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Live Drafts: Brian Mullin

5 July, 9pm

Live to Tell: (A Proposal For) The Madonna Jukebox Musical

Madonna Louise Ciccone is a global superstar and an LGBT Icon. Brian Mullin is not.

She has hits that span the decades. He has an incurable disease.
He’s desperately seeking something and Madonna’s life might just be it.

Live to Tell could be a glitzy jukebox musical… if Brian could pitch his idea to the Queen of Pop herself. He yearns for Madonna’s drive to succeed and constant reinvention – like a retrovirus that won’t go away. Instead, stigma and guilt keep holding him back and he’s left wondering if his HIV meds are depleting his brain…

Mixing campy cabaret with raw confessions (on a dancefloor), 80s pop hits from the height of the AIDS epidemic blur into Brian’s own experience with HIV: How can he tell her story, when he hasn’t even figured out his own?

This performance contains challenging content related to mental and sexual health.




  • Brian Mullin - Writer/Performer
  • Dan de la Motte - Co-Performer
  • Deirdre McLaughlin - Direction/Dramaturgy
About Brian Mullin

Brian Mullin is a playwright & theatre-maker. He was founding dramaturg of the devising ensemble Babakas and helped create their show Our Fathers (Summerhall, BAC, UK tour). His play We Wait in Joyful Hope was commissioned and produced at Theatre503 following his attachment on the 503Five. He also has a history of queer performance, commentary and activism: as a regular curator/performer in East London literary salon Naked Boys Reading, as an early organiser for ACT-UP London, as researcher-interviewer for the HIV documentary A Life Beyond and as co-creator of the gay film podcast Broad Appeal.

About Dan de la Motte

Dan de la Motte is a comedian and performer. He is a member of the Arcola Queer Collective and the Soho Theatre Cabaret and Comedy Labs. He is a performer and tourguide for Queer Tours of London, and a Resident Artist at Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, as well as the voice for Off Book, the Young Vic Podcast.

About Deirdre McLaughlin

Deirdre McLaughlin specialises in new work and collaborative theatre. Her credits include Shakespeare’s Globe, NT Studio, The Roundhouse, the Finborough, BAC, The Yard, Dance City and Cambridge Junction.  She is the winner of the 2018 Vault Festival Origins Award for Big Bad, the 2018 Writers Guild Olwen Wymark Award for her work supporting female playwrights, and the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Innovation Award for her direction of Gingzilla: Glammonster vs the World. She is currently directing the new musical Lesbian Pirates! as part of the 2019 Unlimited commissions.