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This is camping with a difference

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara in southern Oman has unveiled its new Luxe Mobile Camping Adventures. In collaboration with travel specialist, Oman Expeditions, this new offering is the first bespoke luxury mobile camping experience to take guests across the diverse terrain of the Dhofar province from the mountains to the desert to the sea. Set between a stay at the beachside resort in Salalah, the new mobile camping adventures offer tailored itineraries of varying lengths. Activities and camp locations allow guests to discover star-studded skies, deserts, mountains and long empty beaches. Drawing on the country knowledge and experience of Oman Expedition’s founder Sean Nelson, these ne

QPAC's Clancestry program expanded to three weeks this year

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has announced its program for Clancestry – A Celebration of Country, which will run from 18 November to 7 December 2019. This year, Clancestry has evolved with the expansion of QPAC’s First Nations program to be a three-week calendar of live performance, creative development, public art and community gatherings. Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Queensland Government was providing $8 million over four years to support QPAC to grow its programming and engagement across Queensland, including the telling of more First Nations stories. “This additional funding has supported the expansion of Clancestry, which will be a celebration of First Natio

Spot is coming to Brisbane this October!

It would be safe to say Spot is one of the most loved and recognisable dogs in the world! Created by UK author Eric Hill he not only has his own range of books, but now has a live stage show which is coming to QUT Gardens Theatre from 2 to 6 October. Presented by CDP Kids & Salspot Ltd Spot the beloved puppy comes to life on stage with puppetry, songs, and puzzles perfect for little Brisbane kids. This fun and creative show follows Spot and his friends on a new adventure to visit Spot’s Dad on the farm and meet the farm animals. But when they arrive, all the animals are lost! Can Spot and his friends find them all? They might need a little help from their new friends in the audience! This

Simon Phillips to direct Stoppard classic for STC

Pictured: Geraldine Hakewill and Johnny Carr. Photo by Rene Vaile Tom Stoppard’s modern classic The Real Thing opens this September at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, directed by Simon Phillips. Phillips returns to Sydney Theatre Company following the sold out premiere season of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical in 2017, to direct a cast including Geraldine Hakewill (Channel 7’s Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries and Wanted) and Johnny Carr (Network 10’s Five Bedrooms). Henry is married to Charlotte, while Annie is married to Max. But it’s Henry and Annie who have fallen passionately in love. Could this, at last, be the real thing? They’ll soon find out. Through the demise of two marr

British multi-award winning show heads for Sydney

British award winning show – All I See Is You – starring The Bill and Shameless star Ciarán Griffiths makes its international debut at The Sydney Fringe in September. This rollercoaster love story inspired by real accounts of queer life fifty years ago was written by UK TV writer Kathrine Smith. Bobby works on Woolies’ record counter. Ralph dreams of being a teacher. One kiss and they’re hooked. But it’s England 1967 and their love is illegal. While Ralph buries his head in his books and tries courting his sister’s pal, Bobby can’t deny who he is and throws himself into the underground queer scene risking blackmail and arrest... The play which won the UK’s National Octagon Prize, is curren

Search for Brisbane’s Charlie Bucket

Willy Wonka will be relocating his factory from Melbourne to Brisbane in March 2020, taking up residence at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, and the producers are looking for a local Charlie. The producers of the new musical Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have begun the search for four talented local boys who will share the role of Charlie Bucket in the musical. Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is perhaps his best-known story, and has proved to be one of the most enduring children’s books of all time. This new musical invites audiences to step inside a world of imagination for a treat with songs from the original film including Pure Imagination, The Candy Man and I’ve Got

Review - The Things We Do/ Behind the Scenes: light-hearted and very clever comedy

The Things We Do/ Behind the Scenes Written and directed by John Caswell Ad Astra Nova Theatre Company 57 Misterton Street Fortitude Valley Brisbane Season runs to September 6. Duration: one hour 45 minutes including interval. Bookings: www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=524902& It’s always good to see a new production company for the first time and at Ad Astra’s The Things We Do/ Behind the Scenes a good time was had by all. The company, run by a young and talented bunch of theatre people, is in its second season and the play is an original by member John Caswell. Unlike many young writers who tend to write dark dramas, this one is a light-hearted and very clever comedy. It is

