QPAC's Free Lunchtime Live Shows kicked off in April and have been entertaining Brisbane's lunch-goers with an incredible variety of thrilling events every since. Unfortunately, all good things mush come to an end and the last of the free Lunchtime Live shows happens on 13 November. If you haven't already been, then you better get over there on any Friday lunchtime between now and then. If you have already been, then it's a certainty you'll be going back for more.
All the shows are held in the QPAC precincts at South Bank every Friday, commencing at 12.30pm for half an hour. Each week sees different artists providing lunch-goers with a tempting taste of bite sized performances. There are emerging artists, orchestral and chamber music, exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences and some very edgy entertainment – there's always been something for everybody at Lunchtime Live.
As incredible as this sounds, every single show is FREE.
Presented by QPAC to help celebrate 30 years of wonderful entertainment, the Lunchtime Live shows are held in different sites around the precinct and are showcasing a diverse range of entertainment both inside and outside; something for everyone to enjoy at no cost.
What's left to see at QPAC's Lunchtime Live: The Run Home? In a word, PLENTY!
11 September in the Concert Hall Foyer; Look into the rehearsal room of QPAC's company in residence, Camerata of St John's and experience these amazing chamber musicians as they finesse their extraordinary skills in an open rehearsal for an upcoming appearance at the Tyalgum Festival.
18 September at the Lyric Theatre; Learn about staging a major production such as, Strictly Ballroom: The Musical. One of QPAC's Event and Production managers discusses the bump-in process and how lights, sound and special effects are set up to seamlessly create the magic and glamour seen on the stage.
25 September on the Melbourne Street Green; For the school holidays, Scott Wings performs an excerpt from his physical theatre and pantomime piece, COLOSSI. Based inside one man's imagination where monsters and imaginary friends do battle while faeries fly and dragons ride through the night, COLOSSI is a journey from reality into the realms of dreams.
2 October on the Melbourne Street Green; 'King of the Kids', Tim Jackman, brings rhythm to the heads, shoulders, knees and toes of every audience. With a mix of guitar, kazoo and classical nursery rhymes, Tim has been entertaining at the likes of Sydney Children's Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and State Library of Queensland's 'The Corner' for over a decade.
9 October in the Concert Hall Foyer;
The Rosa Guitar Trio take you on a vibrant musical journey through Spain, Italy and South America. Ben Ellerby, Libby Myers and Joe Fallon specialists in Latin, classical and contemporary guitar music are sure to liven up your lunch.
16 October in the Concert Hall; QPAC's Concert Hall has hosted some of the world's biggest stars from rock 'n' roll to classical symphonies. Join this special talk and uncover the secrets of the Concert Hall's history, learn to appreciate its beautiful acoustics and its world class features.
23 October at the Concert Hall Foyer; Tom Pritchard works with movement, text and improvisation and will perform a play reading of 'Jeff'. Relevant for all ages, genders and peoples, 'Jeff' is about a boy, a polar bear and a penguin that somehow unpack the stigmas surrounding mental illness.
30 October at the Pedestrian Tunnel; Outcast Performing Arts are dedicated to exploring new and exciting ways to use the classical voice. Enjoy this abstract work and explore the disconnected nature of technology as you co-create the artwork by interacting with 11 vocalists to trigger, influence and create sounds in the echoing Pedestrian Tunnel space.
6 November on the Melbourne Street Green; Marita Rigby and Thomas Davis and accompanist, Dominic Woodhead, revisit the most memorable songs from musicals recently staged at QPAC including Anything Goes, Dirty Dancing, and The Rocky Horror Show.
13 November at the Concert Hall Foyer; QSO members Andre Duthoit (cello) and Dushan Walkowicz (double bass) have performed as chamber musicians for over 20 years. For Lunchtime Live's final show they are performing works by Rossini, Piazolla as well as Schubert's, Octet for wind and strings and the famous Beethoven Septet.
When you come to QPAC's FREE weekly live performances BYO your own munchies or Grab & Go from a selection of delicious eats at the QPAC Café. The Café menu changes regularly and ranges from colourful tasty salads, freshly prepared sandwiches or something more robust.
QPAC's Lunchtime Live: The Run Home is sure to relax, inspire and excite and all in just 30 minutes. Bring your lunch and your friends and enjoy this top-class entertainment that will give you the impetus to make it through Friday afternoon work and into the weekend with a smile on your face; what more can you ask for?
For more information on the full program of artists and locations call QPAC on 136 246, email at email@example.com or check out the QPAC Lunchtime Live web page here and QPAC's Facebook page here.