorating show.” – The Stage

★★★★ “It’s impossible not to be moved by the strength of the message, and the very smart approach to inspiring a room of people to not just to be who they are but to celebrate it… More than just a show, this is weaponised theatre.” – The Reviews Hub

“The show has an often surreal quality and a playful satiric edge… Visually striking.” – British Theatre Guide

“A boisterous hour-long cabaret show… There is a touch of cheeky burlesque and body-popping, there is mad dancing and spoken word… These women take to the stage like warrior bees.” – Stagedoor

“The energy of this show is unbelievable… You cannot help but smile when you walk into the room and when you walk back out again… The cast and crew of this show have something really special. This show is a rare gem.” – A Younger Theatre

“By the end of the play, you cannot help but feel empowered and chant the bright red lit mantra shown on the set: Activate, Pollinate, Liberate.” – The Upcoming

“Amazing what can happen when you don’t just programme white people.” – Exeunt