Last night I attended the Queensland Theatre Season 2018 launch held at the Rydges Podium and Soleil Pool Bar. It was a wonderful night full of smiling faces, celebritorial drinks and the announcement we have all been waiting for - The Season line up of 2018!
As a writer, I love a good story. Theatre brings stories to life, so it is of no surprise that I've enjoyed the sensational and diverse plays that QLD Theatre has produced this year. Season 2018 is on course to deliver more of the same record-breaking quality.
This year has seen the largest ever audience numbers in the twenty year history of QLD theatre.
Not only do I adore Queensland theatre for what they do but for who they are. Queensland Theatre are committed to gender parity. This year there were the same number of women and men directors and writers. Not only will that commitment continue moving forward but Sam Strong the Artistic Director announced last night that there will be NO all-male design teams.
Queensland Theatre is also committed to more local stage stars including Jimi Bani, Liz Buchanan, Leon Cain, Jason Klarwein, Joss McWilliam Andrea Moor, Veronica Neave, Christen O'Leary, Hugh Parker and Bryan Probets.
Season 2018 also welcomes national cast members including Matthew Backer, Danielle Cormack, William McInnes, Rhys Muldoon, Osamah Sami, and Jessica Tovey.
Queensland Theatre will also be working with more than a dozen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Next season will also include SIX NEW Australian stories!
These are just a few of the ways they are actively and successfully Leading From Queensland.
Season 2018 is made up of eight exciting plays. We can expect - Mistaken Identities, food fights, whodunit, a true story and a Rom-com. No two plays are the same. Each play will leave you with something new whether it is a remade classic or a new Australian play.
Sam Strong said it best 'It's about taking us outside of ourselves. In 2018 we will focus on theatres capacity to transport us. To take us outside of our own experience to places we have never encountered and places we may have never even imagined. The eight place will transverse centuries of time, the breadth of our country, the expanse of the globe, and even the inner working of brilliant minds'
Sydney Theatre Company presents a Rom-Com with razor sharp wit, about meeting and defying the parents. Christmas dinner madness ensues when two rival families are thrown together because of the love of a daughter with the rivals son. Its not exactly Romeo and Juliet, unless a twitter war counts?
Cast Includes :
Kylie Bracknell (Kaarljilba Kaardn)
written by Robert Kronk and Nadine McDonald-Dowd Co-production with debase productions and JUTE Theatre Company, co-presented in Townsville with Dancenorth
A play every sports fan/fanatic will relate to. Set at the end of the 2015 NRL Grand Final between the Broncos and The Cowboys. A story about an unforgettable game, underdogs, and a family of footy fans hanging on to their dreams.
Based on the novel by Craig Silvey. Adapted by Kate Mulvany A restaging of the Melbourne Theatre Company production
Its 1965 and your name is Charlie Bucktin. It is late in the evening when an unexpected tap at your window pulls you into an adventure with Jasper Jones. Time is against you as you race to solve a mysterious crime and clear Jaspers name.
NEARER THE GODS
Bille Brown Studio
6 October – 3 November
Near the Gods is the story about how one of the greatest scientific moments almost didn't happen.
Edmund Halley (Halley's Comet) struggles to set Isaac Newton, one of the great minds of the 17th century, back on the path to one of his greatest discoveries. On the verge of making history while at the mercy of politics and ego.
A re-imagining of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler by Melissa Bubnic.
Hedda has been thrown in the air and flipped around. This 19th century classic has been adapted to our here and now. Set on the Gold Coast of Queensland, find Hedda by the pool side with an incredible cast.
SEASON TICKETS ON SALE
6pm August 21 2017 at queenslandtheatre.com.au or by calling 1800 355 528.
SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE
December 4 2017 at 9am at queenslandtheatre.com.au or by calling 1800 355 528