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Jeff Usher
Saturday 14 October, 4.15pm – 5.00pm
Foyer @ Queensland Theatre


Jeff Usher has been at the forefront of jazz and blues in Queensland and Australia since the early 1980s as a pianist, composer and music educator. He has been a tutor at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University since 1998, achieving a Master’s Degree in 2006, and will complete a PHD in composition from University of Queensland in 2017.

Jeff has several albums to his credit including his 2015 release, Bird Wings, recorded live in concert at Brisbane Jazz Club with his ten-piece group, A Love Supreme Super Band. Besides his own compositions, Jeff’s performances include tunes from early Jazz, Boogie-woogie, Swing, Bebop, Bossa Nova and other forms of popular music. Jeff will play and tell the stories behind some of the works which he composed as part of his current research.

Tickets: Festival pass
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David Truong and friends
Saturday 14 October, 6.00pm – 6.55pm
Foyer @ Queensland Theatre


Ambition Road is a music project showcasing the songwriting talents of Blind singer-songwriter, keyboard player David Truong and singer-songwriter, percussionist Yasmin Powell. With help from their musician friends, original songs are brought to life in a keyboard-driven, acoustic, reflective, Folk, Soft Rock style.

Ambition Road’s live music journey features songs from their debut album Happy Laughter released in 2016 and will also debut songs from their yet-to-be released second album. Their songs explore lost loves, broken hearts, what ifs and could have beens as well as sharing advice gained from many life experiences.

Tickets: Festival pass
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Vulcana Women’s Circus
Saturday 14 October, 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Diane Cilento Studio @ Queensland Theatre

Join Vulcana Women’s Circus in a playful workshop exploring the basics of circus – from simple movement, to manipulating objects, to using other bodies to balance on, to games that activate the body and the mind.

Vulcana Women’s Circus run workshops for adults, kids and teens and develop community projects with all kinds of different communities. The focus always being on creativity and empowerment through circus.

Facilitated by Feldenkrais practitioner Anna Yen, a highly experienced circus and performance making teacher and Rebecca Jones, an experienced circus teacher, yoga teacher, artsworker fluent in Auslan.

Tickets: Workshop pass (Limited spaces)
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Categories: Circus Workshop


Morwenna Collett – Accessible Arts
Saturday 14 October, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Billie Brown Studio @ Queensland Theatre


Join Accessible Arts CEO Morwenna Collett, Undercover Artist Festival performers and arts professionals, as they share success stories of collaborative and inclusive arts projects which have resulted in dynamic, original and high quality work by artists with disability.

Accessible Arts is the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales providing support and opportunities for people with disability in the arts. Accessible Arts support artists through three main areas: arts development, sector development and access development. Morwenna Collett is the CEO of Accessible Arts and  brings a wealth of knowledge to the table as an advocate and practicing artist  with disability.

Tickets: Festival pass | Hot beverages provided
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Eleonora Ginardi
Saturday 14 October, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Diane Cilento Studio @ Queensland Theatre


Butoh started as an art movement in Tokyo post World War II. During this period of political and cultural turmoil various forms of protest and artistic expression were created. In particular, Butoh was a response to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The defeat of the Imperial Army and the introduction of Western materialism fueled a movement of creative expression that formed a physical, spiritual and cultural dance. This was called Butoh.

Butoh uses images and embodies it during its practice. It is not concerned with controlling the body, but considers the individual as a medium to move without force or expectations. It uses imagery to move the body internally and externally. A certain element of control versus openness is explored. The slow movement in Butoh is known as “Ma” or “the empty space”.

Join Eleonora Ginardi and Marisa Georgiou for an interactive workshop that focuses on movement, stillness and metamorphosis.  This collaboration will be using embodied performance to deepen understandings of outside forces on the body, and the capacity of the environment to “move” you. Eleonora Ginardi, a theatre Maker, and Marisa Georgiou, a visual artist, will weave their personal practices to activate a new cultural dance.

