Events


Townsville North Queensland offers a huge line up of entertainment and events with sports, food, cultural and music festivals in full swing throughout the year. Cheer yourself hoarse at a national sporting match, bask in the sun during Magnetic Island Race Week or enjoy a performance by the world’s finest chamber musicians at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Become part of the exciting calendar of events and immerse yourself in the laid back, vibrant lifestyle. 

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Shirley Valentine Live - Charters Towers

Shirley Valentine by the award winning Willy Russell and starring Mandi Lodge (Menopause The Musical and Always...Patsy Cline) is a wonderfully entertaining monologue by a 42-year-old Liverpool mother whose self-esteem has been battered by school, marriage and life in general. When her best friend wins a Greek vacation for two, Shirley grasps the chance to head for the sun, to re-find herself, follow her dreams and to get a new lease on life. With much humour, warmth, sympathy, human insight and a great deal of empathy for his female protagonist, Willy Russell brilliantly shows Shirley breaking out of the mould in which she was cast by society. “This play is a modern classic and its theme of achieving your full potential remains universal and very relevant today.” Director, Denny Lawrence

31st March 2017

La Dolce Vita - A Morning In Italy

When in Rome do as Romans do… let Rick Romeo from Attori and friends take you on a musical and laughter filled journey to the most romantic and passionate country in the world! Rick shares funny anecdotes of what it is like growing up in a Sicilian/ Italian family peppered amongst some of the most beautiful songs made famous by artists such as Patrizio Buanne and Andre Boccelli.

4th April 2017 to
5th April 2017

Emily Loves to Bounce

Inspired by three of the most loved books of Stephen Michael King, Emily Loves to Bounce creates a whimsical world full of balls and boxes where amazing ideas are expressed in extraordinary ways. Follow carefree Henry and practical Amy as they turn the world upside down and right way round, and learn that working together in spite of their differences brings out the best in everyone. Emily Loves to Bounce weaves together the stories of Henry and Amy, Emily Loves to Bounce and Patricia, adapted from the books by Stephen Michael King. Henry And Amy, Emily Loves To Bounce and Patricia adapted by Patch Theatre Company from the books by Stephen Michael King. Recommended for ages four to eight.

7th April 2017 to
8th April 2017

TheatreiNQ's Frankenstein

Celebrating 200 years since Mary Shelley first penned her gothic masterpiece, TheatreiNQ presents an original interpretation of this much-loved classic. With the support of the Griffin Group, Frankenstein will be presented in the historic Old Townsville West State School building on Ingham Road. This promenade, site-specific production will take audiences on a nightmarish journey through the halls and rooms of this beautiful heritage listed building. Due to the heritage nature of the building, and the use of stairs during the performance, please contact them if you have any mobility issues or concerns. For mature audiences aged 15 years and older.

19th April 2017 to
7th May 2017

Circus Oz - Model Citizens - Townsville

Circus Oz explodes back onto stage, audaciously unpacking the myths of modern Australia with their latest high octane circus show Model Citizens, the first creation fuelled by the new Artistic Director Rob Tannion. Set in a beautiful yet chaotic model kit world, Model Citizens seamlessly blends the risk, beauty and rawness of acrobatic circus with pumping live music, stunning lighting, breathtaking physical improbability and no shortage of absurdity. Breaking conventions of scale, oversized everyday objects become an intriguing world of possibilities for the all human ensemble.

21st April 2017 to
22nd April 2017

Constellations

So if everything we’ve ever done, and never done, has happened in alternate universes, that means there are universes in which we’ve never met. Universes where I married Prince Harry and you went to jail for tax fraud. How romantic, darling. Lovers often say fate brought them together, and fate doesn’t get much credit after that. But in Constellations, by hot young British playwright Nick Payne, every moment Roland and Marianne share is at the mercy of the infinite and unknowable universe. Lucas Stibbard (Boy Girl Wall) and Jessica Tovey (Wonderland, Home and Away) play a lovestruck beekeeper and a quantum physicist. The odds of them getting together are astronomical. But when their worlds do collide, all the possibilities of their life together – good, bad and ugly – flicker across the stage in a series of snapshots, from first date to farewell.

