Ever wanted to tread the boards of a world-class theatre? On Saturday October 12, Brisbane locals will be given that chance when Queensland Theatre opens the doors of the state’s newest theatre, the Bille Brown Theatre, as part of Brisbane Open House 2019.
Brisbane Open House provides residents and visitors with the rare opportunity to uncover the hidden wealth of architecture, engineering and history in buildings and special locations around the city and visitors will have the opportunity to take a peek behind-the-scenes at Brisbane’s only corner stage, opened in October 2018.
Guests can walk through the state-of-the-art theatre (shortlisted in the 2019 Australian Interior Design Awards – Public Design Category), stand centre stage and marvel at the tension net suspended above them. Plus, they will also be able to witness the next generation of Brisbane actors when Queensland Theatre’s Young Artists take to the Bille Brown Theatre stage to perform excerpts from their show The Secret Garden, at 12:00pm in a free showing.
Tour participants are able to view the large workshop facility and wardrobe department where magnificent sets and costumes from the likes of Ladies in Black, Nearer the Gods and Death of a Salesman were created before relaxing with a ‘cuppa under Besse the Bottle Tree (gifted all the way from Quilpie in 2002) in the lush courtyard.
Queensland Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations kick off this month and, to commemorate, guests at the Open House event are invited to share their stories about their relationship with Queensland Theatre over the past half century as well as their ideas for its future. These recordings will be shared publicly throughout 2020.
BILLE BROWN THEATRE – Brisbane Open House
Queensland Theatre’s Bille Brown Theatre, 78 Montague Rd, South Brisbane
Saturday October 12 from 9:30am to 4pm
Frequency of Guided Tours: 10:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm and 3:00pm
Guests are advised to register at the building on arrival, as tours have a limited capacity
All Brisbane Open House tours and events are FREE