Music theatre
Jahrhunderthalle Bochum

Audacious music theatre celebrating individuality and freedom.

The Ramrod empire is in decline – and outside its patriarchal structures, the faggots and their friends are having a good time. They live undisturbed in free communes, able to celebrate who they are: with art, music and uninhibited sex. Based on Larry Mitchell’s cult novel from the late 70s, Philip Venables and Ted Huffman have created a wild musical spectacle that ignores boundaries just like the characters on stage do, drawing on music and dance from the Baroque period, from Broadway and rave culture. The performers are actors, storytellers and musicians all rolled into one and are continually swapping roles. A musical adventure that does away with gender and genre norms, replacing them with individuality and lust for life.

Commissioned by Factory International, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bregenzer Festspiele, the Southbank Centre, Ruhrtriennale and NYU Skirball in association with Holland Festival. Produced by Factory International for Manchester International Festival. Under exclusive licence and courtesy by Nightboat Books, New York G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH

„It’s been a long time since the last revolutions and the faggots and their friends are still not free.“
Larry Mitchell
  • Collin Shay mit Megafon in der Hand und mit bunten Stoffen umhüllt
    © Tristram Kenton
  • Jacob Garside, Sally Swanson, Meriel Price auf der Bühne sitzend mit Instrumenten
    © Tristram Kenton
  • Kerry Bursey, Yandass, Eric Lamb, Collin Shay, Meriel Price, Jacob Garside, Joy Smith, Kit Green und Themba Mvula rennen durcheinander über die Bühne
    © Tristram Kenton
  • Yandass im Vordergrund, tanzend, dahinter Deepa Johnny, Themba Mvula, Eric Lamb, Collin Shay, Sally Swanson und Kit Green auf einer Bühne
    © Tristram Kenton
  • Mariamielle Lamagat, Sally Swanson, Eric Lamb und Jacob Garside auf der Bühne, tanzend und musizierend
    © Tristram Kenton
  • Kit Green sitzt auf einer Bühne, ein großes Tuch über die Schultern haltend wie ein Cape
    © Tristram Kenton
  • Cast

    • Composition
      • Philip Venables
    • Direction
      • Ted Huffman
    • Conductor
      • Yshani Perinpanayagam
    • Choreography & Costume Design
      • Theo Clinkard
    • Set Design
      • Rosie Elnile
    • Lighting Design
      • Bertrand Couderc
    • Sound Design
      • Simon Hendry
    • Dramaturgy
      • Scottee
    • With
      • Kerry Bursey ,
      • Jacob Garside ,
      • Kit Green ,
      • Conor Gricmanis ,
      • Mariamielle Lamagat ,
      • Eric Lamb ,
      • Themba Mvula ,
      • Yshani Perinpanayagam ,
      • Meriel Price ,
      • Collin Shay ,
      • Joy Smith ,
      • Sally Swanson ,
      • Yandass ,
      • Daniel Shelvey


    • Language

      English with German surtitles

    • Run time

      1 h 40 min

    • Age guidance

      Recommended from 14 years

    • Sensory stimuli

      Stroboscopes and loud music are used during the event.

    • Advise on content

      Explicit language is used in the event.

    • Happy Sundays

    Directions and arrival

    Jahrhunderthalle Bochum
    An der Jahrhunderthalle 1
    44793 Bochum

  • Public transport
  • Directions
  • Bike rental metropolradruhr
  • Accessibility at the venue

  • Access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Audio description and haptic tour
  • Hearing support
  • Sign language translation
  • Festival team on site
  • Dates and Tickets
    16.00 Music theatre Jahrhunderthalle Bochum