Play tackles gay suicide
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.