Christianity and the gay community are joining forces this Mardi Gras – all in the name of theatre.

The Busy World is Hushed is the newest play at the Ensemble Theatre, which tackles the issues of love, faith and what it takes to make life worth living.

The Keith Bunin play tells the story of a female church minister and her gay son’s troubles.

“This play is about being true to yourself, realising that in the end that is all you can be,” director Mark Kilmurry said.

“All plays that deal with the themes are relevant to the world. I really believe we go to the theatre to remember where we are on the planet rather than forget.”

The son is forever at odds with his mother and eventually their pressurised relationship explodes, revealing painful secrets, unexpected honesty and unshakeable bonds.

“The son Thomas is a rebel searching for answers. He is lost cut-off from the world and he knows it. He wants and craves stability but doesn’t know how to find it,” Kilmurry said.

“I think there is a lot to learn from any character who is in conflict with himself and his world.

“Brandt is the other character who is gay. He is central to the plot and his search for commitment, for an answer to why he does what he does is the catalyst for the journey all three characters take.”

The show opens at the Ensemble Theatre on 9 February with previews starting 31 January.

Bookings on 9929 0644 or www.ensemble.com.au.

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