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What's on in Brisbane this weekend
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What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

Hey Brisbane, guess what? LOVE WINS AND OUR COUNTRY IS FINALLY SITTING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY! If that’s not a good enough reason to head out and celebrate all weekend, we don’t know what is. Aside from making time to buy all of your LGBTQI+ mates a beer or two, there’s plenty of cool stuff happening to occupy your time with. From hot summer nights to coffee tours and wine bluffs, here’s what’s happening in Brisbane on the November 16–19 weekend. more

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Follow the yellow brick road to QPAC for The Wizard of Oz
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Follow the yellow brick road to QPAC for The Wizard of Oz

When it comes to iconic pop culture moments, it's hard to go past The Wizard of Oz. This technicolour fantasy catapulted a young Judy Garland to fame, spawned some of the most charming songs in history and changed the face of cinema forever. It was a landmark film for a lot of reasons, so it makes sense that the story was bound to make its way to the stage. Coming to QPAC for a strictly limited season from November 4, The Wizard of Oz will make you feel all the whimsy and joy of the original movie and then some – just try not to sing along, we dare you. more

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Watch love flourish and fall apart in cult musical The Last Five Years
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Watch love flourish and fall apart in cult musical The Last Five Years

Love is a tricky old thing, eh? When you’re on the right track with someone else you can feel totally invincible, but having your heart truly broken is probably one of the most traumatic things you can experience as a human. Like it or not, love and life happen simultaneously – and often they get in the way of each other. That being said, lost love is something we can all relate to. Cult musical The Last Five Years is coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse from October 7–14 to give us an all-singing arrow to the heart, following the timeline of a disintegrating relationship from start to finish with no holds barred. more

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See Tim Rogers’ iconic album What Rhymes With Cars and Girls get the stage treatment
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See Tim Rogers’ iconic album What Rhymes With Cars and Girls get the stage treatment

There are certain people who quite simply have a way with words – when they have something to say, we pay attention. One of these people is Tim Rogers, a bona fide Australian arts legend. Perhaps best known as the frontman for rock and roll outfit You Am I, Tim’s prolific career has spanned to include solo albums, books and now a stage production. The celebrated raconteur has teamed up with the Melbourne Theatre Company to bring us What Rhymes With Cars and Girls, coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse from October 25 to November 4 to hit us hard with feelings. more

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Roll up, roll up – Brisbane Festival’s jam-packed residency begins this weekend
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Roll up, roll up – Brisbane Festival’s jam-packed residency begins this weekend

Hot damn, this town really loves spring. Far from gently awakening from a winter slumber and delicately dipping a toe into the pool to see if it’s warm enough, Brisbane prefers the cannonball method when it comes to new season celebrations. One such event that personifies this ethos is the annual Brisbane Festival, a crazy and colourful carnival running from September 9–30 that brings together all manner of artistic matter. From sex clowns to hoedowns, you’ll find it at Brisbane Festival. more

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On the line – Restrung explores the explosive places in between genres
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On the line – Restrung explores the explosive places in between genres

While genres can come in handy for classification, they can also be kind of limiting. We all know that one person who only listens to this or that, throwing some things aside and embracing others all because of a label (we see you, people who profess to hate country more than anything). Life is way more fun when you take the time to dig a little deeper and uncover what’s not so obvious – Restrung is taking over the Brisbane Powerhouse from August 17–19 to bring us a smorgasbord of strings-driven music, dance, theatre and art that pushes the boundaries of music and art. Let’s take a closer look at the spaces in between … more

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A Whitney-worthy stage adaptation of The Bodyguard has landed in Brisbane
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A Whitney-worthy stage adaptation of The Bodyguard has landed in Brisbane

How do you know when a movie has hit truly iconic status? Sometimes it’s when it cops more spoofs and parodies than you can ever keep track of. Other times, thirsty producers will milk it for all its worth and pump out several useless sequels with a dubious B-list cast that would make Paris Hilton cringe. However, the true hallmark of a film’s legendary status is when it gets turned into a bona-fide worldwide smash hit musical. Hard to argue, right? A case in point is The Bodyguard, coming to QPAC from July 19 to August 13 for a strictly limited season to deliver the story you know with the songs you love. more

