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All female cast for STC's Dario Fo classic comedy

Right: Amber McMahon. Photo by Rene Vaile. A play that is as absurd and paranoid as the times in which we live, Accidental Death of an Anarchist opens at the Sydney Opera House this September directed by Sarah Giles for the Sydney Theatre Company. In a first for the play, and with the blessing of the Fo estate, it will be performed by an all-female cast led by some of the country’s funniest comedians, including Caroline Brazier (ABC’s Rake, STC’s Dinner), Amber McMahon (STC’s The Popular Mechanicals), Julie Forsyth (STC’s The Popular Mechanicals), and Susie Youssef (ABC’s Squinters and Rosehaven). Written by Italian Nobel laureate Dario Fo in 1970, this farce with a political sting has becom

Musical next for New Farm Nash Theatre

The next production from New Farm Nash Theatre is Ruthless the Musial. Book and lyrics by Joel Paley, music by Marvin Laird and directed by Brenda White. Musical Director is Stuart Crisp. Naive 1950s housewife, Judy Denmark has a talented daughter, Tina. Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming and diabolical eight-year-old girl, who knows that she was born to entertain and must play the lead in the next school musical, Pippi Longstocking in Hawaii. With the encouragement of slick and overbearing potential agent Sylvia St. Croix, Tina will do anything to play Pippi Longstocking - and we mean anything! Where does such remarkable talent and unstoppable ambition come from? You’ll be surprised. Venue:

The Gruffalo returns to Brisbane - with his child!

If you loved The Gruffalo, don't miss the sequel, which returns following previous sell-out Australian tours and now in a new West End production! Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in this musical adaptation of the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, when it plays at Gardens Theatre (QUT) from 3 to 13 January 2019. The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood… One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he? A trio of bright new performers fill the forest with colourful cha

QSE with something a little different

The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (QSE) returns to Brisbane’s Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre, with something a little different…An ensemble of 15 actors will present Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead in ‘rep’: alternating shows each night with actors playing the same role in both plays! Prince Hamlet is having a rough time. After his father’s death, he is overlooked for the crown in favour of the guy who killed his Dad and, even worse, married his mum. Caught between cultures and philosophies, Hamlet careens between paralysis and unconsidered action. Part philosopher, part improvised explosive device, Hamlet is the anti-hero we are all afraid we might become, and secretly w

Phil Collins Not Dead Yet: live! tour here next year

Phil Collins (right) is set to make a return to Australia with his Not Dead Yet: Live! tour, presented by TEG Dainty. The 5-date tour starts on Saturday 19 January at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, followed by Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Monday 21 January, Adelaide Oval on Friday 25 January, RAC Arena (formerly known as Perth Arena) on Monday 28 January and Melbourne’s AAMI Park on Friday 1 February. Tickets go on sale Wednesday 5 September, from 9.30 am (AEST) at ticketek.com.au. Phil Collins comeback tour Not Dead Yet: Live! began in the UK and Europe last June, with a five-night show at Royal Albert Hall in London which sold out in 15 seconds. He also sold out all five arena shows in German

Queensland Theatre - 2019: a season of dreamers well launched

All ready for the launch in the Rydges Hotel Soleil Pool Bar The huge audience awaiting the start of the launch in the Rydges Podium Room Right: Jason Klarwein who will be directing an all star cast in the season opener Death of a Salesman. More photos follow the story Five world premieres, a record number of interstate performances through co-productions, Queensland exclusives, Australia’s newest theatre - the Bille Brown Theatre - industry leadership via gender parity of writers and directors and four new women in artistic leadership positions, the first Principal Partnership in the Company’s history, and eight shows. 2019 will be Queensland Theatre’s biggest year yet. Since taking over Ar

A new production of Chicago set for the Brisbane stage

Joanna Nash as Velma, Joshua Moore as Bill and Heidi Enchelmaier as Roxie In the roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap... until he finds out he's been dumped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another killer, Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately join forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal. Following their spectacular sell out season of Les Misérables Savoyards brings the Chicago, to the stage. A multiple award-winning show, Chicago has thrilled audiences in numerous productions around the world. With songs such as All That J

Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre’s 2019 season

Mark Kilmurry, Artistic Director for Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre announced the 2019 Season which, he said, promises to be an exceptional year with six comedies, three dramas and a musical. Three of the plays will be World Premieres, three Australian Premieres and there will be a return season of the sell-out play, Diplomacy. Fifty of Australia’s most talented actors, half of whom are women, will perform in 10 plays including a new David Williamson satire, The Big Time; a thrilling drama, The Last Wife; classic works from two of the greatest American playwrights including Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge and Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll , Melanie Tait’s comedy The Appleton L

