Queensland Theatre don’t ask what the bird look like

19 Aug - 9 Sep 2023
Bille Brown Theatre
1 hour 35 minutes
(no interval, subject to change without notice)
$68 - $97

Available Discounts

Senior, Concession, Youth, Groups, Schools


Joan needs her father. She hasn’t seen him since he left her and her Mum when she was just a little girl. She wants answers, she wants history, she wants to know more about who she is.

Travelling into country as remote as it is strange to this city girl, Joan finds Mick. He doesn’t speak much, and bears little resemblance to the man who taught her to play Scrabble all those years ago. But amid the flies, the heat, the dust and the stillness of this small river town lurk many ghosts and mysteries. Over cups of tea and Scrabble in Mick’s weather-beaten old house, Joan is about to discover some family secrets that have been hidden below the surface for decades.

With a light touch of humour and a philosophical undercurrent, this play is an intimate work from an exciting new First Nations voice, directed by Queensland Theatre’s Artistic Elder Roxanne McDonald with Lee Lewis.

Presented by Queensland Theatre

Special Events

Night with the Artists

  • Mon 28 Aug 2023, 6:30 PM

If you want to know about the audition process for an actor, how a character was developed, or why that piece of music was chosen, consider booking the Night with the Artists performances on selected evenings. Following the show, the cast and creatives discuss the process with you.


  • Written by Hannah Belanszky
  • Directed by Roxanne McDonald and Lee Lewis

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