28 February 2023

Everyman Theatre presents Holding the Man

| Dani Hardgrave
Join the conversation

Holding The Man By Tommy Murphy running from 22 March to 1 April. Image: ACT Hub.

Based on the book by Timothy Conigrave, Directed by Jarrad West.

Everyman Theatre, producers of last year’s critically acclaimed productions of Hand to God and Beautiful Thing are thrilled to be presenting as the first show in ACT Hub’s 2023 season – the funny, heartbreaking and true story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo.

The course of teenage love rarely runs smooth, but it is a white-water adventure if you were gay 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.

For many Australians, Tim Conigrave’s best selling memoir about his fifteen-year relationship with John Caleo captured better than any book of the period what it was like being young and gay during the eighties AIDS crisis. Those who loved the book will find that this adaptation by Tommy Murphy transfers every ounce of honesty, humour and heart-wrenching irony to the stage. This account of a 15-year relationship that weathered disapproval, separation, temptation and ultimately death is a story, and a celebration, that speaks across generations, sexual preferences and cultures.

The details

What: Holding the Man by Tommy Murphy
When: Running from 22 March to 1 April 2023
Where: ACT Hub, Spinifex Street Kingston
Cost: Preview on 22 March $35.00 |Adult $42.00 | Concession & Groups 8+ $36.00 | Under 30 $30.00 | FIBD (First In Best Dressed – 10 x tickets per regular performance) $25.00. Purchase tickets here.

Join the conversation

All Comments
  • All Comments
  • Website Comments
ilovecanberra5:30 pm 01 Apr 23

Quick, go see it while it’s still here. Most brilliant, funny, deeply moving piece of theatre.

Daily Digest

Want the best Canberra news delivered daily? Every day we package the most popular Riotact stories and send them straight to your inbox. Sign-up now for trusted local news that will never be behind a paywall.

By submitting your email address you are agreeing to Region Group's terms and conditions and privacy policy.