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Revue Théâtrale - Et Pendant ce Temps Simone Veille! (Simone Says): drôle, touchante et pertinent

De gauche à droite: Alice Militon, Marie-Hélène Cremer, Lila Girod, et Isabelle Johnson. Photo: Ange Costes Et Pendant ce Temps Simone Veille! Pièce écrite par Corinne Berron, Hélène Serres, Vanina Sicurani, Bonbon et Trinidad Mise en scène de Thomas Smith Présentée par le Théâtre Français de Brisbane (Brisbane French Theatre) Metro Arts Ville de Brisbane Le spectacle se tiendra jusqu’au 30 novembre. Les réservations se font sur le site bft.org.au. Cette pièce est jouée en français, avec sous-titrages en anglais. La nuit dernière était la deuxième fois que j’ai eu le plaisir d’assister à une production du Théâtre Français de Brisbane, niché dans la City au Metro Arts; la salle était presq

Review - Et Pendant Ce Temps Simone Veille! (Simone Says): funny, touching and relatable

From left to right: Alice Militon, Marie-Helene Cremer, Lila Girod, and Isabelle Johnson. Photo: Ange Costes Et Pendant ce Temps Simone Veille! (Simone Says) Written by Corinne Berron, Hélène Serres, Vanina Sicurani, Bonbon & Trinidad Directed by Thomas Smith Presented by Brisbane French Theatre Metro Arts Brisbane City The show runs until November 30. Bookings can be made at bft.org.au This play is performed in French, with English subtitles. Last night was the second time I had the pleasure of witnessing a Brisbane French Theatre production. Nestled on the outskirts of the city at Metro Arts, accompanied by petit fours and good wine, the almost full house settled in for the night in antic

Review - The Carnival of Lost Souls: very, very spooky circus

Anthony Craig and Aurora Kurth as the Clown and the Gypsy fortune teller The Carnival of Lost Souls Written by: Graham Coupland Artistic Direction by: Terrence O'Connell Choreography by: Yvette Lee The Roundhouse Theatre Kelvin Grove Brisbane Season is finished. I caught this dark and deep production on the last leg of a four city tour that began in October and was fascinated by the magic of characters and content. It is a unique show, which I would like to catch again in a future tour. It has a storyline of unrequited love, betrayal, clever circus acts, and a bevy of songs. The characters are bedecked in period costumes from the 19th century and were immaculately made. Make-up and sinister

Review - Mama Alto: Torch Songs: beauty, humour, and good music

Mama Alto: Torch Songs Presented by Mama Alto in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse Brisbane Powerhouse New Farm Brisbane The show finishes November 26 at 8 pm. Duration 60 minutes. Bookings: brisbanepowerhouse.org It is always a joy to head out for the night in search of something new. Especially at the theatre or cinema, or indeed, anywhere the performing arts are to be witnessed. So when I gathered up my spirits and readied myself for an act I had never seen before, I went in to Wonderland Festival with an open heart and mind, as one should, ready for something exciting. And excited I was. Mama Alto: Torch Songs was just the ticket for a balmy Friday night. Clutching said ticket, I wait

Review – Obsession: A comic ghost story

Right: Adam Hellier (Tom), Francesca Spear (Lily) and Virginia Leaver (Helen). Below right Linda Furse (Fiona ) and Francesa Spear (Lily) Obsession Written and directed by Kellie Silver Javeenbah Theatre Company Nerang Season continues until December 2. Bookings: (07) 5596 0300 groupbooking@javeenbah.org.au Gold Coast playwright Kellie Silver’s second full-length play, Obsession, had its premiere at the Javeenbah Theatre Company’s Nerang theatre this week. This gentle easy going family comedy, which explores the popular genre of benign ghost stories, follows the fortunes of a stressed expectant couple battling to renovate a family home with the tiresome interference of well-meaning mums and

Review - The Lonesome West: laughter in the darkness

Right: Christopher Story and Cameron Hurry The Lonesome West By Martin McDonagh Directed by Kieran Brice Troop Productions Performance Space Judith Wright Centre Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley Brisbane Season has ended The Lonesome West is the final leg of the Leenane trilogy. I saw the first - The Beauty Queen of Leenane - a few years ago and enjoyed it so much that I grabbed the chance to see Troop Productions version of The Lonesome West, even if it was the final night. I have yet to see the middle play, A Skull in Connemara. Martin McDonagh has a clever knack of bringing laughter into the darkest and bleakest of situations and the dark humour brought waves of laughter from the audienc

