When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie you’ll be dining in style at the That’s Amore! Italian Dinner at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Get ready to transport yourself to Italy on Saturday 1 December as you sip on delicious prosecco at That’s Amore! Italian Dinner and feast on a menu straight from the Amalfi coast.

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A re-imagining of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler by Melissa Bubnic, directed by Paige Rattray

10 November to 8 December, 2018

Queensland Theatre’s season finale is a fitting blockbuster to an extraordinary year!

Logie Award-winning actor Danielle Cormack is the Hedda audiences have all been waiting to see in Melissa Bubnic’s local version of the Henrik Ibsen classic that is as dangerous and surprising as its heroine.

Cormack is joined on stage by powerhouses Jimi Bani, Bridie Carter, Jason Klarwein, Joss McWilliam,

Andrea Moor and Helen O’Leary. 

Opening on Saturday 10 November in the acclaimed new Bille Brown Theatre, Hedda showcases a triumvirate of incredibly talented women. Danielle Cormack is an actor with the power and sense of danger you need to tackle one of drama’s greatest heroines. Playwright Melissa Bubnic has the wicked turn of phrase and pitch black humour to wrench a 19th century classic into the here and now. And Director Paige Rattray has an ability to unleash performances that become seared into memory. Throw in a stellar cast and Hedda promises to be a must-see event of 2018.

In Queensland Theatre’s Hedda we see Ibsen’s fiercest leading lady land poolside on the Gold Coast!

The story: Hedda Gabler is railing against her life. She didn’t marry drug slinger George Tesman so she could play housewife in a monstrous Gold Coast mansion with white leather couches, blingy chandeliers and endless rounds of Aperol Spritz. She wants something much more and now her old flame, Ejlert Løvborg, is out of prison and off the junk. Is he about to slice off a piece of George’s empire? Maybe Hedda can pull some strings to work this to her advantage.

The story is brought to life by a collective of Australia’s great stage and screen talent – Danielle Cormack needs little introduction after owning powerful female characters in Wentworth and Rake; Jimi Bani returns to Queensland Theatre fresh from the critically acclaimed My Life is Jimi national tour; the Helpmann-nominated stage powerhouse Jason Klarwein was last applauded in Twelfth Night; Joss McWilliam brings over 30 years of experience in standout roles; NIDA graduate and leading actor Bridie Carter (McLeod’s Daughters) makes her debut with Queensland Theatre, while multi-award nominated Helen O’Leary (Packed to the Rafters, The Strip) also debuts with Queensland Theatre. Completing the casting coup is nationally celebrated actor-director, and Queensland Theatre audience favourite, Andrea Moor.

London-based playwright Melissa Bubnic is returning to Australia for the opening and said her adaption of Hedda had been two years in development with Queensland Theatre. She explains the reason for making the George Tesman character a drug slinger, “I didn’t feel that academics arguing over the meaning of life and losing a manuscript felt inherently dramatic to me for today’s audience. Drugs, violence, death – all of that felt immediately higher stakes. This is a world where if you make a dud move, the consequences can be catastrophic.”

“And Hedda is completely unapologetically self-serving. She’s after what she wants and everyone else is collateral. She doesn’t have the ennui, restlessness, longing for beauty of the original Hedda. My Hedda is a woman on a mission,” said Bubnic.

Director Paige Rattray has directed two of Queensland Theatre’s most powerful stage productions in Black is the New White and Scenes from a Marriage, and said Ibsen was a radical thinker in his time and Melissa Bubnic’s reimagining equally as radical for now.

“We were interested in taking one of the ‘great’ female roles and tipping the idea of the tragic female lead on its head. Our Hedda isn’t a bored housewife. She’s a woman with a huge amount of agency who wants to rebuild the family name and be autonomous, and she will do anything to make that happen. She’s bold and brutal and takes no prisoners. It’s set on the modern-day Gold Coast; the family business is drugs and property development. It’s a very high stakes world,” she said.

