Plays Directory : Holding The Man

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Timothy Conigrave
  • Written
    1995
  • Overview
    Holding the Man is the best-selling memoir by the Australian writer, actor, and activist Timothy Conigrave. It was adapted for the stage by Tommy Murphy in 2006. The original production has become one of the most successful Australian stage productions in recent years, playing in most Australian capital cities and in London's West End.

    There have been many plays about life and love in the time of AIDS, some of them Australian, but this play is, however, in a real way, unique. Adapted from Tim Conigrave's award-winning and much-loved memoir of the same name, Holding the Man tells the unusual and remarkable love story of Tim and John Caleo, who despite parental opposition, fell in love at Melbourne's Xavier College as 16-year-olds and remained together, in and out of love, until John died of AIDS. When they meet, Tim is an aspiring young actor and John is a promising footballer. For those who do not follow AFL it should be noted that the title is a football term. Faithful to the book, the play covers some twenty years, and undertakes this demanding task gracefully. A love affair that spans such a long time is notoriously hard to dramatize yet Murphy does this with skill (he has an easy command of both the theatrical and of the dramatic), with wit, and with sensitivity. The personal and the political deftly intersect here, as the story is, in many ways, also a history of the gay pride movement in Australia . The play is by turns hilariously funny, tender and moving. It cleverly avoids the traps of sentimentality and self-pity as it journeys toward its inevitable and tragic conclusion.

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Connected mandy members:

Dickon Farmar
2017, Bob Caleo & ensemble
Jack Studio Theatre
Christopher Hunter
2017, Tim Conigrave
Brockley Jack
Timothy Hofmeier
2017, Richard
Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Andy Hill
Andy Hill
Technical Manager / Director
2017, Stage Manager & Sound Designer
Above The Stag Theatre
Paul Forman
Paul Forman
Actor
2017, John
Jack Studio Theatre
Annabel Pemberton
2017, Mary-Gert & 7 characters
Sebastian Palka
Sebastian Palka
Director
2017, Director
Brockley Jack Theatre
Timothy Hofmeier
Timothy Hofmeier
Voice Over: Australian
2017, Richard
Emma Zadow
Emma Zadow
Actor
2017, Juliet/Ensemble
Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Kathleen Bunting
2013, Juliette
CTW
Lawrence Carmichael
2010, Ensemble/Swing
Traffalar Studios - Main Theatre
Kara Jackson
Kara Jackson
Stage Manager
2010, Assistant Stage Manager
Kali Hughes
Kali Hughes
Actor
2010, Female Ensemble u/s
Trafalgar Studios
Benjamin Eddon
Benjamin Eddon
Assistant Stage Manager
2010, Rehearsal ASM
Trafalgar Studios
Lawrence Carmichael
Lawrence Carmichael
Movement Director
2010, Actor
Traffalar Studios - Main Theatre
Loretto Bircham
Loretto Bircham
Company Manager
2010, COMPANY STAGE MANAGER
Trafalgar Studios Studio 1