The Bundaberg Region will share in the newly streamlined Touring Queensland Fund with three shows coming to the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.
The Touring Queensland Fund focuses on supporting regional community access to quality arts and cultural events and products.
It supports arts presenters and producers in the delivery of performing arts, visual arts, contemporary music gigs, and cultural heritage touring.
There will be three shows presented during the first half of the year at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre as part of Queensland Government’s investment of $1.165 million to support tours of visual arts, music, theatre and dance productions during 2023.
These include Lovely Day, All Fired Up and Ishmael.
The Little Red Company will present a soulful walk down memory lane when Lovely Day appears on stage on next month.
From the celebrated creators of Rumour Has It, Golden and Christmas Actually, comes the brand-new music experience celebrating the world’s greatest soul artists in Lovely Day.
Community members will then have the chance to relive the awe-inspiring music moments from the past 50 years including iconic songs from Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Bill Withers and Jill Scott in the performance on 11 February.
The audience will get riled up for Roz Pappalardo’s All Fired Up on 24 March.
All Fired Up is described as an ’80s mixed cassette tape musical that will entertain the whole family.
Touring Fund supports established productions
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said through the Touring Queensland Fund audiences would also have the opportunity to see established productions such as Dead Puppet Society’s Ishmael, which is a modern take on the classic tale of Moby Dick which had its world premiere at Brisbane Festival 2021.
Dead Puppet Society’s Ishamael will present film making with live action, miniature sets, puppetry and an original score by Bec Sandridge, tell a captivating story about individual hope and collective redemption on stage in Bundaberg in May.
Council’s Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said it was fantastic news that Bundaberg was a recipient of the Touring Queensland Fund.
“To have these established productions come to the local stage is great, not only for the arts, but also for the local community who will get to enjoy these performances,” he said.
“These shows are not to be missed and I encourage the community to jump at the chance to see them.”
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