Become The One

Two men are getting dressed up for a big night out

A romantic comedy that's out of bounds!

Noah, a young queer man, captures the attention of Tom, a closeted high-profile AFL player nearing the end of his career. Delving into the hyper-masculinity of sport, Become The One asks what happens to such clandestine relationships 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.

What if the partner, not the athlete, became the driving force behind dismantling the last bastion of heteronormative masculinity in Australian sport? What might they – and that journey – look like? 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.

Produced by Lab Kelpie and written by Adam Fawcett, this work was selected as the winner of the 2018 Playtime Award for New Queer Writing as part of the 2018 Midsumma Festival and was presented by Gasworks Arts Park and Lab Kelpie at the 2019 Midsumma Festival.


“Heart wrenching, raw and categorically brave. Become The One doesn’t let you off the hook. We need more of this on our stages.” - Dani Rothwell, Theatre People


  • Friday, 13 May 2022 | 07:30 PM - 08:50 PM


Portland Arts Centre, 4A Glenelg Street, Portland 3305  View Map

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