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34 Scenes About the Weather


“How about this weather…?!” 

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Lunch Friend and Anywhere Festivals


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Presented by LUNCH FRIEND and Anywhere Festival.

“How about this weather…?!” 

This age-old small-talk starter has begun millions of conversations between strangers around the globebut why this question? What does the weather say that we cannot?

Lunch Friend had an idea; bring together a plethora of playwrights from different stages in their writing career and give them a simple prompt: write a scene about the weather. 

34 Scenes About the Weather is an experiment, an investigation into the way weather affects us all and a celebration of the talents of both emerging and established writers all wrapped up into 100 minutes of theatrical small-talk.

34 stories, 36 writers, 4 actors and 100 minutes of storms, sunshine and human connection.

Boasting a stacked line-up of professional, emerging and first-time playwrights hailing from mainstages, theatre companies, universities, high-schools, bedrooms, studies and cafes across South-East Queensland – including several Matilda, Helpmann and Queensland Theatre Young Playwright award winners – 34 Scenes About the Weather is a carefully curated anthology play that represents everything the Brisbane theatre scene has to offer. 

This amorphous and ambitious work of theatre from Brisbane’s newest theatre-making team, Lunch Friend, will ask its audience to consider some of the big questions in life:

What does the weather truly mean to us? How do we successfully wrestle with forces outside of our control? Will I ever again be brave enough to jump in puddles? Why is Brisbane home to so many great playwrights? 

All will be answered in Lunch Friend’s debut production of 34 Scenes About The Weather, from 19 to 21 May.

Director and Producer:  Jordon Riley

Dramaturg and Producer: Blake Hohenhaus

Set and Costume Designer: Alex Riley

Ensemble Cast: Eliza Allen | Harrison Paroz | Jordan Stott | Grace Teng

Playwright(s): Claire Alcock | Scott Alderdice | Algae | Matt Bapty | BEE-BEE RIOT | Madeleine Border | David Burton | Courtney Cavallaro | Claire Christian | Wren B Condren | Sarah Esser | Hannah Flannery | Heather Groves | Lucas Hohenhaus | Red Holden | Dilroop Khangura | Nelle Lee | Anna Loren | Sheldon Mcloughlin | Ma-Janneh Miller | Tristan Niemi | Maddie Nixon | Christopher Paton | Billie Riley | Maddi Jane Römcke | Zoë Schramm | Lucas Stibbard | Egan Sun-Bin & Gabriella Marcelline | Lewis Treston in collaboration with Chat GPT | El Waddingham | Bea Warren | Grace Wilson | Joe Wilson | zoë

Follow Lunch Friend on Instagram for all upcoming playwright and cast announcements and updates.

This performance is in Bund 1 at The Paint Factory, a retired outdoor industrial space in Yeronga.


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    The Paint Factory

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    Date & Time

    19 May 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 21 May 2023 @ 8:40 pm


    100 min(s)

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    World Premiere


    Relaxed performances, Wheelchair accessible


    Coarse or crude language, Includes subject triggers

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    Doors Open

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    a jacket and a blanket, as we are in a partially outdoor space

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we present Anywhere Festival, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Jinibara, Turrbal and Yuggera Peoples. We wish to pay respect to their Elders - past, present and emerging - and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their stories continue to play.