"Will you go round with me?..."
Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the rugby team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it - the separations, the discrimination, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses - until the only problem that love can't solve tried to destroy them.
'Holding the Man' made the 100 Favourite Australian Books* list in 2003, won the 1995 UN Human Rights Award for Non-fiction and has been published in several languages. Conigrave completed it just before his death in 1994.
Tommy Murphys theatrical adaption of 'Holding the Man' is a contemporary play containing strong language, sexual references and adult themes.