A hijacked plane is heading towards a packed football stadium. Ignoring orders, a fighter pilot shoots the plane down, killing the 164 people on board in order to save the 70,000. Put on trial and charged with murder, the fate of the pilot is in the audience’s hands.
Jam-packed with the trademark visual puns of artist Tim Sharp and featuring live music composed and performed by Sam Cromack of Ball Park Music, the world of Laser Beak Man is brought to life in puppet form.
Under Siege is Yang Liping's stunning vision of the climactic battle between Chu and Han armies and a love story between the besieged warlord Xiang Yu and his self-sacrificing concubine that would transcend death.
Trevor tells the Shirley Bassey rags-to-riches story like it’s never, never, never been told before. Along with the sequins, jewels, big gowns and bigger hair, expect to hear ‘Big Spender’, ‘Goldfinger’, ‘Never, Never, Never’, ‘This is My Life’, ‘History Repeating’ and ‘Diamonds are Forever’ – plus a few songs the Dame has never got around to singing!
From the creators of sell-out sensations Blanc de Blanc and LIMBO comes a brand new show full of exhilaration, exaltation and the best kind of inflation. This is fun (and sometimes a bit naughty ??) on a BIG scale.
It’s the story of historical Louisiana. Or historical Far North Queensland. Or it’s the story of a black playwright. Or how race is portrayed on stage. Or maybe it’s about how they’re all the same story...
The two-time ARIA Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist and her band will join Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Foreman OAM, performing brand new songs from her forthcoming album and a selection of favourites from her previous three.
Soul powerhouse Thelma Plum is already a seasoned live performer, selling out shows around the nation. Now she’s back with brand new music, having spent the second half of 2016 writing unromantic breakup songs for her soon-to-be-released first album.
Based on anonymous apologies and real stories of forgiveness submitted by your friends and frenemies, Brisbane’s own The Good Room bring you this brand new work - a glitter-fuelled finale event for the wronged and the righteous. Bridges will be burned. Hatchets might be buried. Nobody escapes unscathed.
On the 40th anniversary of the release of The Saints’ classic album ‘(I’m) Stranded’, founding member, guitarist and songwriter Ed Kuepper revisits the material performed by the Australian proto-punk pioneers.
In honour of its 40th anniversary, we’re proud to screen horror master Dario Argento’s beautiful, shocking and genre-defining classic Suspiria (1977) with prog-rock legends Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin travelling from Italy to perform their iconic score, live.
Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925) is often cited as one of the greatest films of all time. In this special event, see a new restoration of the silent masterpiece with a stunning new score performed live by Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra.
Inspired by soul/funk music from the ‘60s and ‘70s golden age, represented by the likes of Chic, Jackson 5, and Kool and the Gang, this five-piece Korean disco band delivers kooky vintage sounds to modern listeners. Be ready to get down.
This is a brand new hour of reflection on the state of the world in the past 12 months – tackling gender, race, equality, taxis, Vietnamese food, dead parents, teenage dilemmas, where we are now as people and what happens next.
Singapore’s Darrell Ang is one of the world’s most lively up-and-coming conductors. Now he leads the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in a double bill of great nineteenth century romantic works based on the journeys of two of Byron’s wandering heroes, Harold and Manfred.
Siti, a recent convert to Islam, is suddenly tasked with overseeing the funeral arrangements of her close friend and companion. While preparations are being made for the last rites a charming stranger arrives unexpectedly.
An entertainer, an acrobat, an artist, a musician, a poet, and a clown produce inspired moments of theatrical stillness and high-octane physicality through rhythmic squeezebox, breakouts and ballads, spoken word and samples.
With songs all about the wild and wonderful ups and downs of family life in styles ranging from Hawaiian to reggae and garage rock, The Mudcakes' highly interactive music show will have monkeys big and small up singing and dancing.
Emerging from West London alongside J Hus, AJ Tracey represents the young vanguard of Grime MCs which are invigorating this genre. Distinctly UK in his sound, with only 18 months since his first release, AJ Tracey has already developed a strong international following, appearing on tracks with Denzel Curry, Rick Ross, Lil B, A$AP Rocky, and Clams Casino.
The Debussy Quartet is one of the finest quartets touring and recording today. In major concert halls from New York to Tokyo to Paris their performances of the Ravel, Debussy and Fauré quartets are legendary.
Based on her best-selling and award-winning book The Gobbledygook Is Eating A Book and The Gobbledygook And The Scribbledynoodle (both written with Arthur Baysting and illustrated by Tom Jellett), Justine Clarke brings her brand new show Look! Look! It’s a Gobbledygook to Brisbane Festival.
The Singing Politician takes the words right out of our Prime Ministers’ mouths –from Menzies’ ‘Declaration of War’ to Whitlam’s ‘Well May We Say’; Abbott’s ‘A Stain on Our Souls’ to Gillard’s ‘Misogyny’ speech – marrying them seamlessly to an overlay of stirring music and choral work.
This effervescent feast is a perfect fit for the old world charm of The Tivoli and a chance to be transported to 1930s Paris where legendary musician Django Reinhardt has been cast as the lead in a musical reimagining of Orpheus.
On 23 October 1956, Hungarians rose up against the Soviets and fought troops on the streets, from their homes, and from their revolutionary headquarters at the Corvin Cinema. The uprising led to one of the largest refugee crises of the twentieth century.
Perfect satisfaction for all theatre-loving foodies! Two rival sous chefs compete in the ultimate cooking show, combining jaw-dropping beatboxing and breakdancing, astounding acrobatic displays and pure visual delights.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack (Vol 1), you’re invited to the ultimate nostalgic ‘90s masquerade-ball rock show. The full soundtrack will be brought to life by a stellar line-up of musicians, performers and special guests, followed immediately by a 1997 DJ set and a late-night after-party performance by Electric Fields.
After the success of My Family Is Weirder Than Your Family, Josh Earl (Spicks and Specks) delivers a brand new show about a small town, a big problem, and the creativity of a kind boy who brings everyone together.
The beautifully designed Festival site, with a touch of Utopia, offers a warm and welcoming world of performance, food stalls, bars, music and fun nestled amongst four venues at Kelvin Grove’s QUT Creative Industries Precinct.
The inspiring free exhibition in Brisbane City Hall – a special anniversary event – will feature hundreds of artists from Brisbane and beyond. Come along and celebrate compelling work of resilience, courage and creativity.