Sunday, March 11, 2007

QUT Gardens Theatre

The Queensland University of Technology Gardens Point campus is located on the Brisbane River in the Central Business District, next to the Botanic Gardens and Parliament House. If you travel down the pathway beside the campus as you come from George Street, you will hit the Gardens Theatre. Gardens Theatre is one of the premiere Brisbane venues for theatre and live performance, featuring professional theatre, comedy, children's theatre and student showcases. The foyer features panoramic views of the City Botanic Gardens, a sprung floor studio and a courtyard atrium in open surrounds. The venue accommodates around 400 people. The theatre is part of QUT's cultural precinct.

The theatre was formerly known as the Basil Jones Theatre, and was renovated with assistance from the Queensland Government. It was reopened as the Gardens Theatre in 1999. Since then, every year the theatre offers professional theatre seasons with a range of well known plays presented, often starring well known Australian and international actors.

I've been asked before what kind of theatres Brisbane has, and my immediate reaction had been to mention the Lyric Theatre, which is part of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. As I've wandered around the city, I've found other locations for performance, like the Gardens Theatre, where you can go and get your theatre fix. The great thing about this theatre is that not only will you get professional plays, you also have a venue for up and coming performances which you don't necessarily get elsewhere.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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