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This is a stage adaptation of an autobiographical book, published posthumously, by an Australian man who died of AIDS. Seeing it now, 15 years after the final events it portrays adds a historical perspective to a very personal story.

It’s a a love story which has two very different halves – the first a very funny and rather charming tale of a 15-year relationship from teens to late 20’s and the second the very sad and deeply moving story of the final years until one died of AIDS eight years later.

You can tell that Matt Zeremes as Tim and Guy Edmonds as John have played these roles on-and-off for four years because they seem to inhabit their characters and have real chemistry between them. Four other actors (Kath & Kim’s Jane Turner, musicals man Simon Burke, Oliver Farnsworth and Anna Skellern) play all of the other roles – up to 15 each – with huge versatility and brio. Jane Turner, in particular, can change characters of different sex and age with just a quick wig change! David Berthold’s fast paced staging allows them to cover much ground whilst still developing the characters and without trivialising the story.

Though I haven’t read Timothy Conigrave’s book, he was clearly very frank and seems to have been rather hard on himself. Tommy Murphy’s play tells a very moving, sad and timeless love story with much humour and little sentimentality and still manages to look back to this extraordinary period in social history objectively.

You’ll laugh out loud at the outrageous and often rude frankness, but you’ll probably shed a tear in the end. I found it a very rewarding evening in the theatre.

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