The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions

Ted Huffman | Philip Venables

Music theater (2023)
Libretto by Ted Huffmann based on Larry Mitchell’s novel of the same name with illustrations by Ned Asta (1977)
Austrian premiere
In English with German surtitles

27 July 2023 – 8.00 pm

Commissioned by Factory International, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bregenz Festival and NYU Skirball. Produced by Factory International for Manchester International Festival.

Under exclusive liscense and courtesy by Nightboat Books, New York.


Step into Ramrod – a fantasy world and empire in decline; where fables and myths become a manifesto for survival. The piece reimagines the history of the world in an explosive baroque fantasia – a celebration of sex, pleasure and queer communities.

The cult book The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions (1977) by US-born author Larry Mitchell is considered an origin myth of the queer community that addresses and celebrates diversity and sexuality. In their new opera, composer Philip Venables and the author and director Ted Huffman look at the history of music from a different perspective, just like the novel it is based on offers an alternative narration of the history of mankind and opens our eyes to another view of the world.

Composer Philip Venables
Stage Director Ted Huffman
Musical Director Yshani Perinpanayagam
Dramaturge Scottee

The cast will be announced later.