Metro Arts Presents


By Sophie Banister and Thien Pham

Your favourite local variety night Brisbaret is back for another month – this time with a special, theatrical one-night-only glow up!

Created and hosted by musical comedians Sophie and Thien, Brisbaret is a curated variety night bringing you a smorgasbord of local talent.

From singer-songwriters to stand up comedians, dance, drag, sketch comedy and burlesque, you will be bestowed with the finest short instalments of art, frivolity and entertainment by the best bris-lebrities in town (like celebrities, but better).

Sophie and Thien expertly weave together the silly, the topical, and the ridiculous with tunes and interactive games to keep you smiling between acts. Join us as Brisbaret trades the pub for the theatre in this spectacular, (subtropical) Winter Wonderland Extravaganza. 

Stay tuned for the release of the line-up!


“A truly energising experience…[Sophie and Thien’s] chemistry sizzled,” – Theatrehaus


Tue 28 Jun




New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End


General Admission  $25 + booking fee
Groups 6+ (per ticket)  $20 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased


110 minutes, including interval.


Suitable for ages 15+. Contains coarse language. 

IMAGE BY Sabrina Nguyễn-Ladera


Sophie Banister is a writer, performer and producer based in Brisbane. Currently, Sophie is known for her work as the creator of Brisbaret and performing her musical comedy in clubs and festivals. Most recently, she performed her show All Day Breakfast with collaborator Thien Pham at Brisbane Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival, and her cabarets have featured in various festivals around Australia, including Queensland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Fringe, and Short+Sweet. On top of her own work, Sophie has been a choral singer with The Australian Voices since 2016. Some notable productions with the choir include Boombox at Adelaide Fringe Festival, Our Carnal Hearts at Brisbane Festival, Everyday Requiem with Expressions Dance Company, and various QSO concerts. In 2018, Sophie was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship, which led her to engage in study and mentorships in comedy and musical theatre writing in New York.

Thien Pham is a Brisbane based performer, musical comedian, and piano accompanist. He has been fortunate enough to lead a varied musical career from writing and performing at Adelaide Fringe and Brisbane Comedy Festival (All Day Breakfast), accompanying for Melbourne Fringe Festival (Hi, Can I Help You?), Queensland Cabaret Festival (This Could Be You!) and performing musical comedy regularly around the Brisbane comedy scene. He has also produced, written, and performed his own cabaret show for Anywhere Festival (I’ll Count You In) as well as being part of the ensemble for Act React in 2021 (The Importance of Being Wasted). Currently, he is co-hosting and performing at Brisbaret, a monthly variety night that provides a platform for new and established local artists to perform. When he is not performing on stage, he is also contributing to the music education scene through mentoring and school choirs.



Sophie Banister  host, writer, producer

Thien Pham  host, writer, graphic designer

Stay Tuned For the Lineup Announcement!


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Counterpilot is a collective of interdisciplinary artists directed by Nathan Sibthorpe and including Christine Felmingham (technical designer), Clinton Freeman (software designer), Mike Willmett (sound designer) and Sarah Winter (production designer).

Together, they create interactive performance works, activating audiences with new technology, rich design, and transmedia storytelling. Counterpilot seeks to transform the familiar, juxtaposing rich fictional worlds against a backdrop of the everyday. 

Their works boldly experiment with new applications of technology, including 3D printing and digital media. With interactive tools like geo-locative audio, SMS distribution networks, RFID voting systems and biometric sensors, Counterpilot seeks to put the audience at the centre of every performance experience – whether it be for physical journeys, experiential narrative, or heightened gameplay. 

TRUTHMACHINE by Counterpilot

Would you take a lie detector test with a stranger?

TRUTHMACHINE is the multi-award winning new social experiment from techno-trouble makers, Counterpilot.

Using real biometric sensors and live voting systems, TRUTHMACHINE seeks out truth in a world of fake news and alternative facts. The polygraph machine used to be regarded as a legal instrument, but today we think we can cheat. Let’s see if your heart rate can lie as effectively as our leaders can.

