Tue, Oct 24



Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio, University of Queensland

8th November - 18th November

a new play by ROB PENSALFINI & directed by REBECCA MURPHY

At turns hilarious and chilling, poignant and explosive, Bogga uses verbatim oral histories to explore the decline and fall of the malignant Bjelke-Petersen regime through the microcosm of Queensland's notorious Boggo Road Gaol in the 1970s and 1980s.

Bogga is the result of a long partnership between the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and the Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society. With the support of the Brisbane City Council through their Community History grants, historian Chris Dawson recorded oral histories from a dozen former guards and prisoners, and with their permission Rob Pensalfini wove these into a lively theatre script. All of the words and events in the play (recounts of murders, riots, corruption, escapes, and daily prison life) come directly from the oral histories - nothing has been added or altered. The script was revised with the support of the Queensland Theatre Company, with the input of several local playwrights and dramaturgs including Stephen Carleton, from 2014 to 2016. November 2017 will see the world premiere of Bogga, produced by the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and directed by Rebecca Murphy.

A Night at the Theatre — Support QSE, Communify, Arafmi QLD and the Red Cross by donating a ticket for Bogga to someone who could do with ‘A Night at the Theatre’.


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