Queensland Day will be celebrated Queensland style at the Redland Museum on June 5 with an inaugural Queensland Day play.
Written by Ian Austin and directed by Jan Nary, Down Came a Jumbuck is described as a funny, clever piece of theatre that takes a satirical look at what happens when a mixture of business, patriotic fervour and creativity are brought to a rolling boil.
The cast of three features Ray Noonan as Hubert (head of advertising agency), Debbie Spearritt as Miss Church and Patrick Evens as Andy 'Banjo' Paterson.
Ms Nary said that with Australian history, humour and sharing yarns, Down Came a Jumbuck promised to launch Redland Museum's new annual date-claimer with a baa and a bang.
In the second half of the show the audience will be invited into the Museum's Pub Redlands to join a group of retired drovers and their mates, reminiscing in The Droving Days, created and directed by Chad Sherrin. The men talk about horses they have known and ridden and tall tales of unlikely characters, all woven through and around with Banjo Paterson's timeless ballads. Sherrin will present some of the theories that abound about Paterson's poem-turned-song Waltzing Matilda and disclose the origins of the most likely story.
He will also invite the audience to participate in what is the authentic tune for Waltzing Matilda.
Tickets are $37 and include admission to the museum and a two-course meal. On offer is pumpkin soup with crispy bacon pieces served with a warm bread roll, followed by sticky date pudding with butter scotch sauce and cream.
Nibblies and tea and coffee are included in the price.
The show will be held from 7pm (doors open at 5.30pm for dinner at 6pm) on June 5,11 and 12 June with matinee performances from 1.30pm (doors open at noon with lunch at 12.30pm) on June 6 and 13.