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Merle & Sigrid Thornton in Conversation & Song

Presented by Queensland Music Festival

Take a journey through the life of a true trailblazing Queensland woman, Merle Thornton, an Australian feminist activist, author and academic.

Merle made history when she and Rosalie Bogner famously chained themselves to a bar rail to protest the exclusion of serving women in public bars. At the vanguard of the equalist movement in Australia, whilst rearing her four children in the 50s, Merle helped establish the very first Women’s Studies course at The University of Queensland in 1973 and founded the Equal Opportunities for Women Association in Brisbane.

Join Merle in conversation with her daughter and beloved Australian actress Sigrid Thornton for this delightful and insightful journey into the extraordinary women that helped pave the way for the freedom women enjoy today.

Interspersed with the songs that made Merle’s life, played on stage by emerging all female neo-soul outfit Pink Matter, with special guest vocalist Tiana Khasi.


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.