Among the many stunning performances heading to this year’s Glitter Festival is 24 Ways to Say I’m Gay; an honest, stimulating, occasionally funny and perceptive look at what it means to be gay. Adapted into an hour-long performance from the very successful 37 Ways to Say I’m Gay by award winning Sydney dramatist Wayne Tunks, 55 characters will provide an honest, stimulating and perceptive look at what it means to be gay.
The cast of 8 performers includes Mark Stanley, who, with over 20 years’ experience within the entertainment industry, will take on the role of Producer, Director, and Actor in the show. He was inspired to look at the project by his own father’s struggle with coming out.
“Having seen my Dad hide his own sexuality for over 40 years before finally having the strength to tell the world, I am looking forward to presenting this collection of stories to the Glitter Festival audiences,” says Mark.
“Although the play does not deal directly with my personal story of my father coming out when I was in my early 20’s, it was a strong factor in the reason why I fell in love with the work and wanted to see it performed on the Gold Coast.”
The play joins 24 different Aussies as they come out to the world. A young gay man’s suicide is covered up, an ‘are they or aren’t they’ boy band, an AIDS patient clinging to life and a boy ready to confess his sexuality to the whole school. These are just a few of the stories in this heart-warming collection. Mark was surprised at how relevant the content still is.
“When I first looked at performing the work over two years ago I thought by the time it hits the stage most of its messages would no longer be relevant – I was so wrong. It appears that the current world climate, events, and closer to home, the Australian plebiscite into marriage equality gives the piece even more relevance now. It is an honest look at the highs and lows of being a part of the gay community throughout history.”
This work will be making its Queensland debut during Glitter Festival.
“I think our state has been missing out,” says Mark.
“The words on the page needed to be shared and brought to life. I am so proud and happy to have been able to achieve this.”
24 Ways to Say I’m Gay performs as part of the Glitter Festival 2016 in The Space at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on 7 and 8 October. The matinee performance on Saturday 8 October includes a Q+A session on the play with playwright Wayne Tunks. Tickets can be purchased here.