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Indie rockers The Shins head for Australia

James Mercer with The Shins. Photo: C. Faruolo Indie rock band The Shins will play in the first time in Brisbane in more than 10 years at the Concert Hall at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on Tuesday December 5. The band’s return follows its fifth studio album, Heartworms, which was self-produced and recorded by founder James Mercer and released earlier this year. Hailing from New Mexico, The Shins have played to crowds at Madison Square Garden and Coachella, Fuji Rock Festival and Splendour in the Grass. With their debut release Oh, Inverted World – dubbed one of the noughties’ 100 best albums by Rolling Stone – The Shins went on to win hearts worldwide and influence a new generat

Brisbane heads for zombie outbreak

Brisbane is facing an imminent zombie breakout with Australia’s first large-scale interactive zombie adventure game set to take over Brisbane Powerhouse from 18 October. Inspired by cult-classic adventure films and TV shows, Containment combines live adventure gaming, theatre, ground-breaking technology to generate a new style of entertainment. Injected into a movie-like post-apocalyptic world filled with blockbuster sets and live actors, audience members find themselves at the heart of the story, where every action, choice and movement impacts their chances of success. This 90-minute strategy-based team adventure game is the brainchild of Australia’s Directors of the Extraordinary; pioneers

QPAC and Circa partnership

Right: Yaron Lifschitz and John Kotzas Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Circa Contemporary Circus have announced a three-year partnership that will further enable the ensemble to push the boundaries of the art form and grow the opportunities to present new works to audiences in Queensland. QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said as part of the partnership QPAC and Circa would co-present a performance in the Playhouse each year for three years, allowing both companies to grow their audiences and deliver quality home-grown work. “The partnership will kick off with the presentation of Circa’s five-star favourite Humans from 6 to 9 December at QPAC this year,” Mr Kotzas said. “Circa i

Craig McLachlan will be back in Frank N Furter’s fishnets

Right: Craig McLachlan with the 2014 cast Craig McLachlan will again be donning Frank N Furter’s legendary fishnet stockings in his Helpmann Award-winning role in the Howard Panter, John Frost and Torben Brookman production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. The show will re-open the refurbished Festival Theatre at the Adelaide Festival Centre from 28 December 2017, then play at QPAC, Brisbane from 18 January 2018, and the Crown Theatre, Perth from 17 February 2018. ​“To say we are thrilled to dance the Time Warp across Australia again is an understatement,” said Howard Panter on behalf of the producers. “We’re often asked when everyone’s favourite rock and roll musical is returning

UK musical theatre stars' Australia visit

UK musical theatre legends Michael Ball and Alfie Boe(right) arrive in Australia next week to begin the national tour of their concert Together. The first performance is in Brisbane on Thursday 5 October, with Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth following. After the success of their double-platinum selling Christmas #1 UK album, Together and major sold out tours of the UK, Live Nation is producing their first Australian tour. Ball and Boe are two of the most popular performers in the UK. Together will features some of the biggest hits of all-time from film, theatre, the Great American Songbook and even pop; songs such as Music of the Night from The Phantom of The Opera, Les Miserables Sui

Review - An Octoroon: Hilariously politically incorrect

Above: Sarah Ogden and Colin Smith. Below right: Anthony Standish. Photos by Rob MacColl An Octoroon By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Re-contextualised and directed by Nakkiah Lui Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival Bille Brown Studio South Brisbane Season: September 16 – October 8. Running time: 100 minutes without interval. Bookings: 1800 355 528 Well, now for something really different; very different and very funny. Black is white and white is black; slavery is in fashion and slaves are complacent and seemingly content as they go about their daily chores. Every type of comedy device is used from boom-boom gags to straight out slapstick and costume and delivery jokes as the brilliant cast

Review - Savoyards' The Producers: Just wonderful

Right: Joshua Thia as Leo Bloom. Below right: Gary Rose as Max Bialystock and Joshua Thia Bottom: Walter Lago as Franz Liebkind The Producers A New Mel Brooks Musical Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks Presented by Savoyards Iona Performing Arts Centre 85 North Road Lindum Qld Season: 23 September 23-October 7. Running time: 110 minutes (approx) including interval. Bookings: bookings@savoyards.com.au or phone (07) 3893 4321. The Producers is the story of a Broadway producer, Max Bialystock, who is down on his luck and a mild-mannered accountant, Leo Bloom who between them concoct a scheme to produce the worst possible musical of all time and thereby skive of

