Queensland Ballet Trilogy

Until 25 June
Playhouse, QPAC
2 hours 10 minutes
(including interval, subject to change without notice)
$107 - $140 *
* A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

Available Discounts

Concession, Youth, Child, Family, Groups, Schools

Season tickets are now on sale! Purchase a Grande Package and save up to 20%* when you book four or more ballets, or a Petite Package and save 15%* when you book three ballets. 


Rural Australia, early 20th century. Wilful, headstrong, and a born romantic, Sibylla Melvyn dreams of becoming a writer. Yet as a young woman, society has other plans. Based on the celebrated novel, My Brilliant Career by Stella MariaMiles Franklin’, this world premiere work by British choreographer Cathy Marston is an exploration of the Australian spirit and passion, against a vivid Australian landscape. First published in 1901, the novel was Australia’s first major contribution to literature, inspiring theatre productions and an iconic film in 1979.


Part ballet, part Scandi noir in style, Jack Lister’s A Brief Nostalgia premiered in London in 2019 as a co-production with Birmingham Ballet. Wistful and atmospherically cinematic, the work explores the inevitability of memories we collect, the sense of loss, and how we respond when they are all we have left. Stark, dramatic set designs, vivid lighting, and Tom Harrold’s ominous score enhance the choreography, drawing audiences into the abstract world. Renowned for his choreographic talent, Lister has created mainstage works for Queensland Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Australasian Dance Collective to critical and audience acclaim.


Music, colour, and rock ‘n’ roll swagger collide in Christopher Bruce’s Rooster a celebration of the swinging ‘60s! Featuring toe-tapping tunes by The Rolling Stones including “Paint it Black”, “Not Fade Away”, and “Little Red Rooster”, this high-energy production resurrects the 1960s with an ironic look at the era. Dancers strut in vibrant costumes, performing innovative solo and breathtaking partner work, entertaining and exploring the attitudes of the times. Humorous and uplifting, this jubilant celebration of arguably one of the most vibrant decades of all time will leave audiences bopping in their seats.

Presented by Queensland Ballet

Special Events

Post Performance Q&A

  • Sat 17 Jun 2023, 1:30 PM

30 Minute Q&A after the performance featuring cast and creatives.

Creatives - My Brilliant Career

  • Choreographer Cathy Marston
  • Co-scenario (Dramaturg) Edward Kemp
  • Music Matthew Hindson
  • Set and Costume Designer David Fleischer
  • Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
  • Music performed by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra
  • Conducted by Nigel Gaynor

My Brilliant Career is generously enabled by Ian and Cass George.

Creatives - A Brief Nostalgia

  • Choreographer Jack Lister
  • Composer Tom Harrold
  • Set and Costume Designer Thomas Mika
  • Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage
  • Music performed by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra
  • Conducted by Nigel Gaynor

A Brief Nostalgia is a co-production between Birmingham Royal Ballet and Queensland Ballet.

Creatives - Rooster

  • Choreographer Christopher Bruce
  • Music The Rolling Stones
  • Costume Designer Marian Bruce
  • Lighting Designers Tina MacHugh and Christina R. Giannelli
  • Revival Lighting Designer Cameron Goerg

Rooster is performed to recorded music.
Rooster costumes courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada.