A book club like no other is about to debut on the Gold Coast as HOTA, Home of the Arts invites audiences to gather by the fireside in July. HOTA is beginning to emerge from the COVID darkness by launching their ‘Fireside’ program from 10 July. The program will feature the best of homegrown talent over four weekends, bringing together great art, tasty food and top-notch conversation.
On the afternoon of Saturday 18 July, The Mamas Boys Collective will share a rehearsed reading of their hilarious and unflinchingly honest play, ‘Brothers Book Club’, directed by Claire Christian and proudly presented by HOTA and La Boite Theatre Company in association with Arts Centre, Melbourne.
When Claire and the twelve boys met through a Queensland Theatre youth arts program called TRACTION, none of them could imagine where this after school drama program would take them. TRACTION, based in Logan, focussed on bringing young people who shared a passion for the arts. Fast forward six years and Mamas Boys are now remarkable young men who have created a dynamic piece of theatre which is multi-form and multi-cultural. The play incorporates powerful storytelling, poetry, hip hop and the boys imaginings of classic texts.
Once a month, the boys meet at Book Club to discuss, study, help (and roast) one another. These boys are best of friends, they’re brothers and in many ways, the book club reflects the boys own stories and diversities. Peter Irankunda, one of Mamas Boys, is now in his final year of a Bachelor of Acting at Griffith University Southbank and describes the play as “telling and creating stories, in your own voice and place to incite conversations which are crucial and vital”.
Claire and the boys wanted to write something that represented the Logan communities multiple faiths, cultures, languages and experiences and they have been collaborating since 2017 with La Boite Theatre Company to bring the play to life. Brothers Book club was to make its world premiere this year at Brisbane Festival, which had to be cancelled due to COVID.
During the period of isolation however, the cast and director have been fine-tuning the play via electronic platforms and Claire says that “current affairs will shift the work again, but the rehearsed reading will give audiences a glimpse of what should have been in September and hopefully will be in 2021”.
The play reading of Brothers Book Club by The Mamas Boys Collective is sure to be as hilarious as it is unflinchingly honest and will be performed in the Lakeside rooms at HOTA on Saturday 18 July at 1pm. With tickets starting from only $30 for a table of four it is an absolute bargain. For more information and to book a table of four head to the HOTA website here.