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The year is 1999 and Shannon has a secret
Shannon Molloy is a year 9 student at an all-boys rugby-mad Catholic school in regional Queensland, with a secret that no one can ever find out. Shannon is gay.
Based on the best-selling memoir by award-winning journalist Shannon Molloy, Fourteen is the inspirational true story of growing up gay in central Queensland, transformed into a powerful must-see theatre production by nationally acclaimed shake & stir theatre co.
Set to a nostalgic mixtape of 90s bangers from all your faves, from Shania Twain to The Spice Girls, Fourteen addresses the trials and tribulations of growing up with honesty, humour and heart. Equal parts uplifting and heart-wrenching, we follow Shannon in a year of self-discovery set amidst a backdrop of torment, bullying and betrayal – not just at the hands of his peers, but by the adults who were meant to protect him.
This moving coming-of-age memoir about adversity and tragedy is also a story of resilience, hope and hilarity – thanks to the love of a group of close-knit friends, a fiercely protective family, an extraordinary mother and... S Club 7.
So press play on your discman, lose yourself in a pumping 90s pop remix and take a technicoloured trip back to your teens. This is Fourteen.
Praise for Shannon Molloy’s memoir:
“This generation’s Holding the Man – Fourteen is a moving coming-of-age memoir – extraordinary.” Australian Arts Review
“Shannon's bitter struggle is painfully recognisable and happening in playgrounds around the world. But he not only triumphs, he relives his past using his best weapon: beautiful words.” Australian Women’s Weekly
“A stunning memoir… a unique, hilarious and bittersweet insight into the heart of a boy, the courage of survival, and the fierce love of a mother.” Frances Whiting, The Courier-Mail
Adaptors | Nelle Lee, Nick Skubij with Shannon Molloy
Director | Nick Skubij
Creative Producer | Ross Balbuziente
Set Designer | Josh McIntosh
Costume Designer | Fabian Holford
Lighting Designer | Trent Suidgeest
Sound Designer | Guy Webster
Featuring | Conor Leach as Shannon Molloy
Image credit: Dylan Evans
Recommended for audiences 14+.
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This play contains strong coarse language, mature themes, simulated violence and depictions of sexual abuse. It also contains strobe lighting, theatrical smoke effects, and the use of herbal cigarettes.
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Presented by shake & stir theatre co, QPAC and Brisbane Festival
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