Tickets: Workshop pass
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JUTE Theatre Company
Friday 13 October, 8.00pm – 9.30pm
Billie Brown Studio @ Queensland Theatre

Brisbane premiere Here we all are. Assembled by Kathryn Ash  is a JUTE Theatre Company production that features lead actor Doug Robins who was the 2014 Access Arts Achievement Award recipient. Joined by cast Natalie Taylor and Barbara Lowing who perform a twisted tale of two hapless characters who dare to question. Suspended in a rotting dystopian landscape, forgotten by the world, these two are comforted by blissful ignorance, turning a blind eye to the impending Armageddon. Rising from the detritus comes the voracious, clever and manipulative ‘worm’ set to divide the slavish trust of our heroic duo.

This witty, insightful and poignant play will seduce you into a collapsing world where you will bear witness to the final showdown between truth and delusion… to be or not to be?

Tickets: Festival Pass
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Blue Roo Theatre Company
Saturday 14 October, 3.00pm – 3.45pm
Foyer @ Queensland Theatre


Blue Roo Theatre Company, funded by The Queensland Government through Arts Queensland creates contemporary performances led by the artistry, experiences and imaginations of an ensemble of artists with diverse ability and impairment.

Through unique artistic collaborations they redefine theatrical genres. The personal and private investment of the artists ensures that the work connects with everyone and poetically engages the public, social and political discussions.

Hotel Pantelone is an exhilarating slice Commedia dell’Atre. It is full of song, mayhem and silliness. Using traditional commedia masks, it tells the story of Pantelone’s greed, Capitano’s desires for love and Columbin’s passion for singing.

Tickets: Festival pass
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Wielding Theatre
Workshop: Universal Principals of Theatre Making
Saturday 14 October, 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Billie Brown Studio @ Queensland Theatre


Wielding Theatre are a Melbourne based theatre company, using theatre as an investigative tool towards inclusive experiences for all.

Inside was developed through using universal principles of theatre making created by people with and without disability to ask the question; Can disability be a collaborator? And if so, how? And what does that look like? Wielding Theatre have answered the question with a resounding yes.

Through the story of the two performers’ experience of dance, Inside uses a range of mediums to reveal the internal dialogue of both performers at different stages within their understanding of their world. Inside also explores the often unsaid but commonly felt anxieties around performing with a disability to a live audience. The lighting design and sound design is a reflection of their intimate relationship with dance, desire, and disability in that each performer has a designated lighting state and intimate sound track that represents their experience of dance to the audience.

Wielding Theatre invite you to explore these elements in an interactive workshop following their performance. You are encouraged to bring along your ideas to discuss in the workshop.

Tickets: Workshop pass
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InsideOutside Dance Ensemble
Saturday 14 October, 5.45pm – 7.15pm
Diane Cilento Studio @ Queensland Theatre


InsideOutside Dance Ensemble is an initiative of InsideOutside Theatre Company, a charitable organisation based in Brisbane.  InsideOutside Dance Ensemble has previously worked with Marc Brew and the Royal Ballet enabling young dancers with disability to provide opportunities to learn a variety of dance styles and to receive on stage performance experiences.

Dancers of all abilities are invited to join the members of InsideOutside Dance Ensemble for a high energy 90-minute experience. Facilitator and Swagamama performer Sheru Bharadawaja will teach you a range of hip hop dance techniques and enable you to share your story through an end-of-workshop performance.

Tickets: Workshop pass
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Categories: Dance Workshop


Saturday 14 October, 5.00pm – 5.45pm
Billie Brown Studio @ Queensland Theatre


Love Me is a new work about breaking down walls to conversation about mental health. The work has been developed with the support of the Queensland Mental Health Commission, Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council and Redland Performing Arts Centre with a view to tour into schools and communities in 2018 to help break down the barriers and unpack the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Love Me is a combination of movement, multimedia design, spoken word, music, puppetry and physical theatre. Indelabilityarts has been gaining momentum as a producer of quality work selling out to rave reviews. Love Me self describes the work as raw, funny and vulnerable.

Tickets: $25/$20
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Company of Rogues
Saturday 14 October, 6.30pm – 7.45pm
Billie Brown Studio @ Queensland Theatre


Morgan Stern, the latest work from AWGIE award-winning playwright Gina Schien explores one man’s experience of psychosis. The question is, “Which man?”

