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Old friends meet up for new documentary film

Above: Muriel Watson and Barry Otto. Below right Gracie Otto. It was like a scene from The Kingfisher play; two elderly friends meet up after many years and the reminiscences flow. In this case the old friends who met in Brisbane were veteran actor Barry Otto and retired actor Muriel Watson, who is still Chief Glug of the Brisbane branch of the Glugs of Gosh lunch club. The meeting was to film a sequence of Gracie Otto’s new documentary which is set around the life of her famous father. Muriel and Barry were pioneers of the theatre in Brisbane and were part of the original Repertory Company that eventually became La Boite and they performed many roles together on stage and on television. Gra

Celebrate Love this Valentine’s Day with Footlights Theatrical

William Boyd, Lauren Lee Innis-Youren, David Harrison, Sophia Dimopoulos, Adam Bartlett Footlights Theatrical first show of 2018 is L.O.V.E: A Valentine’s Day Special. After a successful and busy 2017, covering all genres from Rock and Roll to Christmas Carols, Footlights Theatrical is showing no signs of slowing. Their first show of the year features a collection of love songs, opening for one night only at Reload Espresso Bar in Salisbury. Footlights Theatrical veterans, Adam Bartlett, William Boyd, Sophia Dimopoulos and Lauren Lee Innis-Youren, will highlight the many facets of love and everything that surrounds it. “L O V E is absolutely going to be air this Valentine’s Day, for couples

Free music every Friday at QPAC

Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) free Friday music sessions, Green Jam, return on 2 February on the Melbourne Street Green. This year, Green Jam will showcase local musicians and rising stars, alongside the series’ first international act in BrisAsia Sounds on 23 February. Each Friday will see different talent take to the stage and QPAC will again work with industry partners, featuring musicians from Queensland Conservatorium – Griffith University, Jazz Music Institute, JMC Academy and more. There will be a Korean inspired Green Jam menu with chefs serving up bulgogi bao, kimchi pancakes, cabbage and mushroom dumplings with dipping sauce and BBQ chicken skewers with gochujang mayo.

Review - Lord of the Flies: superbly brought to life

Image by Turn It Up Photography Lord of the Flies Written by William Golding Adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams Directed by Bradley Chapman Beenleigh Theatre Group Creek Street Theatre Beenleigh Season: 19 January to 3 February 2018. Bookings: Lord of the Flies is set during World War II and tells the story of a group of schoolboys who are being flown out of the country to avoid the London bombings (probably to Canada as that is where some went). However, they crash land on a remote, uninhabited island somewhere in the Pacific with no adults left alive from the accident. What are they to do now and how do they survive? More than just a story of

Review - Rocky Horror Show 2018: the usual rapturous welcome

Above: Timewarp time and below right: Janet (Michelle Smitheram) and Frank-N-Furter (Adam Rennie) Rocky Horror Show 2018 By Richard O’Brien Directed by Christopher Luscombe Musical Director Dave Skelton Choreography by Nathan M Wright Produced by Howard Panter, John Frost and GWB Entertainment Concert Hall Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: January 17-February 11. Bookings: or 136 246. Running time: two hours including interval. After all the trouble and turmoil Dr. Frank-N-Furter arrived with the usual rapturous welcome in Brisbane. Adam Rennie wore the pearls and fishnets and wore them well. He deserved the acclaim he was given after the hectic finale

Rocky Horror set to roll in Brisbane

Timewarp time. A sweet transvestite and crew. Below right: Frank-N-Furter (Adam Rennie) enamors Janet (Michelle Smitheram). If the cast of The Rocky Horror Show can put out so much energy for a media event as they did on Thursday then the audience is in for a treat on opening night. The cast fully made up and costumed blasted its way through The Timewarp and Sweet Transvestite - twice. It gave the press a good look at how well Adam Rennie has taken to the role of Frank-N-Furter since he was rushed into the lead from understudy last week. “It was a shock”, he said, “but I have always wanted to play the part, so it was good feeling too.” Amanda Harrison who plays Magenta, agreed about the shoc

Sydney Theatre Company season opener

Right: Paul Arundell and Helen Thomson. Photo: Rene Vaile. Sydney Theatre Company opens its 2018 season with the Caryl Churchill classic Top Girls, directed by STC Resident Director Imara Savage. Written in London in 1982, the year the phrase ‘having it all’ was coined, Top Girls explores the balance of career and motherhood, and asks big questions around power, ambition, family and responsibility – questions we’re still asking today. Marlene is unstoppable. She’s been promoted to the top job at a London employment agency and it’s time to celebrate. Her dinner party with famous female figures from throughout history is one of playwright Caryl Churchill’s wittiest and best-known scenes – as h

