After The Act (A Section 28 Musical)

Musicals and Opera (lgbtq+, verbatim)

  • Traverse Theatre - Traverse 1
  • 16:00
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Breach Theatre co-produced by New Diorama, in association with Traverse
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, References to suicide and child abuse and homophobic language throughout
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


"Queers in classrooms!" "Perverts panicking parents!" – a new musical about pride, protest… and abseiling lesbians. Section 28: the landmark legislation that silenced a generation and offered a global blueprint for LGBTQ+ oppression. Two decades after its repeal, multi award-winning theatre company, Breach Theatre (It's True, It's True, It's True) sing and dance on the grave of this watershed moment in LGBTQ+ history. 'This musical feels exceptional... Wonderful performances' **** (Guardian). 'Full of righteous anger and euphoric 80s synths' **** (Telegraph). 'Heart-rending yet joyful…Brilliantly conveys the hysteria and outrage' **** (Stage).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Traverse 1 has a steep rake so if you have any access requirements, there is level access into the building via lift. Duty Manager will show customers into the theatre to their seat/space. If not taking the lift there are 29 steep steps from the bar Bar to Stage Level of Traverse 1.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

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Across the Arts (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

It’s rightfully angry and sincere without lecturing.

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North West End UK (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

The four strong cast and two musicians orchestrate this performance like a slick and well-oiled machine.

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 109 days ago

superb cast, this production shines.

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 109 days ago

A superbly executed musical.

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 110 days ago

A well thought out, emotional and educational piece of vibrant theatre

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Musical Theatre Review (4/5 stars) 111 days ago

A bittersweet reminder to those who lived through the hardship, hatred and activism of those years, and a timely lesson for those who did not.

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The Queer Review (4/5 stars) 114 days ago

This is a piece with an incredible contemporary resonance.

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 115 days ago

A powerful and important piece of theatre which entertains and informs.

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Fest (4/5 stars) 115 days ago

Not only does After the Act preserve the past, but it also draws chilling parallels to the culture wars embroiling our current moment, particularly around the far-right’s backlash against trans rights.

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4.5/5 stars) 118 days ago

After the Act is vital viewing.

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The Student (5/5 stars) 119 days ago

I lamented. I celebrated. I swelled with queer joy and pride and my heart ached for how very far we haven’t come.

Read the full review (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

The four performers, Tika Mu’Tamir, Ellice Stevens, E M Williams and Zachary Willis,are unanimously excellent

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