Review - Scenes From a Marriage: two riveting hours

Above: Ben Winspear (Johan) and Marta Dusseldorp (Marianne). Right: Christen O'Leary as Katerina. Below right: Hugh Parker as Peter. Photos by Rob Maccol. Deanne Scott's after party shots follow the review. Scenes From a Marriage By Ingmar Bergman Adapted for the stage by Joanna Murray-Smith Directed by Paige Rattray Queensland Theatre Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: November 11-December 3. Duration: Two hours fifteen minutes including interval Bookings www.qpac.com.au or 136 246. Scenes From a Marriage was two riveting hours of power, glory, laughter and devastation - and some superfine acting from the entire cast. But the undoubted star of th

Review - Little Shop of Horrors: a treat to ears and eyes

Little Shop of Horrors Book and Lyric by Howard Ashman Music by Alan Menken Directed by Brady Watkin Musical Director Ben Murray Gold Coast Little Theatre 21A Scarborough St, Southport Season continues Thursday-Saturday with Sunday matinees until December 3. Bookings: http://gclt.com.au/m/secure.html or (07) 5532 2096 Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s 1982 comic shock-horror musical tribute to sci-fi and B movies draws more longbows than you would find in Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest. There’s death and mayhem aplenty, as well as sadistic violence, but that doesn’t stop the laughter revolving around the world since it opened off-off Broadway a lifetime ago. I’ve seen the musical comedy so many

Female voices at the heart of La Boite’s 2018 season

Pictured (from top) Kathryn Marquet, Suzie Miller, Claire Christian and Julia-Rose Lewis. Queensland’s La Boite Theatre Company has unveiled a 2018 season that puts female voices at the heart of a season of new Australian works. “It is no surprise that our 2018 season has a vital and strong group of female artists leading the charge,” La Boite Artistic Director and CEO Todd MacDonald said. “Throughout its 90+ year history, La Boite has been heavily influenced by formidable and talented women, from Barbara Sisley and Babette Stephens to Jennifer Blocksidge and Sue Rider. “In 2018, our season tackles global issues, personal narratives, innovative forms, and a host of exciting new collaboration

Review - Anything Goes: delightful, delicious and de-lovely

Above: Flappers do the Charleston. Below right: Ian Maurice as Moonface Martin and Jarryd Pianca as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Anything Goes Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter Directed by Michael Skelton Beenleigh Theatre Group Crete Street Theatre Beenleigh Season: 10-25 November 2017. http://beenleightheatregroup.com/booking or 07 3807 3922 Anything Goes is set in the Roaring Twenties on board a cruise ship heading to England from America. It tells the story of an unlikely bunch of passengers and their romantic liaisons and antics — Reno Sweeney, the onboard entertainer, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and his fiancé, Hope Harcourt, Billy Crocker (who is in love with Hope and isn’t supposed to be on board),

Review – Spectate: ground-breaking new production

Spectate By Nathan Sibthorpe Directed by Nathan Sibthorpe Presented by Metro Arts Sue Benner Theatre Metro Arts Brisbane City The show runs until November 18. Duration 90 minutes without interval. Bookings: http://www.metroarts.com.au/events/spectate/ In a time where it is becoming increasingly competitive to have audiences come out to see shows at the theatre and where “audiences are the most exciting thing about [it]” as noted by director Nathan Sibthorpe, it is vital that theatre keeps moving forward. To find the new in theatre and performing arts can be a challenge and sometimes a flop or a triumph, depending on how it is executed. However the show I saw last night was definitely someth

Review -The Wizard of Oz Australian Premiere: A magical journey

Above: There's no place like home. Right: Anthony Warlow as The Wizard Photos by Jeff Busby. The Wizard of Oz: Australian Premiere Music by Harold Arlen: lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. Additional lyrics by Tim Rice: Additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Directed by Jeremy Sams Choreographer Arlene Philips Musical Director Laura Tipoki Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production Presented by John Frost and Suzanne Jones and The Production Company Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: November 9-December 3. Duration: Two hours 20 minutes including interval. Bookings: qpac.com.au or 136 346 Question: How often can you watch a musical that is based on a 1939 MG movie mu

