Holding The Man

Date(s) - 9 Nov 2011
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre

Holding the Man” by Tommy Murphy

Dunstan Playhouse

Captioned Performance – Wednesday 9 November – 11.00am matinee


Director: Rosalba Clemente

Designer: Morag Cook

Lighting Designer: Mark Shelton

Composer: Stuart Day Cast includes: Luke Clayson, Geoff Revell


It’s the mid-seventies – and satin baggies and chunky platforms reign supreme. Jethro Tull does battle with glam-rock for the airwaves. At an all-boys Catholic school in Melbourne, Timothy Conigrave falls wildly and sweetly in love with the captain of the football team. So begins a relationship that will last for 15 years, a love affair that weathers disapproval, separation and ultimately death. Holding the Man recreates that relationship with honesty and insight: the intimacy, constraints, temptations and the strength of heart both partners may need.

As refreshing and uplifting as it is moving, Holding the Man is a funny, sad and celebratory account of growing up gay.

This multi-award winning play explores the highs and lows of a remarkable partnership that speaks across generations, sexual preferences and cultures.


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