La Boite Theatre 2022

La Boite Theatre announces their 2022 season

Imagining worlds of love, power, politics and hope, La Boite Theatre has announced its four mainstage productions for 2022.

As Australia’s longest continuously running professional theatre group, the Queensland-based company has welcomed an eclectic season with works ranging from wickedly hilarious texts to heart-tugging musicals.

Kickstarting the season in March is ‘seven methods of killing kylie jenner’, a caustic two-hander by Jasmine Lee-Jones. Lee-Jones’ political and provocative play, which premiered at Darlinghurst Theatre Company in 2021, follows one young woman’s spiral into rage towards the world’s self-proclaimed “youngest self-made billionaire,” taking aim at the murky world of social media and its effect on real-life relationships.

Up next is the emotional ‘The Last Five Years’, a 2001 musical by Jason Robert Brown, which will be directed by Darren Yap in May. The musical follows the breakdown of a marriage between two New Yorkers in their twenties and is written for a two-person cast. Jamie looks back on the relationship chronologically, while Cathy narrates her side of the tale backwards, with the two narratives only briefly crossing paths when they marry.

La Boite Theatre 2022
La Boite Theatre have announced their 2022 season.

Following this is Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy ‘An Ideal Husband’, reimagined by award-winning writer Lewis Treston and performing onstage in August. Wilde’s gossipy drama of insider trade, political scandal, and blackmail, originally set in Victorian England, will be transposed to the familiar milieu of 1990s Canberra. This texts undeniably humorous eye is thrown on the Australian parliament’s incapacity to keep up with the community it represents in this new gay adaptation.

Rounding out the year, ‘Tiddas’ premieres in September. Directed by Nadine McDonald-Dowd and based on Anita Heiss’s 2014 novel, the story centres on five women who meet once a month to talk about literature, love, and the messy elements of life, until everything falls apart owing to the secrets they conceal from each other. This is a co-production between Brisbane Festival and QPAC.

Along with the mainstage season, La Boite’s Artist Development Program will continue to create new work by local theatremakers, including new commissions from Merlynn Tong, Ellen van Neerven, David Burton, Dead Puppet Society, Lewis Treston, and the Aha Ensemble. The artists of La Boite, their voices and experiences, are the lifeblood of the organisation, and the company is ecstatic to be able to continue supporting their growth in 2022.

The season’s two performances, ‘The Last Five Years’ and ‘Tiddas’, are developed by La Boite Theatre’s Artist Company, which consists of 12 performers and 11 creatives who collaborate to produce new works.

La Boite Theatre Company is based in Brisbane, Queensland, and was first formed in 1925. Next year marks the company’s 97th season.

Tickets for their season are now available via their website

La Boite Theatre 2022 Season

‘seven methods of killing kylie jenner’
24 February – 12 March 2022
Playwright – Jasmine Lee-Jones
Director – Zindzi Okenyo and Shari Sebbens

‘The Last Five Years’
30 May – 18 June 2022
Playwright – Jason Robert Brown
Director – Darren Yap

‘An Ideal Husband’
18 July – 6 August 2022
Playwright – Lewis Treston
Director – Bridget Boyle

5-14 September 2022
Playwright – Anita Heiss
Director – Nadine McDonald-Dowd

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