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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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
2hrs 30mins (incl. interval)
September 16th, 2023
October 1st, 2023
Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Recommended for ages: 15+
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