Review: Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT (Pannic Productions)

Raise your heart rate and your middle finger with the Queensland community theatre premiere of Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT by Pannic Productions. Including the full track list from the 2004 album as well as a few hits from 21st Century Breakdown and Nimrod, AMERICAN IDIOT tells a familiar tale – disenchanted youth, big dreams that... Continue Reading →

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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: English Baroque with Circa (Australian Brandenburg Orchesta & Circa)

In the third instalment of their award-winning collaboration, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa delighted Brisbane audiences with their skilful, joyful performance, bringing together contemporary circus, stunning vocals, and music from the English baroque. Leading period musicians from the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, played a pasticcio (I looked it... 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 →

Review: Skyward (Republic of Song & Vulcana)

Republic of Song's shimmering, soaring fusion of circus and song will give you goosebumps. Supported by Vulcana, Skyward combined several art forms - song, circus, and photo/videography - into a meditation on mindfulness that is quite cathartic in its beauty. Time lapse photography by Michael Owen was interspersed with song and aerial circus choreography to... Continue Reading →

Review: In Bloom (Underground Productions)

Tales of lost love, treasured memories, and poetic musings on the world we live in, set among cool greenery and the sound of running water. In Bloom is a series of monologues and spoken word poems about art, sex, and nature, created from anonymous submissions and performed by five women among the trailing green leaves and... Continue Reading →

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