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Review – Crazy Ladies: The reunion that goes wrong

Five gals and a guy see the plan falling apart Crazy Ladies By Devon Williamson Directed by Garry Somerville Act 1 Theatre Old Shire Hall Cnr Gympie Road and Hall Street Strathpine Season: June 23-July 8. Duration: 110 minutes including interval. Bookings: 0458 519 269 Most amateur theatre companies have a preponderance of women, so when a play comes along featuring five women and one man, they grab it with both hands. Therefore, when Act 1 Theatre came across the play Crazy Ladies by New Zealand playwright, Devon Williamson, they were quick to present it to the public. The play revolves around a 25-year reunion that Pamela Brown (Gina Gray) has organized for her four best friends from high

Who made the Gods redundant?

In a world saturated with pop culture, selfies, narcissism, and the hunger for everyone’s 15 minutes, how can one god preach to the choir of modern civilisation in an effort to reclaim power over the mortals? Tragedy! (a new comedy) is a chance for the modern day mortals of Melbournia to meet their maker... Well, one of them anyway. Tragedy! (a new comedy) is the latest solo work from Brisbane’s Elizabeth Scales. This original cabaret will make its Melbourne debut at The Butterfly Club as part of the Melbourne Cabaret Fringe Festival in July. This cabaret centres on the tribulations of the now redundant gods looking down from the heavens over this modern world. With boredom at an all time hi

Gender-bender cabaret

The newly formed Passion Productions will be presenting, in partnership with the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, CONfused - An Evening of Gender Bent Cabaret. show will play from June 29-July 1 at the Burke Street Studios. All event profits are being donated to the charities Headspace and the Actors’ and Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund. Directed by Chiara Lagana, with musical direction by Luke Volker, CONfused is a tribute of sorts to Miscast and Broadway Backwards, with a twist! It promises to be a fun-filled night of gender swap cabaret featuring a cast of some of Brisbane’s most talented performers. The cast includes Billy Bourchier (Les Miserables, Candide), Jonathan Hickey

One for the Francophiles

Brisbane French Theatre is currently putting the final touches to a play that will be presented on July 13, 21 and 22 at the Queensland Multicultural Centre in Kangaroo point. The Student and Mr Henri, a comedy-drama by Ivan Calbérac, performed in French with English subtitles, is the third French play to hit Brisbane. What happens when a lonely, grumpy old man accepts to share his Paris apartment with a bubbly, scatterbrain female student - on the condition that she tries to ruin his son's marriage? The Student and Mr Henri brings a fresh perspective to universal themes like ageing, handling one’s family and learning to accept others (… and oneself) as they are. The play was written in 201

Fan and games at Nash

Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde and directed by Greg Scurr is the next production from Nash Theatre. Set over a 24 hour period, the play juxtaposes high society and popular culture, and explores a world full of the desire for scandal and gossip; a world which rejoices in the outrage and indignation such scandal permits. It is a play with witty dialogue and memorable characters. Secrets will be shared and confidences broken, but ultimately it is a story of great hope, Prepare to be amused, bemused and thoroughly entertained! The Brunswick Room (at Merthyr Road Uniting Church), 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm. Licensed Bar at evening performances and soft drinks, tea, coffee & snacks available

Circus of Illusion heads for the Gold Coast

Left: Ebon Grayman The Ring Master. Below: The Aerialist - Elissa Cadwell Above: The Illusionist – Australia’s got talent finalist Michael Boyd The critically acclaimed Circus of Illusion, which boasts an ‘other world fantasy’, experience will be at Mitchell Park, Southport, from June 23-July 9. Circus of Illusion is a 120-minute spectacle featuring clowns, jugglers, mimes, magicians and illusionists. Among those appearing under the big top are: Ebon Grayman: Former Cirque Du Soleil artist who heads the show and has been described as eccentric, funny and everything you might expect in an MC. Duban Nickol: A modern day jester who merges classic clowning with clever antics and he comes a

New single from Opera Queensland/La Boite’s Snow White, Ella Fence

Award winning songwriter Ella Fence’s (right) new single Cocaine (official release Friday 7 July, 2017), is the second single from her next EP, a collaboration with APRA award winning songwriter/ producer and multi-instrumentalist: The Audacious Vinnie LaDuce. Together, they have created a mix of cinematic-electro-pop and vocals. “This is not a song about drugs. This is not a song about love. This is a song about conflict; internal and external. Experience overshadowed with judgment, with heartbreak, with venom”, said Ella. “Releasing this song is a promise to myself to feel free, be present, let go; to just be”. The first single from the upcoming EP, ‘Dancer’ (released April 2017), was well

Madness and mayhem in OperaQ’s Ruddigore

From left to right: Bryan Probets, Jason Barry-Smith and Christine Johnston. Gothic horror, humour, and hi-jinks will be the order of the day when Opera Queensland Artistic Director Lindy Hume’s takes on Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore, or the Witch's Curse which premieres on 14 July at the Playhouse, QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre). Running until 29 July for 11 performances, the stylish and stylised show will reunite some of the stars of Lindy Hume’s critically acclaimed, 2015 production of Bernstein’s Candide, with Bryan Probets and Christine Johnston taking on the roles of Robin Oakapple and Mad Margaret. Natalie Christie Peluso will feature as Rose Maybud alongside Kanen Breen as

