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 coastal regional Queensland. The year is 1999 and Shannon has a secret that no one can ever find out. Shannon is gay.
Fourteen is an equal-parts uplifting and heart-wrenching account of Shannon’s fourteenth year of life. 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 is a moving true story of adversity but 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.
Created and adapted by nationally revered shake & stir theatre co, based on the best-selling memoir by award-winning journalist and author Shannon Molloy – this production addresses the trials and tribulations of growing up with humour and heart-on-sleeve honesty, all set to a nostalgic mixtape of 90s bangers from all your faves – from Shania to The Spice Girls.
Presented by shake & stir theatre co, QPAC and Brisbane Festival.
FROM 27 AUG 2022
90 minutes (no interval) – subject to change.
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
Recommended for audiences 14+.
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.
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Age recommendation: 14+
Challenging themes: suicide, sexual identity
Simulated violence, drug use, frequent coarse language
Belonging and Friendship
Coming of Age
Imagined ideals vs reality
Finding role models
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.
Transformation of text
Fragmentary props and costumes
Fluidity of time and place
Narration and Monologue
Stylised Movement/Physical Theatre
Use of song
Episodic – Non-Linear
English and Literature:
Autobiography and Memoir
Comparison of texts around similar themes
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.