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.