Queen's City is a new ancestrally connected performance work led by writer and director Alethea Beetson. Currently in creative development, this programming constitutes part of Alethea's Doctorate of Creative Industries studies: a showcase performance of work in development, presentation of research and discussion. Alethea is undertaking her doctorate at Queensland University of Technology.
Every city is nestled on top of an ancient watering hole, bursting with truths that have never been told. Queen’s City is no different to any other urban bustling spot in so-called Australia. Except in the heart of this city lies the 'Always Was' Karaoke Bar and Skating Rink. It is the only place in town where truth can be rewritten into the past.
QPAC is proud to support the ongoing development of Queen's City, working with Alethea Beetson and other First Nations creatives to bring our voices to the stages our way.
Queen’s City has been supported by Museum of Brisbane’s Artist in Residence program generously funded by Tim Fairfax AO.
Alethea Beetson is a Kabi Kabi + Wiradjuri artist and producer living on stolen land in Brisbane. She squirms in her seat when her professional bio is read out because despite the grandeur of it all, she mostly answers a lot of emails. Every job she now has, Alethea owes to the often-silenced work of the Indigenous people who have gone before her. Although her physical appearance might suggest she likes long walks on the beach, candle-lit dinners and foreign movies, in reality she is all about decolonisation, cultural resurgence and ancestral connection.