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Published February 3, 2014

Leave your opinions of Gay Marriage at the door because Standing on Ceremony won’t budge with their views… and they shouldn’t. The nine short plays tackle the hot topic of Marriage Equality and shine a light on the honest truth: we as a country are behind with what’s inevitable. 

Each play brought a well balance of humour, a sprinkle of poignancy and served it up on a fat platter of GAY. I was proud to see that they didn’t hold back but were tamed enough to never cross the politically heavy line. At the heart of it, Standing on Ceremony was a simple format that celebrated love and marriage amongst all.

Credit: John Shelbourn
Credit: John Shelbourn

Between each play, we were graced with love songs by the angelic voice of Laura Burzcott who set the tone. Mood was not an issue, nor were the performances of this stellar ensemble cast. Each individually opened us into their world and made the words of Broadway writers feel like home.

To point out one actor or play, better than the other would be a sin as each brought an honest truth and understanding that was unique and different. They were a group of characters, positioned in a world where the main antagonist is a law, and you know what, i cringed hearing the political facts. I cried at a eulogy monologue about one man losing his life partner and I laughed hysterically at a Ohio homemaker’s plea to stop the progress of homosexuality.

Credit: John Shelbourn
Credit: John Shelbourn

Hats off to each director who brought powerful, thought provoking performances to the stage with minimal lighting and less than extravagant blocking. It’s a true merit that needs to be applauded when you remember that you’re sitting at Chapel off Chapel and not a mainstream theatre.

Justin Stephens set design was simplistically spectacular. A wall of removable cardboard boxes, which slowly got torn down as the plays went on, spoke levels for what the gay community are trying to achieve.

The real winner of the night though is the gay community and those who support their fight for their rights. Don’t expect any conservative viewers to have a change of heart but it’s great to see a voice get louder and more people listening.

Credit: John Shelbourn
Credit: John Shelbourn

Standing on Ceremony only helped celebrate the love that we all share and was a fantastic night out, filled with all the colours of the rainbow.

  • Season 22 January – 9 February 2014
  • Time Tue – Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm & 9pm, Sun 5pm, Wed Matinee 2pm
  • Preview 8pm Wednesday, 22 January 2014
  • Opening 8pm Thursday, 23 January 2014
  • Duration 90 minutes with no interval
  • Venue Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahan
  • Tickets $45.50 Full, $39.50 Concession and Groups 10+ (plus transaction fee)
  • Bookings: Midsumma www.midsumma.org.au or 03 9415 9819
  • Bookings: Chapel off Chapel chapeloffchapel.com.au or 03 8290 7000

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