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Desire & Other Secret Weapons By Katherine Lyall-Watson & Caroline Dunphy

Presented by Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and Belloo Creative

Come on an electric, cross-cultural experience with the award-winning theatre-makers behind Motherland.

Sparked by a classic Japanese tale of dominance and desire, HANAKO is a dynamic new performance that explores a girl’s battle to escape into the future while warring adults try to contain her in the past.
A talented international cast lead the way into a neon-lit, east-west future world where fact and fiction collide in a mash-up of theatre, martial arts and urban fashion. Belloo’s contemporary production explodes out of the shadows of the classic world and into a new reality.

Playwriting workshop: Writing for Contemporary Theatre 2pm, Thu 15 September

This two-hour workshop with award-winning playwright Katherine Lyall-Watson will look at the ways that writing for contemporary theatre differs from writing a more traditional play and will give you techniques for getting the most out of the collaborative experience. This workshop includes a ticket to any performance of HANAKO.

Movement workshop: Dynamic Presence 10.30am, Fri 16 September

Work with senior master practitioners Noriaki Okubo and Caroline Dunphy to harness the energy and projection that create dynamic presence. This two-hour workshop is designed for anyone who wants to strengthen their presence and communication on and off stage. This workshop includes a ticket to any performance of HANAKO.

HANAKO is presented with the support of Catalyst, Arts Queensland, Creative Partnerships Australia (MATCH), Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Metro Arts, Playlab and Talbot Press.
Inspired by
Inspired by classic Japanese plays, contemporary culture including urban fashion, martial arts and anime.


Motherland is the most beautifully crafted and intelligently delivered story you’ll see on stage this year. Its passion and fierce beauty will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

Xanthe Coward XS Entertainment

A beautiful piece of work in every possible way

Eric Scott Absolute Theatre

A new and daring way of constructing a play.


The most beautifully crafted and intelligently delivered story you’ll see on stage this year.

Xanthe Coward XS Entertainment

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Director & Co-creator: Caroline Dunphy
Writer & Co-creator: Katherine Lyall-Watson
Performers: Noriaki Okubo, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Caroline Dunphy, Zachary Boulton, Masako Mizusawa, Nicole Harvey and Catilin Hill
Video Production & Photography: Drift Pictures
Dramaturg: Kathryn Kelly
Producer: Danielle Shankey
Lighting Designer: Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer & Composer: Dane Alexander
Set Designer: Jonathan Shankey
Costume Designer: Kathyrn Walsh
Graphic Designer/ Illustrator & Exhibition Curator: Tiffany Atkin
Illustrator: Tiffany Atkin
Artwork: Brydie Cossar
Marketing Manager: Madeline Römcke
Production Manager: Nicola Jones
Stage Manager: Jeremy Gordon
Assistant Stage Manager: Danielle Maxwell
Video Production & Photography: Joel Kishinevsky, Drift Pictures
Production Photography: Barbara Lowing
Soundtrack includes Deed by Steven Porter

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 every day.

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 Watt Restaurant + Bar. 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