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5 Play Package - Weeknights

(Multiple Venues) : 20/6/18 - 7/12/18

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The Longest Minute Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 7:30PM - Friday, 22 June, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
The Longest Minute

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-QLD 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 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.

Queensland Theatre joins forces with debase productions and JUTE Theatre Company in Cairns to bring this iconically Queensland story to audiences across the state.

In the 2015 grand final, the Cowboys beat the Broncos 17-16 thanks to a Johnathan Thurston field goal in golden point.

Sport and theatre have so much in common and I love them both: their sense of drama and spectacle, of heroes and villains, and triumphs against the odds. The last few minutes of the 2015 NRL Grand Final is almost the perfect piece of storytelling.Sam Strong

Written by Robert Kronk and Nadine McDonald-Dowd
Directed by Bridget Boyle
Sound Designer Simone Tesorieri and Simona Consentini



Good Muslim Boy - SOLD OUT Monday, 16 July, 2018 6:30PM - Friday, 3 August, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Good Muslim Boy - SOLD OUT

An irreverent but tender memoir of a father, a son and a question of faith.

What does it mean to be a good Muslim boy? You probably shouldn’t gawk at girls in bikinis or fake a medical degree. If you must be an actor, you shouldn’t play a gay man on television, or Saddam Hussein in a post 9/11 American musical. And you definitely, definitely shouldn’t leave an arranged bride at the altar.

Meet Osamah Sami. He’s done all of the above. Interesting, considering his father is one of the leading Islamic clerics in Australia, having pulled his family out of war-torn Iran to settle in suburban Melbourne. But when his kindly and unorthodox dad dies suddenly during a trip to Iran, Osamah must grapple with an inscrutable and corrupt bureaucracy in his fight to bring his father’s body home to Australia – all the while looking back on his life in a haunting, hilarious and heart-wrenching retrospective.

Osamah Sami’s memoir Good Muslim Boy, upon which the play is based, won a 2016 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award.

Director Janice Muller
Designer Romanie Harper



Jasper Jones Friday, 3 August, 2018 7:30PM - Friday, 17 August, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Jasper Jones

The smash-hit stage adaptation of the classic Australian coming-of-age mystery.

In the sizzling summer of 1965, a bookish 14 year-old boy flees from the boredom and bullying of small-town life by burying himself in stories of epic adventure. He never thought he’d find himself living one.

Charlie Bucktin lives in a tiny, insignificant bush town where nothing happens. Nothing, that is, until the town’s very own Huckleberry Finn – the light-fingered and dark-skinned Jasper Jones – stumbles upon a gruesome crime out by the dam. Who else would he call on for help but the sharpest kid around? A midnight tap at Charlie’s window sparks a race to solve a murder and clear Jasper’s name. Somewhere between Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and classic movie Stand by Me, Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel is a bittersweet, joyous coming-of-age yarn set in a community where every weatherboard house hides a dark secret.

Sam Strong’s production of Jasper Jones sold out its Melbourne Theatre Company season and was nominated for four Helpmann awards including Best Play.

Now Brisbane gets to see what all the fuss is about.

Director Sam Strong
Designer Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer Matt Scott
Sounds Designer Darrin Verhagen



Nearer the Gods Friday, 12 October, 2018 7:30PM - Friday, 2 November, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Nearer the Gods

David Williamson meets Isaac Newton on the verge of his greatest scientific discovery.

Isaac Newton's laws of motion are foundation of countless human advancements. This is the story of how one of the greatest moments of scientific illumination almost didn't happen.

It's 1684, the dawn of the Enlightenment. Bright young astronomer Edmund Halley must somehow wrangle the secrets of the universe from the brain of fickle and contrary Isaac Newton. At the same time he must wrestle with his faith and risk his home, family and reputation to find the money and means to share this beautiful, powerful theory of the world at large.

For all the celestial bodies and scientific laws named after them, it's easy to think of our 17th Century giants of science as infallible geniuses. But here are our most powerful minds laid bare: riddled with self-doubt, squabbling over fame, and ensconced in bitter intellectual rivalries.

Beloved playwright David Williamson brings us a gripping and blackly funny drama about ideas that would change the world. The all-star cast includes Matthew Backer (Switzerland), William McInnes (SeaChange, Time of our Lives) and Rhys Muldoon (House Husbands).

"Isaac Newton was not a pleasant man." Stephen Hawking.

Directed by Sam Strong
Designer Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer David Walters



Hedda Friday, 16 November, 2018 7:30PM - Friday, 7 December, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Hedda

Ibsen's fiercest leading lady lands poolside on the Gold Coast.

Hedda Gabler is railing against her life. She didn't marry bogan drug slinger George Tesman so she could play housewife in a monstrous Gold Coast mansion with white leather couches, blingy chandeliers and endless rounds of Aperol Spritz.

She wants something much more. Now her old flame, Ejlert Løvborg, is out of prison and off the junk. Maybe Hedda can pull some strings to work this to her advantage.

Logie Award-winning actor Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, Rake) is the Hedda we've all been wanting to see. Melissa Bubnic gives us a local version of the Henrik Ibsen classic that is as dangerous and surprising as its heroine.

"Bubnic's script is bitingly funny and no one is spared the lash." The Sydney Morning Herald

Directed by Paige Rattray
Designer David Fleischer
Lighting Designer Emma Valente