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Bangarra Dance Theatre to bring back Bennelong to Sydney Coliseum Theatre

Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, will present its multi award-winning production of Bennelong at Sydney’s newest venue Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ on 13 - 14 March, 2020. Described by critics as “Ravishingly beautiful”, “Utterly searing” and “A benchmark in Australian dance creativity”, Bennelong will be a milestone moment in the inaugural year of programming for the 2,000 seat Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ located in Greater Western Sydney. Originally choreographed and staged in 2017, Bennelong is one of Bangarra’s most lauded productions, having been awarded a total of seven Helpmann Awards including the pres

Alliance Française de Brisbane Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 event

The Beaujolais nouveau, widely regarded as one of the most popular French cultural events and celebrated all over the world, is returning to Brisbane. Alliance Française de Brisbane will be hosting the 2019 Beaujolais nouveau on November 23rd from 4pm-6pm at Newstead House. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online via the Alliance Française website. With the ticket, guests will be treated to two glasses of Beaujolais nouveau, perfectly paired with a chef’s selection of premium cheeses, charcuterie, and other delicacies. Nathalie Tacquet will present the 2019 Beaujolais vintage. Nathalie, The owner of Bottli, has a passion for sharing quality French wine in Australia, from which

Sydney's Ensemble Theatre to stage Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple

Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre will stage one of Neil Simon’s most popular plays, The Odd Couple opening on November 22. Mark Kilmurry, Artistic Director Ensemble Theatre said: “I am thrilled to have two comedy masters Brian Meegan and Steve Rodgers as the definitive odd couple together with an outstanding cast in Neil Simon’s hilarious Tony Award winning play of divorce, friendship and plenty of misunderstandings. This is one of my favourite plays and I am looking forward to working with these actors who will have people laughing at a staggering rate”. Oscar likes cards, sports and eating leftovers. Neurotic neat freak Felix, likes clean air, polished surfaces and cooking. When recently divorce

Review - The Glass Menagerie: a solid production which is worth viewing

The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams Directed by Brenda White Presented by Brisbane Arts Theatre Petrie terrace Brisbane. Season: 19 October – 9 November. Duration two hours 30 minutes with Interval. Bookings: https://www.artstheatre.com.au/theglassmenagerie The first impression of this production is the dreamlike setting of The Wingfield’s apartment behind a misty scrim, perfectly invoking that Tennessee Williams ‘atmosphere’ that has become associated with his plays over the years. Tennessee Williams’s beautifully poetic and evocative memory play first premiered more than 70 years ago and catapulted him from obscurity to fame. The Glass Menagerie, more than any of his other works, con

Sydney review - Ladies in Black: a cheerful and uplifting saga

Photos by Vicki Skarratt Ladies in Black Book by Carolyn Burns. Music and Lyrics by Tim Finn. From the novel Women in Black by Madeleine St John. By arrangement with David Spicer Productions. Directed by Debbie Smith. A Genesian Theatre Company Production Genesian Theatre 415-431 Kent Street Sydney Season: 26 October – 7 December. Bookings: www.genesiantheatre.com.au Duration: Approx. 2 hours 30 minutes with interval. It was a great rite of passage that many of us born before 1965 went through and remember fondly. The annual 6-week school holiday casual job at a city department store. It was often our first foray into the world of retail and at 16 or 17 years old, it gave us a glimpse of ‘ad

Sydney review - Baby Doll: a first class production

Baby Doll By Tennessee Williams, adapted for the stage by Pierre Laville and Emily Mann Directed by Shaun Rennie An Ensemble Theatre Production Ensemble Theatre 78 McDougall Street Kirribilli Season: 18 October – 16 November. Duration: 90 minutes, no interval Bookings: www.ensemble.com.au There’s a lot going on in the household of Archie Lee Meighan. But there’s a lot more going on in his own mind. Archie’s attempts to run a successful cotton gin business in the Mississippi gets closer to failure with every sip he takes from his whisky hip flask. Up to his eyeballs in debt, all the furniture has been repossessed. He still has three assets left, his crumbling mansion, his cotton gin and his

Review – Opera Queensland’s Orpheus & Eurydice: a monumental production

Orpheus (Owen Willets) in the grip of the Furies. Photo by Jade Ferguson. Orpheus & Eurydice By Christoph Willibald Gluck Libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi Directed by Yaron Lifschitz Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dane Lam Opera Queensland in association with Circa Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: October 24-November 9. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Bookings: www.qpac.com.au or phone 136246 Cheers, foot stamping and a unanimous standing ovation greeted the curtain call at the opening night performance of Gluck’s opera Orpheus & Eurydice. That was some compliment for an opera which was first performed backin1762. And what

Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra Camerata’s 2020 season launch

Following a year of outstanding artistic milestones in 2019, including a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert, Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, promises another great year for audiences in 2020. Camerata enables communities to connect – to experience a sound made by Queensland-based artists that is unique in Australia. In 2020, Camerata opens the season with Compassion welcoming Lior, an Australian singer/songwriter, who will sing of the connectedness of the human experience, regardless of race or religion, in a work set to ancient texts in both Hebrew and Arabic. Continuing to activate public spaces and bring audiences together in unique

Review - The Father: challenging, but never grim

John Sayles as Andre and Sarah Ogden as Anne The Father By Florian Zeller Translated by Christopher Hampton Directed by Timothy Wynn Presented by Moreton Bay Theatre Company Neverland Theatre Northlakes Season: 18 – 27 October. Duration 90 minutes - No Interval. Bookings: https://mbtc.com.au/events/the-father-2/ Moreton Bay Theatre Company continues its reputation for not being afraid to produce thought-provoking and interesting pieces with this production of The Father. The intimate Neverland Theatre space has been used to great effect with the staging of Florian Zeller’s rewarding play. In a stark white world we see things through the eyes of Andre (John Sayles) as he battles with the v

Review - shake&stir’s Jane Eyre: hottest ticket in town!

