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08 March 2013

Holding The Man

Friday 1st March at La Boite Theatre
Directed again by David Berthold 
With the brilliant designs of Tony Award winning Brian Thomson

From the book 'Holding The Man' by Timothy Conigrave about the 15 year love affair between himself and John Caleo until John's death on Australia Day 1992 and Tim's own death in 1994. The book was published in 1995 and won for Tim The UN Human Rights Award for Non Fiction. It becomes one of the top selling books in Australia and has been translated into other languages and is now published by Penguin Classics. In 2006 it was turned into a play by Tommy Murphy and won several awards and is being presented all over the country on repeated occasions and internationally in San Francisco New Zealand and London. On its second presentation in Brisbane with a new cast it has already received rave reviews, standing ovations along with the laughter and tears.
The two wonderful leads were Alec Snow as Tim and Jerome Meyer as John. I recall Alec as a stand out performer in As You Like It last year. This boy has stage presence. Jerome is an instantly sympathetic and adorable actor. The rest of the cast were led by the multi roles of the brilliant veteran Eugene Gilfedder whom I recall first seeing in a play many years ago and so often since. The beautiful newcomer Jai Higgs, stage and screen actress Lauren Jackson and multi-talented Londoner Helen Howard also take on the demands of up to a dozen roles each.

They first met at school in 1972
By 1976 they Fall in Love
Through University and NIDA there are Family and Friends
The Joy and Laughter on the scene.
The Pain and Sadness of HIV/AIDS
The Original Boys

Click to buy the book
A rare old video with Tim Conigrave (the one in his undies at the end)
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