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About Us



The Indee Theatre was founded in 1994 by Philip Chappell and Carol and John Burls.  Initially, in order to get it off the ground, it was a private enterprise venture, funded by the trio.

The debut production was a drama, TV Signals , a play by John Burls, which later went on to make the initial shortlist of the QTC’s George Landen Dann playwriting competition.  Directed by Philip Chappell, it enjoyed a packed two-week season at Noosa.  This was followed up over the next 15 months with two more full-length plays and a topical revue, all by John Burls and directed by Philip Chappell.

The trio realized that they weren’t flying under their own flag, so they relocated to Eumundi’s School of Arts and opened with A Man for All Seasons , drawing audiences from right across the Coast.

They quickly established a reputation for high quality theatre and, under the guidance of Artistic Director Philip Chappell, went on, over the years, to develop and present a mix of classical, new works, topical revue and youth theatre productions .

David Berker became alternating director with Philip Chappell and between them became a formidable new force in Coast Theatre with a pro-am approach.  They staged productions such as The Holy Terror, The Lady’s Not For Burning, Veronica’s Room, Hart the Musical, Pygmalion, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, The Clink, Parliamentary Privilege, Death of a Salesman, The Exorcism, The Sunshine Boys, Nancy, Stones in His Pockets, Farting About in Make-up, Dealer’s Choice, Educating Rita, The Philadelphia Story, The Writer, Deathtrap and The Woman in Black.

There have also been 4 seasons directed by Indee Theatre patron and iconic actor, Carol Burns – namely Playing Sinatra, Home, Art and more recently , Moonlight and Magnolias.

In its earlier years the theatre competed in many festivals and other award oriented events, taking away a swag of trophies, before deciding to contain all its efforts "at home".

For over a decade and a half, the theatre has staged annual seasons of the topical revue UP EUMUNDI ROAD (November/December), featuring entirely original, bitingly funny material and Comedy & Consommé (mid July), 3 very funny one-act plays and a 3-course winter dinner.











The theatre plan is always table seating and drinks from the licensed bar or refreshments from the snack bar may be taken into the auditorium.  There is disabled access and a toilet for the disabled.

All shows listed throughout the year may be pre-booked.

The Independent Theatre at Palmwoods welcomes new members, subscribers and anyone interested in being part of this well-established company.  If you’re interested but have never been involved before, we'll happily train you. 
Apart from acting, singing, dancing etc. on stage there are many ways to be involved. 
Front of House always requires people to usher guests to their tables, sell programmes, sell raffle tickets etc. 
If you would like to be involved in the actual production but are a bit stageshy then we can start you off with backstage work and/or sets, props etc.
Or be part of a sewing circle making costumes or be a dresser during the run of the show
Or maybe you would like to be part of a play reading group to gain confidence and get ready for your "big break".

 Whatever you do in the theatre, it's always appreciated, you meet new people and it's always a lot of fun.