In news that will bring joy to the hearts of so many, Queensland Theatre will reopen the Bille Brown Theatre to audiences for the world premiere season of The Holidays by David Megarrity from 14 November 2020.
The award-winning play is a wistful and funny journey combining live performance, music and lyrical projection. This family story will transport audiences to a quintessentially Queensland beach getaway for a touching meditation on mortality, and a whimsical and deeply recognisable exploration of the relationship between a son, his father, and his grandfather.
A touching portrait of memory and connection. The Holidays are on holiday: 12-year-old Oliver has been pulled out of school for an unexpected trip with his mum and dad, to grandad’s seaside shack. But grandad, an eccentric artist, is not there. In this messy place stuffed with memories, it seems that the Holidays – instead of getting away from it all – have taken a lot with them.
The Holidays will be directed by Matilda Award-winning Bridget Boyle, in a continuation of her long-time collaboration with Megarrity, and stars Queensland stage royalty in Bryan Probets and Louise Brehmer.
Boyle last directed the heart-warming and award-winning production, The Longest Minute. Brisbane theatre-maker, writer, composer, musician, and academic David Megarrity won the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2018–19 for The Holidays from a field of more than 90 entrants.
“The show will go on, rehearsals are about to begin, the set is ready for bump-in and our COVID-Safe plans are all in place. Queensland Theatre is back!” said Artistic Director, Lee Lewis. “What a brilliant way to end a tumultuous year, with a new work by an outstanding local playwright and starring some audience favourites.”
“It is truly exciting to be staging The Holidays. There is magic inside David Megarrity’s words promising a journey filled with heart, in a time when we really need to celebrate being together.”
Director: Bridget Boyle Featuring: Louise Brehmer, Bryan Probets Designer: Sarah Winter Lighting Designer: Jason Glenwright Projection Designer: Nathan Sibthorpe Composer: Sean Foran Sound Designer: Matthew Erskine Stage Manager: Nicole Neil Assistant Stage Manager: Sophie Watkins
Bille Brown Theatre, 78 Montague Road, South Brisbane
Season: 14 November – 12 December 2020
Information and Bookings: www.queenslandtheatre.com.au
Image: Bryan Probets stars in The Holidays – courtesy of Queensland Theatre
Note: All ticket holders will be contacted to arrange transfers to the new month-long season of the finale show for 2020. A limited number of tickets will also be released for sale on 15 October 2020