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Wednesday 08 October 2008


Proclamations of the Red Queen

8th August 2008

Brisbane: 25 Down : Richard Jordan

Posted by: Craig Young

 Since the fall of the ghastly far right Bjelke Petersen regime in the late eighties after revelations of endemic police and government corruption, the state in question has begun to reluctantly modernise. Granted, not fast enough insofar as registered partnerships and inclusive adoption reform are concerned, much to my own displeasure. I have parents, a sister and nephew living over there, and I wish I could join them. Unfortunately, Australia’s backwardness seperates us, as does the legacy of Queensland conservatism.

Fortunately, it doesn’t extend to the arts. I’ve raved about young Queensland gay author Alisdair Duncan, author of Sushi Central and Metro: A Novel, which are magnificent books, before. Happily, young gay Brisbane playwright Richard Jordan is cut from the same cloth. Here’s a summary of his forthcoming play, 25 Down, first performed at the State Library of Queensland on July 31:

 25 Down by Richard Jordan

25 Down is a heartfelt comedy about the deep divisions between Brisbane’s gay community - between a generation desperate to be looked at, and one which fought to be heard. James is a 25-year-old artist with no immediate prospects. Increasingly distanced from his older flatmate and his best friend and facing a quarter-life crisis, he makes a decision that could have damaging consequences.

Quarter-life crisis? Hmm, I know twentysomethings that have those. And how did this generation gap emerge anyway? I respect the energy, vibrancy and confidence of most of the younger LGBT twentysomethings I know, even if I have a tendency to use my twenty year activism advantage sometimes. I can relate, though- at times I find fiftysomethings terribly annoying for the same reason, particularly ones that are vague, woolly and apolitical. 

Hey, this looks like excellent work, though, and I’m glad to see the younger LGBT generation is producing cutting-edge stuff like this. And one hopes that some enterprising theatre company will bring it on tour over here, before long- it looks universal in its appeal.

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