Fire! Jane Eyre (Nelle Lee) and Edward Rochester (Anthony Standish) douse the flames. Nelle Lee and Anthony Standish. Photos by David Fell Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte Adapted and created by shake&stir Directed by Michael Futcher Presented by shake&stir and QPAC Cremorne theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: October 18-November 9. Duration: two hours 45 minutes with interval. Bookings: www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246. If it’s a shake&stir production I expect it to be good – and different. It is always a hot ticket during a run – but never quite as hot as this one. If you want to see Edward Rochester’s Thornfield Hall burnt down on stage with real flames tha

Review - Jekyll and Hyde the Musical: hard pressed to find it better staged

Michael Mills as Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Edward Hyde. Photos by CF Families Photography Jekyll and Hyde The Musical Music by Frank Wildhorn Book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse Directed by Elodie Boal Presented by the Phoenix Ensemble Tin Shed Beenleigh Season: 18 October-9 November. Bookings: Bookings: phoenixensemble.com.au or phone 07) 3103 1546 Jekyll and Hyde is an excellent show; you would be hard pressed to find it better staged anywhere, even professionally. I thoroughly enjoyed this performance. The play is set in 1800s London when the mentally ill were put into asylums, treated worse than the dogs in the street, and were the laughing fodder for high society who came to see the unf

Missy Higgins to perform at West HQ’s new concert venue

Photo by Julie Lowe West HQ has announced that nine-time ARIA award winner and five-time chart topper, Missy Higgins, will perform a one-night-only show at Sydney’s new concert venue, Sydney Coliseum Theatre West HQ, on Friday 28 February 2020. Missy Higgins’ highly acclaimed albums The Sound of White (ARIA Album of the Year) featuring Scar, Ten Days, and The Special Two; On A Clear Night featuring North American Top 20 airplay hit Where I Stood and Australian #1 single Steer; and The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle featuring Everyone’s Waiting have sold over two million copies globally. “I can’t wait to perform for my fans at the brand-new Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ. I’m honoured to be joining a hu

Guys getting ready to go the Full Monty

Sandgate Theatre’s next production will be the Broadway musical version of The Full Monty, directed by Lilian Harrington. It is a story of overcoming unlikely odds, male pride, attitudes, beliefs and values. It’s funny, yet believable and there are many toe-tapping tunes. The American musical is an adaptation of the English version and is set in 1972, in a low socio-economic town of Buffalo New York, which is no longer a thriving industrial town with many factory closures. Six of the unemployed workers from a defunct mill, become inspired by a travelling male Chippendale striptease act that performs in the town. Being unemployed, Jerry Lukowski, needs to earn big money fast to make payments

Ernie Dingo will reprise Bran Nue Dae role 30 years on

Australian actor and TV presenter Ernie Dingo (pictured) will reprise the role of Uncle Tadpole that he first performed 30 years ago, when the musical Bran Nue Dae, written by Jimmy Chi in collaboration with the band Kuckles, embarks on its 30th Anniversary tour in 2020. Recognised as a National Living Treasure, Dingo has had an accomplished acting career spanning more than four decades. He first performed the role of the wily Uncle Tadpole in the original 1990 tour of Bran Nue Dae and again in the 2009 film adaptation of the musical. The revival will have a real family flare with up to three generations involved. Original Kuckles member Stephen Pigram will once again tour as part of the ban

Star of US version of The Office to tour Australia

The Office star Creed Bratton is bringing his variety show tour to Australia next year. Having been performing solo shows for over decade, Creed Bratton, who played an over the top version of himself, as the mysterious, quality-assurance director that smells like mung-beans, lives for scuba diving and can’t tell the difference between an apple and a potato, is finally heading to Australia with his live show next year. Set to hit Australian shores in February 2020, Creed’s variety show – which includes live music, stand-up comedic and untold stories from both his life and time on The Office – will land in capital cities around Australia, including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Per

From screen to stage: Sydney's New Theatre premiere

New Theatre is rounding off the year with the Sydney premiere production of Little Miss Sunshine, under the direction of Deborah Jones,who is returning to follow up her success with Nell Gwynne last year. "Back in 2006, the film had such an impact on me," says Deb. "Dysfunctional family with a capital D. It covered all the basics - being gay, addiction, being broke, being heartbroken and to top it off being dead. I could relate!" The cast includes a bunch of actorsl making their New Theatre debuts: from Kiera Dzeparoski as Olive, and Aneke Golowenko, Ellacoco Hammer McIver and Grace Ryan as the Mean Girls, to Christopher O'Shea as Dwayne and Sarah Funari as Miss California. Also treading th

Review - The Boy from Oz: well performed and staged

Shannon Foley as Peter Allen and Natalie Lennox as Liza Minnelli. Photo by Mark Duffus. The Boy from Oz Music and Lyrics by Peter Allen Book by Nick Enright Director: Miranda Selwood Musical Director: Benjamin Tubb-Hearne and Choreographer: Renee Allotta-Charman. Presented by Savoyards Iona Performing Arts Centre 85 North Road Lindum Season: 28 September to 12 October. bookings@savoyards.com.au or phone (07) 3893 4321. The Boy from Oz is the story of the very charismatic, late, great Peter Allen, following his life from the early days through to his Broadway success and performances in the Radio City Music Hall. For those who do not know, Peter Allen (Woolnough) was born in Tenterfield, NSW

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