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Premiere season of Channing Tatum’s dance spectacular to open in Sydney

Las Vegas, London, Berlin - Channing Tatum and the entire team behind Magic Mike Live are delighted to announce that it is now Australia’s turn. Magic Mike Live will have its Australian Premiere in Sydney from Thursday 17 December at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. This Premiere season will be the first production around the world to return to the stage after international lockdown. Conceived and Directed by Channing Tatum, Magic Mike Live is a live dance and acrobatic spectacular based on the hit movies Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL. Creator and Director Channing Tatum said: "The morning after we opened our first production in Vegas four years ago, we all talked about the crazy ide

Winner of Sydney New Theatre’s Silver Gull Play Award

The winner of Sydney New Theatre’s Silver Gull Play Award 2020 is Gods and Little Fishes by Jamie Oxenbould and Richard Sydenham (pictured). The winning play receives $3000 and each on the shortlist $500 thanks to the sponsorship of The Buzz From Sydney. About Gods and Little Fishes: “I want twenty five thousand pounds this afternoon or I’ll feed him to the sharks”. In June 1960, travelling salesman Basil Thorne won 100,000 pounds in the Opera House Lottery. Five weeks later jubilation turns to tragedy when Basil’s eight-year-old son Graeme is kidnapped and held to ransom. On 16 August, 1960, Graeme’s body was found in bushland at Seaforth. Gods And Little Fishes is loosely based on this

Brisbane independent artists join forces

Heidi Manché, Heather Fairbairn and Kate Wild Three independent theatre directors have joined forces to combat the devastating toll of COVID-19 on Brisbane’s theatrical landscape. The Hive Collective – a collaboration between Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild – works on the age-old principal of strength in numbers. The trio are experienced theatre artists, each producing award-winning, high-calibre professional work, in Brisbane, nationally and around the world. Together, as co-Artistic Directors of Hive, they will curate and produce each other’s work. “The COVID pandemic has seen the performing arts industry devastated by theatre closures around the country,” said co-Artistic Di

Review – Vincent River: powerful and poignant

By Lilian Harrington Amanda McErlean as Anita, mother of deceased Vincent River, and Patrick Shearer. Vincent River By Philip Ridley Directed by Michael Beh The Curators Theatre Christ Church 9 Chippendall St. Milton Season: 13 – 31 October at 7 30pm. Duration: 95 minutes no interval. Bookings: Phone: 0418 719 354 - (for information) Have you ever wondered how deep and intense a mother’s love can be or what length she will go to, to find out the truth about her child’s activities? This play focuses on a mother’s love and grief after her son’s murder and her reaction when she discovers her son’s sexual preference. Ridley wrote the play in the 90’s following a fatal gay

New city-wide summer music event for Gold Coast

Pictured: The jensons. As Australia slowly begins to open up and music festivals are no longer just a mirage, the Gold Coast has launched a new live music concept called Feedback Festival. Over 10 nights, from Thursday 03 December until Sunday 13 December, the Gold Coast will transform itself into a giant music mecca, with multiple venues. The inaugural Feedback Festival is focused on delivering a program of discovery and excitement, highlighting local artists and promoting Australian music. From Southport to Burleigh Heads, Feedback Festival will offer the chance at seeing more than 50 bands, performing over 100 hours of live music across 10 nights this school holiday season. With an eclect

Tumble into summer at QPAC with Queensland’s Circa

Circa: Carnival of the Animals. Image by Damien Bredberg Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) will present two circus productions by internationally acclaimed Brisbane-based contemporary circus company Circa. Presented by QPAC as part of Queensland’s Own, a program showcasing Queensland’s major performing arts companies, Humans leaps onto the Playhouse stage from 18 to 22 November, with Carnival of the Animals tumbling in from 16 to 20 December. Humans takes audiences on a journey of what it means to be human, and explores how our bodies, our connections, and our aspirations all form part of who we are. Pushing their bodies to the extreme, Circa acrobats lead the audience to reflect on l

Wynnum fringe's tidal wave of artist applications

The Brisbane bayside hub of Wynnum will take centre stage when the inaugural Wynnum Fringe hits the suburban streets from 13 to 15 November 2020. Wynnum-based producer, performing artist, actor and singer Tom Oliver is the creative mind behind the three-day fringe festival, which aims to shine a spotlight on the arts and invigorate the bayside area. The initial festival line-up includes more than 24 ticketed and free performances with more shows to be announced soon. Edith Street will be the heart of the arts festival, a pedestrian playground allowing patrons to coast between three zones spanning multiple venues, food trucks, outdoor bars, art installations and pop-up performances against th

Brisbane’s La Boite to open doors again

La Boite Theatre is soon reopening its doors for HWY Live, the company’s annual series of showings, workshops and conversations, which invites audiences to play an active role in the process of developing new work for Australian stages. From 5 – 21 November, local audiences are invited to discover some of Brisbane’s breadth of artistic talent through free work-in-development showings and critical conversations about the arts sector, or seize the opportunity to get involved through participation in workshops facilitated by leading national and international industry professionals. In partnership with Brisbane Airport Corporation and Screen QLD, HWY Live follows on from La Boite’s HWY Fes

Trevor Ashley brings Liza Minnelli Back to the Stage

Sydneysiders are in for a special treat this Christmas when Trevor Ashley returns to the stage, this time Paddo RSL when he will perform Ring Them Bells! A Very Liza Xmas for 3 shows only on Sunday 29 November, Sunday 6 & Sunday 13 December. Join Ms Minnelli as she stumbles her way through a festive catalogue of songs, with smatterings of mistletoe and lashings of eggnog. From Silver Bells to White Christmas, Liza will regale you with stories from her childhood with Mama under the tree, and that time she missed Christmas completely while dancing at Studio 54. With new arrangements by James Simpson, join Liza and her socially distant seven-piece band, with musical director Andy Davies. Pull o

Review - Eyes to the floor: important exposure of a shameful period

By Douglas Kennedy Eyes to the Floor by Alana Valentine. Directed by Jocelyn Moore-Carter Javeenbah Theatre Company Season runs until October 17. Bookings (07) 55960300 or Australian playwright Alana Valentine’s Eyes to the Floor is hardly a play to conjure up the word ‘like’, but, it is important exposure of a shameful period in Australia’s recent social history. It’s a story all too common in so-called first world countries, where so many vulnerable young people who needed help, support and, love, were treated so badly that many of us how feel embarrassment and even shame. We’ve expect to hear stories of ill treatment, and even cruelty, in previous centuries right up t

Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre to open its doors with play readings

Mark Kilmurry, Artistic Director Ensemble Theatre today announced that Ensemble Theatre is opening its doors in October for a play reading of David Williamson’s comedy, Money and Friends. The play readings open on 22 October. “This is David Williamson at his best; a classic social comedy from the 1990’s and I am looking forward to directing this read and working with nine enormously talented actors. The play is smart, funny and ultimately about the cost of friendship. We are all thrilled to be opening Ensemble again to a covid safe theatre with smaller audience numbers but just to be open is wonderful and to start with a comedy is just what is needed,” said Mark Kilmurry. Peter, a mathemati

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