Review: The Boys (PIP Theatre)

Samuel Valentine, Stephen Geronimos, and Aidan O'Donnell Review of 12 October performance Content warnings: Violence, partial nudity, strong coarse language, offensive language, scenes of binge drinking/alcohol consumption, ableism, adult themes, murder, and discussion of physical and sexual violence. PIP Theatre presented Gordon Graham’s haunting suburban drama The Boys in October, directed by Cienda McNamara. Drawing... Continue Reading →

Review: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (The X Collective)

Content warning: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, contains coarse language and references to violence and suicide. In October, The X Collective presented the intriguing avant-garde theatrical experiment White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at Fate Container Studios in West End. Written by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, its key point of interest is not in the script, but in... Continue Reading →

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: 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: 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: 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 →

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