Review: Mental Illness Is Not A Crime (Claire Fitzpatrick)

Review of May 7 performance. Claire Fitzpatrick facilitated a calming space for sensory exploration with her interactive experience Mental Illness Is Not A Crime. Mental Illness Is Not A Crime was not a performance in a traditional sense but more of a workshop or an interactive space focused on ASMR. Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a... Continue Reading →

Review: Good Talk (Moontan Productions)

Review of May 7 performance. A fast-moving two-hander, Good Talk examined the comfortable rhythms and routines of a long-term relationship and the ways that we communicate in silences as well as words. High school sweethearts Jiā lǐ and Erin have returned to their hometown for their ten-year reunion. Alone with each other in their AirBnB as a... Continue Reading →

2019 in Review – Performance Highlights

A rainbow of memories from this year - I saw over 60 shows in 2019, from big openings to backyard performances, through comedy, musicals, dance, theatre, music, and (for the first time) opera. It's been an incredible year in Brisbane performing arts and the calibre of shows has been high, so this list was a... Continue Reading →

Review: Flood (Brie Jurss & Emma Lamberton)

Put on some bug repellent, gather around the campfire, and join in this grippingly uncomfortable one-act play by Chris Isaacs. Six friends from Perth are reunited for the ultimate camping trip – two weeks in the bush, in the middle of nowhere, next to a pristine lake. But after less than twenty-four hours things take... Continue Reading →

Review: Hold My Beer (Half Hitch)

Three circus artists and two musicians walk into a bar…and they put on a great show! Exploring the ups and downs of a memorable (or not, depending on how much you drank) night of drinking and debauchery, Hold My Beer was part circus show, part musical comedy, and entirely entertaining. The performance featured a medley... Continue Reading →

Review: The Telefon (Lightning Bolt Creative)

An uncomfortably unfunny and unnecessarily foul endurance exercise for the audience. If you've ever seen the workings of an unsupervised grade eight drama class, you'll have an idea of what happened on The Telefon. It was an ambitious concept - a livestreamed performance experienced by the audience in the comfort of their own home, interacting... Continue Reading →

Review: Everyone’s Leaving Brisbane

Taylor and Rosa take the audience on a hilarious journey through Brisbane’s cultural icons, from the majestic brown snake of the Brisbane River to the humble ibis, as they lament the loss of their friends to ‘cultural capitals’ like Melbourne and London. Another night, another goodbye party for a friend – Taylor and Rosa are... Continue Reading →

Review: Mettle, Moxie & Melody (Etch Events)

Mettle, Moxie & Melody is a brilliant original musical that follows three fierce leading ladies as they confront and conquer the metaphorical dragons in their modern-day fairy tales and seize control of their own destinies. Evie is moving to the big city to find herself and explore her sexuality away from her conservative mother. Stella... Continue Reading →

Review: Playing Pretend (The Big Crew)

It's exhausting trying to keep a dream alive. The Big Crew present a post-art-school existential crisis that is painfully relatable for most of us with Arts degrees. Billing itself as the diary of an unaccomplished actor, Playing Pretend comprised a series of personal monologues and short scenes with a cast of four, exploring the trials... Continue Reading →

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