Avant–garde cabaret artist David Hoyle presents RESPONSE a new performance in response to Putti’s Pudding and Rainbow Aphorisms. In this new work, Hoyle will create a beyond–verbal space which explores the terrain of illness through healing, sound and ritual.
Hoyle’s varied practice explicitly sits at the boundaries of performance art, post–drag cabaret, and political agitprop and is often focused on themes within the LGBTQ+ community, attacking what he sees as dominant trends in “bourgeois Britain and the materialistic–hedonistic gay scene”. He often combines disparate elements, from satirical comedy to painting and surrealism, exploring the curative nature of collective responsibility, through the celebration of different identities.
Hoyle is a live artist, who performs a cutting, outrageous, larger than life version of himself. He came to prominence in the 1990s as the Divine Davidoff, a kind of anti–drag queen whose lacerating social commentary was offset by breathtaking instances of self–recrimination. Following a couple of outré late–night Channel 4 shows and a cameo in Velvet Goldmine, Hoyle killed the character Divine Davidoff during a spectacular show at the Streatham Ice Arena in 2000. He returned to TV screens in 2005 in Chris Morris’ Nathan Barley and began performing live again under his own name, retaining his trademark biting satire, bravura costumes, wicked comic timing and compelling charisma.
For this special, one–off performance, Hoyle will respond to the themes raised in Cookie Mueller & Vittorio Scarpati, Putti’s Pudding and David McDiarmid, Rainbow Aphorisms.