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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 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?
Become The One won the 2018 Playtime Award for New Queer Writing and was premiered by Lab Kelpie at the 2019 Midsumma Festival before transferring to the 2019 Chillout Festival.
This project’s development and premiere season was supported by Creative Victoria, a Jacky Winter Gardens Residency and the Victorian Government through the Pride Events and Festivals Fund.