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Awesome Ocean Party

Presented by Giema Contini and Matt Seery in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

Awesome Ocean Party is a magic-realism-cabaret cross birthday party hosted by a woman who believes she is half octopus.

She invites you, her party guests, into the depths of her three hearts. Through song, storytelling and ocean-themed everything she weaves together a tale of love, loss, longing and legends of amphibious family histories.

An exploration into our need for human connection, it asks the question: how can we come together beyond our differences and be courageous, vulnerable and human together in the face of pain, adversity and fear?

Awesome Ocean Party was nominated for Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe 2016 and features original music by Nathan Stoneham (Underground and Dokboki Box), and created and performed by acclaimed theatre maker and actor Giema Contini (The Lost Lending Library and The Arrival).

This is a fun, quirky and poignant adventure that will blow your expectations out of the water.


Contini is an exceptional performer, just magic to watch … Contini’s imaginative approach to storytelling, and her energy and originality is what live theatre is all about

XS Entertainment

Contini is utterly engaging thanks to her original performance and spot-on timing, creating humour and suspense alike in the most minor of moments.

Blue Curtains Brisbane

Quaint, quirky and awash with gentle charm… Contini has great physicality (and) a great voice… There is a whimsical aspect to Awesome Ocean Party … it is uplifting and entertaining while encouraging you to remain true to yourself and your convictions and believe that everything will turn out the way it should.

Theatre Press Melbourne

More Info

Giema Contini is an actor, director and theatre maker with experience across multiple disciplines including theatre, film, cabaret, puppetry, musicals, children’s theatre and physical theatre. Giema has worked with international companies such as Punchdrunk (UK) and Red Leap Theatre (NZ) and her solo cabaret show Awesome Ocean Party was nominated for Best Cabaret at 2016 Melbourne Fringe.

Giema has trained with national and international artists and companies including world-renowned acting coaches Larry Moss and Welker White & Damien Young (The Moving Frame), Carl Ford (Susan Batson Studio), Anne Bogart & SITI Company (Suzuki, Viewpoints & Composition), Second City Chicago (Comedy Improvisation), Dr. Brown (Gaulier Clown), Barney O’Hanlon (Body Mind Centering). Giema is a graduate of a QUT Bachelor Creative Industries Drama degree.

Created and Performed by: Giema Contini
Composer: Nathan Stoneham
Pianist: TBC
Designer: Genevieve Ganner
Producer: Matt Seery & Giema Contini
Production Manager: Matt Seery


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.

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