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An emotional, moving and hilarious must see performance
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Strangers in Between is "Boisterous, bitter and sweet, and replete with raw emotion." And there is no lie in that statement! This exceptional play by Tommy Murphy took us on a funny, yet moving journey of a young man named Shane (Wil King), who ran away from his family and the country rural town of Goulburn to seek refuge in the bustling, glitz, glamour and "freaky" Sydney's Kings Cross.
Young, confused and na´ve, Shane begins searching for a sense of his own identity in Kings Cross. He attempts to navigate the troubled waters of his past towards a brighter future. Along the way, he meets two strangers: the ultra-urban Will (Guy Simon), who offers Shane a brotherhood, sex and something unexpected, Peter (Simon Burke), a fifty-year-old gay man whose mother is dying in a nursing home.
The journey takes the audience into Shane's life, with his struggles of living in this big and freaky city and the help he receives from Will and Shane. Shane struggles to reconcile himself with the events of his past and we begin to question how can he move on when he can't even use laundry powder.
This comedy play is about fear, sex and beautiful mentorships which are particular to the gay community, according to Murphy. The play also explores a delicate beauty through rawness, honesty, and laugh-out-loud one-liners, sexual tension and heartfelt confessions.
Strangers in Between is deeply moving, where the audience can relate to the emotions of this humorous and moving play. It is about the feeling of being lost and looking for a connection, the feeling of being alone and confused and the feeling of anger from past events as well as reaching your crisis point.