How Far Do You Wanna Go?

Presented by Lorikeet Players - World Premiere

Saturday 20 May @ 2pm is an AUSLAN interpreted performance

In the middle of nowhere, Lucas and his guide dog Brutus (played by a human) meet Khadija while waiting for the bus to Birdsville. They are joined by Kevin, who lives nearby.  Cath the cranky bus driver, however, doesn’t want to let them aboard.  Outback Queensland is relocated to inner city Brisbane for this world premiere.

Join us for a hilarious adventure and quirky love story with a mysterious twist. Expect to be moved for this part-promenade play.  Written and directed by Gaulier-trained clown Marissa Ker.

Dramaturgy by Genevieve Butler.

** Wheelchair accessible venue **


2 reviews

  1. Excellent moving theatre experience.

    I really enjoyed this ahow. I love the interaction, where the audience moves from place to place.

  2. On a bus in outback Queensland - what could possibly go wrong?!


    Marissa Ker, writer, director and producer, has the bones of a great story in “How Far Do You Wanna Go?”. It’s the seemingly simple tale of three complete strangers heading to Birdsville on a bus.

    Lucas (Robbie Maher) and his guide dog Brutus (Umema Curtis) meet up with Windorah locals Kevin (Syd Watson) and Khadija (Johancee Theron) at the bus depot. Each character has their own worries and face their own form of discrimination from prejudiced bus driver Cath (Wendy Spencer).

    The production is site-specific and the Woolloongabba Substation is perfect for it. Promenade style, the audience starts out at the Windorah bus depot outside the venue. As the action moves onto the bus so does the audience, three of whom even sit on the bus itself. More could have been made of this interactive opportunity, Kevin being the only one to briefly interact with one ‘passenger’. As the journey moves along we learn more about each character’s reason for travelling to Birdsville but sadly we learn very little about their past. We do pick up some details of Khadija’s family but understanding the reasons behind Cath’s racial prejudice or Kevin’s rodeo background would have lent a greater depth to this story.

    The standout performance of the night was Johancee Theron as Khadija, possibly due to the depth of character she could draw on. A special mention must go to Umema Curtis who, as guide dog Brutus, flawlessly maintained character. Overall, however, the performance felt under rehearsed with uncomfortable pauses between lines and reactions were stilted.

    Does “How Far Do You Wanna Go?” go far enough? Possibly not. The story is about prejudice, racial profiling and, on the positive side, sticking up for people and mateship. It is presented as a comedy and does offer some lovely moments such as Lucas and Brutus dancing, but, apart from Theron’s Arabic lullaby, the snippets of old songs are jarring, poorly sung and serve no real purpose. More could have been made of the familial revelations at the Birdsville bus depot – suitably performed on the street outside the venue – and some sort of comeuppance for Cath.

    “How Far Do You Wanna Go?” is a good play and worth catching at the Anywhere Festival and it will be great to see it again in the future with a little more meat on the proverbial bone.

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How Far Do You Wanna Go? @ The Substation


Woolloongabba Substation
45 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, QLD, 4102

45 Logan Road
Woolloongabba QLD 4102
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Cultural, Art & Community



Duration/Opening Times

1 hour / Times vary