An Initiative Arts Production

Part of Chorlton Arts Festival

Who owns history?  Who gets to share it?  In two fast-paced laugh-out-loud monologues, Martin and Dolan share candid stories of Queer people in the rapidly changing city.

DATE: Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th September 2021

TIME: 7.30pm

PRICE: £14/12*

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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 waring tours – leaving him wondering who ultimately has more right to the story of a city.


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!

photo credit Lee Baxter


RUNNING TIME: 2 hours, including interval



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