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  • Live to Tell: (A Proposal for) the Madonna Jukebox Musical

    Tue 4 Apr - Sat 15 Apr at 7pm
    Tickets £8 - £15
    Brian has a dream: pitching his jukebox vision to the Queen of Pop. But when the undetectable reality of HIV rises up, things change quicker than a Ray of Light.

    Content Notice
    Running Time 70 min
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Captioned Performance
    Captioned PerformanceCaptioned performances on Sat 8th, Wed 12th, Fri 14th
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Content Notice
    Content NoticeContains themes and depictions of the mental and emotional issues surrounding life with a stigmatised chronic condition. Suitable for 16+
    Health Notice
    Health NoticeSmoke/fog/haze, Flashing Lights

    HIV. Survival. Reinvention. This is not a show about Madonna ... yet.

    Brian has a dream: pitching himself to the Queen of Pop as the author of her glitzy new musical. But when the undetectable reality of HIV rises up, things change quicker than a Ray of Light.

    For nearly forty years, Madonna's remained on top by constantly reinventing herself. After years living on HIV meds, Brian wants to do the same. But he can't live to tell a tale of jukebox triumph until he confronts the stigma and side effects of long-term survival.

    Live To Tell mashes up queer history and pop artifice into some highly personal Confessions on a Dancefloor. Sure, medicine can suppress a virus, but how do we keep on living? Just like a prayer, this show will take you there.

    Get in the groove with us on social media @LiveToTellShow.

    An exhibition will be up throughout the run of Live to Tell (until 14th April) and there will be a post-show event on Wednesday, 5th April - chaired by Dr Shema Tariq (belts and braces) (UCL), with Brian and Mina Kakaiya of Positive East, and readings from the Expressing Ourselves writers. Book your tickets for the show on 5th April and stay to hear their powerful experiences. Read more about Expressing Ourselves at this link.

    Originally developed at and supported by The Yard Theatre and artsdepot. Additional support from BAC. Funded by Arts Council England.

    "“A comedy that packs an enormous sucker punch... it doesn’t matter if you love or hate Madonna or if you know everything or nothing about HIV"
    Audience Feedback
    "Intelligent, poignant, very funny"
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    "Totally camp and totally moving"
    Audience Feedback

    Great theatre, lovely young team, brilliant supportive diverse programming, the only theatre I can think of that is currently supporting so many theatremakers.

    Programmed artist