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Photo by Sare Clarke Photography

"Does digging up old secrets do more harm than good?"

A new play by Mark Salvestro, inspired by the history of Cooma Gaol and its use as a homosexual prison in the 1950-60s.


Friday 5 May, 5:30pm

Monaro High School - Performing Arts Centre

The showing will consist of a live reading of selected scenes from the play, following a rigorous 5-day creative development in Cooma, which will see four professional artists visit the region.

Set in Cooma, the story follows Ryan, a local queer journalist, who is blindsided by the revelation of the jail’s history when city-slicker novelist, Lucas,

drops into town and shares his discoveries.


Despite warnings from his friend (and local psychic) Maggie, Ryan continues to engage with Lucas and his research, only to discover secrets much

closer to home than he expected.

Cooma Creative Development Team

Playwright: Mark Salvestro
Dramaturg/Development Director: Nick Atkins
Actors: Jack Dodds, Brendan Kelly & Kate Smith

Please note, while Mark Salvestro will be in attendance, he will not be performing on the evening.

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The Cooma Creative Development of 'The Queen's City of the South' is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
The project has also received support from Canberra Theatre Centre’s New Works program and South East Arts.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Jindy Pride, the Snowy Monaro's LGBTQIA+ social support group, to assist with their new local Youth Groups, supported by Monaro Family Support Service.

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