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Not where but what is BANANALAND?

BANANALAND is a razor-sharp, irreverent, uplifting new musical comedy from Queensland’s own Baz and Catherine: creative power couple Keir Nuttall and Kate Miller-Heidke. The show makes its world premiere as part of Brisbane Festival 2023.

Is it about Bananas?

Well … kind of.

Prepare to meet Ruby Semblance, a 21-year-old idealist played by Max McKenna.

Ruby 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, Kitty Litter is an ‘Onstage Conceptual Art / Music Oriented Happening.’ With one fan.

One fateful day, Kitty Litter takes the stage to be greeted by a sold-out audience… of small children. It turns out their furious protest song Bananaland has accidentally become a runaway hit with kids.

Enter B1 and B2 stage left?

No. Though there is a solid Cockroaches feat. Wiggles vibe going on.

Bandmates must answer the question: is Kitty Litter destined to become the next Wiggles?

Do they allow themselves to be consumed with the notion of selling out, or do they buy into their accidental kids’ band fame?

Is this a kid’s show?

This is not for kids.

BANANALAND is a celebration of the glorious absurdity of following an impossible dream. The age recommendation is 15 years and older, as there are some solid adult themes.

Tell me more about the creative team.

BANANALAND features a knockout score by Kate Miller-Heidke and her collaborator Keir Nuttall, the award-winning songwriting team behind Muriel’s Wedding The Musical and multiple platinum-selling albums.

It is directed by industry giant Simon Phillips who is internationally renowned for his work on large-scale musicals including Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Ladies in Black. He’s super famous for his stunning visual style and innovative staging.

Sound ‘ap-peel-ing’?

Tickets are selling fast so zip on over to Brisbane Festival to snap up a seat for this fab new show.

BANANALAND plays Playhouse, QPAC from 16 Sep 2023