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Jemma has written 33 articles on AussieTheatre

A muse to seek: Young QLD performing arts students showcase their wares for one night only


For one night only, the Performing Arts, Film and Television (ASPA-FTV) school are showcasing their Creative Theatre Production course with the student devised work, Music: A Muse to Seek. Amanda Hardwick, co-founder and Artistic Director of ASPA-FTV, explains that their company motto is ‘learn through doing’ so creating the show is a collaborative process. The… Read more.

Review: Knock Knock

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A door is something very symbolic. A closed door can mean security, entrapment, an ending or the unknown. An open door can mean hope, beginnings, unknown possibilities. Knock Knock – the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts’ (ACPA) end of year show – centres around these various meanings and roles that a door can have in our… Read more.

Review: The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple - Queensland Theatre Company

Pulitzer prize winner Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple was the precursor to the beloved ‘70s TV show. While I can’t compare it to the TV show (before my time), the play is an enjoyable stand-alone night of tender comedy (think a modern day Noel Coward, if you aren’t familiar with Simon’s wok). Oscar and… Read more.

Review: The Importance of Being Ernest

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The story of two bachelors, determined to live life and find love on their own terms in a society that expects conformity and venerates social standing; Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is a delightful play. Wilde created a world of sharp wit, acerbic social observations, a charming reverence for beauty and dialogue that… Read more.

Queensland Theatre Company Season 2016 Launch

QTC 2016 Season Launch

Queensland Theatre Company has just uncaged its 2016 season. And what a lineup! Not only is it the company’s 45th season, but it is the last season Artistic Director Wesley Enoch will programme before he takes the reigns as the director of Sydney Festival in the next few weeks. Wesley opened the launch with a… Read more.

Review: Marina Prior- A Prior Engagement

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Marina Prior has been a big name in Australian musical theatre for 30 years. Growing up she thought she would be a pop singer, but at the age of 19 she auditioned for Simon Gallaher’s Pirates of Penzance (the first show in QPAC’s Lyric Theatre) and landed the role of Mabel. Since then, she has… Read more.

Judy Strikes Back

Judy Strikes Back

There have been many incarnations of Judy Garland’s life story, but Judy isn’t happy with any of them and she is back from beyond the grave to set the record straight. Bernadette Meenach’s cabaret is conceptually interesting. It was refreshing to see the usual tale of Garland’s journey from child star to drugs and tragedy… Read more.

So You Think You Can Dirty Dance: Meet Maddie Peat

So You Think You Can Dirty Dance: Meet Maddie Peat

Maddie Peat exudes excitement and energy. The 20-year-old dancer is clearly thrilled to play one of the leading roles, Penny Johnson, in Dirty Dancing. Fresh from last year’s So You Think You Can Dance, Peat was working five days a week at a juice bar when she received a call out of the blue asking… Read more.

Mother and Son – Live on stage

Thirty years since it first graced our television screens, Australian favourite Mother and Son comes to life on stage, in the Playhouse Theatre at QPAC. Veteran actress Noeline Brown (The Mavis Bramston Show, Dancing with the Stars, Talkin’ About Your Generation, Spicks and Specks) plays the iconic role of Maggie, and Darren Gilshenan (Full Frontal, The Moodys,… Read more.

Sex With Strangers

Matilda Award Nominated Sex With Strangers is back for a sizzling return season. Olivia is a woman d’un certain âge who retreats to a quiet bed and breakfast to work on her second novel. Her first novel didn’t enjoy tremendous popularity, but Olivia strives for quality over mass appeal. Surrounded by her favourite books, and… Read more.