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Crown Group brings five stars to Parramatta

Skye Hotel Suites Parramatta has opened its doors. The opening sees Crown Group lead the charge into Parramatta’s 5-star hotel market, elevating the suburb into Sydney’s second CBD. Committed to the ultimate in guest luxury, Skye Hotel Suites comprises 72 apartment-style suites. Each features L’Occitane toiletries, in- room dining from a modern on-site restaurant, pre-stockable maxi-bar, the ability to choose your own mattress firmness on each side of the bed, keyless entry and ‘virtual concierge’ tablets to enable access to all hotel services from each suite. Amenities include a state-of-the-art gymnasium, pool, sundeck, spa, sauna and new restaurant, Husk & Vine Kitchen and Bar, which ope

Aussie surfer takes charge at Maldives resort

For Zach Zocher (right), Niyama Private Island’s professional Surf Dude, surfing is a passion that became an obsession, and ultimately lead him to pack for paradise. Growing up in Cape Town, he started surfing at the age of ten and soon represented his province in the South African Surfing Championships. Still a teenager, he immigrated to Australia with his parents and landed in the beautiful seaside town of Avoca. “In Avoca I surfed every day and I loved the sense of adventure and exploration that surfing offered me,” said Zach. “It is here that my passion became an obsession and my travels in search of perfect waves started.” Zach’s epic surf adventures have taken him to some of the world’

Anantara brings new luxury to China’s Forest City

International luxury comes to China’s southwest beautiful Forest City with the recent opening of Anantara Guiyang Resort. Surrounded by an exclusive golf course and majestic mountains, the resort offers a natural oasis, 30-minutes from Guiyang City and 15-minutes from Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport. Renowned for its pleasant climate, clean air and scenery, Guiyang is an explorer’s paradise. Nearby the resort, hot springs, lakes and waterfalls, karst caves, valleys and endless forest provide a natural treasure trove. Ethnic minorities reveal folkloric customs, and 2,000 years of history can be relived with trips to dynastic relics. Plush modern comforts and signature amenities epit

Review - Kinky Boots: a joyful and refreshing spectacle

Right: The Land of Lola. Below right: Toby Francis and Callum Francis. Bottom: The finale. Photos: Matthew Murphy Kinky Boots Book by Harvey Fierstein Music and lyrics by Cindy Lauper Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell Produced by Michael Cassell Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane. Season: August 22-October 22. Running time Two hours 15 minutes including interval. Bookings: www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246 Without doubt this is the best new musical in years. It has everything: a great story line, wonderful characters, toe-tapping music that moves the plot along and is such a joyful and refreshing spectacle to watch. I loved every damn minute of t

Review - A Night with Opera Queensland: drama, comedy and superb singing

From left Shaun Brown, Victoria Lambourn, Emily Burke and Rosario La Spina A Night with Opera Queensland Directed by Lindy Hume Musical director Narelle French Sunnybank Performing Arts Centre (SunPAC) 470 McCullough Street Sunnybank Dates and venues of the tour follow the review. Duration two hours including interval. If ever there was a production to show doubters the joy of opera, this is it. Outgoing Artistic Director Lindy Hume has combined four talented singers and tied them to 20 popular arias, duets and quartets from the most popular of operas to create a show that has drama and comedy and superb singing. This opening night of a twelve stop Queensland tour from Brisbane to Mt Isa, wa

Review - The Winter’s Tale: high in energy, entertaining

Paige Poulier, Anthea Patrick and Rebecca Murphy as Dorcas, Young Shepherd and Mopsa. Below right: Dudley Powell and Meg Bowden as Florizel and Perdita. The Winter’s Tale By William Shakespeare Directed by Michelle Miall Presented by the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble Roma Street Parklands Amphitheatre Brisbane City Season runs until September 9. Running time: three hours including interval. Bookings: http://www.qldshakespeare.org The Winter’s Tale: a fitting and apt production to put on in this mild weather, it would seem. This is one work by Shakespeare I hadn’t seen before and am now quite happy to add it to my memory’s library. The play was performed by the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemb

