Last Thursday, Matthew Ryan’s much anticipated play Brisbane premiered for the first time at none other than the Playhouse Theatre at QPAC.
Hundreds gathered as the world first performance left crowds in stitches and also left hearts broken in the remembrance of Brisbane’s ANZAC day heroes.
The play had been a personal one of Ryan’s, who refers to Brisbane as a work “not only drawing on the spirits of [his] city and the stories of [his] family, but [his] own experiences as well”.
Brisbane is set during the 1940s during the onset of the Second World War. The world at this time is scene through the eyes of a fourteen year-old boy (Danny Fisher) who, despite the discouragement of bullies and heartbreak, longs to see a better future.
Danny Fisher is an aspiring writer, and with the help of his best friend Patty, and his new American hero Andy West, Fisher learns to overcome the loss in his life, and finds hope in amongst the devastation of war.
The play explores the ANZAC story through a beautiful, emotional yet humourous plot. The issues of Australian identity and military pride are examined, and an interesting insight into the views towards American soldiers is also analysed throughout the story.
With magnificent performances from the leading actor Dash Kruck, and Underbelly Razor star Conrad Coleby, Brisbane is a show that is truly unforgettable.
Words by Melanie Baker
Details: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Cultural Precinct, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Street, South Bank 4101 | 07 3840 7444 | April 11 until May 2 | Tickets from $52.00 to $82.00 | Run time approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)