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Review - Privacy Settings: eye-popping graphics

Leah Shelton and Lisa Fa’alafi Privacy Settings By Polytoxic Prsented by Southbank Corporation Flowstate Southbank Brisbane Season: April 26-29 I haven’t seen so much psychedelic colour since watching The Yellow Submarine with The Beatles back in the 1960s. No, only kidding, I met them a couple of times but we were never that close. But colourful and non-stop Privacy Settings is, with thirty minutes of eye-popping graphics projected on a pair of oversized golf balls, a few amorphous screen and a pair of human screens - Leah Shelton and Lisa Fa’alafi, the creators and set/costume designers of the piece - is a mesmerising experience. One audience members described at as “the cheapest trip I’v

Sydney review - The Lieutenant of Inishmore: enthralling entertainment

The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ By Martin McDonagh Directed by Deborah Mulhall A New Theatre production New Theatre 542 king street Newtown Season: April 26 – May 26. Bookings: newtheatre.org.au There are some people who should not see this play – the squeamish, religious zealots and those who don’t have a sense of humour! Everyone else, line up for two hours of enthralling entertainment thanks to Deborah Mulhall’s successfully creative directorship. The New theatre is a small, intimate venue and the audience had a great experience from any seat. To set the scene, Padraic is a self-appointed sub-Lieutenant in the INLA (Irish National Liberation Army). He carries out vigilante activities in Nort

Planting ceremony for Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers

After taking out the Best Major Festival or Event at the Australian Tourism Awards recently the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is preparing for this year’s event, which runs from Friday 21 to Sunday 30 September, with the planting of 176,030 seedlings and bulb.t In Toowoomba the first of the seedlings and bulbs were planted in the Botanic Gardens at Queens Park. In five months they will bloom to create the world-famous colour that is the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Toowoomba Region’s horticulturalists and gardeners, together with dignitaries and fans gathered for the inaugural Planting Ceremony, a moment which signals the official countdown to ‘Carnival’, and the beginning of five months

Star jazz vocalist for QPAC

American based jazz vocalist Madeleine Peyroux (right) will appear at Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) Concert Hall stage on Thursday 7. Peyroux's journey is one of music industry’s most compelling. Eight albums and 22 years since her debut Dreamland, Peyroux continues to challenge the confines of jazz, venturing into the fertile fields of contemporary music. Renowned for her ‘smoke and whisky’ vocals and hailed as the legitimate successor to blues icon Billie Holiday, French-American jazz singer Peyroux delivers highly personal interpretations of jazz standards, blues and original works. Coined “the queen of the unhurried” at the 2016 London Jazz Festival, Peyroux is a fine song

Review - Downtown! The Mod Musical: a toe-tapping production

Trish Dearness (Green Girl), Louise Swainston (Yellow Girl), Elissa Holswich (Orange Girl), Sophie Price (Red Girl) and Ashley Prosser (Blue Girl) Downtown! The Mod Musical Directed by Jean Bowra Musical Director - Helen Drew Presented by Redcliffe Musical Theatre 102 Anzac Ave, Redcliffe Season: April 20– 29. Bookings: www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=349836& Redcliffe Musical Theatre is travelling back in time to bring audiences a groovy and toe-tapping production that will have them reminiscing on the “good old days”. Downtown! The Mod Musical is a quirky and entertaining ‘juke-box’ cabaret that pays homage to the 1960s - while satirically mocking the trends of then compared to now. Fl

Search for an undeceased parrot

Righ: Nathan Schulz as Long John Silver Gold Coast theatrical all-rounder, Nathan Schulz, is looking for an elusive woman with a parrot on her shoulder for his new radio- style production of the classic boys’ own adventure Treasure Island. Nathan, who is presenting a new version of Orson Welles’ 1938 Mercury Theatre on Air show at the Burleigh Common next month, believes the woman was among the 15,000 Games Shapers at the recent Gold Coast sports fest. “We heard that one of the Commonwealth Games volunteers turned up for her shift at the Games Village early one morning with the parrot,” says Nathan. “It appears she got through the security checks okay, but then received a rather cool recepti

