Queanbeyan

The Upcoming Season at The Q Performing Arts Centre

Coming up at our very own performing arts centre, The Q, there’s something for every person, mood and occasion, from an array of high energy tribute shows, to home-grown plays and monologues, to virtuosic classical ensembles, comedy gold and shows for you to enjoy with the kids—and everything in between!

First up, the magical musical bus known as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is rolling into Queanbeyan—sequins and feather boas included! This musical is based on the smash-hit film of the same name, and promises fabulous fun, dancefloor favourites and a celebration of LGBTQI+ pride. Get in quick, as the musical is only on for another weekend in Queanbeyan, closing its curtains on 22nd May. 

Looking for something a little less risqué? The Sound of Music is back again this June/ July, after its 2021 success. Travel back in time to the Nazis’ rise to power and ultimate occupation of Austria, and enjoy all the well-known classics like “My Favourite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi”, and “Sixteen Going On Seventeen.”

Or perhaps you’re in the mood for a tribute show? This season at The Q brings a profusion of premier renditions—from Billy Joel to the Bee Gees, or Fleetwood Mac to ABBA—and that barely skims the surface! Other shows pay tribute to The Spice Girls, Andrew Lloyd Webber and John Denver.

Or maybe you’re on the lookout for a play instead? There are plenty of those! The Year of Magical Thinking has been called “universal, profound… and uplifting” by the New York Times. Portraying Joan Didion’s celebrated memoir, this critically-acclaimed solo performance by Green Room Award-winning actor Jillian Murray is a highlight of the season—not to be missed.

The Q Foyer - Ellie Keft

If you’re quick, you might catch 21 Forster St—ending June 4—a new multidisciplinary theatre work that traverses different time periods from the 1860s to the present day, telling the story of a unique heritage home in Bungendore.

For a lot of people, things have been pretty grim the past couple of years. If you’re in need of a laugh, come along to Jimeoin LIVE! for endless gags and uncontrollable laughter. 

The Q also has a suite of ensemble performances this season. The Australian Wind Symphony is bringing three diverse performances to The Q this year, Meliora, Fulminare! and Swing That Music, and modern flamenco ensemble Bandaluzia and flamenco guitarist Damian Wright are presenting a new show showcasing contemporary flamenco dance and music.

And finally, if you want to take the little ones out for some fun, Goldilocks and the Three Bears is running in December, a father-daughter production by Jordan Best, The Q’s Artistic Director, and Peter Best, the acclaimed Australian composer behind such films as Crocodile Dundee and Muriel’s Wedding. Robot Song is another great option for the entire family. This show shares the personal experience of writer/director Jolyon James parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum and offers a profound affirmation on the transformative nature of creativity for neurodiverse children.

So whether you need to have a laugh, a heartwarming human experience or an all-encompassing sonic live music performance, The Q has something for you in 2022.

Check out this season’s productions over on The Q’s website.

The Q performance - Ellie Keft

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