The debut of an outrageous comedy spoof, opening night of a timeless classic that’s pure poison, and a flood of talent on the Gold Coast – there’s no shortage of choice for theatregoers
Brisbane’s 12th Night Theatre is sure to set the city giggling and wiggling with the outrageously funny 51 Shades of Maggie Muff from May 1. After sold out performances in Ireland and the UK, 51 Shades of Maggie Muff is set to ruffle Brisbane’s feathers for a strictly limited season. Crude, raunchy and downright hilarious, it’s a mufft-see. Funnier, sexier and much ruder than Shirley Valentine, 51 Shades of Maggie Muff is the No. 1 bestselling spoof play of a certain Shades of Grey novel. Don’t be fooled, though – it’s certainly not your average send-up, with the show having sold out its run at Perth’s Subiaco Arts Centre in late 2013. Bookings on 3252 5122. Great to hear that Palm Awards patron Tony Sheldon has just been cast as Colonel Pickering at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis in June until August 31. Next week, he’s at the Kennedy Center in Washington playing Merlin and Pellinore in the Camelot gala concert with Brian Stokes Mitchell. Nice to see a brilliant Aussie performer doing so well Stateside. The Tugun Theatre Company is preparing for opening night of the wonderful classic play Arsenic and Old Lace. This timeless comedy has been performed on stage and film for many years with great success and the Tugun cast are still laughing and enjoying rehearsals. The plot is well known by theatregoers, and will be a pleasant surprise for the uninitiated. Suffice to say that our audiences will enjoy this comedy, which begins with opening night on May 15, supper with the cast after the play, and continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday until May 31 at 7.30pm and matinees May 17 and 24 at 2pm. Adult tickets cost $15, concession and tables of 10 $12 per person; BY0 drinks and nibbles. Call Mandy on 5522 4740 to book tickets. Pre-drinks, presented by Rocket Boy Ensemble, is part of the 2014 Anywhere Theatre Festival. Pre-Drinks is both a play to be watched and an event to be experienced, from May 8- 17 at Artslink Queensland, 24 Macquarie St in Teneriffe. Blurring the lines between a social event and theatre, Pre-Drinks combines a slick script and talented cast with a house party atmosphere. Audience members are invited to enjoy a drink or two before and after the show as part of a specially designed experience that aims to have audience members leaving having had a great experience rather than just watching a great show. Witty, raw, and a little bit tipsy, Pre-Drinks serves up one hell of a goon punch. Tickets are $18. To book go to anywherefest.com/pre-drinks or call 3102 4683. Bold in its vision and deeply evocative, Lisa Wilson’s Lake will literally flood The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s main stage on May 13 as it delves into our fascination and fear of water. This widely acclaimed independent production delivers stark, captivating theatricality in what is acknowledged as a major new Australian dance theatre work. Set on a stage in flood, Lake merges contemporary dance, video and sound to create an immersive experience with startling visual impact. Bruce McKinven’s stark and broody design and Wilson’s skilful and intimate choreography draw attention to the inherent qualities and contradictions of water. Audiences will witness three amazing dancers performing in the water, surrounded by stunning visual effects such as rain, fire and lightning. Book on 5588 4000. Cabaret and music theatre star Hayden Dee performs his oneman show at the Tumbulgum Hall on Friday and Saturday. Hayden has just been cast in the forthcoming blockbuster Les Miserables as Javert. He will also be guest artist at Monday’s Greenroom Project. Tumbulgum is being hailed as a fabulously rich cultural spot – close to Murwillumbah and a short drive down the Coast, it’s a terrific opportunity for cabaret hopefuls to get a chance to see a pro in action. Call 0488 713 241 for more information. Seems the blockbuster The King and I will have a very successful run at QPAC – the group that went from here last Sunday loved it, especially the sumptuous costumes and sets. Another win for John Frost. The original Australian Anna was Sheila Bradley, sadly unable to see the opening night because of a broken shoulder. Babushka, Live and Intimate! played at the Gold Coast Arts Centre’s Basement last Saturday night. Consisting of clever parodies of songs, it’s funny, true cabaret, featuring four excellent classically trained voices: Alicia Cush, Bethan Ellsmore, Arlie McCormick and Judy Hainsworth. Pity it was only on for one night as this is another example of cabaret at its finest. The show engaged the audience with clever, witty songs about pregnancy tests, weddings and more. It’s great adult comedy! Don’t miss them at the Brisbane Cabaret Festival on June 15 at the Powerhouse from 3pm.
A scene from Lake