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       Queensland Music Festival, Isaac Regional Council and Queensland Government present


The Power Within The Power Within

A brand new musical spectacular celebrating the power of a united community

Queensland Music Festival (QMF) will celebrate the talent, diversity and resilience of Isaac by uniting hundreds of local community members to star in a world premiere musical spectacular on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July 2017 in Moranbah.

In the most significant cultural event to be staged in the region, The Power Within will reflect on the realities and resources of pop-up mining towns – boom and bust cycles, the vagaries of weather, and subsequent economic and social challenges – and the sheer power and beauty of a united community.

The massive outdoor show will star more than 250 locals including schools, town choirs, instrumentalists, featured vocalists, dance groups and horse riders, all set against an inventive industrial backdrop. The Power Within tells the story of discovering an abundant supply of music under the ground, and a town being built to mine the natural resource. A historic flood threatens to destroy everything and the citizens must come together again to recapture their spirit, and reveal the true meaning of cooperation and kinship.

The production is the result of an 18-month-long community engagement project in which QMF, working in close partnership with Isaac Regional Council (IRC), has embedded its team in six of the towns across the Isaac region: Moranbah, Clermont, Dysart, Middlemount, Glenden and Nebo. QMF’s creative team has been working with schools and community groups since October 2016 to mine the local creative forces, increase skills to create a show that reflects the stories of the region.

Event information


28 and 29 July 2017, 6.30pm

Ted Rolfe Oval, Moranbah

Alcohol Free Event

Creative Team

Creative Producer: Marguerite Pepper
Writer & Director: David Burton
Musical Director: Stephen Russell
Choir Director: Emma Dean
Choreographer & Assistant Director: Neridah Waters
Production Designer: Josh McIntosh
Lighting Designer: Ben Shaw
Sound Designer: Will Davy

More information More information

QMF, Government logo and Isaac Regional Council logo

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This program has received additional support from the Queensland Government through the Queensland Arts Showcase Program, and through the Department of the Premier and Cabinet as part of its commitment to maintaining and building safe, connected and cohesive communities.


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The Venue - Ted Rolfe Oval, Moranbah The Venue - Ted Rolfe Oval, Moranbah