La Boite ends its 2023 mainstage season on a high note with the world premiere of IRL, a pop culture fuelled romp full of big laughs, sharp dialogue, iconic costumes, and just enough romance to set hearts racing.
Playing 6 – 25 November 2023, IRL is equal parts humour and heart, a fierce and funny reflection of what it means to be a teenager searching for love, acceptance and community.
It follows Alexei, a seventeen-year-old with a passion for cosplay who gets lost in the lies – or stories – he tells about himself.
As he and his long-time internet crush, Thaddeus, prepare to meet IRL (in real life) at the Supanova pop culture convention, Alexei – in a moment of regrettable self-sabotage – assumes a false identity to test the authenticity of his would-be boyfriend.
When Alexei’s best friend Taylor begins channelling the anti-capitalist vigilante superhero she plays on TV, the thin line between fantasy and reality wiggles wildly out of control.
IRL is the fast-paced new work from Brisbane playwright Lewis Treston, the creative force behind La Boite’s 2022 smash-hit, An Ideal Husband.
Fascinated with how costumes reveal and conceal so much about a person, Lewis employs cosplay to push this idea to its most absurd extreme.