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The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions

Ted Huffman, Philip Venables, Factory International

Welcome to this fantastic queer version of world history in which friendships and pleasure are central. The queer community is celebrated here with song and dance, and new myths and fables are born.


The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions is a musical theatre piece based on the cult 1977 novel of the same name by Larry Mitchell and Ned Asta. It offers a vision of world history through a queer lens. With a cast of actors, singers, dancers and musicians, this musical version by composer Philip Venables and director Ted Huffman reworks the original text into a kaleidoscopic journey that blends music and storytelling: look forward to re-enacted battles, as well as cheerleading and raves. Venables’ varied music ventures into Elizabethan lute songs, bossa nova, techno, with occasional moments that would not seem out of place in a Disney musical.

The result is an anarchic, satirical celebration of queer experience that is both vulnerable and daring. Sharing deeply personal stories proves both comforting and healing, as the marginalised are here not side-lined but take centre stage. The world they create constitutes a sharp critique of capitalism, assimilation and patriarchy that continues to be relevant today, when radical change remains needed. 

Friends of Philip Venables pointed the novel out to him and Huffman. Venables: ‘The book was all about sex positivity, gender freedom and a self-determined life. For these friends of mine, the book was a kind of bible. I couldn’t get it out of my head.’


Thu June 13 8:30 PM

Fri June 14 8:30 PM


  • default including drink from € 40
  • CJP/student/scholar € 15,50

language & duration

  • English surtitles: Dutch

  • 1 hour 45 minutes (zonder pauze)

A message from the makers of this performance:

We recognise that ‘faggot’ is a provocative word – one that for many isn’t easy to read or hear. When Larry Mitchell wrote and published the book in 1977, he sought to reclaim the word in a loving, supportive and positive way. This follows a long process of reclamation by parts of the LGBTQIA+ community of words that have previously been seen as only negative – including using the word queer as a collective term. The inclusion of the word in this production marks that intention and is a deliberate choice by the creative team. Since the book was published in 1977, conversations about gender diversity within the queer community have also evolved, and this is reflected in both the language the show uses and the casting.

  • <p>Collin Shay</p>

    © Tristram Kenton

  • <p>Kit Green, Yandass</p>

    © Tristram Kenton

  • <p>Sally Swanson, Jacob Garside</p>

    © Tristram Kenton

  • <p>Kit Green</p>

    © Tristram Kenton

  • <p>Sally Swanson, Jacob Garside, Mariamielle Lamagat,, Eric Lamb</p>

    © Tristram Kenton

  • <p>Deepa Johnny, Meriel Price, Collin Shay, Kit Green, Sally Swanson, Conor Gricmanis, Katherine Goforth</p>

    © Tristram Kenton

  • <p>Kit Green</p>

    © Tristram Kenton


music Philip Venables direction Ted Huffman text Ted Huffman musical direction Yshani Perinpanayagam choreography Theo Clinkard costumes Theo Clinkard set design Rosie Elnile light design Bertrand Couderc sound design Simon Hendry dramaturgy, direction Scottee cast Kerry Bursey, Jacob Garside, Katherine Goforth, Kit Green, Conor Gricmanis, Deepa Johnny, Mariamielle Lamagat, Eric Lamb, Themba Mvula, Yshani Perinpanayagam, Meriel Price, Collin Shay, Joy Smith, Sally Swanson, Yandass commissioned by Factory International, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bregenzer Festspiele, Southbank Centre, NYU Skirball in collaboration with Holland Festival production Factory International, Manchester International Festival exclusive licence Nightboat Books, New York courtesy Nightboat Books, New York