By Tommy Murphy, from Tim Conigrave's memoir. State Theatre Company of South Australia. Dunstan Playhouse. 21 Oct to 13 Nov, 2011
Tommy Murphy’s Holding the Man adaptation has all the elements of great theatre: a contemporary issue, a powerful message and an ensemble.
In 1995, shortly after he died, Timothy Conigrave’s memoir was published, telling of his lifelong love with high school football captain, John Caleo.
Conigrave wrote like a playwright: lots of dialogue making it easy to read and the story itself was powerful. Those elements combined to make it a bestseller and a classic Australian love story – people dubbed it gay Mills & Boon.