Time to Get a Bit Crazy at The Funatorium: Mad Hatters Tea Party on at QPAC

14 November 2017

You’d go mad too if the bad-tempered Queen of Hearts sentenced you to death for “murdering time” all because you tried to sing for her, but instead of death, Time punished you by stopping time still at six o’clock, forever! That’s what happened to the poor Mad Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse!

The Playhouse, QPAC descends on the madness of the Mad Hatter with The Funatorium: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party showing from 3 to 13 January, 2018.

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the chaos of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is set to come to life on stage these holidays.  Depicting the Mad Hatter’s hilarious and confusing circus of switching places at the table, asking unsolvable riddles and reciting ridiculous poetry with acrobatics, singing and roller skates, this is a super exciting cabaret made for kids.

The Funatorium: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is directed by former Circus Oz Artistic Director Mike Finch who cleverly takes the talents of an all-star cast of circus stars beyond the pages of the book. Led by Monica Trapaga (Play School), you’ll see precision juggling of everyday objects by Daniel Gorski, comic hula stylings by Eloise Green, incredible hand-balances by Casey Douglas, plenty of aerial surrealism by Marianna Joslin and extraordinary strength and nerve of a man called Mozes.

The tea party and all of its nonsense challenge Alice’s understanding of the concept of Time, it’s “the stupidest tea-party ever”! as Alice would say.  But let Alice be the only one to dislike this tea party!

Put on your fanciest and brightest hat, get a bit silly, practice your tea drinking with your pinky UP and join Alice in Wonderland favourites The Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and The Queen of Hearts at the table for a crazy good time!


The Funatorium: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party details

Where: The Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane Qld 4101

When: 3rd to 13th January 2018

Age recommendation: 5+ years


Alice's on Stage Seating (Premium) $55
Queen of Hearts Club (A-Reserve) $45 (Groups of 4+ $35)
Bill the Lizard's Lair (B-Reserve) $35
Cheshire Cat's Corner (C-Reserve) $25

 2 years and under are free on the knee

This show is part of QPAC’s SummerSet  program of school holiday events. Buy tickets to two or more of the SummerSet shows below and save $5 off per ticket:*

A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Selected ticket delivery methods may incur an additional charge. The minimum price listed may be available for selected performances only. Please see the event calendar when booking for the available date(s) and time(s) of this performance.

Find further details and purchase tickets here -> The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

“The Funatorium: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is as mad as the March Hare and puts the Tea in terrific ... a world that is charming, charismatic and tonnes of fun.” Australian Stage

"Unthought-of of feats of human strength, roller skating comedy and impeccable coordination in the face of many whirling hoops and all the while interlacing audience participation and humour so as to present a show that is truly dynamic, vibrant and endearing." By Alphabet Street

"The Funatorium is a completely immersive, engaging and absolutely crazy cabaret that is designed to enthral the littlest guests and leave them wondering if what they’ve seen on stage is magic or trickery, or just absolute mayhem."By Adventure Baby


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Eva Lewis

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