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Bard in the Yard: Shakespeare Under the Stars

Share House Theatre Company is producing a backyard performance of Romeo and Juliet. The classic love story where teenagers fall in love, everything goes wrong, and they both end up dead. Their version has a beer bong! Bring along a fold out chair, or a blanket and pillow, along with dinner and some snacks. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase, BYO alcohol is not permitted. Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for Concession and under 16s. Be sure to purchase your tickets before the 1st of February to receive 10% off. Mitch Wood, who will being playing Romeo said: “Shakespeare is a dish best served in the cool air with the stars above your head I reckon. It creates an other-world

Underground Opera goes back to Broadway for 10th season

As Brisbane’s Underground Opera (UOC) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, the company is launching its original season, West End to Broadway, touring the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Rockhampton in February and March. The season will star Dale Pengelly with theatre credits, The Boy From Oz (Australian Tour), Hot Shoe Shuffle (West End) and Singin’ in the Rain and Chicago (Singapore, Hong Kong). The show themed, The Movie Musicals will also star Louise Dorsman, Lionel Theunissen, with debutante Pia Frangiosa and accompanist Brendan Murtagh. Dale Pengelly, who performed with UOC around eight years’ ago said he was excited to return, pleased to see how the company had grown since Founde

New hotel brand to open in Parramatta

The Crown Group, the award-winning developer of residential and commercial properties across Australia, is putting the finishing touches on its new hotel brand, Skye Hotel Suites in Parramatta. Set to open early this year, Skye Hotel Suites offers 72 luxury suites overlooking Sydney within the new V by Crown Group, a 28-storey luxury residential and commercial development known as Parramatta’s “Vertical Village.” “We can’t wait to welcome our first guests to the new Skye Hotel Suites,” said Iwan Sunito, co-founder and CEO of Crown Group. “As we did with our innovative residential offerings, we are creating a distinctive hotel experience, delivering a new style of urban luxury that meaningful

New luxury resort in Oman

Lagoon view infinity pool villa lounge Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara opens its doors in the Sultanate of Oman bringing the luxury hospitality brand Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas to the stunning coastal location of Salalah in the southern province of Dhofar on the Arabian Sea. Situated between a long, beach and a freshwater lagoon, bordering the historic Al Baleed UNESCO archaeological site, the resort introduces a new level of luxury and refinement to the region, allowing discerning guests to discover the unique charms of southern Oman. Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is located just 15 km from Salalah International Airport. Famed for the riches of its wadis dotted with frankin

Playing piano the Taubman way: Classic and Jazz

Joe and Olivia Chindamo Following the John Bloomfield workshops on the Taubman Approach to piano playing at the University of Queensland Music School on February 4-5 there will be a three-part concert series featuring pianists who have found benefit in studying the Taubman Approach. The first is in the Nickson Room at UQ on Saturday February 4 from 6-7 pm with a recital by Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg. They will be Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor, A Touch Divided blocked for two pianos by Yevgenie Sharlat and John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction. Joe Chindamo and Zoe Black perform the next recital the Nickson Room at UQ on Sunday February 5 from 6-7 pm. They will be performing original works by Jo

Review - Liza’s Back (Is Broken): tribute or parody?

Liza’s Back (Is Broken) Conceived by Trevor Ashley Written by Phil Scott and Trevor Ashley Musical Director Andy Davies Cremorne Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: 17 to 22 January. Bookings: qpac.com.au or 136 246. Running time: two hours 20 minutes with interval. Trevor Ashley has been performing his drag tribute of Liza Minnelli all over the world and has been hailed as "perfection" (Gay Times UK), "unrivalled" (Limelight) and a "remarkable impersonation" (Sydney Morning Herald). In this show, complete with an excellent seven-piece band, rather than a simple tribute show with dialogue he explored all the great roles and Broadway show tunes that Liza neve

Brisbane Kitchen not so much a Champ

RIGHT: The quail entree described as "delicious". The other night on the way to the Cremorne Theatre in Brisbane my wife and I dropped into Champ Kitchen and Bar for dinner. That is the eating house underneath the ABC building and directly opposite the Playhouse Theatre. We were ignored for several minutes (the waiters were busy serving) while waiting to be seated at one of many available tables. A “we will be with you in a moment” would have been nice. But once we were seated the waiters were helpful and polite. The menu was not inspiring, it looked heavy for a summer night, with mains lamb loin, chicken roulade, rib fillet and pork belly, which ranged in price from $32-$38, but I settled f

Australian cast for The Play That Goes Wrong

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call. London's biggest comedy hit, The Play That Goes Wrong is now in its third sold-out year and having just enjoyed its 1000th performance in the West End, recently announced its Australian tour. Described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off, this riotous theatrical disaster will stumble around Australia from February until June 2017, inflicting belly-aches and tears of laughter on audiences in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, and Perth.

