Variety (World premiere review)

'A theatrical triumph because the material is so incredibly strong'

'HIV-related stories have made for some of the most powerful dramas of the last 20 years, and the stage production of Timothy Conigrave's 1995 memoir Holding the Man now joins them... Exquisitely raw and personal'

Sydney Morning Herald (World premiere review)

'Compelling, wrenching and essential... I laughed and I wept'

'Devastating, moving'
'Tommy Murphy's adaptation of Tim Conigrave's memoir is an act of urgent remembrance, an unflinching, devastating, moving and funny reanimation of that awful time. It is also the story of two people in love... David Berthold's direction plays fully with the theatricality of a work that's set, at least partially, in a theatre. The entire space is used. There's a sharpness of pacing and a richly rewarding attention to emotional detail'


'A rollercoaster of emotions... Transcends the stereotypes and idiosyncrasies of gay culture, exploring universal themes such as identity, love, sex and fidelity, making for gripping viewing'

'What makes Holding the Man particularly harrowing, yet cathartic, is the fact that it is autobiographical... Uplifting yet tragic... Leaving the audience thoroughly moved and reinforcing the theme that love can overcome even the most grievous of obstacles'

The Australian

'A powerful story of a surprisingly and heroically enduring love'

'A great deal of humour and feeling... There are some wickedly funny scenes'

Sydney Morning Herald (Fourth return season)

'Back for an astonishing fourth time, Holding the Man has a profound impact on cast & audience alike'

'Love is what allows Holding the Man to transcend sexuality, race and class'

Sydney Stage Online

'One of the funniest plays I've seen this year... Holding the Man is something of an impossible miracle. It's a brilliant play that delights and entertains, teasing you from the distractions of life's cruelties only to slug a full-force hit to your heart as a reminder that life is, if anything, double-edged'

Sydney Star Observer

'Join an audience who gasp both in tears and in laughter”