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Guitar Virtuoso Starts the Year with a Flamenco Flavour

Southern Cross Soloists are starting their 2021 playlist with a bang. Their maiden show Souvenirs De Aranjuez features none other than ARIA Award-winning virtuoso guitarist Slava Grigoryan supported by a team of talented musicians at QPAC. Originally intended as a 25th birthday celebration for the ensemble, instead their first concert of 2021 will mark the beginning of the the Southern Cross Soloists’ journey toward their jubilee.

Putting People Centre Stage in Our Town

In final rehearsals: Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Queensland Theatre (QT) at the Bille Brown Theatre, Brisbane, 30 January to 20 February 2021

In the lead-up to opening night for QT’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Beth Keehn from Stage Whispers sat in on rehearsals and met some of the Our Town creative community.

Putting people centre stage: Lee Lewis and Nathalie Ryner set the scene for Our Town

Ordinary Life Made Extraordinary in Our Town

In final rehearsals: Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Queensland Theatre (QT) at the Bille Brown Theatre, Brisbane, 30 January to 20 February 2021

Hugh Parker and Amy Lehpamer talk connections – and cooking!

Musicals in 2021 and Beyond

Major musicals will roar back into life in 2021, once theatre-goers have had injections of both confidence and a vaccine.

The elimination of community transmission of COVID-19 in most of Australia has given large scale Performing Arts a shot in the arm.  WA opened up first. Next came NSW with 75% to 85% of tickets available for sale. Queensland is allowing 100% capacity from January.

Image from Hamilton - US Nagional tour. Photogapher: Joan Marcus.

 

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Queensland Theatre's Our Town is THEIR Town

In final rehearsals: Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Queensland Theatre (QT) at the Bille Brown Theatre, Brisbane, 30 January to 20 February 2021

Jimi Bani and Andrew Buchanan tell Stage Whispers why Our Town is THEIR town. 

Does Sport Score On Stage?

Plays and musicals about sport don’t always hit it out of the park, but Sunshine Supergirl - a new show about the life of tennis legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley - looks set to ace audiences at the Sydney Festival and beyond. Jasper Bruce reports.

Sport and theatre have a troublesome relationship. True, there have been high-profile attempts to transplant sport onto the stage. In the wrong hands, however, something is often lost in the translation. After all, sport relies on immediacy, while theatre operates under the illusion of it.

Drummer Queens

A female percussion group is beating a new path around Australia this year. David Spicer spoke to Joe Accaria, the creator and composer of Drummer Queens, which is on stage in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

David Spicer: Men like making lots of noise and are often associated with drums - what prompted you to create a show for female drummers?

Telling Their Tales at Adelaide Fringe

Our SA correspondent Mark Wickett talks to Bella Green and Jon Bennett about their forthcoming shows at the Adelaide Fringe in 2021.

Kerri-Anne Kennerley Falls from Trapeze

Kerri-Anne Kennerley has fallen to the stage from a swinging trapeze, during the musical Pippin at the Sydney Lyric Theatre overnight.

In a statement released by the producers of the musical: "She finished her song, and was taken to hospital afterwards where it was confirmed she had broken her collarbone and sustained a chip to a bone in her ankle. This injury means that Kerri-Anne will be replaced by an understudy for the time being."