By Tommy Murphy based on the book by Timothy Conigrave. La Boite @ the Roundhouse Theatre, Brisbane. Director: David Bertold. Design: Brian Thomson. 16 Feb – 16 Mar 2013
Despite its critical success first-time around, and productions in San Francisco and London, I found La Boite’s new production of Tommy Murphy’s Holding the Man decidedly undercooked as a piece of drama. Today, with HIV under control with a cocktail of drugs, it’s easy to forget that back in the eighties at the height of the epidemic, death was around every corner. The play addresses these issues with this gay love story, but too often the emotion is a ripple when it ought to be a roar.