Brisbane Festival and QUT present

Bighouse Dreaming


24 - 28 Sept | Theatre Republic - The Loft


A Declan Furber Gillick Yarn (AUS)

"Mr Anand, has your client spent a significant portion of any one week of the last two years at school? Or does he attend school when he feels like it to utilise the free lunch service when none of his family will house, feed or clothe him?”

In a troubled regional town, Chris – a young Aboriginal defendant – has his rap aspirations compete for time with his court appearances as well as meetings with lawyers, psychologists and social workers.

Created and performed by Arrernte man Declan Furber Gillick, Bighouse Dreaming is a provocative and urgent performance that holds an unflinching lens to the justice system, youth prisons and Australian masculinity – black and white.

Winner of three 2018 Melbourne Fringe Awards, including Best Performance, and two 2019 Green Room Awards for Best Writing and Best Ensemble.


This performance contains coarse language and adult themes which some may find confronting. Viewers are warned that this production contains themes relating to state violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Suitable for audiences 15+ years.

Cast & Creatives

Performer Declan Furber Gillick

Performer Ross Daniels

Performer Dushan Phillips

Writer Declan Furber Gillick

Director Mark Wilson

Producer Susannah Day

Costume and Set Design Bethany J Fellows

Lighting Design Kris Chainey

Sound Design Mark Coles Smith



This event concluded in 2019.

Auslan interpreted performance Thurs 26 Sept

Post-show Q&A Thurs 26 Sept

Duration : 63 minutes

Theatre Republic - The Loft

The Loft (Building Z2), QUT Creative Industries
Musk Avenue
QLD 4059

$20 - $35

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Auslan Interpreted
Wheelchair Access

Paid parking in the 
Kelvin Grove Urban Village (weekends free); limited Pay & Display street parking on Musk Ave, Blamey St, Victoria Park Rd & Carraway St

Take bus routes 345 and 390 along Kelvin Grove Rd, or buses to QUT Kelvin Grove or Normanby busway stations.

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