Jasper Jones | Queensland Theatre
28 July - 18 August [Past Event] Playhouse, QPACBuy tickets Season tickets

In a nutshell

The smash-hit stage adaptation of the classic Australian coming-of-age mystery

In the sizzling summer of 1965, a bookish 14-year-old boy flees from the boredom and bullying of small-town life by burying himself in stories of epic adventure. He never thought he’d find himself living one.

Charlie Bucktin lives in a tiny, insignificant bush town where nothing happens. Nothing, that is, until the town’s very own Huckleberry Finn – the light-fingered and dark-skinned Jasper Jones – stumbles upon a gruesome crime out by the dam.

Who else would he call on for help but the sharpest kid around? A midnight tap at Charlie’s window sparks a race to solve a murder and clear Jasper’s name.

Somewhere between Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and classic movie Stand by Me, Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel is a bittersweet, joyous coming-of-age yarn set in a community where every weatherboard house hides a dark secret.

Performed at the Playhouse, Jasper Jones theatregoers find themselves at South Bank, Brisbane's premier food, culture and lifestyle hub. A perfect place for a quick midweek break or long weekend getaway.

Eat & drink

Dedicated foodies find themselves in an incredible cuisine and beverage hot-spot, with strolling access to a huge selection of restaurants, cafes, bars, takeaways and seasonal food markets.

Find out more about Southbank's food and beverage experience

Discover the Night Noodle Markets from 25 July to 5 August.

Eye candy attractions

Passionate sightseers are surrounded by beautifully designed South Bank attractions, including 17 hectares of perfectly landscaped parklands, the Grand Arbour, a 1km long curling steel walkway covered in flowering bougainvillea - an incredible splash of Winter colour - and the River Quay, celebrating Queensland's outdoor lifestyle in the middle of a bustling city. All housed along the southern bank of Brisbane's gloriously winding river.

Get the visitor guide to South Bank

Art & entertainment

And those who crave culture find themselves in Brisbane's art and entertainment heartland, with easy access to the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Museum and more.

Explore Egyptian Mummies at the Queensland Museum until 26 August.

Experience Patricia Piccinini's Curious Affection - an exhibition of imaginative hybrid creatures - at GOMA until 5 August.

Tour Tony Albert's Visible - a major exhibition of contemporary Indigenous Australian art - at the Queensland Art Gallery until 7 October.

Fight the Winter chills

And everyone can break free from the southern winter chills to sit back and enjoy Brisbane's beautiful warm sunshine. All just a quick plane trip away, close to accommodation and walking distance from Brisbane's CBD. What's not to like?

So book your tickets to Jasper Jones and enjoy everything South Bank has to offer. Take on Brisbane's culture, food and lifestyle experience and make this a Queensland holiday to remember.

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Cast Includes Ian Bliss, Shaka Cook, Nicholas Denton, Rachel Gordon, Hayden Spencer, Hoa Xuande and Melanie Zanetti 

Designer Anna Cordingley

Lighting Designer Matt Scott

Composer/ Sound Designer Darrin Verhagen

Play Briefing
Monday 23 July, 6pm - 7pm
Playhouse, QPAC

Running Time 
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

This production contains coarse language, adult themes, theatrical weapons, references to violence, sexual abuse and suicide, racial slurs, theatrical haze/smoke effects and electronic cigarettes.

Information for Schools

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