Articles on ‘QPAC’

A muse to seek: Young QLD performing arts students showcase their wares for one night only


For one night only, the Performing Arts, Film and Television (ASPA-FTV) school are showcasing their Creative Theatre Production course with the student devised work, Music: A Muse to Seek. Amanda Hardwick, co-founder and Artistic Director of ASPA-FTV, explains that their company motto is ‘learn through doing’ so creating the show is a collaborative process. The… Read more.

Review: The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple - Queensland Theatre Company

Pulitzer prize winner Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple was the precursor to the beloved ‘70s TV show. While I can’t compare it to the TV show (before my time), the play is an enjoyable stand-alone night of tender comedy (think a modern day Noel Coward, if you aren’t familiar with Simon’s wok). Oscar and… Read more.

Review: Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom. Jeff Busby

After opening in Sydney last year to a luke-warm reception, Strictly Ballroom received an injection with a glitter glue-gun before re-opening in Melbourne. And while it still may need a bit more of a twist before we can shout about it, Brisbane crowds didn’t seem to mind when it opened at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre. Another… Read more.

Review: World Premiere of shake & stir’s Dracula

Dracula by shake & stir. Image by Dylan Evans.

There are many impressive things about this young company (who by the way, turn 10 next year). The accumulation of shake & stir’s hard work, talent, passion, energy, accessibility and commitment to theatrical excellence means that I look forward to every production they stage, knowing I’m in for a great night of theatre and can… Read more.

Sneak Peek: Behind the scenes of QTC’s new play about Jimmy Little, Country Song

Michael Tuahine as Jimmy Little - Queensland Theatre Company. Photo supplied.

Presented by Queensland Theatre Company and QPAC, the world premiere play (with songs), Country Song is a fictionalised story inspired by the life of Jimmy Little. After being inspired by Walk the Line, acclaimed actor and musician, Michael Tuahine came up with the original concept that follows the life and music of one of Australia’s most loved indigenous… Read more.

Review: Boston Marriage

Amanda Muggleton and Rachel Gordon in Boston Marriage. Photo  supplied.

Presented by the Queensland Theatre Company, David Mamet’s drawing room comedy Boston Marriage follows Anna and Claire who dwell on the fringes of the Boston elite at the turn of the Nineteenth century. It may help to know that a ‘Boston Marriage’ is a term referring to unmarried women co-habitating for the sake of financial… Read more.

The Pirates are Back!

Pirates of Penzance - Harvest Rain. Image Supplied.

In 1985, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre opened with a blockbuster production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, which starred Jon English, Marina Prior and Simon Gallaher. It returned to QPAC in 1994 (with Helen Donaldson replacing Marina Prior), with video and audio recordings ensuring its iconic status in Australian musical theatre. To celebrate… Read more.

Review: Wicked Soars with Standing Ovation

Back in the bubble: Suzie Mathers will return as Glinda in WICKED from 12 February 2015. Image by Maye Wong

With over ninety international awards, Wicked is the jewel in the crowning glory of composer Stephen Schwartz’ musical canon, which includes other commercial musical hits for the stage such as Godspell, Pippin, and movie musicals such as Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, and Enchanted amongst others. On a side note,… Read more.

Review: Mother & Son Stage Adaptation

Noeline Brown, Darren Gilshenan and Rachael Beck in Mother & Son - Queensland Theatre Company. Image Supplied.

Queensland Theatre Company breathe life back into the beloved Australian TV series Mother and Son as they present the live-on-stage adaptation at QPAC. The original writer of the series Geoffrey Atherden wrote the stage adaptation; not as a direct copy and paste, but brought the play into the now with the use of mobile phones… Read more.