Review – Cock: simultaneously thought-provoking and alienating

Pictured: Ashlee Lollback, Julian Curtis, Patrick Farrelly and Derek Draper Cock By Mike Bartlett Directed by Helen Howard Produced by Bosco productions Metro Arts Brisbane City Season runs until August 31. Tickets can be found at www.metroarts.com.au Cock is one of those plays that are controversial enough in content to make you either love or hate it. As divisive in name, as in nature, this Olivier award-winning production by playwright Mike Bartlett sees the life of a young man torn. John, played by Julian Curtis, is split between the life he thought he wanted and the life he might secretly desire more. He identifies as gay but falls for a woman. The plot thickens when John’s boyfriend, M

Jane Eyre - shaken and stirred

Pictured: Nelle Lee in the title role. Photo by Dylan Evans shake & stir theatre Company’s new stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre will be performed in Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Cremorne Theatre from 18 October to 9 November. Co-adapted by shake & stir co-Artistic Directors Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij, this retelling of Brontë’s gothic tale of a spirited orphan in search of love, family and a sense of belonging will see Michael Futcher direct an award-winning cast including Lee as Jane, alongside Helen Howard and Anthony Standish. “Michael has an amazing way of taking an adaptation and delivering it in way which resonates with the audience, whilst still staying ve

Yael Stone and Noni Hazlehurst join STC’s Beauty Queen of Leenane cast

Yael Stone and Noni Hazlehurst (pictured) have joined the cast of Sydney Theatre Company's The Beauty Queen of Leenane, which will play at the Roslyn Packer Theatre this November. Yael will play Maureen Folan and Noni will play her mother Mag in the Martin McDonagh comedy, directed by STC Associate Director Paige Rattray. They join a cast which also includes Shiv Palekar and Toby Schmitz. In a small town in the Irish hills of Connemara, Maureen Folan lives a lonely existence with Mag, her aged mother. Their relationship is more arm wrestle than warm embrace. Right now, when Maureen stands the chance of having her first romantic relationship, Mag’s cantankerous presence is simply unbearable.

Big 2020 for Opera Queensland

A new Australian opera cabaret, a great Australian musical, a story of profound love and a visually dazzling classic are the centrepiece of Opera Queensland’s Season 2020, launched today by Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch. The program is anchored by four main stage productions – Lorelei, Bran Nue Dae, Tristan und Isolde and Aida – complimented by a new Concert Series, a regional tour of 2019’s hit production of Tosca and an expanded education and community engagement. Artistic Director and CEO Patrick Nolan and Executive Director Sandra Willis revealed a program that builds upon the success of their 2019 Season. “Season 2020 develops and extends everything Opera Queensland has achieved i

Queensland Theatre celebrate 50 years with 2020 season launch

Queensland Theatre launched Season 2020, the Company’s 50th season of stage stories and the final under the artistic directorship of Sam Strong. “Season 2020 confirms Queensland Theatre as the national home of new stories, with 50 percent of the season being world premieres,” said Strong. “I’m proud of how we have transformed Queensland Theatre over the last four years, but I am especially proud of our championing of new stories. This is the third successive year in which at least half of our season has been brand new work,” he said. “In the four years including 2020, we will have staged 15 world premieres, including 10 commissions reaching the stage. That’s a theatre company reflecting cont

Review - Becoming Bill: A New Musical: answering deep life questions

Image one: Bradley McCaw and the cast of Becoming Bill. Image 2: Stephanie Long. Becoming Bill: A New Musical Written by Bradley McCaw Directed by Neil Gooding Old Fashioned Production Company Brisbane Powerhouse New Farm Season runs until August 25. Bookings: brisbanepowerhouse.org Have you ever just sat down and contemplated your life as it has been and how you want to be in the future? Well there’s a new musical in town that explores exactly that and much more. Becoming Bill: A New Musical, written by and starring Bradley McCaw as the titular character, has something for every human that has ever lived a life they loved or didn’t. s let into his life as he tries to write a musical for the

Woodford Folk Festival's mural reflects visions of the future

More than 300 patrons from the Woodford Folk Festival community have lent a hand in creating the largest artwork in the festival’s history. The 4.8 by 3.4 metre canvas was unveiled at an on-site working bee of 250 enthusiastic people and is the official poster for the 2019/20 Woodford Folk Festival. ‘Imagining a Beautiful Future’ is the theme for the next three festivals. Festival General Manager, Amanda Jackes, explains that the theme aims to assist festival programmers in integrating the thousands of events across the festival. “While we celebrate the festival’s diversity, we see the event as one canvas, many colours - we hope the poster reflects that,” she said. “This poster is the first

