Observatory Theatre acknowledges the Turrbal and Jagera people as the Traditional Custodians of the land Meanjin on which we work and create. We recognise the great history of First Nations art and performance which has shaped Australian theatre today and pay our respects to them as the first storytellers, creators, performance makers and dreamers.
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This season is for the passionate dreamers. It charts the incredible, personal power we all have inside us and the search for greater meaning in our lives. From our origins and tales of human courage, to the future and the great potential of life ahead, this year is full of big stories and big ideas. Sometimes dangerous. Always compelling. I realise that, for some, going to sit in a theatre is the last thing on their mind at the moment, and in many ways I feel the same. Live theatre is such an incredible tool for shared thoughts and feelings. We're able to leave afterwards with a mutual understanding, a catharsis with the people around us, even more so with the people on stage. With so much turmoil in our communities these days, what better way to unite than by sharing stories together? Storytelling is the real heart of any creative endeavour. After all, telling tales is the original artform, handed down generation to generation, community to community, from past to present. And we all love a brilliant story. This year, we've got some crackers lined up. I can't wait to see you there. Lachlan Driscoll Creative Producer
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By Keziah Warner Directed by Timothy Wynn Told across several decades, this blockbuster work takes BLACK MIRROR to a whole new level. Sometime in the future, Big Brother’s gone into outer space, but something’s not quite right. The world is watching. Isn’t it? Meanwhile, the Museum of Childhood faces a crisis as revolution explodes outside. And lightyears away on New Earth, a programmer and their A.I. companion forge hope for the future of humanity. But who's really in charge here? CONTROL grips with an urgency that is hard to ignore, investigating ethics and morality in a technological age, and just how human can technology become.
Cast Triona Calimbayan-Giles, Nykita O'Keeffe, Egan Sun-Bin, matt domingo CONTROL was commissioned by Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre through the INK program and was originally produced by Red Stitch in 2019.
A New musical by anina-marie van wyk "True love will be nothing more than your disarming. There's no Prince Charming my darling..." A destined girl is born and the King wants her to himself, locked away, controlled, his rightful claim. But the prophecy comes with a price - the child will bring great suffering - and rebellion soon ignites. Destiny? Fate? She’s not going down without a fight. Inspired by Irish legend Deirdre of the Sorrows, DESTINY DOOMED braves the storm with an original acoustic folk pop score and a story that puts the dam(n) in ‘damsel in distress’.
Directed by anina-marie van wyk Cast Isabel Kruse, Clarise Ooi, daniel kirkby, elliot Gough, kieran evans
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A new initiative that gives residency to playwrights to develop an imaginative, brand spanking new play. TELESCOPE fosters collaboration between diverse creative thinkers to build stories of outstanding quality for the indie theatre scene.
THE GOAL To produce plays that are theatrically inventive and innovative THE WORDS To uncover local writers with unique, imaginative voices THE MEANS To provide writers with an abundance of support at every stage of the process THE PROCESS To expose the play to many minds, ears and hearts, and encourage rigorous feedback
"Cryonics and cartoons. Walt's got a lot to catch up on..."
Oliver Gough TELESCOPE 2022-3 Playwright Oliver Gough is an emerging playwright and performance maker based in Meanjin/Brisbane, and an Mphil Candidate in Creative Writing at The University of Queensland. His 2020 Honours project and play X built on an interest in interrogating climate-change ravaged futures, and using absurdism and ‘cli-fi’ to satirise top-down, celebrity focused responses to the threat. The one-act play received a staged reading in 2020, and is set for staging by Underground Productions in 2022. His 15-minute absurdist farce Disney Off Ice was also produced by UQ Drama students in 2019. Oliver was a participant in Playlab Theatre's Incubator program in 2021, and is a writer and reviewer for Theatre Haus. Oliver creates juicy comedic offers for actors, and also believes in the potential of theatre to generate ideas, debate and action.
DISNEY OFF ICE will be developed throughout 2022 and staged in 2023
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By Keziah Warner Directed by Timothy Wynn June 2022
QMC, Kangaroo Point
A New musical by anina-marie van wyk Sep - Oct 2022
Musgrave Park, South Brisbane
An observatory observatory is a place to look to the skies, to dwell on the future, to behold new worlds, people and things...
Observatory Theatre is an indie Australian theatre production house based in Brisbane. Our projects have common goals in mind: To always be exciting, to inspire and engage, and to provide outstanding experiences for audiences.
'Outside the box' vision is an important part of our philosophy. We aim to produce works that stimulate all the senses of our audiences and innovate beyond traditional theatre. Creative Producer Lachlan Driscoll Photography by Geoff Lawrence: Creative Futures Photography
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