26th April 2017

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow - Townsville

With an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers they’ve got all your comedy bases covered. Featuring everything from stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show. Every year their cast of intrepid entertainers board the bus and set their sights on over 80 destinations across this great Southern land. No road is left untraveled and no sides are left un-split, from Darwin to Devonport and everywhere in between!

29th April 2017 to
30th April 2017

Tomorrow Makers

Tomorrow Maker’s features a series of short works choreographed by Dancernorth’s contemporary dance ensemble with an eye to supporting the next generation of choreographers. Dancenorth's ensemble will have the opportunity to create short works with full production values. Curated by Artistic Director Kyle Page, Tomorrow Makers invites the company dancers to investigate the potential of 'tomorrow.' 'What are the issues and opportunities facing humanity in the 21st century? What does the future look like? What steps do we need to take in order to create an idyllic and sustainable future?

4th May 2017 to
6th May 2017

North Queensland Festival of One Act Plays

Celebrating 25 years! The annual North Queensland Festival of One Act Plays provides amateur actors and directors an opportunity to produce a quality theatre for the enjoyment of live audiences, and to receive feedback from industry professionals through the adjudication process. You'll enjoy everything from comedy and drama, experimental to the absolutely absurd. Multiple ticket types are available so that you can create your own experience!

5th May 2017 to
7th May 2017

Trash Test Dummies

The Trash Test Dummies are on duty! “Three men took to the stage with their wheelie bins, what happened next blew our minds.” The Funny Tonne The Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises. Three dexterous dummies deliver a dump truck full of hilarity. These world class circus performers and their household wheelie bins take fun to new heights with riotous stunts and an astonishing display of balance, acrobatics, slapstick and juggling. Jamie Bretman, Jack Coleman, and Simon Wright are passionate about creating innovative circus and physical theatre works that demonstrates the highest jaw dropping circus skills and takes audiences on a journey into their playful imagination, where they explore the infinite uses of everyday objects. The Trash Test Dummies are taking to the stage with their award winning sell-out show. Make tonight ‘bin night’ and take a fresh look at the humble household wheelie bin. For audiences of all ages, be prepared for a great time. “A Circus and acrobatic show perfect for families.” Edinburgh Festival For Kids ***** “ A near-perfect, laugh-out-loud blend of physical comedy, old-fashioned vaudeville slapstick, mime, dance, juggling, clown capers and circus performance.” Herald Sun, ****½

12th May 2017

Warmwaters

If you love folk music, you will love this show. If you hate folk music, you’ll love it even more. Everyone enjoys good roots, and Warmwaters stand ready to folk you right up with their songs of romance and other issues. They’ve got a lot of issues. A cross between Spinal Tap, The Kransky Sisters, and David Brent, Warmwaters leaves audiences with a smile on their face and all tingly below. Featuring Bridget Boyle and David Megarrity.

13th May 2017

A Fine Romance

A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire, is an all singing, all dancing tribute to the man who went on to become the most famous dancer of all time. You will love the costumes, the songs, the glitz, the extraordinary dancing and of course, the music. This show has something for everyone.

16th May 2017 to
17th May 2017

Rainbow Vomit

Welcome to the world of Rainbow Vomit, a place where anything is possible, everything can happen, and much more than colour erupts from the darkness. Rainbow Vomit is an immersive work designed to target young audiences, whilst maintaining appeal for kids of all ages. Created and Directed by Kyle Page and Amber Haines.

17th May 2017 to
20th May 2017

The Witches - Townsville

When one little boy unwittingly stumbles into the annual meeting of witches, he hears their nasty plan to get rid of all the children in the world – by turning them into mice! It’s going to take smarts and sneakiness to stop them and not get squished in the process. Think you can outwit a witch and outrun a mouse? Then grab a seat in the front row for The Witches, bursting onto the stage as a mind-boggling and madcap one-man show. Brave boys and girls, rat-racers and retirees are in for a wicked and wonderful time. Lucas Jervies directs this bubbling concoction, based on David Wood’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, with one actor running amok in a virtuosic physical performance. Recommended for ages six and over.

