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The Story of Brisbane

The Story of Brisbane

| On 11, Jul 2017

The sun is shining, the birds are singing and The Creative Issue is ready for a trip down memory lane. We join Therese Collie and Tim Mullooly from Playabout Productions for The Story of Brisbane. Set at the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse, we traverse the location and revel in excerpts from Brisbane writers in a show that will delight both visitors and locals.

Almost immediately there are chuckles in the group as Therese and Tim dramatically recount the Ballad of the Totems by Oodgeroo Noonuccal. The laughs continued through the show as material ranges from At the University to He Died with a Felafel in His Hand.

With a wandering through the years, Playabout Productions provides a clear overview of Brisbane’s developments. Aboriginal language place names, the American presence in wartime and the corruption of the 80s are reported through the work of local authors. We rage against the small country town origins of Brisbane as espoused in Johnno by David Malouf and wonder at its transformation with John Kennedy in Brisvegas.

The Story of Brisbane Kenn Santos Powerhouse

Therese and Tim have an easy demeanour and a canny knack for forming a bond between the group in the opening moments. The show is well structured and makes effective use of various locations around the Brisbane Powerhouse. The performances are on mark and delightful. For those of us who grew up in Brisbane, we may think we know the city but there is a snippet here to delight everyone. The show is perfect for locals with a Wednesday morning free and highly recommended for tourists looking for a more creative introduction to the city.


What: The Story of Brisbane by Playabout Productions

When: Wednesdays at 10am

Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm

Cost: $30

More Info: Event page online

Images by Kenn Santos, courtesy of the Brisbane Powerhouse