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That '80s Time Travel Movie: A Back to the Future Musical Parody

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Marty McFly: "Yeah, well, history is gonna change."

If you were a child of the 80's, chances are that you would have owned one or more of the Back To The Future movies on VHS as a kid (or in my case, a very treasured copy recorded from TV with the ads cleverly edited out). Fast forward to the 21st century, and now the trilogy is available in a box set of Bluray discs. It's striking to note that the original films haven't needed to be tampered with; beyond some deleted scenes and the soundtrack being remastered, there hasn't been a need to update the visual effects or change the pacing of the films with extended cuts.

The films just work on so many levels; at different times, they are coming of age, comedic, slapstick, philosophical and sci-fi stories with lashings of time travel paradox and causality.

Now Brisbane Arts Theatre is proud to be hosting the Australian premiere of Unauthorized's That 80's Time Travel Movie - A Back To The Future Musical Parody.

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This production stays true to the philosophical and optimistic tone of the films, while adding vivid acting and singing to endow a truly unique physicality to the story. It's hard to imagine new actors bringing the characters of Doc and Marty to life, but this live production sees them both reborn and taking to the stage in larger than life performances. You'll see all of your favourite supporting characters like Lorraine, George and Biff (boo hiss) join them around some very familiar settings in Hill Valley.

All of Brisbane Arts Theatre's productions take place on a very intimate stage; it's a small theatre, and the action is in your face. You'll see the actors smile and catch your eye, and as they sing you'll feel like joining in. Marty's earnest speeches and protests will have you nodding in agreement, while the Doc's wild hair and body language will dazzle you. Extra points if you can keep up with the science!

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The season for Back To The Future is already underway, and tickets are selling fast. This production is sure to delight any fan of the films, and any lovers of theatre in general. For an awesome, all-singing, all-dancing fun-filled caper, make sure you make the time (awful pun and I apologise) to come along and see the show.

Getting to Brisbane Arts Theatre is very easy. Located at 210 Petrie Terrace, it's only around an 800-metre 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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Doors close 5 minutes prior to performance. Late entry is not permitted.

This production is not suitable for children under the age of 15. It contains strong language, sexual references and adult themes. This production also employs strobe effects and the use of a smoke machine.
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Why? An 80's classic brought to life on stage
When: 6.30pm Sundays, 7.30pm Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: 210 Petrie Terrace
Cost: Varies, check website for prices. Student, concession and group discounts are available
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