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Another Dead Fag is a story of gay teen suicide. It takes place at Seb's wake after he has committed suicide, and those closest to him; his cousin Cai, his sister Abby and his boyfriend David gathered together to pick up the pieces and piece together a reason from the blame and guilt that is being thrown around.
In this new play, Sam Brooks is tackling gay characters and gay issues like he has done in previous plays Queen (April 2013, The Basement) and Mab’s Room (September 2012, The Basement) but with this play he is throwing the spotlight on not just a gay issue, but a social issue.
Studies show that suicide among youth are on the rise, with a 2009 study showing that one in five gay teen youths have attempted to commit suicide, and around half have attempted to harm themselves. The play approaches the issue of gay teen suicide from a refreshing perspective, one that appreciates that suicide is not a simple thing that can be summarised or written off, but is actually the result of many complex factors.
Smoke Labours Production is proud to premiere this courageous new work, directed by Zinnie Selwyn (Wings) and starring Dan Veint (Mojo), Chris Parker (TV’s Girl vs. Boy, Outsider’s Guide to Happiness), Lauren Gibson (Anne Boleyn, The Heretic) and Jordan Blaikie (Everything She Ever Said To Me)
About Smoke Labours Productions’ past work:
On Goddess and Mab’s Room:
“Brooks has corralled a talented company to produce a pair of solid, contrasting pieces that successfully highlights his versatility with style and content, underpinned by an astute eye for the human condition.” – Nik Smythe, Theatreview
On And I Was Like:
“… a smart piece of theatre: quite masterful in its subtlety; capable of burrowing deep into our thoughts to drag out answers of our own instead of jamming them down our throats.” – Joselyn Khor, Theatreview
“Queen asks the questions, and relates some of the experiences, which are important in the brave new world that New Zealand has woken up to find today.” – James Wenley, Theatrescenes