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A Night at the Musicals

Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo - A Night at the Musicals. Image supplied.

I’m hopelessly devoted to the gorgeous Le Gateau Chocolat and the super-sexy Jonny Woo and not just because they performed the most outstanding Grease revival to grace the last few decades of Danny and Sandy iconography. The entire audience sang merrily along, doing actions and all. These divine divas are the very epitome of what… Read more.


The Travelling Sisters

The Travelling Sisters. Photo supplied.

The Travelling Sisters and their motley crew of crazy characters stormed into town (literally) this month for a spin around the Bleaches (behind the scrumptious Bens Burgers in West End). It turned out to be a chaotic hour of at times inaudible fun (thanks Mother Nature for the thunderous applause). A somewhat pared back show… Read more.


Women In Voice 2016

Women In Voice 2016

The last time I saw Women in Voice (WIV) was the early nineties when they played at the Sitting Duck Café in West End. From the depths of my time-addle-memory I recall a second-story venue on Boundary Street thronging with young, fabulous feminists; the who’s-who of Brisbane’s spunky, punky chicks sporting Doc Martins, overalls-with-attitudes and… Read more.


Strong plans for Queensland Theatre, delivers exciting initiatives for QLD Artists

Queensland Theatre - Artist Initiative

Like a baseball player calling his shot, Sam Strong stepped up to the plate of the Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) Artistic Directorial-ship in 2015 with a clear vision for the beloved state theatre company: to lead the charge in fostering national collaboration, to challenge interstate rivalries and the notion of ‘owning’ talent as well as… Read more.


A Streetcar Named Desire rides into La Boite.

A Street Car Named Desire - La Boite Theatre. Photography: Jeff Busby.

An achingly slow ceiling fan stirs trouble into the pea-soup air of a musty, humid summer on Elysian Fields, the allegorical destination of Blanche Dubois (Bridie Carter) – Elysian, referencing the land of the dead.  Dubois’ ‘desires’ apparently lead her right there as she arrives destitute at her sister Stella’s (Ngoc Phan) home, seeking sanctuary… Read more.



Hanako – Brisbane Festival

Hanako. Image Supplied.

The image of Loie Fuller’s billowing flower-like, pink-hued sleeves captured in the 1896 film La Danze Serpentine by the Lumiere brothers is infamous even a hundred years later. This hypnotic image is the starting link in a surprising chain that stretches back to a famous writer in 15th century Japan, caught between his western celebrity and… Read more.


Straight White Men at La Boite

Straight-White-Male - La Boite. Image: Kate Pardey.

La Boite’s  Straight White Men, now playing at the Roundhouse theatre, seems an unlikely pick for this progressive company – but this is echoed in Young Jean Lee’s genesis for the play. She started by asking herself a question: “‘What’s the last show in the world I would ever want to make?’ and a play about… Read more.


We Get It!

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Perfectly balanced between provocation and parody, We Get It! (Rachel Perk, Marcel Dorney) burst onto the stage at the Brisbane Powerhouse last week with a brash and pointed reminder about the experiences of women in theatre. This powerful show is a satirical take-down of a culture that still objectifies and demeans its female counterparts in… Read more.


A Slight Ache & The Lover

A Slight Ache & The Lover. Image Supplied.

First performed in 1963, Harold Pinter’s The Lover is a superbly clever play with a fast paced wit that easily entertains the twitter-impaired attention span of today’s audience. Under the subtle and eloquent direction of Now Look Here Theatre’s Kate Wild, The Lover is paired with the simmeringly dark A Slight Ache to form a powerful… Read more.


Black

Black - EDC. Photo supplied.

Black is a collection of three short contemporary dance works created by the Expressions Dance Company (EDC) and Guangdong Modern Dance Company (GMDC) as part of the Chinese Australian Dance Exchange Project 2015-2020. EDC travelled to Guangzhou in 2015 for the creation of their third collaboration (and title) piece with fifteen dancers from GMDC and… Read more.


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