Presented by Brisbane Festival and QUT

Theatre Republic


10 - 28 Sept | Theatre Republic - QUT Creative Industries Precinct



Welcome to Theatre Republic – a warm, wooded world of stained glass, unique art and secret stories.

Nestled among the hills of Kelvin Grove, just north of the CBD, the Republic brings you a record 17 adventurous theatre shows, in shapeshifting forms, all around a stunningly designed Festival hub.

The site is open Tuesday to Saturday during the Festival from 6pm each night – and earlier on Saturdays for matinees.

Our partners at La Boite Theatre Company and The Fresh Collective will be serving delicious food and running two fully licensed bars onsite so grab some food and a drink, enjoy some great live music and see at least two short shows every night – from the sweet pink riot of Joel Bray’s Daddy to the beautiful You & I by local circus luminaries Casus, or the wonderful reimagining of Orpheus and Eurydice coming to us from the UK.

Two new works of Australian Indigenous writing also feature – Declan Furber Gillick’s powerful Green Room Award-winning Bighouse Dreaming and the world premiere of Steven Oliver’s From Darkness.

Tucked around the site – in corners, down alleys, behind doors – are seven beautiful bespoke experiences for you to discover. You are invited to explore these places of celebration and creativity, reflection and play – and to use them to share your own stories.

So, come the springtime evenings this September, gather your friends for 15 nights of mind-blowing performance at Theatre Republic.

unkiss me

Jenga, exes, and things falling down. A game for two about beginnings and endings.

Combining headphone-theatre and wooden blocks, Unkiss Me is an intimate artgame for two, inviting players to consider how a relationship is built on shared memories and what happens when one comes to an end. From the brilliant mind of award-winning playwright, Caleb Lewis, experience a different approach to theatre and a story that changes with every performance.

Playing for free at Theatre Republic Wed 25 - Fri 27 Sept from 6pm - 9:30pm. Allow approximately 25 minutes per game.

WRITE A letter to a lover

Write a letter to a lover – past, present, future or imagined. Your letters are anonymous and will find a home as part of the site at Theatre Republic. Submit your love letter via this form.



Tucked into the walls, alleyways and corners of Theatre Republic are seven activations, each one a different way to engage with the site, the Festival and with each other. These installations have been created by site designer Sarah Winter and resonate with concepts of community and shared stories that underscore the site and program as a whole.

The House of Common Hopes

Luggage tags and pencils sit on a shelf, brown string hangs like vines from the ceiling. Take a tag and pen a hope, wish, or dream for the future. Add it to the canopy of hopes by tying it to one of the hanging pieces of string.

Letter to a Lover

Submit an anonymous online letter to a lover – past, present and future. Letters you’ve written or received, ones you wished you’d written, or ones you once wrote but never sent. The letters will be displayed onsite, anonymously, for people to read.

The Book Exchange

Read a book, take a book, leave a book.

The Seed Library

A room full of dried native plants with a cupboard filled with vegetable and herb seeds, free to take, plant and share. Grow a piece of the Republic at home.

The Post Office

Write a letter and post it in the Republic’s post box and we will post it for you after the Festival. You can also leave a letter for a stranger at the Festival, or perhaps there’s one there already waiting for you to collect.

Library of Unspoken Truths and Convincing Lies

Push a button and receive a dubious truth or a beautiful lie.


There are four old, black bakelite phones hidden around the site - use them to call other people in the Republic and if you hear one ringing... answer it.

Virtual tour

Take a virtual tour of the 2018 Theatre Republic site, made by our friends Neon Wedding.



This event concluded in 2019.

Theatre Republic - QUT Creative Industries Precinct

The Block
Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove
QLD 4059

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.

Visit TransLink to plan your public transport journey.

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