Join us for a chat and a cuppa as we settle in for some Quality Time. Our podcast offers you a peek behind the scenes at Queensland’s state theatre company. Hosted by our Artistic Director Lee Lewis, we’ll be sharing conversations with our team members and artists. Hear how they came to work in the arts industry and the many exciting stories they’ve collected along the way.
Truly embodying meaning - Auslan for theatre with Mikey Webb
Mikey Webb is the energetic Auslan interpreter who has become a household face thanks to daily COVID updates from the Queensland Government. But when he's not telling Queenslanders about the latest lockdown he’s working with us to share our stories with members of the D/deaf and hard of hearing communities. On this episode of the Queensland Theatre Quality Time podcast our Artistic Director Lee Lewis talks to Mikey to learn how he found his way onto our stage as an Auslan interpreter and how it’s possible to interpret a production as big and as complex as Hamilton. Enjoy!A transcription of the episode can be found here: https://bit.ly/39V7JNkSound Design by Brady WatkinsTheme music by Wil Hughes#QualityTimeWithQT
Shining a spotlight on David Walters’ 100th show
It's not every day that we have a centurion in our Company. This year Bernhardt/Hamlet will mark David Walters’ 100th show as a lighting designer with Queensland Theatre. To put that into perspective this means on average David has designed just shy of three shows a year with us since his first show in 1985. But that’s just the numbers game, on this episode of the Queensland Theatre Quality Time podcast David Walters goes much deeper into the story of how he came to achieve this fantastic feat. Strap in, because it’s a wild ride that takes us everywhere from gem geology around the world to Iceland, through the history of light, candles and fireflies all the way back to our hometown of Brisbane. Enjoy!Sound Design by Brady WatkinsTheme music by Wil Hughes#QualityTimeWithQT
The rip and stain savior – Barb Kerr
One of the best things about working at a theatre company is that there’s almost always someone on hand with a niche skill to perfectly fix your niche problem. When that problem is a stain, rip or any other kind of wardrobe emergency that person is Wardrobe Coordinator, Barb. She’s got the perfect mix of magic potions and tricks to pristinely preserve our costumes so we can enjoy them now and in the future when we need to reuse the same pants 30 years after they were last worn on our stage. On this episode of the Queensland Theatre Quality Time podcast, she’s joined by our Artistic Director Lee Lewis to talk about how she came to Queensland Theatre and what it’s like to work in the wild world of wardrobing.Sound Design by The Podcast BossTheme music by Wil Hughes#QualityTimeWithQT
Who plans to be a leader? - Lee, Jo and Zohar
Right now in Brisbane we are very fortunate to have three strong women leading the major companies that contribute to our local theatre industry. But what pathways and opportunities led them into these positions? Did they always dream of being at the helm? Today our Artistic Director Lee Lewis is joined by La Boite Executive Director Zohar Spatz and Metro Arts Creative Director and CEO Jo Thomas to have a chat about what it means to be a leader in a job that often doesn’t come with a playbook. Enjoy!Sound Design by The Podcast BossTheme music by Wil Hughes#QualityTimeWithQT
Where are the drama students going?
Hi you’re listening to the Queensland Theatre Quality Time podcast, let me set the scene.
According to 2021 enrollment numbers, selection of drama as a senior subject has been rapidly declining in the thousands since 2017. It’s a shocking statistic, caused by a push towards STEM subjects, the impact of Covid and a fear of career instability. Today our Artistic Director Lee Lewis is joined by Drama Queensland President Stephanie Tudor to discuss why it’s important for every student in Queensland to have access to an arts education, so that the arts can also be a part of their adult life, whether that be on stage, backstage or in the audience. Enjoy! Sound Design by The Podcast BossTheme music by Wil Hughes#QualityTimeWithQT
Back in the billykart – 2022 Season Programming
The 2022 Season is officially here, from classics with bite through to powerful new works that pack a punch, there’s something to suit everyone. But out of the endless number of shows in the world, who decides which 8 will make it into our Season? Today we’re joined by our Artistic Director Lee Lewis, Director of Programming Rod Ainsworth, Producer of New Work Shari Irwin and Associate Artist Daniel Evans to discuss how the 2022 Season came to be. Enjoy!Sound Design by The Podcast BossTheme music by Wil Hughes#QualityTimeWithQT