HOLDING THE MAN

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HOLDING
THE MAN

  • 9 Mar – 14 Apr 24 Upstairs Theatre
  • 2 hours 20 mins (incl. 20 min interval)
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HOLDING
THE MAN

Adapted by Tommy Murphy
From the book by Timothy Conigrave

Directed by Eamon Flack

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 9 Mar – 14 Apr 24
  • Duration 2 hours 20 mins (incl. 20 min interval)
  • Content warning

    Holding The Man contains strong language, adult themes, nudity, explicit sexual references and gratuitous ejaculation. Theatrical haze and herbal cigarettes are in use.

    Should you wish to speak to a member of staff regarding running times, content warnings or any other show related queries, our box office can be contacted on 02 9699 3444.

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The love story which defined a generation, and a classic of the Australian stage, in a brand new production.

At a Jesuit boys’ school, in 1970s Australia, Tim’s eye falls on the footy captain, John. To their mutual incredulity, they fall in love. A love that lasts as they — and the society around them — change, mature.

When they both test positive to something called HIV, dreams, liberations, boundless possibilities vanish into the ether. But Tim and John have each other, and they’ll need to hold on tight for what’s to come.

Deeply felt, frank and moving, Tim Conigrave’s memoir of living and dying changed Australia. Tommy Murphy’s 2006 adaptation became an instant hit, and brought a new audience to this heartfelt and laugh-out-loud-in-the-sadness story of queer identity and the quirks of love.

Tim’s book is more than a memoir, it’s a social history of our country told through the love and lives of a gay couple – particularly that vanishing time of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Tommy’s adaptation is joyful and bold and crying out for a new production as we reach the thirtieth anniversary of Tim’s death. And these two actors are perfect, perfect for it. It feels right to return it to the Sydney stage so we can remember what we lost and remind ourselves what we found. – Eamon

IN THE ROUND SEATING, ON-STAGE SEATING

To bring Holding The Man to life, we’re transforming Belvoir yet again!

Some seats will be available opposite the usual seating banks – and the seating will be couches! There will also be one couch of three seats available for audience to purchase tickets to, which will sit in front of one of the seating banks.

SEATING OPTIONS AND TICKET PRICES

Patrons sitting on couches will enjoy reduced ticket prices.

Seating on stage (in the round) will include a mixture of 1, 2 and 3 seat couches. All tickets are seated – your usher will show you to your correct seat.

Full price tickets for couches and tables start from $55 and concession tickets start are $45. All tickets for couches are $40 for previews.

IMPORTANT DETAILS

Length of time

Patrons will be seated on stage for the entire run of the performance, which is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, with an interval. Ushers will be on hand to assist you to and from the seating both before and after the performance, and during interval.

Participation

Patrons will not participate in the performance unless they have explicitly agreed to beforehand. The nature of live theatre, however, means that nothing is guaranteed, although we will try our best!

Sound & lights

On-stage patrons will experience bright stage lights. Please keep this in mind before purchasing on-stage seating.

Cloak your stuff

We recommend you cloak your personal belongings at box office before the show commences. Bags and jackets will not be permitted on stage.

Access

If you have queries about accessibility and sitting on stage (such as the comfort of the couches – which will likely be lower than typical theatre seats), please contact Box Office on (02) 9699 3444.

Belvoir Staff

Belvoir staff will be on hand to direct you to your seat on stage and answer your questions.

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PRICES

  • Full Price (Adult)^ $74 – $95
  • Mates Rates (Adult)^ $69 – $85
  • Senior* $64 – $85
  • Concession $54 – $75
  • 30-Down# $52 – $67
  • Previews $55 – $60
  • Student Saver $39 – $54

Save with Season Tickets!

With 4-play packages starting from $182* plus a range of ticket types and concessions, there is a package to suit everyone!

*Preview 4-play package

Join Us

~ Bookings of 10+ full price adult tickets receive a $10 discount per ticket.
^ Tickets to Saturday and Sunday performances may have an added $5 surcharge.
* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time student card, Centrelink Pensioner concession card, Veterans’ Affairs cards, and to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), and ArtsHub, and HotHouse Theatre Subscribers.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday matinees.

