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About A Life In Three Acts - Off Broadway

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The 2009 Edinburgh Fringe First Award winner, A Life in Three Acts, finds Bette Bourne and Mark Ravenhill on stage together. The celebrated performer and key figure in Britain’s largely unreported post-war gay liberation struggle, shares his story with his close friend, one of the U.K.’s most celebrated playwrights.
A Life in Three Acts is a living, breathing history, edited and adapted for the stage from a series of private conversations between two friends, reminiscing about the life and times of Bette Bourne. The performance is remarkably honest, by turns humorous and angry. The story moves from Bourne’s post-war childhood to his first walk across Piccadilly Circus in drag, to his seminal role in the formation of the Gay Liberation Front in Britain. He recalls his life in a drag commune, the creation of the groundbreaking and OBIE Award-winning BLOOLIPS Company, and more -- painting an extraordinary portrait of both a life and a movement. To be sure, the work is more than a memoir. It is a moving celebration of the momentous upheavals and transformative achievements of one of the world’s greatest liberation struggles in history. The show comes to St. Ann’s Warehouse directly on the heels of a successful run at London’s Soho Theatre.
Presented by St. Ann's Warehouse | A London Artists Projects Production | Produced by Jeremy Goldstein

Originating co-producer Koninklijke Schouwburg/Het Paradijs, The Hague (NL) Direction Mark Ravenhill | Picture Researcher Sheila Corr | Associate Director Hester Chillingworth |

March 4 - 28 , 2010


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St. Ann's Warehouse

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