Will is a gay man in his late forties who has moved to Brisbane in the 1970's. He is sensitive and cultured, but isolated, living alone in a house with objects that symbolise his memories and aspirations. He strikes up a friendship with Mrs Rodrigues (Mrs R) a Phillipino woman who cleans his house once a week. She is also isolated, but her memories of a sexually and spiritually awakening affair she had with a priest when she was a teenager give her an instinctive bond with Will. She gave birth to Carlos as a result of the affair. He is an 18 year old man grappling with his sexual and racial identity, reconciling a desire to be rich and accepted with his deeper artistic and sexual disposition.

The play explores questions of migrant and gay identity. More importantly - it explores the choice between a materialistic and sexually exploitative view of life, vs. a journey towards self knowledge and love.

Patricia Johnson's The White Light' is an intimate dangerous and suspenseful interplay between three characters of vastly different ages, outlooks and gradually developing intimacy. Patricia Johnson is a writer with a wonderful sensitivity to the moment to moment interaction of people -- desire, repulsion, self revelation and self protective deception.

  • human drama
  • 90
  • 3 total
  • 1 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • lgbtqia+, culturally and linguistically diverse
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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