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Pre-school TV series PAW Patrol comes to the stage

Nick Jr., Life Like Touring and VStar Entertainment Group have announced the first tour stops for PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue, a music-filled adventure featuring more than a dozen characters on stage from the hit animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment. It is an action packed, high-energy adventure featuring catchy music that is set around the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. The drama unfolds when the race is about to begin; Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma, and the newest pup, Everest, to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the

Professional artists with disabilities form new theatre company

Look Mum… No Hands!!! is a 60 minute roller-coaster ride created by performance ensemble indelabilityarts - a new inclusive theatre company working specifically with professional artists with disabilities. This is the company’s first production which has been in development for about a year. It chronicles the stories of four individual performers who are struggling to be recognised as artists, not for, but in spite of their disabilities. The work was created in 2015 with the support of Brisbane City Councils’ community development and capacity building grant and Brisbane Powerhouse. All performances will be AUSLAN interpreted through support from the Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge

Review - Twelfth Night (or What You Will): laughs, slapstick and suspense

Twelfth Night (or What You Will) By William Shakespeare Directed by Rob Pensalfini The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble Roma Street Parklands Amphitheatre Brisbane City Season: August 24- September 8. Bookings: “If music be the food of love, play on”. These words by Shakespeare are perhaps some of his most iconic in a long list of perfect and beautiful phrases. They have lasted across time, and in this, the 400th year since Shakespeare’s death it is only fitting that these words be spoken again in honour of the late, great Bard. The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (QSE) have a somewhat short history, they have only been an official company for fifteen year

Brisbane set for big season of events

Right: Rydges' newly designed suite. Brisbane is about to welcome a huge season of events, entertainment and celebrations, and so, fresh from completing a $30 million redesign and to ensure locals and visitors alike can share the fun, Rydges Hotel South Bank has announced two new packages – the Showstopper and the City Lights. South Bank boasts the best location for a stay in Brisbane, no matter how long. Neighbour to the city’s GoMA, Cultural Centre, State Library and Queensland Performing Arts Complex; the Brisbane River and its walks; immersed in the heart of South Bank and its family of restaurants, bars and open spaces, and a bridge-walk away from the city centre, Rydges South Bank st

Karen Tran to bring her Master Floral Class to Anantara Layan Phuket

Right: Karen Chan Renowned across the globe for her dazzling wedding and event displays, florist designer Karen Tran is bringing her Master Floral Class to the Anantara Layan Phuket Resort in Thailand from 21–23 . An internationally recognised florist and event designer, Karen Tran is a trendsetter for elaborate floral arrangements. Her creations have been showcased in magazines worldwide and secured her a fast-growing social media following. With more than 20 years’ experience in the luxury event industry, Karen shares the vivid passion and extraordinary expertise of her glitzy success in exclusive Master Floral Classes. Combining artistry with a glamorous beach getaway, Karen Tran is bring

Golf club with a difference

In the heart of Fortitude Valley there’s an old church that has been home to late night dance clubs, now, there’s a transformation happening… the dark walls are being art worked, the place is being filled. Colour, crazy and chaos is about to reign, and in such a good way! From the people behind Strike Bowling comes Holey Moley Golf Club, at home at 25 Warner Street – it’s a cocktail bar, mini-golf course, work of art, retro and social commentary rolled into one venue that will open from 10 am until late. It will open on September 29. There’ll be two different nine-hole course to choose from, with punters putting around 18 uniquely themed holes. Here’s just a hint – think a mash up of Alice

Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society turns 45

Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society is celebrating its 45th birthday with the 1980’s hit, Footloose The Musical. The community based Society was formed in 1971 and continues to produce two major musicals each year.. “We have a great following and huge support from people from all over Sydney, not just in the Western Sydney region. It’s a great feeling when you speak with audiences and find out they’ve come from the North Shore, Blue Mountains or Sutherland Shire to see our shows. We also receive a lot of support from fans on our Facebook page which we love,” said Mrs Leanne Carter, the ticket secretary. Footloose the musical will play at the Red Gum Centre in Wentworthville from 16 to 24 Se

