After a record-breaking year in 2017, Queensland Theatre is showcasing eight extraordinary shows, including four world premieres in 2018. The plays traverse centuries of time, the breadth of our country, the expanse of the globe, and the inner workings of diverse and brilliant minds.
Their lineup includes:
Black is the New White
Described as a razor sharp rom-com that blends Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with Meet The Fockers. Black is the New White revolves around two politically powerful families at war. A son and daughter helplessly in love, defying their parents. You’ve heard this story before – but what if Romeo was white, Juliet was black and the war mainly fought on Twitter? Miranda Tapsell known for her role on Love Child stars in the show, which runs from February 1 to February 17.
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps is considered to be tongue-in-cheek as four actors deliver hundreds of characters and thousands of laughs. A night at the theatre goes spectacularly wrong for dashing adventurer Richard Hannay, ending with a glamorous secret agent dead in his arms. Stiffening his upper lip, our handsome hero dives straight into a thrilling wartime conspiracy in this ripping laugh-a-minute romp. The all-Queensland cast includes Hugh Parker and Leon Cain with the show running from February 24 to March 24.
The Twelfth Night
A shipwreck sets in motion a wild and whimsical tale of mistaken identities, separated twins, rebellious servants, unrequited love and a pair of ridiculous yellow stockings. After the twelfth night, the land of Illyria will never be the same. With Tim Finn writing songs for the play and former Home and Away star Jessica Tovey starring, this show is not to be missed! It runs from April 28 to May 19.
The Longest Minute
Where were you the night of the 2015 NRL Grand Final? The night when long-time underdogs the North Queensland Cowboys won in an all-QLD nail-biter that changed the game, and the state, forever. For one family of Cowboys diehards, their whole lives have led up to this moment. This show is a must see for football fans! Running from May 26 to June 23.
Good Muslim Boy
Described as an irreverent but tender memoir of a father, a son and a question of faith. What does it mean to be a good Muslim boy? You probably shouldn’t gawk at girls in bikinis or fake a medical degree. If you must be an actor, you shouldn’t play a gay man on television, or Saddam Hussein in a post 9/11 American musical. And you definitely, definitely shouldn’t leave an arranged bride at the altar. The show runs July 12 to July 28.
This is the stage adaption of the classic Australian coming of age mystery written by Craig Silvey. In the sizzling summer of 1965, a bookish 14 year-old boy flees from the boredom and bullying of small-town life by burying himself in stories of epic adventure. He never thought he’d find himself living one. The show runs from July 28 to August 18.
Nearer the Gods
Isaac Newton’s laws of motion are the foundation of countless human advancements. This is the story of how one of the greatest moments of scientific illumination almost didn’t happen. Starring Matthew Backer, William McInnes and Rhys Muldoon, the show runs from October 6 to November 3.
Hedda Gabler is railing against her life. She didn’t marry bogan drug slinger George Tesman so she could play housewife in a monstrous Gold Coast mansion with white leather couches, blingy chandeliers and endless rounds of Aperol Spritz. She wants something much more. Logie Award-winning actor Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, Rake) stars as Hedda, with the show running from November 10 to December 8.