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Review - The Kingfisher: wonderful romantic comedy

Right: Chris Hawkins as Sir Cecil Warburton and Viviane Gian as Evelyn Rivers. Below right: Graham Scott as Hawkins the butler. Photos by Dan Ryan The Kingfisher By William Douglas Home Directed by Nathan Schulz Javeenbah Theatre Company Nerang Bookings and info: www.javeenbah.org.au or phone (07) 5596 0300 William Douglas Home’s 1977 play The Kingfisher has exquisite manners or should that read impeccable taste? Indeed it has both and that shouldn’t come as any surprise considering Home’s pedigree. The Eton and New Collage Oxford educated brother of former British Prime Minister, Sir Alex Douglas Home, who only died in 1992, but could have well lived comfortably in the 19th century, has

Review - Lady Beatle: Naomi Price sizzled on stage

Lady Beatle Created by Adam Brunes and Naomi Price Presented by La Boite and The Little Red Company La Boite Theatre Kelvin Grove Brisbane Season: May 25-June 3 (includes 9 pm shows). Running time: 80 minutes, no interval. Bookings: https://laboite.com.au Naomi Price is just one of those darlings of the theatre industry that just knows what makes a good show. Last night, at her premier opening of the La Boite /The Little Red Company’s production Lady Beatle, she and her team most certainly delivered a good in fact a great show. Lady Beatle, delivered in cabaret-style, with a rock star band followed the story of the Beatles through the eyes of a close friend. I won’t reveal who it is as that

Review – Swallow: Marvellous but flawed people

Above: Helen O’Leary and Julie Cotterell enjoy each other as Sam and Rebecca. Below right: Elise Grieg as the self destructive Anna. Photos by Tony Byrne Swallow By Stef Smith Directed by Kate Shearer Co-presented by E.G. and Metro Arts Sue Benner theatre Metro Arts Edward Street Brisbane Season: May 25-June 3. Running time: 70 minutes with no interval. Bookings: www.metroarts.com.au Three women, played by three top class actors, are strangers who live in a block of flats and each is broken in her own way and cannot break the past that has hurt them. Anna, played by Elise Grieg, is angry enough to smash up everything in her apartment and even starts to rip up her floorboards. She hasn’t left

Review - Behind closed Doors: an hour of illusion and sensuality

Right: Benjamin Chapman and Elise May. Below right: Richard Causer. Photos Christ Herzfield After-show photos by Deanne Scott follow the review. Behind closed Doors Choreographed by Natalie Weir Musical Director Sean Foran Music by Trichotomy Expressions Dance Company Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: May 19-27. Bookings www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246. Running time: 65 minutes without interval. Natalie Weir has worked her magic again, this rime fusing Trichotomy’s jazz with contemporary dance to create an hour of illusion, sensuality, and sexual tension. The setting is a hotel where the rooms are dressed in bordello red drapes cleverly lit by

New Bangarra Dance Theatre work honours Bennelong

Right: Rikki Mason and Luke Currie Bangarra Dance Theatre returns to Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 25 August to 2 September with its latest work Bennelong, a tribute to one of the most mythologised and celebrated individuals from the days of First Contact. Created by Bangarra Dance Theatre Artistic Director, David Page, the new Bangarra Dance Theatre work honours Bennelong. It is his first full-length work to show in Brisbane in three years, and unravels the story of the first Aboriginal statesman. Through the company’s transformative dance theatre language, Page will explore the fascinating life of Woollarawarre Bennelong, a senior man of the Eora and namesake of Bennelong

New production of Mamma Mia! opens in November

The musical Mamma Mia!, will start its new national tour at the Canberra Theatre Centre on November 24 followed by a season from December 26 at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane. Tickets are currently on sale for the Canberra season and Brisbane tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday May 24th 2017. The tour will continue onto Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from February 11 2018, Crown Theatre Perth from May 15, Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from July 10 and the Festival Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre from October 9. This new production is produced in Australia by Michael Coppel, Louise Withers & Linda Bewick. Starring in this new Australian production as mother-of-the-bride

