Observatory Theatre has launched their 2022 season of larger-than-life stories, promising vibrant productions by casts of diverse backgrounds. This year will also see the launch of a new playwright program, Telescope, with its finished product playing in next year’s season.
Observatory Theatre is an independent Australian theatre production house based in Brisbane, creating work with the following goals in mind: to always be exciting, to inspire and engage, and to provide outstanding experiences for audiences. ‘Outside the box’ vision is an important part of their philosophy, and they aim to produce works that stimulate all the senses and innovate beyond traditional theatre.
Creative Director and Producer at Observatory Theatre, Lachlan Driscoll, said that the 2022 season is about big stories and larger than life ideas. “This year charts the incredible, personal power we all have as people and our desire to search for greater meaning in our lives,” Mr Driscoll said. “From our origins and tales of human courage to the future and the great potential of life going forward.”
June 8 – 11
Queensland Multicultural Centre in Kangaroo Point
The first Observatory Theatre show of 2022 is Control, a dystopian blockbuster directed by Ipswich director Timothy Wynn that investigates ethics, morality, and dependence in a technological age.
Mr Driscoll said the show has a message with an urgency hard to ignore. “This epic and futuristic play with a show-stopping team dives into our multifaceted relationship with technology,” he said.
Control was originally developed in 2019 by Red Stitch Actors Theatre.
Musgrave Park, South Brisbane
23 September – 1 October
A new musical by Brisbane artist Anina-Marie Van Wyk, Destiny Doomed is inspired by the legend Deirdre of the Sorrows. With an original acoustic folk-pop score and a story that puts the dam(n) in ‘damsel in distress’, it promises a powerful and passionate night out.
Throughout 2022, Observatory Theatre will launch its new playwriting initiative Telescope, which will supports Australian playwrights to develop a new play.
“It’s about bringing diverse and unique thinkers together to make new stories that are of exceptional quality for independent theatre,” Mr Driscoll said. “I am constantly inspired by the people involved, their ideas and creativity.”