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Theatres in Brisbane

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  • Sherlock29
    Brisbane, Australia24 contributions
    Went to see Chicago - seats were still very good even though they were the cheapest ones. Wine service at interval was really quick and efficient. Service before the show was a little disorganised.
    Written 22 February 2024
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  • Brian T
    London, UK6,782 contributions
    The Brisbane Powerhouse is a cultural hub, an artistic centre, and a contemporary arts venue which buzzes with creativity, lively and edgy performances, and originality and innovation. That in itself is a good reason for a visit to this distinctive landmark which nestles on the north bank of the Brisbane River in New Farm.

    However, the Powerhouse has not always been that way. It sprang to life in 1928 as an actual power station to provide electricity for Brisbane’s growing tram network at the time. It was decommissioned in 1971 after Brisbane gave up its trams and replaced them with buses, and lay derelict until 2000 when it was reinvented as an entertainment and cultural hub. The restoration was clever, maintaining an interior that had become pimped with fabulous and colourful graffiti over the years of its dormancy, keeping lots of the industrial machinery that kept the powerhouse turning, including old electrical transformers which are now lighting fixtures, and maintaining the overall structure of the building, both inside and outside. It’s almost as if it is a museum house. And that to me is the best reason to visit. I didn’t attend any cultural or arts events here, but I had a fabulous time exploring the old building and enjoying the fabulous restoration which has taken place there.

    The best feature to me was the large pieces of graffiti which have been retained. The building was a hotbed for graffiti during its period of dereliction, and much of it has been kept, going the venue an edgy and sometimes irreverent feel. You’ll also see vestiges of machinery, old electrical equipment, huge switchboards and transformers. It all works as a concept, and adds a historic and heritage feel to the complex.

    You are free to wander around when the complex is open. You don’t have to be attending a performance or function there, though there are sometimes free live performances which you are welcome to attend and enjoy. There’s a number of flexible performing spaces and viewer open platforms, and the venue hosts a comprehensive array of performing arts, visual arts, festivals, and free community events across numerous genres including music, comedy, dance, film, visual arts, cabaret, circus, theatre, writers+ideas and children’s programming. Further developments took place in 2007, when restaurants, bars, conference and rehearsal rooms and offices were added. There’s a very pleasant riverside cafe for a meal or drinks during the day; it also offered free water for your water bottle.

    Make sure you explore the historic building inside and out, attend a live performance if one is happening at the time of your visit, discover works of art and relax at the waterside restaurants and bars. It’s a fabulous spot!