Swallow: a study of survival

Transformative stories are brought to the stage from 25 May – 3 June in the Sue Benner Theatre at Brisbane’s Metro Arts in the contemporary play Swallow by Stef Smith, co-presented by E.G. Swallow is a play about choosing life. It’s a study of survival, exploring the surprising complexity of contemporary life. The play begins with Anna smashing everything in her apartment; her neighbour, Rebecca is furiously breaking down after splitting with her husband; and Sam is trying to process who they are while leaving their old identity as Samantha behind. Smith’s play highlights the loneliness of city living as these three strangers overhear one another’s lives and struggles, only having conversati

Aurélie’s not in Kansas any more

Kansas City native Aurélie Roque has transformed her parallels with the Wizard of Oz’ Dorothy into a cabaret, Ruby Slipper Chronicles that will premier on June 3 and 4 at Hayward Street Studios, Brisbane. The one-woman cabaret, co-presented by Theatremakers, with music direction by Luke Volker, will tell the stories of the trials, turmoil and triumphs Aurélie faced when she hitched up her blue and white checks en route to Australia four years ago. “I left Kansas for the land of 'Aus' during a tornado, hand to God, and I’ve since faced a few ‘lions, tigers and bears’ while starting a new life in Australia. It’s been quite the journey with lots of successes, but not without some challenges and

Exhibition a window into Royal Ballet Company

Made on the Body: Choreography from The Royal Ballet has opened in the Tony Gould Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and runs through until 9 September in anticipation and celebration of the 2017 QPAC International Series season from The Royal Ballet. This free exhibition will open a window onto one of the great ballet companies of the world and will focus on the act and art of choreography and how it has shaped The Royal Ballet since it was founded by Dame Ninette de Valois as the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1931. Made on the Body: Choreography from The Royal Ballet aims to reveal the rich legacies and the new artistry embodied in the making of choreographic works that are the lifebl

Review - 50 Shades! The Musical Parody: Not so shocking but fun

Right: The randy housewives having a ball. Below right: Pam played by Natalie Mead and Sean Dowling as Christian Grey. Photos by Storm Jury 50 Shades! The Musical Parody By Albert Samuels, Amanda B Davis, Emily Dorezas, Joseph Shelton, Ashley ward and Dan Wessels Directed by Nathan Parmenter Choreographer Cherie Lange Brisbane Arts Theatre Petrie terrace Brisbane Season: May 14- August 28 on various days. Bookings: artstheatre.com.au or 3369 2344. Running time: 69 minutes! (sex plug noted) plus 20 minute interval. Well, I am not one of the 150 million people who have read the book 50 Shades of Grey, but it was obvious that most of the opening night audience had. That audience too was mainly

Review - The Taming of the Shrew: a novel adaptation

Above: Cameron Gaffney as Vincentio, David Bentley as Gremio, Garry Condoseres as Hortensio. Right: Isaac Barnes as Petruchio, Hannah Martin as Katherina Minola (Kate) The Taming of the Shrew By William Shakespeare Directed by Jason Nash Presented by Nash Theatre Merthyr Uniting Church New Farm Season runs until June 3. Bookings: nashtheatre4@bigpond.com.au or Phone: (07) 3379 4775 Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned Shakespeare production? But when keeping up with the times, his oft quoted lines seem to lose meaning in this day and age. While I firmly believe his works will never go out of style, seeing modern re-tellings of his plays is somewhat refreshing and revives that magical spark

A new theatre lights up in the suburbs

Right: Christian Charisiou who stars in SunPAC’s production of Roald Dahl’s The Witches It’s good to see new arts venues opening up when so many have been closed or turned into car parks. There’s a new theatre in Sunnybank, just out of the city on the Southside called SunPAC that opened in October last year and is located next door to the Sunnybank Community & Sports Club, 470 McCullough Street, Sunnybank. Unlike the city theatres there is plenty of parking on site with a free open-air car park, which includes a shuttle to the venue. As well as a new underground paid car park that provides direct access via lift into the foyer. There’s also the restaurant at the Sunnybank Sports and Communit

Waterfall by Crown Group at Waterloo previewed in Asia

The roof top at Waterfall by Crown Group The details of Waterfall by Crown Group, a project in Sydney’s Green Square featuring Australia’s largest man-made waterfall are now on view. Images and computer-generated animation of the waterfall were released today, along with renderings and video showing the collection of apartments, amenities and onsite retail. “This development is something unique and inspired by the power of nature,” said Crown Group Chairman and CEO, Iwan Sunito. “With this design, we are breaking with tradition. The green spaces and natural elements bring this to a whole new level and creates a luxurious, balanced environment for residents to relax and recharge.” Located at

