By Peter Nicols. Music by Denis King. New Theatre (NSW). Director: Alice Livingstone. Feb 11 – Mar 8, 2014.
The happy buzz and crush of opening night in the foyer of the New Theatre is made even brighter as The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boys (Henry Moss, David Ouch and Gerwin Widjaja) in stunning satin and immaculate wigs swing into action, setting the scene for a very well directed, fast-paced production.
Set in a British army base in Singapore in 1947, Privates on Parade “deals with very serious questions about gay history and sexual and racial politics … about a time when life was much harder for homosexual men” (Alice Livingstone, Director).