Statement on behalf of Ningali Lawford-Wolf’s family and Sydney Theatre Company

“Sydney Theatre Company is absolutely devastated to confirm the passing away of Ningali Lawford-Wolf (pictured) in Edinburgh, Scotland on Sunday 11th August, while she was touring with STC and performing in The Secret River. Ningali was an incredibly talented performer as well as a wonderfully caring and thoughtful person. We’ve lost one of Australian theatre’s greatest treasures. Ningali was a Wangkatjungka woman born under a tree at Christmas Creek Station in the far north Kimberley region of Western Australia. Ningali trained as a dancer at the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, then continued to perform professionally with Bangarra Dance Theatre in Sydney to build an impressive stage and

Review - Ladies in Black: enjoyable show with a talented cast

Ladies in Black By Carolyn Burns Based on the novel The Women in Black by Madeleine St John Music and Lyrics by Tim Finn Directed by Loic Valmy Brisbane Arts Theatre Petrie terrace Brisbane Season: 9 August to 7 September. Running time: two hours 30 minutes including interval. Bookings: www.artstheatre.com.au or (07) 3369 2344 Ladies in Black is set in 1950s Sydney and tells the story of bookish school leaver, Lisa Miles, who has landed a job at the fashionable department store, F.G. Goode’s as a shop assistant over the busy Christmas/New Year period in the cocktail dress department. Over the six week period that changes her life, Lisa is taken under the wing of the more experienced assista

Sydney review - The Grapes of Wrath: finding hope in adversity

Photos © Bob Seary The Grapes of Wrath By John Steinbeck Adapted by Frank Galati Directed by Louise Fischer A New Theatre Production New Theatre 542 King Street Newtown Season: 6 August – 7 September 2019. Duration: 130 minutes plus interval. Bookings: www.newtheatre.org.au The New Theatre production of The Grapes of Wrath is an adaptation of the great American novel by John Steinbeck. Written by Frank Galati, it tells the story of the impoverished Joad family from Oklahoma during the Great Depression. The opening scene could be viewed as a summary of the themes built up during the play. It shows the local townspeople gathering to watch Ginger Rogers singing We’re in the Money, typical of so

Review - L’Appartement: Chaos in the city of love

From left: Andrew Buchanan, Pacharo Mzembe, Melanie Zanetti and Liz Buchanan Photos by David Kelly L’Appartement Written and directed by Joanna Murray-Smith Queensland Theatre Cremorne theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: August 3-31. Duration: 100 minutes without interval. Bookings: qpac.com.au or 136 246 This is a play with lots of laughs, dark moments, some excellent acting from a top team and a set I’d be happy to live in! Joanna Murray-Smith worked hard as a director to bring her words to life, and it’s not an easy job I assure you. The plot sees an Aussie couple Meg and Rooster, played very convincingly by real-life couple Andrew and Liz Buchanan, on a

Sydney review - Life of Galileo: something for everyone

Pictured: Colin Friels as Galileo. Photo by Brett Boardman. Life of Galileo By Bertolt Brecht Adapted by Tom Wright Directed by Eamon Flack Belvoir Production Belvoir Theatre 18 & 25 Belvoir Street Surry Hills Season: 3 August – 15 September 2019. Bookings: www.belvoir.com.au 2 hours 20 minutes including interval It’s amazing to think that only 400 years ago, common thought was that the Earth was the centre of the universe and that the planets and stars went around us. Despite all the scientific knowledge amassed since then, it’s a pity that there are still people who regard themselves as the centre of the universe! You may know some of them? This production of Life of Galileo has all the in

Review - Lady Beatle: Naomi Price, a superb entertainer

Lady Beatle Created by Adam Brunes and Naomi Price Presented by La Boite and The Little Red Company La Boite Theatre Kelvin Grove Brisbane Brisbane season August 7-10. Duration 80 minutes without interval. Bookings: https://laboite.com.au/ Eastern Australia is in for a rare treat as Naomi Price (pictured) sets off on a 32-stop tour with her one-woman show, Lady Beatle. Her opening performance at La Boite was simply superb as she gave us 80 non-stop-minutes of Lennon and McCartney like you never heard before. As well as having a fantastic voice Naomi Price must be one of the best lyric interpreters in the country. Her considerable acting talents were also very much on show. She created a char

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