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BANANALAND at the Playhouse, QPAC


South Brisbane, Queensland
A new musical comedy by Keir Nuttall and Kate Miller-Heidke. How the worst rock band became the best kids’ band!


Meet Ruby Semblance, a 21-year-old idealist. She believes in art, music and angry choreography. Ruby is the lead singer/songwriter of Kitty Litter. Not Kitty Litter ‘the band’ mind you – according to Ruby, an “Onstage Conceptual Art / Music Oriented Happening”.

If that sounds unappealing, you’re right. Kitty Litter have been together for four years, have played five hundred shows, and have one fan. One.

One fateful day Kitty Litter take the stage to be greeted by a sold-out audience… of small children. It turns out their furious protest song “Bananaland” has accidently become a hit on the kids’ music charts!

Is Kitty Litter destined to become the next Wiggles? Spoiler: yes. And it’s our total delight as the audience to witness them rail against this destiny. Do they allow themselves to be consumed with the notion of ‘selling out’ or do they buy into their accidental ‘kids’ band’ fame?

And whilst we’re on the topic… if you think you’re coming to a show for kids, think again. The Kitty Litter to kids’ band journey is a rollercoaster romp full of heart, music, comedy, pathos and lovable characters… with plenty of ‘choice’ words and cheeky ‘adult-friendly’ content thrown in to make this unlike any musical you’ve seen before.

BANANALAND is a celebration of the glorious absurdity of following an impossible dream, featuring a knockout score by Kate Miller-Heidke and her collaborator Keir Nuttall – the award-winning song writing team behind Muriel’s Wedding The Musical and multiple platinum selling albums.

It is directed by industry giant Simon Phillips, internationally renowned for his work on large-scale musicals including Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Ladies in Black and famed for his stunning visual style and innovative staging.

Presented by QPAC and Brisbane Festival

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Relaxed performance: Friday, 22 September 2023, 1:30pm | Auslan Interpreted Performance: Tuesday, 26 September 2023, 7pm | Audio Described Performance: Wednesday, 27 September 2023, 7pm

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Lyrics and Music By: Keir Nuttall and Kate Miller-Heidke

Book By: Keir Nuttall

Director: Simon Phillips

Music Supervision, Orchestrations & Arrangements: James Dobinson

Production & Costume Designer: Simone Romaniuk

Costume Supervisor: Karen Blinco

Sound Designers: Joy Weng and Terry McKibbin

Lighting Designer: Ben Hughes


Ruby Semblance: Max McKenna

Karen Semblance: Georgina Hopson

Ex: Maxwell Simon

Seb Kale: Joe Kalou

Ron Delbridge: Dave Eastgate

Mimsi Borogroves, Jessie Jam Jar, Witney Walkman and others: Amber McMahon

Stephen King, Wade Sewage, Pikelets the Cat and others: Chris Ryan

Standby/Swing: Mark Hill and Erika Naddei

Run time

2hrs 30mins (incl. interval)

Start date

September 16th, 2023

End date

October 1st, 2023




Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre


Recommended for ages: 15+

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