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.
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 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.
Ageing seems to be all about loss: physical ability, looks, and sharpness-of-mind’ and for those that have known the adoration of ‘the public’, they also lose their talent, their identity and their value. Written by Ronald Harwood (The Dresser, The Pianist), Quartet, directed by Andrea Moor opened the Queensland Theatre Company’s (QTC) 2016 season to… Read more.
From Carlotta to Cat Power and everything in between. It’s the time of year again when Brisbane queers and their peers get together and Melt. As Brisbane’s answer to the Mardi Gras festival, The MELT festival returns to the Brisbane Powerhouse (February 3-14) after a hugely successful maiden year boasting an additional three community events… Read more.
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.