Play tack­les gay sui­cide

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Play­wright Sam Brooks is throw­ing the spot­light on ‘‘not just a gay is­sue, but a so­cial is­sue’’ in his lat­est play.

An­other Dead Fag – Based On Too Many True Sto­ries is the story of gay teen sui­cide.

Stud­ies show that sui­cide among youth is on the rise, es­pe­cially LGBT (les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der) youth.

An­other Dead Fag takes place at Seb’s wake af­ter his sui­cide, and those clos­est to him – his cousin Morde­cai, his sis­ter Abi­gail and his boyfriend David – gather to­gether to pick up what’s left be­hind.

De­spite the blame and guilt that they’re throw­ing around, they start to piece to­gether the mys­tery of Seb’s life to find the rea­sons be­hind the sui­cide.

‘‘There are no plays that are tack­ling this is­sue, es­pe­cially in New Zealand,’’ Mr Brooks says.

‘‘Sui­cide is a real prob­lem that needs to be ad­dressed. While we are learn­ing more about sui­cide pre­ven­tion, we are of­ten not con­fi­dent to ad­dress the so­cial as­pects which are con­tribut­ing to sui­cide in New Zealand.’’

An­other Dead Fag is on un­til Novem­ber 2 at The Base­ment Stu­dio.

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