Shifting between families, centuries and hemispheres, we are introduced to a mysterious character known only as The Gent, who has seemingly dropped into the world of a young man living in Sydney in the 1970’s. Fragmented stories of two families struggling with the mental illness of a young adult are contrasted against the backdrop of the infamous Bethlem Asylum and contemporary psychiatric care.

Places, people and stories crystallise and dissolve throughout the performance, and the image of a one-eyed ornamental goldfish will come back to haunt you.

Morgan Stern is a powerfully moving monologue that will leave you with as many questions as answers.

Tickets: $30/$25
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Categories: Performance Theatre


Steve Sparrow
Saturday 14 October, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Foyer @ Queensland Theatre


Singer, guitarist, songwriter Steve Sparrow will take you through the history of Country Blues and Rock’n’Roll music. He will also impart a lot of interesting information about these musicians and talk about many of the people behind these artists. Learn and listen to the music of household legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty and Elvis Presley.

Keen to learn the tricks of the trade? Steve will demonstrate some of their varied guitar and vocal styles and perform many of the songs that are synonymous with this style of music.

You might even find yourself singing along at times!

Tickets: Festival pass
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Leah Cotterell
Saturday 14 October, 7.00pm – 7.45pm
Foyer @ Queensland Theatre


Every Thursday the Access Arts Singers get together and sing it out! Everyone has a special song and the requests come flying thick and fast to choir facilitators Annie Peterson and Leah Cotterell. Once the singing starts the spirit takes us and by the end of the session we’re all flying. This is the wonderful power of songs and singing in its purest form. Incidentally, Annie and Leah are among Brisbane’s most loved singers with a 25-year history of collaborating on Women in Voice.

This performance will weave together the most funny, nostalgic, soulful and sensational songs that can be found in one set. Leah and Annie will revisit their yodelling chops; acapella group the Cuppa Bellas will delight, guitarist Dave McGuire will lay down some irresistible strumming and soloing for Leah to holler up a storm and sensationally talented Access Arts Singers support worker Sophie Bannister will share her unique sense of fun.

In the midst of all their musical admirers, the Access Arts Singers will top the lot with their shining love for singing and songs accompanied by founding member and emerging songwriter David Truong.

There’s lots to celebrate and an invitation to everyone to Sing it Out!

Tickets: Festival pass
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Categories: Music Performance


Donna Dyson and Friends
Saturday 14 October, 8.30pm – 10.00pm
Billie Brown Studio @ Queensland Theatre


Professional songwriters often compose for so many projects: artists, choral groups and celebrations that the general public rarely glimpse inside their catalogue other than hear a selection of their work performed.

Donna Dyson is the current APRA-ASA Australian songwriter of the year and her vaulted catalogue is being opened. You will be treated to the remarkable voices of soloists, choirs, collaborators, co-writers and friends who soar the heartfelt lyrics to your heart through their gifted voices in song.

This is only a tiny taste of her vast body of work which has been composed and created over the past four years.  Prior to this, Donna Dyson spent her days as a professional educator, leader, university lecturer and published author.  It wasn’t until a brain tumor and stroke suddenly took her sight that she gained her fulltime creative vision and composed an expansive music catalogue some would not complete in a lifetime.

Enjoy the stories behind the songs and the beauty of the music sung by remarkable voices including special guests: Tyrone Noonan, David Willersdorf, Damien Leith, Hillbrook Chorale, Vox, Queensland Show Choir, Brisbane City Sounds, Wil Hughes, Kat Bryant, Fran Morris, Tony Dee, Bek Hull, Sophie Bannister and surprise international guest appearances handpicked for this special one night only performance.

Tickets $35/$30
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Ged Maybury
Saturday 14 October, 1.15pm – 2.45pm
Greenroom @ Queensland Theatre


Ged Maybury is a storyteller, performance-poet, actor and author. He is best known for his 15 comedy and science fiction books for children. He has written and performed in shows for children and adults, tutored drama and creative writing and looked really good as a nude model (a long, long time ago!).

