Australian actors Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes will reprise their roles as love-struck teenagers in the stage adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s classic memoir Holding the Man when it opens in London’s West End next month.
The pair will be joined on stage by an all-star cast of performers from Australia and the UK: Australians Jane Turner and Simon Burke, plus British TV and film actors Oliver Farnworth and Anna Skellern.
Adapted from Conigrave’s best-selling memoir by playwright Tommy Murphy and directed by David Berthold, Holding the Man enjoyed huge success during its Melbourne and Sydney runs, even selling out a season at the Sydney Opera House. Telling the story of Conigrave’s life-long relationship with John Caleo, the captain of his high school football team, the play explores the highs and lows of their remarkable partnership, set against the initial AIDS crisis of the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Jane Turner’s addition to the cast is something of a coup for producers, with Turner’s sitcom Kath & Kim a hugely popular export to the UK.
info: Holding the Man runs from April 23 to July 3 at Trafalgar Studios, London. Visit www.holdingtheman.com