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Australian Open — Kings Cross Theatre

Glitter and grand slams combine in this energetic rom-com, which defies the trope of tragic queer stories.
By Cordelia Williamson
February 21, 2020
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Australian Open — Kings Cross Theatre

Glitter and grand slams combine in this energetic rom-com, which defies the trope of tragic queer stories.
By Cordelia Williamson
February 21, 2020
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We've gone from grand slams and tennis whites to glitter and drag queens within a matter of weeks. Kings Cross Theatre's latest production is mashing together these two rather polarising events into one colourful, titillating explosion — and it's a must-see this Mardi Gras season.

Angus Cameron's Australian Open brings courtship to Rod Laver Arena, with a focus on tennis and open relationships. Felix is contemplating proposing to his partner, Aussie tennis star Lucas (Patrick Jhanur). On Felix's birthday — and after Lucas's loss to Federer — they discuss their polyamory with Felix's parents Belinda (Di Adams) and Peter (Gerard Carroll), as well as later with his sister Annabelle (Miranda Daughtry). Some agree that non-monogamy in marriage is unconventional, sure, but not a bad idea — other's don't. What ensues is a debauched game of doubles.

This grand slam of a rom-com keeps things light — expect big gay rainbows (figuratively) and a confetti gun (literally) — and breaks the stereotypical idea that queer stories are tragic. Yes, it raises a few uncomfortable truths, but this energetic show is more fun than it is reflective.

Directed by Riley Spadaro, Australian Open is a collaboration between bub and bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company and is taking over KXT from Friday, February 14 to Saturday, February 29.

Clare Hawley

Images: Hannah-Rae Meegan and Clare Hawley.

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