Review - There Goes the Bride: another top show from a great little company

Michael Lawrence, Melanie Pennisi and Rod Felsch. Photos by Dan Ryan There Goes the Bride By Ray Cooney and John Chapman Directed by Janine Francis Centenary Theatre Group Chelmer Community Hall Corner of Queenscroft and Halsbury Streets Chelmer Season: November 4-25. Duration: two hours including interval. Bookings: 0435 591 720 or www.centenarytheatre.com.au The farce is rarely seen in Australian professional theatre these days and the Cooney/Chapman style seems to have drifted even from community theatre, why I don’t know. I sat and laughed my head off at Centenary Theatre’s production of There Goes the Bride along with the rest of the opening night audience. The script is brilliantly wri

New production from Brisbane French Theatre

Photo: Ange Costes Photography Brisbane French Theatre is presenting an Australian premiere of the Parisian hit play Simone Says (original French title Et pendant ce temps, Simone veille!), a comedy which revisits the evolution of women’s rights in France from the 1950s until today. Through everyday life scenes, the play follows three lines of women over four generations, taking the audience on an historic journey complete with song parodies, and historical fact checks by a flamboyant host, Simone. The play is enjoying a phenomenal success in France, where it has been seen by more than 72,000 people since it opened in 2013. This play will be performed in French, with English surtitles projec

Qld Shakespeare ensemble tells the story of Boggo Road Gaol

Above: Rebecca Murphy, the director Brisbane was home to two of Australia’s most notorious institutions in the 1970s and 1980s: the Bjelke Petersen government and Boggo Road Gaol. The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble’s latest production, the premiere of Bogga by Rob Pensalfini portrays the life of the Gaol against the backdrop of the decline and fall of Joh’s regime. Told in the words of former officers and inmates of Boggo Road, drawn from oral histories collected by Brisbane historian Chris Dawson, the foremost expert on the gaol’s history, Bogga recounts daily life, riots, corruption, drug and sex scandals, murders and suicides. According to Bogga’s director, long time Ensemble member Reb

New Australian theatre piece

The Wives of Wolfgang is presented by Hannah Belanszky and Co in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse. Three women - the Wife, the Mistress and the Cat - enter the wake of their mutual lover’s funeral. What follows is an evening of feline behaviour, the pursuit of “perfection” and a little bit of scandal. The Wives of Wolfgang is new Australian work by Hannah Belanszky featuring an original soundtrack composed by Michael Whittred. Performing as part of Wonderland Festival 2017 at Brisbane Powerhouse from the 1 to 3 December on the Centre Court (Turbine Platform). The play was written by Playlab's 2017 Young Playwright-in-Residence Hannah Belanszky. “I was compelled to write The Wives of Wolf

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience - 20 years on

Rounding off its globetrotting 20th birthday year, Brisbane’s own Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is coming back to town to perform at the Brisbane Golf Club on December 15. It is now on tour in Australia playing to a mix of 26 new and repeat venues in all states over the next three months. Basil, Sybil and Manuel continue to serve a 3-course meal along with plenty of laughs and audience participation in this 5-star immersive show – a show that’s never the same twice, because it’s 70% improvised. This blend of comedy and theatrical script is a multi-sensory treat where chaos reigns right from the start. A loving tribute to the BBC’s best-loved sitcom, this internationally acclaimed show

Ruling with Britannia plus ballet and opera

Australian Global Entertainment is launching a new program for 2018 called An Afternoon at the Proms - A Musical Spectacular. Australian violinist Ian Cooper will be joined by opera singers, ballerinas, Australia’s current champion Pipe Band and the Blue Danube Orchestra. Voted Best Production Show in Australia, this show salutes the famous BBC Promenade Concerts of London’s Royal Albert Hall and will perform all the well-known favourites including Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Radetzky March, Ave Maria and Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory. There will also be selections from The Sound of Music, The Merry Widow, Carmen and Johann Strauss waltzes plus Can-Can and Tango dancers. Ian Cooper was commi

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