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Tony Sheldon’s 2000th Priscilla performance

On Wednesday 31 October 2018, Tony Sheldon will celebrate his 2000 show milestone in Priscilla Queen of the Desert as sassy desert queen, Bernadette. Tony returned to reprise the role of Bernadette for the 2018 Australian tour; a role that earned him both Tony and Olivier nominations. Born in Brisbane into one of Australia’s leading theatrical families, Tony took to the stage at an early age, joining the cast of Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight at the age of seven. Speaking to the role of Bernadette, Tony says it is a role he will never tire of. “It’s a road movie so you’re always in a different place, meeting different characters. “If I come to the show every night as though I don’t kn

Opera Queensland’s 2019 season

Right: Verdi Requiem Announcing Season 2019, Opera Queensland also unveiled a modern and cinematic new look and direction under the leadership team of Artistic Director and CEO Patrick Nolan and Executive Director, Sandra Willis. With a vision to lead a change in opera, while continuing to enrich the lives of their diverse audience, Opera Queensland’s Season 2019 offers a STRONG line up of works, including A Flowering Tree, Tosca, Orpheus and Eurydice and Verdi Requiem, a collaboration with Bleach Festival - celebrating the classics and bringing to life new works. In his first season as Artistic Director of Opera Queensland, Patrick Nolan presents three main stage productions, along with reg

2018 Beaujolais nouveau unveiling in Brisbane

Alliance Française de Brisbane is pleased to announce tickets on sale for the unveiling and tasting of the 2018 Beaujolais nouveau, taking place on Saturday 17 November from 4-6 pm, on the Queensland Terrace at the State Library of Queensland. Ticket buyers will enjoy two glasses of Beaujolais nouveau per person, paired with chef’s selection of premium farmhouse and international cheeses, along with other grazing delicacies. Founder of Uncorked&Cultivated and Master of Wine, Mr Peter Scudamore-Smith, returns for another year to introduce Beaujolais and give tasting notes about the 2018 vintage. Mr Scudamore-Smith is one of Australia’s leading wine consultants and one of only two people in Au

Sydney review - Giving up the Ghost: a delightful, extraordinary experience

Right: Andrew Wang as the billionaire pleasure-seeker. Image by Clare Hawley. Giving up the Ghost By Rivka Hartman A Pop Up Theatre Production Directed By Rivka Hartman Limelight On Oxford 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst Season: October 17 – November 3.Bookings: As you walk across the stage to find your seat at this venue, a large and shiny coffin dominates the set. It’s a signal that this play may be out of the ordinary or may I say, out of this world. And fortunately for the audience, Giving up the Ghost is a delightful, extraordinary experience. Rivka Hartman is quite a talent. She is playwright, producer and director an

Review - A Midsummer Night's Dream: Truly a well spent evening

A Midsummer Night's Dream By William Shakespeare Directed by Francesca Savige QUT Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) second-year students The Loft Kelvin Grove Season runs till October 20. Duration: 90 minutes without interval. Bookings: “If we shadows have offended...” is perhaps the most oft quoted line of any play ever written. More the point, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream seems to be on every season of every theatre, ever. I went into QUT’s production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with resignation, expecting it to be a somewhat mildly confirmative and lacklustre piece. I came out grinning from ear to ear. This play was gold. With the audience laughing o

Review - Opera Queensland’s Don Giovanni: a darkly delicious production

Above: Hayley Sugars and Shaun Brown as Elvira and Leporello. Right: Duncan Rock as Don Giovanni stands over th murdered body of The Commendatore (Andrew Collis). All photos by Stephanie De Rozario. Opera Queensland’s Don Giovanni By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte Directed by Lindy Hume Queensland Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Johannes Fritzsch Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Season: October 19-November 3. Duration: three hours including interval. Bookings: 136 246 or Lindy Hume’s darkly delicious production of the Mozart masterpiece has “hit” written all over it. F

The 2018 Patrick White Playwrights Award and Fellowship

Right: Patrick White. Sydney Theatre Company is inviting applications from Australian playwrights for the 2018 Patrick White Playwrights Award and expressions of interest for the Patrick White Playwrights Fellowship. The prizes are designed to benefit both emerging and established writers and have a total prize pool of $32,500. The Patrick White Playwrights Award offers a cash prize of $7,500 for a full-length unproduced play of any genre written by an Australian playwright over 18 years of age. The readers and judges assessing the scripts seek a work that is original and ambitious with great potential for staging. The Patrick White Playwrights Fellowship is a career advancement opportunity

Terror from beyond the grave

Ebony Hamacek and Jackson O’Sullivan The Turn of the Screw adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the story by Henry James, performs at the Black Box Theatre, Nambour, Queensland, on October 26th and 27th. Set in 1872, a young woman accepts her first appointment as governess to two orphaned children. Her joy at finding herself in charge at an English country manor, however, quickly turns to growing unease. The children’s previous governess and her lover both died untimely deaths, and it seems their spirits are restless. From beyond the graves they reach out, and the young woman must find the courage to keep the children safe from their malicious clutches, even when others question her sanity. Has

