Then & Now

By the time I got home on Friday night, I was absolutely exhausted. The last week has been crazy busy. At work, I have an important role to play in co-ordinating part of ABC Radio’s response to breaking news events. Last week’s “leadership spill” had me working long-hours throughout the entire week, with a high level of concentration and attention to detail also needed. Exhausting stuff.

I went to bed on Friday night, and woke up late Saturday morning. It’s just as well, because I had a few things on over the weekend, including lunch with my friend Sue and a couple of her cousins, as well as seeing some comedy and some drama.

Nath Valvo at Giant Dwarf
It’s a couple of days later and I can’t remember many of the lines, but I really loved seeing the stand-up comic, Nath Valvo perform on Saturday night at Giant Dwarf Theatre. My friend Graeme and I didn’t know all that much about it, except that he was from Melbourne, was in his thirties, and his stand-up comedy was very much about modern “gay life” in Australia. Like most observational comedy, the success of his humour comes from the no-bullshit approach he has to life. Highly recommended.

And from one era of modern gay life, to an earlier time, I also went to see a modern theatre classic.

Torch Strong Trilogy
“I’m a bit embarrassed”, I told my friend Grant. “I don’t really remember the story”. It’s been twenty or thirty years since I’ve seen “Torch Song Triology”, and even though it’s a “classic”, I went to the show yesterday with only a vague memory of what it was all about. Set in New York during the late 70s/early 80s, it’s the story of one man’s relationships – with partners, and with his mother. In the case of partners, there’s the story of how his first partner goes on to get married to a woman, and how his second partner dies suddenly. In the end, he ends up back with his first partner. We both enjoyed the production very much, especially since the cast contained Tim Draxl, who has been a favourite of Grant mine, since he released his first album back in the 1990s.

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