As you walk into Space Two, it already looks a little unusual. The seating is split so we face onto each other, looking down onto a runway, with a glittery curtain at the end. HOOKUP is hanging from the ceiling, in the form of golden helium balloons. I’m digging it already. As the music starts, various members of the company start voguing through the curtain and although we all look on a little bemused and actually quite excited by the punchy beginning.
From then on we’re thrown into small snippets of LGBT life; closet gays, not so closet gays, affairs, one night stands, deaths, abuse, love; it’s all there. Not quite enough to understand the full story, but just enough to be intrigued by these fleeting moments. And some scenes shine through as little nuggets of gold. One small scene in particular is of two lesbians – it starts brash, bold, animalistic, and suddenly crashes down to reality when a daughter returns to the house. This scene created so much history with such little effort, and I loved that. A woman who is both a mother AND a lesbian? Her lover is not convinced of her ‘lesbian-ness’. You can’t be both, she argues, with a huge strap on dangling from her groin. I can’t personally relate to the fact that the narrative is focused on LGBT, but I can understand the stereotypes that the community is faced with and am interested in my little fly on the wall position.
Outbox Theatre is an LGBT company, looking to tell the untold stories of this community and they tell it was passion and hope. It is hard not to like these endearing characters. I can see this company doing workshops for younger LGBT creatives, learning to accept their sexuality, gender, preferences. As an adult, I felt that this direction would have made more of an impact on the audience and create a dialogue on who creates stereotypes of the LGBT community, verses what is really happening. (After some research, I discover that they do community outreach with LGBT youth groups, hurruh!)
I also was not totally convinced by the cheesy dance number at the end (although everyone else seemed to love it), but I can forgive them because of their interesting take on the secret lives of lovers and the ability to work an audience who clearly could understand the complexity of relationships in such a small time frame.