A Critical Stages and The Good Room Production

about the show

“Around the world, people love. They sing for love, they dance for love, they compose poems and stories about love. They tell myths and legends about love. They pine for love, they live for love, they kill for love, and they die for love. Anthropologists have found evidence of romantic love in 170 societies. They’ve never found a society that did not have it.” – Helen Fisher, The Brain In Love

I Want To Know What Love Is throws a spotlight on long-buried memories, bedroom fantasies, crushes and conquests. Acclaimed Queensland performance collective The Good Room asked members of the public to anonymously submit their stories of love – fragments and memories, confessions and admissions – and they’ve transformed those secret submissions into magnificent declarations centre stage.

Submission #87: “It’s been years, but I still think of you and wonder ‘What could have been?’”
Submission #346: “I choose to say it did not fail. It just finished.”
Submission #302: “Jemma forever xo”

Following a sold-out premiere season in Brisbane Festival 2014 with Queensland Theatre, the work had a subsequent sold-out return at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Wonderland Festival in 2015, and a Melbourne season at Provocare Festival in 2017. This thrilling production is on national tour in 2019.

This is for everyone who’s ever loved. Anyone who’s ever hurt. This is for you.

festival of love

Join us from 6pm and grab an aphrodisiac drink at the bar, a love bite from the Diner, request a love song from the DJ, slow dance to your favourite love songs and be a fly on the wall as a couple experience falling in love and their very first dance…

WIN a night in a LOVE HOTEL

All ticketholders for I Want To Know What Love Is, will be entered into the competition to stay the night of the show in one of our three LOVE HOTELS. More kitsch than kink, the LOVE HOTELS are curated and designed by local artist, stylist, curator and producer Tory Bauer.

The lucky lovers will be notified on March 20 via phone/email.


creative team

Created by  Daniel Evans, Amy Ingram, Caroline Dunphy, Kieran Swann and Lauren Clelland
Performed by  Amy Ingram, Caroline Dunphy, Margi Brown-Ash, Tom Cossettini
Director  Daniel Evans
Designer  Kieran Swann
Lighting Design  Jason Glenwright
Composer/Sound Design  Lawrence English
Producer  The Good Room & Critical Stages


“A crowdsourced letter of love and loss; 60 technicolour minutes that will have you cringing, crying and singing along.” The Australian

“You’ll be moved, and they won’t be rom-com tears.” Sydney Morning Herald

“Elegant, sophisticated, heartfelt, inspiring and uplifting. You don’t want to miss this.” XS Entertainment

It was incredibly physical…. Visually spectacular … Constant colour and movement… It’s a relationship condensed into one hour. A really joyous experience – like Valentine’s Day on crack!” Fleur Kilpatrick, 3RRR Melbourne

bar and diner

The NORPA Diner will be open from 6pm, offering main meals, share plates and desserts. (There will always be vegetarian and gluten free options available). The seasonal menu will be confirmed one week before the performance date.

The licensed NORPA Bar will be open from 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre. Sorry, no BYO.

patron advice

60 minutes (no interval)
Suitable for ages 16+ due to adult content.
This production contains coarse language, sexual references loud music and sound effects, haze and a complete blackout.


Single Tickets
Adult  $54
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+  $48
Under 25  $25

Adult  $43
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+  $39
Under 25  $20

Allocated seating (numbered tickets).

Subscription Packages

Buy tickets for three or more performances this Season and save 20%. Read more about Subscription Packages.

Gift Vouchers

A NORPA gift voucher makes the perfect Birthday or Christmas gift. They’re available online here, or call the Box Office on 1300 066 772.

Please note there is a $3.30 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket) for all ticket purchases.

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Photo by Stephen Henry