Spirits of the Red Sand - Dinner and Show

3 Hours
Meeanjin (Brisbane), Queensland
Performance
Year Round
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A world-first in authentic Aboriginal storytelling, Spirits of the Red Sand is an award-winning moving theatre and dinner experience that takes you beyond Dreamtime to 1800s Australia when the British and Aboriginal ways of life collide.

From the start of the live theatre experience to indigenous song and dance, the 3 course dinner and the final meet and greet of cast and crew – this is a completely immersive and interactive evening that the whole family will enjoy.

Location

Beenleigh Historical Village - 205 Main Street, Beenleigh, Queensland.

What to expect

Journey from Aboriginal Dreamtime to the 1800’s through this powerful, open-air live theatre show. Based on true events, Spirits of the Red Sand brings to life a powerful, emotive narrative that follows three Aboriginal brothers dealing with the clashing cultures and beliefs of the 19th century.

Launched in 2017, this first-of-its kind experience is a true cultural awakening that will open your eyes to the history, beauty and vibrancy of the Aboriginal people.

The live theatre experience is a roving, immersive theatre – guests move from scene to scene and enjoy a range of indigenous song and dance. Told by Jarrah, the only surviving member of three Aboriginal brothers, the show is set within a real 19th-Century Australian town complete with Church, Pub and indigenous village.

The story of Spirits of the Red Sand is based on true events and authentic elements of Aboriginal culture. Many of our characters have been inspired by real people living in 1800’s Australia. All of our Aboriginal actors are direct descendants of Australian Aboriginal mobs – their families experienced many of the events they bring to life in the show.

The theatre is followed by a delicious 3 course dinner infused with indigenous flavours. You’ll enjoy:

Piping hot damper with dipping oils and bush dukkah to start
Tasting skewer of kangaroo, crocodile and emu with roast vegetables
Hearty Australian-style char-grilled buffet with a selection of beef, lamb, chicken cooked to perfection and infused with our signature bush rub accompanied by baked potatoes, seasonal salads, winter vegetables
Indigenous infused chutney, gravy, sour cream
Lemon Myrtle cheesecake or Australian Pavlova
Tropical fresh fruit salad with fresh whipped cream
Finally, enjoy a meet and greet of cast and crew.

This is a completely immersive and interactive evening that the whole family will enjoy.

What is included

This experience runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm – 9pm.

Family-friendly and suitable for all ages.

Cost includes:

2.5-hour live theatre and dinner experience
3-course Australian-style buffet and dessert
Courtesy round-trip transfers from select Brisbane & Gold Coast locations
Interactive, moving theatre takes you from Dreamtime to 1800’s Australia
Cultural Performance by Australia’s #1 Aboriginal dance troupe
Meet and greet with cast and crew
Special needs including dietary, family, self-drive, special celebrations, mobility or disability, language and more catered for. Please advise at time of booking.

Meeting point

Beenleigh Historical Village - 205 Main Street, Beenleigh, Queensland.

  • Gates open at 6pm.
  • Show starts at 6.30pm.

Gold Coast Transfers: Star Casino, Broadbeach @ 5pm; Novotel Surfers Paradise @ 5.15pm.

Brisbane Transfers: Wheel of Brisbane, South Brisbane @ 4.55pm; Pullman King George Square @ 5.10pm .

**You must confirm pick up location, if required, directly with Spirits of the Red Sand at least 48 hours prior to your experience.

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Spirits of the Red Sand

An Award Winning attraction, providing visitors with a true cultural awakening that will open your eyes to the history, beauty and vibrancy of the Aboriginal people.

Spirits of the Red Sand is an Aboriginal experience that embodies a dream more than 20 years in the making. In the mid 1990’s, Elder of the Yugambeh, Yuggera and Quandamooka tribes Eddie Ruska and his son Shannon created a drama and dance program for at-risk Youth. Aboriginal children would come to Eddie and Shannon’s programs to enjoy dance, drama and song – and to feel like they belonged. Eventually, this grew into a world acclaimed travelling dance group. As a reward for all their hard work, Eddie, Shannon and their family fundraised to take the dance troupe to New Zealand on an Indigenous Tour.

It was here the magic happened. Eddie, Shannon and their group of youth came across Tamaki Maori Village – and were entranced. Here was New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people making a name for themselves not only within their country, but internationally. Guests from all over the world came to Tamaki Maori Village to interact with the culture, performances and storytelling of the Maori people. The seed was sewn – why not take this similar concept to Australia, but with the Aboriginal culture? And when storytelling and cultural tourism mastermind Mike Tamaki came on board, this is exactly what took place.

While Spirits of the Red Sand differs from Tamaki Maori Village in many ways, the essence is the same – to create respect and admiration for a culture through storytelling, to leave people from all over the world with unforgettable memories and to help local indigenous people thrive through sustainable work and career development.

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