What’s On: American Idiot (Pannic Productions)

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Pannic Productions’ cast of American Idiot in rehearsal

Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT

21 – 23 June, 2019

Gardens Theatre, QUT X-Block, Gardens Point Precinct

Tickets: $54.85 ($48.85 concession & group bookings)


Can you hear the sound of hysteria?

Brisbane-based independent theatre company Pannic Productions are bringing the Queensland community theatre premiere of Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT to The Gardens Theatre, QUT for a strictly limited season.

The blistering, high energy musical tells the story of three friends living in post 9/11 America. Jaded by their small-town lives and feeling disenfranchised by what they view as the “American Dream”, they set off to explore life in a big city. What follows is a journey of love, loss and self-awareness, set to the Grammy Award-winning music of Green Day.

Seasoned Director and Lighting Designer Andrew Haden is excited to bring the musical to life for Brisbane. “We’ve only been in rehearsals for a couple of weeks, and I am already blown away by the fiercely talented cast, crew and production team putting this show together. It’s a definite testament to the amazing local talent we have here in the South East,” he said. “If I could say one thing to Brisbane it’s this – fantastic productions and talented performers aren’t just found on the big stages like QPAC. They’re on the smaller, local stages, too. There are so many dedicated, passionate people in Brisbane’s creative community making beautiful, arresting, impactful, entertaining works of theatre, and Pannic Productions is so inspired and excited to be part of that community.”

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Pannic Productions’ cast of American Idiot in rehearsal

Mr Haden believes the musical appeals to both dedicated theatregoers and first-timers alike. “Although set in the early 2000s, the themes of Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT are just as pertinent today as they were then. Socio-political unrest and a sense of unease for the future still run strong, not just in the USA, but all over the world. While a lot of musical theatre interacts with social issues, Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT is entirely grounded in a reality that many have lived through, or can relate to on some level…I can’t wait for Brisbane to see it.”

Ticketing and further information are available on Pannic Productions’ website. This production is recommended for ages 16+.

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