19th May 2017

Nitro Circus Live - Townsville

The world’s most exciting, adrenaline-charged, live action-sports show, Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live, is returning to Australia to launch it’s all new, 10th anniversary, party of the decade tour. Aussie fans will be treated to a newly designed, multi-million dollar set with unbelievable features that will be seen for the very first time worldwide, on this tour. This will be the Nitro party of the decade and they want all of their fans to celebrate with them, so if you don’t want to get involved with the show, don’t bother showing up! You can expect to see brand new tricks and stunts never before performed, anywhere in the world. New riders, new ramps, new contraptions … with and without motors, a fully loaded bar on set, full of celebrity guests, full audience interactive moments and incredible giveaways. It’s time to celebrate 10 years of Nitro Circus in Australia. You do not want to miss the Nitro party of the decade. *Rider line-up subject to change without notice

20th May 2017

Nitro Circus Live- Townsville

Direct from sell out shows across the globe, the world's greatest action sports show, Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live, is coming to 15 cities across Australia! Featuring 30 of the world's best extreme athletes in freestyle motocross, BMX and Skate, plus a host of ridiculous contraptions being launched 50ft into the air, by the crazy Nitro daredevils. Expect to see the world’s biggest and most dangerous stunts, in a fully choreographed, actions sports, theatrical spectacular!

20th May 2017

Oliver [Live]

The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist : live on stage with some of the most memorable characters and songs. Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. He escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family. With spirited, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love,” Oliver is a musical classic.

26th May 2017 to
27th May 2017

1RAR Band

Come and be entertained as they showcase the many musical talents of Townsville's own 1 RAR Band, featuring vocalist Corporal Deb O'Toole. Enjoy the sounds of the Big Band as they perform music selected from musical theatre, the big screen and popular recorded artists over the past 50 years.

20th June 2017 to
21st June 2017

Landscape with Monsters

Landscape with Monsters is a bold new acrobatic work, a physical symphony to the joyous complexity of being human. Created in response to evolving industrial landscapes, it inhabits the emotional highs and lows of a place faced with uncertainty.

7th July 2017 to
8th July 2017

The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s brilliant opera The Marriage of Figaro follows the adventures of a household over one crazy day. Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters – Figaro is the Downton Abbey of opera – but a whole lot more fun!

14th July 2017 to
15th July 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Hermia and Lysander are madly in love and wish to marry. But Hermia’s father, Theseus, wants her to marry Demetrius, who is keen to marry her. Her father threatens Hermia with a future in a nunnery or death if she does not obey him. Hermia’s childhood friend, Helena is in love with Demetrius and his romantic feelings are not returned. Lysander and Hermia run away together into the forest, and Demetrious and Helena follow after. Oberon, the King of the fairies, sees Demetrious and Helena and wants to give her the man of her dreams, with a little help from a love potion. Whilst a person is sleeping, the potion can be poured over their eyes and they will fall in love with the first person he or she sees. He asks his fairy friend, Puck, to help him with the task. But something goes wrong. Falling in love can make fools of us all…

21st July 2017

Tectonic

Tectonic exists within shifts: Shifts in land, sea, time, space and thought. Dancenorth join forces with the Urab Dancers from Poruma Island, Torres Strait for the creation of this bold new collaboration. Measuring 1.1 kilometres long and 400 metres wide, Poruma is home to 180 residents and is about as close to paradise as you can get. However as global sea levels begin to rise, Poruma is slowly sinking. Performed along a beautiful stretch of the Townsville Strand, Tectonic unites sculpture, movement and sound in a dazzling site specific performance presented as part of the 2017 Strand Ephemera. With the Coral Sea and Magnetic Island as the backdrop, and featuring 180 fit balls buried in the sand; Tectonic is unlike any dance show you have seen before. These micro-trampolines ignite the performance and the dancers as they run, bounce, flip, soar and ricochet across the stage. The fits balls remain buried for the duration of the festival, providing a large-scale interactive installation for the public. Choreographed by Kyle Page and Amber Haines, with guest artists from Poruma Island.