Avani Quy Nhon resort plan tours to ancient Champa Kingdom sites

Right: Duong_Long_Towers Peppering the hillsides and valleys around the city of Quy Nhon in central Vietnam are relics of the lost Champa civilisation that dominated the country’s centre and south between the 2nd and 15th centuries. Despite the towers’ status of an architectural marvel, the temples’ remoteness means that travellers venturing further afield to explore them are likely to have the spectacular sites all to themselves. With Avani Quy Nhon’s new History Buff offer, guests staying at the beachfront resort can take a full-day Champa tour conducted by a local travel guide. Either perched on the back of a motorbike or in an air-conditioned car, travellers get to visit some of the prov

Skye Hotel Suites to open in Sydney in August

the Skye Rooftop bar. Skye Hotel Suites in Parramatta is set to open its doors in August 2017. Developed by Sydney-based Crown Group the hotel brings together the best elements of hospitality: the personalized service of a boutique hotel; the amenities of a luxury hotel; the spaciousness and familiarity of a local apartment; and the escape of a resort. The hotel is located within V by Crown Group, a new Sydney landmark designed by Allen Jack + Cottier and Koichi Takada Architects. Skye Hotel Suites features just 72 luxury studio, one- and two-bedroom suites overlooking Sydney. Guests will enjoy access to V by Crown Group’s resort-style pool and sauna, state-of-the-art fitness centre, busines

Review - Queensland Ballet’s Swan Lake 2017: a stunning night out

Above: Victor Estevez and Lina Kim. Below: The Swans. Photos: David Kelly Queensland Ballet’s Swan Lake 2017 Choreographer: Ben Stevenson Composer: Tchaikovsky Music performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Nigel Gaynor Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: May 5-13, Bookings: www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246. Duration: Two hours 10 minutes including interval. The depth of talent in the Queensland Ballet was never more evident than in the performance of Swan Lake I saw on Saturday (May 6). It was simply a stunning night out. The production is purely classical and Ben Stevenson’s choreography, after Petipa and Ivanov, was technically diff

Review - The Play That Goes Wrong: laughter all the way

Right: The Murder at Haversham Manor cast: Below right: An inelegant exit. Photos by Jeff Busby The Play That Goes Wrong By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Directed by Mark Bell Australian Cast director Sean Turner Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Kenny Wax Concert Hall Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: May 4-14. Bookings www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246. Duration two hours including interval This is probably the worst play you would ever see – and probably the funniest. I don’t think I have ever been in a theatre where the laughter was continual with chuckles, belly laughs, and loud guffaws from beginning to end. There was never a let up and yet the

Bros Reunion tour concert in Sydney

TEG Dainty has confirmed a highly anticipated pop reunion tour will visit Australia! Bros will play an Australian show in Sydney on Saturday 4 November at Qudos Bank Arena. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 5 May at 12 noon through Ticketek. This event marks 29 years to the day since Bros played the Sydney Entertainment Centre in the height of Brosmania. When Bros toured Australia in 1988 their presence caused pandemonium with thousands of fans turning up at airports, in-store appearances and hotels to catch a glimpse of the pop superstars. Reminiscing of this time Matt Goss said “One of the most memorable moments for me in Bros was our Australian tour, we were so welcomed, it felt like home

East meets West love story.

Savoyards Musical Comedy Society, Presents The King and I (The Musical) on stage at the Iona Performing Arts Centre, Wynnum, Queensland from 17 June – 1 July. East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. Set in the early 1860s in the royal capital city of Bangkok, in the kingdom of Siam, The King and I is the story of Anna Leonowens, an English widow, who was engaged by the King of Siam to teach English and other Western ideas and philosophies to members of the royal family, including his many wives and children. Western values clash with old fashioned customs and traditions as Anna and the King find their personal ideals chall

Wizard of Oz back on Aussie stage after 16 years

John Frost and Suzanne Jones are bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz to Australia. The Australian Premiere will be held in Brisbane in November, then travel to Sydney in December. This new stage adaptation is a revision of the all-time classic. Developed from the MGM screenplay, it contains the Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. “It’s been 16 years since the last Australian tour of The Wizard of Oz,” said John Frost, on behalf of his co-producers. “It’s time to travel the ye

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