Can you hear the sound of hysteria?
Pannic Productions has announced that their first show for 2019 will be the Queensland community theatre premiere of Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT. The blistering, high energy musical will be coming to The Gardens Theatre, QUT in June for a strictly limited season.
Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three friends who are living in post 9/11 America. Jaded by their small-town lives and feeling disenfranchised from what they view as the “American Dream”, they set off to explore life in a big city. What follows is a journey of love, loss and self-awareness, set to the Grammy Award winning music of Green Day.
Seasoned Director and Lighting Designer Andrew Haden is excited to bring the musical to life for Brisbane.
“It is a huge honour to be staging the Queensland community theatre premiere of Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT with Pannic Productions,” he said.
“We’ve only been in rehearsals for a couple of weeks, and I am already blown away by the fiercely talented cast, crew and production team putting this show together. It’s a definite testament to the amazing local talent we have here in the South East.
“If I could say one thing to Brisbane it’s this - fantastic productions and talented performers aren’t just found on the big stages like QPAC. They’re on the smaller, local stages, too. There are so many dedicated, passionate people in Brisbane’s creative community making beautiful, arresting, impactful, entertaining works of theatre, and Pannic Productions is so inspired and excited to be part of that community.”
Mr Haden believes Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT appeals to both dedicated theatregoers and first-timers alike, given the show’s relatable plot that perfectly compliments the well-known pop-punk score.
“Although set in the early 2000s, the themes of Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT are just as pertinent today as they were then. Socio-political unrest and a sense of unease for the future still run strong, not just in the USA, but all over the world. While a lot of musical theatre interacts with social issues, Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT is entirely grounded in a reality that many have lived through, or can relate to on some level.
“Very rarely does a show straddle punk and musical theatre like this one, but it makes perfect sense to me; I see the punk side screaming for change, demanding things be examined and people be heard... while the musical theatre side forces optimism and hope. That if things are so bad there are cracks appearing, then maybe those cracks will let in the light. That’s what we’re going to show Brisbane, and I can’t wait for Brisbane to see it.”
For more information, including how to book tickets, visit our AMERICAN IDIOT web page.