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Review – Murderer: Entertaining and a little frightening

Picture one: Nathan Schultz as Norman and Trevor Love as The Policeman. Picture two: Nathan Schulz. Murderer By Anthony Shaffer Directed by Barry Gibson Javeenbah Theatre Company Cnr Stevens & Ferry Streets, Nerang Queensland Runs until Saturday (August 3). Bookings: (07) 55960300 or www.javeenbah.org.au Painter Norman Bartholomew (Nathan Schulz) is a classic man-child living in what could be taken as a fantasy world in Anthony Shaffer’s puzzle play Murderer. He is obsessed with UK murders and is forever quoting them and re-constructing their macabre world, but events are about to overtake him as the curtain raises on one of the Javeenbah’s most successful productions this season. That’s ab

New Theatre’s The Grapes of Wrath: a BIG show

The next production from Sydney’s New Theatre will be Frank Galati’s dramatisation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Across the Midwest of America in the 1930s, a combination of dust storms which devastated farmlands and the eviction of tenant farmers drove thousands to leave their homes and hit the road, desperately hoping to find work and a better life in the fertile valleys of California. The Joads are one such family. Loading their few possessions onto a battered old truck, they join the great migration west along Route 66, dealing with intolerance, exploitation, death and deprivation along the way. But when they reach their ‘promised land’, the family’s dreams are dashed by the r

Dr Who's Captain Jack heads for Brisbane: John Barrowman in Concert

Pictured: John Barrowman. Photo by Schwabel. Sci-fi, television, film and musical theatre fans alike can spend an intimate evening of songs, stories and laughter with John Barrowman exclusively at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). John Barrowman in Concert will be presented in QPAC’s Concert Hall on Saturday 21 September. From West End leading man to time-travelling hero, John is a singer, dancer, actor, presenter and judge, and is considered a unique talent in the entertainment industry. His most famous television role is that of the charming sci-fi hero Captain Jack Harkness in BBC’s Doctor Who. John’s character was so popular that he was given his own hugely successful spin-off se

Bush Bands Bash: a booming indigenous rock underground

Bush Bands Bash will return to Alice Springs this September to uncover the booming underground world of Indigenous rock, and showcase the talents residing across outback Australia. Alice Springs’ Telegraph Station will come alive on Sunday, September 8 with the sounds of Bush Bands Bash at the annual celebration of Aboriginal music in the desert. One of this year’s break-out Indigenous talents talents the Mambali Band will perform their debut single Fish Hawk and latest release Yuwani, two songs which has seen the band break-down barriers and bring a modern takes of traditional songs to a national Australian audience. "It’s in communities like Alice Springs, and events like Bush Bands that s

Review - Backwards Broadway: an entertaining night of musical theatre

Pictured: Kyle Armstrong as Matilda. Backwards Broadway Created by Matt Bapty and Isabelle Quale Directed by Pat James Presented by Neverlands theatre Northlakes Season: 19 July – 10 August, Duration two hours, including interval Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/BCXTM As the audience took their seats in the cabaret style setting, they were treated to some amusing pre-show interactive banter which flowed seamlessly into the first number of the show - I Hope I Get It from A Chorus Line. This set the scene for an entertaining night of musical theatre encompassing well known Broadway favourites, to numbers from relatively new musicals - a mix which worked very well in showcasing the talents

Sydney review - Jack and the Beanstalk: one for the whole family

Photo by Robert Catto Jack and the Beanstalk Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe A Bonnie Lythgoe Production State Theatre 49 Market Street Sydney Season: 12-21 July Duration: 120 Minutes plus 20-minute interval. Bookings: www.ozpanto.com “Once upon a time” …. children of all ages love a good fairy tale. They are short stories with strange characters or creatures often with a romantic twist and a message on ethics or morality. They stay in our subconscious minds well into adulthood. And so, it is with Jack and the Beanstalk, a staged pantomime now showing in Sydney’s glorious State Theatre. Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe, this production is outstanding and appeals to the young and young at heart. Best de

