With eight extraordinary shows, six new Australian stories and four world premieres it will be an exciting and busy time for Queensland Theatre.
“Like all great theatre, the 2018 season transports us to places we wouldn’t otherwise encounter – or even imagine,” said Artistic Director Sam Strong.
“In 2018, we also continue our commitment to nurturing and empowering artists. We will commission or produce five plays featuring Queensland stories and work with over 100 independent artists, supporting their development and sharing resources. It’s never been a more exciting time for theatre in Queensland and for this company.”
The Season 2018 Program will feature:
Black is the New White
1 – 17 February 2018
Black is the New White by Nakkiah Lui is quite simply a great night out. It’s a charming and perfectly executed rom-com, but it’s also an insightful comment on identity and aspiration in contemporary Australia. And it’s all brought to life with such joie de vivre by director Paige Rattray and a smashing ensemble cast.
The 39 Steps
24 Feb – 24 March 2018
The 39 Steps has been a worldwide phenomenon because it finds a uniquely low-fi theatrical way to bring a classic novel by John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock film to life. It’s also a delicious mashup of genres: a dash of noir, a touch of thriller, a sprinkle of romance, and a healthy dose of farce.
28 Apr – 19 May 2018
Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays because it is one of his most complete. It’s the perfect balance of melancholy and joy – as much about the pain of getting older or being left behind as it is about the thrill of falling in love. Twelfth Night is also Shakespeare’s most musical play and our version will feature a suite of original, new songs by maestro Tim Finn as well as a luscious design by Tracy Grant Lord.
The Longest Minute
26 May – 23 June 2018
Sport makes great theatre – its spectacle and drama, its heroes and villains, and its ability to inspire agony and ecstasy. The end of the 2015 NRL Grand Final between the Broncos and the Cowboys is a case in point. The Longest Minute explodes open these climactic moments to tell us the story of that unforgettable game, the underdog triumph of the 21-year history of the Cowboys, and the story of a family of footy fans following their dreams.
Good Muslim Boy
12 July – 28 July 2018
This is a show built around the extraordinary life of Osamah Sami. It’s a tender portrait of a father-son relationship, a fascinating insight into faith in contemporary Australia, and a knife edge thriller about trying to get a loved one’s body out of Iran and find humanity in the sea of chaos. It just so happens that as well as having an incredible tale to tell, co-creator and performer Osamah Sami is one of our most engaging, endearing and enjoyable stage presences.
28 July – 18 August 2018
Craig Silvey’s story has captured the nation’s imagination like few before it: a best-selling novel that has become a contemporary classic, a theatrical adaptation that has created three different sell-out productions, and most recently an acclaimed feature film. It’s been so successful because it so completely transports us into the shoes of its teenage heroes while taking us back to a time when the nation was also coming of age.
Nearer The Gods
6 October – 3 November 2018
David Williamson zooms in on the relationship between Edmund Halley and Isaac Newton, and the struggle to publish theories that would change the world. Nearer the Gods is an urgent world premiere about how even the noblest ideas are at the mercy of politics and ego.
10 November – 8 December 2018
Hedda showcases a triumvirate of incredibly talented women. Danielle Cormack is an actor with the power and sense of danger you need to tackle one of drama’s greatest heroines. Playwright Melissa Bubnic has the wicked turn of phrase and pitch-black humour to wrench a 19th-century classic into the here and now.
Season tickets are currently on sale at queenslandtheatre.com.au or by calling 1800 355 528.
Single tickets will be available from 4th December 2017 at 9am at queenslandtheatre.com.au or by calling 1800 355 528.