Holding the Man

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Previewed 23 April 2010, Opened 4 May 2010, Closed 3 July 2010 at the Trafalgar Studio 1 in London

The West End Premiere of Tim Conigrave's Holding the Man in London, adapted for the stage by Tommy Murphy and starring Jane Turner.

The course of teenage love rarely runs smooth, but it is a white-water adventure if you are a gay boy in an all-male school in 1970s Melbourne with a crush on the captain of the football team. Still, despite the odds, Tim and John become close and for fifteen years their relationship survives everything life throws at it - the separations, the discriminations, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses - until the only problem that love can't solve turns up to part them.

Based on the much loved award winning book by Tim Conigrave, Holding the Man is a hilariously funny, tender and moving play following the remarkable true life love story of Tim Conigrave and John Caleo. It is a celebration that speaks across generations, sexual preference and culture. PLEASE NOTE this this production contains adult themes and strong language and is therefore not suitable for childen under the age of 15.

The cast for Holding the Man in London features Jane Turner along with Simon Burke, Guy Edmonds, Oliver Farnworth, Anna Skellern and Matt Zeremes. It is recreated for its London West End premiere by the original Australian director David Berthold and the Tony Award winning designer Brian Thomson. Jane Turner is one of Australia's most celebrated comic actors who is best known in the UK for her title role on the Australian TV hit comedy Kath and Kim.

"From Sydney comes this frank, brazen adaptation of Timothy Conigrave's memoir celebrating life with his partner, John, from high school to their Aids-related illness in the early 1990s... The first half of Tommy Murphy's script is cartoonish and foul-mouthed, the second far more sombre but both feel sketchy... Kath & Kim's Jane Turner is razor-sharp as snippy mothers, lecherous queens and a particularly glum lesbian." The Sunday Times

"Holding The Man is an adaptation of a memoir by Timothy Conigrave, who died from AIDS a few months before it was published... Of course it's sad, so I feel a heel for saying that the deaths of Tim and John are not terribly interesting, partly because their characters are so sketchily drawn... A wonderfully versatile company, which includes Jane Turner, pull wigs and hats on frantically to play the parts of friends, parents and every imaginable gay stereotype. But what with the wacky wigs invariably upstaging the performances and swamping the flimsy writing, no wonder this production feels less bold than bald." The Mail On Sunday

Holding the Man in London at the Trafalgar Studio 1 previewed from 23 April 2010, opened on 4 May 2010 and closed on 3 July 2010.