The Mount Isa Blast

An outdoor theatrical spectacular created for, by, and with the Mount Isa community.


The Opportunity

The Outcome

Local Performers
Months Spent in Community
Audience Members
Participant Experiences

Project Overview

Developed over 18 months, the Mount Isa Blast culminated in three shows celebrating this resilient community, which were performed to a cumulative audience of 7,400. Named after the infamous mine blasts that shake Mount Isa twice a day, the production drew on the region’s rich history and the wealth of musical talent nurtured in and by the community over decades. 

The project was founded on the cross-generational participation of 230 community members, from schoolchildren to senior citizens, who together created a spectacular performance featuring a full symphony orchestra, a mass choir, aerial gymnasts, motocross riders, and even a cattle drive! The project was developed after extensive engagement and in-depth consultation with the local Kalkadoon people, who shared the richness of their culture and, significantly, entrusted QMF to tell the story of the infamous 1884 Battle Mountain massacre. This was the first time this history had been publicly explored in the community, creating a rare and significant opportunity for reconciliation and healing.

We are all creative people… Creativity speaks where many words fail. The Mount Isa Blast was a microcosm of the kind of respect, creativity, and even an avenue for healing that can be brought to the rest of Queensland…even to the rest of Australia!


Amazing – gave the local community so many opportunities, enhanced cultural arts, and inspired younger children and also adults to enrich themselves with music and performing, for the first time, or in the near future. This event gave so many people the chance to come together, network, and be inspired by something positive. This gave people a lot of reasons to be more positive about their town and enjoy where they live.

Audience Member


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