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Become The One: A New Play Exploring Love And Masculinity… And Footy!

Mason Gasowski and Chris Asimos in Become The One (Jodie Hutchinson)

Australian theatre company Lab Kelpie is debuting a new play called Become The One which bravely tackles queerness and its relation to masculine culture. The romantic comedy focusses in on the relationship between a closeted AFL player and his paramour as they navigate their love in a space where it’s discouraged.

Mason Gasowski (left) and Chris Asimos (right) in Become The One (Jodie Hutchinson)

The play is being presented at Riverside Theatres from Thursday, May 19 to Saturday, May 21.

BECOME THE ONE

The story is a new work by playwright Adam Fawcett and is quintessentially about love, courage and facing your truth.

Mason Gasowski (left) and Chris Asimos (right) in Become The One (Jodie Hutchinson)

Closeted AFL player Tom is staring down the barrel of his future as his career draws near to an end when he meets Noah. Noah is a vibrant, young queer man who feels an immediate connection with the seasoned athlete. The two take us on a journey that questions notions of identity, challenges long-held tradition and subverts the classic closet narrative.

Become The One stars Chris Asimos and Mason Gasowski who play Tom and Noah respectively. The intimate nature of the play gives way to powerhouse performances from Asimos and Gasowski who explore the depths of a hidden romance.

Mason Gasowski and Chris Asimos in Become The One (Jodie Hutchinson)

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FACE LOVE IN THE DARK

Though a familiar tale, Become The One has departed from what we’ve come to recognise from closeted-athlete romances. Typically we find that the hyper-masculine athlete holds the power and fate of the relationship, but with Become The One we are presented with a different perspective; what if change came from the partner?

Challenging, bold and deeply clever, this new play is the benchmark for romantic queer comedies that explore love when it’s faced with the rigid institutions of hyper-masculinity.

To find out more information and to secure bookings, visit the Riverside Theatres Parramatta website.

Mason Gasowski (left) and Chris Asimos (right) in Become The One (Jodie Hutchinson)

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