One late summer evening in the dimmed, pooling light of La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre, a brave Ben Schostakowski (director) polishes up the most performed and endeared of Shakespeare plays and gloriously messes around with it. With flagrant disregard for traditionalists and dullards, he picks up the Athenian lovers and mischievous fairies of A Midsummer Night’s… Read more.
Beneath the floorboards of a new Brisbane venue – the Padre Dive Bar – a sisterhood of three fine young women held an audience captive for an evening to showcase a collection of their best sketches and musical comedy numbers. The Travelling Sisters, outfitted in animal-printed pants, conjured up through music, comedy and animation, a… Read more.
When a work is immortalised as a classic, it is because the story portrayed continues to speak to new generations whose experiences live on inside the writer’s words. The word ‘classic’ however can be daunting for potential audiences who feel they might not be able to understand a Shakespeare or a Chekhov or might be… Read more.
Perhaps the most striking thing about Away by Michael Gow is how fundamentally unchanged our condition is today. Set in the 1960s, first performed in the 1980s, and currently in production at the Trinity Hall with Heartbeast Boutique Theatre Company, Away highlights the fragility of human life and the brutal loneliness of grief. After a… Read more.
The future of the world lies in the hope of its young, and hope is something that ACPA’s (Aboriginal Centre for Performance Arts) performers exude. With more than forty artists on stage, ACPA recently showcased its next generation of artists in the massive production of Blak Electric, by Stephen Lloyd Helper. What I love about… Read more.
This has been a monumental year of growth for The Blue Roo Theatre Company from the highs of Opera Queensland’s Open Stage program to the tragedy of losing a founding member and friend Jamie Carrigan. Song Circle (Judith Wright Centre October 9-11) is the result of that growth; a suite of twelve personal stories laid… Read more.
Like the bastard child of Kath & Kim meets Wolf Creek, the exceptional Angel Gear by Sven Swenson (co-directed by Brian Lucas & Sven Swenson) is a production about unlikeable people and their horrible existence. On paper it’s not ordinarily the kind of play that I would be attracted to, but I came away from… Read more.
Held annually in conjunction with World Architecture Day, Brisbane Open House is a free event that provides residents and visitors an opportunity to peek behind the scenes of some of Brisbane’s historic buildings and closed-to-the-public spaces. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has participated in Brisbane Open House consecutively since its launch in 2010 and this year QPAC’s… Read more.
Anyone who witnessed Brisbane’s last ‘great floods’ would have been awed by the quiet yet powerful presence of the emboldened river as it ran through our streets and buildings. It is this same sense of awe, at the complete and undeniable power of mother nature that Jeremy Neideck has exquisitely captured in Deluge, presented by… Read more.
Familiar pink bunnies of the gargantuan variety have been spotted about town heralding the onset of Brisbane Festival’s fifth season like a pair of eager groundhogs promising an end to the cultural winter. At 10am on Saturday September 6 Brisbane Festival 2014 will kick off at the new Festival Hub, the South Bank Cultural Forecourt…. Read more.