29th July 2017 to
5th August 2017

AFCM Concert

Co-presented by Townsville City Council and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, this free outdoor music concert is proving to be an incredibly popular event in the calendars of music lovers. Located in the beautiful Queens Gardens this is a perfect Sunday afternoon of classical music, showcasing local talent alongside some of the featured artists from the festival. Further details to follow. *Strictly no bring your own alcohol.

30th July 2017

#FirstWorldWhiteGirls: Botox Party

Since their sell-out season in 2014, #FirstWorldWhiteGirls have been making audiences squirm with delight with their hilariously narcissistic brand of slick comedy and catchy vocals. And now they are back with #FirstWorldWhiteGirls: Botox Party! - that further satirises first world entitlement and the self-obsessed “me” generation. #FirstWorldWhiteGirls are throwing the most exclusive party in town and you’re invited. Grab a botox cocktail and join the girls for an outrageous hour of confessions, makeovers, celebrity worship and backstabbing in this hilarious celebration of first world vanity. Take a peek into the lifestyles of the rich and heinous, set to a soundtrack of original comic songs exposing the struggles of our age - quinoa enemas, Snapchat filters, accidental sexting, foetus facials and the Refugee Diet. Don’t miss this chance to see just how offensive privilege can be.

8th August 2017

Be Your Self Redux

In Garry Stewart’s Be Your Self (Redux), audiences are engaged in a complex dialogue in which they are compelled to explore what makes you ‘you’. The athletic dancers of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) are transformed into erupting, powerful, and emotional entities, projecting startling physical images. Arising from conversations with a Buddhist monk, neurologist, physiologist and literary academic, Stewart situates the body at the centre of his inquiry and reveals that despite our civilising cultural influences, the body is still a force to be reckoned with. A distilled version of the original Be Your Self, Be Your Self Redux fuses Stewart’s audacious choreography with spoken word to create an exciting dance work that leaves audiences questioning the underpinnings of who they are.

15th August 2017

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is the wonderful story of a family out for walk and on the lookout for a growling bear - they have to march through long swishy grass, wade through thick gloopy mud and even battle a snow storm before entering a big dark cave where maybe they will finally spot the glinty wet eyes of a slobbering, gigantic bear winking at them through the blackness. This 55 minute mini-musical captures the fun and frolics of a father who is clearly still a child at heart, his three children including a tiny intrepid bear hunter in the making – baby is strapped to dad’s back plus the family dog and of course....a big brown cuddly bear! Recommended for ages two to eight years.

7th September 2017 to
8th September 2017

TheatreiNQ - A Midsummer Night's Dream

TheatreiNQ's A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare Under the Stars 2017. This September, Shakespeare’s most popular comedy comes to Queens Gardens, Townsville. Join us “Under the Stars” for a magical romp where anything can happen. Where fairies play havoc with humans, where lovers battle for their fairytale ending and where a Queen can fall deeply in love with a donkey called Bottom - All thanks to a mischievous goblin called Puck! Dine under the stars by booking one of their premium table seats or bring a picnic to share with family and friends, and experience the very best of Townsville theatre. Directed by Terri Brabon and featuring Brendan O’Connor with Rachel Nutchey as Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream will definitely be a "Shakespeare Under the Stars" to remember.

12th September 2017 to
24th September 2017

QSO Plays Sibelius

Join Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) for an evening of classical favourites. Under the baton of Toby Thatcher QSO will indulge audiences with Dvorák’s splendidly vibrant Carnival Overture, alongside one of Sibelius’ most popular works, Symphony No.2. Esteemed violinist Kristian Winther will light up the stage with Mendelssohn’s beloved and joyful Violin Concerto in E minor. Conductor: Toby Thatcher Soloist: Kristian Winther Program: Dvorák Carnival Overture, op.92 Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, op.64 Sibelius Symphony No.2 in D major, op.45

4th October 2017

A Lady's Guide to the Art of Being a Wingman

Girls dressed as boys, using techniques for picking up women to pick up men … while wearing pink beehives - Got it? If not, perhaps you’d better consult Melbourne’s hottest cabaret trio The Desperettes. If you’re not familiar with the term “Wingman” it is simply a name for the person who helps you out when approaching potential partners. Originating from the movie Top Gun this term is usually reserved for guys, however, Melbourne’s newest cabaret trio The Desperettes are adopting these techniques and applying them to the modern lady. Their new show A Lady’s Guide to the Art of being a Wingman will take you on a hilarious and eye-opening night out which includes pickup lines, daggy dancing and that all important first move. In this hilarious show these girls defy gender as they highlight not only how ridiculous the world of dating has become, but also the gender stereotypes associated with it.