TEAM

  • Tommy Murphy
    Playwright
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    Tommy’s theatre credits include Packer & Sons, Mark Colvin’s Kidney, Peter Pan and Gwen in Purgatory (Belvoir St Theatre), Troy’s House (SUDS, ATYP), Strangers in Between (Griffin Theatre Company, Trafalgar Studios West End), Blood Wedding (Royal and Derngate Northampton Theatre, UK), On the Beach and Saturn’s Return (Sydney Theatre Company). He created and was the […]

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  • Timothy Conigrave
    Original Author
  • Eamon Flack
    Director
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    Eamon Flack is the Artistic Director of Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney. He is a director, writer, dramaturg and script developer for stage and screen.  Eamon was born in Singapore and grew up in Singapore, Darwin, Cootamundra and Brisbane. He has a BA (English and History) from the University of Queensland, and trained as an actor […]

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  • Cast

  • Danny Ball
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    Danny Ball is an actor, writer and producer. He grew up in Melbourne to Italian-Australian parents before moving to Sydney, graduating from NIDA with a BFA (Acting). Previous theatre credits include The Italians and Darwin’s Reptilla (Belvoir 25a). Other theatre credits include Loaded (Malthouse Theatre), Cleansed (Old Fitz), The Making of Sasha Fein (ARA Theatre), […]

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  • Tom Conroy
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    For Belvoir, Tom’s credits include The Master & Margarita, Tell Me I’m Here, My Brilliant Career, Ghosts, Jasper Jones, Mortido, Mother Courage and Her Children, and Small and Tired. Tom’s other theatre credits include 1984, Hay Fever, Spring Awakening (Sydney Theatre Company); The Mousetrap (John Frost/Crossroads Live national tour); The Wider Earth (Queensland Theatre Company/Sydney Festival and 2022 Tour); Cock (Melbourne Theatre Company/La Boite); Romeo and Juliet (State Theatre Company […]

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  • Russell Dykstra
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    Russell’s Belvoir credits include Baby Teeth, Toy Symphony, Stuff Happens, Yibiyung, Ray’s Tempest, The Ham Funeral, The Underpants, and The Laramie Project; Born Yesterday, Twelfth Night for Melbourne Theatre Company; God of Carnage, Wonderful World of Dissocia, The Unlikely Prospect of Happiness for the Sydney Theatre Company; Not Like Beckett for Malthouse Theatre; and Below […]

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  • Rebecca Massey
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    Rebecca Massey is considered one of Australia’s most versatile and accomplished film, television and theatre actresses. She’s been nominated and won numerous awards including a Green Room Award for Best Actress, and two Helpmann nominations. Rebecca has appeared in starring roles for flagship theatre companies all over Australia. Her company Club House Productions produced 44 Sex […]

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  • Shannen Alyce Quan
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    Shannen Alyce Quan (they/she) graduated from WAAPA in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre).  Shannen is excited to return to Belvoir this year, after previously performing in Fangirls (2021). Other theatre credits include The Dismissal (Squabbalogic), Metropolis (Hayes Theatre), City of Angels (Joshua Robson Productions), Six The Musical (Sydney Opera House), Spring Awakening […]

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  • Guy Simon
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    Guy Simon is a proud Birripi, Worimi, Waddi Waddi and Walbunga man and is the 2024 Balnaves Fellowship recipient. His theatre credits include: My Brilliant Career (Belvoir), Jasper Jones (Belvoir- Return Season & NSW Tour,) The Visitors (STC), Jacky (MTC), The Tempest (STC), White Yella Tree (Griffin Theatre Company), The Return (Malthouse Theatre), Grand Horizons […]

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  • Creatives

  • Stephen Curtis
    Set Designer
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    Stephen’s extensive design career spans four decades and embraces set and costume design for features, short films, dance, drama, opera, physical theatre and musicals, including major collaborations with Australia’s leading directors, choreographers, festivals and performance companies. He designed the sets for Company B Belvoir’s first production Signal Driver and has subsequently designed sets and or […]

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  • Mel Page
    Costume Designer
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    Mel is a set and costume designer. Costume designs for Belvoir St Theatre include: Japser Jones, Ivanov, Kill The Messenger, Seventeen, Nora, The Glass Menagerie, A Christmas Carol, Elektra/Orestes, The Government Inspector, Hamlet, Angels In America, & Strange Interlude. Set & Costume designs include: Taste Of Honey, Enemy Of The People, Back At The Dojo, Medea and Small & Tired. […]

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  • Phoebe Pilcher
    Lighting Designer
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    Phoebe Pilcher is lighting designer with an interest in new work and collaborative processes. Phoebe is a graduate from WAAPA (Production and Design) and NIDA (MFA Design for Performance). Recent credits include: The Italians (Belvoir 25A), Never Closer (Belvoir 25A) A Streetcar Named Desire (Redline Productions at the Old Fitz), La Cage Aux Folles (State […]

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  • Alyx Dennison
    Composer & Sound Designer
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    Alyx Dennison is a singer, composer and sound designer living and working on Gadigal Land. She is a fierce advocate for equality in education and the arts, with a particular interest in work which illuminates (and works to dissolve) systems of class, power and hierarchy. She cut her teeth on experimental pop duo kyü, who toured […]