Javeenbah's murder mystery with twisting, turning plot

Pic one: Norman (Nathan Schulz) with girlfriend Millie (Ella DeVilliers). Photo by Katriina Kilpi. Pic two: Sergeant Stenning (Trevor Love). Photo by Kieren Astin-Walmsley The Javeenbah Theatre Company’s new production, opening on July 19 , is one of those murder mysteries with more twists and turns than a theme park roller coaster. Anthony Shaffer’s Murderer, which was a massive West End hit when it had its London premiere back in 1975, is a macabre memorial to some of Britain’s most infamous murders. In fact director Barry Gibson is being so tight lipped about the story’s ebb and flow he’s asking those who have seen it not to give even the slightest hint of what happens on the two-hour the

Review - School of Rock The Musical: loud, energetic and loads of fun

School of Rock the Musical Book by Julian Fellowes Lyrics by Glenn Slater Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Directed by Laurence Connor Lyric Theatre Queensland performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: 13 July 13-August 18. Bookings: qpac.com.au or phone 136 346 I had an absolutely fabulous time watching this musical. It was one of the best I have seen and while School of Rock was performed in a theatre, you could be forgiven for thinking you were at an AC/DC rock concert. It was full on Rock ‘n Roll, loud, energetic and loads of fun. Zack (Zane Blumeris) even pulls off Angus Young’s classic move across stage in the second half. For those of you who have never seen the movie of the same

Review - The Kursk: a production worth viewing

The Kursk By Sahsa Janowicz Directed by Jill Cross Presented by Villanova Players Ron Hurley Theatre Seven Hills Hub Season has finished. Duration: 80 Minutes, No Interval The Kursk is a tautly written play that recounts the disappearance and attempted rescue in August 2000 of the trapped men of the Russian nuclear submarine K-141 The Kursk. This script was first developed by Matrix Theatre under the direction of Michael Futcher in 1997 and toured nationally under the Critical Stages banner to rave reviews. Kudos to Villanova Players and director Jill Cross for taking up this very challenging script. This production is being staged as part of their short and sharp season of plays, and the d

National Indigenous Music Awards nominations

Pictured: Baker Boy. The National Indigenous Music Awards have unveiled their nominations for the 2019 awards night, with twenty artists nominated across six categories. ARIA and APRA Award-winning, NIMA Hall of Fame inductee Archie Roach will also be returning to the NIMAs stage for the first time in four years joining an already massive line up including Jessica Mauboy and Dan Sultan for this year’s event which will be held on Saturday, August 10 at Darwin’s Amphitheater. Tickets are on sale now, available through Darwin Festival at https://bit.ly/2FaBxDK. Leading this year’s finalist list is Mojo Juju, the Wiradjuri woman who appears in four of the five categories following the success o

Review - The Gospel According to Paul: exhaustingly, eye wateringly funny

Pictured: Jonathan Biggins. Photo by BrettBoardman. The Gospel According to Paul Written by and starring Jonathan Biggins Directed by Aarne Neem Presented by QPAC in association with Soft Tread Cremorne Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: July 9-13. Duration: 90 minutes without interval. Bookings: qpac.com.au or phone 136 246 The Gospel According to Paul is comic genius written and performed by a man who has exquisite timing; incisive wit and a knack of making an audience believe it is watching the person he is impersonating. It is exhaustingly, eye wateringly funny. Jonathan Biggins has been impersonating Paul Keating for a long time in short monologues, m

Review – City of Gold: a story told from the heart

Above: Mathew Cooper, Jeremy Ambrum and Meyne Wyatt. City of Gold By Meyne Wyatt Directed by Isaac Drandic Griffin Theatre/Queensland theatre co-production Bille brown Theatre South Brisbane Season: June 29-July 20. Duration: two hours 20 minutes with interval. Bookings: 1800 356 528 or www.queenslandtheatre.com.au This story is told from Meyne Wyatt’s heart. He wrote the script and starred in the play that was inspired by his life events and set in Australia’s city of gold, Kalgoorlie. It reflects the depression that followed the death of his father and cast a pall over his successful acting career plus the humiliating racism that he experienced day in and day out for all of his life. His s