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Joh for PM is the political musical comedy we never knew we needed until now
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Joh for PM is the political musical comedy we never knew we needed until now

When it comes to politics, often the truth is stranger than fiction. Here in Australia, we have seen all manner of larger-than-life characters make their way through the government at various levels – some of them loveable (g’day Bob Hawke), some of them incomprehensibly daft (looking at you, Pauline Hanson) and some of them downright sinister. One of the most controversial figures in Australia’s political history is finally getting what he deserves – that’s right, it’s time to learn all about the life and times of Joh Bjelke-Petersen through the medium of the musical. Heading to the Brisbane Powerhouse from July 7-16, Joh for PM will have you roaring with laughter about something that definitely wasn’t funny at the time. more


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Heaven & Earth brings a triple-threat talent showcase to The Judy
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Heaven & Earth brings a triple-threat talent showcase to The Judy

What happens between here and eternity? One thing is for sure – the arts make life worth living, and are capable of transporting us to an otherworldly place. From June 21–23, the Judith Wright Centre will play host to Heaven & Earth, three nights of unique performances showcasing the specialist disciplines of the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts. With one evening each dedicated to singing, dancing and acting, this is a triple-threat program that promises to be on another level. more

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Revel in the renewed relevance of George Orwell’s 1984
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Revel in the renewed relevance of George Orwell’s 1984

It’s always a bit spooky when works of fiction predict the future – heck, nobody could have guessed that The Simpsons picked the Cubs finally winning the World Series years before it happened. One of history’s most definitive works of literature has turned out to bear some serious foreshadowing in modern society – George Orwell’s 1984 isn’t just a book you were probably forced to read in high school, but more a manifesto of the shape of things to come. Coming to QPAC from June 14–18, this worldwide classic is taking to the stage to bring us a hefty dose of the heebie-jeebies. more

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Glimpse the future of theatre at the immersive La Boite HWY
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Glimpse the future of theatre at the immersive La Boite HWY

One of the coolest things about theatre is that it is pretty much wide open – the only thing that can actually limit a work of art is one’s own imagination, after all. Any sort of creative process is always a journey, with the audience usually only privy to the finished product. La Boite HWY has arrived to give us an open invitation and a front-row seat to the creative processes behind the curtain. From June 12–24, the La Boite Theatre will come alive with a series of creative collabs and experiences that give audiences an inside look into the workings of not only the industry, but also the immersive world of live theatre. more

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Sashay this way – the Queensland Cabaret Festival returns with a star-studded schedule
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Sashay this way – the Queensland Cabaret Festival returns with a star-studded schedule

Cabaret is one of those things that you can’t really pin down into any specific description. Most of us are familiar with the vague, abstract concept – smoky rooms, dimly lit tables, clicking fingers and simmering sensuality. Turns out there is so much more to the genre than we give it credit for – and there is a dedicated event set to show us what it’s all about. The Queensland Cabaret Festival is returning from June 1–15, sashaying into three key venues to bring us a load of sauce, sizzle and spark with a serious side of heart. more

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The Play That Goes Wrong brings slapstick and schadenfreude to the stage
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The Play That Goes Wrong brings slapstick and schadenfreude to the stage

Any time you’re having a bad day, you’ve probably shaken your fist at the sky and cursed Murphy’s Law – you know, the old adage claiming that anything that can go wrong will most definitely go wrong. All it takes is one piece of bad luck and suddenly your whole life feels like it’s spiralling out of control like a bad B-grade movie. Turning this pessimistic point of view into a riotous comedy might seem like a mammoth task, but that’s exactly what The Play That Goes Wrong does. Bursting onto the QPAC stage from May 4–14, this Olivier Award-winning piece of prime schadenfreude will leave you with tears (of laughter, not pity) running down your face. more

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From sex shops to laundromats, find fun around every corner during the Anywhere Theatre Festival
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From sex shops to laundromats, find fun around every corner during the Anywhere Theatre Festival