6th October 2017

Midnight Oil The Great Circle

The time has come … for Midnight Oil. From the northern beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, they have stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans, and broken new ground. Midnight Oil is more than just a rock’n’roll band. In 2017 they will finally bring things back to where they all began with this one special tour. The circle remains unbroken. Live in Townsville.

10th October 2017

Benjamin and Me

Benjamin is Will’s best mate in the whole wide world. Benjamin is also a dog. One morning, Will wakes up with an idea. He has decided to build the first ever boy-dog operated flying machine. And so, this coming-of-age adventure takes to the skies… Follow the extraordinary journey of this young boy, his dog, their wild imagination and a ukulele. The show features a smattering of songs, crazy contraptions and illustrations by visual artist Jacinta Larcombe. Benjamin and Me is a show for families and adventurous adults. It’s the newest work from award winning writer and performer Mark Storen (The Polite Gentleman), and is the debut production for his new company Whiskey and Boots. Produced for Whiskey and Boots by Georgia King. Recommended for audiences aged eight and over.

10th October 2017 to
11th October 2017

Danny Elliott In Concert

Danny Elliott is truly an extra-ordinarily talented musician, singer and all-round entertainer. Audiences watch in disbelief as Danny plays instrument after instrument, song after song, climaxing in a flourish on his favourite, the Piano.

17th October 2017 to
18th October 2017

Phelan Groovy

A wise man once said “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story” That wise man was Kurt Phelan. Kurt is no stranger to the stage. He has performed major roles in some of the biggest musicals in Australia over the past decade, including Singin’ In The Rain, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and most recently channelling his inner Patrick Swayze onstage in the national tour of Dirty Dancing. Now, he returns home to Townsville with the show that has taken the country by storm and seen a sellout season in New York City. Phelan Groovy is a cabaret of riotous proportions, full of hit songs you thought you knew before, until now. A hilarious night of unabashed laughter where you will get a personal tour inside the mind of Australia’s newest leading man. Part biographical, part celebrity dish and all laugh a minute entertainment. If growing up has taught him one thing, it was to only say 10 per cent of what he thinks, out loud. Well, you get that other 90 per cent (complete with a killer soundtrack.) So, come and share a night with this North Queensland-Gemini’s-rapid-firing mind, and have a good laugh.

27th October 2017

Vov Dylan - Sentimental Journey

Vov Dylan is an Australian Violinist with music that flows from every fibre of his body. A third generation musician, Vov was born to the Violin! As a child he became a regular in the Classical music circuit. Alongside the shows, Vov has become a regular in the recording studio where he has now released six studio albums, all of which are available globally and receive frequent airplay on radio stations all over the world.

14th November 2017 to
15th November 2017

Women in Docs

Women in Docs are an independent, folk pop act (with a little bit of country), based in Brisbane. They have been compared to the Indigo Girls, the Dixie Chicks and The Waifs. With a reputation for stirring and humourous live performances and a vigorous touring schedule, Women in Docs have spent ten years building a fiercely loyal following throughout Australia, as well as touring internationally to win over audiences throughout North America, Europe, New Zealand and China. Roz Pappalardo and Chanel Lucas as women in docs have wooed the world with their award-winning songs and live shows which incorporate soaring harmonies, rhythmic guitar and authentic story telling. Their refreshing acoustic style of music, a little bit country, a little bit folk, is a breath of fresh air at any festival. They are loved worldwide by audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds, deserving recognition as one of Australia’s most enduring independent and hardest working acts.

18th November 2017