Review: The Normal Heart (Ad Astra)

Gregory J Wilken & Felix Jarvis as Ned Weeks & Felix Turner in Ad Astra's production of The Normal Heart. Image supplied. Content warnings: The Normal Heart contains coloured, flashing lights and blackouts, loud music, loud voices, coarse language, adult themes, and strong themes of homophobia, illness, death, and grief. Ad Astra close their 2022... Continue Reading →

Review: output (Coleman Grehan)

Coleman Grehan performs output at the Fringe Brisbane Hub. Imagery supplied. Incorporating spoken word, movement, and electronic music, Coleman Grehan's solo show output was a raw and sincere contemplation of art, creativity, and mortality, performed as part of the inaugural Fringe Brisbane programme. An award-winning theatre director and sound designer returning to theatre-making after burnout,... Continue Reading →

Review: BUNKER (Metro Arts)

Image credit: Stewart Tyrell Content warnings:  BUNKER contains coarse language, heightened psychological states, haze / smoke effects, loud music, and strobe lighting effects. Recommended for audiences aged 15+. What would you do if you received an alert that your world was ending? Who would you call? Where would you go, and what would you take... Continue Reading →

Review: Call Girls (Lauren Harvey and Kelly Hodge)

Content warnings: Call Girls contains coarse language, and parental guidance is recommended for audiences under 15. Lauren Harvey and Kelly Hodge have premiered their wry and relatable workplace comedy Call Girls at Big Fork Theatre as part of the inaugural Fringe Brisbane programme. Written, produced, and performed by Harvey and Hodge, and drawing on their... Continue Reading →

Review: Shakespeare Pick and (re)Mix (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble)

Angus Thorburn, Leah Fitzgerald-Quinn, Rebekah Schmidt, Dudley Powell & Rob Pensalfini. Image supplied by Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble. Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble brought their trademark energy and enthusiasm to EC Venue for Shakespeare Pick and (re)Mix, part of the inaugural Fringe Brisbane programme, with hilarious results. Following a successful season at Anywhere Festival earlier in the year,... Continue Reading →

Review: Why Young Men Run at 2am (Ad Astra)

The cast of Why Young Men Run at 2am. Imagery supplied by Ad Astra. Content warnings: Why Young Men Run at 2am contains sexual references and coarse language. Why Young Men Run at 2am has made its premiere at Ad Astra in Fortitude Valley, produced by the company’s Astra Nova youth and scriptwriting division. Written... Continue Reading →

Review: Destiny Doomed (Observatory Theatre)

Clarise Ooi as Deirdre and Laura Fois as Blathnaid, photographed by Geoff Lawrence: Creative Futures Photography Content warning: Destiny Doomed contains simulated violence, mature themes, sexual references, mild coarse language, and strobe lighting. Written and directed by Anina-Marie van Wyk, Destiny Doomed is a contemporary reimagining of the Irish folktale Deirdre of the Sorrows, centring... Continue Reading →

Review: Mamma Mia! (Savoyards Musical Comedy Society Inc)

Donna & The Dynamos (L-R, Jacqueline Atherton, Vanessa Wainwright & Natalie Lennox) photographed by Sharyn Hall. Savoyards delivered an ABBA-solutely entertaining night out with their production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Johanna Toia and featuring 50 community theatre performers at the Iona Performing Arts Centre. A jukebox musical featuring 22 of ABBA’s greatest hits, Mamma... Continue Reading →

Review: Batshit (Leah Shelton, Metro Arts & Brisbane Festival)

Leah Shelton, photographed by Joel Devereux Content warning: Batshit refers to mental illness and institutionalised medical treatment. It also contains occasional coarse language, sexual references, haze/smoke effects, loud sounds, bright lighting flashes and strobe lighting effects. Leah Shelton's third solo show, Batshit, made its world premiere at Metro Arts as part of Brisbane Festival 2022,... Continue Reading →

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