The Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) continues to deliver on its promise of a diverse 2015 program by dipping its toe into the traditional musical arena, but don’t let appearances fool you. With this fabulously dark adaptation (by Carolyn Burns) of Madeleine St John’s novel, The Women in Black, QTC once again turns expectations on their head,… Read more.
Three trashy little glam-spunks from a distant and glitzy future, gate-crashed the Wonderland Festival at the Powerhouse this month and they came to us with a warning about Tony Abbott and man-eating penguins and it’s not the delightful image that is currently bringing a grin to your face. There was however plenty to smile about… Read more.
Opera in a big house can be distancing for an audience sitting three hundred seats away, squinting themselves blind for three hours trying to make out the shapes on stage while attempting to understand what in the Pavarotti is going on. Step into an Underground Opera Company production however, and you will be treated to… Read more.
How do you take a work that is comfortably described as sociology; accused by some of being a tad dull; premiered as a flop over one hundred years ago before being rebooted and hailed a classic, and make it relevant to today’s crowd? Supremely cheeky writer/director Daniel Evans fires-up a finely-tuned wit that allows him… Read more.
I am always surprised at just how excited I am at the launch of a new Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) season program and then disappointed that I have let another year go by. I have to concede that I am not a regular QSO subscriber and each year at the launch I wonder why the… Read more.
There are some seriously innovative creative happenings going on in Brisbane at the moment and King George Square was one location to receive a recent demonstration (in more ways than one) as part of the Slipstream Festival of Time Based Art. The Stance, a nine-hour endurance performance piece choreographed by the brilliant Liesel Zink stopped,… Read more.
Something sensational is happening in Ipswich; a cultural revolution of sorts at the hands of independent theatre company Fractal Theatre and Artistic Director Brenna Lee-Cooney. This is a call-out to all Brisbanites who claim to support independent theatre. Ipswich is not as far away as you remember from your horse-and-cart youth and there is something… Read more.
A gothic chorus softly sings and chants. It’s dark and ominous, there is a large circle of candles at various stages of annihilation, and inside the circle a heavy oak table supports a massive candelabra that looks like it is crafted from an imploded papasan chair. Medea (Christen O’Leary) enters the circle and begins her… Read more.
After five ground-breaking years at the helm of Queensland Theatre Company (QTC), the much loved and respected Wesley Enoch has resigned his position to step in as Director of Sydney Festival in 2017. The first indigenous head of a state theatre company, Enoch has directed six projects for the festival since 2000 (Black Diggers in… Read more.
“Love me, love my Holden. I laid that on the line to the missus before we were spliced.” Perhaps a lost classic on the Australian Literary scene, Henry Williams’ 1973 novel My Love has a Black Speed Stripe immortalises an Australian mammal that is verging on extinction. There are a few enclaves where the car-obsessed male of the species – the ‘Aussie’ – still holds out for… Read more.