    It's easily accessible via buses which run along Brunswick Street, or the CityCat which has a river stop a short work from the venue.
    Written 19 March 2023
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  • Kathryn B
    47 contributions
    Saw things I know to be true and we were blown away by the talent and substance of the performance! Sound quality lights etc were also top notch
    Written 4 March 2023
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  • Laurence H
    1 contribution
    Wonderful immersion experience. Talented cast and all were very accessible to the audience.
    The gunshots etc could have been crisper and louder but didn’t detract from excellent performance. Many thanks
    Written 17 February 2024
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  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia4,732 contributions
    We went to this theatre as it was the new venue for the "A very naughty Christmas" show. The theatre is in the QUT university precinct. There was limited street parking available but there was a small parking lot across the road which had broken parking ticket machines at the time of visiting.
    The theatre had a good bar for drinks outside its entrance and you could take the drinks into the venue when the show was playing which was good.
    It is relatively small and the seating was in the round around the the small stage area.
    There weren't many toilets so there was line up before and after the show.
    I really enjoyed the venue and would happily go there to see more shows.
    Written 24 January 2023
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  • Emer32
    London, UK2 contributions
    Brilliant show! My partner and I loved the show and every trick was so impressive!
    We loved the intimacy of the venue and all of the personal and thoughtful additional touches the magicians added to the night to make it special.
    It was a last minute find by my partner and I visiting Brisbane and we were so grateful to find it. The show was nearly sold out but the magicians were kind enough to fit an extra seat in the room for us and responded so quickly.
    Would recommend to all!
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • Norman H
    Gold Coast, Australia185 contributions
    This theatre ia perfect for a close-up view of performers. The Queensland Ballet performance of Synergy was enhanced by the opportunity to see exceptional dancers at close quarters. Also the theatre bar offered drinks at reasonable prices.
    Written 7 July 2019
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  • casjaneeng
    Brisbane, Australia15 contributions
    I love this cinema, the candy bar is very reasonable and ticket prices too. ‘The garage’ down the road has more adult food aswell. The cinemas are comfy and clean and not freezing cold!! it’s just great to take the family somewhere that doesn’t cost a fortune. Go a bit early to find a close car park.
    Written 30 January 2019
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  • Wilmalinga
    Silver Spring, MD76 contributions
    Not the easiest place to find but with a little assistance we did.
    Small exterior but was larger than it looks inside.
    Loved the retro look of the exterior and the lobby. However...I did NOT like the fact that drinks were allowed inside the main theatre because too many were spilled and the staff spent a lot of time mopping up spills during intermission. Observed spills on patrons clothes.
    The venue hosted The Stevie Wonder Story (STEVIE WONDER is NOT appearing in this show, it is an artist covering a lot of songs from Stevie's vast musical catalog). It was a high energy show that encouraged dancing at your seat, in the aisles, in front of the stage ( yes drinks were in hand and spilled). By the end of the show I was in awe that I witnessed no slip and falls (we were in Orchestra, Row B).
    Would I return for another event, YES. Would I wear my light pink suede jacket
    HECK-TO-DA-NAW..more like ripped jeans, tshirt, and tennis shoes and denim jacket.
    Written 26 September 2023
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  • Debbie B
    Brisbane, Australia240 contributions
    I was very impressed with this intimate theatre at West End . Bought a ticket at last minute to see with my friends. I had not seen a production of Queensland Theatre Company and soon realised what I had missed out on.
    Written 11 July 2017
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  • Peter D
    Brisbane, Australia104 contributions
    Went to see a local production of Taming of the Shrewd last night in Queensland Theatre Company Billie Brown Theatre. Great little theatre well located in south Brisbane. Production was great with great cast. Really enjoyed the experience.
    Written 5 June 2021
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  • David H
    Sunnybank Hills, Australia23 contributions
    Purchased platinum tickets to Le tease, which I wouldn’t normally do for a show I hadn’t seen, but God I am glad I did. While the venue has a temporary feel, I believe this show will go down as one of the must see shows around Brisbane. Very adult entertainment, funny, titillating and enjoyable. Can’t wait to be back and see the other shows that run across their week. Photos included show the inside of the platinum lounge and our seats that were just incredible.

    Edit: We visited again… cheaper tickets this time… Wow… Sauve is an incredibly awesome show. Must see show, if your not cheering Laughing or singing along then you must be dead from the neck down…

    Special mention to the wonderful staff, staff that enhance the experience are a must for a Spiegel event… the flamingo has the best staff.
    Written 22 February 2024
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  • WorldTravla7
    Cairns, Australia6,044 contributions
    I am a big theatre nerd & was surprised I didn’t know about Ad Astra Theatre Co. until a friend I go the gym with was acting in The Normal Heart (Nov’22) & encouraged me to come along. I came along with a friend & I’m glad I did. The show was professional with polished performances & the plays they put on (as seen in the posters out in the foyer/lobby) are interesting and not often performed elsewhere in Brisbane. It’s a small venue on Miserton St in the Valley with an equally tiny theatre space (there were only 40 seats) which makes for an intimate/up close & personal theatre experience. We entered the theatre doors to a night club setting with the actors dancing on the stage around us as we made our way to our seats behind the performers! It’s a professional company & needs support to thrive given the limited capacity. The actors all come out after the performance & I got to chat with my friend who was in the play & meet the director. I’ll be back soon to enjoy another Ad Astra show.
    Written 13 May 2023
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  • Linden T
    1 contribution
    I rocked up to Whisper Walk expecting an enjoyable walk in the sunshine and it was SO MUCH MORE! Clever, insightful, poetic, funny. I felt connected to the voices of this beautiful village but also to those strangers who were on the tour with me. Highly recommend!
    Written 24 August 2023
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  • Claudia M
    Brisbane, Australia62 contributions
    My husband and I saw Lysa and the Freeborn Dames at La Boite. The beauty of the Roundhouse is that you’re close to the stage, the audience sees the play from different perspectives eg the round. And because of this the actors have to be very aware that the audience is seeing the actor from the side, the front and the rear consequently the play has to be as meaningful no matter where in the round you sit. Love the Round.
    Written 13 August 2018
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