Reviews

My Urrwai

Written by Ghenoa Gela. Directed by Rachael Maza. Produced by Performing Lines in association with Ilbijerri Theatre Company. Presented by QPAC. Studio 1. 17 – 22 July, 2019

Ghenoa Gela is funny, friendly and fierce in My Urrwai. The show intersperses storytelling with contemporary and traditional dance, comedy, poetry and song. It’s a powerfully moving exploration of the impacts of colonialism on first nations people.

Central Coast Gang Show 2019

Laycock Street Theatre July 18 – 20, 2019

For the last 34 years, Central Coast Scouts and Guides have come together in the July School holidays to put on their annual variety show. They are always spectacular, and this year is no exception. Gang Shows are a nearly 80-year-old tradition of the Scouting and Guide movement, starting in the United Kingdom before spreading around the world in the decades that followed. There are roughly 15 Gang Shows still produced around Australia.

You Are the Blood

By Ashley Rose Wellman. Directed by Peter Blackburn. Spinning Plates Co. The Stables, Meat Market, North Melbourne. 12 – 26 July 2019

A serial killer’s murder of seven young women haunts his family.  David Boden, the killer (Andrew Blackman), is incarcerated for life.  His daughter, would-be stand-up comic Shelby (Jessica Stanley), and stay-at-home son Ben (James Cerché) are frightened by and obsessed with their father: are they tainted?  Is he in their blood?  Shelby can reel off the names of the victims.  Boden’s now alcoholic wife Linda (Vivienne Powell) can’t help loving the man Boden was – or she thought he was – before…  But now, suddenly, Bod

The Wizard of Oz Arena Spectacular

Written by L. Frank Baum. Music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y Harburg. Background music by Herbert Stothart. Adapted by John Kane. Produced and Directed by Tim O’Connor. Presented by Harvest Rain Theatre Company. Brisbane Entertainment Centre. 12 – 13 July, 2019

It’s always impressive to see a massive cast of thousands all working together in a well-rehearsed show. That’s exactly what this production delivers. Aside from the core cast, it includes over 700 young performers in its ensemble. The scale is mind boggling as hundreds and hundreds of munchkins appear out of nowhere, popping up right next to you in the aisles, singing and dancing their little hearts out.

A View from the Bridge

By Arthur Miller. State Theatre Company SA. Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide. 12 July – 3 August 2019

‘There was a future, a trouble which would not go away,’ says Alfieri, the lawyer of Arthur Miller’s classic tragedy, narrating a man’s attempts to stumble through love, loyalty and the awful impact his choices have on those he loves in an ever-changing world.

One Small Trip

Ross Daniels. The Butterfly Club, Melbourne. July 15 – 20, 2019

Ross Daniels is a hilariously funny, almost weird little guy, but not quite. He has guest starred in several classic Australian television dramas over many years and has been at the high end of the comedy circuit in Melbourne since the nineties.  His hilarious new show One Small Trip takes us on a wild and wacky journey to the moon, along with his  bunch of loony misfits.

The Bacchae

Script and Direction by Robert Reid. A Robert Reid and MUST Co-Production. La Mama Courthouse Theatre, Carlton. 10 – 21 July 2019

Writer/Director Rob Reed has inspiringly woven a rich tapestry around themes of revolt, rebellion and war that Euripides’s The Bacchae speaks of.  One can only sit back and enjoy this lengthy but swiftly flowing work.  At the same time it is impossible not to marvel and wonder at the enormous amount of targeted research required to create such a beguiling and masterfully thought-provoking piece of theatre.

All the linkages, that I could grasp, made perfect sense.  Those I couldn’t grasp I was happy to believe were making perfect sense.

Aladdin Jr.

Wyong Musical Theatre Company. Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Book adapted and additional lyrics by Jim Luigs, Music adapted and arranged by Brian Louiselle. Based on the Screenplay by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. The Grove Theatre, Wyong. 2019 July School Holidays.

Aladdin Jr has been a staple of junior theatre globally for over a decade, being one of the first Disney works to be adapted for the ‘Broadway Jr’ range. Since it first was adapted for young people, it has become the only title in the Jr catalogue to undergo major revisions, to bring it more in line with the acclaimed (and still running) Broadway version. Everything that’s loved about the film and original Jr version remains but it now feels more like a musical inspired by the movie, rather than the just adapted from it.

Tchaikovsky

Barrier Reef Orchestra. George Kniepp Theatre, James Cook University. Conducted by Dr Mark Eager. 14 July 2019.

IT IS a testament to the quality and ever-increasing reputation of Townsville’s Barrier Reef Orchestra that it continues to attract such a range or international conductors to lead it, and word has it that that there is a queue of conductors registering their interest to perform here.

100

By Neil Monaghan, Diene Petterle and Christopher Heimann. Halcyon Playhouse, in association with Luminary Entertainment. Directed by Alison J. Kovacs. The Round Room, Carrington St, Hamilton Hill. July 12-20, 2019.

Halcyon Playhouse is a new theatre company and 100, presented in association with Luminary Entertainment, is their premiere production.

Performed in The Round Room, Carrington St, Hamilton Hill, the venue will be vaguely familiar to many Perth theatregoers, as it shares a foyer with the larger Memorial Hall Theatre, used by Phoenix and several other companies. The round room is literally “round” and 100 is performed ‘in the round’ or perhaps more accurately in a modified traverse style, meaning the audience are very close to the action.

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