BEWARE, MY LORD
Exploring breast cancer, battling jealousy and negotiating with revenge – theatre this week strikes right at the heart of being human
The Gold Coast Little Theatre has awarded long-term members Bruce Shearer and Valerie Cooney with Life Memberships while its current production, Wolf Lullaby, continues to intrigue audiences. Its forthcoming musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, is powering along and plans for the Christmas show on December 17 are well advanced. Auditions for the first show of 2017, Back to the 80s, will be held on November 6 . Details at www.gclt.com.au. Spotlight’s Breast Wishes opened last Friday night. An uplifting and hilarious musical romp about boobs, bras and the more serious subject of breast cancer, the show runs until October 2. Bruce Brown’s score is very interesting, with some quirky lyrics that keep the audience thoroughly entertained throughout. Book by calling (07) 5539 4255. In a devastating exploration of the battle between love and jealousy, Othello is currently touring the country and is set to land on the Gold Coast next month. The triumphant general Othello returns from battle with the gratitude of the state – and the love of Desdemona – who defies social convention and her father’s will to marry him. Jealousies around their match and Othello’s rise to prominence simmer to the surface, causing destructive rifts in a story that piles secret upon secret, and betrayal upon betrayal. Othello’s ensign, Iago, harbours a deeply held resentment and his and Desdemona’s marriage is fatally undermined by the insinuations of a master manipulator. Othello is a saga that probes the human capacity for petty jealousies and revenge while also revelling in the sheer wickedness of malicious manipulations. Catch it at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on October 11. Call (07) 5588 4000 to book your tickets. MATES Theatre Genesis is auditioning for roles in its first production of 2017, Australia Day, the Jonathan Biggins comedy directed by Ray Noonan. Auditions are taking place on the evening of September 22 at the Birkdale
while Spotlight will also audition its hairy fairy tale Rapunzel on October 2. Playing currently are Spotlight’s Breast Wishes, Javeenbah’s Songs for a New World, GCLT’s Wolf Lullaby and Ballina Players’ The Patrick Pearse Motel. Opening this Saturday is Tweed Theatre Company’s The Princess and the Pea – great for school holiday entertainment for the whole family.
Yalin Ozucelik and Ray Chong Nee in Bell Shakespeare’s Othello.