Production still for "The Homosexuals, or 'Faggots'". L-R: Simon Corfield as Kim, Mama Alto. Photographer: Brett Boardman
The Homosexuals or 'Faggots'
17 February 2017 – 12 March 2017 Merlyn Theatre
Malthouse Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company,
New Writing Theatre Co-Production World Premiere
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.
This production subsequently toured to Sydney's Griffin Theatre Company, 17 March - 29 April.
"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 still for "The Homosexuals, or "Faggots"". L-R: Simon Corfield as Kim, Simon Burke as Warren. Photographer: Brett Boardman
Production still for "The Homosexuals, or "Faggots"". L-R: Simon Burke as Warren, Simon Corfield as Kim. Photographer: Brett Boardman
Production still for "The Homosexuals, or "Faggots"". L-R: Genevieve Lemon as Diana, Simon Corfield as Kim. Photographer: Brett Boardman
A co-production with Griffin Theatre Company.