Thrive on Arts


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Thrive on Arts is a creative space for young people, families and the wider community that celebrates play, imagination, creativity and storytelling from 21-30 September during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

The Empire Theatres will be transformed into a vibrant centre of artistic activity and interactive experiences across 10 days of the Spring school holidays. Participants of all ages will get to explore their world, indulge their creative instincts and get carried away by powerful storytelling.

The family program includes a mixture of activities to excite ages 1-15 years. But the fun is not just for the young ones, a wide variety of shows in the evening will have something for everyone from the young to the young at heart.

Whether it be music, drama, art or a workshop that brings you to the space, stay a while and try something new!

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Thrive on Arts is supported by the Toowoomba Regional Council through the Events Support Grant Program 


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts' Festivals Australia program. 


Comedy and Cabaret

Sydney Comedy Festival

Sydney Comedy Festival 

Saturday 29 September, 8pm 
Empire Theatre
Duration: Approximately 2 hours including a 20 minute interval 


Expertly curated and lovingly presented, the Showcase will feature some of the Festival's hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard-hitting laughter. Boasting a line-up of veteran favourites, international stars, and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs!

So call your pals and grab your tickets to the funniest night of entertainment you will see all year - don't miss out on a huge night of laughs! 

Warning: Recommended for mature audiences 15 years and over. May contain coarse language and adult themes. 
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Empire Cardholder $34.00 
All Tickets $38.00 

39 Forever

39 Forever 

Thursday 27 September, 7.30pm 
Heritage Bank Auditorium 

Do you still feel like you’re 25 even though your birth date stubbornly insists you’re not? Are you enquiring about Botox ‘for a friend’? Do you wonder how it’s possible adults were born in the 1990’s?! This hilarious cabaret show from Amity Dry has been a five star success in the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has been lauded by audiences and critics as the perfect Girls Night Out. So if you remember when fringe perms and ra-ra skirts were cool and occasionally get a shock when you catch your own reflection come and laugh (and cry) with Amity as she explores the pressure to stay forever young and asks whether 40 really is the new 30 – or only with the right Instagram filter!


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Table Seating
Table of 6                                                       $252.00
Empire Cardholder single table seat             $42.00
Single seat at table                                        $45.00
Seating Bank Seating
Empire Cardholder single seating bank        $36.00
Adult                                                              $40.00
Pre-purchase Cheese Box                            $15.00 

Death By Soprano

Death by Soprano 
Sunday 23 September, 7pm
Heritage Bank Auditorium
 Duration: 75 min
Recommended for 15+

Death By Soprano satirically catalogues operatic death scenes in an A-Z, cabaret romp through Operatic Occupational Hazards. This is a cabaret work with a great love of opera, that also embraces a loving irreverence for opera’s occasionally over-inflated ego. 

Its high art with a fun sensibility that doesn’t take itself too seriously. 

Utilising slapstick, absurdism, dark-clowning and a healthy dose of prop-humour, Death By Soprano portrays the final moments in the lives of operatic heroines. The show is created specifically for 'non-opera' demographics, particularly comedy, cabaret and festival audiences but also caters for lovers of classical music. 


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Table Seating
Table of 6                                                           $216.00
Empire Cardholder single seat                          $36.00
Single seat at table                                            $39.00
Seating Bank Seating
Empire Cardholder single seating bank              $32.00
Adult                                                                    $34.00
Student                                                                $20.00
Pre-purchase Cheese Box                                  $15.00