Undercover Artist Festival 2015 favourite Ged Maybury is back and self-describes himself as frequently horizontal and a teller of stories, but are they true? From Steamed Up Punk to punctuated surrealism, Ged will decipher a journey of autistic moments from childhood, mostly about getting in trouble. As part of Stories So True, join Ged for a 1 hour workshop featuring the likes of poetry, storytelling and creative writing.

When he grows up, he wants to make movies.

Tickets: Workshop pass (Limited spaces)
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Thane Pullan
Friday 13 October, 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Foyer / Bar @ Queensland Theatre

Crowd favourite Thane Pullan returns! If you saw him last time, you’d know him as The Grumpy Cripple. Thane does not shy away from telling it how it is through a litany of comical complaints about having a disability, pop culture and life in general. Thane is controversial and unique.

Thane Pullan calls himself the stand-up comedian that doesn’t stand up, or talk. Thane lives comedy and writes numerous blogs dedicated to just that. Author of The teaching of a Grumpy Cripple book series which is also a comedic meme Facebook page partly designed to refute stereotypes about people in wheelchairs.

When he is not making people laugh, Thane is busy creating his own line of accessibility software, software for the arts, learning music production and aspires towards writing for screenplays.

Tickets: Festival pass
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Categories: Comedy Performance


A Community Dinner

Access Arts
Saturday 14 October, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Foyer, Courtyard, Greenroom @ Queensland Theatre


The Last Supper is a deliciously decadent buffet with a lush variety of sumptuous treats to taste. It’s fitting that we celebrate with a community dinner welcome to all. We hope you enjoy the melting moments of both food, conversations and music in the foyer of Queensland Theatre.

Tickets: $20 (Limited tickets for catering purposes)
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Access Arts’ Unofficial Welcome
Friday 13 October, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Foyer, Courtyard and Greenroom

Blind Date features Janelly Melba (Janelle Colquhoun), accompanied by differently sighted pianist Blind Freddie (Donald Hall) performing re-worked classical hits and originals while uncovering the handicaps of going on a blind date when you’re blind yourself. Blind Date is a humorous, un-PC cabaret for the audience to laugh with Janelle about the absurdity of blind clichés and her everyday blind issues.

Up next, is our newly arrived tree loving, royal blue-blooded Petunia the Mud Princess who is free at last from the sedate, protocol-bound world of the palace. But who are these people watching her and what gardening delights will she discover? Produced by Marissa Ker (Lorikeet Players), directed by Peter Kraat. Petunia the Mud Princess is a comedy character on the border of fantasy and reality. She is genuine royalty but she would rather be gardening than listening to another military band.

The Mad Hatters’ Dinner Party is full of fantasy, part tragicomedy, part sophistication.

Have you got that special hat that’s just been waiting for the right opportunity to be worn?  Limited tickets only for the unofficial welcoming event at Undercover Artist Festival 2017.

Tickets: Festival pass (excluding dinner)

$20 with dinner (Limited spaces for catering purposes)
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Velvet Pesu and Tichawona Mashawa
Saturday 14 October, 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Diane Cilento Studio


Come one, come all to the Undercover Tribal Disco Ball!

Experience joy in the intense dance grooves of the African metropolis and deep trance Mbira rhythms igniting new grooves and wild funky dance moves.

Tichawona Noble Mashawa’s band, The Sound of Bone Marrow represents a new wave of African music fusing traditional Zimbabwan Mbira rhythms and contemporary African guitars. The Nyunga-Nyunga thumb piano is a symbol of cultural history and represents a sense of identity and purpose to the people of Zimbabwe, particularly those of the Shona tribe. Tichawona Noble Mashawa represents Australian multicultural diversity accompanied by Velvet Pesu on drums and vocals and Kojaja Osman on Kit drum.

This is your opportunity to dress in your most fantastical colourful attire, to immerse yourself in free expression and discover your own authentic tribal voice through call and response songs through dynamic vocal rhythms.

Kick up your feet and dance like you’ve never danced before!

