Creating a new Australian musical through a personal story filled with love and joy

Keir Nuttall and Kate Miller-Heidke’s 'Bananaland' promises musical fun and side-splitting hilarity with some underlying serious themes.

A brand new Australian musical, Bananaland will see the light of day as part of the upcoming Brisbane Festival in a co-presentation with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). It is the brainchild of talented husband and wife team, Keir Nuttall and Kate Miller-Heidke, who have jointly written the lyrics and music for this comedic music theatre work.  

Nuttall wrote the book for Bananaland in early 2021, though the germ of the idea had been with him for a long time. He tells ArtsHub: ‘It was inspired by The Wiggles, though more accurately by the original band, The Cockroaches, who had Top Ten hits. Having a young child, we spent a lot of time watching The Wiggles and lots of other kids’ music, with its own peculiar, almost surreal performance world. We imagined what these people were like in real life as individuals, which became the genesis of the musical idea.’  

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Suzannah Conway is ArtsHub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer. Suzannah is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She has been writing reviews and music articles for over 15 years and regularly reviews classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals.