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Schools ready to dance for Out of the Box Festival

More than 100 Year 3 students at Redbank Plains State School are getting their dance shoes on in preparation for Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) 2018 Out of the Box Festival for children eight years and under, which opens in less than a month (26 June to 1 July). Redbank Plains State School is one of 35 schools across Queensland taking part in Dance… Like No One is Watching, a 2018 Out of the Box project, which will culminate in dance parties celebrating music and movement at the Festival. Dance… Like No One is Watching encourages young students to connect, build relationships, work as a team, and celebrate dance itself. The project offers a shared journey for students and their

Award winner for Sydney’s New Theatre’s next show

“My wife takes pills and I drink. That’s the bargain we’ve struck.” In the scorching heat of an Oklahoma summer, the Weston family has come together due to the disappearance of their patriarch, a world-class poet and alcoholic.This is the setting for Sydney’s New Theatre’s next production August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. Violet, the matriarch, is suffering from cancer, addicted to a cocktail of drugs, and ruthlessly honest in her opinions. Her three daughters, Barbara, Karen and Ivy, harbour problematic partners and deep secrets. Violet’s younger sister, Mattie Fae, and her family, are well-versed in the Weston’s particular art of cruelty, while her teenage grand-daughter Jean is wise be

Home and Away’s Ray Meagher joins the cast of Priscilla

Home And Away’s Ray Meagher, will reprise his role as outback mechanic “Bob” in the 10th anniversary celebration tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The Australian actor, who recently notched up 30 years as Home and Away’s Alf Stewart, will swap Summer Bay for the Queensland stage, joining the cast of Priscilla for the musical’s Brisbane run at Lyric Theatre, QPAC beginning September 26. Ray takes over from Robert Grubb who will leave the show after the Adelaide season after more than eight months on the road. Ray was born on a cattle and sheep property in Outback Queensland and has not only forged a career in TV, film and stage but is also an experienced stockman, horseman and former fir

Premiere to open Brisbane French Theatre season

Following two sell-out performances of Simone Says and The Student and Mr Henri last year, Brisbane French Theatre is ready for a new season. The first play for 2018 will be a premiere of Alas, April (French title: Helas Avril en Vain me Voue) a new play by Thomas E. Smith, which blends fast-paced dialogues, reflective moments, and a good dose of goofiness, all to the tune of French classics and original tracks.. The romantic comedy will transport audiences into the Paris Metro where they will witness strangers crossing paths and helping each other out as they navigate the whims of love and life… as well as the customary strikes and delays often affecting France’s public transport. French n

Review - Qld Ballet’s Carmen and The Firebird Double Bill: a special evening

Carmen and The Firebird: Double Bill Queensland Ballet Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: May 25-June 3. Duration: two hours 20 minutes including 30 minute interval. Bookings: www.qpac.com.au or 136 246 I have rarely seen an audience stunned into silent stillness as the audience was during The Firebird. It was one of the most astonishing ballet’s I have ever seen. The 55 minute long production was just mesmerising; it pulsated with emotion, character, amazing choreography from Liam Scarlett, and some brilliant interpretation from the dancers. And of course Igor Stravinsky’s magical score played by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Nigel Gayn

Review - Heathers: The Musical: a bright and feisty spectacle

Above: Ashley Prosser as Heather Chandler with Maddi Hutchins as Heather McNamara (Left) and Georgia Murray as Heather Duke (Right). Below right: Matthew Bapty as J.D and Michael Hornery as Veronica Sawyer. Photos by Dreamcoat Photography. Heathers: The Musical Music, lyrics, and book by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy Directed by Angela Witcher Musical Director – Ben Richards Choreography – Kara Fisher and Zachary Crisan Redcliffe Musical Theatre 102 Anzac Avenue Redcliffe Season: 18 May – 3 June. Bookings: www.redcliffemusicaltheatre.com or 07 3283 0407 Redcliffe Musical Theatre’s latest production Heathers: The Musical is big fun! The show is a bright and feisty spectacle filled with a

The Longest Minute ticket competition winner

The draw for the Absolutetheatre’s The Longest Minute competition has been made and the winner is Andrew Sparrow from Tingalpa. Congratulations Andrew and enjoy the performance of this Queensland Theatre production at the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC. The Longest Minute, written by Robert Kronk and Nadine McDonald-Dowd and directed by Bridget Boyle in her mainstage directorial debut for Queensland Theatre is the story of how this game, and the teams that played, affect the lives of one family. The Longest Minute tells the story of a girl – Jessica Wright - who wants to make her dad, the Foley Shield legend Frank “Black Flash” Wright, proud and succeed in the male-dominated sport of Rugby League, s