Blurring the line between cutting edge technology and live performance, TRUTHMACHINE is an intimate, playful and intriguing theatre experience for adventurous audiences.


“Genius…The technology is state of the art”  – Broadway World

“a truly atmospheric experience”  – This is Radelaide

“Definitely a unique experience”  – Scenestr

“an enigmatic live art conspiracy…no one else is making work quite like this”  – The Age


Best Film, Digital & Interactive Work – Adelaide Fringe 2019
Hong Kong Tour Ready Award – Let’s Be Together Arts Festival
SA Tour Ready Award – Melbourne Fringe
Adelaide Fringe Innovation Grant – Adelaide Fringe 2019


Nathan Sibthorpe – Director
Mike Willmett – Sound Design
Clinton Freeman – Software Design
Christine Felmingham – Technical Design
John Felmingham – Technical Design
Sarah Winter – Production Design
Paige Poulier – Performance
Toby Martin – Additional Collaborator
Sean Dowling – Additional Collaborator


Let’s Be Together Arts Festival | Hong Kong | August 2020

+ more to be announced soon!


Sydney Festival | Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW | 11 – 24 January 2020

Melbourne Fringe | Trades Hall, Melbourne, VIC | 22 – 29 September 2019

Brisbane Festival | Theatre Republic, Brisbane, QLD | 10 – 21 September 2019

Horizon Festival | The Events Centre, Caloundra, QLD | 26 – 27 August 2019

Adelaide Fringe | RCC Fringe, Adelaide, SA |19 February – 3 March 2019

CRUNCH TIME by Counterpilot

Crunch Time is a performative dinner party designed to model the processes of democracy. Seated around a projector-mapped dining table, participant diners use interactive tools to vote for every ingredient used in an elaborate meal.  

Viewed via live-feed video from a nearby kitchen, a guest chef prepares real food in response to demand. But we’re not using master chefs here – instead, each performance will nominate individuals from public positions of leadership. Politicians, artistic directors and CEOs will take their turn to cook up requests from the dining room with dangerously unpredictable results.

Lately, politics has been leaving a bad taste in our mouths. The popular vote can be hard to swallow, but at the end of the day – we’ve all got to eat…

Co-commissioned by Metro Arts & Next Wave Festival.


Nathan Sibthorpe – Director
Christine Felmingham – Technical Design
Mike Willmett – Sound Design
Clinton Freeman – Software Design
Sean Dowling – Graphic Design
Craig Wilkinson – Animations
Jeremy Gordon – AV Programming
John Felmingham – Construction & Contraptions
Lauren Jackson – Voice Performance
Cam Clark – Project Collaborator
Toby Martin – Project Collaborator
Benjamin Knapton – Dramaturgy


Norman Price Theatre, TAFE QLD | Metro Arts | Brisbane, QLD | 5 – 15 December 2018

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre | Next Wave Festival | Melbourne, VIC | 3 – 12 May 2018

ADRIFT by Counterpilot


A new transmedia work by Counterpilot, ADRIFT explores themes of loneliness, isolation, and our relationship with nature in the face of a potential mass extinction event.

Set in an ambiguous global flood, strangers find themselves isolated and adrift. They are guided by immersive audio design to find each other in the darkness. Together, they collaborate to uncover a series of true stories, co-creating detailed worlds by manipulating objects and filling in blanks in each others’ narratives.

ADRIFT explores our real feelings of loneliness in the context of disconnected communities and the threat of irreparable climate change.

We feel alone in a world that crumbles beneath us.

Our relationship with nature is just as fraught as our relationships with each other.


Nathan Sibthorpe – Director
Christine Felmingham – Technical Designer
Mike Willmett – Sound Designer
Clinton Freeman – Software Designer
Sarah Winter – Production Designer


Creative Development | Metro Arts | Brisbane, QLD | November 2020

Creative Development | Bundanon Trust | Ilaroo, NSW | November 2020


Counterpilot are produced by Metro Arts.

Crunch Time was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Crunch Time was proudly supported by Brisbane City Council. The Creative Sparks Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane. Crunch Time was supported by Lynn Rainbow Reid AM and John B Reid AO. Crunch Time was co-commissioned by Next Wave and Metro Arts.

