Bison + Colder

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Title: Bison + Colder
Author: Philpott, Lachlan
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BISON
By Lachlan Philpott

Cast: 4M
Character Ages 17 - 50
Length: 1 hr approximately
Target Audience: Adult 18+
Style: Drama
Themes: Homosexuality, sex, ageing

Bison is variously poignant, painful and painfully
funny Culture Theatre Review, Ireland

Delve beneath the surface into the real lives of todays gay men. Teenage Jason is exploring his awakening sexual identity, Tom is travelling the world with his gay guidebook in hand, 30-something Simon is hungry for sex, and 48-year old Richard yearns for the freedom and promiscuity of his youth. Each of them on an endless search to find the right one, the right place, and the right night that is inevitably elusive.

From virtual dating to bareback sex, and nightclub hook ups to monogamy, Bison strips back, sucks out and spits at the herd-like behaviour of the gay male habitat and the rules that govern the scene.

Originally written in 2000, Bison is witty, confronting and honest in its take-no-prisoners look at the real lives of today's gay men. Examining aspects of contemporary queer relationships such as virtual identity, monogamy, bareback sex and ageism, Bison strips back, sucks out and spits at the herd-like behaviour of the gay male habitat and the rules that govern the 'scene'.

\"This play reveals the writer at a much earlier time in his career, still finding his voice. The play begins with Chorus Speak: shared lines that give us direct information without the pretence of character. Four actors take on the responsibility of character and ensemble in different parts of the script. They are ensemble to the featured characters story. Primarily we meet Jase, Simon, Tom and Dick.

The text has been adapted to the Sydney Gay scene. Each story covers different areas of the gay experience: a coming out for a young (17 year old) guy and subsequent gay lifestyle journey; a man with a penchant for \"sex-pig\" experiences i.e extreme sex, (we are in there with a video camera with him); a man on an odyssey of searching the world for a real connection, (and like Peer Gynt finding it was at home all along); and finally, a modern fable of an older man finding the threshold of a loving but bored relationship and moving into a space where some solace on the internet and beat sex provides distraction. There are ... some, occasionally, interesting insights into the peculiar predicaments of being gay at all different points of \"being Gay\": Age, appetites, fantasies and practices.\" - Kevin Jackson's Theatre Reviews

PRODUCTION HISTORY
Bison was first performed in Melbourne in 2000 by wrecked Allprods, followed by sell-out seasons across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Belfast. Bison has also played a successful season at the Oval House Theatre, London in 2010.

PLAYWRIGHT
Lachlan is a Sydney-based writer, dramaturge, teacher and director. As a recipient of an Australia Council Literature Residency he will spend much of 2012 working with theatre companies in The USA. Lachlan writes for theatre television and film. His first play Bison has had sell-out seasons in Adelaide, Belfast, London, Melbourne and Sydney. His other plays include Bustown, Catapult, Colder [Winner R.E Ross Trust Award 2007], Due Monday, Silent Disco [Winner Griffin Award for Outstanding New Australian play 2009, shortlisted Best New Australian Work The Helpmann Awards, 2011] Truck Stop and The Trouble with Harry.



COLDER
By Lachlan Philpott

Cast: 3M 3F (Doubling used)
Character Ages: 30 - 60
Length: 1.5 hrs approximately
Target Audience: Adult 18+
Style: Drama
Themes: Homosexulatiy, family, loss

Emotionally complex, unresolved, and full of the
painful ambiguity of real life. True to its central
motif, it is uncomfortably chilling Arts Hub


SYNOPSIS
A young boy is separated from his mother and goes missing in Disneyland. Adrift in the artificial world of giant mice and noisy parades, nobody can account for what happened in the seven frantic hours before hes found.

Years later his life seems normal; stable; happy. But something about that day haunts him. Something about that day remains unresolved. And then, he disappears again

Colder explores the infinite unknowns surrounding missing persons and the fog of purgatory that engulfs those left behind. How do you grieve someones loss when your only hope is their return?

PRODUCTION HISTORY
Colder was awarded the R.E. Ross Trust Award and was short-listed for the 2007 Griffin Award for new Australian drama. It premiered at the SWB Stables Theatre in May 2008 as part of Griffin Theatre Companys Stablemates. Colder was also performed as part of La Boite Theatre Companys 2011 Indie Season.

PLAYWRIGHT
Lachlan is a Sydney-based writer, dramaturge, teacher and director. As a recipient of an Australia Council Literature Residency he will spend much of 2012 working with theatre companies in The USA. Lachlan writes for theatre television and film. His first play Bison has had sell-out seasons in Adelaide, Belfast, London, Melbourne and Sydney. His other plays include Bustown, Catapult, Colder [Winner R.E Ross Trust Award 2007], Due Monday, Silent Disco [Winner Griffin Award for Outstanding New Australian play 2009, shortlisted Best New Australian Work The Helpmann Awards, 2011] Truck Stop and The Trouble with Harry.

Publisher: Playlab Press
Publication date: 01/01/2007
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921390067
Publishing status: AU Dropshipping

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