South Brisbane, Queensland


A new musical comedy by Keir Nuttall and Kate Miller-Heidke. How the worst rock band became the best kids’ band!
BANANALAND: What to expect - 1


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

Run time

2hrs 30mins (incl. interval)

Start date

16th September, 2023

End date

1st October, 2023



Recommended for ages: 15+

Production note
This production contains sexual references and mature themes. It will also contain sound pressure effects (loud noises), strobe and haze.


Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Cnr Grey and Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 4101


QPAC is located in a vibrant part of the city that is currently experiencing growth and development including roadworks that have temporarily changed access to the Centre, in particular the car park.

Please note, current roadworks may cause delays in travel times and we suggest you leave extra time to get to QPAC, so you don’t miss the start of your performance.

Train Stop at South Brisbane Station, opposite QPAC in Grey Street

Bus From 15 August the outbound bus services platform has moved to the end of Victoria Bridge across to the other side of Grey St (Melbourne St, opposite Starbucks Coffee). Platform 2 and Platform 3 will remain in this location for the duration of the Brisbane Metro works. Services will continue to operate from this temporary location as per bus timetables.

CityCat Stop at the South Bank ferry stop, which is only a short walk along the river from QPAC

Taxi The taxi area is located on the Grey Street side of QPAC. Free taxi phones are located in the Melbourne Street foyer, Cremorne Theatre lobby and near the Playhouse cloakroom.

Driving to QPAC From mid-July 2022 until 2024 road directions and access around QPAC and the Queensland Culture Centre will change due to ongoing Brisbane Metro construction. One of the most significant changes will be the permanent closure of Melbourne St between Grey St and Hope St to general vehicular traffic.

Access to the Cultural Centre car parks and the QPAC drop off zone opposite the South Brisbane train station will be via Montague Road.

Car Parking There are a range of parking options around QPAC including the following:

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Parking the best option for the Playhouse, with easy access via Russell Street. Entry via Grey Street (northbound) or Merivale Streets (southbound).

South Bank Parking Entry via Tribune or Glenelg Streets

Secure Parking offer evening and weekend parking at SW1 (32 Cordelia Street). Parking must be pre-booked online using Secure-a-Spot by selecting car park SW1. Once booked you will receive a PIN to enter and exit the car park.

More information about BANANALAND

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


Unfortunately, tickets for this event are no longer available.

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