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Our City Comes of Age in this WWII Tale
Brisbane by Matthew Ryan
Those readers familiar with the Brisbane theatre scene will already know the work of award winning playwright, Matthew Ryan. Most recently, his 2012 play Kelly was lauded as a "beautifully conceived character drama" (Brisbane Times) and "a stunning, exalting and truly authentic piece of theatre" (Arts Hub). He's also known for Matilda Award winning boy girl wall, The Harbinger, and Summer Wonderland.
Now QTC is set to debut Ryan's latest work Brisbane, which they commissioned and developed with the Australian playwright and theatre director. In answer to QTC's brief to write about Brisbane in WWII, Ryan has focussed the play around 14-year-old Danny Fisher.
As the city comes of age, so does Danny. Brisbane grows up and starts to shed its small country town attitude and Danny starts to lose his naivety and innocence.
Of the story, QTC's website reveals, "Danny's dashing pilot brother has been killed in the Bombing of Darwin. As Danny's devastated family unravels, the teen finds a surrogate sibling in Andy, one of the Americans stationed in Brisbane. The American pilot takes Danny under his wing, and as the tension begins to rise between the Yank and Aussie servicemen, Danny hatches a reckless revenge plan against those who took his brother."
The play draws on true stories from wartime Brisbane, and like his other plays, Ryan injects both pathos and comedy into the heartfelt tragedy. QTC says it will be "A living, breathing picture postcard from a time that could have been the making or breaking of a city."
The cast includes talented locals Matthew Backer, Conrad Coleby, Harriet Dyer, Lucy Goleby, Dash Kruck, Daniel Murphy, Veronica Neave, Hugh Parker and Hayden Spencer and is directed by Ian Sinclair.
There will be two audio described performances on offer for the visually impaired: one on the 30th of April and another on May 2nd. If you require assistance due to mobility difficulties, please call 136 246 and notify qtix box office staff at the time of booking.