Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins stirred up controversy at the time of its inception in 1991. With a book by John Weidman, it centres around the assassins who killed presidents of the United States – no doubt a contentious subject. But through a chorus of voices, it marks a questioning of the disillusionment associated with patriotic idealism;… Read more.
How do you direct one of the most iconic and best know musicals of all time and present it as something completely reinvented? You do as director Crispin Taylor has done with WAAPA’s final third year musical theatre student’s production of Chicago – take it back to its vaudeville roots and turn it on its head…. Read more.
The shoes are glittery red, but we are definitely not in Kansas. Kinky Boots is a fabulous, campy musical with the universal theme of following your heart and being true to yourself. Its timing in Australia couldn’t be more perfect with the upcoming same sex marriage vote, the show is a a great vehicle to… 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.
A glitzy, kitschy musical version of the 1992 box-office smash hit The Bodyguard opened to high-spirited Brisbane theatre goers over the weekend and proved, much to the surprise of some punters, to be a thoroughly entertaining evening. Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the mark, this is a shallow puddle of… Read more.
Written and performed by Matthew Dear (graduate from the 2016 Griffith Conservatorium of Music’s Musical Theatre programme), Matt-aphorically Speaking is part-cabaret, part-lecture, about the important things in relationships- commitment, honesty, passion, connection and hugs. The favourite aspect of the show are the anecdotes from Dear’s past- from school to awkward first dates. They are funny,… Read more.
Swallow portrays the hard lives of three women as they find a way to survive in a modern world. It’s a story of alienation, isolation, and loneliness. The theme of the play questions identity and the challenge of how every human being struggles to cope with the complexities of life to find their inner voice…. 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.
With an unsettling clarity on the peculiarities of human behavior (once removed), Wireless proposes that privacy is an invention without a future. Created by Lisa Wilson (Co-Director/ Choreographer) and Paul Charlier (Co-Director/ Composer/Software Designer), this poly-media dance piece explores ideas around the desire for connection and loss of trust; ‘We’ve lived with surveillance for thousands… 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.