FAGGOT (NOUN):
1/ A BALL OR ROLL OF SEASONED CHOPPED LIVER, BAKED OR FRIED
2/ A BUNDLE OF STICKS BOUND TOGETHER AS FUEL
3/ PEJORATIVE TERM FOR A MALE HOMOSEXUAL

Warren and Kim are happily married—or as happily ‘married’ as two rich, white gay men in Australia can be. Perusing a dinner menu at a pub one night, they are mortally offended by the dinner special: ‘Faggots—with mashed potato and gravy.’

Flash forward one month. Warren and his best friend Diana are preparing for a party in highly offensive costumes when they are surprised by an unexpected guest: a highly offend-able social media activist. To survive this night with their PC reputations intact, these homosexuals will have to negotiate a moral minefield (in heels).

The stakes couldn’t be higher with an important business deal on the table, not to mention Warren and Kim’s million dollar mortgage. The result is a farce of epic proportions.

As one-half of queer theatre outlaws Sisters Grimm, playwright Declan Greene (I Am A Miracle, Calpurnia Descending) has made his name toying with the subversive. With The Homosexuals, he takes the comedy of errors and lets it swerve across the road like a drunken driver, creating a howlingly funny hour of blistering satire that deals equally vicious blows to left and right wing hypocrisy.

 

"A REFRESHINGLY URGENT PIECE OF NEW AUSTRALIAN WRITING"
— Time Out
"THERE IS, AS THE SAYING GOES, SOMETHING TO ANNOY ALMOST EVERYONE"
— Daily Review
"IT’S LAUGH-OUT-LOUD THEATRE"
— Limelight Magazine

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

A co-production with Griffin Theatre Company.

Key image: Zan Wimberley
Images: Brett Boardman

Partners

BY /

Declan Greene

DIRECTION /

Lee Lewis

CAST INCLUDES / 

Mama Alto, Simon Burke, Simon Corfield, Genevieve Lemon, Lincoln Younes

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /

Marg Horwell

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Trent Suidgeest

SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION /

Steve Toulmin

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR / 

Charles O'Grady

STAGE MANAGER / 

Rhianne Perrie

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Auslan Interpreted
Tactile Tour
Audio Described

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 7.30pm Fri 17 Feb, 7.30pm Sat 18 Feb, 6.30pm Mon 20 Feb, 6.30pm Tue 21 Feb
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Wed 22 Feb
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 28 Feb
AUSLAN INTERPRETED 7.30pm, Fri 10 Mar
AUDIO DESCRIBED & TACTILE TOUR 5pm, Sun 12 Mar

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION /

1 hour, 20 minutes (no interval)

WARNINGS /

Contains strong coarse language, use of theatrical smoke, drug references, sexual content, and language and imagery that may be of sensitivity to audience members, including LGBTIQA+ audience members and people of particular ethnocultural and religious groups.