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School holiday family fun at QPAC

Following sold out shows in July 2015, Mister Maker & The Shapes (right) are coming back to Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Concert Hall from 13 to 15 January next year.

Featuring new songs, dance moves and makes, the arts and craft hero, Mister Maker returns with a funny and interactive live show the summer school holidays.

Packed full of arty adventures there’ll be a big ‘make’ to take part in, songs to sing-a-long with, a supporting cast and of course The Shapes; Mister Makers colourful all-dancing friends.

Mister Maker launched in 2010 on ABC Television in Australia and quickly became one of the highest most popular children’s shows in the country. The live show is recommended for Mini Makers aged 3 years and over.

Book at or phone 136-246.

Whale of a time

Get ready for a ‘whale of a time’ at the as the charming stage production, The Snail and the Whale comes to the Cremorne Theatre from Friday 6 to Sunday 22 January 2017 as part of the QPAC SummerSet program.

London based company Tall Stories (creators of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom stage shows) present The Snail and the Whale, their latest collaboration with best-selling writer/illustrator team, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing adventure experiencing sharks and penguins, icebergs and volcanoes. But when the whale gets beached, how will the tiny snail save him?

This production combines physical storytelling, live music and sound effects, as well as lots of laughs and is suitable for everyone aged four years and up.

Tall Stories’ adaptation is inspired by the work of Storybook Soldiers, who help British military personnel abroad to record bedtime story CDs for their children back home. The amazing journey of the tiny snail is seen through the eyes of a very adventurous young girl – who’d love to be going round the world with her seafaring father.

Tickets to The Snail and the Whale are on sale now. To book go to or phone 136-246.

Wildlife adventures

Following his sold out 2016 Australian tour, adventurous wildlife presenter Steve Backshall will bring his new show, Deadly 60 Pole to Pole, to Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Concert Hall on 4 and 5 January 2017, as part of QPAC’s SummerSet program.

Star of one of the popular children’s shows, the hit BBC series Deadly 60, Steve will take adventure lovers aged 5 plus and their families on a theatrical journey of discovery and ‘dangerous’ entertainment as he shares his experiences travelling from the South Pole to the North Pole.

Deadly 60 Pole to Pole features footage of Steve and his crew as they encounter some of the world’s deadliest creatures including swimming with Leopard seals.

Tickets on sale now. To book go to or phone 136-246.

Giggle and Hoot in the Concert Hall

Giggle and Hoot’s Magical Christmas comes to the Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre for three shows on Saturday 10 December 2016 as part of the Centre’s SummerSet program.

Recommended for ages 2+, this live musical spectacular stars Jimmy Giggle, Hoot, Hootabelle, Gigglefangs, Pirate Hootbeard and of course Hootoclaws and his dancing elves.

It’s Christmas time in the land of Giggle and Hoot and everybody is busy getting ready for the arrival of Hootoclaws for his special Christmas Night Watch. Trees are being decorated, presents are being wrapped and all that is left to do is twinklify the very dark night sky. But what happens when all the stars suddenly disappear?

Giggle and Hoot’s Magical Christmas, coming to QPAC this December. Tickets are on sale now. Book at or phone 136 246.

Hungry caterpillar returns

One of the most famous children’s books of all time emerges off the page and onto the stage this summer. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show returns to Brisbane in the Cremorne Theatre from 29 November to 18 December 2016.

The successful Australian-made stage show played to more than 35,000 people in 2015 and 2016, selling out seasons across the country.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show invites those aged 2+ to journey through Eric Carle’s stories as they come to life on stage.

The show features a 75 puppets, adapting four of Eric Carle’s books for the stage: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Producers Jonathan Rockefeller and Michael Sieders are both thrilled to be entrusted with transforming these beloved books into a theatrical event for children.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a seminal children’s book, one that has introduced generations of children into the wonderful world of storytelling. And now, we have the opportunity to do the very same; to introduce a whole new generation to the story as told through theatre.

“For many this will be their first experience and we want to make it a magical one. To faithfully take a book that means so much to so many people, and create a new interpretation for the stage is both a privilege and an honour,” said Jonathan Rockefeller.

Tickets are on sale now. Book at or phone 136-246.

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