Queensland Theatre is proud to present the world premiere season of Return to the Dirt by Steve Pirie, the winner of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2020–21, from 16 October to 6 November in the Bille Brown Theatre.
Return to the Dirt is a warm, funny and surprising play based on Steve Pirie’s year spent working at a Toowoomba funeral home. Guided by Steve himself in the role of The Playwright, the play sheds light on a little-known industry and explores some of our biggest questions — about what happens when we die, and what does it mean to live?
Initially penned as a response to the classic ‘dinner party questions’ when people found out Steve worked as a funeral director, Return to the Dirt attracted the attention of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2020–21 judging panel with its honesty, deep humanity and humour.
Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Lee Lewis was enthralled by Return to the Dirt on her first read and throughout the extensive creative development offered as part of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award program. She is overjoyed to now be directing the world premiere season at the Bille Brown Theatre.
Return to the Dirt is a refreshing, honest and surprisingly uplifting invitation to start the conversations we all try to avoid.
This production will also be available to stream online across Australia from 29 November to 5 December as part of our new Queensland Theatre at Home digital series.