Reviews

WAAPA’s Chicago heads back to vaudeville roots

'CHICAGO' 3rd Year Music Theatre Production - WAAPA Production 2017 / Photography © Jon Green 2017 - All Rights Reserved

How do you direct one of the most iconic and best know musicals of all time and present it as something completely reinvented? You do as director Crispin Taylor has done with WAAPA’s final third year musical theatre student’s production of Chicago –  take it back to its vaudeville roots and turn it on its head…. Read more.


Kinky Boots is six inches of sassiness!

Toby Francis and Callum Francis in Kinky Boots. Image by Matthew Murphy.

The shoes are glittery red, but we are definitely not in Kansas. Kinky Boots is a fabulous, campy musical with the universal theme of following your heart and being true to yourself. Its timing in Australia couldn’t be more perfect with the upcoming same sex marriage vote, the show is a a great vehicle to… Read more.


[title of show] dreams big at Hayward Studios

Title of Show. Image supplied.

[title of show] is a musical about two men, two nobodies, in New York who dream of achieving Broadway fame with their very own original musical. During its original run the writers of the show played themselves- Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, with Heidi Blickenstaff and Susan Blackwell. They start by roping in two of… Read more.


The Bodyguard

Paulini Curuenavuli and Kip Gamblin in The Bodyguard. Image supplied.

A glitzy, kitschy musical version of the 1992 box-office smash hit The Bodyguard opened to high-spirited Brisbane theatre goers over the weekend and proved, much to the surprise of some punters, to be a thoroughly entertaining evening. Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the mark, this is a shallow puddle of… Read more.


Matt-aphorically Speaking – A Dyslexic Guide to Dating, Love and Everything In Twebeen

Matt-aphorically Speaking- A Dyslexic Guide to Dating, Love and Everything In Twebeen. Image supplied.

Written and performed by Matthew Dear (graduate from the 2016 Griffith Conservatorium of Music’s Musical Theatre programme), Matt-aphorically Speaking is part-cabaret, part-lecture, about the important things in relationships- commitment, honesty, passion, connection and hugs. The favourite aspect of the show are the anecdotes from Dear’s past- from school to awkward first dates. They are funny,… Read more.



Swallow

Swallow - Metro Arts. Image supplied.

Swallow portrays the hard lives of three women as they find a way to survive in a modern world. It’s a story of alienation, isolation, and loneliness. The theme of the play questions identity and the challenge of how every human being struggles to cope with the complexities of life to find their inner voice…. Read more.


Poly-media dance work goes Wireless

Wireless - Judith Wright Centre. Image supplied.

With an unsettling clarity on the peculiarities of human behavior (once removed), Wireless proposes that privacy is an invention without a future. Created by Lisa Wilson (Co-Director/ Choreographer) and Paul Charlier (Co-Director/ Composer/Software Designer), this poly-media dance piece explores ideas around the desire for connection and loss of trust; ‘We’ve lived with surveillance for thousands… Read more.


1984

1984 - QPAC. Image supplied.

Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan’s award winning adaptation of George Orwell’s spookily prescient classic 1984 comes to QPAC. In a dystopian future world, Winston Smith is the everyman who works for the Ministry of Truth, altering records and essentially changing the past to the whim of the mysterious and powerful political force, ‘The Party’, embodied… Read more.


Rice

Rice - Queensland Theatre and Griffin Theatre. Image Supplied.

No matter what your social status, cultural background, or gender is everyone has dreams, challenges, and personal problems. Premiering at Queensland Theatre’s Bille Brown Studio, in association with Griffin Theatre is Michele Lee’s Queensland Premier’s Drama Award winning play, Rice. Set in a corporate office building between the basement and the 20th floor executive office… Read more.


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