Queensland Theatre’s Legal Chapter proudly supports the Play Commissioning Fund and the development of iconic new Australian work.
The Legal Chapter is a group of legal professionals whose love of language and theatre inspires them to support the essential work of Queensland Theatre’s Play Commissioning Fund. The Fund supports playwrights and encourages the development of new, ground-breaking works of theatre that are uniquely Australian. Most recently, the Chapter supported the commissioning of a play about the murder of Nellie Duffy. Legal Chapter performances and pre-show functions will take place on the following evenings in 2017.
To join the Legal Chapter please fill out an order form and return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Queensland Theatre, PO Box 3310 SOUTH BRISBANE 4101
Queensland Theatre presents a Red Stitch Actors Theatre production
by Annie Baker
6:30 Thur 2 March
Film buff Avery takes a minimum-wage job at crumbling movie palace The Flick. His thirty-something colleague Sam seems resigned to his unrequited love for Rose, the achingly cool projectionist. As one late night blurs into another, this trio of painfully ordinary people bond over movie trivia, low-level embezzling and shared ennui.
Queensland Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Company present
ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID’S CITY
by Michael Gow
6:30 Thur 4 May
Will has planned to share a restful Christmas with his mother. But then she falls ill. During a bedside vigil, Will is forced to piece together the shards of his life, questioning his role as an artist, a son, and a citizen of the world. Another moving and life-affirming work by Michael Gow (Away).
LIFE AND DEATH
SEXY GERMAN BACKPACKERS
Queensland Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company present
by Michael Frayn
6:30 Thur 22 June
It was never going to be easy staging a bedroom farce with a mediocre cast, but director Lloyd Dallas is trying. Onstage, it’s a whirl of slamming doors, dropped lines and dropped trousers; backstage, it’s a more chaotic maelstrom of love triangles and trampled egos, and there’s no one without an axe to grind (or swing).
CLASSIC BRITISH COMEDY
MUCH ADO MEETS BIRDMAN
Play Commissioning Fund
Queensland Theatre’s Legal Chapter is proudly supporting playwriting in Queensland through the Play Commissioning Fund. Each year, an exciting new work is commissioned.
In 2015 the Legal Chapter supported commissioning a play about the infamous Nellie Duffy case - the 1908 murder of the housekeeper at Carpentaria Downs station. Station manager’s wife Fanny Wilson and Aboriginal station-hand Billy were charged with the murder, but the jury refused to convict Billy despite his “confession”. The trial failed, and the truth never surfaced.
In 2016, the Queensland Theatre Play Commissioning Fund will support a work about the intense and tumultuous relationship between Australian writer Charmian Clift (Mermaid Singing, Peel me a Lotus) and war correspondent/novelist George Johnston (My Brother Jack, Clean Straw for Nothing), often regarded as Australia’s Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The play will examine their time living on the Greek island of Hydra, their return to Australia and the relationship between life and art.
If you share our love or words and stories and wish to see vital new works on the stage, please donate to our Play Commissioning Fund. All donations to Queensland Theatre are tax deductible and make a direct impact on our ability to bring new work to life.
"Theatre and the law are my two great passions – that’s why I’m proud to lead Queensland Theatre’s Legal Chapter. Join me to experience some international-quality theatre, socialise with colleagues while also supporting our great theatre company."
Herbert Smith Freehills
For more information about joining the chapter, please call on (07) 3010 7617.