Brisbane’s own musical ghost story​


Real and Diverse Theatre (RAD) have been hard at work, practising their lines and immersing themselves in their roles ahead of their October production, Quavers. 

Quavers is the third major stage production by the Centacare-supported inclusive theatre ensemble, who rehearse each Thursday as a key part of the program at Centacare’s HAND Social and Life Skills Hub in Wilston. 

man posing for picture

Actor Ben has his closeup for the upcoming play Quavers, supported by Centacare’s Clark Crystal, artistic director (left) and Brian Lucas, choreographer (right).

RAD performer Nicole, an accomplished musician, has delighted in the opportunity to showcase her musical prowess to the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University student composers, playing a series of complimentary notes on her favourite instrument, the harmonica. 

Centacare Artistic Director Clark Crystal said Nicole’s confidence and willingness to share her talents had blossomed with gentle encouragement and the guidance of her support workers. 

“They walk alongside the cast to ensure they have everything they need to stay in character and perform their roles to the best of their ability,” said Clark.  

“The drama program offers a truly unique experience. Whether it’s street theatre or performing on stage at QPAC, these opportunities are perfect for helping people build their skills and confidence.” 

Nicole hasn’t always been passionate about the arts. Before joining RAD, she was considering a career in hospitality. However, she saw the RAD crew’s fun at one of their practice days at HAND and wanted to join in, too. 

“RAD makes me feel happy,” said Nicole. “I’ve made a lot of friends through RAD, and I have gained more confidence in my acting.” 

lady in a blue shirt playing harmonica and group of people reading scripts

In preparing for the production, the RAD crew have worked alongside a world-class production team of artists and musicians from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. 

Music Director Nicole Murphy said the collaboration between Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University students and Centacare’s RAD theatre group enriches students’ learning and brings fresh, newly composed music to the community, enhancing cultural appreciation and benefiting all.   

“By working with Centacare’s RAD drama crew, students gain invaluable practical experience and the opportunity to engage with their larger community, applying their skills in real-world settings.” 

Quavers is Brisbane’s own ghost story. It features family feuds, ghostly guides and a score that spans country tunes, jazz beats and haunting classics, performed by the students from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. 

Quavers runs from 24 to 26 October. Tickets are on sale now through QPAC. 

Presented by Centacare in partnership with Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. 

Quavers is supported by Suncorp Stadium. 

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