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 program

Right: QSO Music Director Alondra de la Parra Led by 10 Maestro concerts, a spotlight on Australian composers and showcasing concertos for harp, clarinet, trombone, and double bass among others, Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Season 2019 is one to cement its reputation as an orchestra for everyone. From Bach and boy wizards to beatboxing, the season pans the arc of history, delivering symphonies, movie music, world class musicians, big brass sounds, chamber music and more, with Music Director Alondra de la Parra promising a musical adventure for orchestral music aficionados and newcomers alike. She also announced pianist Paul Lewis as 2019 Artist-in-Residence, following the applauded reside

Review - Love letters to F**kbois : relatable to the point of tears

Photo: Nick Bleeker Love letters to F**kbois Written and Created by Wightman and Stark Metro Arts Edward Street Brisbane City Season runs until August 18. Bookings: www.metroarts.com.au Have you ever had those moments where you just want your friends to gather around you and let you have a good cry and whinge about those pesky boys or girls that make your life both a heaven and a hell? And with that in mind, have you ever written a letter to said boy or girl but never sent it? Love Letters to F**kbois attempts to explore the phenomenon that is the f**kboy from the perspective of women everywhere, creating stereotypical scenarios drawn from a glass jar and played out for all to relate with. I

Sydney Review – Nell Gwynn: bawdy, bitchy and biting

Photo © Chris Lundie Nell Gwynn By Jessica Swale A New Theatre production Directed Deborah Jones New Theatre 542 King Street Newtown Season: August 8 – September 8, 2018. Duration: 155 minutes plus interval. Bookings: newtheatre.org.au If you have not heard of Nell Gwynn, you will hear a lot more of her from now on. This play tells the story, based on true events, of a pauper girl who, through a series of chance opportunities, becomes the darling of the English stage in the 1660s. She catches the eye of King Charles II, becomes his favoured mistress, and even gives birth to their two sons. The story, characters, and script of this play are first class. The playwright, Jessica Swale, takes th

Review - Mother: cuts deep into the heart

Mother By Daniel Keene Directed by Matt Scholten QPAC presentation of an If Theatre production Cremorne Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season : August 7-18. Duration: 75 minutes without interval. Bookings: www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246. Noni Hazlehurst (right) has been touring this one-woman masterpiece for more than two years now and everywhere she has packed the venues and earned wide acclaim. After watching her performance at the Cremorne there is no problem in understanding why. The whole package, from words and performance, to lighting, set and sound, was perfect theatre; sheer entertainment with pathos interspersed with humour dark and light and a char

Review – QSO: Soloists and Spontaneity

Conductor Alondra de la Parra and soloist Sergio Tiempo Soloists and Spontaneity Queensland Symphony Orchestra Maestro series Conductor Alondra de la Parra Concert Hall Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Concert performed on August 4 This was certainly a concert of wide range from Rachmaninov to Bartok with a lead in from Stravinsky and, unusually, a triple concerto program. Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat, or Dumbarton Oaks, was a new experience for me. Although I am a fan of the composer, I have mainly been immersed in the bigger or ballet works. So it was surprise to see a chamber orchestra gathered centre stage around conductor Alondra de la Parra. The concerto was nam

Sydney review - The Widow Unplugged: a standout performance

The Widow Unplugged By Reg Livermore An Ensemble Theatre production Directed by Mark Kilmurry Ensemble Theatre 78 McDougall Street Kirribilli Season: July 26 – September 1. Bookings: https://boxoffice.ensemble.com.au or (02) 9929 0644 One-man stage shows nearly always impress – just remembering the non-stop monologue for 100 minutes or more is quite a talent in itself. Then add in all the actions and stage directions to remember - plus, the weight of responsibility to entertain the audience. And then, try doing it all at 79 years of age. This is Reg Livermore, in top form, in a play he also wrote. The Widow Unplugged tells the story of Arthur Kwick, a man in his twilight years who reflects o

Review - Jasper Jones: had the audience bubbling with laughter

Nicholas Denton as Charlie and Shaka Cook in the title role. Photo by David Kelly. Jasper Jones Adapted by Kate Mulvany Based on the novel by Craig Silvey Directed by Sam Strong Queensland Theatre QPAC Playhouse South Bank Season runs until August 18. Tickets Bookings: www.queenslandtheatre.com.au/Shows/18-Jasper-Jones Jasper Jones is not your typical drama. It is presented by Queensland Theatre as a restaging of the Melbourne Theatre Company production and based on the smash hit novel by Craig Silvey. This rollercoaster of a plot which brings to life the stories of a 1960’s sleepy Western Australian town, Corrigin, packs a veritable punch. While I was unfamiliar with the original novel, th

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