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.
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. Since 2009 the company is guided by Kellie Lazarus and Jason Klarwein.
As well as producing high quality theatre and workshops to over 60,000 school students per year, 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), The Tale of Monkey (2002) Franz Kafka’s The Trial (2005), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2010 co-produced with Milton State School), Orbit (2012), Macbeth (a 2014 co-production with Queensland Theatre Company) directed by Michael Attenborough CBE, The 7 Stages of Grieving (2015-17 Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Montreal, London)