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Phoenix Ensemble’s Queensland Premiere of the musical Big Fish

Right; Kellie Ireland and Nathaniel Currie as Sandra and Edward Bloom. Photo: Benjamin Tubb-Hearne

Phoenix Ensemble presents the Queensland Premiere of Andrew Lippa’s musical Big Fish at the “Tin Shed” in Beenleigh, from the April 27-May 19.

Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom who has lived a fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability.

His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father’s tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fanciful account of one’s life. When Edward’s health declines Will decides to find out his father’s true life story.

Director Tammy Sarah Linde said: “Big Fish is a heartfelt and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, wives, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heart-warming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale, itself — spectacular and overflowing with love.”

Phoenix’s Pavillion Theatre in the Beenleigh Showground lends itself well to fantasy stories and audience members will relate to the shows themes - from falling in love, falling out with family, to the struggles of falling ill and not knowing where to turn. Choreographer Aurelie Roque has wrangled witches, giants and circus performers – and created an Alabama Stomp that will see fish leaping out of the water.

Directed by Tammy Sarah Linde; Musical Direction by Benjamin Tubb-Hearne and Choreography by Aurelie Roque.

Pavillion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James St, Beenleigh,Tickets: $30 Adults / $25 Conc. Available at

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