“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
The QPAC Museum Collections Store houses more than 70,000 items – costumes, photographs, set and costume designs, recordings, lighting plots, annotated scripts and memorabilia – that all form part of the story of Queensland’s performing arts history.
Tucked away in the upper levels of the Centre, like Aladdin’s Cave of Wonders, it’s filled with objects and artefacts of significance and beauty.
Lift the lid on a box, slide open a drawer, unzip a bag…
File box containing handwritten membership records from 1950s-1980s for Brisbane Repertory Theatre which later became La Boite Theatre. Photo: Maria Cleary, En Rui Foo
Brisbane born international opera star Margreta Elkins’ (1930-2009) travelling hat box. Photo: Maria Cleary, En Rui Foo
Actress Jeanne Battye’s travelling trunk and cape worn by Phyllis Ball as character 'Elvira' in Opera Queensland’s 1976 production of Don Giovanni. Photo: Maria Cleary, En Rui Foo
Girl puppet from QPAC’s 2004 stage adaptation of Shaun Tan’s The Red Tree.Original poster for Harry Gold - The Gay Deceiver / 1940 Road Show. Photo: Maria Cleary, En Rui Foo
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