Truthmachine was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science. Truthmachine was supported by the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund via the Adelaide Fringe Innovation Grant.

Adrift is developed with the support of Metro Arts and Bundanon Trust.




Elise has been recognized by the Matilda Awards on three occasions for her outstanding contribution to Queensland Theatre. She is an acting graduate from USQ and an Honours and Masters graduate from QUT, where she was awarded the University Medal. Elise also trained with Shakespeare & Company in Boston, USA, and has received three Goldie Awards for her voice over work.  During 2017 Elise received a CentreScreen Award for her performance in the short film, Good Girls, which was screened at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival and New Filmmakers Festival in New York.

As an actor, Elise’s theatre credits include Swallow (Metro LCL); Spectate (Metro); Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls (La Boite/QBFM); The Spirit of The Land (La Boite); Secret Bridesmaids’ Business (La Boite/QPAC); The Mayne Inheritance (La Boite); The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay (La Boite); Explosions (QTC); Summer Rain (QTC); Modd Madame Butterfly (QTC); Sweet Phoebe, TwoClark In Sarajevo (La Boite); Alive at Williamstown PierJerusalemOleannaThe Big Picture, The Maids (Green); The Vagina Monologues (Green at Gardens Theatre) and Hopelessly Devoted (Glen Street, Sydney). Elise is currently the voice of Mrs. Kangaroo in Peppa Pig.

As a playwright, Elise was supported by Arts Queensland and The Australia Council to develop her first play, The Romany Project, as part of Metro’s Year of Independents. This was followed by Elise’s first full-length play, Crèche and Burn, which was a box office and critical success as part of La Boite’s 2005 mainhouse season and received a 10-week national tour. Her next play, The Sweet Science of Bruising, was shortlisted for the 2010 Playwriting Australia Festival. This was followed by Hopelessly Devoted (Glen Street, Sydney), Flood (Short+Sweet) and All Aboard!, co-written for Bleach*2016.  Her current play, Magpie, has been developed through Playlab’s Lab Rats and Beta Testing.

Magpie by Elise Greig

A Metro Arts, Playlab and EG Production

Mordecai, a novelist dealing with a bad review, returns to her family’s Brisbane home for the first time in decades following the death of her father. The home conjures echoes from her distant past: the muggy summers, the smell of rotting mangoes, and the perpetual arguments between her Romani mother and father.

When she discovers her old journal – an innocent tapestry of ideas, drawings, and imaginings – Mordecai is drawn back to 1961 and a long-abandoned investigation into her parent’s unhappiness. Pushed along by her childhood friend Splinter, Mordecai sets out to uncover the long dormant secrets that cursed her family and led to her leaving home at fifteen.

Spanning from young love to aging cynicism, Magpie is a coming-of-age story that will thrill and delight like lemonade ice-blocks and a swim on a hot day.


Ian Lawson – Director and Dramaturg
Elise Greig – Playwright
Josh McIntosh – Designer
David Walters – LX Designer
Guy Webster – Sound Designer
Barb Lowing – Performer
Kathryn Marquet – Performer
Julian Curtis – Performer
Michael Mandalios – Performer
Luisa Prosser – Voiceover Artist


Brisbane Powerhouse | Brisbane, QLD
29 May – 8 June 2019


“Magpie Masterclass – As many great works do, it has much to say about many things, including the power and generational legacy of long – dormant secrets. Indeed, the depth of its themes and craftedness of its script and will surely ensure its longevity.”  – Meredith Walker, Blue Curtains Brisbane (2019)

“The productions’ complimentary design and cast performances pair with Greig’s writing perfectly to highlight the complex and unique mind of a fascinating writer” – Rhumer Diball, Downstage Discernments (2019)

“The depth of talent drawn to this production reflects the calibre of new work entering the Australian theatrical canon.” – Debra Bela, Stage Whispers (2019)


Magpie was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Magpie was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science. Magpie was supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH Lab. Developed by Playlab.




David Megarrity is a writer, composer, musician and performer creating at the intersection of music, performance and projected image.

