Holding The Man (West End Production)
Producers: Daniel Sparrow, Mike Walsh, Neil Gooding, Matthew Henderson, Suzie Franke, Gerry Ryan
Associate Producer: Jaqueline Kolek
Adaptor: Tommy Murphy
Director: David Berthold
Set Design: Brian Thomson
Costume & Puppet Design: Micka Agosta
Lighting Design: James Whiteside
Composer: Basil Hogios
Assistant Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher
Holding The Man has its own website: www.holdingtheman.co.uk
Neil Gooding Productions was one of the producers responsible for taking the hit Australian play Holding The Man to the West End. It opened for a 10 week season at Trafalgar Studios on the 4th of May, 2010 starring Jane Turner (Kath & Kim) and Simon Burke.
Holding the Man has become one of the most successful Australian stage productions in recent years.
Holding the Man broke box office records, achieving a total of 4 sell out seasons in Sydney, including a transfer to Sydney Opera House, Company B Belvoir, followed by a national tour to Brisbane’s Powerhouse and Melbourne Theatre Company. A United States and NZ production followed and now, the European premiere will be staged in London’s West End in the Spring of 2010.
The multi award winning play’s accolades include 2007 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Best Play, the 2007 AWGIE for Best Play and the Philip Parsons Award.
It hails from Griffin Theatre Company, that has provided many of this country’s great stage to screen inspirations including The Heartbreak Kid, The Boys (nominated for 13 AFIs) and winner of the AFI Award for Best Feature Film Lantana (from the stage play Speaking in Tongues).
The term "holding the man" comes from Australian football and refers to a transgression that incurs a penalty.