Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall on the birth of their new musical

'Bananaland' is having its world premiere as part of Brisbane Festival 2023.

Keir Nuttall and Kate Miller-Heidke are visibly nervous. And understandably so. It’s the day before the first ever preview of the brand new musical show, Bananaland. Partners in life and creatively, the pair, who already share a real life child, have those new parent vibes. They’re about to see their latest baby take its first steps and there’s every chance of course that it could fall flat on its face.

Indeed, it’s not only the first preview, it will also be the first time the cast have ever had a proper run through in the space, or so director Simon Phillips will tell the assembled crowd before the opening curtain.

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Madeleine Swain is ArtsHub’s managing editor. Originally from England where she trained as an actor, she has over 25 years’ experience as a writer, editor and film reviewer in print, television, radio and online. She is also currently Vice Chair of JOY Media.