Meet Our Readers – CJ McLean

We are so glad to welcome this young, vibrant and very brilliant playwright back to The Hearth’s stage for our night of readings on the theme of Masquerade!

CJ McLean is a scriptwriter and reviewer whose work has appeared in InDaily, Buzzcuts, Rip It Up, Glam Adelaide, ABC Radio National, as well as at the Adelaide Fringe and with ATYP. In 2017, his play The River won the State Theatre Company of South Australia’s Young Playwrights Award, and his short film won Best Film at the Adelaide 48-Hour Film Project.

CJ’s currently working on a screenplay for a short horror film (we’re particularly excited about this!) and a new podcast adaptation of his 2015 Honours thesis.

For The Hearth, he’s going to be performing a piece that is part memoir, part commentary about queer identity and literary queerness:

When do queer people start to live authentic lives? Arguably, the most important moment for a queer person is “coming out”, when their sexual orientation is revealed. But is the act of coming out a complete reveal of self? At what point does a queer person stop coming out? And what is left in the closet after coming out?

You can find out more about CJ on his website:

CJ McLean

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