Keep Him My Heart + His Own Special Friend

A double bill 30 years in the making
A Brown’s Mart production


Two plays performed in Darwin in 1993 get a long-overdue re-visit and re-read.

Painting of someone holding something and walking away from a shed

Keep Him My Heart is a Larrakia-Filipino love story written by Gary Lee. It played at The Tank over 6 nights in 1993 with over 50 cast members made up almost entirely of Aboriginal and Filipino community members, and used personal history to highlight the racial, social and political environment that impacted people of mixed Aboriginal, Asian and Anglo-Australian identities in the NT from the 1850s to the 1970s. Gary’s niece, Cyan, will host this commemorative re-read and remembering bringing together returning and new cast, together with images and stories from ’93.

His Own Special Friend by Dr Dino Hodge was a one-hour performance about the history of homosexual men in Darwin, an insight into the rubbing edge between frontier men of diverse sexuality and the development of gay sensibility in one of Australia’s most multicultural cities. Originally developed through historical records and oral histories, we’ll look back on the script, the men, and the town it was staged in.

Saturday 1 June, 6PM & 7.30PM

Duration this double bill presentation lasts 150 minutes with interval, or single shows last for 60 minutes.
Production note Contains use of projection, with dialogue that is sometimes through a microphone.
Content Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders are warned that both events may contain the names and photos of people who have died.
Keep Him My Heart discusses themes of sex, sexuality, gender, and race, as well as utilising language typical for the time period from 1890-1990 in regards to race and gender.
Access his show is wheelchair accessible and has seats at floor level and up-stairs. If you require floor seats alert Front of House for priority entry. CLICK HERE to read more about our venue's accessibility.
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