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World premiere of Nineteen bares all about Aussie blokes

Photo by Joel Devereux.

The award-winning company that created Carrie the Musical brings a new work, Nineteen, to make its international debut in Queensland.

In November 2017, Brisbane audiences will be introduced to four lovable larrikins as they shamelessly (and sometimes naked-ly!) burst onto the stage of Brisbane Powerhouse’s Visy Theatre, in a dark comedy about trying to be a bloke in a world where no one really knows what that means.

Nineteen finds its roots in real-life stories collected from young Australians across the continent. The four young men you see onstage are strangely familiar – we all know someone like them. We’ve all rolled our eyes at them: right after we’ve dared them to run nude across the cricket pitch.

Wax Lyrical Productions has established a diverse team, showcasing the Sunshine State’s brightest theatrical talent. Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts graduate, Leonard Donahue (Kookoo Kookaburra, In_dig_en_ous, The New Black), is your guide through this tale. He is joined by Jackson McGovern (RENT – The Musical, Island Home, Titus was Here), alongside Matilda Award nominated Silvan Rus (The Winter’s Tale, Morsels from the Heart, Appalling Behaviour) and newcomer Daniel Hurst.

Playwright and director, Dr Shane Pike (Ma Ma Mad, The Boys of St Crispian), is a graduate of WAAPA and a lecturer in Performing Arts at QUT. He has crafted a clever and entertaining script that just won’t let you rest.\

“I hope audiences will be entertained but also challenged: challenged to consider how we promote masculinity in this country, and the consequences of that on our young men and women. But also have a laugh!” Pike said.

Thurs 9 – Sun 12 November. Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. Duration: 70 minutes. Bookings: or 07 3358 8600. $39(f), $34(c), $31(group 6+) + transaction fee ($3 single ticket/$6 multiple tickets). Suitable for 15+

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