HEDDA – a re-imagining of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler by Melissa Bubnic, directed by Paige Rattray

10 November to 8 December at the Bille Brown Theatre, Queensland Theatre

Tickets: Tickets at or by calling 1800 355 528


Director: Paige Rattray

Designer: David Fleischer

Composer/Sound Designer: Kelly Ryall

Lighting Designer: Emma Valente

Director of Observation: Ling-Hsueh Tang and Merlynn Tong

Dramaturge: Marcel Dorney



Jimi Bani – Ejlert Løvborg

Bridie Carter – Thea Elvsted

Danielle Cormack – Hedda Gabler

Jason Klarwein – George Tesman

Joss McWilliam – Judge Brack

Andrea Moor – Julia Tesman

Helen O’Leary – Berta

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The Society presented by Moet Ice is a social Membership category that invites you to experience three exclusive glamorous trackside events each year including live DJs, a glass of Moet Ice on arrival and beautifully furnished surroundings. Society Members also receive General Admission access on all racedays at Doomben and Eagle Farm Racecourse, and Members’ Reserve access on two premier Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival racedays.

The Society presented by Moet Ice Benefits

  • One Society Member Card
  • Invitations to attend three exclusive Society Member events annually featuring live DJs, a glass of Moet Ice on arrival and beautiful surroundings
  • General Admission access to the all racedays at Doomben and Eagle Farm Racecourses including the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival
  • Members’ Reserve access on two premier Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival racedays
  • Member offers and promotions on selected raceday and non-raceday tickets and packages
  • 2018/19 Membership Season ends 31 July 2019

The Society presented by Moet Ice Function Dates

St Rita’s College Caulfield Cup Raceday – 20th October 2018

Girls’ Day Out Raceday – 23rd February 2019

Treasury Brisbane Ladies’ Oaks Raceday – June 2019

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After a sell-out season last year, The Society Summer Series, presented by Chandon is back!

Celebrate the beauty of Summer with free-flowing Chandon sparkling wine, house beers & wine and delectable charcuterie stations at Brisbane’s most gorgeous rooftop bar – The Society Rooftop.

Featuring DJ entertainment, stylish themed decor and stunning views of the expansive gardens and grand fig trees, this is the ultimate destination to hang out with friends under a setting sun. Not to mention our super lush indoor bar attached to the rooftop, with the best seats in the house…right next to the charcuterie spread!

Fire up the group chat and get the gang ready to dance into the night with the setting Summer sun & a glass of Chandon. Queensland doesn’t get better than balmy summer evenings on a rooftop surrounded by fairy lit trees, so beat the Christmas rush, and book in your work Christmas party, or Christmas catch up with friends at the Society Rooftop.

The Society Summer Series is here for a good time, not a long time, and is only available for 4 Saturday’s in December. Don’t miss out!


Enquire with our Sales Team about holding your Christmas party at one of our Society Summer Series events.

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When: Saturday 27 October 2018
Where: Aquis Park Gold Coast Turf Club, Bundall

Tickets: $15-$230

Get ready to gallop into Aquis Park Gold Coast Turf Club’s own Cox Plate, featuring live on-track racing action as well as a live broadcast of the Cox Plate on the big screen.

Aquis Park’s Cox Plate entertainment package will be held in the Canary Bar, offering guests a grazing menu and beverage package, the same package that sold out at the Gold Coast Cup. In addition to this, Gelato Messina have partnered as the official dessert sponsor for attendees to enjoy.

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When: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Where: Aquis Park Gold Coast Turf Club, Bundall

Tickets: $20-$350

Aquis Park Gold Coast Turf Club’s Spring Racing Carnival’s closing event, the Melbourne Cup, is set to take the Gold Coast by storm. Packed with live races during the day, plus the one and only Melbourne Cup broadcasted on big screens across the course, the Gold Coast Turf Club will host an authentic race day experience.

From reserved seating on tables of 10 in The Dome and the Board Room, to cocktail style seating, a grazing menu and live entertainment in the Event Centre, there’s something for everyone.

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