OLIVER WITH A TWIST

It’s a quiet week­end for lo­cal theatre scene. If you’re af­ter some fresh ac­tion, head south to catch Bal­lina Play­ers’ lat­est mu­si­cal of­fer­ing

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In re­hearsal on the Gold Coast at present are GCLT’s Pri­vate Lives (Noel Cow­ard), Tweed Theatre Com­pany’s Songs from Broad­way and Javeen­bah’s Ho­tel Sor­rento. Cur­rently play­ing are GCLT’s Jerry’s Girls (last week­end), and open­ing to­mor­row night is Bal­lina Play­ers’ Oliver. A quiet week for theatre on the Coast, with only Jerry’s Girls at GCLT play­ing. The big open­ing for this week is The Arts Cen­tre’s Miss Saigon, which will be en­hanced by food stalls in the court­yard and lots of Asian at­mos­phere. Direc­tor Brad Rush will then go on to or­gan­is­ing the Glit­ter Fes­ti­val, a brand new ini­tia­tive for the Gold Coast and one which will doubt­less ex­cite a whole new de­mo­graphic. Tacos and Tiaras warms up the start of the week, with a lit­tle cheeky fun on Septem­ber 29 at St­ingray at QT Gold Coast. Glit­ter Race Day is set for Oc­to­ber 3 and is des­tined to be one of the hottest event tick­ets on the Coast. On Oc­to­ber 4, it’s time to lace up your sneak­ers (or grab your pumps!), gather your friends, fam­ily or pooch and par­tic­i­pate in the first ever Pride Run Gold Coast. More

info when it comes in. It’s a small world – I’m in Ade­laide at the Cabaret Fes­ti­val and have just run into Heidi Piper (nee Er­rett) who worked for me in Can­berra 20 years ago, now mar­ried to An­drew Piper, one of the mem­bers of The Idea of North. An­drew’s brother is David Piper, cur­rently mu­si­cal direc­tor of Miss Saigon, about to open at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast. I sat im­me­di­ately in front of David’s par­ents at Peter and Jack – Barry Humphries’ trib­ute to the great Aus­tralian bari­tone Peter Daw­son and Jack O’Ha­gan, the com­poser of The Road to Gunda­gai and Our Don Brad­man. Six de­grees and all that. Dress­ing Roomers is sad to hear of the pass­ing of one of the Coast’s most popular and ac­com­plished young per­form­ers – Amanda Prosser. I first met Amanda when she was play­ing Lily St Regis in Robert Young’s pro­duc­tion of An­nie in 1999 – she then went on to a pro­fes­sional ca­reer both in Australia and over­seas. Her many friends will feel the sad loss – RIP Amanda. Queens­land Theatre Com­pany is set to wave a very lov­ing farewell to artis­tic direc­tor Wes­ley Enoch fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment as fes­ti­val direc­tor of the Syd­ney Fes­ti­val. A lead­ing voice for theatre, the arts and par­tic­u­larly in­dige­nous arts in Australia, Enoch’s Syd­ney Fes­ti­val ap­point­ment is an­other ma­jor coup for Queens­land tal­ent. For more than 25 years, Into The Woods has been en­chant­ing au­di­ences of all ages – first as a Tony Award win­ning mu­si­cal on Broad­way, then in crit­i­cally ac­claimed pro­duc­tions across the globe, and most re­cently as a Golden Globe-win­ning movie mu­si­cal. Now, this time­less master­piece comes to QPAC for the first time, fea­tur­ing Rachael Beck as the Baker’s Wife, Rhonda Burch­more as the Witch and Ed­die Per­fect as the Baker. The sea­son runs for one week­end only in Oc­to­ber. The 2015 Help­mann Awards is set to siz­zle with the starstud­ded an­nounce­ment of this year’s cer­e­mony host and per­for­mances. Live Per­for­mance Australia (LPA) has to­day an­nounced pre­vi­ous Help­mann Awards win­ner Todd McKen­ney as the host. The 2015 Help­mann Awards will be held at Syd­ney’s Capitol Theatre on July 27 on the set of Cameron Mack­in­tosh’s Les Misérables and broad­cast live on Fox­tel Arts. I’ve seen seven shows since Fri­day night here in Ade­laide, with an­other two to go be­fore I fly home. It has to be one of the most pol­ished, var­ied and fun week­ends of the year – with megas­tar Barry Humphries bring­ing “real cabaret” back to the fes­ti­val cen­tre. World-class acts like Meow Meow, Kar­rin Allyson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes have made for a rich and to­tally sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Humphries’ trib­ute to Peter Daw­son and Jack O’Ha­gan played to a full house in the big theatre, rev­el­ling in his nar­ra­tions of life in the late 1800s and the glory days of ra­dio. The Tap Pack, a group of the best tap­pers I’ve ever seen, fea­tures three Gold Coast boys – Christo­pher Horsey, Sean Mul­li­gan and Jesse Ras­mussen. They are sim­ply su­perb. The Ade­laide Cabaret Fes­ti­val runs for two more week­ends – if you can, get down to see one of the dozens of shows on of­fer dur­ing this world-class event. Barry Humphries, at 81, has brought a whole new en­ergy to this year’s event, and brings a raw and com­pelling en­ter­tain­ment genre to life again.

Dodger (Sam Green) in­tro­duces Oliver (Lan­don Broadley) in Bal­lina Play­ers' pro­duc­tion of

Oliver.

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