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.



Click HERE to download the online program for Magpie!


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

Image by Simon Lowing. 


29 May – 8 June 2019


Brisbane Powerhouse


Elise Greig

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.

Artist website: http://elisegreig.com/


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






There are normal ways to eat, walk, sit, speak and die.

There are also not normals, not normal ways for everything.

Not normal ways to love, to dance, to start a conversation, to cry. There are not normal ways to live.

As we all continually evolve our idea of normal, we ask what makes us part of a society and who is included? OK let’s say it – there is no such thing as normal.

Explain Normal unpacks the concept of “normal” as both survival mechanism and death making, as myth, as someone else’s truth, as a potent provocation for perspectives on society and difference, and how we value otherness.

Explain Normal is a new dance theatre work directed by participatory artist Daniele Constance. It is a new and exciting artistic collaboration between the Aha Ensemble who identify with disability and artists from Phluxus2 Dance Collective. Explain Normal explores how these artists define perceptions of normalcy, through the lens of their diverse experiences.

View the digital program HERE


Daniele Constance – Director
Nerida Matthaei – Choreographer
Allycia Staples – Performing Artist
Megan Louise West – Performing Artist
Rebecca Dostal – Performing Artist
Ruby Donohoe – Assisting Director & Performing Artist
Mitchell Runcie – Performing Artist
Kayah Guenther – Performing Artist
Tara Heard – Performing Artist
Charles Ball – Performing Artist
Nadia Milford – Performing Artist 
Joseph Burgess – Sound Design & AV Design
Keith Clarke – Lighting Design

Image by Jorge Serra.


17 October – 24 October + 26 October 2019, 7pm
25 October 2019, 2pm

Artist Talk: 24 October, post-show
Auslan Interpreted Performance:
26 October, 7pm


General Admission: $32 + booking fee
Concession: $25 + booking fee
Preview Ticket: $25 + booking fee

NOTE: Tickets for patrons in a wheelchair and Companion Card holders are not available online. Please call Metro Arts on 07 3002 7100 Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm to enquire or make your booking. Please be aware there are only three wheelchair spaces available in the theatre.


Daniele Constance


Daniele Constance is a participatory artist, art therapist and producer, with a strong focus on socially engaged art making practices. She creates artistic works that draw from direct experience and storytelling, using verbatim, documentary,  contemporary and embodied performance practices. Current and past independent works include: People Of Interest (Festival of Live Art, Footscray Community Arts Centre); Public Displays of Therapy (La Boite HWY, Melbourne Fringe Festival: Testing Grounds); Daughters of the Floating Brothel (Griffith University Research Project, Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre); The Untold (State Library of Queensland, Micah Projects); bold words from a nobody (C U R R E N T, R I S I N G), and Hear, Here site specific radio (People Artist Place, Enoggera Reservoir).



The Creative Sparks Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.






“You know me as ‘Venus’ if you speak English”

Tower of Babel hosts story-telling. Persian and Australian recollections of the Transit of Venus awaken the mythology and history of the characters and the audience.

“They believed the Transit of Venus would reveal to them the height of the heavens. And the curve of this multi-lingual coastline.”

Tower of Babel hosts a Persian Party. It is Nahid and Marout’s last night in Australia before they travel to Iraq.  Nahid was a political journalist in Iran before she came to Australia as a refugee. Here, she met Marout, an eccentric documentary film-maker. They fell in love, made some plans and are about to travel together to meet the indomitable Nahid’s family.

In Tower of Babel, we meet people, eating, drinking, and dancing.  

“Bab-ili is your home too! Sing for joy there. Dwell in Happiness”.

This original interactive contemporary performance pits humanity against tyranny in our age of sanctions, war and displacement.


View the online program HERE


Nasim Khosravi – Co-writer, Director
Greg Manning – Co-Writer
Ben Knapton – Dramaturg
Freddy Komp – Production Designer (Light, Sound & Vision)
Jeremy Gordon – Production Stage Manager
Jason Glenwright – Lighting Design Mentor
Bernard Houston – Composer 
James Cunningham – Movement Consultant 
Hamid Sharif – Assistant Director
Niloo Tara – Costume Designer
Maryam Parsi – Singer

Performers: Afsaneh (Tina) Torabi, Steve Rooke, Anna Yen, Angus Thorburn, Peter Condon

Musicians: Pouyan Khaki, Greta Kelly, Kambiz Dara, Arash Zanganeh

The developments of the work have benefited from the insights and contributions of: Erfan Abdi, Suzon Fuks and Hosein Khosravi. 

Image design by Hosein Khosravi


20 November – 30 November 2019

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Nasim Khosravi

Born in the south of Iran, Nasim has a background spanning almost twenty years in theatre, devised performance, playwriting, and directing, having graduated from Tehran University, Faculty of Fine Arts. Nasim’s work investigates potential for cross-cultural fusion and the creation of interactive theatre while keeping a poetic tone. She is specifically interested in using modern techniques to achieve a dialogue between Iranian traditional theatrical elements and contemporary theatre. In this dialogue, the modern reconstruction of classical literary works has had a significant place.

Through a feminist perspective, she has worked on her dramatisation of religious and mythological characters, which resulted in her dramatic works, drawing on characters like Mary, Sarah and Hagar. After years of study and practice in contemporary performance in Iran, Nasim founded Baran, an Iranian-Australian theatre group, in Brisbane in 2013. Baran’s first production Vis and Ramin was developed over two years premiering in 2016 at Metro Arts. Vis and Ramin was also presented at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne in 2017. Nasim is Assistant Director for Bell Shakespeare’s national tour of Julius Caesar. Nasim also creates community-based theatre works with the local Brisbane Persian community alongside her professional theatre practice.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Tower of Babel is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH Lab.