Blowing Whistles has naked men and naked truth. It is a raw, gutsy, in your face expose of the nature of relationship, in particular a gay relationship.
This astounding play titillates the hormones, tickles the funny bone, and touches the heartstrings as two men come to terms with ten years of togetherness.
British playwright Matthew Todd has written a brilliant script, which was originally set in London and has been successfully rewritten for Australian audiences.
Focus Theatre has taken the funny and touching script and staged an astounding piece of theatre that ultimately transcends gender and speaks to anyone who has grappled with vulnerability and intimacy in close encounters of the sexual kind. Nevertheless this is a play that goes straight to the core of issues in a modern gay male relationship.
The first half is hilarious as Nigel (Lindsay Moss) and Jamie (Neil Phipps) decide to celebrate their tenth anniversary with a foray into sexual cyberspace. “Niks”, “addys”, “handle”s and other such terminology may mean nothing to the uninitiated, but to the nefarious Nigel they are par for the course as he regularly hooks up on the internet through a site called Gaydar.
The tenth anniversary celebration (on the eve of Mardi Gras) is a tryst with “cumboy_17” who is 17-year-old Mark (Lachlan Mantell). What follows is a night that tests the tenets of Nigel and Jamie’s partnership and puts a new twist on the meaning of gay pride.
Phipps is remarkable as the sensitive and caring Jamie, who is on a journey of self-discovery that leads him to honestly face his own needs as well as the depths of his love.
Moss keeps us guessing as horny and audacious Nigel, ever ready for an on or off line sexual romp. Moss and Phipps create palpable tension between these two lovers. Their affection, jousting, bickering, and understanding of each other is strong and paves the way for the hilarious entrance of Lachlan Mantell as Mark. Mantell is strong in his role as the sexy youngster who questions the rules of engagement, and takes this ménage a trois to its ultimate conclusion.
If you believe in love and you are strong enough to relish a fearless foray into the barefaced truth of a gay relationship then this is feast fare for you.
Feast Festival and Focus Theatre present
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre | 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Dates: 18 - 23 Nov 2008
Please note: Blowing Whistles is an over-18 event. It features nudity, strong language, and scenes and images of a sexual nature