Bangarra Dance work honours first contact legend Benelong

Tara Robertson, Kaine Sultan-Babij and Beau Dean Riley. Photo by Niel Boud 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 celebrated individuals from the days of First Contact. Bennelong was created by Bangarra Dance Theatre Artistic Director Stephen Page, and it is his first full-length work to show in Brisbane in three years. It unravels the story of the first Aboriginal statesman and explores the life of Woollarawarre Bennelong, a senior man of the Eora and namesake of Bennelong Point, where the Sydney Opera House now stands. Bennelong was the first Aboriginal man to vi

Big launch for Queensland Theatre’s 2018 program

Above some of the patrons gather. Below Right: Artistic Director Sam Strong launches the new season. Photos by Deanne Scott. More photos follow story. There were 600 guests at the launch of the Queensland Theatre’s 2018 launch at Rydge’s Hotel and they did some cheering as Artistic Director Sam Strong introduced the list of plays. “ The 2018 Season transports us to places we wouldn’t otherwise encounter (or even imagine). The eight plays traverse centuries of time, the breadth of our country, the expanse of the globe, and the inner workings of diverse and brilliant minds. “In the coming year, you can be at the centre of a food fight at the Christmas dinner from Hell, evade pursuers across th

Tina Arena to Play Eva Peron in Evita

Singer, songwriter and musical theatre star Tina Arena (right) is to play the role of Eva Peron in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita which will return to Australia next year, playing at the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House. Throughout a 40-year music career, theatre has been a constant presence for Tina, having starred in productions in Australia and internationally. Her theatrical work includes Cabaret, Nine, Dynamite and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Now ten years after Tina wowed critics on London’s West End as Roxie Hart in Chicago, she is back. “We are thrilled that Tina Arena has agreed to return to the Australian musical theatre stage to play th

Review - shake&stir’s Dracula 2017: still full of chills and thrills

Above: Dying with indignity: David Whitney and Ross Balbuziente put an end to Adele Querol's vampire antics. Below right: Dracula (Nick Skubij) meets Jonathan (Michael Wahr). Deanne Scott's after party shots follow the review. Dracula By Bram Stoker Adapted by shake&stir shake&stir Theatre Company Cremorne Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: August 17-September 3. Running time 100 minutes without interval. Bookings: www.qpac.com.au or 136 246. When I saw the premier of this show back in 2015 I said: “I have enjoyed all of shake&stir productions, but this one tops the lot. It is a play that stays in the mind for long after the 95 minutes of nonstop action has

Celebrating the cultures of Africa

Cirque Africa, a show that celebrates the colour and culture of Africa, starring 22 performers from six African countries is heading for Brisbane. It’s the show that won five stars at the Adelaide Fringe Festival this year, is acclaimed as the greatest performance experience from Africa and it will call the Roundhouse Theatre in Brisbane home for two weeks from October 24 to November 4! “Cirque Africa has been called the ‘Lion King on steriods’,” said director Papa Africa, aka Winston Ruddle. The Zimbabwe-born Ruddle, draws many of his talented cast from the ranks of the Hakuna Matata Acrobats trained at the school he established in Tanzania in 2003. “Cirque Africa is a highly visual show -

QSE bring Shakespeare’s tale of madness and betrayal to Roma Street Parklands

Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble present their take of Shakespeare’s classic, The Winters Tale, directed by Michelle Miall, in the Roma Street Parkland from August 23-September 9. In a tale of suspicion and betrayal, a family is torn apart when a King turns jealous monster. His actions set in motion a series of events that forever change the lives of everyone he loves. But in this story, sadness gives way to hope as our tragedy transforms. Fate twists and turns with the change of the seasons and time shows its power. Featuring music performed live by the cast in trademark QSE style, and set in the heart of Roma Street Parkland, The Winter's Tale reminds us that no one is too old for fairy tal

Review - West End to Broadway: quality voices

Getting in on the act, Eric Scott joins the fabulous Underground Opera cast of West End to Broadway. Photo Deanne Scott West End to Broadway Volume four Produced by Bruce Edwards Musical Director and keyboard Brendan Murtagh Spring Hill Reservoir Wickham Terrace Brisbane Season: August 10 – 20; Bookings: www.ticketmaster.com.au Running time a little over two hours including interval This is the fourth program of show tunes from this top rate and talented little company and it was my third visit to the lovely Spring Hill reservoir venue. Also the fare on offer was just entertaining and perfectly sung as in my previous visits to the venue, which has vaulted ceiling and buttresses that created

