Unconditional by Seán Dowling & Cameron Hurry

Unconditional by Seán Dowling and Cameron Hurry

Love never dies, it just transforms.

Two men. They flirt. They dance. They fall in love.

House. Dog. Coffee machine. Joint bank accounts.

Work. Routine. Drift. Crisis.

Intimate, poetic and de-centering, Unconditional weaves a compelling tapestry of a queer relationship between a man who identifies as gay and a person whose identity evolves during their marriage… starting as “he”, but now transitioning to “she”, which destablises their union, their belief systems, and their politics.

Each playwright writes for one character in subjective monologue, duelling monologue and dialogue. Told with humour, insight and absolute honesty, Unconditional re-examines and re-defines the nature of love and what we tell ourselves we would accept. Is love really unconditional? Or does it have conditions like everything else?


“It was all at once painful and beautiful. It is so profoundly heartening to see such honest, authentic trans representation on a Queensland stage. Makes young artists like me believe that their stories matter. An important piece of theatre for any audience, LGBTQIA+ or not.” – El Waddingham, Theatre Haus

“I cannot praise this work enough…nothing short of exceptional…a must-see.” – Bridie Middleton, Stage Door Podcast

“A rich portrait…told with raw emotion and sharp wit.” – Elise Lawrence, Limelight Magazine

“Unconditional probs deeply…powerful and frequently funny.” – Nick Dent, Brisbane Times

“…an intimate journey, poetic at times, but also incredibly honest.” – Meredith Walker, Blue Curtains

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Wed 30 Aug - Sat 9 Sept 2023


Wed 30 Aug - Thur 31 Aug


Fri 1 Sep


Underground Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse


90 minutes, no interval


Suitable for 18+.


Seán Dowling

Cameron Hurry


Brian Lucas


Ian Lawson


Bill Haycock


David Walters


Brady Watkins


Makayla Purdy


Seán Dowling

Cameron Hurry

Seán Dowling & Cameron Hurry

Seán Dowling & Cameron Hurry

Seán Dowling was one of Playlab Theatre’s 2020 Alpha Processing participants with her new work Quarehawk. She was one of the 2019 La Boite Theatre Company 21 Artists Development, where she wrote and produced the short 21 Dates. As a Graphic Designer and Illustrator who specialises arts organisations, Seán was a key creative in the development of Counterpilot’s transmedia projects SpectateCrunch Time, Truthmachine and Avoidable Perils. She served as Assistant Director, Graphical User Interface Designer, Polygraph Guinea Pig, and Illustrator, respectively. She has a background in writing for screen, having received Screen Queensland grants to develop the short films Skip to the End and The Beer Line. Seán was one of the founding members, writers and performers of The Sexy Detective Show, a nationally touring sketch comedy troupe.

Cameron Hurry is a Brisbane-based actor and writer. He was trained as an actor through the University of Southern Queensland. His theatre credits include King Lear: Monster Show (The Curators), The Woman In Black (HOTA/White Rabbit), The Lonesome West (Troop Productions), Frankenstein (Fractal Theatre), Macbeth (JUTE Theatre), and The Lieutenant Of Inishmore (Astheatre). Film and television includes Young Rock (NBC), The Bureau of Magical Things (Eleven), Dolls (Flickerfest), Avulsion (Screamfest), Wanted (Matchbox, Channel 7), and The Alpha (ABC2).

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Additional writing includes the short horror film Night Fill, which won the Jury Award at the Australian Independent Film Festival, as well as Best Horror, Best Producer, and Best Actor at the Sanctuary Cove International Film Festival, and was one of twelve best films of the year at the Stellar Short Film Festival. His second film, the comedy Christian In The Closet, took home People’s Choice at the Muskoka Queer Film Festival. In 2019 Cameron was a part of Playlab’s Incubator Program where he penned his first full length comedy. He is currently co-writing his first feature-length comedy set for production later this year.


Unconditional is a Playlab Theatre Production. Playlab Theatre and this project are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. This project has also been supported by the Creative Sparks Fund which is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane.