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Belvoir St Theatre's 2024 season packed with Indigenous talent and groundbreaking stories

Joseph Guenzler -

Belvoir Theatre has recently revealed the lineup of productions for its upcoming 2024 season.

The season is set to feature ten plays, catering to a wide range of audiences, including a number of works by Indigenous Artists.

The schedule includes adaptations of popular books, the return of acclaimed works, the elevation of a 25A show to the mainstage, and a revival of "Counting and Cracking," among other offerings.

Eamon Flack, Artistic Director said "Our season this year is about honing in on what's best about theatre - feats of artistic brilliance, a widening view of the world, the play of seriousness and joyful discovery, its unique ability to connect people,"

"The shows take us all over the world - ten plays with stories from 18 different countries."

The season boasts producitons such as Tiddas (12th - 28th of Jan), Tiny Beautiful Things (1st February to 3rd March), Holding The Man (9th March - 14th April), Lose to Win (25th April - 19th May), Nayika (30th April - 19th May), Never Closer (25th May - 16th June), Counting and Cracking (28th June - 21st July),The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (17th August - 22nd September), Well Behaved Women (28th September - 3rd November) and finally, August: Osage Country (9th November - 15th December).

Guy Simon in his recent role in The Visitors. (Image: Daniel Boud)

Proud Biripi man Guy Simon, a highly skilled actor and National Institute of Dramatic Art Graduate, is looking forward to his upcoming roles in Holding the Man, directed by Eamon Flack.

Holding The Man is a poignant story set in a Jesuit boys' school in 1970s Australia.

The narrative follows Tim's unexpected romantic connection with John, the footy captain, as they navigate changing times and societal shifts where their enduring love story encounters a harsh twist when both are diagnosed with HIV.

As their once-bright aspirations fade, Tim and John's bond becomes their anchor in an uncertain future.

"It's a great piece that we get to work with eachother on for thefirst time," he said.

"Every time I've worked at Belvoir... I've worked with Tom Conroy so it's really nice that I get to work with him again on Holding the Man."

Based on Tim Conigrave's emotionally charged memoir and then masterfully adapted for the stage by Tommy Murphy in 2006, it captured the hearts of many and reinvigorated discussions about queer identity and the intricacies of love.

This powerful tale continues to resonate, reminding audiences of the impact of love and the human spirit.

Director, Eamon Flack notes "The thing that's striking about the play is that Tommy Murphy was 24 or 25 when he wrote it, and it's such an assured piece of writing…every line does more than one thing."

"There's no faff in there, and yet it's full of playfulness."

"The theatrical game of the piece is a lot more joyful than the reality of the film, where everything is presented literally. This story is actually full of joy, not just about someone dying."

Subscriptions for Belvoir's 2024 season are on sale now.

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