Bette Bourne – A Life in 3 Acts

Reflections by Bette Bourne on his remarkable life, as a Gay Liberation Front activist and radical drag communard in the early 1970s, and as founder of the pioneering gay theatre troupe, Bloolips.

A new play written and performed by
Bette Bourne & Mark Ravenhill

Winner of a Fringe First and the only Herald Archangel Award at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
4 Stars: Guardian, Times, Telegraph, Scotsman, Sunday Times

Soho Theatre London 21 – 27 September 2009
With special guest Fenella Fielding on 24th & 25th September

If I die tomorrow, the only regret I would have would be leaving my beautiful lover. Apart from that, death is really nothing, provided you’ve had a happy life. That’s a great consolation!’ Bette. Time Out 2008

With honesty, humour and occasional anger, performer Bette Bourne tells the playwright Mark Ravenhill about his remarkable life in edited transcripts of a series of long, private conversations; a recreation on stage of two friends reminiscing about one of their lives.

It’s a London story that moves from a post-war East End childhood through a hedonistic ’60’s Soho, to Gay Lib and life in a 1970’s Notting Hill drag commune. In the ’80’s Bette formed the outrageous avante garde ‘Bloolips’, and is now firmly established as an award winning actor and one of Britain’s Stately Homos. A Life in Three Acts is a portrait of an amazing individual and a celebration of the momentous struggles and achievements of the gay movement.

The piece takes place in three parts, each part reliving a different series of events in Bette’s life. The parts can be enjoyed singly in any order, as self contained stories of a period in time, or seen all together for the complete picture of a rich life.

Listings Information: London

Venue: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE

Dates: 21 – 27 September

ACT 1 21st & 24th September
ACT 2 22nd (Bette Bourne’s Birthday Gala) & 25th September
ACT 3 23rd & 26th September

ACTS 1, 2 & 3 27th September

Times: 9:30pm (7pm on Sunday 27th September)

Tickets: £10-£20. See all three acts and pay for two – subject to availability.
Tickets must be purchased at the same time

Box Office: 0207 478 0100

Running time: approximately 60 mins

Sunday 27th September running time: approximately 90 minutes

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