Robbie Lawlor is one of the central characters in this excellent hybrid documentary HOW TO TELL A SECRET about how millennials deal with their HIV status in contemporary Ireland. It opens with a reenactment of 21-year-old Shaun Dunne waiting for the arrival of his ex-boyfriend Robbie who is about to tell him that he has been diagnosed with HIV. It’s some years since 1996 when the arrival of protease inhibitors so it meant that this was no longer a death sentence, but even so these young men suffered from the sheer ignorance that Irish society had maintained.
Robbie Lawlor talks with Queerguru on the eve of the film being released in Irish Cinemas on World AIDS Day
PS You can read Queerguru’s full review of How To Tell A Secret HERE
Alexis Gregory’s solo verbatim show, RIOT ACT was created entirely word for word out of interviews with three key-players in the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement; Michael-Anthony Nozzi; a survivor of the Stonewall Riots, Lavina Co-op, an alternative ‘70s drag artist, and Paul Burston; a prominent ‘90s London AIDS activist. Riot Act’ is a breathtaking, rip-roaring, white-knuckle ride through six decades of queer history, taking the audience right up to the present day; a celebration of queer activism across the decades, pulling no punches; hard-hitting, hilarious and inspiring…it’s a riot. After performing the show over the past five years Alexis Gregory reunited with QUEERGURU and talked with Roger Walker-Dack about a special upcoming performance of Riot Act at Crazy Coqs in London on December 1st 2022 to mark World Aids Day