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