What happens when a footy player comes out?
This ground-breaking original play examines the underlying tensions between mateship, masculinity and homophobia in Australian sport. Three of Melbourne's finest young actors (Pat Chiroco, Ludwik Exposto and Andii Mulders) have come together to portray the athletes in a hard-hitting play rife with foul language, stigma, secrets, violence and nudity.
Playing to sold-out audiences in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, THE SHEDS (written, directed and produced by James Cunningham) is a fly-on-the-wall adventure into an AFL locker room.
Darren Anderson, the star player on the premiership-winning team the Fitzroy Fighters is so assured of his popularity; by his media profile and the fans, that when he announces he's gay he assumes it will be accepted. He does not anticipate that his announcement will set off a chain of events that the team are unable to predict and powerless to stop.
THE SHEDS aims to break down stereotypes and dispel stigma. A raw and visceral production that packs a real punch.
"If you're planning on heading along to
THE SHEDS, come prepared for strong language, nudity and to feel a little weird about the whole thing afterwards."
– The Australia Times
As the ambitious amateur production hit the road for it's Australian tour, the team ran a running a crowd-funding campaign raising over $5000 to help with their travel expenses.
"The fact remains: it’s easier for an actor to shed his clothes than it is to be emotionally vulnerable. That’s what packs a punch. The director and cast of THE SHEDS make a very good fist of it."
THE SHEDS was produced with the support of...
Special thanks to...
Ludwik Exposto, Pat Chiroco, Andii Mulders, Dino Dimitriadis at Sydney Fringe Fringe, Gemma Greer and Michael Page at New Theatre, Phillip Portman at DNA Magazine Australia, Jono Barwick at Shout Out Loud, Victor Milat at The Fitness Room, Niall Tangney at Theatre Sydney, Judy Brown at PFLAG New South Wales, Peter Unicomb, Matt Favero, Jess Norsworthy,Holly Spinks, Matt Guy, Garth Cecil, Dante Pragier, Linda Cunningham and Ron Johanson OAM ACS.
Our generous Pozible supporters...
Josh O’Brien, Garry McQuinn, Malcolm Dore, John Wonnacott, Scott Davis, Jonathon Harris, Kristie Davis, Steven Lance, Colin Beeck, aeclark, Doug Brown, Christoper Toon, Brenna Hobson, Hannah Kent, Scott Membry, Erica Mann, Jono Gavin, Jenni Brammall, Cate McQuillen, Wayne Richmond, Adam Basile, Giovanna Depetro, Adam Smith, James Ostroburski, Louise Phillips, Roger Salked, Helen Bell, Tracie Nicolai, Tony Sheldon, Niall Tangney, Tiffany Roxas, Anthony Busa, Steven Illes, Rohan Shearn, and Anthony Leigh Dower.