The se­quins sparkle and feath­ers flicker through a shin­ing dis­play of fin­ery by ra­di­ant lady boys at the Thai­land re­sort of Phuket

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

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

Pri­vate Lies

at GCLT.


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