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: 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: 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 →

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: Control (Observatory Theatre)

The cast of Control, photographed by Geoff Lawrence: Creative Futures Photography. Content note: Control includes coarse language, mature themes, and simulated violence, as well as flashing lights and loud noises. Keziah Warner’s dystopian science fiction triptych has made its Queensland premiere at the Queensland Multicultural Centre, presented by Observatory Theatre. Originally commissioned by Red Stitch... Continue Reading →

Review: Leaves of Glass (The X Collective)

Aidan O’Donnell and Nathan Kennedy as Barry and Steven in Leaves of Glass, photographed by Naz Mulla Content note: This production contains coarse language, depictions of domestic violence, and spoken references to suicide and child abuse. Following postponements earlier in the year due to COVID-19, The X Collective has now opened their riveting production of... 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: Death and the Maiden (Ad Astra)

Sandra Harman as Paulina Salas and Tom Coyle as Dr Roberto Miranda. Photographed by Christopher Sharman. Content warning: This production contains coarse language, adult themes, and sexual references, including descriptions of sexual violence and torture. This production also contains strobe lighting. Ad Astra present the heart-pounding psychological thriller Death and the Maiden to close their 2021... Continue Reading →

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