Cribbie: The Deluxe Edition

by Michael and Margery Forde, with teacher notes by Stacey Muller

Cribbie: The Deluxe Edition features an extensive teacher resource kit and workshop



Cribbie: Gone but not forgotten.

Cribbie is a musical, verbatim play about Brisbane’s lost suburb of Cribb Island – a charming seaside spot that became the Brisbane Airport in the 1980s.

Cribb Island was once an isolated, tight-knit community of Aussie battlers who found refuge and cheap living during The Great Depression. Full of vibrant residents, from the policeman who hadn’t made an arrest in ten years, to the musical family that went on to become the Bee Gees, ‘Cribbie’ was much loved by the people who called it home. But when the suburb was resumed for the expansion of the Airport, the community was torn apart.

Based on interviews with the suburbs former residents and written by Michael and Margery Forde, Cribbie is a heartwarming, nostalgic story of the community that was forced to leave the place they called home.

Production History

Cribbie was first performed at Metro Arts Brisbane on 26 November 2009.

ISBN 9781921390340

Education Notes

To accompany the script, Cribbie: The Deluxe Edition also features an extensive teacher resource kit and workshop activities. The resource materials found within this edition explore the form of Verbatim Theatre, with a particular focus on the Queensland Play Cribbie by Michael and Margery Forde. The variety of learning experiences outlined will prepare students for assessment tasks in Forming, or Responding, and can be adapted to suit students from Years 10 to 12. Each activity has been inspired by the words and direction of the playwrights, Michael and Margery Forde, and can be worked into a unit appropriate to adhere to the range and complexity of student learning, leading towards the assessment item. The activities can also be used as a springboard to enhance your Realism or Verbatim Theatre units, as well as to provide an excellent example of how to engage with a contemporary Australian Drama text.


" is like "The Castle" but 100% real and 100% composed of the real lived experiences, stories and tellings of the people that were there. It is a magnificent work where a lost community can live again through laughing, grieving and hearing the stories told and retold again. Just go see this precious gem of Queensland contemporary theatre."

Theatre People

"Cribbie is a charming play told with warmth and humour."

Queensland Times

"Joy and tears all round…local history as it should be told."

Alison Cotes, reviewer

"Cribbie has more heart than other stage plays with music. It is real: about life and destruction of a suburb of Brisbane without warning. This play is about a community."

Stage Whispers

"I can't tell you how amazed, amused and deeply touched I was by Cribbie."

Hugh Lunn, Brisbane author.

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