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 "But what about the children?"

Playlab New-writing theatre is proud to announce their publication of Gaybies by Dean Bryant, originally commissioned and produced by Midsumma Festival, premiering at Sumner Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company.


Hotly political and deeply personal, Gaybies shares the intimate real-life stories of children from same-sex parents, surrogate mums, donor dads, co parents and guardians. A funny and moving piece of real-life theatre Dean Bryant’s Gaybies tells the story of children who have grown up with gay parents. Drawn straight from interviews with children aged four to forty, these are authentic accounts of family life told with humour, honesty and wisdom.
"Gaybies came about because I wanted to explore one of the common reasons given for denying marriage equality: “What about the children?” I’d been to a 60th birthday party for a friend, which featured hilarious speeches from his daughters about growing up with a gay dad, and I smelled the potential for something that was about now without the earnestness that can drag political theatre down. I interviewed a ton of kids of all ages who’d grown up with a gay parent and shaped their words into this script. Midsumma produced the piece for their 25th anniversary, featuring a host of brilliant actors including icons Todd McKenney and Magda Szubanski, and it was a riot — funny, sad and brimming with love.  Gaybies works as a live experience when it is messy, real and raw. Gaybies is about the beauty of authenticity."  

- Dean Bryant

The kind of play that Australian playwrights and producers with a passion for social issues and politics should aspire to make, as well as the kind of play Australian audiences deserve to have the opportunity to see" Theatre People

“It is rare, almost unprecedented, to find homegrown political theatre with this degree of urgency and power on our main stages…It’s a strong text, effortlessly funny and wise, that speaks with many voices and one. Gaybies makes you realise how diverse the experiences of rainbow families are…terrifically funny and swift theatre” The Age (January 2013)

“The beauty of this work lies in its poignant simplicity, and the organic way all the interviewees have reached the same conclusion: don't use me to deny my parents their rights" Herald Sun (January 2013)

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