QUT's free festival for all ages

Right: Kate Miller-Heidke Families, students, industry professionals and anyone interested in creativity and technology are invited to a festival at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus on Sunday 28 August which culminates in a concert featuring the DeepBlue Orchestra, singers Kate Miller-Heidke, Naomi Price and Carita Farrer Spencer and dancer Michelle Ryan. CreateX is Queensland’s first technology-infused festival of creativity and will publicly launch the next exciting phase of QUT’s Creative Industries Precinct, incorporating design, performance, fashion, music, interactive and visual media. A collision of creativity and technology, more than 60 interactive performances and events are scheduled inc

My Fair Lady will play Melbourne and Brisbane next year

Right: Anna O’Byrne who will star as Eliza. Photo by Brian Geach. John Frost and Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady directed by Julie Andrews will play seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne following the Sydney season at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House. The production will travel to Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 12 March and Melbourne’s Regent Theatre from 11 May, 2017. Young Australian performer, Anna O’Byrne will star as Eliza Doolittle with the full Brisbane and Melbourne cast to be announced later this year. Anna was cast by Andrew Lloyd Webber to create the role of Christine Daaé in Love Never Dies, his sequel to The Phantom of the Opera and has since gone on to enjoy an i

Indian festival comes to Brisbane

Australia’s biggest Indian festival, Confluence Festival of India, brings two works Sonam Kalra and The Sufi Gospel Project and Sriyah by Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in September. Multiple award winning singer and composer Sonam Kalra will perform The Sufi Gospel Project in the Concert Hall, QPAC (reverse mode) on Tuesday 20 September. Blending the many voices of faith, through poetry, prayer and music The Sufi Gospel Project creates one universal voice of faith, and has earned Sonam international critical acclaim. Sonam Kalra’s voice has been heard all over the world, performing with the likes of Sir Bob Geldof. The Sufi Gospel Project is an a

Ladies in Black 2017 tour: cast and dates

Right: Christen O'Leary as Magda and Sarah Morrison as Lisa Milne Queensland Theatre Company has announced that the smash hit musical and six-time Helpmann Award nominated Ladies in Black will tour nationally in early 2017, taking in Sydney and Canberra with encore seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne. From the adaptation of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women in Black, this acclaimed production has been brought to life by Australian screenwriter Carolyn Burns and director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies) with original music from singer songwriter, Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House). The world premiere of Ladies in Black, took place in Brisbane in Novem

Review - True West: Edge-of-your seat intensity

Julian Curtis and Thomas Larkin. Photo: Oliver Edwin True West By Sam Shepard Directed by Marcel Dorney Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse, Troy Armstrong Management, Thomas Larkin and Annette Box Season: August 17-28. 2 hrs including interval. Bookings: or 07 3358 8600 If the lure of a tall, fit, shirtless dude pouring beer down his abs isn’t enough to get you to see True West, the promise of edge-of-your seat intensity will be. First performed in 1980, the two-act drama with gold splashes of sharp wit by Sam Shepard bases itself around two brothers who have reconnected. The siblings are staying in their mother’s house while she is away and are forced to face their di

Underground Opera return to Brisbane’s Spring Hill Reservoir

Following a sold out season of West End to Broadway – In the Reservoir in February, the Underground Opera Company (UOC) will open the historic Spring Hill Reservoir doors in August, with the show’s sequel, Volume 2. The season, from August 12 – 28, will mark the mid-point of what is UOC’s busiest year, as the company gets close to its 10th anniversary in 2017. West End to Broadway will see soprano Ashleigh Maclaine (UOC and Opera Q) take to the stage complemented by mezzo soprano Louise Dorsman (Opera Q and Victorian Opera); tenor Bradley McCaw (former Ten Tenor) and baritone Lionel Theunissen (Opera Q and Best Actor Sweeney Todd, 2014), accompanied by Brendan Murtagh (The Sound of Music, Le

Savoyards swing into the 1920s

Savoyards Musical Comedy Society, presents the Broadway musical Inspired by material of Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse and full of music by George and Ira Gershwin. Set in 1927 during Prohibition, Nice Work If You Can Get It is the story of charming and wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix on the weekend of his wedding. Jimmy, who has been married three (or is it four?) times before, is preparing to marry Eileen Evergreen, a self-obsessed modern dancer. Thinking Jimmy and Eileen will be out of town, Billie and her gang hide cases of gin in the basement of Jimmy's Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife-to-be and her prohibitionist family show up

