WOS TV: Jane Turner On ... Holding the Man
Date: 17 May 2010
Jane Turner, best known as Kath from Australian cult-hit sitcom Kath and Kim, is currently making her West End debut in the UK premiere of Holding the Man, Tommy Murphy’s award-winning adaptation of the best-selling memoir of the same name by the late Australian actor, writer and activist Tim Conigrave.
The play, which has a limited season at Trafalgar Studios 1 until 3 July 2010, follows the highs and lows in the relationship between Conigrave, who found being young and gay exciting but uncharted territory, and John Caleo, his lifelong lover of 15 years. But the the story is heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure - both men (who Turner knew from school) were diagnosed with HIV in the mid-1980s and died of Aids-related illnesses, Caleo in 1992 and Conigrave in October 1994.
Tommy Murphy’s stage adaptation premiered in 2006 at the Griffin Theatre in Sydney, before numerous other sell-out seasons there and other venues including the Sydney Opera House.
Jane Turner created, wrote, produced and starred in Kath and Kim with her long-time collaborator Gina Riley. In addition to myriad awards, the sitcom has earned its place as one of the most syndicated shows in Australian television history. In Holding the Man, Turner is the only female in a six-strong company, which also features fellow Australians Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes as Conigrave and Caleo.
- by Theo Bosanquet
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