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Silo bringing lauded gay play to the stage

Fri 6 Jul 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

Silo Theatre is bringing time-warping gay play The Pride to the Auckland stage, for its New Zealand premiere. The company has a history of gay productions, such as Holding the Man, The Little Dog Laughed, Take Me Out, The Boys in the Band and Shopping and Fucking, and says it has a commitment to “articulating the queer experience”. The Pride will feature actor Kip Chapman, who wrote and directed all-gay cabaret Songs for Guy in 2010 and won a Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for his turn as rent-boy Alex in the Wellington production of The Little Dog Laughed. He will be joined by Simon London, who is returning to New Zealand after a long-stint working in Sydney. He was last seen in Silo’s production of When the Rain Stops Falling and is probably best known to gay audiences for his bed-hopping turn as Larry in the revival of The Boys in the Band. Chapman and London will be joined onstage by Dena Kennedy and Sam Snedden in a production directed by Sophie Roberts. The Pride jumps back to the future, looking at attitudes to love and sexuality on both sides of the sexual revolution. It’s described as an “erotic time warp” as characters Oliver, Phillip and Sylvia are in a complex love triangle which shifts from 1958, to the present, and back again, and the play questions the benefits of liberation. It’s the debut of gay writer Alexi Kaye Campbell which earned him the Critics Circle Award, the John Whiting Award, a GLAAD Award and a Laurence Olivier Award. The Pride plays at the Herald Theatre from 10 August – 1 September.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 6th July 2012 - 11:08am

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