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Breaking The Castle Productions was co-founded by Peter Cook and Sam Henderson as a way of keeping the stage show Breaking the Castle alive and stable throughout COVID 19, and to ensure that the seasons at The Hothouse Theatre in Albury and Riverside Theatres Parramatta were able to happen.

BTC Productions has been working closely with QPAC and Oombarra Productions to help successfully deliver the Brisbane season of Breaking the Castle.

BTC Productions looks forward to collaborating with producing and presenting partners to deliver future seasons of Breaking the Castle in Australia and overseas, with an eye on continuing to develop new Australian work across the mediums of theatre, film and television.

BTC Productions recognises that this season at QPAC would not be able to happen without Bain Stewart and Leah Purcell at Oombarra Productions and the Vision of Jono Perry at QPAC and would like to extend a big thanks to the whole QPAC team.

PO Box 3567, South Bank, Queensland 4101 T: (07) 3840 7444 W:

Chair Professor Peter Coaldrake AO

Deputy Chair Leigh Tabrett PSM

Trust Members Julian Myers, Georgina Richters, Susan Rix AM, Murray Saylor

Executive Staff

Chief Executive: John Kotzas AM

Executive Director – Stakeholder Engagement Strategy: Jackie Branch

Executive Director – Philanthropy and Partnerships: Zoë Connolly

Executive Director – Visitation: Roxanne Hopkins

Executive Director – Venue Infrastructure and Production Services: Bill Jessop

Executive Director – Curatorial: Jono PerryExecutive Director – Business Performance: Kieron Roost


The Queensland Performing Arts Trust is a statutory body of the State of Queensland and is partially funded by the Queensland Government

The Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP: Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts

Director-General, Department of Communities and Housing and Digital Economy: Ms Clare O’Connor

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors – our First Nations Peoples – gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland.

Oombarra Productions founded by Leah Purcell AM and Bain Stewart is an award-winning First Nations content creation company working across film, TV, theatre and literature for over 25 years. Leah Purcell AM is an internationally acclaimed writer, director, actor and producer and a proud Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri woman from Queensland. Bain Stewart is a Ngugi-Goenpul-Noonuccal man and a Traditional Owner of Quandamooka, that includes Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in Queensland.

The work of Oombarra is ground-breaking and innovative with the team having developed, written, directed, acted and produced many of the most powerful First Nations performance works in our history. Leah and Bain are well respected leaders in the arts industry and have led the way in truth-telling. Their work is extremely well researched and is at the forefront of First Nations and mainstage performing arts, film and TV. Highlights of their previous award winning theatrical work includes the plays Box the PonyBlack Chicks Talking and The Drover’s Wife. Oomabrra is the Gunggari word for Ironbark Tree.

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