by Stephen Carleton

A Playlab Theatre production, presented in partnership with Metro Arts

I’m not abandoning my principles; I’m coming here to apply them.

1971. The height of the Cold War. The Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia is opening up to Western tourism after breaking away from the Soviet Bloc. Branislav and Valentina Radovic have been compelled to design a hotel complex for the government after forging a reputation for designing ultra-modern concrete structures, triggering their lofty utopian political and architectural ideals.

Present-day. New York City. A talented Australian Geo-Engineer, Natalia Hoskings, has been asked to join the team designing New York’s ‘Big U’ – the sea wall mitigation project that will cradle Manhattan’s financial district from rising sea levels. But building a sea wall around the world’s iconic home of big business, is forcing her to ask herself; is she really saving New York, or just working for the bad guys?

Brutal Utopias examines the intersection between lofty ideals and realpolitik, and the search for perfection in a world that is tilting imminently toward chaos.


Wed 18 May – Sat 28 May


18 – 19 May 7:30pm Previews
20 – 28 May 7:30pm


90 minutes, no interval


New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End


General Admission $45 + booking fee
Concession $39 + booking fee
Groups 6+  $39 per ticket + booking fee
Preview $39 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

For School Group Bookings, please contact info@metroarts.com.au or CLICK HERE


Suitable for 15+. Contains low-level coarse language, references to war and conflict, and some adult themes.


Stephen Carleton

Stephen Carleton is one of Australia’s leading and award-winning playwrights. Based in Brisbane, where he teaches drama and playwriting at the University of Queensland, he also maintains close ties to his hometown, Darwin, and to Cairns and Far North Queensland, where he was born. Stephen’s work is frequently anchored in northern landscape, imagery and politics, and is often lauded for the black humour that runs throughout. He is co-artistic director of Knock-em-Down Theatre with Mary Anne Butler and Gail Evans.

Stephen is one of only three playwrights nationally to win both major theatre industry awards for new writing: the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award in 2004/5 (Sydney Theatre Company) and the Griffin Award for Best New Australian Play in 2015 (Griffin Theatre Company).

He was Chair of the National Playwrights Committee for the Australian Writers’ Guild in 2015/16 (with Mary Anne Butler), and his company Knock-em-Down Theatre has received a Sidney Myer capacity building grant to promote his work in the US.

His major plays include: Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset (2006), The Narcissist (2007), Bastard Territory (2014), all published by Playlab Theatre, The Turquoise Elephant (2016), New Babylon (2021), and the musical with Paul Hodge, Joh for PM (2017).

His plays have been produced by companies including Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, JUTE Theatre Company, Brown’s Mart in Darwin, La Mama, and the Brisbane Powerhouse.


Playwright Stephen Carleton

Dramaturg Saffron Benner

Director Matt Scholten

Designer Bill Haycock

Sound Designer Guy Webster



Kate Wilson

Ashlee Lollback

Michael Mandalios

Nikhil Singh

Anthony Standish


Playlab Theatre is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Brutal Utopias is also supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.


We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 




By Dr Eve Klein and Taitu’uga Kitch Wesche

Presented by Metro Arts 

Razor-sharp beats combine with otherworldly vocal soundscapes in a live performance about the universal longing for connection.

A year ago, Kitch and Eve were strangers; one is a Samoan High Talking Chief, the other a second generation Maltese Australian. Now they are on a journey together, navigating twin stories of diaspora, love, faith, and searching.

Part memoir, part musical-manifesto, Where We Meet blends live looping, opera, electronica, beat boxing, Samoan language, and hip-hop music into a musical experience like no other. With genre-defying performances, cultural practice, and intimate true-stories, Eve Klein and Taitu’uga Kitch Wesche shine a light on the universal power of cultural connection.

What legacy has been left for you?

And what legacy are you leaving?


Praise for Eve’s work Vocal Womb:

“…A profoundly intimate and surprising experience.” – Arts Hub

“At the core, there’s an intriguing tension between the cool, clinical nature of what’s effectively a medical procedure, and the passion and artistry of Klein’s singing.” – Timeout Melbourne


Praise for Kitch Wesche:

“From the moment that he opened our interview with a traditional blessing until we said goodbye. I got goosebumps… With everything that has happened to our industry this year, it was a pleasant change to talk about the healing power of music.” – Real Music


Tue 31 May – Sat 4 Jun




New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End


General Admission $45 + booking fee
Preview Tue 31 May / $38 + booking fee
$38 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $38 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased


70 min


Suitable for all ages.

Contains mild coarse language, haze effects, and loud noises. Audiences are further advised that this show contains audio and video footage of people who have passed away.

Image by Ravi Glasser-Vora.


Dr Eve Klein
Eve Klein is a composer, vocalist, and music technologist known for creating ground-breaking immersive music experiences for mass audiences. She draws together classical music, electronica, and interactive performance to push genre boundaries and invite audiences to discuss real-world social issues. Importantly, she creates artwork collaborating with community groups, festivals, researchers, and NGOs to achieve community transformation goals. Recent projects she has created explored gendered and racial violence, climate change, disaster recovery, and refugee rights.

Kitch Wesche
Taitu’uga KITCH Wesche, a Samoan High talking Chief (Village of Sapunaoa Falealili Aiga Manusamoa) is a strong cultural creative songwriter, musician, actor and performer. Over the past seventeen years, KITCH has performed in the music, arts and entertainment industry, across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Canada as a live beatbox, performer or MC. Strong in Samoan language, KITCH weaves cultural stories, neuroscience, mythological story telling utilising a fresh fusion of electronic dance music (EDM) hip hop, beatbox loop machine and traditional instruments.

Aleea Monsour
Aleea is a Lebanese Australian artist and community theatre practitioner from Brisbane, Queensland. She is passionate about the power of theatre and the arts as an agent for change and being able to engage with people from all walks of life. She is personally inspired to engage with the stories of communities, and in particular those whose stories have been marginalised, in theatre and art. Her credits include co-creating and directing The Time is Now (La Boite 2021), co-directing The Neighbourhood (La Boite 2020), collaborating on Culture of Death (Metro Arts 2018), and directing, producing, and editing Remembering Palestine (Brisbane and Bankstown Art Centre 2017).

Milly Walker
Milly is a Meanjin/Brisbane based independent producer, director, and stage manager. As a company co-director, Milly has produced, directed, and written for her independent theatre company Chance Collective since 2017. In 2021, Milly was an associate producer for Metro Arts as part of the Ian Potter Emerging Producer Xchange program, and stage managed a range of independent productions. In 2022, Milly was an assistant stage manager for A Midnight Visit (Brisbane tour) and is now working with Counterpilot as an associate producer.

Dr Eve Klein  Co-Creator and Performer
Taitu’uga Kitch Wesche  Co-Creator and Performer
Aleea Monsour  Director and Dramaturg
Milly Walker  Creative Producer
Nevin Howell  Video Designer
Olivia Watkins Assistant Video Designer
Steven May  Lighting Designer
Kevin O’brien  Set and Costume Designer
Kian Dillion  Stage Manager
Tone Pacer Sound Engineering


We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information.