‘I’ve never met a gay person who regrets coming out,” said Sir Ian McKellen on coming out of the closet. While the LGBT community has been gaining acceptance and support in recent years, the veteran actor can’t deny that there once was a time when gays were marginalised and discriminated by society.
Certainly in Bent — which was adapted by Peter O’Neill and performed at the Petralai Management Theatre at Chulalongkorn Business School late last month — oppression and prejudice ran in its thread. Since its debut in 1979, Bent has been known for its vivid and accurate depiction on the treatment of homosexuals in Nazi Germany. The play was written by Martin Sherman and McKellan performed in the original version.
O’Neill’s interpretation largely follows the traditional trajectory of the aforementioned play in terms of plot, characters, motifs and themes.
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