Tuxedo Cat’s Perske Pavilion, Mon Feb 23
Imagine living in your perfect home, with its perfectly manicured gardens, with your darling husband or wife, with the most delightful neighbours and having to keep the most horrible of secrets from the world for fear of being attacked, assaulted or even imprisoned just because you’re gay. I Still Call Australia Homo is set in the present day, but almost makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, and explores what it is like to live in a country that outlaws homosexuality.
Newly married Jake and Cara move into their new home and get to know their next door neighbours Pippa and Daniel. As they get to know each other it becomes evident that Jake and Daniel have feelings for each other but with reports of homosexuals being bashed in the street and life imprisonment if caught with the same sex, things get harder for the men as they struggle with not being able to be together.
The four cast members, all Victorian College of Arts graduates, do a wonderful job of telling this heartbreaking story and portraying each of their very different characters. Their ability to convey true emotion, whether it’s their love of Iced Vovos or each other, and the seriousness of the situation while also keeping it light hearted at times was excellent to watch. While there is minimal set on stage, it does not in any way take away from the performance at all but rather allows you to really focus on the message.
This cheeky yet scary take on what it would be like living in the worst possible place to be gay is confronting but wonderfully executed by this bunch of talented performers.
I Still Call Australia Homo continues at Tuxedo Cat’s Perske Pavilion until Sun Mar 1.
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