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Poetry Is Dead

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse, Josh Donellan & Mike Willmett

Poetry becomes electric in this unique show that takes traditional spoken word and turns it into a clever and compelling audiovisual assault.

Multi-award winning Brisbane poet and author JM Donellan combines forces with acclaimed sound and audio-visual artist Mike Wilmett to create a show that highlights the best of contemporary poetry and storytelling. Embedded with elements of hip hop, stand up, electronica, video and sound art, the duo have performed at festivals around Australia and are not to be missed.


This is a writer with a deft handle on his craft.

Books + Publishing Donellan’s Killing Adonis

Contemporary, relatable and yet transcendent with the interweaving of poetry and science, past and present.

The Westender .M. Donellan’s We Are All Ghosts

Mike Willmett’s sound design is a beautiful cacophony of sound and music…he mixes this live every night amid the chaos on stage, playing off the action like a pianist would the old silent movies.

Arts Hub Room 328


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Proud Mary. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and Sofitel Brisbane