CloudCUCKOOLand: A Karaoke Musical

World Premiere

14 February - 2 March 2013

performance details

Purchase tickets from qtix or telephone qtix on 136 246

“Begin your theatre adventures in 2013 with a home grown, feel good, song and dance story about local dreamers who have gone to the birds.”

Lance has been running the karaoke. He is constantly at war with Amber Sky, the hyper-tense stage manager and Stevie, the ubercool, ultra fashionable club owner. Jolene is a country and western cougar, who has just arrived in town.  JJ is a returned serviceman looking for the meaning of life. Tiger is a car mechanic obsessed with old fashioned rock and roll. Zeus believes he is a god, Calypso is a faded soapie actress. Andy is the boy next door with a secret, Delilah is a triple threat and Lady Nightingale is a temptress beyond your wildest imagination. Into this mix lands Dawn, an angel with a point to make.

CloudCUCKOOLand is a transformation play, inspired by the real stories of local karaoke singers. It is based on a bold reimagining of Aristophane’s ancient Greek comedy, The Birds. In this cacophony of song, dance and comedy, heartBeast’s latest work places the audience right in the heart of the action. Purchase a drink before the show and enjoy it seated at one of our on stage, cabaret style tables.

Written & adapted by Michael Beh in conjunction with the heartBeast vicious theatre ensemble, CloudCUCKOOland pulses with hit songs from the forties to the naughties, from Nat King Cole, Johnny Cash and Peggy Lee to Tom Jones, Carly Simon, Stevie Nicks, Queen, Spandau Ballet, Chris Isaaks, Robbie Williams, Snow Patrol and 2012 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Loreen.

Revel in the stories of this precious flock of characters, ranging from one ordinary night in the karaoke to the great competition performance where in true Priscilla style, the frocks come out, the heels come on, the wigs are donned and the stage goes crazy with excitement, energy and celebration.

Multi-talented veteran of the Australian stage and screen, Warwick Comber, leads the talented heartBeast ensemble: Brian Bolton, Samantha Cable, Tegan Devine, Karen Dinsdale, Anna O’Hara, Jacqueline McCarthy Kerr, Hamish Nicholson, Jacob Paint and Emily Pollard.

Directors: Michael Beh & Michelle Carey, Choreographer: Tegan Devine, Costume Designer: Jan Mandrusiak, Stage Manager: Adrienne Costello, Lighting Designer: Jason Harding, Sound Designer: Peter Crees.

Dedication:  hearBeast dedicates this production to founding ensemble member, Selina Kadell and her family.

CloudCUCKOOLand is suitable for young people over the age of 13.  It does not contain any nudity or offensie language.

For Sunday performances: Tickets will go off sale online at 5pm the day prior. Tickets can then be purchased by contacting heartBeast on or by purchasing at the door 1 hour before show time.

performance details, brisbane

Purchase tickets from qtix or telephone qtix on 136 246


Thursday 14 February - 7.30pm PREVIEW All tkts at concession price
Friday 15 February - 7.30 pm OPENING NIGHT SOLD OUT
Saturday 16 February - 7.30pm
Sunday 17 February - 6.30pm
Thursday 21 February- 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Friday 22 February - 7.30pm
Saturday 23 February - 7.30pm
Sunday 24 February - 6.30pm
Thursday 28 February - 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Friday 1 March - 7.30pm
Saturday 2 March - 7.30pm  CLOSING NIGHT

venue: trinity hall
church st
fortitude valley (wheelchair access available)

$28 Adults
$25 Senior/Under 30
$22 Concession/Student Rush
$18 High School Student

Concession rate applies to all pensioners, unemployed, Actors Equity and Industry equivalent).

Group rate applies for 10 or more adults at $25.00