"Rugby League will break your heart, always has, always will" Jessica Wright
I thoroughly enjoyed this production. It surprised me in many ways. Firstly, I am not a Rugby League fan, I grew up in a soccer-crazed home. Which is likely why I feared the story of this Grand Final minute would be lost on me. Fortunately, team spirit is a transferrable sentiment. The Longest Minute is more than just a love letter to the North Queensland Cowboys, it's a clever, uplifting Queensland story.
Jess shares insightful vignettes of life as a biracial female and also touches on old-fashioned gender discrimination. Her brother, weighed down by heavy expectations and identity, has his own set of struggles. I loved that regardless of all their troubles and personal failings the family continues to show up. The Wrights don't ever give up, not on themselves, not on each other and never ever on their team.
That to me it is an important message to hear. Wishing alone gets you nowhere, dreams manifest through hard work and persistence. You need to show up. Jess was not just fanatical about supporting her team but about working hard at her own goals.
The two standouts for me were Chenoa Deemal (Jessica Wright) and Louise Brehmer (Margaret Wright), they both demand your attention and make you believe every word and action. The entire cast is fantastically entertaining. They manage to recreate that epic moment that Cowboy's fans will forever remember as the best longest minute ever!