An Aussie LGBTQI+ Classic 26 years on for a new generation!

10-25 July

Lambert House Enterprises and LHE Agency are thrilled to announce a ‘lightning’ return season of the much-loved classic Australian play RELATIVE MERITS by Barry Lowe.

The one-act two-hander has had remarkable success over the years and is set to play the newly created EL ROCCO THEATRETTE, Kings Cross – for eight shows only July 10th-25th at 8 30pm.

Written in 1993 as a vehicle to showcase the talents of a very young David Campbell, Relative Merits went on to tour nationally followed by a further life as a theatre-in-education staple – always to enormous box office and critical acclaim. During this time actors such as Scott Fergusson and Anthony Cogin joined David as the co-lead.

The play was revived in 2013 at the King St Theatre in Newtown for a short season (twice extended) this time starring Jeff Teale and James Wright. 

Now at the intimate El Rocco Theatrette in Kings Cross, in the post-marriage equality world, it will feature Sam Welsh and Isaac Broadbent, directed by Porter James. 

Relative Merits is the story of a football hero who suddenly and mysteriously retires from the sport. It is also the story of his homophobic brother and their difficult – but ultimately loving – relationship. The play, set in 1993, is a historical reflection of the times but is made timely again by the current controversy surrounding another footballer under different – but equally disturbing – circumstances. 

Celebrating the 26thanniversary of Relative Merits, this production features two outstanding new Australian talents. WAAPA graduate SAM WELSH, who has been making a name for himself of late in the “78/91 Treehouse” shows, is joined by recent NIDA grad ISAAC BROADBENT as his naïve but well intentioned brother. Isaac has most recently starred in Jungle Book at Vaucluse House.

The short season runs 10-25 July with performances Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 8.30pm. 

Relative Merits by Barry Lowe
Directed by Porter James

Starring Sam Welsh & Isaac Broadbent
10-25 July: Wed, Thurs, Sun 8.30pm
El Rocco Theatrette, 154 Brougham St Kings Cross

Tickets $25 / $20 concession