• Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents
  • 6 Feb - 8 Mar 2015
  • $30 - $45


By Dean Bryant

A funny and moving piece of real-life theatre written and directed by Helpmann Award winner Dean Bryant, Gaybies tells the story of children who have grown up with gay parents. Drawn straight from interviews with children aged four to forty, these are authentic accounts of family life told with humour, honesty and wisdom.


Presented in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Originally commissioned and produced by Midsumma Festival.

Photos by Helen White

Deeply personal and highly topical, Gaybies is the perfect answer to anyone who has ever asked, “But what about the children?”

Following rave reviews when it was first staged as a moved reading at Melbourne's Midsumma Festival in 2013, this Sydney premiere of Gaybies is presented as part of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. 

Proudly supported by Ian Barnett, Dominic Tayco 
& Darren Conlon, Garry McQuinn & Rina Gill,
Holdsworth House Medical Practice, Goldman Sachs

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By Dean Bryant


Cooper George Amai
Sheridan Harbridge
Rhys Keir
Steve Le Marquand
Zindzi Okenyo
Olivia Rose
Georgia Scott



Director Dean Bryant 

Production Designer Owen Phillips

Lighting Designer Ross Graham

Composer & Arranger Mikey Bee 

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"Sharp," "well shaped" and "fast paced” SMH

“Excellent cast who bring every ounce of life and nuance out of the verbatim script” Daily Review

“The way the cast work together to create a dynamic, surging, evolving narrative is Gaybies’ greatest strength. And the subject matter really matters to these actors. That transfers to the audience and makes what we’re watching seem like an important moment in history” Concrete Playground

"If ever there was an argument for gay marriage, this is it. If ever there was a bevy of talent as good as this, I would be surprised" Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre

★ ★ ★ ★ "The kind of play that Australian playwrights and producers with a passion for social issues and politics should aspire to make, as well as the kind of play Australian audiences deserve to have the opportunity to see" Theatre People

"The play is sculpted around interviews with children from the age of four to 40. Their stories are presented on the stage in all their raw and unfiltered beauty, wisdom and hilarity" Broadsheet

"This is well worth seeing, regardless of your own persuasion. It is informative and honest with the right level of humour and pathos" Broadway World

"The brilliant cast brings a palpable tenderness to the production" Suzy Goes See

"Timely, relevant and enjoyable" Arts Hub

"A play with a healthy brimming heart, not to be missed!" Stevie Zipper

★ ★ ★ ★ "Their stories are endlessly fascinating" Sydney Scoop

Reviews from Midsumma Festival 2013

“It is rare, almost unprecedented, to find homegrown political theatre with this degree of urgency and power on our main stages…It’s a strong text, effortlessly funny and wise, that speaks with many voices and one. Gaybies makes you realise how diverse the experiences of rainbow families are…terrifically funny and swift theatre” The Age (January 2013)

"The beauty of this work lies in its poignant simplicity, and the organic way all the interviewees have reached the same conclusion: don't use me to deny my parents their rights" Herald Sun (January 2013)

"Gaybies is on its way to being an important piece of theatre that shakes up stale and dull opinions" Aussie Theatre (January 2013)


Q&A with Dean Bryant 

Gaybies: Georgia Scott acts the story of her life Sydney Morning Herald

Gaybies director goes the extra mile Sydney Morning Herald

What About the Children? Cult Magazine and SX: read digital edition

Yes, the kids are alright! Same Same

Gayby Boomers The Australian

Interview with Olivia Rose Theatre Red

Sydney Mardi Gras gay theatre selectors ask 'how gay is gay enough?' Sydney Morning Herald

Gaybies: True stories of growing up with gay parents Gay Star News 

Top five: Critics' picks Sydney Morning Herald

On the Couch with Steve Le Marquand Arts Review

Interview with Zindzi Okenyo The Brag

Phil Scott: Father of Gaybies SX

Gaybies and Gay Wizards Radio National 

Sydney Mardi Gras 2015: Theatre Highlights Crikey Daily Review

5 Questions with Rhys Kier Suzy Goes See

5 Questions with Sheridan Harbridge Suzy Goes See

Gaybies cast announced Broadway World

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Performance Dates

  • Previews: 6 - 8 February
  • Season: 11 February - 8 March 
  • NB: there will be no 8pm show on Sat 7 March due to Mardi Gras Parade

Performance Times

  • Tue - Sat: 8pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Sat Matinees: 28 February & 7 March, 3pm

Performance Run Time

1 hour 30 mins (no interval)

Performance Details

Download Gaybies event program (PDF)

This production includes some coarse language and infrequent use of herbal cigarettes



  • Standard $45
  • Concession $38
  • Groups (8+) $38
  • Industry* $35
  • Under 30* $30
  • Preview $30

*Available for performances on Tue, Wed & Thu only

A $2 booking fee applies per ticket for online and phone bookings. Subscriptions do not incur a booking fee.


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