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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | September 24, 2020

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QPAC to Reopen with 'QPAC Unlocked' Performances

QPAC to Reopen with ‘QPAC Unlocked’ Performances
Claire Matthews

After almost six months, QPAC will welcome back audiences with a series of live performances in QPAC Unlocked.

QPAC Unlocked will be held across reimagined spaces of QPAC’s Lyrebird Restaurant, Concert Hall, and Cremorne Theatre.

From 28 August to 3 October, the program features leading Queensland artists for limited audiences.

On 28-29 August, hear Opera Queensland’s soloists Katie Stenzel (soprano) and Samuel Piper (baritone) with pianist Alex Raineri. Then, on 4-5 September, Australian musical theatre star Amy Lehpamer will treat audiences to an intimate showcase. Both presented in the Lyrebird.

The QPAC Unlocked Concert Hall program from 4 September offers performances with Queensland’s soloists and chamber musicians. Lineup includes Alex Raineri, violinist Courtenay Cleary, and Camerata — Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra with guitarist Andrew Veivers. Also, see the next generation of musical theatre stars, with Bachelor of Musical Theatre Students from the Queensland Conservatorium.

QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre will offer exclusive cabaret evenings with some of Queensland’s most exciting dance, circus, comedy and music events. Led by comedian Damien Power, Club Cremorne also includes food and drinks.

QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said this is an opportunity for QPAC to come back to life, since their closure in March.

“The safety of our patrons, staff and performers has consistently been front of mind throughout and, after months of closure, we are excited to be opening our doors soon for these smaller events that will allow us to step confidently into this new COVID safe world,” Mr Kotzas said.

“While we won’t be seeing full theatres in the coming months, as we work within social distancing guidelines, the way we are reimagine the use of our theatres and other spaces will ensure unique, safe and entertaining experiences for audiences.

“The changed environment that we’re all working within has meant that we’ve had to challenge the way we usually do things and come up with creative and progressive ways of presenting theatre meaning this will be QPAC like you’ve never seen us before, and perhaps never will again.

“In addition to our QPAC Unlocked events, we are very pleased to welcome Australasian Dance Collective’s Youth Ensemble premiere Echo on 28 and 29 August in the Cremorne Theatre and Brisbane Festival’s Leviathon by Brisbane’s acclaimed Circa from 3 September 2020 in the Playhouse.

“It will be wonderful to feel the buzz between artists and audiences back here at QPAC. Bringing people together to enjoy live performance is central to what we do and we can’t wait to see our stages and theatres animated once again very soon.”

Be among the first to return to QPAC and experience some of Queensland’s leading artists reclaim the stage. Tickets on sale now.

The Details:
What: QPAC Unlocked Live performance series
When: Fridays & Saturdays 28 Aug- 3 Oct 2020
Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Grey St, South Brisbane
Tickets: $49/ $69 / $149. Book here.