Deborah Conway - the old and the new

Right:Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier To celebrate the 25-year anniversary of her platinum release String of Pearls, Australian singer-songwriter Deborah Conway will perform the album as well as launch her new album, Everybody's Begging, with long-time collaborator Willy Zygier, in two concerts at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), on 9 September, with a second on 10 September due to popular demand. A full band of some of Australia’s finest musicians will bring the classic record to life including Vika and Linda Bull on backing vocals, Niko Schäuble, Clio Renner (RocKwiz) and Simon Starr, in the concerts entitled The Beginning and The End. String of Pearls’ themes of youthful reflecti

Fun and games with Tourette’s

Right: Jess Mabel Jones and Jess Thom. Direct from the UK, Backstage in Biscuit Land arrives at the Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), from 19 to 23 October 2016. For the first time in Queensland, this two-woman solo-show weaves comedy, puppetry, singing and incredible tics to explore spontaneity, creativity, disability and things you never knew would make you laugh. Jess Thom has Tourette’s, a condition that makes her say ‘biscuit’ 16,000 times a day. Neurologically incapable of staying on script due to her condition, Thom, with her assistant, Chopin (Jess Mabel Jones) take audiences on a journey celebrating the humour and creativity of Tourette’s, where no two show

Regrouped Guns N’ Roses head to Oz

Following months of speculation Paul Dainty President CEO of TEG Dainty has announced dates for the Australian leg of Guns N’ Roses Not in this Lifetime stadium tour. Founder Axl Rose and former members, Slash and Duff McKagan have regrouped for the tour. Kicking off in Brisbane on Tuesday 7 February at QSAC Stadium the Not in this Lifetime tour will then travel to Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Friday 10 February before heading to Melbourne on Tuesday 14 February where the band will play at gthe MCG in the first major concert there since 2009’s Sound Relief. The band will play Adelaide Oval on Saturday 18 February and Perth’s Domain Stadium on Tuesday 21 February. Tickets for Guns N’ Roses Not in

Tequila Mockingbird reprise

Right: Shannon Haegler and Nelle Lee shake & stir theatre co end their 10th Anniversary main stage season with the return of the award winning Australian play, Tequila Mockingbird. Directed by Michael Futcher, Tequila Mockingbird runs in the Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 5 to 15 October. It features the original stellar cast, including Barbara Lowing, Bryan Probets, Nelle Lee, Nick Skubij, Ross Balbuziente and Shannon Haegler. Tequila Mockingbird visits themes of racial prejudice, the perversion of justice and the consequences of alcohol abuse, all in a uniquely Australian context. Nominated for six Matilda Awards in 2014 and winner of Best Mainstage Product

Review - Our Land People Story: Bangarra’s unique dance

Our Land People Story Choreographed by Jasmin Sheppard, Beau Dean Riley Smith, Daniel Riley and Stephen Page Bangarra Dance Theatre Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: August 12-20. Duration: one hour fifty minutes including interval. Bookings: or 136 246 Bangarra’s success rests on its uniqueness and talented dancers. Under 25 years of Steven Page’s stewardship this Aboriginal Company has scaled impressive heights and even now is coming to the end of a successful four month national tour before setting off for New York and Paris in September. Then, in October it will be touring Terrain to regional Western Australia and South Austra

Review – Endgame: Making Beckett entertaining

Right: Leon Cain and Clov and Robert Coleby as Hamm. Photo: Dylan Evans Photography. Deanne Scott’s after-party photos follow the review. Endgame By Samuel Beckett Directed by Michael Futcher Shake&stir Thetare Company Cremorne Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: August 9-20. Running time: 85 minutes with no interval. Bookings: or 136 246. As the program told us when Endgame was first performed in 1957 it polarized audiences and critics alike. People saw Beckett as either a genius or a babbling fraud. I’m one of the latter. I put Beckett alongside of Picasso as a successful deceiver of people in an Emperor’s new clothes sort of way. But I hav

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