Horizon Festival 2021 | 27 AUG - 5 SEP // 27 Aug - 5 Sep 2021

I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You

I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You

Why do you have to go to work? How come adults drink to have fun? Is 50 too old to learn to surf? What was life like before the Internet?  

Step inside a theatre-turned-playground-turned-battleground transformed by Generation Up Next for a riotous theatrical experience full of questions asked by young people, and answered by adults.  

Watch as age collides with experience in a joyous and revealing one-hour tell-all, where adults take a backseat as a powerful group of 9 to 13 year-olds from your town drop some truths… and the mic.  

Combining anonymous submissions with high-impact video design, I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You is a theatrical experience unlike any other – a conversation built around three key starting points: what you’ve been told, what you know to be true, and what you want to believe.   

Built in collaboration with and performed by young people from the Sunshine Coast, audiences both young and old will come together to tackle the big (and little) questions that life throws at us. 

Where do I begin? I loved all of it.
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I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You was first presented as part of Brisbane Festival by the following team: 

Director: Daniel Evans 
Key Creatives: Amy Ingram & Nathan Sibthorpe 
Producer: Tara Hobbs 
Designer: Jonathan Hindmarsh 
Lighting Design: Jason Glenwright 
Video Design: Craig Wilkinson 
Sound Design: Dane Alexander 
Choreography: Dr Nerida Matthaei 
Costume Design: Madeline Taylor 
Young Person Producer: Annette Box 

I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You will be presented at Horizon Festival by the following team: 

Resident Director: Maddie Nixon  
Key Facilitator: Steve Pirie  
Producer : Amy Ingram  
Designer: Jonathan Hindmarsh 
Lighting Design: Jason Glenwright 
Video Design: Craig Wilkinson  
Sound Design: Mike Willmett 
Choreography: Dr Nerida Matthaei 
Stage Manager: Jeremy Gordon 
Production Manager: Freddy Komp 


Originally commissioned by Brisbane Festival and produced in association with QUT Creative Industries at La Boite Theatre in 2018. I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You is supported by Arts Queensland, Russell Mills Foundation, the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative, and the Australia Council for the Arts, the arts funding and advisory body of the Australian Government.


Nominated: Best Independent Production, 2018 Matilda Awards 
Nominated: Best Director, 2018 Matilda Awards 
Nominated: Best Video Design, 2018 Matilda Awards 
Blue Curtains: Awarded the show ‘Most Joyous’ production, 2018 Brisbane Festival. 

Images by Stephen Henry. 


How to get there


Venue is wheelchair accessible
AUSLAN Interpreted Performance
Adult themes, Smoke, Haze/Fog, Strobe Lighting