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The Story of Brisbane

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Come on a walk around Brisbane Powerhouse with award-winning actors Therese Collie and Tim Mullooly as they tell the fascinating story of Brisbane as captured in the words of its great writers– from Steele Rudd to David Malouf, from the defining poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal to the songs of The Go-Betweens and more!

Against the backdrop of the Brisbane River and with Brisbane Powerhouse at the heart of the narrative, The Story of Brisbane is packed with anecdote, humour and information as it celebrates the many wondrous ways writers have seen our city.

Accompany Therese and Tim as they transform themselves into a variety of characters from the works of writers– past and present, well known and less well known. Witty, enthusiastic and steeped in Brisbane cultural knowledge, Therese and Tim happily veer off into subjects that wouldn’t be covered by the city’s tourist brochures.

Soak up the atmosphere of Brisbane Powerhouse and gain a unique insight into the way of life of Brisbane people: from its original Indigenous inhabitants to the European convicts and free settlers, through wars and depression to the jump and jive of the 1950s, the flowering of the 60s, the protests of the 70s and up to the present day.

Walk it. Live it. Love it. Be part of the story.

This is a walking tour that requires a level of mobility. Lifts are available to move between levels, but patrons will be required to walk/wheelchair between stops. Meet at Box Office.

Writers+Ideas is supported by O’Neill Architecture and RPS.

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Established in 2008, Playabout Productions is committed to bringing Brisbane's literary heritage to the widest range of audiences, by performing selected excerpts of poetry, prose, plays and songs to celebrate our writers in libraries, schools, festivals, conferences and major events.

Therese Collie
toured with Brisbane’s Popular Theatre Troupe before studying at the Lecoq School in Paris. An actor, playwright, director and dramaturge, in 2000, Therese was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship and The Playlab Award for her commitment to developing and presenting imaginative new work and fostering a sense of community in Queensland.

Tim Mullooly has been a professional actor, producer, writer and director since 1979. He worked at West Community Theatre in Melbourne in the 1980s and was Artistic Director of Kite Theatre for Early Childhood from 1992 to 2006. He received a Churchill Fellowship in 2004 and was the Australian representative at the 2006 International Directors Seminar in Dusseldorf, Germany. Tim currently works with Playabout Productions, State Library of Queensland and Off Road Drama Company.

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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.

Accommodation
There is a wide array of accommodation close to our venue that caters to every budget. Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp HotelSofitel BrisbaneKirribilli Riverfront ApartmentsEdward Lodge and Heal House for both short term and longer visits.