It's amazing what turns up on Google

I was listening to the ABC this morning and the chat was about googling yourself, so I did. It’s amazing what turns up - like this article I found written I don’t know when. Sound: Popular Music in Australian Fiction By Peter Doyle, Macquarie University, The following is an extract from the article: “The commercial publication of a work of fiction involves many differentiated labours. The authors research, contemplate, write, rewrite, correct, and so on; publishing houses edit, typeset and produce the physical book, identify its audience, celebrate its merits and hopefully promote it with vigour. “Eric Scott‘s The Sound Mixers of 1977 might be the first Australian rock novel as such. The co

Revamped Tragedy! (a new comedy) for 2018 Anywhere Festival

Libby Scales’ show, Tragedy! (a new comedy) premiered at Anywhere Theatre Festival in 2016. It has since been revamped into a cabaret show having just enjoyed a season as part of the 2017 Melbourne Cabaret Fringe Festival. It is the same “old” story of a goddess returning to earth to counsel the mortals into handing their fates back to the now redundant gods (the ancient gods, that is!). With more songs, the cutting of (some!) of the arduous old ancient oratory and the same tongue-in-cheek wit with a smattering of mixed media and iconic pop songs, Tragedy! (a new comedy) has been revamped to entertain (and win over!) the mortals of Brisbanthenia circa 2018. The show will be performed at the

Paige Rattray to join STC as Associate Director

Sydney Theatre Company has appointed its former Richard Wherrett Fellow Paige Rattray in the new role of Associate Director. Paige, who is currently Associate Artistic Director for Queensland Theatre, will start her new position at STC on May 30 this year. Paige Rattray said: “Working with team at Queensland Theatre has been incredibly exciting. The company vision is focused and fast. I look forward to returning at the end of the year to work in the new Bille Brown Theatre and continuing to work with QT in the coming years. “Sam has been, and will continue to be, a great mentor and friend to me. It was a difficult decision to leave but my heart is in Sydney and I'm looking forward to working

Olde Time Music Hall on Gold Coast

Right: Louise Harris. Bottom: The Bold Gendarmes Writer and director Kate Peters’ evergreen celebration of 19th century popular entertainment, Piccadilly Olde Time Music Hall, returns to the Gold Coast Little Theatre for eight performances this month. The show features eight solo performers – four male and four female - as well as an emcee and dance ensemble. The two hour show marks Peters’ return to music hall shows such as those she presented in Canberra over nine years and the 17-venue tour she staged from Cairns to Tweed Heads. “The Piccadilly Olde Time Music Hall is based on the tavern and pub shows, staged in London during the 19th century, which saw the gentry and ordinary folk eating

Discover the sky at night with Anantara Kihavah Maldives villas

Time spent at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas can be one of great adventure and discovery. On a private island SKY invites you to play out once in a lifetime journeys. Anantara Kihavah redefines luxury. In a world of many firsts, take the time to swim with Manta Rays, dine underwater at SEA, and experience your own private cinema under the stars. Now, unveiling the new SKY, the Maldives’ only overwater observatory combined with a unique cocktail bar, a resident story-telling Sky Guru and housing the most powerful telescope in the region. Guests can gaze on the stars as they sip Champagne. The Sky Bar The panorama lounge perched over the lagoon maximises ocean views. Contemporary yet warm, w

Exploring the Land of Frankincense

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara The historic coastal town of Salalah, home to the frankincense tree and often referred to as the perfume capital of Arabia, welcomes the official start of frankincense season every April when harvesting begins. Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, the region’s first luxury private pool villa resort, provides an excellent base for exploring the ‘Land of Frankincense’, an area that’s home to the world’s finest Omani frankincense, and boasts a rich history harking back to the medieval trade that flourished in this region. Al Baleed Resort boasts its very own Salalah Guru who is on hand to take guests on a private tour of the key sites, from the famous Wadi

Review - BAT's The Crucible: set to cast a spell on audiences

The Crucible By Arthur Miller Directed by Brenda White Brisbane Arts Theatre Petrie Terrace Brisbane Season: 7 April – 19 May 2018 Bookings: www.artstheatre.com.au or (07) 3369 2344 Flying into Brisbane Arts Theatre, The Crucible is set to cast a spell on audiences near and far. Following the storyline of witchcraft in a religious village, the play explores the impacts of hearsay and pretence. When lies spread like wildfire, the town and good faith of its citizens are completely destroyed. What’s left is the assumption of what is real and what is not; what is false and what is true. The Crucible is a heart-wrenching tale that dances with a number of themes relatable to modern society. A fa

