(Pictured above: with the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards)
On Tuesday we were delighted to be invited to the annual Queensland Premier’s Drama Award winner announcement at the Billie Brown Studios, Queensland Theatre Company.
Presented by The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts, Queensland is the only State to offer an award of this caliber with the winner having their play brought to life on stage at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
It was an intimate gathering and we were excited to celebrate with the three finalists selected from 50 entries – Michele Lee, Kathryn Marquet and Suzie Miller. The Premier announced this year’s winner is Michele Lee for her play, Rice.
We also enjoyed the opportunity to meet the Premier who made herself available to mingle with all the guests. We found her very engaging and down-to-earth, and as Minister for The Arts, we are excited and confident that she is going to make a difference to the Drama and Arts Industry. Go girl power!
Look out for Rice – the story of two women: Nisha, the right-hand woman to the CEO of Australian rice company, Golden Fields, who is poised to seal a contract for rice distribution to the Indian government; and Yvette, the company’s cleaner who, late at night, clears the take-away dinner scraps from Nisha’s office.
Laughs with Jimeoin
From drama to laughs, we certainly got our ‘Yeeehah on’ when we caught incredibly funny guy Jimeoin live on stage.
We started the night with dinner and drinks at the Plough Inn at South Bank, and we couldn’t wait to get inside the Playhouse on Friday night at QPAC to see the Irish stand-up comedian.
He had everyone in stitches – his jokes are hilarious, but it’s his facial expressions and eyebrow raising that really captured the audience! Without a doubt, Jimeoin is definitely one of the best stand-up comedians of our time!
We’re still laughing!