Review - Breaking the Code: QUT students shine

Breaking the Code By Hugh Whitemore Directed by David Bell Queensland University of Technology Gardens Theatre George Street Brisbane Season was from 8-12 August 2017 Breaking the Code is the story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who played a role in breaking the Enigma Code used during World War II by German forces to encrypt their communications. It also covers the personal side of his life as a gay man in a world that criminalised, prosecuted and persecuted homosexuality. Turing is also credited with being the father of computing, believing that a machine could be designed to imitate human thinking and eventually have artificial intelligence. Unfortunately he committed suicide

Award-winning show for children

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) will present Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s Helpmann Award-winning show Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories from 11 to 15 October 2017. Adaptor and Director Luke Kerridge and Adaptor Dan Giovannoni, have joined forces to reimagine Reinhardt Jung’s novel Bamberts Buch der verschollenen Geschichten. Winner of the 2016 Helpmann Award for Best Children’s Presentation and nominated for Best New Australian Work, Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories is about Bambert, an impossibly small man with an enormous love for writing. Bambert is a puppet brought to life by an ensemble of players, led by the multi-award winning Tim Watts. Tucked away in his quiet attic – part of

Japanese drummers head for Australia

Yamato The Drummers Of Japan are touring Australia from 8 September to 6 October including stops in Sydney, Queensland, Perth and Adelaide. Since 1993, YAMATO have performed in 53 countries around the world, reaching more than six million people. Yamato bring new life to the traditional Japanese taiko and wadaiko drums by paying respect to its rich history and exploring contemporary drumming styles. Beginning with the boom of a taiko drum made from a large 400 year-old tree, performers move their whole bodies to strike the drum with a powerful surge of energy that uplifts audiences in sync with the rhythm and intensity. Yamato is based in a village called Asuka, known as the birthplace of Ja

Moulin Rouge star brings Paris to Brisbane

After sold out shows in 2016, the Parisian revue show Cabaret de Paris will return to Brisbane for two shows on Saturday September 9. The shows will be the only ones for Australia this year. Cabaret De Paris is a stage spectacular celebrating old-fashioned showgirl glamour combined with the skill of adagio dancers, aerial pole artistry, comedy circus performers, quick change performers, illusionists and of course the French Cancan Dancers! For the 2pm show the dancers will be covered, while for the 7.30 pm show they will be topless. Australian born and trained Marissa Burgess, the longest-serving performer in the Moulin Rouge's 120-year history, stars in show. The showgirl, with a string of

Muriel has found her besty!

Right: Madeleine Jones with Maggie McKenna who plays Muriel. Photo Nic walker Australian actor Madeleine Jones will play the role of Muriel’s best friend Rhonda in the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical. The Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures production, a theatrical version of PJ Hogan’s hit film, updated to today by the writer, features original music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall alongside popular ABBA numbers. The musical is exclusive to Sydney, playing at Roslyn Packer Theatre with previews from 6 November, opening on Saturday 18 November. The role of Muriel’s BFF is an integral part of the Muriel’s Wedding story and Madeleine was drawn to it because Rhonda

Review - La Fille mal Gardee: two hours of fun and frolic

La Fille mal Gardee Choreographed by Mark Ribaud Music by Ferdinand Herold Performed by Camerata Conductor Nigel Gaynor Queensland Ballet Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts centre South Bank Brisbane Season: August 4-19. Duration: two hours including interval. Bookings www.qpac.com.au or 136 246 There was no heavy drama in this one; just two hours of fun, frolic, gorgeous pastel shaded 1950s costumes, designed by Lexi de Silva, and some really different dance. Add on three separate sets, each a fabulous creation from Richard Roberts and a lively, happy score and you had a ballet that saw the audience leave the theatre smiling happily. The whole production was a delight and beautifu

Australian Festival of Chamber Music: record ticket sales

Right: Poul Hoxbro and Genevieve Lacey. Below right: Francesca Dego and Jiri Bart. More photos follow the story. The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) opened in Townsville last weekend starring 42 of the world’s best chamber musicians, under the baton of Artistic Director, Piers Lane. The festival achieved record sales and sold out status across a raft of events. Piers Lane said the 2017 program, his final festival, covered a wider range of music than ever before, with his signature of juxtaposing much-loved repertoire with rare and new works peppered throughout the nine days. “Poul Høxbro will be playing medieval music on the one hand, and on the other, we shall be mounting the wo

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