Relative Merits by Barry Lowe


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

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 at 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 26th anniversary 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. 

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El Rocco @ 154 Brougham St Kings Cross, Sydney


$25 / $20 concession



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