The Ensemble Theatre’s latest play, the intriguing and powerful LUNA GALE, opens with two meth addicts, Karlie and Peter, who are contained in a waiting room while their baby Luna is receiving medical attention for dehydration. Husband Peter is slumped on a chair, coming down from the drug, whilst Karlie is pacing the room, trying to wake him up by force-feeding him ‘Skittles’. Her bag is full of junk food.
80, the program says 80. “Why the hell hasn’t it come out… there must be people out there, like Tracy, who know.” At a very civilised breakfast overlooking the lighthouse on the beach in Wollongong, my friend was getting really worked up, unusual given how much theatre she sees. We had been to LOST BOYS the night before, it’s playing at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, and we were haunted by the physical beauty of the show and somewhat disoriented by the pervasive whiff of a slightly paranoid, hunted feeling.
Gay people were chased, beaten and killed by teenage gangs in Sydney beachside suburbs from the late 1970s to the mid 1990s and LOST BOYS, from writer Lachlan Philpott, has crash tackled and wrestled the issue into the limelight. Though there have been other TV and theatre around the topic, LOST BOYS puts the perpetrators front and centre with a chilling normalcy. Continue reading LOST BOYS – A PRODUCTION FOR REMEMBERING→
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