Matilda Awards 2016 nominations

RIGHT: Libby Munro and Naomi Price at last year's Matilda Awards. Here are the nominations for this year’s Matilda Awards which will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse on February 20. (My picks are in bold type.) Best Mainstage Production Bastard Territory, Queensland Theatre Company and JUTE Theatre Company George’s Marvellous Medicine, shake & stir theatre co and QPAC Switzerland, Queensland Theatre Company The Wider Earth, Queensland Theatre Company and Dead Puppet Society Best Independent Production Carrie: The Musical, Brisbane Powerhouse and Wax Lyrical Productions Hanako, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and Belloo Creative True West, Brisbane Powerhouse, Troy Armstrong Mana

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience charity performance

Brisbane’s Interactive Theatre International, the company behind the hit show Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, has named Little Lives as its Australia charity partner for 2017. The fundraising highlight is a charity performance on Saturday 11 March at Brisbane Golf Club, supplemented by collections at more than 80 performances during Fringe World Perth and Adelaide Fringe earlier in the year. Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is an international immersive show, with lashings of laughter, huge spoonfuls of spontaneity and plenty of participation. It is ideal for comedy fans, theatre fanatics and anyone who fancies going out for a dinner they will never forget. Seventy per cent of this i

UK production of 1984 heads to Australia

In a coup for Queensland audiences, the critically acclaimed West End (UK) production of Orwell’s 1984 will be brought to the massive Lyric Theatre stage at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) for a strictly limited season in June 2017. Produced by UK theatrical innovators Headlong along with Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre, this big production of George Orwell’s dystopian classic premiered in 2013 and since then it has become an international phenomenon. Labelled a literary masterpiece that meets sheer theatrical ambition, this production has been seen by over a quarter of a million people worldwide; enjoying three hugely successful West End seasons as well as an internati

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion: from New York to Byron Bay

2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of Lennon: Through a Glass Onion. In 1992, twelve years after Lennon’s death, Australian actor/musician John Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta first conceived and performed Lennon: Through a Glass Onion on a small stage at the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney. The show was an instant success. In the years that followed, Waters and D’Arrietta toured the show and played sold out engagements at venues including The Sydney Opera House. The show performed a three-month engagement in London’s West End. Re-produced and rebranded for its Off-Broadway debut at the Union Square Theatre, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is back in Australia following its sensational 16 we

Review - Of Mice and Men: a winner in every department

Right: Peter Muir as Lennie (sitting) and Christopher Balkin as George. Photo by Nick O'Sullivan Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck Directed by Alex Lanham Brisbane Arts Theatre Petrie Terrace Brisbane Season: 4 January to 18 February. Running time: two hours 20 minutes including interval. Bookings on (07) 3369 2344. What a great start to the Brisbane Arts Theatre’s first semi-pro season. The production was tight, finely acted and excellently directed by Alex Lanham. It gave the audience an evening of high drama, suspense, great pathos, a hint of comedy and it never flagged for a second. John Steinbeck, to my mind, was one of the greatest 20th century writers. He had a minimalist, journalisti

Towering Uluru: peaceful yet menacing

Above: The green Red Centre. Below: The Mutitjulu Waterhole. Photos by Deanne Scott There is something special about Uluru, the huge piece of monolithic rock in the middle of Australia’s red centre. It’s easily recognised through the thousands of post cards and calendars that flood the souvenir shops and from a distance that’s what it looked like – a post card photograph. Close up however it’s a different story. It is towering, brilliant and iron red and somehow peaceful and menacing at the same time. My wife and I made our pilgrimage in September last year after travelling from Adelaide to Alice Springs on the Ghan railway. The first thing you realise is the fact that the rock is miles from

Kakadu: not quite what I expected

Above: A close encounter. Below: The Lotus Flower, a pretty but troublesome weed Kakadu National Park has always been on my bucket list with visions of moody wetlands, crocodiles, and vast kilometres of rain forest, creeks, and ravines, so I was really looking forward to our day out from Darwin with Grayline coaches. It was not a costly at $277 per person for a 13-hour day trip that included buffet lunch with cold meats, salad and fruit, a visit to check out rock art and a 1.5 hour guided cruise on Yellow Water Billabong After a visit to Uluru a few days earlier we were prepared for an early morning start and a long drive to our destination. It was a pleasant coach ride – complete with comf

Big exhibition for artist and his mum

Artist David O'Halloran (above)from Yarrabilba in Logan City is the son of Artist Judy Pickering and related to one of Australia’s greatest Artists, Tom Roberts. His works are currently held in Private collections in Australia, Italy, New Zealand, USA, Ireland, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Korea and South Africa. Now he has a group exhibition coming up at the Onyx Gallery, 9/ 3 Fermont Road, Underwood, Brisbane, from March 4-11 with Judy Pickering (Above right)and Lynda Faulkner (Above centre). Judy has not exhibited in more than 30 years, since she toured with Pro Hart and The Brushmen Of The Bush and this will be hers and David’s first showing together and it will be Lynda’s first ever exhibit

Room on the Broom flies Back in to Brisbane

Room On The Broom live on stage returns to the QUT Gardens Theatre from 17‐22 January 2017. Based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler and brought to you by the award‐winning team behind The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and The 13, 26 & 52‐StoreyTreehouses, the Witch and her animal friends are flying back in to Brisbane following a sold‐out 2013 season. The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird, and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dra

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