ACTS OF POWER
Exciting program announcements and an unfortunate health scrare bookend a bumperto-bumper week in Queensland theatre
It was a clear case of “the show must go on” when actor Thomas Warr was taken to hospital Friday afternoon with a severe gastric issue. He was about to appear in the opening night performance of Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Wolf Lullaby as Warren Gael. He has since been discharged but has continuing health issues. His future in the show remains unclear. Actor Noel Thompson bravely stepped in and performed in the preview, opening night and last Sunday’s matinee, and by all accounts it was a triumph. The rest of the season will see Brad Kendrick take over the role. Tickets are available online at gclt.com.au. Singers and musos are wanted for a new local production. Opera Queensland and If
These Walls Could Talk will audition on October 1 and 2 in the Canvas and Kettle Room at Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre. Be ready to perform a song of your choice and act out a scene on the day. To arrange an audition time, call 02 6628 8120. Yours Truly recently attended the Queensland Theatre Company’s launch of its program for 2017. An eclectic and interesting line-up has been put together by new artistic director Sam Strong. The company will present nine shows, beginning in January with the encore of Ladies in Black.
The Flick, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama will open at the Cremorne Theatre from February 10. This production, by Melbourne ensemble Red Stitch Actors Theatre, is directed by the acclaimed Nadia Tass. After sold-out seasons in New York and London, from March 9 next year it’s Queensland’s turn to be delighted by
Constellations, a quirky romance by young British writer, Nick Payne.
In April, Strong marks his Queensland Theatre directorial debut with the latest heartfelt work by playwright and former artistic director Michael Gow. Once in Royal
David’s City will star Queensland stage powerhouse Jason Klarwein. This is followed by Michael Frayn’s classic meta-farce Noises Off, starring Simon Burke. On June 24 Rice will open and in July the world premiere of My
Name is Jimi will take place at the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Cairns before opening in Brisbane. Following that will be the satirical comedy An
Octoroon, featuring Miranda Tapsell. Closing the 2017 season is the powerful Scenes
from a Marriage performed by power couple Marta Dusseldorp and Ben Winspear. The GCLT annual general meeting will be held at the theatre on Wednesday at 7pm. Nominations for the management committee and production committee must be in the hands of the secretary by 7pm on Monday. Hearts Aflame Productions is thrilled to announce that this year’s Tyalgum Dance Spectacular will be hosted by well-known dance teacher Alex Schembri. The event will take place on September 22. Tickets are available by calling 0488 713 241. Lots in rehearsal at present too – Spotlight’s Breast Wishes, Javeenbah’s Songs for a New
World (gala opening Saturday night), GCLT’s How to Succeed
in Business and Spotlight’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Playing on the coast are GCLT’s Wolf Lullaby and Ballina Players’ The Patrick Pearse Motel. Gold Coast Little Theatre’s next Drinks with the Director will be on November 2 (change of date due to Melbourne Cup). Shane Caddaye will be introducing his end-of-year musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Open to all. Call 5532 2096 for more information.
Wolf Lullaby plays out on stage at Gold Coast Little Theatre this week.