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Melbourne’s Footscray sets the scene for a tender-hearted comedy that will take Newcastle by storm this February.

The Sum of Us revolves around the close relationship between widower Harry and his gay son, Jeff, as they each struggle in their search for love.

Harry unconditionally supports his son and is delighted to meet new boyfriend Greg when Jeff brings him home after a night at the pub.

Greg has kept his own sexuality secret from his strict and intolerant father and finds it difficult to cope with Harry’s light-hearted matchmaking ways.

When Harry’s own loneliness leads him to a computer dating agency, he meets and falls for conservative divorcee Joyce.

Harry wants to marry her, but should he first tell her the full story about his son?

Bare Productions director, Annette Rowlison, finds the David Stevens play as humorous, meaningful and relevant today as when it was first performed on Broadway in 1990, four years before it became a hit film starring Russell Crowe.

“One of the key lines that resonates with me is from the son, Jeff, who says, ‘I don’t want to be limited by other people’s ideas of who I am’,” she said.
“The play is not only about being gay and trying to fit in; it’s about everyone’s struggle to be themselves while trying to manage society’s expectations of them.
“These issues are handled with humour and bite by the characters in this play and it is very satisfying to bring them out just before Sydney’s famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras opens.”

The four cast members have previously worked together in other plays.

Ex-Stooged Theatre regular Benjamin Louttit (Greg) played a lead role in the theatre’s 2017/18 production of Cock, which also featured established local actor Alan Glover (Harry).

Glover worked with both Roderick Sinnamon (Jeff) and Robyn Blackwell (Joyce) in Valley Artists’ hit 2016 production of Deathtrap.

Bare Productions presents The Sum of Us from Friday 1 to Saturday 9 February at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Tickets are available via trybooking.com/ZTNY for $25 ($20 concession and groups over 10).

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