The story so far
Grin and Tonic has been serving the State of Queensland in Australia for over forty years. At the helm of Queensland theatre, the company delivered the inaugural production of the Queensland Theatre Company in 1969, Peter Shaffer’s The Royal Hunt of the Sun. With a strong Youth and Education arm, the Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe is well respected for its high standard of work in the education system throughout Australia and Asia. Our company boasts such luminaries as Geoffrey Rush, David Gulpilil, Jack Thompson, Deb Mailman, Bille Brown, Roxanne Macdonald, Ian Stenlake, Veronica Neave, Eugene Gilfedder, Russell Dykstra, Jane Harders, Leo Wockner, Don Batchelor, Jennifer Flowers, Sean Mee, Caroline Kennison, James Stewart, John Batchelor, Andrew Buchannan, Hayden Spencer, Carita Farrer, Donald Hall, Elizabeth Navratil, Sir James Killen and Cicely Berry to name a few.
Our Mainstage production highlights include Right on the Night with Geoffrey Rush (1979), The Bacchoi (1971), Mother Courage and Her Children (1981), Othello at the Sydney Opera House (1987), Troilus and Cressida co-directed by Cicely Berry (1989), Gilgamesh (1990), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2000) The Tale of Monkey (2002) Franz Kafka’s The Trial (2005).
Grin and Tonic’s Founding Director, Bryan Nason has received many prestigious awards for the Company’s dedication to theatre including an Honourary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Queensland, a Queensland Centenary Medal, and a Member of the Order of Australia which is the highest award given by the Governor General of Australia for the Company’s service to the performing arts in Queensland, through the development of professional theatre groups and regional touring. It’s been 45 years since Bryan Nason, the former Artistic Director of Grin and Tonic Theatre (pictured below with current Artistic Director Jason Klarwein), directed the first Shakespeare show for the company; The Tempest, featuring Jack Thompson, Michael Caton, Wendy Sanders and Shane Porteous.