Co-presented by Metro Arts

It’s 1926. Michigan. Harry Houdini’s final performance, only you don’t know that at the time. You’re here to be amazed, to be awakened with wonder. But the man before you appears frail, and vulnerable. He falls, he fails, and you can’t tear your eyes away.

Houdini didn’t die in front of a gasping crowd. He died days later, in a quiet hospital room. There, he ate chop suey and confessed all of his doubts to a surgeon. The audience didn’t get to see that man – they only ever met the marvel.

With some theatrical sleight of hand, the mystics from Counterpilot uncover a mystery stranger than the man himself. Seeking humanness in wonder, we turn our spotlights to the audience: the voyeurs of mortality on the evening of the end…

Spectate is a show about an audience, and we're inviting you to be that audience.



7-18 November, 2017

Sue Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane

Tickets $28 / $35 (+ transaction fees)

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Written & Directed by: Nathan Sibthorpe

Sound Design: Mike Willmett
Production Design: Sarah Winter
Lighting Design: Christine Felmingham
AV Design: Nevin Howell & Nathan Sibthorpe
Software Design: Clinton Freeman
Contraption Design: John Felmingham
Film Production: Optikal Bloc
Dramaturgy: Benjamin Knapton
Additional Contributions: Sandra Carluccio

Stage Performers: Toby Martin, Cam Clark, Elise Greig, Brad Haseman
Recorded Performers: Hugh Parker, Anna McGahan, Lucas Stibbard, Veronica Neave, Lauren Jackson

Stage & Production Manager: Nicole Neil
Assistant Director: Sean Dowling
Design Assistant: Jaimeson Gilders
Production ASM: Rebecca Minuti
Creative Development ASM: Jeremy Gordon

Metro Arts Producer: Jo Thomas
Metro Arts Marketing: Penny Challen

Photo by Naomi Etri, design by Nathan Sibthorpe
Marketing design by Sean Dowling


Spectate is co-presented by Metro Arts and has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Counterpilot is supported by the Queensland Governent through Arts Queensland.

Spectate is supported by Creative Sparks - a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Spectate is supported by Queensland Theatre through the Independent Artists @ Queensland Theatre initiative 2017.

Nathan Sibthorpe is supported by QUT Creative Industries as a recipient of the Dr. Don Batchelor Award for Drama Research, 2017.



SPECTATE is developed as a tourable work. For any enquiries, please contact Nathan Sibthorpe.