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Roller Coaster

Fierce, tender and explosive, Roller Coaster is a new music theatre production with humour, heart, and a propulsive live soundtrack.

“If you want to learn how to fly, you’ve got to learn how to fall.”

Sam was once star Jammer with the East Coast Rockets Roller Derby crew. Now she’s the overstretched manager of a suburban roller rink, with two ratbag kids, a useless ex, and no room for dreams.

Tully’s a teen street skater yearning to belong. A ‘staff wanted’ sign collides their destinies, sending them smashing into the very best versions of themselves.

Based on real stories, this action-packed skating spectacle celebrates hope and how the rough and tumble ride of life on wheels can save you, just when you need it the most.

Roller Coaster is a community-engaged production starring dozens of local roller skaters, a live band, and an all-star team of musicians and performers.

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General Event Info

  • Language Warning – One song has mild language
  • Age –The performance is not specifically designed as a family or children’s show, although we welcome families, especially those supporting the participants in the show.
  • Seating - is general admission on grandstand seating with cushions. If you require a seat with a back or other accessible seating, please contact HOTA Box Office (07) 5588 4000
  • This is not an open skate experience – if you love to roller skate you can join the show by contacting
  • If you or someone you know would like to attend the show but is experiencing financial hardship, please email to arrange a ticket discount code supported by our accessible ticketing program. Limited number of tickets available.
  • Auslan interpreted performance will be on Saturday 5 August

Roller Coaster

BLEACH* Festival and HOTA, Home of the Arts

3 – 5 August 2023

HOTA Outdoor Stage 135 Bundall Road Surfers Paradise




$25 - $35

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"Everybody NOW! create work that is joyous, unexpected and real."

Mik Auckland CEO, HOTA Home of the Arts (acting)

“The band was just incredible and hearing the lyrics that were directly from the skating community - It just blew my mind.”

Jody Roller Coaster Audience Member

"I don't even know how to describe it. It's been amazing to have a space to share our experiences and our journey, and then to see that put into music & skate to it. It's such an awesome feeling!"

Courtney Muldoon Roller Coaster Participant


Roller Coaster has been commissioned by Bleach* Festival and HOTA Home of the Arts and is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative, Community Bank Tugun, Chuffed Skates, Cocobella, and City of Gold Coast – Healthy and Active Program.

Artistic Credits

Executive Director

Kate Baggerson


Ian Pidd

Movement Director

Bec Reid


Pru Wilson

Musical Director / Co-Writer

Luke McDonald

Sound Designer

Guy Webster

Performer (Sam)

Claire Atkins

Performer (Tully)

Nico Lennon

Performer (Rocky)

Tnee Dyer

Lead Vocalist/ Musician

Ella Fence


Dee Bradbery

Originating concept

Nadia Sunde & Monie Bones

Starring our community cast of roller skaters

Song Writing Credits

That Girl

Luke McDonald, Nadia Sunde

Gonna Fit

Luke McDonald, Dee Bradbury, Ella Fence

On My Own/ My Tribe

Luke McDonald

She's My Ride or Die

Deb Suckling, Dee Bradbury

Hold My Ground

Deb Suckling

Gravel Rash

Deb Suckling, Ian Pidd with Luke McDonald, Nadia Sunde, Ella Fence, Dee Bradbury

Lolly Baby

Deb Suckling with Shae and Fiona MacKenzie and music collaboration with Luke McDonald, Ella Fence, Dee Bradbury