Willy Wonka for Sydney next year

Theatre producers John Frost, Craig Donnell, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions will be bringing the new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in January next year. Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the perfect recipe for a treat: songs from the original film including Pure Imagination, The Candy Man and I’ve Got a Golden Ticket, alongside a new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. “Sydney has a huge treat in store next summer, and it’s a magical concoction ready to satisfy any sweet tooth looking for a golden ticket. The world fell in love with Roald Dahl’s bewitching tale when the book was

Lea DeLaria for Brisbane concert

Lea DeLaria, ‘Big Bo’ from Orange is the New Black, (right) will bring her new live show to Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Concert Hall on Tuesday June 5. Known for her frank politics and big personality, DeLaria’s show features hits from her critically acclaimed album House of David: delaria+bowie=jazz . DeLaria achieved stardom with her three-time Screen Actors Guild Award-winning role as Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. However, DeLaria’s career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has spanned decades. The actress, comedian, singer and gay icon has received Obie and Theatre World Awards and a Drama Desk nomination for her portraya

Camerata’s opening concerts in Brisbane and Toowoomba

Camerata, Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra will take to the Toowoomba Empire Theatre stage and QPAC’s Concert Hall for the Season 2018 gala opening concerts on Saturday 27th and Monday 30 April respectively. Souvenir is a collection of musical moments from Rodrigo’s Cançoneta to Roger Smalley’s Strung-out . ‘Cellist Giovanni Sollima’s Violoncelles, vibrez! sets the scene for a humorous duel featuring Meta Weiss (Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University) and Patrick Murphy (University of Queensland). Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence for string sextet will be played by the full string orchestra, creating an almost symphonic version. Camerata will also feature a wild card mystery guest pe

Billy Elliot the Musical to return to Australia In 2019

Elton John & Lee Hall with original Australian cast 2007. Photo: James D Morgan Universal Theatrical Group, Working Title Films, Greene Light Stage, Michael Coppel Entertainment and Louise Withers Presents have announced that Billy Elliot the Musical will return to Australia in 2019 for its 10th Anniversary Tour. The hugely successful West End musical premiered in Australia in 2007 as the first international production outside of the UK, prior to its Broadway premiere. Billy enjoyed huge critical acclaim with Sydney and Melbourne audiences flocking to the theatre, however the physical design was so complex at the time, that touring beyond those two cities was not possible. Now with some clev

Phoenix Ensemble’s Queensland Premiere of the musical Big Fish

Right; Kellie Ireland and Nathaniel Currie as Sandra and Edward Bloom. Photo: Benjamin Tubb-Hearne Phoenix Ensemble presents the Queensland Premiere of Andrew Lippa’s musical Big Fish at the “Tin Shed” in Beenleigh, from the April 27-May 19. Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom who has lived a fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father’s tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fanciful account of one’s life. When Edward’s health declines Will decides to find out his father’s true life story. Director

Review - Fauré Requiem: a work of hope and thankfulness

Right: Teddy Tahu Rhodes Faure Requiem Composed by Gabriel Fauré Presented by The Queensland Symphony Orchestra Conductor Stefan Parkman Concert Hall QPAC South Bank Brisbane The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is one of Australia’s premium music ensembles and they certainly know how to put on a spectacle. With technically proficient, seamless skills and effortless grace its members bring unbridled joy and delight to audiences with each performance. Whether they churn out well known classics to the new and obscure, every performance by the QSO is world class Their recent production of Fauré’s Requiem was no exception. With the first act featuring a relatively newly discovered piece composed by

Australian classic for Beenleigh theatre

Right: Julia Lefik a Olive and Andrew Alley as Roo Ray Lawler’s Australian classic, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll will be Beenleigh Theatre Group’s third production of their 2018 season. Each summer for sixteen years Roo (Andrew Alley) and Barney (Ian Johnson) have flown down from the cane fields of North Queensland to the city streets of Carlton, Melbourne to spend the layoff with their sweethearts Olive (Julia Lefik) and Nancy. But on the seventeenth summer everything has changed. Tensions are high when the men arrive after a particularly trying season and Olive has recruited her respectable work mate Pearl (Clare Wigley) to replace a recently married Nancy. These new circumstances will p

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