by Tommy Murphy From the Book by Timothy Conigrave
presnted by La Boite Theatre Company (2013)
Neil Armstrong puppet by Dead Puppet Society
Timothy Conigrave's memoir is one of Australia's great love stories, and Tommy Murphy's stage version captures all its special magic. David Berthold's definitive original production, last seen in London's West End, returns to Brisbane this February with an all new cast.
Breathtakingly honest and achingly funny, Holding the Man is a heart-wrenching account of a 15-year relationship that weathered disapproval, separation, temptation and ultimately, death. It's a story and a celebration that speaks across generations, sexual preferences and cultures.
Tim Conigrave and John Caleo met in high school in the mid-1970s. Tim was in the school production of Romeo & Juliet and had a crush on John. John was the captain of the football team and wanted to play for Essendon. By the end of high school even their school yearbook acknowledged them as the year's cutest couple.
Holding the Man smashed box office records for Griffin Theatre Company in 2006 and enjoyed four sell-out seasons in Sydney, transferring to the Sydney Opera House and Belvoir, before moving to the Brisbane Powerhouse, Melbourne Theatre Company and into London's West End. Now, due to persistent and overwhelming demand, La Boite brings the original production back to Brisbane.