Become The One kicks off sexuality and identity conversations

Become The One director Daniel Story at IO Theatre, ready for the show to begin. Picture: Phillip Biggs
Become The One director Daniel Story at IO Theatre, ready for the show to begin. Picture: Phillip Biggs

A theatre production about to hit the stage will explore the world of a young queer man who captures the attention of a high-profile AFL player.

Become The One dives into the hyper-masculinity of sport and asks what happens to secret relationships when good intentions and patience is no longer enough.

Director Daniel Story said he first wanted to take up the script when he saw the play performed in Melbourne at the 2019 Midsumma Festival.

"From that moment I was like, 'this is a really important story and I want to be able to tell it one day'," he said.

Story applied for IO Performance's Inter/Outer program and received a spot, greenlighting the show.

Become The One was originally supposed to get off the ground in 2020, but was delayed.

"We were lucky enough to bring it back to life this year with a fresh cast," Story said.

"It's been 15 months in the making but we are finally bringing it to Tasmanian audiences. I am so excited about it."

Become The One explores sexuality and identity within the public domain and high-profile situations.

"Down in Tasmania I think [topics like this are] sometimes more sheltered," Story said.

"I think it's really important to be able to show who you are and be able to feel comfortable with your own sense of identity."

Story's version of the show will differ to the 2019 production in several ways, but the most obvious being a different cast.

"There are some little changes because it was important to me that we had two queer performers within the show, and because of that a couple of little things have changed," he said.

"With every show, no matter who the cast is, it's a different dynamic."

Leigh Oswin and Travis Hennessy will star in the Launceston version of the production.

The director said people could take what they wanted from the show, with the ending left on a cliffhanger.

"I think that's the beauty of art, it's subjective," Story said.

The show includes adult themes, coarse language, and sexual references, and will run from July 14-17 at IO Performance, in Launceston. Tickets are available at ioperformanceco.com.

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