Published with Strangers in Between
Based on Timothy Conigrave’s celebrated memoir of the same name which won the 1995 UN Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction and was voted one of Australia’s top 100 most favourite books. Tommy Murphy’s stage adaptation faithfully captures the book’s heart-wrenchingly honest portrayal of a fifteen-year relationship, but also succeeds in transforming it into a unique theatrical experience that is wholly his own.
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Starts on page 49
EXTRACT: There are Lebs there too. And junkies. Junkie Lebs. Terrorist junkie Lebs everywhere and the drought. Council's got to do something. More roundabouts. Ivan Milat's running for alderman but. Shooters Party and a Family First preference deal, they reckon. It's such a hot day. Come back. We'd drive straight to the pool. Straight down the highway. Straight through town. Straight to the pool. Dive in and swim to the other side.Adult themes
"It is easy to forget, to allow the memories of the relatively recent past to slide away to a possibly helpful distance. Australia's experience of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and '90s is thus ancient history, and so much of that time is gone..."
"What entails is a not only the humourous exploration of a young country boyâ€™s first experiences and the challenges he is confronted by in the Cross, but an examination of Australian gay culture and broader contemporary Australian social issues such as the drug/prostitution scene and aged care."
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