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IF there’s one show the­atre lovers should break their necks to see be­fore the year is out, it’s Queens­land The­atre Com­pany’s sea­son of De­sign For Liv­ing, cur­rently play­ing QPAC, in Bris­bane. The QTC and di­rec­tor Wes­ley Enoch have staged one of Noel Cow­ard’s clas­sic plays with all the so­phis­ti­ca­tion, wit and artistry it de­serves! No de­tail is left out – from the el­e­gant but­tons on the men’s flies to the bias-cut evening gowns on the women; from the el­e­gance of the three sets (Paris, Lon­don and New York) and their su­perb mech­a­ni­sa­tion; from the ex­quis­ite di­rec­tion and pace of the di­a­logue, to the fun­ni­est ‘‘drunk’’ scene I’ve ever wit­nessed. It is just pure, won­der­ful, pro­fes­sional the­atre at its best. Writ­ten in 1932, the play is as rel­e­vant now as it was shock­ing then – a me­nage a trois? Com­edy, de­cep­tion, bo­hemian liv­ing – with a cast of some of the best ac­tors in the coun­try. The cham­pagne flowed at the el­e­gant af­ter-party on The Play­house’s Rooftop Ter­race. This is a su­perb les­son in sub­tlety of per­for­mance and the recre­ation of a style which is not easy to carry off – a great way for this com­pany to end a very suc­cess­ful year.

APOLO­GIES for a mis­take in last week’s col­umn. The two stu­dents of vo­cal coach Kirri Adams who have been cast in the Bris­bane sea­son of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are Jayden McGin­lay and April Beak.

A BIG the­atre week this week, with two open­ings – De­sign for Liv­ing up the M1 at The Play­house, at QPAC, and back at home, the open­ing of Spot­light The­atre’s pre­miere Gold Coast sea­son of The Phan­tom Of The Opera. It’s a huge show and Spot­light is to be con­grat­u­lated for pulling it off. Di­rec­tor Tony Al­cock has out­done him­self with this one. As well as di­rect­ing the show, his hand is all over the mag­nif­i­cent cos­tumes. Ma­jor roles are car­ried off with con­fi­dence and a large and dis­ci­plined en­sem­ble com­bines to present a high stan­dard of com­mu­nity the­atre. Rec­om­mended for all mu­sic the­atre en­thu­si­asts but get in quick – the sea­son is al­most fully sold. Call 5539 4255 to book.

NOM­I­NA­TIONS for the 5th Gold Coast Area The­atre Awards came out this week, with a huge va­ri­ety of shows and in­di­vid­u­als recog­nised for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to lo­cal the­atre. Visit gcareathe­atreawards.com.au to see all nom­i­na­tions in all cat­e­gories. Tick­ets for the pre­sen­ta­tion night, at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on De­cem­ber 3, are al­most sold out, with a wait­ing list in place.

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