A Development Showing of ‘The Queen’s City of the South’, a new play by Mark Salvestro, inspired by the history of Cooma Gaol and its use as a homosexual prison in the 1950-60s.
Set in Cooma, the story follows Ryan, a local queer journalist, who is blindsided by the revelation of the jail’s history when city-slicker novelist, Lucas, drops into town and shares his discoveries. Despite warnings from his friend (and local psychic) Maggie, Ryan continues to engage with Lucas and his research, only to discover secrets much closer to home than he expected.
The showing will consist of a live reading of selected scenes from the play, following a rigorous 5-day creative development in Cooma, which will see four professional artists visit the region.
The project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
Playwright: Mark Salvestro
Dramaturgy/Development Director: Nick Atkins
Actors: Jack Dodds, Brendan Kelly & Kate Smith
Please note, while Mark Salvestro will be in attendance, he will not be performing on the evening.
All ticket proceeds will be donated to Jindy Pride, the Snowy Monaro's LGBTQIA+ social support group, to assist with their new local Youth Groups, supported by Monaro Family Support Service.
Monaro High School - Performing Arts Centre
Mittagang Road, Cooma NSW 2630