Disruption. Friend or Foe? 

Join Metro Arts former CEO Sue Benner in the Sue Benner Theatre for a morning of performances and inspiring speeches as we question disruption; managing it, having fun with it and falling over it. Guest speakers include Cathy Hunt, Fraser Corfield and more!
Performances include: 
Goories in the House by Lafe Charlton & Roxanne McDonald
Roxanne & Lafe will present a performance of poetry and extracts from plays by Indigenous writers. Through performance they will present perspectives on Australian society and First Nations’ people. Roxanne and Lafe have collaborated to present this short contribution to show their respect for the role Metro Arts has played for over 40 years in the Brisbane Artistic landscape. 
Future Ancestors by Voices of Colour, Digi Youth Arts and Conscious Mic
Future ancestors is a spoken word piece which explores the meaning of identity in the present and the possibilities held in the future. It follows the journeys of three poets traversing the intricacies of their individual aboriginal, Indian and Pasifika cultures. The stories then collide with each other to merge onto one path. Where cultures merge and join to forge a road where future ancestors can walk together. The writers create a future where solidarity between indigenous people globally is formed to create a stage where all voices can be heard.


Sue Benner – Curator
Guest speakers to be announced soon.


11am – 12:30pm, 9 February 2020


Sue Benner Theatre
Metro Arts


General Admission $10 + booking fee



Sue Benner has been involved in professional and community theatre since 1958. Although she has veered onto other tracks such as dentistry, nursing, fast food and teaching, the magic, and the struggle, of the arts always lured her back.

Her 60-year journey has included:

  • developing Community and Youth Theatre on the Sunshine Coast,
  • a Masters Degree at QUT
  • administration of the National Association for Drama Education,
  • professionalisation of Playlab Inc. and Playlab Press
  • finally docking in the warm embrace of that much beloved vessel, Metro Arts

On retiring from Metro Ars and moving to Tasmania Sue has focused on writing and directing, including:

  • a portfolio of site-specific interpretive scripts for the Port Arthur Historical Authority
  • a tryptic of short plays for mature-aged performers
  • Chairing the Tasmanian Theatre Company and directing two seasons of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in a heritage site

2019 sees her back in Queensland and looking forward to a new decade – hopefully as creative and exciting as the last six have been.