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Avenue Q @ Brisbane Arts Theatre

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Sticking the great big hand of comedy up a few lucky puppets
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Whenever I cast my mind back to the first TV shows I can remember watching, it's always scenes from Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock which spring to mind. Whether it was teaching me to count, watching a movie star being interviewed by a frog or learning to speak Swedish (think about it), puppets could always be relied on to be educational and safe.

It's no surprise then that a theatre company like Brisbane Arts Theatre, renowned for children's theatre, is preparing a show based mainly around puppets called Avenue Q.

When you first see the puppets on stage (or even the image above), you'd be forgiven for wondering how long before Kermit and Ernie (yes I know I just proposed a weird 1980's crossover. Just go with it.) take to the stage and belt out a show tune.

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However, for those of you who don't know about Avenue Q, a seemingly cute, family friendly puppet musical.....DON'T BRING YOUR KIDS! This show is decidedly and unequivocally non-PC (and obviously a lot of fun as a result). There's porn, bigoted diatribes, dancing, singing, fighting and even on-stage puppet sex. Something for everyone.

Avenue Q comes from the makers of The Book of Mormon, and has sold out consecutively over four previous seasons in Brisbane. When it finished its original run in the West End in London, public support saw it being extended for an additional season.

The star of the show, Princeton, faces life without much money in tough New York. He meets other puppets who like to sing, among them Kate. Princeton and Kate soon have some memorable times together, drinking, laughing and know.

John Boyce, artistic director at Brisbane Arts Theatre, smiles when asked why the company is again producing a season of Avenue Q.

"The puppets have become part of the place. When they're not on stage, they're hanging out in our costume department reminding us not to be too fancy. Avenue Q has become a signature show for us, and the puppets are just another wonderful part of our community".

The marriage of a funny and accessible script, catchy and relevant ditties, and a talented cast makes this latest incarnation of Avenue Q a must-see.


Getting to Brisbane Arts Theatre is very easy. Located at 210 Petrie Terrace, it's only around an 800-meter walk from Roma St Station. Plan your journey with Translink here.

If you prefer to drive, there is free 4-hour parking available on either side of Petrie Terrace after 7pm on weekdays and at all times on the weekend. On Suncorp Stadium game days, Petrie Terrace is excluded from the Lang Park Traffic Area's 15-minute restrictions. To avoid a parking fine, do not park in the side streets during events, which are limited to 15 minutes where unsigned. Alternative parking is available on Countess St below Hargraves Park, parallel to the Busway.

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Why? Hilarious and non-PC puppetry
When: Check website for session times
Phone: (07) 3369 2344
Where: 210 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace QLD 4000
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