8 shows not to be missed at this year’s Brisbane Festival

It’s Bris-been another great year of arts, music and experiences in Brisbane but nothing compares to the Brisbane Festival. Sadly, there won’t be another public holiday for it (thanks anyway, Ekka Show) but it will give you 21 days of interactive features, theatrical performances, high-flying acrobatics and international music acts. But how do you choose what to see from such a huge line-up? Well, we’ve put together the 8 must-not-be-missed performances of the festival so you don’t have to.

Chef: Come Dine With Us

This is not a touring stage version of the TV show if you’re wondering. Hailed as a culinary cornucopia, this show brings together you three favourite things – theatre, break dancing and food, right? Electrically charged and ready to boil over this show is up there on the list. (9-16 Sept, Book HERE)

Limbo Unhinged

It had to be included here, and we’re not even sorry about it. Limbo is a fan favourite that keeps delivering new and always astounding work – from aerial stunts to cheeky characters its like revisiting an old story, albeit a slightly tantalising, kinky story. (8-30 Sept, Book HERE)


Bowie fans will not want to miss out on Sven Ratzke’s dive into the hyper-surreal, androgynous world of David Bowie. Through the music, the costumes and a bit of rock’n’roll watch Bowie’s journey. (12-13 Sept, Book HERE)

A Prudent Man

Darkly funny and quite real, A Prudent Man takes a look at our conservatives. Written by Katy Warner, this show throws a timely drink in the face of every prudent man in the house of parliament and watches how he reacts. (19-23 Sept, Book HERE)

Fun House

A bubblegum popping, spandex sporting, pop culture quoting descendant of Limbo – these are the same guys who brought you the same salacious, laugh out loud stunts as Blanc de Blanc. If you can handle it without splitting your sides, this one is worth a shot. (7-24 Sept, Book HERE)

Photo Credit: Stephen Long


Audience participation takes on a whole new meaning with this performance. The fate of a fighter pilot, on trial for murder rests in YOUR hands. But all the facts are not what they seem. (19-23 Sept, Book HERE)

Laser Beak Man

Puppeteering always hits a new level when La Boite is involved. With music by Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music) and more puns than you can poke a stick at Laser Beak Man is the one to check out when you don’t know where to go. (9-30 Sept, Book HERE)

Per Te

Brisbane Festival are lucky enough to get the Australian premiere of this magnificent show. The Swedish Theatre Troupe COMPAGNIA FINZI PASCA bring a world of whirring objects, stunning backdrops and heartfelt song. Not to be missed, this is a show betwixt of passion and syntheses. (9-16 Sept, Book HERE)

Bonus Round! Check out the app. It’s a map and guidebook all in your pocket, which are things you could generally fit in your pocket anyway But! It also has a cool, augmented reality feature you can play with before and during the show. Go to Apple Store or Google Play and search Brisbane Festival.

Brisbane Festival runs from 9th to 30th of September. For tickets to all the above shows, and more, head to the official website


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