Tickets: Festival pass
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Back to Back Theatre
Saturday 14 October
Workshop 1: 2.10pm – 3.40pm
Workshop 2. 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Diane Cilento Studio @ Queensland Theatre


Dedicated to randomness, uncertainty and a love of errors in the creation of new theatre, UNMASTERCLASS is a theatre workshop that prioritises being over knowledge and skill, elevates doing over thinking.

After nearly 30 years of creating highly innovative and auspicious performance works, Back to Back Theatre has learnt that mastery is the need to learn how not to know what one is doing and how to go on doing it. Join us in a playful and thought-provoking journey where too much definition in the rehearsal room leaves too much out and the objective for theatre makers is learning not to be the master of your own house.

UNMASTERCLASS is an experience and experiment in relational transformations, a reminder that doing something properly is not always a way of doing it differently.

Participants will be given the opportunity to enhance their practice by working with Back to Back Theatre’s Artistic Associate Tamara Searle from one of Australia’s most globally recognised and respected theatre companies.

Book in early as places are limited for the two UNMASTERCLASS workshops.

Tickets: $50 per each workshop (Limited spaces)
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Access Arts 2017 Achievement Award
Friday 13 October, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Billie Brown Studio @ Queensland Theatre

The Access Arts Achievement Award provides up to $10,000 funding for Queensland artists, artsworkers and producers with disability working in any artform to create, develop, present, produce, exhibit and/or tour their work. Join us for the culmination of the last four years of Access Arts Achievement Award recipients Including:

Our 2014 Award-winner, Doug believes that theatre skills should be mandatory because they are useful in all facets of life. He is an aspiring writer and playwright and in the last 18 months has co-founded a local writers group called ‘YAAWIN’ culminating recently in the publication of an Ebook Anthology. Doug performs Here we all are. Assembled by Kathryn Ash produced by JUTE Theatre.

2015 recipient Emma Le Strange performs Colour To My World a visual and vocal journey of the development of her children’s book, Tea Parties and Pillows. A kaleidoscope of imagery, Emma’s art aims to find refreshed provocation in the anatomical familiar often through abstract realism.

2016 recipient, Elephant Whisperer Alex Procopis is joined by best friend Jo Surawski, mentors and percussionists Velvet Pesu and Tichawona Mashawa for music that evokes pure joy. Elephant whispering is a rare and unique artform. Alex’s vocal timbre emulates sounds by these beautiful animals. Alex is currently producing his first album working with Taronga Zoo elephants.

We are proud to announce this year’s 2017 award recipient. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of these artists.

Tickets: Festival pass
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Kari Sullivan
Saturday 14 October, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Greenroom @ Queensland Theatre


What’s in an artist statement? A cognitive approach to writing effective artist statements.

What is your artist statement really saying? In this workshop, Dr Kari Sullivan shows how academic research on artist statements can help artists control the effects of their statements on potential audiences. For example, Dr Sullivan’s studies suggest that artists who describe their work as a personal “journey” may lead audiences to expect the work to be more esoteric. On the other hand, audiences may be disappointed if they cannot immediately understand artworks that are claimed to ‘send a message’.

Word choices such as these have particular effects on an audience because the words tend to make audiences think in particular ways as shown in cognitive approaches to language.

Participants will apply these principles either to the improvement or the design of their own artist statements.

Tickets: Workshop pass (Limited spaces)
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Scott Wings
Saturday 14 October, 2.45pm – 4.15pm
Billie Brown Studio @ Queensland Theatre


Whiplash is a one-man performance that uses words and physicality to interpret meanings around “Hope”.

Through storytelling, poetry, mime and physical theatre, Scott questions what real hope is in a world where even hope has been commodified and branded for sale, for election, for attention.

This is a small part of Melbourne-based artist Scott Wings’ The Hope Project – a multidisciplinary arts project questioning hope in order to find real hope. The Hope Project workshop – collects stories around hope, trying to figure out what hope is, the realities of despair and what we truly hope for.

In the process of creating The Hope Project, Scott Wings will interview, question and critique what people think of hope.

Let’s take steps to catalogue and maintain hopeful thought.

Tickets: Workshop pass

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