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Presented by HOTA and Shake & Stir

Presented by HOTA and Shake & Stir

Following a mega sold-out season in 2022, Fourteen is a heart-wrenching and hilarious theatre production set to a 90s soundtrack, with hits from Shania Twain to The Spice Girls!

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..

★ ★★★★
‘The perfect night at the theatre.’
– Broadway World

‘Funny, sad and true, this is a play that will foster conversation, and save lives.’
– The Australian

Shake & Stir is one of the country’s leading contemporary theatre companies touring Australia and New Zealand since 2006. Shake & Stir produce an annual season of Mainstage and in-school productions.

  • Wheelchair access
  • Auslan-interpreted performance offered
  • Accessible toilet
  • Performances may contain lighting effects, strobe and haze
  • Performance may contain loud sounds/music

Content Warning: This play contains strong coarse language, mature themes, simulated violence, depictions of self-harm and suicide ideation, and sexual abuse. It also contains strobe lighting, theatrical smoke effects, and the use of stage cigarettes.

The 7.30pm performance of Fourteen will be Auslan interpreted.

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AdaptorsNelle Lee, Nick Skubij with Shannon Molloy
DirectorNick Skubij
Creative ProducerRoss Balbuziente
Set DesignerJosh McIntosh
Costume DesignerFabian Holford
Lighting DesignerTrent Suidgeest
Sound DesignerDylan Evans
ChoreographerGuy Webster
Intimacy DirectorDan Venz
Fight DirectorMichelle Miall
PhotoTim Dashwood
Ticket prices
  • Adult$48
  • Child$26
  • Seniors/Pensioner$42
  • Student$26
  • HOTA Artist & Teachers Pass Holders$36
  • HOTA Member$41
  • Student Groups (6+)$21
  • A booking fee will be applied at checkout.

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Friday 02 Aug10:30AM7:30PM
All times are QLD AEST
Important Info
  • Food & beverage available on site
  • Transport options available
  • Recommended for audiences 14+ accompanied by an adult
  • Licensed venue
  • Parking
  • Allocated seating
  • Contains mild course language and adult themes
  • Performances may contain lighting effects, strobe and haze
  • Adult themes
  • Ticketed
  • Theatre

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