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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | January 25, 2021

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Brisbane’s Newest Indie Theatre Venue Launches with Vincent River Premiere

Brisbane’s Newest Indie Theatre Venue Launches with Vincent River Premiere
Lily Hirst

Brisbane’s newest theatre venue Christ Church has its official opening in October with Phillip Ridley’s one act stage play Vincent River.

The Curators’ timely revival of Philip Ridley’s modern masterpiece Vincent River debuts at Christ Church, Brisbane’s newest, inner-city, indie theatre venue, from 13 – 31 October for 13 performances only.

The taut, tension filled two hander details the homophobic murder of Vincent River and its impact on his mother Anita and teenager Davey, who claims he was first witness to the graphic aftermath of his death.

Playing out in real time over the course of 80 minutes, Anita and Davey must grapple with lies, denial and shocking disclosures about Vincent’s life and his untimely death, all within the confinements of a rundown apartment in Dagenham.



The Curator’s Theatre, is an independent theatre company established in 2017, whose goal is to bring together emerging and senior artists to create performances that explore shared humanity.

Cofounders Michael Beh and Peter Crees have previously created and produced the stage productions Uncle Vanya, The Quighting Time, The Third Beauty, and Ghosts.

Under the incisive direction of Beh and featuring TCT mainstay ensemble members Amanda McErlean and Patrick Shearer, Vincent River is a mesmerising and compelling denunciation of society’s fear of difference.



Beh is relishing the challenge of what he describes as a “brilliant, fierce piece of writing.” A highly-experienced director, he explained that The Curators’ Theatre prides itself on presenting vibrant work that is politically and aesthetically charged.

“To be able to stage the Queensland premiere of a play that has intrigued audiences
internationally is fantastic.” said Beh.

“The play was written over 20 years ago and yet the story resonates today because love is love, and yet intolerance still abounds,” he said,


“While the LGBTQI message in the play is of importance, the significance of the play goes beyond this. It’s about connection and intersection of humanity.”

Making the occasion even more note-worthy will be the debut of Brisbane’s newest indie theatre venue (and TCT home), Christ Church. This beautiful, historic, richly-timbered space is the ideal setting for socially- distanced playgoers to enjoy, once again, the intimacy of live theatre.

To purchase tickets or find out more about The Curators Theatre, visit their website here

The Details

What: Phillip Ridley’s stage play Vincent River

When: From the 13th  to the 31st of October with shows starting at 7:30 pm

Where: Christ Church, 9 Chippendall St, Milton, Brisbane

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