Review - Nearer the Gods: Williamson’s best yet

Above: Matthew Backer as Edmund Halley and Rhys Muldoon as Isaac Newton. Below: Matthew Backer and Kimi Tsukakoshi as Mary Halley. Bottom: William McInnes as the King and Hsiao-Ling Tang as his Equery, Photos by Jeff Busby. Deanne Scott's after-show pics follow the review. Nearer the Gods By David Williamson Directed by Sam Strong Premiere and official opening of the Bille Brown theatre Queensland Theatre Bille Brown Theatre Montague Street South Brisbane. Season: October 6-November 3. Duration: Two hours 10 minutes including interval. Bookings: 1800 356 528 or David Williamson’s plays are very familiar to me. I’ve seen most of them, acted in them and directed

Review - Rock of Ages: filled with satire, fun, and heart

Above: Stevie Mac as Stacee Jaxx with the ensemble. Right: Rebecca Kenny-Sumiga as Justice Jayde Bielby as Sherrie Christian and Adam Goodall as Drew Boley, Rock of Ages Directed by Morgan Orth Musical Director – Nick Ng Choreographer – Shelley Scott Presented by Phoenix Ensemble Showgrounds James St Beenleigh Season: 5-27 October. Bookings: or phone 07) 3103 1546 Summoning the Glam Metal Gods of Beenleigh, Phoenix Ensemble has rocked the roof off their tin shed. In a tribute to the 1980s, the troupe has successfully paid homage to, for me, an unforgettable decade with their latest show Rock of Ages. Filling my heart with much nostalgia and costume envy, the show t

Review - QSO: The Bard and Beyond: Beauty and Power: a stunning concert

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher and conductor Carlos Kalmar The Bard and Beyond: Beauty and Power Queensland Symphony Orchestra Conductor Carlos Kalmar Violin soloist Arabella Steinbacher Concert Hall Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Performance: October 6, 2018 What a stunning concert this was. It had everything from beautiful storytelling, an exquisite violin concerto and the power and passion of William Walton’s Symphony Number 1 in B flat minor. Before the symphony began the conductor, Carlos Kalmar, told the audience that Walton’s work was not heard as often as it deserved. I could not agree more. This was the first time I had watched a performance and it moved me t

Sydney Review - Leap Of Faith: hope, love, greed and miracles

Leap Of Faith Music by Alan Menken Book by Janus Cercone and Warren Leight Lyrics by Glenn Slater Directed by Chapin Ayres A North Shore Theatre Company Production The Independent Theatre Miller Street North Sydney Season: October 5 – October 14. Bookings: Leap of Faith was inspired by the 1992 movie of the same name and is a good ol’ revival meeting set in the deep south USA. All the hallmarks of a good plot are here – hope, love, greed and miracles, with plenty of song and dance to hold the story together. The Director, Chapin Ayres, Musical Director Andrew Beban and Choreographer Olivia Cathro had quite a task before them in getting this production together. Th

Review - What The Butler Saw: mayhem and madness

Ariadne Sgouros as Dr Prentice (right). Martin Quinn as Geraldine Barclay (top) and Amrik Tumber as Dr Rance. Photo © Bob Seary What The Butler Saw By Joe Orton Directed by Danielle Maas A New Theatre production New theatre 542 king street Newtown Season: October 2 – November 3. Bookings: It never ceases to amaze the range of creativity that emanates from people’s minds. What The Butler Saw is a good case in point. The playwright Joe Orton delivers approximately 100 minutes of absolute mayhem and madness and manages to make some social commentary about human diversity and culture. The story is set in the consulting rooms of Dr Prentice, a clinical psychiatrist. He is interv

Review - PRIMA’s SHREK The Musical

PRIMA’s SHREK The Musical Based on the DreamWorks movie and the book by William Steig Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay – Abaire Music by Jeanine Tesori. Directed by Miranda Selwood PRIMA Redcliffe Cultural Centre Season: October 5 – 14. Bookings: Duration: two hours 30 minutes with interval. In the world of myth and legend, one monster stands out to be feared – the ogre. Shrek is such a monster. Exiled as a youngster, he has been living alone in his swamp until he is invaded by a group of fairytale characters who have been exiled by the evil Lord Farquaad from the Kingdom of Duloc. Shrek goes to see the Duke in aan attempt to keep his swamp and meets Donkey, who becomes his

The Illusionists head back to Brisbane

The world masters of magic are returning to Brisbane with their new production, The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway opening in the Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) for a limited season from 9 January 2019. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway will continue to redefine magic and challenge audience expectations with large-scale stunts, levitation, mind reading, disappearance and daredevilry. This non-stop show is led by seven of the world’s most talented magicians and artists: Th

Singing stars to headline free Armistice Centenary concerts

Tickets and registrations are now available for two free commemorative concerts in Toowoomba and Cairns in November, which will see New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes and award-winning songstress Katie Noonan leading a mass community choir through songs that reflect on the First World War experience. Voices of Remembrance is a musical memorial—presented by the Queensland Government in partnership with Queensland Music Festival (QMF)—commemorating the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that led to the end of the First World War. Specially selected by music director Dr Jonathon Welch, founder of The Choir of Hard Knocks, the repertoire includes anthems that reflect on war, peace and

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