Gay theatre writer/director Patrick Graham is bringing his new play White Trash Omnibus to an Auckland stage this week for a one-off première performance. "I wanted to write about a group of gay men that normally don't show up in New Zealand theatre," Graham explains. They are all not necessarily positive role models. "I'd had enough of the Will and Grace style of 'gay' men - I was getting sick of the way gay men were being portrayed on television and in films as literally neutered 'camp' queens. I wanted to see real people from New Zealand with problems and failings. Set in South Auckland where Graham grew up, the 'tragi-comic' story follows two brothers "who think they love the same man". "Two of the actors playing gay men are straight and they have taken to the challenge, working hard at giving honest and truthful performances," the director says. Describing the characters as 'white trash', Graham reveals the production will be R18 as it contains violence, sex scenes and references that may offend. There's already been a complaint: "a student at the University wanted to know why South Auckland always had to be portrayed like 'this'." White Trash Omnibus will première on Thursday 26 June from 8pm at Te Karanga Gallery (208 K' Road), and then be staged at the Maidment Theatre's Musgrove Studio from 13 August for four nights.
Credit: GayNZ.com News Staff
First published: Wednesday, 25th June 2008 - 3:28pm
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