2017 Matilda award nominees

Ben Winspear (Johan) and Marta Dusseldorp (Marianne) in Scenes from a Marriage, which won a Best Director nomination for Paige Rattray. The awards will take place on Tuesday February 6 at 6:30 pm for a 7 pm start at the Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm. The event will be hosted by Bridget Boyle & Bryan Probets and directed by Kris Stewart One Gold Matilda Award honouring an individual, organisation or creative team for an outstanding contribution to Brisbane Theatre will be announced on the evening of 6th February, 2017. Silver Matilda Awards will be presented to an artist or company for commendable work in each of the following categories. Nominees Best Mainstage Production

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to tour Au

Joshua Jenkins (Christopher Boone) - Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg The National Theatre of Great Britain’s Olivier and Tony Award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will tour Australia from June 2018, following its sell-out debut season in Melbourne. The play will be performed in Brisbane from 12 June, Canberra from 27 June, Sydney from 4 July, Adelaide from 31 July and Perth from 8 August, by an all-British and Irish cast. The play is adapted by Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book, and directed by Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse, Angels in America). Following a sold-out run at the National The

Muriel’s Wedding The Musical original cast recording is out now

The Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures’ production of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical original cast recording is out now through Sony Music Entertainment Australia. The cast recording features 21 songs with music and lyrics by Australian award winning songwriters Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall with additional songs by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson written for ABBA. Muriel’s Wedding The Musical is a theatrical version of PJ Hogan’s hit film, updated to today by the writer himself. The production celebrated its’ world premiere in Sydney on November 18, 2017 and closes on January 27, 2018. The 28-strong cast who feature on the cast recording includes Maggie McKenna

Review - When the Rain Stops Falling: focus on family, legacy, and betrayal

When the Rain Stops Falling By Andrew Bovell Directed by Kaela Gray Javeenbah Theatre Company Cnr Stevens & Ferry Streets, Nerang Queensland Season: 12-27 January 2018; Bookings: The Javeenbah Theatre Company’s 2018 season opener When the Rain Stops Falling is certainly a great choice in terms of classic Australian plays. The award-winning script focuses on family, legacy, and betrayal - packing enough drama to keep audience and actors immensely engaged. It’s an ambitious choice – the play is text-heavy and has the the challenge of moving between time and settings. The plot itself spans across two continents and weaves through four generations of a family. When the Rain

Adam Rennie confirmed to play Frank N Furter for Brisbane and Perth

Adam Rennie (right) will perform the role of Frank N Furter for the forthcoming Brisbane and Perth seasons of The Rocky Horror Show. Adam took to the stage in Adelaide after Craig McLachlan stepped aside, to rapturous applause and Producer John Frost said he was proud of the excellent performance delivered from the full cast and was looking forward to bringing the show to QPAC in Brisbane next week. The Adelaide Advertiser said “Rennie has the looks, the legs, the luscious lips and most importantly of all, the lungs to make a meal of this iconic role……the night was Rennie’s and it was a triumph, and the audience stood and screamed their heads off.” Rennie recently returned to Australia after

Taking adventure to new heights

Taking adventure to new heights, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort has added an advanced phase to its mountain climbing experience, incorporating nearly 200 metres of via ferrata snaking across the cliff edge as well as Oman’s first mountain zip lines. The Ultimate Jabal Activity Wall is not for the fainthearted as the new climbing route is one of the highest in the Middle East, providing intrepid travellers with a new way to experience Oman’s Green Mountain and its expanse of craggy cliffs and limestone rock formations. Meaning “iron road” in Italian, the via ferrata course comprises a series of steel cables that wrap around the mountain side, offering an unsurpassed view of the vast valle

New luxury on Qld's Gold Coast

AVANI Broadbeach - 2 bedroom ocean suite The newly opened AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences occupies a prime beachside address on Surf Parade. At AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences guests can enjoy all the comforts of home in a brand new One or Two-Bedroom Suite, with the choice of hinterland, ocean facing or premier sky-high ocean views. AVANI Broadbeach’s suites have been decorated with tactile textures, fabrics and furnishings. The open-plan layout is modern, stylish and functional with a fully equipped kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and laundry facilities. A lounge and dining area comes complete with a Smart TV, private balcony and complimentary WiFi. AVANI Broadbeach

New style of River Travel with Mekong Kingdoms Luxury Cruises

The Bohème For people looking for something different, Minor Hotels is launching a selection of river cruises with the colonial romance of river travel but with a modern twist and personal itineraries. Mekong Kingdoms cruises changes the concept of river travel with a fleet of five vessels where guests can enjoy first-class services from gourmet meals to plush cabins with unique experiences both on board and ashore along the way. Cruising along the Mekong River from Thailand’s Golden Triangle to the ancient Lao capital and now UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, conjures up images of old Indochina, teeming with river adventure, mystical temples and stunning untouched scenery. Mekong

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