The Hunter Region’s leading LGBTQIA+ Theatre Company, Bearfoot Theatre presents Do Your Parents Know You’re Straight? by award winning, non-binary theatre maker, Riley McLean at Civic Theatre Newcastle for a limited season from 17 February 2021.
Do Your Parents Know You’re Straight? is an original play which explores the prejudice towards the LGBTQIA+ community and acceptance of identity. It was first produced as an early draft in the midst of the marriage equality debate to an exceptional response from Newcastle audiences.
The script has since been developed and an exciting ensemble of nine diverse artists are filling the roles including Luke Barker, Carl Gregory, Samuel Jenkins, Ava Mantle, Angela McKeown, Annie McLoughlin, Mazvita Takawira, Nicholas Thoroughgood and Zac Smith.
“In many ways, Casey Miller is a regular teenager with a passion for writing stories. But Casey has a secret… he’s straight. Feeling isolated, he creates a friend in his stories – Riley, a lesbian girl who lives in an opposite world (not unlike our own) where heterosexuality is normality.”
“Riley operates as a reflection of Casey as he documents twisted versions of his reality through her eyes. But Riley can’t always be happy – not when Casey’s not. Because that’s not fair.”
Bearfoot has a mission to keep contemporary work alive by producing predominately original works of theatre which challenge audiences, tackle relevant social issues and give a voice to young and diverse artists.
Previous works include: Do Your Parents Know You’re Straight? (2017), Take Me to Neverland (2018), I Hope it’s Not Raining in London (2018), Hermit Crabs and Meteors (2019), I Hope it’s Not Raining in London on TOUR (2019) and Playing Face (2019).
Writer/Director: Riley McLean Featuring: Luke Barker, Carl Gregory, Samuel Jenkins, Ava Mantle, Angela McKeown, Annie McLoughlin, Mazvita Takawira, Nicholas Thoroughgood, Zac Smith Assistant Director: Harry Lyddiard Technical Manager: Lyndon Buckley
Do Your Parents Know You’re Straight?
The Playhouse – Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter Street, Newcastle
Season: 17 – 20 February 2021
For more information, visit: www.bearfoottheatre.org.au for details.
Image: courtesy of Bearfoot Theatre