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Play That Goes Wrong gang take on Peter Pan

Following on the heels of the box office hit The Play That Goes Wrong, comes another disaster show from London’s West End. If all goes to plan, Peter Pan Goes Wrong should be showing around Australia from 19 December 2018 to 3 March 2019. Nominated for an Olivier Award in 2016 for Best New Comedy, Peter Pan Goes Wrong sees Mischief Theatre bring their trademark comic mayhem to the J.M. Barrie classic, Peter Pan. In Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society once again battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes on their way to Neverland with hilarious and disastrous results. Peter Pan Goes Wrong will play at The Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne from 19

World Premiere: Reg Livermore back with a one-man show

Best remembered for his appearances in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and as the original Dr Frank’n’furter in the Australian Production of The Rocky Horror Show, actor, writer and director Reg Livermore returns to the stage at the Ensemble Theatre for his one-man show, The Widow Unplugged in July. The Widow Unplugged, which is written and performed by Reg Livermore, promises to be an engaging, hilarious, and ultimately very moving solo play showcasing Reg’s comic talent. Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director and director of this new play, Mark Kilmurry said Reg was one of the founding members of Ensemble Theatre and that he couldn’t be more thrilled to have him back to Ensemble 60 years later. L

18th Annual Helpmann Awards live telecast on ABC

Above: Pacharo Mzembe nominated for Best Male Actor and Noni Hazlehurst nominated for best female actor A huge line up of stars and industry heavyweights come together to honour and celebrate Australia’s prestigious live performance Awards This year, the winners of the Helpmann Awards will be announced at two events over two nights. Both events will be directed by one of Australia’s Olivier and MTV Award winner, choreographer and director David Atkins. This year, for the first time, the Helpmann Awards will be broadcast live across the country, on the ABC. Helpmann Awards Act I Sunday 15 July 6pm Sydney Town Hall Act I is an up close, industry-insider event at cocktail hour celebrating creat

Review - Savoyards Les Misérables: captivated the mind and soul

Above: Chris Thomas as Javert and Shannon Foley as Jean Val jean.Right: Julie Eisentrager and Warryn James as the Thenardiers. Below right : Belinda Burton as Cosette with Matthew Geaney as Marius. Photos by Mark Duffus Les Misérables A new production from Boublil and Schönberg Original book written by Victor Hugo Directed by Robbie Parkin Savoyards Musical Comedy Society Iona Performing Arts Centre 85 North Road, Lindum, QLD 4178 Season: 23 June to 7 July. . Bookings: or phone (07) 3893 4321. Les Misérables is a story set in 19th Century France and spans 17 years leading to the student uprising against the Government in Paris in 1832. It follows the story of Jean

Review - The Merry Widow: she just got a whole lot merrier

David Hobson as Danilo and Natalie Christie Peluso as Hanna. The Merry Widow By Franz Lehar Book and lyrics by Victor Leon and Leo Stein StartFragmentEnglish book, lyrics and libretto by Justin FlemingEndFragment Director and choreographer Graeme Murphy Opera Queensland Conductor: Vanessa Scammell Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: June 22-30. Sung in English plus surtitles. Duration: two hours 50 minutes with two intervals. Bookings: or phone 136 246. The Merry Widow just got a lot merrier thanks to some of Graeme Murphy’s magic. The feisty young lady, in her sequin-studded mourning gown – plus a fortune of £20 million - and aided b

Comedy Hamlet for the kids on July tour

Sydney Theatre Company and Seymour Centre are presenting a Sydney Theatre Company production, The Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark, a Badaptation of the Bard by The Listies especially for children in July. After winning over most people who came to see it in 2016, The Listies’ irreverent take on Hamlet is back for a return season at the Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre this July, followed by a tour which includes Parramatta, Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong and Belrose. The duo are thrilled to be back, saying it was “a great opportunity for us to revisit an important work like Hamlet and put in more vomiting, fart jokes and body rolls. Which, to be frank it needed.” The Listies have pul

Sydney Review- Marjorie Prime: quirky and challenging

Above: Lucy Bell and Maggie Dence, Right: Lucy Bell and Richard Sydenham. Below right: Jake Speer. Photos by Lisa Tomasetti Marjorie Prime By Jordan Harrison Directed by Mitchell Butel Ensemble Theatre Production Ensemble Theatre 78 McDougall Street Kirribilli Season: 15 June – 21 July. Bookings: or (02) 9929 0644 Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie Prime is a fascinating 80-minute journey into the near future and how we may deal with the issue of memory loss in our ageing loved ones. It raises a lot of questions about the current and future interaction of technology and family. But no answers are provided. Nor should it. For this is a thought-provoker and lets the a

