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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - DRESSING ROOMERS - KATE PETERS

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 any­ 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

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