Voted as the Best British Sitcom of the 21st century by the Radio Times in the UK, Mrs Brown’s Boys will make a triumphant return to Australia in 2018. The Multi Award Winning Mrs Brown’s Boys will perform live, their brand new show FOR THE LOVE OF MRS. BROWN.
Following hot on the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed hit TITUS and 2014’s sell-out season of The Tempest, the Matilda award-winning Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble bring their next must-see theatre event TWELFTH NIGHT to Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre from Aug 24 for a strictly limited season.
Review and photos by Amanda Lee Starkey
Take your seats and buckle up, your flight is about to take off. To the rear are the exists, to the front is the toaster and kettle. For in-flight entertaining you will be serenaded by Pencil on the accordion. Fancy some in-flight shopping? Then a fire blanket is just what you need.
Review by Connor Blythe
Wicked is the most awarded new musical and has grabbed the attention of theatre goers in recent years. It tells the untold story of unadulterated loathing and friendship between two unlikely but no so different friends. One born with emerald-green skin who is the social outcast while the other is popular, self-absorbed and determined to get what she wants. These two girls soon become The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
Bev’s life has become all about boobs since she landed a role in the much-aired Berlei Ad for the Uplifting Tour of Australia and was asked to perform as a Bosum Buddy of Busting Out! Of course she accepted the Busting Out! offer and has now toured for the last 4 years in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and Edinburgh Festival. Bev is also doing solo stand up shows around the nation.
Tell us a bit about your current show ::
I am currently back into Stand Up after touring extensively with Busting Out! I’m enjoying the freedom of expression.
:: Who is your favourite comedian? ::
Joan Rivers,she doesn’t censor herself and is my hero for that reason. I adore her!!!
:: Where do you find inspiration? ::
Life around me. You never know when a good bit or routine pops out of the blue. On a tram,on holiday,taking kids to school,talking with mates.
:: What is your favourite type of heckler? ::
The one that shuts up after you’ve made the perfect comeback.
:: What is the most memorable production or performance you have seen – something that really inspired you? ::
In the early days of my career I would sit and watch Live Stand Up around Melbourne and Sydney. I love a good live stand up show. Inspirational people to me back then were Vince Sorrenti, Judith Lucy, Rachel Berger, Pommy Johnson, Fred Lang, Darren Sanders.. to name a few.
:: Name a comic that you’d really love to support / tour with ::
Wayne Brady I have supported before,and would love to again. Joan Rivers would be a dream come true.
:: When you were younger you wanted to be ::
A Clown…….nothing else. I even told my Careers advisor that at highschool. I was called to the Principal’s office. They thought I was being a smart alec.
:: The best boredom buster is ::
Gardening. I love it. And I’ve been playing Words with Friends lately. It’s good when you’re on the road.
:: Biggest influence ::
Live Stand Up
:: Favourite website ::
Facebook…..an anything where you book a good holiday.
:: Favourite band? ::
:: Favourite album? ::
:: Favourite food? ::
Homemade comfort cooking eaten with family and friends. Slow food.
:: Favourite drink? ::
At present a Sauvignon Blanc.
:: Favourite place? ::
Ghent, Belgium. Broome comes a close second.
:: Favourite season? ::
:: Favourite book ::
:: Favourite film ::
The Color Purple
:: Your biggest aspirations ::
To be recognised as an actor as well as a comedian. To be cast in a Film or series.
:: Best piece of advice you’ve received ::
Be friends with everyone. You never know who you’re shaking hands with.
What’s next for Bev Killick?
Off on a working holiday on a P and O Cruise with my son. LA in November 2011 with Busting Out!
– Pepa Wolfe
Take Five With… Simone Romaniuk
One of David Williamson’s most celebrated plays, The Removalists, is set to make a return to the Brisbane stage as one of the QTC’s education performances. An examination of police corruption, domestic violence and sexism in 1970s Australia, this new production begs the question, “How far have we really come?”
Working to recreate the look and feel of those times is production designer Simone Romaniuk, an Affiliate Artist with the QTC this year. A graduate of both NIDA and the Queensland College of Art, and with credits that span film, television and especially theatre, including the STC, Pacific Opera and Sydney Dance Company among others, Romaniuk took a break from the slightly abstract set and retro furnishings of The Removalists to share some insight with Life Music Media.
Brilliantly adapted from the beloved books by Australia’s own P.L.Travers and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS is playing in Brisbane from January 2012…
This spectacular production includes all of the best loved songs from the film including CHIM CHIM CHER-EE, A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR, JOLLY HOLIDAY, STEP IN TIME, FEED THE BIRDS and SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS.
FAST Festival of Australian Student Theatre
30 September – 2 October 2011
La Boite at The Roundhouse Theatre, Brisbane.
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Double Pass Giveaway to the crazy cult classic movie – THE ROOM
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|From January 14th – February 4th, Tribal Theatre will present four special Friday late-night screenings of the 2003 cult film The Room.
