Articles on ‘Brisbane Theatre’

Every Brilliant Thing is worth living for

James Rowland in Every Brilliant Thing. Photo supplied.

Every Brilliant Thing is the story of a seven-year-old boy who makes a wish list of everything brilliant thing worth living for in this world to cheer up his mother – from Christopher Walken’s hair to staying up till morning with someone that you love. At the beginning of the story the unnamed boy/narrator of… Read more.


James Rowland on the startling Every Brilliant Thing

James Rowland in Every Brilliant Thing. Photo supplied.

Actor James Rowland has come from the UK to Brisbane – it’s his first time in this city, but not the country. Following a week of previews in London, he’s here to perform in Duncan Macmillan and Johnny Donohoe’s one-man play Every Brilliant Thing. This play is the story of a seven-year-old boy whose mother… Read more.


La Boite Launches 2017 Season

La Boite Theatre 2017 Launch

Launching their 2017 Season, La Boite’s program focuses on Your Stories, Your Community & Your Theatre, reflecting their commitment to working with local artists as well as collaborating with a diverse range of companies around Australia. “Each year we engage with new artists and create contemporary Australian work that reflects Brisbane and Australia to share with… 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.


Singin’ in the Rain – Brisbane Season

Singing In The Rain. Photography by Darren Thomas.

Singin’ in the Rain is one of the most beloved movie musicals of all time, and a glossy stage production is now making a splash in Brisbane after seasons around the country. Welcome to 1920’s Hollywood and the rise of the talking picture. Don Lockwood (Rohan Browne on opening night- he alternates with Grant Almirall)… Read more.



St Mary’s in Exile – QTC World Premiere

Kevin Spink, Peter Marshall, Bryan Probets, and Louisa Prosser. Photo by Stephen Henry.

In the largest schism in Australia’s Catholic history, Father Peter Kennedy was ousted from his post at St Mary’s by the Church for his unorthodox practices. The beloved priest was progressive, inclusive (and a bit of a rebel) in the way he interpreted the scripture, conducted mass, and interacted with the community at wide. When… Read more.


Bad Jews – Brisbane season

Bad Jews. Image Supplied.

The night of their grandfather’s funeral, three Jewish cousins (and one of their girlfriends) are spending the night together in a small New York apartment. In the midst of grief, their strained relationships are simmering… Joshua Harmon’s script is well crafted; strongly structured  with very clear, well-written characters.  Skillful exposition is cloaked in dialogue and… Read more.


Switzerland

Switzerland - QTC. Image Supplied.

There is a low hum of people getting to their seats, laughing, settling, catching up with family and friends – suddenly the theatre is plunged into darkness. For several seconds there is a palpable vacuum of noise and light. This is preface of what is to come; a play that is dark and populated by… Read more.


Ode to Shakespeare: An Interview with Tama Matheson.

Much Ado About Nothing - QTC

On the eve of the 40oth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, I had the privilege to sit with actor Tama Matheson in the glow of a newly erected set in QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre, and talk about Queensland Theatre company’s Much Ado About Nothing. This play, arguably the greatest of Shakespeare’s comedies, explores all the varied guises of love:… Read more.


The Future is Now!

Huang Yi and Kuka - WTF Festival. Photo supplied.

Dim lights, classical music, a dancer, and a robot on an empty stage. The dancer approaches the robot with subtle curiosity. They meet as if for the first time, communicating through gestures alone, slowly learning about each other.  Welcome to Huang Yi and Kuka, a contemporary dance theatre piece exploring the relationship between man and… Read more.


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