Review: Brandenburg’s French Baroque with Circa

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's French Baroque with Circa. Photograph by Steven Godbee.

This inspired program is something very special. It brings together the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, French soprano Claire Lefilliâtre, and seven members of Circa, a Brisbane-based circus company. The program of French Baroque music is divided into two portions. The first—the shorter of the two—is concert-like, conducted by harpsichord player Paul Dyer,…

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Escapism at the Wintergraden

Escapism - Strike Bowling, Wintergarden

Escapism is a new escape room experience open at Strike Bowling Wintergarden: locked together in a room with 50 minutes to escape There are three scenarios to choose from- Butcher’s Burrow (A Saw-like scenario), Forensic (a murder investigation) or The Forest (escape an enchanted forest- more family friendly). Feeling adventurous, my…

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The Untouchable Juli

Juli - Fractal Theatre

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…

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MTC: Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden. MTC. Susie Porter

Ariel Dorfman wrote Death and the Maiden in 1990 on his return to Chile, after 17 years in exile, in the aftermath of Pinochet’s military dictatorship. The 1993 STC touring production is still talked about and the 1994 film is still a favourite, so why have the MTC chosen to tell it? Why this story?…

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Victorian Opera: Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd. Teddy Tahu Rhodes & Antoinette Halloran

Sweeney Todd, Sondheim’s infamous musical thriller, is brought to visceral reality at Arts Centre Melbourne, completing a highly successful trilogy of Sondheim productions by Victorian Opera, following Into the Woods (2014) and Sunday in the Park with George (2013). This grizzly revenge tragedy tells the tale of a young barber,…

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Review: Don Carlos, Opera Australia

Don Carlos at Opera Australia.

Don Carlos is Verdi’s grandest and, in many ways, greatest opera. Opera Australia’s sweeping production – first staged by director Elijah Moshinsky in 1999 – captures the tyranny and grandeur of the Spanish court. In a vaguely Oedipus-inspired tale, the opera tells the story of our hero Don Carlos, who finds himself in…

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La Mama: L’Amante Anglaise

Jillian Murray & Robert Meldrum

The novella L’Amante Anglaise by Marguerite Duras was first published in 1967 and Duras adapted it for stage in 1968. The stage version is two interviews about a murder that was discovered when body parts, except the head, were found on trains that all passed through one spot. It’s currently back at…

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Miss Itchy’s Larvae Lounge

Miss Itchy’s Larvae Lounge

If you’ve ever wondered why anarchists don’t write for television, this may be the answer. Inaugural Barry Award and Piece of Wood Award winning comedy act Miss Itchy invade the Butterfly Club every Friday in July to bring us their own perverse take on the celebrity chat show in Miss…

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Red Stitch: Dead Centre & Sea Wall

Dead Centre & Sea Wall. Red Stitch. Photo by Jodie Hutchinson

Dead Centre is a new piece by Tom Holloway that reflects on and adds a new dimension to the 2008 work Sea Wall by Simon Stephens. Both are solo short plays told from the hurt of emptiness, and this combination of new/local writing with a known-but-not-seen-here work has created an exceptional piece of compelling…

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