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Emma is in pink and white polka dot pyjamas with a pink sleeping mask. She is holding a martini glass and looking upwards.

World Premiere

Sleep and the City

Emma-June Curik

And she couldn’t help but wonder – would falling in love be as easy as falling asleep?  

Order a cosmopolitan, swap the stilettos for slippers and join Emma-June as she explores the parallels of looking for love and pursuing a narcolepsy diagnosis. 

Featuring a three-piece band led by musical director and  ‘self-proclaimed-Samantha’ Jake Bristow, Sleep and the City delivers the perfect mix of insight, entertainment, and originality, peppered with pop hits and music theatre classics. Perfect for musical theatre goers, cabaret lovers, and fans of the hit TV show bearing a similar name, this world premiere show is sure to have audiences laughing, thinking, and reflecting on their own relationship with sleep. 

I hope this project may be a catalyst for change, particularly to encourage others to feel empowered in their own diagnosis journeys, or to more deeply engage with their relationship to sleep.


Adults only 18+

Date and TIME

Wednesday 20 September 2023


1 hour


Auslan Interpreted Icon   Auslan interpreted

wheelchair accessible icon    Wheelchair accessible

Audio Description icon  Audio description

Closed Captions  Live captioning


$45 – Adults
$35 – Community/Concession

Companion Cards Accepted


Bille Brown Theatre
Queensland Theatre
78 Montague Road,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Undercover Artist Festival is hosted at Queensland Theatre, find out more about purchasing tickets here and venue access here.

Community/Concession tickets are available for people with disability, First Nations patrons, seniors, and concession card holders. Companion Card holders can access a free ticket.

Emma-June Curik is on stage wearing a sparkly dress and a silk sleeping mask. She is mid-performance where she is holding a white pillow and has her eyes closed. Pink stage lights shine down on her and the background is completely black.

Artist: Emma-June Curik  

Producer: Andrew Cockroft-Penman  

Director: Hollie Andrew  

Music Director: Jake Bristow   

Costume Designer: Jess Hansen  

Musician: David Sanders  

Musician: Luke McIntosh 

Emma-June Curik (she/her)
Emma-June Curik completed her musical theatre training at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in 2006 before graduating from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) in 2012. She has since enjoyed an extensive portfolio career as a producer and arts administrator with Queensland Music Festival, Artslink QLD, James Morrison Academy and HOTA, Home of the Arts alongside her creative practice as a theatre-maker, director and teaching artist. Emma-June currently works with Placemakers* Gold Coast, the team behind the annual BLEACH* Festival. 

Emma-June has enjoyed performing with industry veterans such as Rob Guest, Julie Anthony and Stuart Wagstaff, as well as specialising in theatre for young people and touring extensively in the theatre-in-education sector.  

As an advocate for access and inclusion in the arts and cultural sector, Emma-June is particularly proud of her work with Aha Ensemble – a disability-led collective of artists from across South-East QLD who make contemporary works across theatre, installation and performance. Aha’s recent projects include becoming artists in residence at La Boite Theatre, completing the First Night Showcase Residency at the Judith Wright Centre and premiering two brand new works – ‘Explain Normal’ at Metro Arts in 2019 and ‘Absolutely Everybody Judges’ at the Institute of Modern Art in 2022. Most recently, Emma-June and Aha produced a new disability-led artist and sector gathering pilot titled ‘Access Assembly’.

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