Recipient of a Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship in 1998, his performance inventions include Backseat Drivers (Queensland Theatre’s first overseas tour), Ukulele Mekulele (La Boite), Show (QT), The Empty City and Bear with Me.

His works have played at the Sydney Opera House, around Australia and abroad. Publications include plays for young people such as Gate 38 and anthology Destinations (Playlab). He’s been finalist in the George Landen Dann Award (2000), Inscriptions Edward Albee Scholarship (2012), and Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award (2016).

Picture book The Empty City (Hachette) was selected by the Children’s Book Council of Australia as a Picture Book of the Year ‘Notable Book’ (2008). His stage adaptation was a finalist in the 2012/3 Queensland Theatre’s Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (QPDA) and premiered at the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2013.  David won the QPDA in 2018 for his play The Holidays.

Having played in many bands and composed songs and soundtracks for stage, screen and radio, David has released 13 albums of original music in various audio incarnations. Recent music-driven performances include faux folk duo Warmwaters, “the surprise hit of the Queensland Cabaret Festival” (Brisbane Times 2014), and Tyrone and Lesley (Twice finalist in the Queensland Music Awards) whose 2017 album Optimism was dubbed Ukulele Record of the Year by Ukulelehunt. David’s short film collaborations won a number of awards and nominations, including Official Selection Cannes International Film Festival 2000.

Full-time artist and part-time Senior Lecturer in Drama at the Queensland University of Technology, he received the 2008 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (Innovative and Creative Practice) and completed his PhD in 2015, an exploration of composed Theatre.


Celebrating over 20 years together, Tyrone and Lesley are a songwriting and performance duo (made up of David Megarrity and Samuel Vincent) who pair the high and low in a wild and binary orbit in the dark and sparkling space around the ukulele. Having one foot on the theatre stage and the other on the music stage is a striking stance which rewards audiences little and large from the Sydney Opera House to out the back of a fruit shop in West End. Playing festivals around the nation and overseas, they’ve released 5 albums. The latest, Optimism, was dubbed Ukulele Recording of the Year.

Tyrone & Lesley in a Spot
by David Megarrity & Nathan Sibthorpe

The inimitable Tyrone and Lesley celebrate 20 years of brilliance by entwining their beautiful, funny music with moving images of skies, suns and moons, clarity and clouds, flickering bulbs and high windows.

A ukulele-led dance of screen and song where there are no wallflowers, Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot will transport you all the way to exactly where you are. It’s funny ha ha, funny weird and a little bit funny valentine. It’s Tyrone. It’s Lesley. It’s their high spots in bright lights.

Charming, poetic, and unique – you will never see anything like this.


“One of the funniest, most entertaining live performances I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.”  – Broadway World

“a unique piece of theatre. …the two were just pure magic together… it would be a sin to miss it.”  – thecreativeissue

“wonderfully crafted… defies genre boundaries …Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot will leave you with a smile and a song in your heart”   Backstreet Brisbane


David Megarrity – Creator/writer
Nathan Sibthorpe – Creator/Projections

Songs by David Megarrity and Samuel Vincent with Kellee Green.
Performed by Tyrone and Lesley. 


Brisbane Festival | Theatre Republic, Brisbane, QLD | 17 – 21 September 2019

Queensland Cabaret Festival | Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD | 12 June 2016

Bear with Me
by David Megarrity 

When was the last time you took your bear to the theatre? Now is the time!
Sometimes being a teddy bear is no picnic, so being cherished makes the rougher moments bearable.
An intimate concert especially for younger bears, their children (and their grown-ups) Bear With Me is playful, ukulele-ful and made for joining in. This warm, fuzzy, participatory show explores the joys and turmoil of everyday life through music and performance.
See you there, and bring your bear!


“In the disquiet of our times it is heartening to know that such a deceptively simple, comforting performance has the ability to engage and engross.”  seesawmag

“This show carries a charm that has you humming the tunes all the way home” Stage Whispers

“A unique and adorable production”  – theupsidenews


David Megarrity – Creator/writer/performer
Samuel Vincent – Composer/arranger/performer
Nathan Sibthorpe – Video Design

Performed by Tyrone and Lesley. 


Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things | State Theatre Centre, Perth, WA | 7 – 11 October 2019

Windmill Theatre and Adelaide Festival Centre | Adelaide, SA | 7 – 19 July 2015

Melbourne Recital Centre | Melbourne, VIC | 16 January 2014

Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things | State Theatre Centre, Perth, WA | 5 – 11 October 2013

Out of the Box Festival | QPAC, Brisbane, QLD | June 2012

by David Megarrity 


Three strangers in a laundromat, all using dryers, tumble together musically.

This new project from David Megarrity, Samuel Vincent and Nathan Sibthorpe (Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot) introduces multi-instrumentalist Matt Hsu and live mixer James See to a spin cycle of loops and maximum minimalism.

Sox will turn itself inside out,  moving from the presentational to the participatory, meaning it looks like a show that we’re doing for kids and their carers, but it turns out we’re all doing the show together.


David Megarrity – Creator/writer/performer
Samuel Vincent – Composer/arranger/performer
Nathan Sibthorpe – Video Design
Matt Hsu – Multi-instrumentalist
James See – Live mixer


Creative Development | Metro Arts | Brisbane, QLD | October – November 2019




Lisa has a twenty-year international career, working as a director, choreographer, producer, performer and educator. Her body of work moves across genres having created for theatre companies, opera, large-scale installation work, poly-media performances, company commissions and full- length independent work. Lisa’s choreographic credits include (amongst others): Wireless and Lake (Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and national touring with Performing Lines), Elbow Room (Brisbane Powerhouse), Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet Company, Expressions Dance Company, Dancenorth, Queensland Theatre Company, Opera Queensland, The Place Theatre ‘Resolution!’ (UK), Rambert Dance Company with the English National Trust (UK), QUT’s Dance and Drama departments, Ausdance Qld’s Belltower ll series and the 2008 World Dance Alliance.

Lisa has also been a leading, professional contemporary dancer and from 1995-2012 collaborated and performed for prominent choreographers and companies throughout Australia and the United Kingdom, appearing in prestigious venues and Arts Festivals worldwide in Japan, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, China, Germany, Mexico, New Caledonia and the U.S.A.

BUNKER by Lisa Wilson and Nathan Sibthorpe


BUNKER is a new intermedial dance theatre work, combining interactive messaging, rich visual design, text, movement, original music and dynamic video projection, to explore the physical threat of virtual alarm. 

On 1st December 2017, Hawaii tested its nuclear threat siren for the first time in 30 years. In the following weeks, 26 drills were conducted to ensure the state was prepared for 
the worst. Then, there was this:


After these alert messages were accidently shared across the state, it took 38 minutes for Hawaii officials to fully retract their warnings. It is estimated that a missile from North Korea would reach Hawaii in 12-15 minutes.

We are reminded of our frailty in a world where utter destruction is not only possible, it is threatened offhandedly in a tweet. Where do we find refuge amidst the potential chaos? How do we construct the illusion of safety in a climate of fear? And when do we begin to believe the panic online?

As we slowly learn the physical repercussions of digital fear, this work draws influence from sinister Russian propaganda, false missile alerts, designer bunkers and the fake news epidemic.


Lisa Wilson – Co-Director/Choreographer
Nathan Sibthorpe – Co-Director/Audio Visual Designer
Guy Webster – Composer
Ben Knapton – Dramaturge
Sarah Winter – Designer
Christine Felmingham – LX Designer/Technical Coordinator
Jeremy Gordon – Production/Stage Coordinator
Zachary Lopez – Collaborative Artist/Performer
Hsin-Ju Ely – Collaborative Artist/Performer
Michelle Barnett – Collaborative Artist/Performer
Jayden Grogan – Collaborative Artist/Performer


Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts | August 2019
Supported by Arts Queensland and Metro Arts.

Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance | April 2019
Supported by Metro Arts. 

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts | April 2019
Supported by Ausdance with Expressions Dance Company. 


Bunker is produced by Metro Arts.

Bunker is supported by Brisbane Festival and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science.