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Review - Qld Ballet's The Nutcracker: a show that left everyone smiling

Tonia Looker as Clara. Photo by David Kelly. The Nutcracker 2019 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 21. Bookings: www.qpac.com or 136 246 In the spirit of Christmas tradition, it would be remiss to not include three things, time with family, time for quiet reflection on the passing year and of course, The Nutcracker. Queensland Ballet (QB) and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) have done it again with yet another sumptuous feast for the senses. Following the tale written by ETA Hoffmann with style and grace, Brisbane has been treated once more with a del

Review - The Midnight Gang: a celebration of friendship, love and acceptance

Alex Beauman, Nicholas Starte, Kyle Kaczmarczyk, Lucy Heffernan and Emma Kew The Midnight Gang Adapted by Maryam Master from the book by David Walliams Directed by Susanna Dowling Presented by cdp Kids QUT Gardens Theatre Season: 12 – 21 December. Duration 55 mins No Interval Bookings: http://www.gardenstheatre.qut.edu.au/whats-on/2019/midnight-gang.php David Walliams is perhaps best known for his portrayal of various comedic characters in the popular UK television series Little Britain, however since 2008 he has been the author of a number of bestselling children’s books, some of which have been adapted for stage, including The Midnight Gang. Twelve year old Tom unexpectedly finds himself l

Paris Opera Ballet only in Queensland for QPAC International Series

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), alongside Queensland’s Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch and Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones has announced one of the world’s most historically renowned ballet companies, Paris Opera Ballet, will perform exclusively for the 2020 QPAC International Series from 1 to 19 July. Paris Opera Ballet will bring the epitome of French culture to Brisbane and Queensland in a vast program on and off the stage. Featuring an Opening Gala, Rudolf Nureyev’s Swan Lake and a mixed bill of contemporary works in Parisienne Soirée, the season is expected to be Australia’s cultural event of the year. Since its inception in 2009, the QPAC Internationa

Review - ACPA's The Wiz: hollers of encouragement and delight

The Wiz Book by William F. Brown Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls Directed By Simon Lind Produced By QPAC & the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts Cremorne Theatre, QPAC South Bank Brisbane Season runs to December 7. Duration: 2 hours and 20 min (includes interval). Bookings: https://www.qpac.com.au/event/the_wiz_19/ It takes a little bit of bravery and charm and a whole lot of guts to put on a show. Particularly if it has already been done before and to much acclaim. What I found in last night’s production of The Wiz is that it was brave. It was also charming and most of all it had guts. The students at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) did a fine job of filling

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