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Impressive lineup locked in for Ipswich Civic Centre

If you thought the first six months of the year were jam-packed at Ipswich Civic Centre, think again, because the lineup from July to December is even bigger

The impressive lineup of shows continues at Ipswich Civic Centre from July to December.

On the music front, highlights include Troy Cassar-Daley’s greatest hits tour, school performances of Matilda the musical and Grease, a tribute to Dolly Parton and The Killer Queen Experience.

If comedy is your thing, you will want to check out Waste Watchers the Musical, The Umbilical Brothers, My Brilliant Divorce by Geraldine Anon and Faulty Towers the Dining Experience.

The young ones will love Spot live on stage while sports buffs will go mad for The Longest Minute which tells the story of the 2015 NRL Grand Final. The Imperial Russian Ballet will be in town to present Swan Lake, and world-renowned medium Charmaine Wilson is sure to wow audiences when she stops by.

Check out the full program for all the details.

In the meantime, here’s a taste of what you can expect from some of the acts headed our way.

Troy Cassar-Daley: Greatest Hits Tour (21 July)

Troy Cassar-Daley has come a long way from the 12-year-old boy from Grafton busking on Peel St at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Throughout his 30 years of making music, he has been awarded numerous accolades including four ARIAs, 36 Golden Guitars, two APRA Country Song of the Year awards, nine Deadlys (Australian Indigenous Artist Awards), four CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards plus two NIMAs (National Indigenous Music Awards).

The 42 songs contained within Greatest Hits have been the soundtrack to the everyday triumphs, struggles and good times of Australians from the city to the outback.

More info here.

The Songs of Dolly Parton (3 August)

From rags to riches, Dolly’s life story has remained humble and honest in her performance. After 60 years she continues to be America’s sweetheart of country music. This new and uplifting show celebrates the decades-long success of Dolly Parton, the most honoured female country performer of all time.

Starring Brooke McMullen, at just 23 she is a superstar in the making. After huge success as June Carter in the hit show Leaving Jackson, Brooke is thrilled to now pay tribute to one of the biggest names in music.

More info here.

My Brilliant Divorce by Geraldine Anon (11 August)

My Brilliant Divorce sees star Mandi Lodge, award winning director Denny Lawrence (AFI and ACCTA Awards) and HIT Productions (25 years touring Australia) again combining their talents. This time to present a funny heartfelt story about Angela who is trying to ‘take charge’ after a divorce from her lying, cheating husband. A divorce that shocked her…but everybody else she knows, knew she was hurtling towards. A funny, contemporary story with heart.

More info here.

The Umbilical Brothers Speedmouse (17 August)

It’s legendary and it’s live. After smashing countless countries and slaying endless audiences, the Umbies’ most beloved show is back.

Full of the stuff you love best, Speedmouse is a live action, fast paced, rewind, slow motion, frame-by-frame adventure where two men create the impossible out of a microphone and a unique physical ability that has no equal. Speedmouse has earned a bevy of five star reviews and numerous awards including best stage production and best international show, along with a multi-platinum DVD that is sold in every corner of the world.

More info here.

The Killer Queen Experience (31 August)

After sold out shows across the world, The Killer Queen Experience are coming back to Ipswich Civic Centre.

Get ready to re-live the memories, and experience the greatest hits of the world’s most loved and iconic rock band. Starring the most recognised Freddy Mercury performer on the planet, John Blunt, who returns from the UK after starring in the Queen biopic Who Wants To Live Forever, making him the first and only person to portray Freddy Mercury on film.

More info here.

Mamma Mia! (13 September – 22 September)

Ipswich Musical Theatre Company presents a brand new production of the world’s favourite feel-good musical Mamma Mia!

With the stage transformed into a Greek island paradise and featuring the incredible songs of ABBA including Dancing Queen, Voulez Vous, S.O.S, Take a Chance on Me, and The Winner Takes All, Mamma Mia! tells the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father.

More info here.

Spot – live on stage (23 September)

Spot is one of the most loved dogs in the world, and he’s coming to Australia. Spot and his friends are off on a new adventure to visit Spot’s dad on the farm and meet the farm animals. But when they arrive, all the animals are lost.

Can Spot and his friends find them all? They might need a little help from their new friends in the audience. Eric Hill’s beloved puppy comes to life on stage with puppetry, songs, and puzzles for children aged 18 months to 7 and their adults.

More info here.

Swan Lake by The Imperial Russian Ballet Company (11 October)

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia with Swan Lake, the most loved classical ballet of them all. This masterpiece ballet is presented in two acts and follows the original storyline. Subtle revisions and variations have been introduced by Gediminas Taranda, Artistic Director of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company.

Swan Lake crosses the world of magic and mystical creatures with that of the real world. It is a story where the virtues of love and forgiveness in the end conquer evil and betrayal. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company was formed in 1994, headed by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist Gediminas Taranda. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company comprises 40 dancers from the major ballet schools of Russia.

More info here.

The Longest Minute (22 October)

One football club, one family, and one unforgettable NRL grand final. Where were you the night of the 2015 NRL Grand Final? The night when long-time underdogs the North Queensland Cowboys won in an all-Queensland nail-biter that changed the game, and the state, forever.

The Longest Minute is the story of how this game, and the teams that played, affect the lives of one family. It tells the story of a girl who wants to make her dad proud and succeed in the male-dominated sport of rugby league.

More info here.

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience (14 December)

Officially the world’s longest running and most successful tribute to the BBC’s famous sitcom, this Australian original has made its international mark as an ‘unforgettable night out’. 

Basil, Manuel and Sybil are in town – and they’re bringing a healthy dose of mayhem to your door. Fully immersive, highly interactive and completely original, this is the top-flight show where anything can happen and usually does – and with 70 per cent of the show improvised, it’s never the same twice.

More info here.

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