Review - Good Grief: a gem of a play nicely played

Right: Selena Kadell as June with “Sam” Good Grief By Keith Waterhouse Directed by Cam Castles Centenary Theatre Group Chelmer Community Hall Corner of Queenscroft and Halsbury Streets Chelmer Season runs until September 29. Duration: two hours 30 minutes including interval. Bookings: 0435 591 720 or www.centenarytheatre.com.au Centenary Theatre Group has come up with another little gem of a play, one which needed, and got, a female actor with enough talent and power to deliver what is almost a two hour plus one woman show that sweeps through a minefield of emotions. Good Grief is a gentle comedy and, like all good comedy, has a serious tale to tell. It was competently brought together by di

A very dark comedy

Right: Caroline Brazier Sydney Theatre Company presents British playwright Moira Buffini’s Dinner for the first time this September at the Sydney Opera House. This award-winning play has won critical acclaim around the globe and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy following its premiere in London. Dinner is a black satire on middle-class assumptions. Paige is a socialite extraordinaire with a nasty streak. Tonight, she is reluctantly celebrating her husband’s best-selling book. The usual suspects have been invited for dinner – an artist, a scientist and a newsreader amongst them. The evening quickly turns into the dinner party from hell. The vengeful host sets the tone wit

Review - Laser Beak Man: a remarkable production

Helen Stephens and Jeremy Neideck work Laser Beak Man. Photo by Dylan Evans Laser Beak Man By David Morton, Nicholas Paine & Tim Sharp Directed by David Morton Music by Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music) A La Boite, Dead Puppet Society & Brisbane Festival production in association with PowerArts Roundhouse Theatre Kelvin Grove Brisbane Season: September 9-30. Duration: 90 minutes without interval. Bookings: laboiteqtix.com.au This is a remarkable production in which David Morton’s team take the cartoon creation of artist Tim Sharp and, with the magic of their puppets, turn it into a seemingly two-dimensional live cartoon with incredible backdrops and animation that grew from Sharp’s artwork. Tim

Broadway star to share show-biz secrets with Qld musical theatre students

Queensland musical theatre students will receive showbiz tips direct from an award-winning Broadway star in Brisbane next month as part of an initiative of Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Twenty-seven 3rd Year Bachelor of Musical Theatre degree students at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University will participate in masterclasses and workshops from 9 to 12 October 2017 led by Emmy Award winning and Tony Award nominated Broadway performer Liz Callaway (Cats, Miss Saigon, Merrily We Roll Along, Baby) pictured right. and musical director and composer Alex Rybeck (Merrily We Roll Along, Damn Yankees). Australian musical theatre identity Sharon Millerchip (Phantom of the Opera, Be

All Aussie Toto: Australian Cairn Terriers share the role in new Wizard of Oz

Right: Samantha Dodemaide and Toto. Photo by Brian Geach. Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones today announced their canine stars who will play the role of Toto in the upcoming Australian tour of The Wizard of Oz. Taking on the role of Dorothy’s loyal companion will be Australian Cairn Terriers Flick and Trouble, who will share the role. The producers are also announced that they will be partnering with RSPCA as their official charity partner, which will see the production raise funds for the charity. Hailing from Ballarat, Flick and Trouble are trained by Luke Hura, the country’s leading film, television and theatre dog trainer. In addition to these prized pooches, Luke trained Koko, the

“Live at the Reservoir” series launches with Harrison Craig

The man behind Ticketmaster’s highest rated opera company, Underground Opera, Bruce Edwards has launched Brisbane’s latest live music venture, Live at the Reservoir, to bring high profile artists into the historic and unique space, the Spring Hill Reservoir. Live at the Reservoir will partner with Qlive to kick off this project, with the 2013 The Voice Australia winner, Harrison Craig (right). Harrison will perform at The Spring Hill Reservoir on Saturday November 25, as part of his Kings of Vegas Lounge Sessions tour, featuring hits from Mel Torme, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli, Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Barry Manilow and m

Australian Ballet brings back Sleeping Beauty for children

Artists of The Australian Ballet in Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty. Photo Jeff Busby The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet is back with a production of The Sleeping Beauty. The company’s first mainstage production created especially for children aged three and up, Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty will run in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland from December 2017 to January 2018. “After the success of the first season of Storytime Ballet in 2015, it’s wonderful to be able to keep bringing productions to our youngest ballet fans,” said Artistic Director David McAllister. “The Sleeping Beauty is one of the world’s most-loved story ballets and it has been fantastic to create this imm

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