Review - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: magical and inspiring

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time By Simon Stephens Based on the Novel by Mark Haddon Directed by Marianne Elliott Concert Hall Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season runs until June 24. Bookings or telephone136 246 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a must-see production of 2018. The play is based on Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name, and has has been adapted for stage by playwright Simon Stephens. It is a heartfelt and empathetic rendition that combines so many interesting elements. For fans, Stephens has remained completely loyal to the original story - bringing it to life in a visual spectacle. The play visits the

Review - 4 Seasons: Triple Bill: a breathtaking production

4 Seasons 4 Seasons: Triple Bill Expressions dance Company (EDC) and Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) Choreographers: Natalie Weir, Dominic Wong and Kristina Chan Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: June 14-22: Bookings: or 136 246 This triumphant triple bill won rapturous applause at its opening in Brisbane as the mix of dancers and choreographers from Hong Kong and Brisbane combined to create three performances intertwined by the title and yet so totally different in delivery. There were 20 dancers, six from EDC and 14 from CCDC. Each episode told a story and each story was easy to follow in the performance. The op

Sydney review - August: Osage County: engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable

Above: Kirra Farquharson and Emilia Stubbs Grigoriou, Below: Jake Fryer-Hornsby and Sonya Kerr August: Osage County By Tracy Letts Directed by Louise Fischer New Theatre production New theatre 542 king street, Newtown Season: June 6 – July 7, 2018. Duration: 3-hour 10-minutes (with two intervals). Bookings: The title of this captivating drama August: Osage County gives the unsuspecting audience member no clue as to what they are about to experience, which is a good thing because there are so many sub-plots and diverse characters that a different label on the play could inadvertently highlight or overlook certain characters. I suspect that this is a complex production to pre

Review - The Mathematics of Longing: confusing formula

Right: Gavin Webber and Kate Harman. Photo by Art-Work Agency. Deanne Scott's after-party Photos follow the review. The Mathematics of Longing By Suzie Miller Co-creators and performers: Kate Harman, Todd MacDonald, Ngoc Phan, Merlynn Tong & Gavin Webber La Boite, The Farm and the Uncertainty Principle presentation Roundhouse Theatre Kelvin Grove Brisbane Season: June 2-22. Duration: 60 minutes. Bookings: 07 3007 8600 or Back at La Boite is multi-award winner Suzie Miller, whose adaptations of Medea and Snow White were hit shows in 2015 and 2016 with her new creation, The Mathematics of Longing. which is an hour-long collaboration between La Boite, Gold Coast based dance-

Review - We will Rock You: definitely one for Queen Fans

Above: Will Toft and ensemble. Below: Ebony Hamacek . Bottom: Natalie Mead We will Rock You By Ben Elton Music and Lyrics by Queens Direction and concepts by John Boyce, Row Blackshaw, Aaron Griffiths, and Will Toft Brisbane Arts Theatre Petrie Terrace Brisbane Season: June 2-July 28. Bookings: or (07) 3369 2344 This is definitely one for Queen Fans: the opening night audience was filled with them and they loved it. One liked it so much he wrote a poem about it! But it wasn’t Queen hits that drew me to the show it was the fact that the script had been written by Ben Elton, one of my favourite writers. We Will Rock You is set in a distant future where everyone dresses,

Review - Wheel of Fortune: relevant and downright sexy

Right: Elise Greig and Veronica Neave. Below right: Ruby Clark ) and Ron Kelly. Photos by Deelan Do Wheel of Fortune By Troy Armstrong, Richard Jordan, Jacki Mison and Krystal Sweedman Directed by Tim Hill Produced by Troy Armstrong and Natasha Walford Presented by Troy Armstrong Management, Optic Archive and Metro Arts Metro Arts Theatre Edward Street Brisbane Season runs until Saturday, June 9. Bookings: Spinning into theatres, Wheel of Fortune is a ride you won’t forget easily. Presented by Troy Armstrong Management, Optic Archive and Metro Arts, this exploration of sexual desire has intrigued local audiences and set the bar high on new work.

Review - The Longest Minute: So much fun

Thurston kicks the winner - and the men lift Jess (Chenoa Deemal) on high. The Longest Minute By Robert Kronk and Nadine McDonald-Dowd Directed by Bridget Boyle Queensland Theatre/Debase Theatre Productions/JUTE Theatre Company production Cremorne Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: May 26-June 23. Bookings: Bookings: or 136 246 What a lot of fun I had watching this show. It had a terrific script, was filled with an array of great characters, had a brilliantly human storyline, and moved as fast as a winger with a try scoring intercept. And it all revolves around the 2015 NRL Grand Final and a Townsville family of North Queensland Cowboys fans. I

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