The Queensland Theatre Company is the state's flagship professional theatre company. The company presents an annual season of plays every year featuring comedies, classics and new Australian work. In 2017, under the new artistic director Sam Strong, the name of the company had changed from Queensland Theatre Company to Queensland Theatre. (Source: Daily Review website)
The Wider Earth recounts 'in epic form a scientific voyage of discovery that would, in the end, rock the foundations of religion and revolutionise scientific thought.' Over two hours, and with the incorporation of puppetry, writer/director David Morton focuses 'unwaveringly on Darwin’s journey from dilettantish family disgrace to tormented scientific pioneer thrown headlong into conflict with God' (Buzzacott).
In his review of the 2016 premiere production Martin Buzacott writes of the production's conception:
The kicker comes with the puppetry, beautifully rendered moving incarnations of the wildlife that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution. These gorgeous and charming creations (in part inspired by Handspring Puppet Company in Cape Town) not only captivate the audience’s imagination but, through theatrical estrangement, constantly reinforce the diversity, beauty and wonder of the natural world.
Entranced by the big picture horizons of galaxies and maps projected on to the cavernous Bille Brown Studio walls, the audience journeys with Darwin on the Beagle’s voyage in which 19th-century Bible-bashing runs headlong into evidence contradicting inherited belief (Australian 18 July 2016).