15 February 2019

7.30pm (70 minutes, no interval)

This is a celebration of difference, a call to bravery, and an examination of what it takes to do the right thing – as a lover, as a high profile sport star, as a human being – to BECOME THE ONE.

When Noah captures the attention of Tom, a celebrated AFL player nearing the end of his career, sparks immediately fly. But as the season progresses and their relationship grows, questions around identity, sexuality and our devotion to hyper masculinity begin to surface, forcing us to consider what happens to love when good intentions and patience aren’t enough anymore.

A mainstage love story featuring vibrant queer characters at its heart, it is less interested in exploring why an AFL footballer is yet to come out, and more concerned with why same-sex partners of AFL players (who statistically have to exist) continue to accept it. This is what theatre is all about.

Winner of the 2018 Midsumma Playtime Staged Readings Event for new queer writing, this smart, sexy and challenging world premiere explores the true meaning of bravery, and what it might take – as both a lover and a high profile sportsman – to become the one.

Produced by Lab Kelpie
Adam Fawcett
Director Lyall Brooks
With Chris Asimos & Henry Strand
Composition & Sound Design Tom Backhaus
Lighting Design Benjamin Morris
Stage & Production Management Tanje Ruddick
Promo image Pier Carthew

Nudity | Coarse language | Smoke/haze


Commission by Lab Kelpie and Gasworks Arts Park.

This project's development and premiere season have been supported by Creative Victoria, a Jacky Winter Gardens Residency and the Victorian Government through the Pride Events and Festivals Fund.