From ex­plor­ing free­dom of speech and re­li­gious prej­u­dice to cel­e­brat­ing di­ver­sity with a burst of glit­ter, this week is all about unity

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - KATE PETERS

It’s a very quiet time for the­atre on the Gold Coast this week, with only Tweed The­atre per­form­ing The Princess and the Pea at the Tweed Heads Civic Cen­tre and the Been­leigh The­atre Group’s per­for­mance of The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Earnest, which closes Satur­day. Mur­willum­bah The­atre Com­pany is pre­sent­ing Ali Baby from Oc­to­ber 14 to 30, and Phoenix The­atre’s The Lit­tle Mer­maid is still run­ning. Com­ing up on Oc­to­ber 15 at QPAC’s Play­house is the Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany’s Pulitzer Prize- win­ning drama, Dis­graced. Ex­plor­ing free­dom of speech, po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and the prej­u­dices that ex­ist towards Is­lam even in the most pro­gres­sive of cul­tural cir­cles, writer Ayad Akhtar fear­lessly puts con­tem­po­rary at­ti­tudes towards pol­i­tics, race and re­li­gion un­der the mi­cro­scope. QPAC’s sum­mer hol­i­day en­ter­tain­ment pro­gram, Sum­merSet, re­turns this year with a jam-packed fam­ily pro­gram from late Novem­ber through to Jan­uary next year. The Very Hun­gry Cater­pil­lar Show kicks off the Sum­merSet ex­pe­ri­ence from Novem­ber 29 in the Cre­morne The­atre. Christ­mas comes early for chil­dren of ages two and above with the live mu­si­cal spec­tac­u­lar Gig­gle and Hoot’s Mag­i­cal Christ­mas, live on the Con­cert Hall stage for one day only on De­cem­ber 10. The Snail and the Whale is a crit­i­cally ac­claimed live mu­si­cal stage adap­ta­tion of the mod­ern clas­sic pic­ture book by Ju­lia Don­ald­son and Axel Sch­ef­fler. From Jan­uary 6 to 22 in the Cre­morne The­atre, au­di­ences of ages four and above are in­vited to join a tiny snail on her trip around the world. Re­turn­ing for three days only in the Con­cert Hall is ev­ery­body’s favourite Mis­ter Maker, live on stage. This bril­liant, fun, fast-paced and in­ter­ac­tive new show, rec­om­mended for chil­dren from three years of age, is bound to be a high­light of the sum­mer school hol­i­days from Jan­uary 13 to 15. Ev­ery­one’s favourite drag per­former, Trevor Ash­ley, bursts on to The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast stage to­mor­row night with I’m Ev­ery Woman. Ash­ley will per­form the big­gest hits from a bunch of muchloved di­vas, all while backed by a smokin’ four-piece band and di­rected by Dean Bryant. I’ve been asked sev­eral times when tick­ets go on sale for this year’s Gold Palm Awards (GC Area The­atre Awards). The first sales day is Novem­ber 8 – a fort­night be­fore nom­i­na­tions are an­nounced on Novem­ber 22. The Nom­i­nees’ Cock­tail Party will be De­cem­ber 6 and the Pre­sen­ta­tion Night De­cem­ber 13. Ian Sten­lake will once again be MC, so it looks set to be a block­buster night.

Trevor Ash­ley will daz­zle at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast as part of this year’s Glit­ter Fes­ti­val.

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