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  • Elle Evangelista
    Choreographer
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    Elle Evangelista loves dancing. Her BELVOIR choreography credits include The Cherry Orchard, The Boomkak Panto, The Rep Season and A Midnight Summer’s Dream with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Her other theatre choreography credits include Twelfth Night (Bell Shakespeare), A Very Expensive Poison (NIDA) and How To Catch A Star (Australian Chamber Orchestra). As a dancer […]

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  • Nigel Poulton
    Intimacy & Movement Director
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    Nigel is an award-winning movement director, fight and intimacy coordinator, SAG-AFTRA/MEAA stunt performer and actor, with over 25 years of professional experience. Selected theatre credits include: for Belvoir St Theatre, The Master and Margarita, Miss Peony, Packer and Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Stop Girl, Blessed Union, At What Cost?, The Jungle and […]

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  • Laura Farrell
    Vocal & Accent Coach
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    Laura Farrell (she/her) is a Voice and Dialect Coach living and working on Gadigal land. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Voice from NIDA; a Post Graduate Diploma in Voice from the Victorian College of the Arts; and a Bachelor of Music Theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts. A current lecturer […]

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  • Matthew James
    Associate Sound Designer
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    Matty James is a Sydney based sound designer, engineer and composer practicing and creating on Gadigal land. Matty is an Alumni from the Australian Institute of Music, a trained recording engineer and lover of heavy vintage synths. A familiar face in the Belvoir family, Matty has mixed a range of shows for the company and […]

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  • Finton Mahoney
    Aerial Consultant
  • James Elazzi
    Assistant Director
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    James is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and director. His plays have been nominated in the NSW Premier’s Literary Award three years consecutively, shortlisted twice in the Rodney Seaborne Award, four time award winner in the Sydney Theatre Awards and is a three time Silver Gull Playwriting Award shortlist. Son of Byblos 2022 Belvoir 25. […]

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  • Thinesh Thillainadarajah
    Community Engagement Coordinator
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    Thinesh Thillainadarajah is an Eelam Tamil Queer creative hailing from Toronto, Canada. Whilst his formal training was in law, sound design and music production, his creative interests have been multi-faceted. His ideas around community, multiculturalism and identity were heavily influenced by his upbringing in Toronto and shows up in the work he creates. Thinesh’s previous […]

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  • Luke McGettigan
    Stage Manager
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    Luke is Belvoir’s Resident Stage Manager. For Belvoir, he has stage managed Holding the Man, Master and Margarita, The Weekend, Scenes from the Climate Era, Blessed Union, The Jungle and the Sea, Tell Me I’m Here, Opening Night, The Boomkak Panto, Stop Girl, My Brilliant Career, A Room of One’s Own, Packer & Sons, Things […]

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  • Mia Kanzaki
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Mia Kanzaki is a Sydney based stage manager who is passionate about diverse stories and inclusive practices in the arts. She is a graduate of WAAPA’s Bachelor of Performing Arts (Stage Management). As Stage Manager, her credits include Tiddas (Belvoir) and The Face of Jizo (Red Line Productions). As Assistant Stage Manager, her credits include Blessed Union, the At What Cost? National […]

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  • Sam Rechichi
    WAAPA Stage Management Secondment
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    Sam Rechichi (he/him) is a graduating student of WAAPA’s Bachelor of Performing Arts (Stage Management). Credits include: Holding the Man (Belvoir), Assistant Stage Manager: Night Songs at Coney Island (Sydney Festival), Stage Manager: Cats (WAAPA), Deputy Stage Manager: Caress/Ache (WAAPA), Orchestra Manager: The Pajama Game (WAAPA), Assistant Stage Manager: Cabaret (WAAPA).

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Information
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    TERM ONE

    See this play for:
    AUSTRALIAN CLASSIC

    Recommended for Years 11 – 12

    Curriculum Links

    Drama (Stage 6)
    Preliminary
    • Elements of Production in Performance
    • Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles 
    HSC
    • Australian Drama and Theatre: Contemporary Australian Theatre Practice (related text) 
    • Individual Project: Performance 
    English Standard (Stage 6)
    HSC
    • Texts and Human Experiences (Common Module) (related text)
    English Advanced (Stage 6)
    Preliminary
    • Narratives that Shape our World (Module A)
    HSC
    • Texts and Human Experiences (Common Module) (related text)

    Schools Performances

    All schools performances are followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
    • Wed, 3 Apr 2024 11:30am
    • Thu, 11 Apr 2024 11:30am

    Tickets are only $25 per student with one complimentary teacher ticket for every ten students booked.

    Evening and Matinee Performances

    School groups can book any general public performance. Book our Thursday 1PM matinees for the schools performance price of $25 per ticket, or an evening performance from $45 per student.

    What to expect

    Belvoir creates for a wide audience and our productions may contain mature content. Accurate information about productions including running times and content is available once rehearsals have begun.

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    Head of Education Jane May
    Education Manager Stevie Bryant
    +61 (2) 8396 6241

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