Review - The Dog Logs: funny, moving, occasionally powerful

The Dog Logs . by C.J. Johnson. Directed by Jocelyn Moore- Carter Javeenbah Theatre Company. Cnr Stevens & Ferry Streets, Nerang Queensland Season: May 11-26. Bookings: www.javeenbah.org.au Javeenbah Theatre Company stalwart Jocelyn Moore-Carter has brought together a number of modern theatrical techniques to breathe life into C.J. Johnson’s engaging The Dog Logs. The result is a funny, moving, occasionally powerful, and, of course, inevitably cute celebration of men’s - and women’s – best friend the dog. They say every dog will have its day and now, thanks to the award-winning Aussie playwright Johnson, it has its own place in the theatre. Essentially The Dog Logs is a series of monologu

Noni Hazlehurst to make Brisbane theatre debut

Actor and presenter Noni Hazlehurst (right) will make her mainstage Brisbane theatre debut in the critically acclaimed production of Mother at Queensland Performing Art Centre’s (QPAC) Cremorne Theatre from August 7-18. Written by Australian playwright Daniel Keene especially for Hazlehurst as her first one-woman show, Mother tells the story of Christie, a homeless woman in a world detached, unforgiving and destructive. Christie is a great survivor, a storyteller, who comically and dramatically evokes her life in a performance described by The Daily Telegraph as “alternately feisty and conquered, angry and loving, and someone who can tell her story with honesty, wit and self-deprecation”. Th

Win tickets to see Queensland Theatre’s The Longest Minute

Remember the 2015 Rugby Leagued Grand Final – the epic tussle between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys? The greatest Grand Final ever with that fateful last minute of the game that gave heartache to the Broncos supporters and unbelievable joy to the Cowboys fans. Well that Grand Final has been turned into play called The Longest Minute and after seasons on Townville and Cairns opens in Brisbane later this month We have a double pass to the show at 7.30 pm on Tuesday May 29 in the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC, to give away. Check at the end how to win the tickets. Sunday 4 October 2015 is a date indelibly etched into the memories of millions of Australians. It’s the date that

Review - QSO with Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances: lush sounds and sweeping strings

Right: soloist Chad Hoopes. Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances Queensland Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Stanley Dodds Concert Hall Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Concert performed on May 12. One hour 30 minutes including interval It’s been a while since I attended a QSO concert and on this night I realised what I have been missing. The orchestra played superbly in a program that was nicely balanced with music that was new to me, conducted with authority by Stanley Dodds. There was a short intermezzo from Austrian Franz Schmidt, a violin concerto from American Samuel Barber and the beautiful final work from Sergei Rachmaninov – The Symphonic Dances, which was written in

Review - A Prudent Man: riveting and thought provoking

A Prudent Man Written and directed by Katy Warner Presented by QUT Gardens Theatre George Street Brisbane Season has ended A Prudent Man is a one act play starring Lyall Brooks (right)as the conservative politician. The stage is set with only a chair, a large square spotlight directed at the chair and a table, beside the chair, on which sit a glass and a small carafe of water. The play is cleverly written to encompass a number of conservative political leaders, without actually naming them. I recognised Tony Abbott, John Howard, and Barack Obama. The first lines of the play: “I stood, I stretched, at least I think I stretched”, led into a passionate speech segueing from one topic to the next

Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator brings new show to Brisbane

Tony Award-winning actor, director and writer John Cameron Mitchell (right) will tour Australia for the first time with his new show The Origin of Love: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig, dropping in to Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Concert Hall on Tuesday 17 July. For one night of post-punk neo-glam rock at QPAC, the co-creator of Hedwig will perform every song from its soundtrack and tell tales from the ground-breaking musical’s 20-year history. Conceived and created by Mitchell and songwriter Stephen Trask, Hedwig and the Angry Inch started out as a drag character at the notorious New York City club Squeezebox. From there, Hedwig gradually evolved into a full-fledged workshop

New season for musical Billy Buckett - A Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Story

