A funny and moving piece of real-life theatre, Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents the highly anticipated Sydney Premiere of Gaybies as part of the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras at Eternity Playhouse for a limited season from 10 February.
Written and directed by Helpmann Award-winning director Dean Bryant, Gaybies tells the story of children raised in rainbow families. This script is drawn straight from interviews with people aged four to forty who have grown up with same-sex parents, surrogate mums and donor dads. These are authentic accounts of family life told with humour, honesty and wisdom.
Following rave reviews when it was first staged as a moved reading at Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival in 2013, Dean Bryant is excited to bring this deeply personal and highly topical play to Sydney.
“Gaybies is the perfect answer to anyone who has ever asked, ‘But what about the children?’ It’s sincere, touching, hilarious and heart-breaking,” said Bryant.
“It requires a highly talented bunch of actors to do these characters justice and I’m thrilled to have assembled a dream cast which, in a wonderful twist, includes one of the original interviewees.”
Dean interviewed actress Georgia Scott about her experience of her father coming out. “There is always a lot of hype around what people assume or what people can philosophise is going to be the effects of gay parenting on children,” she said.
“This is a genuine look at how these people have lived and what their experience has been. And you know, it is not sugar coated and it’s not all great.”
“It is rare, almost unprecedented, to find home grown political theatre with this degree of urgency and power on our main stages.” – The Age
Director: Dean Bryant Cast: Cooper George Amai, Sheridan Harbridge, Rhys Keir, Steve Le Marquand, Zindzi Okenyo, Olivia Rose, Georgia Scott Production Designer: Owen Phillips Lighting Designer: Ross Graham Composer & Arranger: Mikey Bee
Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Season: 6 February – 8 March 2015 (Opening Night: 10 February)
Bookings: (02) 8356 9987 or online at: www.darlinghursttheatre.com
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Image: by Helen White