You’re probably familiar with the sentiment that great things happen when you step outside of your comfort zone, but just how far are you willing to go? One event that has epitomised the concept of pushing boundaries is the Anywhere Theatre Festival, a smorgasbord of pop-up shows that take place in the nooks and crannies of Brisbane. From May 4–21, the festival will spread across 104 locations, each more surprising and unconventional than the last. The only rule? To perform anywhere but a theatre, or exhibit art anywhere but a gallery. more

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Choose life: Trainspotting Live is here to trip you out
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Choose life: Trainspotting Live is here to trip you out

Adaptations can be very tricky territory, especially when the original source material is culturally iconic. Too many times our favourite books have been chewed up and spit out by bigwig producers, barely recognisable in their new form as films and plays – Trainspotting Live is not one of these instances. Based on Irvine Welsh’s era-defining novel about a band of drug-fuelled Scottish miscreants, this production comes to the Brisbane Powerhouse from April 19–22 along with a solid seal of approval from the author himself. more

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Revel in punk-rock rebellion at Green Day’s American Idiot
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Revel in punk-rock rebellion at Green Day’s American Idiot

If you’ve ever been near a radio, chances are you’ve heard of a little band called Green Day. The trio, fronted by the incomparable Billie Joe Armstrong, is known worldwide for making some of the most recognisable punk-rock jams to come out of a 30-year strong career. Not content with just ruling the airwaves, Billie Joe thought he would try his hand at creating a musical – turns out he’s really good at that, too. American Idiot will burst onto the QPAC stage from Thursday February 23, weaving songs from the iconic Green Day album into a rock solid narrative that packs way more than a punch. more

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Single Asian Female arrives to shake up a sensitive subject
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Single Asian Female arrives to shake up a sensitive subject

When it comes to theatre, race and gender are two subjects that often yield some pretty heavy material. It’s a sensitive topic for many people, and rightly so – we’re living in a strange time where both of these issues are at the forefront of the world stage. Taking a far more tongue in cheek (but no less poignant) approach is Single Asian Female, the new play from Brisbane’s own maverick babe Michelle Law. This fresh comedy is taking over La Boite Theatre from February 11 to March 4 to confirm that if you think the people at your local Chinese take-away are talking about you in their native tongue, they definitely are. more

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Be charmed by the theatrical retail fairytale Ladies in Black
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Be charmed by the theatrical retail fairytale Ladies in Black

Anyone who’s worked in retail can tell you how incredibly dry the industry can be – from lazy bosses to know-it-all customers, most people hardly think of department stores as much more than a place to buy stuff. However, there was a time in history when the humble ‘shop’ was far more than it appeared – these institutions were a beacon of prestige and a conduit for social change. Coming to QPAC from January 28 to February 19 to lift the change-room curtain is Ladies in Black, a musical extravaganza that will have you looking at your local Myer in a whole new light. more

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Ramp up the camp and cabaret at Liza’s Back! (is Broken)
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Ramp up the camp and cabaret at Liza’s Back! (is Broken)

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate that gender bending is pure entertainment – anyone’s who’s watched RuPaul’s Drag Race can attest to this. Seasoned cabaret queen and Australian drag royalty Trevor Ashley has been using this art form to make people laugh for decades now, so you know he’s got the formula for a winning show locked down. His latest creation Liza’s Back! (is Broken) comes to QPAC from January 17–22 to pay homage to the showbiz greats – sequins mandatory. more

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Be charmed by the magic and madness of Matilda The Musical
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Be charmed by the magic and madness of Matilda The Musical

When you think crazy, kooky, brilliant and heart-warming, one name that immediately springs to mind is Roald Dahl. The timeless wealth of Roald’s iconic narratives have often been the subject of adaptation, but there has been none quite like Matilda The Musical before. Using Roald’s story as the frame, the visionary team of Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly has created an internationally successful knockout of a production that is coming to QPAC from November 25, 2016 to January 29, 2017 to spread the magic. more