The year is 1999 and Shannon has a secret

 Due to demand new performances have just been released for the world premiere of Fourteen!

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

  • Age Recommendation:

    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.

We understand the themes may be triggering for some people. If you have any concerns about the content of the play, we encourage you to contact the Box Office.

If you or someone you know needs information or support, these organisations are there to help:

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Presented by shake & stir theatre co, QPAC and Brisbane Festival

Pricing Guide

Tue to Thu Admission $55
Fri to Sun Admission $75
Tue to Thu i Admission $50
Fri to Sun i Admission $70
Schools i Admission $35 1 TEACHER FREE PER 12 STUDENTS

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    Age recommendation: 14+

    Challenging themes: suicide, sexual identity
    Simulated violence, drug use, frequent coarse language

    Belonging and Friendship
    Mental Health
    Coming of Age
    LQBTQIA+ experiences
    Imagined ideals vs reality
    Finding role models

    Curriculum Connections:

    As a Verbatim Ensemble piece adapted from Shannon Molloy's autobiographical novel, 'Fourteen' is an exciting example of Australian Contemporary Performance, using a hybridity of Epic, Magical Realism, Transformative, Visual and Physical Theatre.

    English and Literature:
    Exploring a year in the life of Molloy, this episodic memoir provides a narrative of Australian personal experience, using 1st person description to explore themes of belonging, identity and coming-of age. Useful as a comparison of text to stage adaptation or able to be compared with texts of similar themes.

    Curriculum Connections

    Contemporary Performance
    Verbatim Theatre
    Physical Theatre
    Ensemble Theatre
    Non- Linear
    Transformation of text

    Dramatic Conventions:
    Fragmentary props and costumes
    Fluidity of time and place
    Multiple Roles
    Transcribed Dialogue
    Narration and Monologue
    Stylised Movement/Physical Theatre
    Use of song
    Episodic – Non-Linear

    English and Literature:
    Autobiography and Memoir
    Australian Literature
    Novel Study
    Comparison of texts around similar themes

    General English:
    Unit 1: Individual and collective experiences and perspectives of the world.
    Unit 2: Engaging in Australian texts, examining the relationship between language and identity
    Unit 3: Explore connections between texts with representations of the same concepts and issues in different texts as they resonate, relate to, and clash with one another.

    Unit 2: Students study texts that are adaptations of other texts. They consider how changes to the form and medium of a text affect its meaning.
    Unit 3: Students inquire into the power of language to represent ideas, events and people, comparing these across a range of texts, contexts, modes and forms.