Riverside Theatres Presents
A Lab Kelpie production
BECOME THE ONE
By Adam Fawcett
Directed by Lyall Brooks
Composition & Sound Design by Tom Backhaus
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, agency 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.
An award-winning romantic comedy featuring two vibrant, lovable characters at its heart, Become The One explores why a footballer would choose to remain closeted, and why their openly gay partner would choose to accept it.
Weaving a clever tapestry of comedy, drama and romance, the play repositions the typical “closeted sportsman” narrative by asking its audience to consider: What if it was the partner, not the athlete, that became the driving force behind dismantling the heteronormativity of Australia’s national sport? What might they – and that journey – look like?
Winner of the 2018 Playtime Award for New Writing, this funny, smart and challenging drama explores the true meaning of bravery and what it might take to do the right thing – as a lover, as a high-profile sportsman, as a human being – to become the one.
This production contains coarse language and adult content and is recommended for ages 15+.
*1 teacher free per 20 students.
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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.
Promotional Photography by: Pier Carthew
Production Photography by: Jodie Hutchinson
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN
“Heart wrenching, raw and categorically brave. Become The One doesn’t let you off the hook. You’re suspended in the tension of this relationship with the characters. We need more of this on our stages.” – ★★★★★ Theatre People
“Excellent. Definitely worth seeing!” – ★★★★½ Be Melbourne
“A tragedy representative not only of queer athletes and their partners, but of the Australian Football League’s persistence in modelling a repressive narrative of masculinity and heteronormativity to a nation. Become The One presents many layers… the production is meticulously curated.” – ★★★★ Arts Hub
“Fawcett’s exquisite writing is undoubtedly the highlight of this production. His clever combination of romance, comedy and drama has given director Lyall Brooks and actors Chris Asimos and Henry Strand the room to explore and create a piece of theatre that is exceedingly important for audiences to witness. Asimos is charismatic and brooding as Tom, the perfect counterweight to Strand’s precocious, yet sweetly gentle Noah. The two bounce off each other beautifully and present a dynamic and chemistry that surpass the stereotypes.” – Theatre Press
“Fawcett’s text is spikey and smart… sensitivity and intelligence are woven all through it. Fawcett does this by his choice of characters – and then these very fine actors bring them to life under Lyall Brooks’ well-paced, edgy direction.” – Stage Whispers
“Asimos and Strand both have strong stage presence and share incredible chemistry, which makes for a compelling portrayal of this well-scripted love story. It is a well-crafted work, solidly written and beautifully performed, which will resonate with footy fans and non-footy fans alike.” – Weekend Notes