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Return of the “Scottie” awards - the best of 2018

Back when I was reviewing for Brisbane Spectrum radio show I created the “Scottie” Awards. They were based entirely on my taste in entertainment and collated basically as a tribute the people who gave me a lot of pleasure in 2016 and whose work I admire. This year I have decided to revive this annual event. So here goes… Best Community Theatre production: High Society, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, Villanova Players Villanova Players’ production of High Society was highly entertaining. It looked good, with classy frocks and suits,, and clean-lined stage settings. There was also a white clad eight-piece jazz band with lots of brass sitting in the bandstand as the patrons entered the theatr

Review - Qld Ballet’s The Nutcracker 2018: delight for all, young and young at heart

Soloist Mia Heathcote. Photo by David Kelly The Nutcracker 2018 By ETA Hoffman and Pyotr I Tchaikovsky Choreographed by Ben Stevenson Presented by Queensland Ballet Lyric Theatre, QPAC South Bank, Brisbane Season runs until December 22. Bookings: or 136 246 It definitely begins to look a lot like Christmas when the halls of Brisbane are decked, lights sparkle in the evening and The Nutcracker rolls into town. A staple of any respectable Festive Season, The Nutcracker Ballet, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and based on the tale of ETA Hoffmann is timeless. A delight for all, young and young at heart, it follows the magical tale of a young girl’s reality within a dream. Fr

Sydney review - Crime and Punishment: a superior production

Photos by Clare Hawley Crime and Punishment Adapted for the stage by Chris Hannan Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Directed by Anthony Skuse A Secret House Production Directed by Anthony Skuse Limelight on Oxford 231 Oxford Street Darlinghurst Season: December 12 – December 22. Bookings: Who knows what it’s like to live in squalor? To be cold and hungry, full of despair with no hope? That’s where Raskolvikov finds himself. The setting is St Petersburg in the mid-nineteenth century and he hatches a plan which will solve his present destitute state. He will rob and murder the local pawn-broker Alyona and then set himself on a course of good deeds to help ot

Jason Klarwein wins theatrical excellence award

Jason Klarwein accepts his award from Eric Scott. Photo by Deanne Scott The Brisbane branch of the Glugs of Gosh, a group dedicated to celebrating theatre in style, held its Christmas lunch at the Paddington Tavern on Tuesday and revealed the winner of the Chief Glug’s Award for Theatrical Excellence. The winner was actor/director/writer Jason Klarwein who left rehearsals with Grin and Tonic’s new production of a shortened – and very technical – Romeo and Juliet to attend the lunch. It has been a busy and fruitful year for Jason. He was director and co-writer of Queensland Theatre’s My Name is Jimi, which has toured to the Sydney Festival, Melbourne International Festival and Communities in

Review- A Christmas Carol: more magic from shake&stir

Right: Eugene Gilfedder stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. Photo by Dylan Evans. Deanne Scott's after party images follow the review. A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Adapted by Nelle Lee Directed by Michael Futcher World Premiere shake & stir Theatre Company and QPAC presentation Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: December 7 – 20. Duration 80 minutes without interval approx. Booking: or 136 246 The shake&stir team has created magic yet again. I have been reviewing the company for the past ten years and amazingly each of their show seemed better than the previous one. A Christmas Carol was no exception. And what exactly is the magic they m

Review - Two Man Tarantino: packed a punch

Two Man Tarantino Written and produced by Christopher Wayne Directed by Maureen Bowra Visy Theatre Brisbane Powerhouse Performance: Sunday, 2 December. Duration: 60 minutes. The season has ended. Proving to be the perfect treat for fans, Two Man Tarantino packed a punch at this year’s Wonderland F Living up to its apt title, audiences were spoiled with a two-hander reimagination of some of Hollywood’s most iconic movie movements. Embracing the full talents of Quentin Tarantino, the play was a mash-up medley of some of the director’s most notable work. Jumping around Tarantino’s historic timeline, pinnacle plots were pulled from Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Django Unchained and ma

Review - The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later: understanding, acceptance, tolerance and hope

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later By Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project Directed By Carly Fisher and Rosie Niven A Theatre Travels Production The Seymour Centre Cnr of City Road and Cleveland Street Chippendale Season: 28 November – 8 December. or 02 9351 7940 Forty years after the town shot to fame via a black and white TV series of the same name, Laramie is famous again. But for a very different and sad reason: the infamous hate-based murder of student Matthew Shepard in 1998. To appreciate The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, a short background briefing will help. Matthew was a 21-year-old student who accepte

Review - North by Northwest: a couple of hours of unadulterated fun

Matt Day played Roger O. Thornhill and Amber McMahon was femme fatale Eve Kendall. Photo by Darren Thomas. North by Northwest Adapted by Carolyn Burns Directed by Simon Phillips Presented by QPAC and Kay and McLean productions Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: Until December 9. Running Time: Two hours and six minutes including interval. Bookings: or 136 346. What’s that up there? Is it a film? Is it a play? No, its supershow! It’s a couple of hours of unadulterated fun that I am sure Alfred Hitchcock would have loved. It is of course based on his 1959 suspense film that starred Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint. Roger O. Thornhill is an

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