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.

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.

This work was selected as the winner of the 2018 Playtime Award for New Writing as part of the 2018 Midsumma Festival and was presented by Gasworks Arts Park and Lab Kelpie at the 2019 Midsumma Festival.


Playwright Adam Fawcett
Director Lyall Brooks
Composition & Sound Design Tom Backhaus
Producer Lab Kelpie
Cast Chris Asimos & Henry Strand


‘This was such incredible play. I’m so glad I went. I was so touched – you really feel for their struggle and you really feel their joy. Amazing actors.’ – Jessie Obien

‘I cannot recommend Become The One strongly enough. The story of a closeted AFL player, it is heartbreaking, funny and deeply moving, with incredible performances.’ – Jason Ball

COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption

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Adult $30
Seniors/Concession $25
Under 30 $20
Child $15

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    Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

    113 Brown St Hamilton VIC



    The Handbury Auditorium