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A Year of Dating

  • Theatre, Comedy
picture from a year of dating
Supplied/Lucy Holz

Time Out says

Revealing what it's like to date as a queer woman in an online world, 'A Year of Dating' is a frank and funny dive into the culture of modern dating

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and depending on whether you’re in a relationship, situationship or single, it is a holiday that is as celebrated as much as it is criticised. Will you be flute-clinking and oyster-slurping with your significant other? Or will you summon a coven of friends to hex all the lovey-dovey tripe?

How about finding a happy medium with a trip to the MC Showroom to see the play A Year of Dating by Lucy Holz? The winner of the 2021 QPAS Queer Playwriting Award and the 2019 Mudgest Emerging Arist for her debut play Coming Out, Holz returns with a show about looking for love and not finding it - time and time again.

Directed by award-winning Lyall Brooks, A Year of Dating is a punchy, daring and matter-of-fact delve into what it’s like to date as a queer woman in an online world. The comedy traces Holly through a series of unfortunate dating events, making us all wonder: why on Earth do we keep putting ourselves through this?

On a mission to find ‘the one’, Holly begins to put herself out there and decides to go on one date per month for a year - 12 dates should be enough to find the love of your life, right? In the midst of the hilarity and juicy details she confides to her best friend Hannah, Holly begins to question her own motives and wonders if dating is only fun if you’re doing it for the right reasons. 

In rejecting the idea that women need to be in a relationship to be successful, A Year of Dating explores themes of resilience, LGBTQ+ allyship and female empowerment. 

Tickets range from $28-$35, and you can get them on the Midsumma Festival website.

Got the love bug? Check out our 19 best things to do on Valentine's Day in Melbourne.

Saffron Swire
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Saffron Swire


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