Starring Gareth Reeves (Bell Shakespeare's Richard III, MTC's Straight White Men & Malthouse Theatre's Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again) and directed by John Kachoyan (Bell Shakespeare, MKA, Red Stitch) Elegy is a lament for those left behind and a shattering wake-up call to western audiences; a human face behind the abstracted headlines and the ‘refugee problem’.
Based on British playwright Douglas Rintoul’s verbatim interviews with gay refugee survivors and inspired by images from photojournalist Bradley Secker, this intimate solo account is a story of love and flight, of empty train stations and bomb-blasted towns, of a world where local militia “disappear” friends one by one and a man can become a refugee overnight.
At a time when elected leaders maintain their commitment to “turning back the boats”, and LGBTQI rights are threatened globally, this award-winning work lays bare the human cost of these vote-seeking headlines. An immediate critical and audience success following its 2016 premiere at Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival - this amazing production returns for a limited season at Theatre Works before touring Victoria.
★★★★½ “A deeply affecting and sensitively realised account…connects us, on a level that transcends nationality, to an unimaginable situation.” Limelight Magazine
★★★★ “A disconcertingly powerful work brings its audience so close that it’s impossible to keep the story at a safe or forgettable distance.” The Age
★★★★ “This is a finely polished, extremely accomplished and deeply moving piece of theatre” Arts Hub