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: Guttered (Restless Dance Theatre, Brisbane Festival, and CPL – Choice Passion Life)

Photo credit Roy Vandervegt Guttered was an original and entertaining piece of site-specific contemporary dance theatre, performed in a Chermside bowling alley as part of Brisbane Festival 2022. Based in Adelaide, Restless Dance Theatre define themselves as Australia’s leading creator of dance theatre by dancers with and without disability. Guttered explored love and life through... 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: Ruby Moon (Ad Astra)

Gary Farmer-Trickett and Sandra Harman, photographed by Christopher Sharman Photography Content note: Ruby Moon includes sexual references, adult themes, and simulated violence. Ad Astra present Matt Cameron's Australian gothic suburban thriller Ruby Moon, directed by Susan O'Toole-Cridland and starring Sandra Harman and Gary Farmer-Trickett as distraught parents Ray and Sylvie Moon. Written in 2003 and... Continue Reading →

Review: and now we wait (Villanova Players)

Beth Allen and Ashleigh Horsfield, photographed by Christopher Sharman Photography Content note: and now we wait includes mature themes, including references to death and violence. Villanova Players presented Stephanie Clark's dark drama and now we wait at the Ron Hurley Theatre as part of their Villanova Start-Ups initiative, which is designed to help young people... Continue Reading →

Review: THREE 2.0 (Australasian Dance Collective)

Australasian Dance Collective artists perform Cass Mortimer Eipper’s Limbic. Photographed by David Kelly. After the season was postponed earlier in the year due to flood damage at QPAC, Australasian Dance Collective opened their second iteration of THREE at the Brisbane Powerhouse, a triple bill of new works from three different choreographers, all created in collaboration... Continue Reading →

Review: The Ugly One (AllEntertainment)

Cast of The Ugly One David Gaffney (top), Ellie Waddingham, David O’Donoghoe, and Jai Selva. Image supplied. AllEntertainment presented German playwright Marius von Mayenburg's social satire The Ugly One, translated by Maja Zade, at Brisbane’s newest theatre venue. Fast-paced and funny, the one-act play was delivered with earnest absurdity by the cast of four, directed... Continue Reading →

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