Reading the promo material from Understudy Productions, I quickly get the impression that A Very Naughty Christmas is a raunchy Christmas cabaret. Chatting to actor and comedian Emily Vascotto confirms this is indeed a part of the picture. “It’s a really funny, random mix of very flawed characters. We all have reindeer names and work… Read more.
Meet Jamie and Cathy. Jamie is a budding writer, Cathy is an aspiring actress. In love and in their early 20s, their future together sparkles with potential. Jamie begins telling their story from their first date until they break-up five years later. Cathy, on the other hand, begins the story in the midst of the… Read more.
[title of show] is a musical about two men, two nobodies, in New York who dream of achieving Broadway fame with their very own original musical. During its original run the writers of the show played themselves- Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, with Heidi Blickenstaff and Susan Blackwell. They start by roping in two of… Read more.
Much of my favourite theatre over the past year or so has been independent theatre at the Powerhouse (shout-out to Blue Bones and True West). Margi Brown-Ash’s double-bill, He Dreamed a Train and Eve, is no exception. He Dreamed a Train The first show is an exploration of grief as a woman clears out her… Read more.
Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan’s award winning adaptation of George Orwell’s spookily prescient classic 1984 comes to QPAC. In a dystopian future world, Winston Smith is the everyman who works for the Ministry of Truth, altering records and essentially changing the past to the whim of the mysterious and powerful political force, ‘The Party’, embodied… Read more.
It’s fifty years to the day the Beatles released their eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band– a very fitting time for the opening of The Little Red Company’s Beatles tribute cabaret Lady Beatle. Like all good cabaret, Lady Beatle intertwines music with an underlying simple but effective narrative story with really interesting… Read more.
Brisbane’s own playwright and actor, Margi Brown Ash, presents a double bill of her shows He Dreamed a Train and Eve. The first show, He Dreamed a Train, is about belonging. “We had just finished a season of Eve when I got a call saying my brother was diagnosed with a terminal illness,” Margi explains; I had… Read more.
The Roald Dahl classic, The Witches, is brought to life in a lively one-man 45-minute show at SunPAC. It’s the story of a heroic little boy’s fight against evil witches who are planning to squelch out all the children in the world. Actor Christian Charisiou does a wonderful job of delivering a highly physical performance…. Read more.
As part of their Maestro series, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents Haydn and Sibelius. Robert Trevino is a rapidly emerging American conductor and is making his Australian debut as guest conductor for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and many… Read more.
Some people in our lives leave us with marks, both seen and unseen. Merlynn Tong’s play Blue Bones is a poignant exploration of the psychology of domestic violence, relationships and survival. When Merlynn goes to the doctor, x-rays reveal scars on her bones left by a violent ex-boyfriend she had in her mid-teens. This unearths… Read more.