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REVIEW: AFL LGBTQI Love Story ‘Become The One’

Reviewed by Shon Ho. While AFL and romance may be an unlikely combination, Become The One, directed by Lyall Brooks, brings the two together to highlight queer love on stage at Riverside. Tom (Chris Asimos) is a closeted AFL player and a favourite to win the Brownlow. He hides behind masculine bravado and the expectations […]

AFL meets queer romance in ‘Become The One’

By Shon Ho. AFL meets queer romance in Lab Kelpie’s production of Become The One at Riverside Theatres. Written by Adam Fawcett and directed by Lyall Brooks, the play examines toxic masculinity and identity against the backdrop of footy. Noah and Tom are opposites. Blokey Tom, a high profile closeted AFL player, nearing the end […]

No footie for foreseeable future

by ALEC SMART On Tues 24 March, the A-League soccer followed the NRL, which followed the AFL, and suspended the 2020 football season in response to the coronavirus outbreak and efforts to curb its spread. Football Federation Australia (FFA) boss James Johnson said “This is a unanimous decision of the FFA board, but it is […]

Racism not Goodes enough

BY ALEC SMART The allegation that racism was at the heart of the relentless crowd booing that irked Australian Rules’ football player Adam Goodes has reignited, following recent screenings of a documentary film on his career, The Final Quarter. It was further augmented by ABC sports commentator Charlie King, himself of indigenous descent, who singled […]


With Coffin Ed. What is it about our constant desire to be loved and appreciated overseas, not so much with our military intrusions in countries like Iraq and Syria, but with our cultural and sporting exports? Only last weekend we saw yet another Australian intruder in the Eurovision Song Contest whilst footy players battled the […]