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Ned Kelly play at Pilbeam Theatre explores theory and myth

DANGEROUS DYNAMIC: Queensland Theatre Company’s Kelly is part of the 2015 See It Live Theatre Season.
DANGEROUS DYNAMIC: Queensland Theatre Company’s Kelly is part of the 2015 See It Live Theatre Season. Rob Maccoll

THE Pilbeam Theatre will host an intriguing look into the life of one of Australia's most infamous bushrangers in July, when Queensland Theatre Company's Kelly is performed.

The play is set on Ned Kelly's final night in prison before he is hanged for his crimes.

But Ned is interrupted by a visit from his brother Dan, disguised as a priest. Supposed killed at the siege of Glenrowan, Dan is intent on moving north to Queensland and forgetting his past.

To do so, he needs Ned's blessing and forgiveness. But the last time they saw each other, Dan tried to shoot Ned dead.

So begins a brutal confrontation by two titans of Australian history. Facing the sins of their past, each blames the other for their downfall. And neither will escape unharmed.

History tells us that Dan and Ned never saw eye to eye and there is also myth that Dan escaped the fire and disappeared to Queensland.

This makes for a brilliantly charged premise, explored beautifully on stage in 80 gripping minutes, weaving Kelly fact, theory and myth while exploring masculinity, brotherhood and the dangerous dynamic of mateship.


Kelly will be performed at the Pilbeam Theatre on Thursday, July 16, at 7.30pm

Tickets, at $48 for adults, are on sale now from the box office, Dial'n'Charge 4927 4111 and

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