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Joh for PM at Brisbane Powerhouse

The musical comedy satirizes the bizarre events that occurred in Australian politics during the Bjelke-Petersen reign. Set at a fundraiser for Joh in 1987, audiences will want to sing along to original tunes such as Pumpkin Scone Diplomacy, Feeding the Chooks and the most catchy political song ever, Joh for PM.   //   Bjelke-Petersen was Queensland’s longest serving, longest-lived, most quotable Premier. He was one of the best-known and most controversial political ...

Queensland Cabaret Festival 2017

Born in Paris, the city of love, the intimate and provocative art of cabaret has evolved into one of the most captivating live performance genres– an eclectic mix of music, dance, drama and comedy. This year’s Festival is brimming with internationally acclaimed talent including iconic Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly with Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan; Grammy award-winning jazz guitarist Bill Frisell; star of stage and screen Alan Cumming; The Cat Empire’s front man ...

Swallow by Stef Smith at Metro Arts

Swallow is a play about choosing life. It’s a study of survival, exploring the surprising complexity of contemporary life. The play begins with Anna smashing everything in her apartment; her neighbour, Rebecca is furiously breaking down after splitting with her husband; and Sam is trying to process who they are while leaving their old identity as Samantha behind. Smith’s play highlights the loneliness of city living as these three strangers overhear one another’s lives and ...

Briefs: Close Encounters at Brisbane Powerhouse

With their trademark skill and humour, they test the limits of masculinity, taste and decency. Expect interstellar aerials, incredible artistry and warped speed strippers from outer space.   //   It’s been too long between drinks, with the BRIEFS boys not having performed at Brisbane Powerhouse since sell-out performances in 2014. Expect all the shocks and thrills you remember – plus new tricks, glamour and frivolity to keep you on the edge of your seat. Prepare ...

Naomi Price to premiere deeply personal new work at La Boite – Lady Beatle

“Lady Beatle is the third and final pop culture cabaret in our planned trilogy, following Rumour Has It and Wrecking Ball,” Price said. “This is certainly our most ambitious work to date, weaving a fantastical fictional tale about the real women who inspired The Beatles’ biggest chart toppers.”   //   Unlike predecessors Rumour Has It and Wrecking Ball, centred on the lives of pop music icons Adele and Miley Cyrus respectively, Price said Lady Beatle wasn’t a ...

Regan Lynch Does It In Public

One of Brisbane's rising independent theatre performers, Regan Lynch, is one of these 2,000 men. And his new cabaret, Regan Lynch Does It In Public, offers a cheeky glimpse into life before, and after he began taking the drug.   //   “PrEP, I think, gives us a chance for a new sexual revolution. Or at least the continuing of an old one. Some of us have never known life without a fear and anxiety of HIV. It's been driven into us since we were children. Antiretrovirals ...

Splendour at Metro Arts

This highly charged drama places four women in an opulent drawing room as civil war rages outside. While they wait for a dictator to return home truth is fractured, reinvented and rediscovered as a violence draws ever closer.   //   Splendour invites audiences to witness privilege, brutality and power through the fragmented and shifting emotional perspectives of four very different women, making it a unique and revelatory experience. Splendour is written by British ...

Richard 3 at Sydney Opera House

His hunchbacked deformity masks his seething malevolence. His brutal mind breeds brutal times when not even children are safe.   //   Award-winning actor Kate Mulvany (The Literati and Tartuffe) will embody one of the most ambitious and gleefully amoral villains ever written. First performed around 1593, Richard 3 is the portrait of a Machiavellian psychopath, a cold-blooded and dastardly manipulator who slaughters his family, marries his victim’s widow and eventually ...

SUPERCELL: Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane

Co-­founded and curated by Kate Usher and Glyn Roberts, SUPERCELL was born one evening in the midst of a nasty tropical storm. The term refers to the collision of multiple particles to create a major event with widespread beauty, ferocity, spectacle and rejuvenation -­ the perfect description of a festival only Brisbane and its unique climate, could create. // The opportunity for Brisbane and Queensland to be the centre of dance in Australia and recognised on the global stage persua...

Ladies in Black at QPAC

Sydney, the late 1950s: the city swelters in stuffy repression, longing for the cool, glorious liberation just around the corner. Bright-eyed, bookish school leaver Lisa takes a summer job in the most prestigious department store in town, and has no plans to become a housewife or secretary, despite what her father insists.   //   Among the racks and fitting rooms, she meets the exotic Magda and the ladies of the cocktail frocks department, who open this young ingénue...