OH BOY, CABARET DAZZLES
The sequins sparkle and feathers flicker through a shining display of finery by radiant lady boys at the Thailand resort of Phuket
As lovers of cabaret of all sorts, Yours Truly and HRH enjoyed an evening at Simon Cabaret in the throbbing heart of Phuket on Saturday night. This show (changing every year) has been running for many years and features the beautiful Thai “lady boys” in all their feathers, sequins and finery. Extravagant sets and costumes are at the heart of this funny and entertaining tourist show. What a shame we don’t have a suitable venue to do a cultural “Australia/Thailand show swap” for a couple of months each year. The show runs three times a night, seven nights a week. Highly recommended for those with a liking for the slightly over the top. On June 19 and 20, Tyalgum’s Flutterbies Cafe hosted A Midsummer Night’s Dream dinner. This landmark production was performed by a team of inspired local actors to a sold-out crowd over the two nights. The event was so popular that they were requested to do one more show this Saturday. The fairies, mechanicals, lovers and a magic potion gone wrong are all part of the fun in this play. The audience are encouraged to come as a fairy, forest creature, character from the play or just generally Shakespeare-themed. An interactive performance sees actors weave between diners’ tables – it is an edited version of the play with all the best scenes interwoven with entertaining narration. Tickets are $60 per person, including a banquet-style dinner and glass of mulled wine on arrival. Bookings are essential. Phone (02) 6679 3221. Dream Lover, The Bobby Darin Musical – a story about the American singer, actor and musician – will hold its world premiere in Sydney next year. It is estimated to attract more than 29,000 visitors to Sydney and inject about $7.1 million in visitor expenditure. It tells the fascinating story of the Grammy Award-winning singer and Oscar-nominated actor, and features a range of music genres including pop, rock, jazz, folk and country. Written by Frank Howson and John Michael Howson, Dream Lover, The Bobby Darin Musical will be produced by John and Barbara Gilbert, of Gilbert Theatrical, and John Frost, of The Gordon Frost Organisation. It will be staged at the Sydney Lyric Theatre starting in September next year for a 10-week run. Waitlist at dreamlover.com.au Gold Coast Little Theatre will host “drinks with the director” on Tuesday, this time with Roger McKenzie and the cast of Noel Coward’s Private Lives. It’s free for members and $5 for non-members. This is a Bastille Day Celebration, as the play is set in Deauville, France. An added attraction is the French chanteuse Huguette who will sing Edith Piaf-style songs. Excerpts from the play are to be performed and the director and cast introduced. Bookings for the play are now open on 5532 2096. In rehearsal on the Gold Coast this week are GCLT’s Private Lives (Noel Coward), Spotlight’s Legally Blonde and Javeenbah’s Hotel Sorrento. Currently playing is Ballina Player’s Oliver. Murwillumbah Theatre Company will hold auditions for its latest production, The BFG, on July 21 at the Canvas and Kettle meeting room, Murwillumbah Civic Centre. The BFG, by author Roald Dahl, is a classic story about a Big Friendly Giant and a little orphan called Sophie who team up to save the children of England from child-eating giants. This delightful stage adaptation brings to the stage some of Dahl’s most memorable characters. MTC needs a cast of 15 talented, enthusiastic and dedicated people, male and female, from 10 years upwards to play a variety of fun roles. For further information phone director Colin Elliott on 0421 674 623. So June 30 has come and gone, will we be hearing soon about the shows the local companies have chosen for next year? The Arts Centre Gold Coast has put out a survey inviting people to nominate the show they would like to see. Good to see the big shows at the centre are to be continued. After all, that’s what it’s there for isn’t it?
Chris Hartley and Jessica Stansfield (back) and Jacki Simmons and Chris Catherwood (front) star in