Review - 1984: Terrifying stage production

Above: Tom Conroy as Winston Smith. Photos by Shane Reid 1984 By George Orwell Adapted and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan Associate dire Australia Corey McMahon GWB Entertainment, Ambassador Theatre Group Asia Pacific and State Theatre Company of South Australia Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: June 14-18, Duration 100 minutes without interval. Bookings: www.qpac.com.au or 136 246 Orwell’s book has always been chilling, but this stage production is terrifying. It is a play that churns the stomach in fear and at times, loathing. It is like a very scary reality show with crashing noises and lights that flash suddenly and glaringly across

Stage newcomer to play title role in Muriel’s Wedding the Musical

Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures have announced that the lead role in Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, has been won by newcomer Maggie McKenna (right). The 20-year-old Melbourne born and raised actress has recently returned to Australia from Los Angeles where she trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). She will make her professional stage debut in the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, a theatrical version of PJ Hogan’s hit film, updated to today by the writer himself, with original music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall alongside ABBA numbers. It was also announced that an extra week of performances has been added to the season, which will now

Pardon me there’s a Zebra in the garden

Above: The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel. Below right Edward Minyoyi. Zambia is a country of vibrant African traditions, a land made famous by explorer Sir David Livingstone, the home of Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and vast national parks thriving with wildlife. Bringing to life these cultural and natural treasures, Edward Minyoyi is much more than the Guest Relations Officer at the Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel By Anantara.With his insider local knowledge and personal tales, Edward plunges guests into the colours, customs and majesty of Zambia through the art of storytelling. In a country where tribal stories and traditional practices are passed down fr

Review - The Woman in Black: spooky tale well told

Reagan Warner (left) and Dom Tennison. Photos: Nick O'Sullivan The Woman in Black Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt From the novel by Susan Hill Directed by John Boyce Brisbane Arts Theatre Petrie Terrace Brisbane Season: June 10-July 15. Duration: Two hours ten minutes including interval. Bookings: www.artstheatre.com.au or (07) 3369 2344 Arts theatre Artistic Director John Boyce is very fond of this play – it is the third time I have seen one of his productions and luckily each time I have forgotten the ending! Which is a good thing, because the shock brings audible gasps from first-timers and to remember would spoil the show. It is a tough job for a pair of actors who spend almost two hours o

Review - Noises Off: a winner of a show

Nicki Wendt, Louise Siversen and Hugh Parker. Deanne Scott's after show party pics follow the review Noises Off By Michael Frayne Directed by Sam Strong Queensland Theatre/Melbourne Theatre Company production Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: June 3-26. Running time two hours 50 minutes with interval. Bookings: www.qpac.com.au or 136 246 This is quite an amazing play; I certainly place it among the funniest plays ever written. It was first produced in 1982 and in various forms and rewrites has been performed regularly ever since on stages around the world. It is the classic farce that has dateless characters, hilarious dialogue, and a sequence o

STC’s new play explores migrant experience

Right Disapol Savetsila. Photo by Rene Vaile Sydney Theatre Company’s nect production will be Australian Graffiti by Disapol Savetsila, a humorous and touching exploration of the migrant experience in Australia by 23-year-old playwright Disapol Savetsila, commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company in partnership with CAAP (Contemporary Asian Australian Performance) and Playwriting Australia. Directed by STC’s former Richard Wherrett Fellow Paige Rattray (now Queensland Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director) who has been part of the play’s evolution since its STC Rough Draft in 2015, the production comes hot on the heels of her success with Nakkiah Lui’s Black is the New White. Set and costumes

Brisbane Emporium Hotel's World Travel Award hat trick

The Emporium Hotel in Brisbane has been titled Australia’s Leading Boutique Hotel at the 24th World Travel Awards in Shanghai. It is the third year in a row the independently owned and operated hotel has won. Emporium Hotel took out the award against the best in the country including The Old Clare Hotel in Melbourne, Cape Lodge at Margaret River, Gaia Retreat & Spa, Lyall Hotel & Spa, Ovolo Woolloomooloo, The Henry Jones Art Hotel, The Prince in Melbourne and the Woodbridge on the Derwent among others. Emporium Hotel now stands as one of the most awarded in the world. The hotel is consistently recognized nationally and internationally as the best of the best. Achieving the hat trick at the W

Samuel Beckett – with music

With guest artists Helen Howard and Michael Futcher, Brisbane new music ensemble Kupka’s Piano will present the Australian premiere of Samuel Beckett’s radio play Words and Music with score by Morton Feldman on 15 July 2017. Sloth, love, ageing, and the meaninglessness of words themselves are explored in Words and Music, a play by Samuel Beckett. The work casts music as an actual ‘character’ (although often also called Joe), who works with and sometimes against, ignores and sometimes taunts Words (often called Bob) as he gets lost in doubt-filled reflections, rambles, and songs. Interjecting throughout this strange dialogue, a third character, the inexplicable Croak, implores the two charact

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