Dubbed ‘the Citizen Kane of bad movies’, Tommy Wiseau’s so-bad-it’s-good film will be screened on 35mm in all its glory.
A piece of cinema so awful it has become a cult phenomenon and an outrageous movie-going experience.
Audiences around the world have embraced Wiseau’s film, dressing up as their favorite characters, throwing plastic spoons at the screen, tossing footballs to each other, and yelling insulting comments about the film’s terrible quality.
The Room is a truly unforgettable film with glaring plot holes, strange editing and a bizarre lead performance from Tommy Wiseau himself.
Set in San Francisco, The Room is a melodramatic but unintentionally hilarious tale of a love triangle involving Johnny, his friend Mark, and Johnny’s fiancée Lisa – who is sleeping with both men…
The Room drew packed audiences when screened recently as part of Brisbane International Film Festival and Tribal Theatre is pleased to bring back the film for four special screenings at 10pm.
“You can laugh, you can cry, you can express yourself – but please don’t hurt each other” – Tommy Wiseau – Director, Writer, Producer, Executive Producer & Actor.
Join the madness and BYO beer & wine – plastic spoons will be provided!
Read a Viewer’s Guide to The Room – what to yell at the screen and when! – Click here to download the guide.
THE ROOM (M) 35mm / 99 min
Late night screenings of the 2003 cult film
Friday 14 January 10pm
Friday 21 January 10pm
Friday 28 January 10pm
Friday 4 February 10pm
Tickets $10 per person (18+ event)
Tribal Theatre 346 George St Brisbane
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WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Academy Award winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (‘My So Called Life,”Once And Again’ and ‘thirtysomething’), and is based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire. With musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…), WICKED is directed by 2003 and 2004 Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Assassins, Take Me Out, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune). Continue reading
By Pepa Wolfe
Take Five with Alinta Chidzey
I think this [West Side Story] would have to be one of the favourite ones, to be honest.
:: Is there a character that you’d give anything to play? ::
Oh. Um… (thinks) I’d love to play Velma in Chicago. That is one I would love to play, for sure.
By: Pepa Wolfe
Actress Alinta Chidzey is wowing audiences as she burns up the floor in West Side Story, bringing sass and charm to the role of Anita. Life Music Media caught up with her for the Brisbane leg of the Australian Tour.
For someone who has just taken a quick break from an intense tech week to talk to the media, Alinta Chidzey appears very relaxed.
It’s a sunny day at Southbank in Brisbane, where the cast and crew of the classic musical West Side Story are busily preparing to launch the next leg of their Australian tour. Chidzey sits sipping an orange juice and speaks enthusiastically about the role of Anita – the fiery Puerto Rican immigrant unwillingly caught up in a 50s gang war – for which she is receiving rave reviews.
|Review: Pepa Wolfe
It was a wet, windy night in Brisbane for the opening of Wesley Enoch’s The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table, directed by and starring Leah Purcell. Produced by the independent indigenous company Bungabura Productions and presented by QPAC, this is the story of Opening Night. It goes something like this.
The Cremorne had been transformed (the stage removed so that some of the audience was sitting amongst the set) into the simple dining room of a house on Stradbroke Island, sand strewn on the ground, with the backdrop arranged in pieces, working both as a broken barrier to the outside world and an obscure window into the past, the faces of time gone by etched into its panels. At its centre sat the table, Cookie’s Table.
Originally Cookie’s birth tree, it was cut down by the white man and turned into a table that was eventually passed down through four generations. This night the audience learnt the history of the table; its meaning, its power. Its mystery unravelling as estranged mother and son, Annie and Nathan, argued over its ownership, and in doing so challenged the meaning of family and the elusive nature of the truth.
Actor/Director Leah Purcell talks to Life Music Media about character, coming home, and the joy of performing in The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table.
In 2008 actress Leah Purcell was honoured with Australian theatre’s highest recognition the Helpmann Award (Australia’s version of the Tony Award) for her role in Wesley Enoch’s The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table. Produced in Sydney as a Hothouse Theatre/Griffin Theatre Company production and directed by Marion Potts, the play was critically acclaimed, making its mark as an important piece of contemporary Australian theatre. Now a new production, presented by QPAC and staged by Purcell’s Bungabura Productions, brings this quintessentially Queensland story home.
While deep into the plays rehearsal period, the actress, who is also directing this version, took time to answer some questions for Pepa Wolfe.
What is the play about?
Well there’re two story lines. There’s the history of the table – it was my Great-great Grandmother’s birth tree. When settlement happened on this island they cut down that birth tree and turned it into a table. As a little girl she followed the table and got a job as a cook in the house where the table ended up. And throughout the lifetimes the table has been passed down…
…To the present day story about my character Annie and her estranged son Nathan. They’ve been estranged for 25 years. She had him when she was 13 and she left because of the talk around the incident where she fell pregnant, and the lies around that. [Annie’s] mother Faith passes away, which brings Nathan and Annie back together. The surface story is to argue and discuss who gets the table, but though that discussion we learn more about each individual character.