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by Elise Greig

Presented by Metro Arts, Playlab and E.G. in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

Mordecai, a novelist dealing with a bad review, returns to her family’s Brisbane home for the first time in decades following the death of her father.

The home conjures echoes from her distant past: the muggy summers, the smell of rotting mangoes, and the perpetual arguments between her Romani mother and father. When she discovers her old journal; an innocent tapestry of ideas, drawings, and imaginings, Mordecai is drawn back to 1961 and a long-abandoned investigation into her parents’ unhappiness.

Pushed along by her childhood friend Splinter, Mordecai sets out to uncover the long dormant secrets that cursed her family and led to her leaving home at fifteen. Spanning from young love to aging cynicism, Magpie is a coming-of-age story that will thrill and delight like lemonade ice-blocks and a swim on a hot day!

Metro Arts and Magpie are supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.  Metro Arts, Playlab and Magpie are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science.  Metro Arts is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council. Magpie is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH Lab.

This show has a strict lock out period. Please ensure that you give yourself plenty of time to arrive before the show starts. Patrons will not be admitted after lock out starts. 

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Director and Dramaturg: Ian Lawson
Playwright: Elise Greig
Designer: Josh McIntosh
LX Designer: David Walters
Sound Designer: Guy Webster
Featuring Barb Lowing, Kathryn Marquet

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.