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He Dreamed a Train

Presented by Force of Circumstance and Nest Ensemble in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

The compelling, heart-warming and beautiful story of a sister and her brother as they face his premature death.

A family’s joys and challenges are revealed in this special show by one of Brisbane’s theatre treasures, Margi Brown Ash together with her son Travis Ash.

Returning to the family home, childhood memories and the human depths of love and loss are explored through words full of wisdom and big picture thinking. This is contemporary theatre at its best: a deeply personal story where the show is named after brother David Brown’s book by the same name.

Multi-award winning artist Margi Brown Ash and acclaimed director Benjamin Knapton join forces to present a re working of this show combining stunning digital projection and beautifully told storytelling.

In a Brisbane first, Margi Brown Ash will perform two of her shows back to back in a rare Double Bill performance, exclusively for Brisbane audiences – the acclaimed He Dreamed a Train and her award-winning Eve. Be sure to check out Double Bill options under “Packages.”

Both He Dreamed a Train and Eve explore the difficulty of belonging when faced with the ruptures of illness and death.

He Dreamed a Train has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council.

Supported by Metro Arts and Playlab.


Margi Brown Ash's tour de force of writing and performance...thrilling, gorgeously imaginative and physically potent...

The West Australian

More Info

Cast Margi Brown Ash and Travis Ash
Director / Set & AV Designer Benjamin Knapton
Production / Stage Manager & AV System Freddy Komp
A/V Content Nathan Sibthorpe
Sound Designer Travis Ash
Lighting Designer Geoff Squires
Set Builder Aaron Barton
Pyrotechnician Frans Vogel
Producer Verity Woodford
Marketing Yvonne Henry
Publicist Tania Stibbe

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. 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 The Fantauzzo.