Justin Vivian Bond: One Night in Trans Vegas

Justin Vivian Bond portrait

6 Jul 2023

The Hall, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ

Age Guidance: 14+, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult aged 18+
Running time: 90 minutes


This show contained strong language.

Accessibility features available for this event: BSL Interpreting Wheelchair Access Assistive Hearing

A living legend of cabaret headlined a night of trans excellence.

Trans pioneer and icon of the cabaret scene, Justin Vivian Bond (or Viv to friends) has toured worldwide – headlining the likes of Sydney Opera House and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

For one night only, Viv touched down in Manchester with a raucous and seductive evening of songs and stories – along with some very special guests.

A true master of their craft, Viv brought wit, warmth and gorgeous vocals, dotted with backstage anecdotes and tall tales straight from the streets of New York – and anywhere else Viv has whipped up a storm.

One Night In Trans Vegas saw MIF team up with Trans Creative, the UK’s leading trans arts company, for the grand finale of their 2023 Festival. Culminating in a trans-led takeover of Festival Square, Viv’s appearance was the jewel in the crown of a night of trans joy and excellence.

As a performer, both on and Off-Broadway, Viv has received some of the highest accolades in theatre – winning an Obie and a Bessie, as well as being nominated for a Tony Award. The New Yorker didn’t call them ‘the greatest cabaret artist of their generation’ for nothing. A tireless campaigner for trans rights, they also pioneered the use of the title Mx.

Award-winning writer, performer and theatre maker Travis Alabanza opened proceedings. After being the Artist-in-Residency programme at Tate Galleries, Alabanza’s debut show Burgerz toured internationally to sold-out performances in the Southbank Centre, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and HAU, Berlin, and won the Edinburgh Fringe Total Theatre Award. In 2020 their theatre show Overflow debuted at the Bush Theatre to widespread acclaim and later streamed online in over 20 countries, and their latest play, Sound of the Underground was performed in spring 2023 to critical acclaim.

Image: Distilled Studio for Glorious Broads


  • Justin Vivian Bond shows no signs of slowing down, and tonight only serves to reaffirm their commitment to, and talent for, the stage. Long may she reign

    Upstaged Manchester


Produced by TransCreative and Factory International for Manchester International Festival

Access Information

The event took place in the Hall at Aviva Studios. The full address of the venue is Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ.

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Aviva Studios is a new purpose-built cultural space in the heart of Manchester. The entrance to our building is through double glass doors. There are automatic doors at both entrances.

Once inside, there is step-free access to all areas of the venue. You will arrive into the Social, a large public space where there are a range of seats (including those with arms), a bar and toilets (including accessible toilets).

The bars in the Social and Hall Foyer have lowered accessible service points.

The Hall entrance is by lift, escalator or stairs from one side of the Social beside the brick arches.

There are accessible toilets on all public levels of the building.

Accessible toilets (a mixture of wheelchair accessible cubicles with right- or left-hand transfer as well as accessible ambulant cubicles with grab rails) are located in the brick arches in the Social.

There are additional accessible toilets located in both Hall Foyers.

You do not need a key to use the accessible toilets at Aviva Studios.

We will be using Williams WaveCAST headsets for both assisted listening and personal induction loops in the building. 

BSL interpretation of Justin Vivian Bond was provided by Karl Llorca. Karl was positioned stage left.

This show contained strong language.

Travel Information

Aviva Studios can be approached along Water Street (coming from Quay Street) or along Liverpool Road (coming from Deansgate or Castlefield).

The Water Street route is the quickest way to arrive at our City Square entrance.

Our closest stations are:

Salford Central station: 0.4 miles

Deansgate station and Deansgate-Castlefield tram: 0.6 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.6 miles

Manchester Victoria station is approximately one mile from Aviva Studios

Manchester Piccadilly station is approximately 1.3 miles from Aviva Studios

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and near to Aviva Studios along Deansgate, Bridge St and Quay St. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible. For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.

There is a car park approximately 0.6 miles from Aviva Studios at Water Street Car Park, New Elm Rd, Manchester, M3 4JH.

There is also a NCP car park (Manchester Spinningfields) approximately 0.5 miles away from Aviva Studios at Spinningfields, New Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3BE. It has 35 accessible bays.

There are a small number of Blue Badge spaces along Water St and Quay St. Otherwise head towards Liverpool Road, Great John St and Lower Byrom St – close to our neighbours, the Science and Industry Museum where there are a small number of additional Blue Badge spaces.

For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.

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