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Review - Mamma Mia! 2017 - you'll love it all over again

Above: The dads - Phillip Lowe, Ian Stenlake and Josef Ber. Below: Alicia Gardner, Natalie O'Donnelll and Jayde Westaby. Below right: Sarah Morrison and Stephen Mahy. Photos: James Morgan Mamma Mia! Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjiorn Ulvaeus Book by Catherine Johnson Directed by Gary Young Choreographed by Tom Hodgson Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Complex South Bank Brisbane Season: Until February 4, 2018: Bookings: or 136 246 Mamma Mia, Here we go again! Cliché I know, but this is the third time I have seen the show in 13 years and for the third time I had an absolute ball watching the fun and games on stage at the Lyric Theatre. This new production has

Review - Faulty Towers the Dining Experience: hilarious dining

Magnificent Manuel. Photos by Deanne Scott Faulty Towers the Dining Experience Interactive Theatre Brisbane Golf Club 70 Tennyson Memorial Avenue Yeerongpilly Brisbane Back in 2011 I went to “experience” Basil, Sybil and Manuel’s dinner night and declared it the funniest dining experience I had had eaten since lunching with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore back in the l970s.On December 15 this year I tried another night out with the trio, this time at the Brisbane Golf Club on one night of the group’s tour of Australia where they are to play to a mix of 26 new and repeat venues in Qld, Vic, WA, Tas, SA and NSW over the next three months.One again the night was hilarious with superb comic performa

Holiday fun for kids at QPAC

Samuel Welsh and Teale Howie in The 78-Storey Treehouse The summer school holidays are here and Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)’s family program SummerSet, is set to launch a wonderful of shows up to 13 January 2018. From Tall Stories (creators of The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale stage shows) Emily Brown and the Thing runs from 12 to 23 December 2017, with the first presentation of this work in Queensland. This page to stage sensation rolls into the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is sure to let the audiences’ imaginations run wild. Based on the book by Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train Your Dragon) and Neal Layt

Brisbane’s New South Bank development

South Bank Corporation_Flowstate. Pictured L-R Tobhiyah Stone Feller, Daniel Stukel Beasly, Dr Catherin Bull. Image by Tony Gwynn Jones South Bank’s aging Arbour View Café precinct has been transformed into Flowstate: a temporary open-air pavilion and creative space. South Bank Corporation Chair Dr Catherin Bull said Flowstate, the Corporation’s first significant redevelopment in the Parklands since the award-winning River Quay in 2011, provides a demonstration of creative urban recycling in the heart of the precinct. “Around the world, leading public precincts are constantly evolving and it is the Corporation’s role to oversee, adapt and transform South Bank so it remains relevant, desira

Review – Qld Ballet’s The Nutcracker 2017: Another year another entertaining show

Joel Woellner and Lina Kim The Nutcracker Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by Ben Stevenson Queensland Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Nigel Gaynor Queensland Ballet Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: December 8-16. Bookings at or 136246 It’s Christmas time again and for the Queensland ballet dancers it’s on with the tutus and get ready for the annual Queensland Ballet production of The Nutcracker. Each year I wonder if I will be entertained and each year yes, I am. This year was no exception. It is such a pretty show to watch with fabulous costumes and great dance routines. It is a production that has retained its charm

Review - Dance: A Double Bill: testing the boundaries

Dance: A Double Bill Presented by Sarah Aiken, Rebecca Jensen and Metro Arts Sue Benner Theatre Metro Arts Brisbane City Season: 6-9 December; Tickets $15-$20; Bookings: Dance: A Double Bill, a show that tested the boundaries of movement and physical capabilities, was presented at Metro Arts to an intrigued audience. Utilising the space of the Sue Benner Theatre creatively, the performers defied gravity and the boundaries of movement to invent new styles of self-expression. This production featured the works of two innovative contemporary choreographers - Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen. Both finalists in the Keir Choreographic Awards, t

Review - Humans: display of sheer brilliance

Humans Presented by Circa and QPAC Created by Yaron Lifschits and the Circa Ensemble Directed by Yaron Lifschits Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: December 6-9. Duration: 70 minutes. Bookings: or phone 136 246 Humans is a 70 minute display of sheer brilliance, resilience, stamina and style and on opening night the ten supremely fit performers were given a fitting standing ovation from the packed Playhouse audience. There were six men, Marty Evans, Scott Grove, Keaton Hentoff-Killian, Nathan Knowles, Todd Kilby and Daniel O’Brien, and four women, Bridie Hooper, Cecilia Martin, Caroline Baillon and Kimberley O’Brien. And what a team the

Barry Humphries bares all in new Australian show

Barry Humphries (right) will take Australian audiences on a revelatory trip through his life and theatrical career when he tours Australia in May 2018 with Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask. In an intimate, confessional evening – seasoned with highly personal, sometimes startling, and occasionally outrageous stories – Humphries will be peeling off his mask to introduce the man behind the clown. For more than 60 years, Humphries has held a mirror to Australia and Australians, revealing their virtues, their foibles, their triumphs and their failings through a gallery of adored characters, including Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Paterson and Sandy Stone. Now he will spin the mirror around,

Wesley Enoch is to be Brisbane’s Metro Arts new Patron

Early in his career, from 1994 – 1997, Wesley (right) was Artistic Director at Kooemba Jdarra, resident here at Metro Arts. Whilst here he created the iconic work The 7 Stages of Grieving with Deborah Mailman. In the twenty years since, Wesley has become one of Australia’s most influential, respected and loved writers, directors, and artistic directors, and is currently Artistic Director of the Sydney Festival. “My career started at Metro. My first full time job, my first professional directing job, the first play I ever wrote, the first company I ever ran. All roads lead back to Metro. Metro gave me a start 30 years ago and I want to give back. “The walls have the memory of Brisbane Theatre

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