Review | AUSTRALIAN OPEN (bub)

Teeming with humour that smashes and slices straight down the line, this production presented by bub examines the ideologies and expectations of relationships (and marriage) in a queer context.

Staged at KXT as part of Mardi Gras 2020, Australian Open is a delightful celebration of queer relationships and of course, tennis! Lucas is young, confident and the world number 3. Felix is 31 years old with a penchant for Rosé. The two are in a happy open relationship which only becomes an issue when the question of marriage is brought up by Felix’s parents. Belinda and Peter, your “typical hetero mum and dad types”, are opposed to the two continuing their open relationship if they were to marry however, Belinda muses over the idea of freedom, what ifs and potentialities herself and then the real fun begins!

Director Riley Spadaro does a great job of ensuring the cast make the most of the tennis themes, puns and references throughout the play and the overall theatricality of the production and its scene transitions were fantastic.

Di Adams and Gerard Carroll are an absolute pleasure to watch as Felix’s parents and we love seeing them explore themselves in the prime of life. Tom Anson Mesker commands the space, bringing a hilarious sardonicism and trendy negativity to Felix. Patrick Jhanur played well as the attractive tennis star but we needed him to channel a bit more tenderness during his scenes alone with Felix so we could feel the heat of the spark between them. Felix’s stony, apathetic sister Annabelle (Miranda Daughtry), is particularly strong as she expertly harnesses her power in performance through little more than striking glares, we were drawn to her immediately. Rounding off the cast is Tom Russell, who provides several moments of comic relief as the Hot Ball Boy.

Phoebe Pilcher’s lighting and Grace Deacon’s set design worked in tandem to ensure we never forgot that tennis was rooted at the core of this story, green was most definitely the colour of the day. Sound design (Alex Turley) was most notable during nightclub scenes, and the composition choices heightened our enjoyment considerably.

Writer Angus Cameron has proven himself to have a talent for hard-hitting comedy, particularly comedy writing that is queer, relevant and encourages an atmosphere of inclusion and acceptance for everyone.


Venue KXT, Kings Cross Hotel (Kings Cross), 14th to 29th Feb 2020

Director Riley Spadaro

Playwright Angus Cameron |

Cover Image and Production Shots by bub

DISCLAIMER: This and all other reviews posted by A Millennial with an Opinion/JTA Official/Jessie Trompp are the honest personal opinions of a theatre-goer and are not reflective in any way of the opinions of others who have seen the production.

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