Eurovision lands in Mackay and it's no ordinary song contest!

18 May 2023
CQUniversity Bachelor of Theatre students

Get ready for a night of glitter, excitement, and laughter as CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Theatre students bring their new musical parody, Song Contest – the almost Eurovision experience to life on stage.

The students will present five performances at Mackay’s Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) from Friday, 16 June.

With 11 countries competing, an array of anxious contestants, and an over-the-top hostess, this comedic and loving tribute to Eurovision is as close to the real thing as you can get.

Competing countries include Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Greece, Italy, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Ukraine, and Norway.

The show also features all original songs, including wind-blown hair power ballads, pretty glitter boy pop, soulful groove, and all manner of patriotic foolishness.

Associate Lecturer in Theatre and Acting, Matt Young has been working with the students over the past few months to prepare them for the performance.

“The show is an exhausting but ultimately an affordable, uplifting top night out, with everything about this mingled comedy and music act sure to delight and make you cringe at the same time,” Mr Young said.

“The songs are top shelf and sound just like something you have heard before on Eurovision, only different and a bit wrong."

Head of Course for the Bachelor of Theatre, Dr Linda Lorenza said the performance will provide an interactive theatrical experience like no other, with the audience getting to participate.

“Just like the real Eurovision, Song Contest audiences will actually vote using an online voting system at each performance! Every performance will have a different winner, an unpredictable Act 2,” she said.

“It is exciting to bring this new kind of interactive theatrical experience to the Mackay community.”

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience this unique theatre experience. This show is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Book tickets now for one of the following performances:

  • Friday, 16 June 2023 – 10:30 am and 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, 17 June 2023 – 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, 18 June 2023 – 2 pm