Sydney review – Trevor: a unique and creative production

Trevor By Nick Jones Directed by Shaun Rennie An Outhouse Theatre Company in association with Bakehouse Theatre Company Production KX Theatre 244-248 William Street Kings Cross Season: 14 June – 6 July. 90 minutes. No interval. Bookings: www.outhousetheatre.org There’s an old showbiz adage that it’s best not to work with children and animals. In Trevor, we have both. An infant makes an appearance and the animal is Trevor (Jamie Oxenbould), a house-trained chimpanzee who wears overalls and enjoys red wine. But the result is not a disaster. Trevor is a hilarious, moving and poignant tale which gives a new understanding of what our pets go through to keep us humans happy. Trevor, written by Nic

Bangarra Dance Theatre celebrates 30th anniversary season

In 2019, Bangarra Dance Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary season with Bangarra: 30 years of sixty five thousand at Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Playhouse from 23 to 31 August 2019. As Australia’s only major performing arts company with its origins in the land, Bangarra is inspired by 65,000 years of culture and the continual evolution of Indigenous storytelling. Now entering its fourth decade and presenting in partnership with QPAC for more than 20 years, the company will deliver a unique three-part program comprising Frances Rings’ Unaipon, Jiří Kylián’s Stamping Ground and Stephen Page’s to make fire. Rings’ Unaipon (Clan, 2004), will be restaged to mark this anniversar

City of Gold world premiere set to challenge

Above: Maitland Schnaars and Meyne Wyatt Queensland Theatre is presenting the world premiere of City of Gold, written by, and starring, Meyne Wyatt (The Sapphires, Strangerland, Redfern Now, Neighbours, Black Comedy). With opening night this Thursday and the season continuing until July 20, City of Gold is a raw and honest look at the challenges facing some young Indigenous Australians working to carve out a future in modern society whilst striving to maintain their connection to community and Country. It’s a stage story everyone needs to experience. Partially inspired by his own experiences Wyatt has written a wryly funny and sometimes brutal play that will leave audiences questioning thei

Sydney review - Persuasion: A very entertaining and professional show

Persuasion By Jane Austen Adaptation by Tim Luscombe Directed by Trudie Ritchie An Amateur Production by arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French The Genesian Theatre Company 415-431 Kent Street Sydney Season: 29 June – 17 August. Running Time: 2hrs 15mins, including a 20 min interval Bookings: www.genesiantheatre.com.au In the opening scene of Persuasion there is a dramatic sea battle taking place, as Captain Frederick Wentworth commands one of His Majesty’s ships to victory. This secures him another hefty bonus to add to his accumulating wealth. As the war between France and Britain comes to an end in 1815, Captain Wentworth finds he has almost everything: money, rank,

A tale of belonging and identity

This July and August, the Seymour Centre will present Tanya Ronder's play Table, a tale of belonging, identity and the things we pass on. In 1898 master craftsman David Best makes a table to celebrate his marriage. In Tanganyika in the 1950s, the Bests’ missionary grand-daughter, Sarah, stands atop the table and voluntarily disrobes in front of the hunter who has saved her from a leopard attack. Later, Sarah and her son Gideon join a 1960s commune. And in south London in 2013, the globe-trotting Gideon finally confronts the family he abandoned years ago to discover a likeable brat in a flamingo pink tutu spouting Mandarin Chinese. Through it all David’s table is the centre of family rituals,

Celebrating the genius of John Rodgers

One of Queensland’s most prolific and eclectic composers John Rodgers (pictured) will be acknowledged in a one-night-only celebration as part of this year’s Queensland Music Festival at QPAC’s Concert Hall on 13 July. With credits and achievements across the globe, John Rodgers’ musical legacy from punk bands through to modern orchestral masterpieces has influenced a generation of musicians for over twenty years, proving what true creativity is possible in the artform. A virtuoso violinist, Rodgers has composed for stage and screen, released more than eight sound recordings and this special show will bring together friends, collaborators and admirers to celebrate his life and works. From c

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