Lauren Lee Innis - Youren and Steve Dorrington Logan’s home-grown musical Billy Buckett - A Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Story, is about to hit the stage playing a four-show season at the Logan Entertainment Centre, 17-19 May. Billy Buckett – A Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Story is set in 1959, small-town England, just as the world is awakening to the teenage revolution and the music that drives it wild: rock 'n' roll! With story and songs written by local singer-songwriter Jay Turner, the show tells a timeless tale with drama, pathos and a daffy British sense of humor. Five years ago, the show’s creators, husband-wife team Jay Turner and Cath Mundy partnered with Beenleigh Theatre Group to stage the world pr

Sydney Review - Ensemble Theatre’s Shirley Valentine: funny and emotive story

Sharon Millerchip as Shirley Valentine. Photo by Anna Kuchera Shirley Valentine By Willy Russell An Ensemble Theatre production Directed by Mark Kilmurry Ensemble Theatre 78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli Season: May 3 – June 9. Bookings: https://boxoffice.ensemble.com.au or (02) 9929 0644 Almost everyone I know has seen or heard of Shirley Valentine – The Movie. few had seen the stage version, so I feel especially privileged to have attended the opening night at the wonderful Ensemble Theatre at Kirribilli. Mark Kilmurry, the Director has put together a superb interpretation of this Willy Russell play. Being a monologue, he had to be able to keep an audience captivated and interested throug

Review - Big Fish – The Musical: world of mystery and imagination

Above: an ensemble moment. Below right: The Witch, played by Emma Whitefield. Big Fish – The Musical Book‎ by ‎John August Music‎ and lyrics by ‎Andrew Lippa Directed by Tammy Sarah Linde Musical Director Benjamin Tubb-Hearne Choreographer Aurélie Roque Presented by Phoenix Ensemble Season: 27 April – 19 May. Bookings: phoenixensemble.com.au or phone 07) 3103 1546 Magic and stories come to life in Phoenix Ensemble's latest production of Big Fish. Marrying raw emotion, a world of mystery and pure imagination, the cast and crew captured the hearts of audiences in this big story, told in an intimate space. Based on the 1988 novel by Daniel Wallace, which was later adapted for screen by Tim Bu

Review - Twelfth Night: Oh what a night

Right: Christen O'Leary as Malvolio. Below right Jason Klarwein and Jessica Tovey Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare Directed by Sam Strong Queensland Theatre Company Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: April 28-May 19, Bookings: www.queenslandtheatre.com.au or 136 246 What a night; laughs galore, some of the funniest characters you’ll ever seen on a stage, amazing comic performances from a superb cast, brilliant set, lighting and costumes, a whole heap of catchy new music from Tim Finn and finally a well deserved and triumphant standing ovation. Shakespeare would have been applauding in his grave. He would have loved Sam Strong. He would have se

Review - Piccadilly Olde Time Music Hall: fun and energy

Piccadilly Olde Time Music Hall Devised and Directed by Kate Peters Gold Coast Little Theatre & Top Hat Productions 21A Scarborough St Southport Season runs until May 6. Bookings: www.gclt.com.au or ring 5646717. Do you have affection, even a love of classic English old time music hall with a dash of American and Irish-American songbook thrown in for good measure? Then Kate Peters’ sing-a-long Piccadilly Olde Time Music Hall, peppered with traditional patter, comic skits and even the classic monologue The Lion and Albert is for you. There’s no doubt that by and large Piccadilly music hall is pitched at a certain demographic and they are sure to embrace it as the cast of 11 throw their heart

New Princess Jasmine for Aladdin

Disney Theatrical Productions has confirmed that Perth-born, Brisbane-based performer Shubshri Kandiah (right) will take over the role of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin from Wednesday 23 May. The role will mark Shubshri’s professional musical theatre debut, having graduated from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in December last year. She will play Princess Jasmine for the final two weeks of the Brisbane run at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, before taking flight for her hometown of Perth with performances from 19 July at Crown Theatre. Shubshri succeeds Hiba Elchikhe, who has played the feisty Disney Princess for the past 18 months. Shubshri was Born in Perth and began performing a

Senior Moments review tour will now include Brisbane

The smash-hit national tour of the hilarious comedy revue Senior Moments has just been extended by popular demand to include Brisbane, with Gold Logie winner and veteran actor John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules), master satirist Max Gillies (The Gillies Report) and Play School icon Benita Collings now coming to the Playhouse at QPAC in this senior theatrical sensation, with Midday Show Maestro Geoff Harvey on piano, for one week only from 11 July. Senior Moments is a comedy revue about old people and the young people they have to deal with, with sketches and songs and performers who are old enough to know better, all making wicked fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disg

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