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 →

Review: Tiddas (La Boite Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Brisbane Festival)

Louise Brehmer, Shakira Clanton, Phoebe Grainer, Chenoa Deemal and Anna McMahon. Photographed by Farley Ward. Content note: Tiddas includes coarse language, sexual references, themes of pregnancy / infertility, grief and loss, marriage breakdown, depictions of abuse (alcohol/emotional) and discussions with or containing offensive/derogatory language. La Boite close their 2022 season with the joyful, jacaranda-hued play... Continue Reading →

Review: The Rover (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble)

Dudley Powell as Willmore and Matt Gaffney as Don Antonio. Image credit: Benjamin Prindable Photography. Content note: The Rover includes mature themes, including sexual assault and simulated violence. Mischief, masks, and mistaken identities abound in Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble's production of Aphra Behn’s The Rover (or, The Banish’d Cavaliers), directed by Rebecca Murphy. Playing out at... Continue Reading →

Review: Letters to Lindy (Villanova Players)

Jane Binstead as Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, photographed by Christopher Sharman Content note: Letters to Lindy contains coarse language and mature themes, including references to death and violence. In 1980, nine-week-old Azaria Chamberlain died when she was taken from the family tent by a dingo while camping at Uluru; her disappearance, and the phrase “a dingo stole... Continue Reading →

Review: Oliver! (Savoyards Musical Comedy Society Inc)

Hannah Davies and Michael Ware as Mrs and Mr Sowerberry with Jeremiah Rees as Oliver. Photographed by Sharyn Hall. Content note: Oliver! contains mature and adult themes, depictions of physical violence, strobe and haze smoke effects, and loud noises. Savoyards has returned to the Iona Performing Arts Centre stage with their production of Lionel Bart’s... Continue Reading →

Review: Heroes and Revolutionaries (Queensland Symphony Orchestra)

Jonathan Stockhammer conducts Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Photographed by Peter Wallis. Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s first Music on Sundays concert of 2022 was an engaging and energetic performance featuring a wide selection of classical pieces. Led by guest conductor Jonathan Stockhammer and hosted by Guy Noble, Heroes and Revolutionaries drew together works of fictional heroes - Robin... Continue Reading →

Review: The Sopranos (Opera Queensland)

Eva Kong in The Sopranos. Image credit: Murray Summerville Opera Queensland opened their 2022 season with the world premiere of The Sopranos, a moving and visually striking new work which sought to emphasise and recontextualise the role of women and their stories within opera as an art form. Written by award-winning Brisbane poet Sarah Holland-Batt and... Continue Reading →

Review: seven methods of killing kylie jenner (La Boite, Darlinghurst Theatre Company & Green Door Theatre Company)

Moreblessing Maturure and Iolanthe as Cleo and Kara, photographed by Teniola Komolafe La Boite have opened their 2022 season with a raucous, rapid-fire contemporary play that plunges audiences into an online realm of tweets, trolls, and tensions. Written by British playwright Jasmine Lee-Jones, seven methods of killing kylie jenner premiered in London in 2019 and... Continue Reading →

Review: White Pearl (Queensland Theatre)

Imagery by Phil Erbacher Gaslight, Gatekeep, Girlboss. Anchuli Felicia King’s corporate satire has opened at Queensland Theatre and sets out to tackle a broad range of issues, from intracultural racism to start-up culture and the cosmetics industry. Directed by Priscilla Jackman, White Pearl follows the aftermath of an ad that goes viral for all the... Continue Reading →

Review: Meat Mirror (Jay Younger & Lisa O’Neill)

Review of May 9 performance by Elise Lawrence. A ten-minute performance art piece in the Mappin’s Nursery Share House, Meat Mirror used video projections and physical theatre to blur the lines between beauty and horror. A collaboration between Jay Younger and Lisa O’Neill, Meat Mirror is a condemnation of social media and the normalisation of cosmetic surgery to achieve... Continue Reading →

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