Undercover Artist Festival | Queensland Theatre

Following on from the success of the inaugural Undercover Artist Festival in 2015, Access Arts is proud to once again program a range of works that create inspiring, exciting, thought-provoking, creative, untried, collaborative, obscure and edgy experiences for audiences to engage within the performing arts.

This year, as part of Queensland Mental Health Week, we celebrate Queensland artists, as well as artists from across Australia and beyond, who will deliver an action-packed program featuring a variety of participatory experiences including workshops, international acts spanning a wide range of genres and artforms and a place to connect to many others working alongside us.

In 2015, the first Undercover Artist Festival succeeded in showcasing exceptional, high quality work, over two days, that brought over 100 emerging and professional artists with disability to  show Australia what they’ve got. We uncovered a potent need to connect and continue the conversation through a festival of this scale.

“We think that you have created something great with the festival, a  space for communities of difference to be seen and valued and we hope that the momentum that you developed continues.” Tamara Searle, Artistic Associate, Back to Back Theatre 

THANK YOU to our partners and sponsors:

The Mad Hatter’s Dinner

5.30pm, Greenhouse Foyer

Humorous, un-PC cabaret. The Mad Hatter’s Dinner Party is full of fantasy, part tragicomedy, part sophistication.

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Welcome to Undercover Artist Festival

7.30pm, Bille Brown Studio

The official launch. Here We all Are. Assembled Brisbane premiere followed by ACCESS ARTS ACHIEVEMENT Award 2017. Included in Festival Pass

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The Grumpy Cripple

10.00pm, Greenhouse Foyer

The Grump Cripple does not shy away from telling it how it is through a litany of comical complaints. Included in Festival Pass

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Disability Voices and Mainstream Stages

10.30am, Bille Brown Studio

Accessible arts professionals share success stories of collaborative and inclusive arts projects. Included in Festival Pass

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Environment Moves Mer

10.00am, Dianne Cilento Studio

Butoh, an art movement in Tokyo post World War II, uses imagery to move the body internally and externally. Included in Workshop Pass

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What does your artist statement say about you?

10.00am, Greenhouse Foyer

What’s in an artist statement? A cognitive approach to writing effective artist statements. Included in Workshop Pass

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Rock’n’Country Blues Show

12.00pm, Greenhouse Foyer

Singer, guitarist, songwriter Steve Sparrow will take you through the history of country blues and rock’n’roll music demonstrating some of the varied and vocal styles. Included in Festival Pass

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Inside

12.30pm, Bille Brown Studio

Can disability be a collaborator? And if so, how? And what does it look like? Wielding Theatre have answered the question with a resounding yes. Included in Workshop Pass

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Circus Explorations

12.30pm, Dianne Cilento Studio

Join Vulcana Women’s Circus in a playful workshop exploring the basics of circus – simple movement, manipulating objects, games that activate the body and mind. Included in Workshop Pass

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Stories So True

1.15pm, Greenhouse Foyer

Ged Maybury is a storyteller, performance-poet, actor and author. Ged will decipher a journey of autistic moments from childhood, mostly about getting in trouble. Included in Workshop Pass

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Unmasterclass

2.10pm, Dianne Cilento Studio

Dedicated to randomness, uncertainty and a love of errors in the creation of new theatre, Unmasterclass is a theatre workshop that prioritises being over knowledge and skill, elevates doing over thinking. $50 per participant

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Whiplash

2.45pm, Bille Brown Studio

Whiplash is a one-man performance that uses words and physicality to interpret meanings around hope. Included in Workshop Pass

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Hotel Pantelone

3.00pm, Greenhouse Foyer

An exhilarating slice of Commedia dell’Atre full of song, mayhem and silliness. Included in Festival Pass

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Unmasterclass

4.00pm, Dianne Cilento Studio

Dedicated to randomness, uncertainty and a love of errors in the creation of new theatre, Unmasterclass is a theatre workshop that prioritises being over knowledge and skill, elevates doing over thinking. $50 per participant

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Alone with Keyboard Kat

4.15pm, Greenhouse Foyer

Jeff Usher has been at the forefront of jazz since the early 1980s as a pianist, composer and music educator. Included in Festival Pass.

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Love Me

5.00pm, Bille Brown Studio

A new work about breaking down walls to conversation about mental health. A combination of movement, multimedia design, spoken word, music, puppetry and physical theatre. Special performance - $25/$20

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Just Dance

5.45pm, Dianne Cilento Studio

Dancers of all abilities are invited to join members of InsideOutside Dance Ensemble for a high energy 90 minute experience. Learn hip hop dance techniques to share your story through an end-of-workshop performance. Included in Workshop Pass.

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Ambition Road

6.00pm, Greenhouse Foyer

Songs exploring lost loves, broken hearts, what ifs and could have beens as well as sharing advice from many life experiences. Included in Festival Pass.

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The Last Supper

6.00pm, Foyer

A deliciously decadent buffet with a lush variety of sumptuous treats to taste. It’s fitting that we celebrate with a community dinner welcome to all. Special admission - $20.

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Morgan Stern

6.30pm, Bille Brown Studio

A powerfully moving monologue that will leave you with as many questions as answers. Special admission - $30 / $25.

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Sing it Out

7.00pm, Greenhouse Foyer

Funny, nostalgic, soulful and sensational songs. Once the singing starts the spirit takes us and by the end of the session we’re all flying. Included in Festival Pass

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Tribal Disco Party

8.00pm, Dianne Cilento Studio

Experience joy in the intense dance grooves of the African metropolis and deep trance Mbira rhythms igniting new grooves and wild funky dance moves. Included in Festival Pass.

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Songs from the Vault

8.30pm, Bille Brown Studio

Donna Dyson is the current APRA-ASA Australian songwriter of the year and her vaulted catalogue is being opened. Remarkable soloists, choirs, collaborators, co-writers and friends soar the heartfelt lyrics to your heart. Special Admission - $35 / $30

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Festival Pass

Workshop Pass

The Mad Hatter's Dinner
Fri 13 Oct 5.30pm

Unmasterclass
Sat 14 Oct 2.10pm & 4.00pm

Love Me
Sat 14 Oct 5.00pm

The Last Supper
Sat 14 Oct 6.00pm

Morgan Stern
Sat 14 Oct 6.30pm

Songs from the Vault
Sat 14 Oct 6.30pm