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Live theatre might have been dealt a rough hand this past 18 months, but one of the jewels in the Canberra region’s performing arts crown—The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, aka The Q—isn’t letting that slow them down.
In fact, 2022 may very well be their biggest year yet, with a packed season of plays, musicals and multi-disciplinary theatre that will surprise and delight audiences of all tastes and ages.
“The Q is entering the teenage years, which for us means an era for bold new adventures and some experimentation,” says Jordan Best, Artistic Director and Programming Manager of The Q.
“We’re heralding a new era for the centre with both our venues—The Q and neighbouring Bicentennial Hall, nicknamed The B—packed with shows. The Q will host theatre performances and our musical offerings will take place in The B.”
The Q’s 2022 program will host many nationally-touring shows, however, it also has a strong focus on local.
“The Q is very proud to introduce the ‘Q The Locals’ season in 2022, with three shows produced by local artists as part of the season,” says Jordan. “This year these will be Smokescreen written and directed by Canberra-based Christopher Samuel Carroll, 21 Forster St conceived and directed by Kate Walder, a Bungendore local, and Demented written by Ruth Pieloor.”
Jordan also adds that you can save up to 25% off your season tickets with The Q’s tiered subscription packages—and if you’re aged 30 or under you can pay only $30 per show if you subscribe to four or more shows.
Wondering what to put in your diary? We’ve done the hard work for you. Here are five shows you can’t miss in 2022.
If you want a hilarious musical with all the bells and whistles, you need: Ruthless! The Musical
Young ambition and foot-tapping musical numbers collide in Ruthless! a hilarious musical comedy about Tina Denmark—the all-singing, all-dancing triple threat who will do anything to land the lead in the school play.
24 February–12 March 2022
If you want an uplifting tale about an Australian legend, you need: Sunshine Super Girl
International tennis icon Evonne Goolagong was a household name by the age of 19—but where did her story begin?
Sunshine Super Girl, a new work written by Yorta Yorta‑Gunaikurnai theatre maker Andrea James, takes its audience back to 1950s Barellan NSW, where a young Wiradjuri girl would spend her weekends hitting a ball against the tin wall of her family home.
2–5 November 2022
If you want fast-paced, quick-talking Americana, you need: Smokescreen
Written and directed by stalwart of the Canberra drama scene Christopher Samuel Carroll as part of the Q The Locals program, Smokescreen is described as “Mad Men meets Mamet”.
In a rundown hotel in 1970s Mid-West America, two alpha males duke it out over the power and persuasion of the modern tobacco industry. How did we get to an age where tobacco conglomerates can bend the rules of science and fact to suit their agendas? And what has it cost us?
26 January–5 February 2022
If you want a comedy of manners (without the manners), you need: God of Carnage
What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with an incident between their children? In one word? Carnage.
Watch as an evening of civility with espresso and homemade clafouti turns into all-out war, with plenty of laughs and gasps. Originally a French play written in 2006 and adapted for English-speaking audiences on London’s West End in 2008, God of Carnage is a must-see for theatre lovers.
23 November–3 December 2022
If you’re looking for a way to introduce little ones to the theatre, you need: The Alphabet of Awesome Science
Suitable for little ones aged five and above, The Alphabet of Awesome introduces us to fast-quipping, dad-joking Professors Lexi Con and Noel Edge (the Word Nerd and the Science Freak) as they journey through the alphabet—discovering amazing things along the way and even conducting some thrilling science demonstrations.
Yes—some things will explode!
5–6 April 2022
Feature image: God of Carnage