Its many decades since the play ‘The Boys in the Band’ caused a kerfuffle for the moral standards’ police in Canberra. And I remember well the tut tutting when a very large plaster copy of Michelangelo’s David arrived with much ceremony and no fig leaf at David Jones original Monaro Mall emporium for a promotion that had us all talking about his attributes. We’ve come a long way, but Rome of 109 – 130 AD is making its presence felt in downtown Acton, and this history lesson is boldly laid bare for all to see.
The Street Theatre’s production of Scandalous Boy written and directed by David Atfield as he re-imagines the story of Emperor Hadrian and his lover “the impossibly beautiful young man” Antinous, will no doubt have some patrons confronted, some non-plussed, most ambivalent about the soft porn aspect and enthralled by this mix of sex, love, lust and betrayal in the short life of the statue that came to life in the imagination of David Atfield, inveigling us into the decadence with just the right amount of humour.
The premiere event was sponsored by Hang Ups Picture Framing, director Mike Welch happily welcoming all to a project he had no hang ups about supporting.