The Longest Minute
One football club, one family, and one unforgettable NRL grand final.
Where were you the night of the 2015 NRL Grand Final? The night when long-time underdogs the North Queensland Cowboys won in an all-Queensland nail-biter that changed the game, and the state, forever. For one family of Cowboys diehards, their whole lives have led up to this moment.
Jess Wright was born on the night of the North Queensland Cowboys’ first game in Townsville. Daughter of Foley Shield legend Frank ‘Black Flash’ Wright, she grew up as a footy fanatic with big dreams, silky skills and boundless ambition to play. But as a girl in a male-dominated sport, she faces more than her fair share of knockbacks, just like the luckless Cowboys. Despite their relentless string of losses, Jess still dares to believe in her team, and herself.
debase productions joined with Queensland Theatre and JUTE Theatre Company in Cairns to bring this iconically Queensland story to audiences across the state in May and June 2018.
The Longest Minute won Best Mainstage Performance at the 2019 Matilda Awards (co-winner with Prize Fighter)
★★★★★ “The Longest Minute is the perfect storm of theatre and sports, and will move you to tears and cheers.” – Limelight Magazine
“… it’s an absolute ripper and a lot of fun.” – The Courier Mail
“There are few plays where you could say honestly that anyone, theatre lover or not, rugby league fanatic or not, will enjoy it, but this refreshing and authentic homegrown story is one of those rare examples.” – The Australian
“The Longest Minute will not only break your heart, but fill it with soul (and side-splitting laughs).” – Blue Curtains Brisbane
“It’s a passionate high-energy brilliant night of theatre. Go, go, go!” – Backstreetbrisbane
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Images by Blue Clicks Photography.
Written by Robert Kronk and Nadine McDonald-Dowd
Director: Bridget Boyle
Designers: Simona Cosentini and Simone Tesorieri
Lighting design: Jason Glenwright
Cast: Jeremy Ambrum, Louise Brehmer, Lafe Charlton, Chenoa Deemal, Mark Sheppard, David Terry.
25 October 2019 | The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
22 October 2019 | Ipswich Civic Centre
18 October 2019 | Cairns Performing Arts Centre
13 October 2019 | Gladstone Entertainment Centre
4 October 2019 | Logan Entertainment Centre
July – September 2019 | JUTE Theatre Company Dare to Dream tour (revised production) – Bamaga, Mapoon, Weipa, Mossman, Ravenshoe, Yarrabah, Mt Isa, Doomadgee and Cloncurry
28 June 2018 | Rockhampton
26 May – 23 June 2018, Cremorne Theatre, QPAC
17–19 May 2018 | Townsville: Dancenorth
2–12 May 2018 | Cairns: Centre of Contemporary Arts