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.