Ex­plor­ing breast can­cer, bat­tling jeal­ousy and ne­go­ti­at­ing with re­venge – theatre this week strikes right at the heart of be­ing hu­man

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

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 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.

Pic­ture: Daniel Boud

Yalin Ozuce­lik and Ray Chong Nee in Bell Shake­speare’s Othello.

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