‘Gay bar in Barcelona. Every song to the same beat. Midnight. Nobody out. Flick through magazine buff shirtless man on the cover. Bar man in a cloud of smoke pretends I’m not there. Gay bar Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Prague, East Village, San Francisco, Sydney. The whole of the gay world lies waiting at my feet. I sit alone. I sit alone, you stare at me. You sit alone. I stare back at you.
Bison was first performed in Melbourne in 2000 at The Builders Arms Hotel, directed by Alyson Campbell. It was followed by sell out seasons in Melbourne [Victorian Arts Centre] Sydney [Belvoir], Adelaide [Nexus] London [Oval House] and Belfast [Brian Friel Theatre].
Bison delves beneath the surface into the real lives of today’s gay men. Teenage Jason is exploring his awakening sexual identity, Tom is travelling the world with his gay guidebook in hand, 30 something Simon is hungry for sex, and 48 year old Richard yearns for the freedom and promiscuity of his youth. Each of them on an endless search to find the right one, the right place, and the right night that is inevitably elusive. From virtual dating to bareback sex, and nightclub hook ups to monogamy, Bison strips back, sucks out and spits at the herd like behaviour of the gay male habitat and the rules that govern the ‘scene’.