FLASH BACK

Get ready for a theatre time warp when a colour­ful cast hit the stage for mu­si­cal Back to the ‘80s

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

Break out your best ’80s fash­ion, big hair, shoul­der pads and leg­warm­ers for Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s Back to the ’80s. This mu­si­cal, writ­ten by Neil Good­ing and ad­di­tional ma­te­rial by Stu­art Smith, is guar­an­teed to take you right back there with songs from the era in­clud­ing Love Shack, Ma­te­rial Girl, Mickey, Foot­loose and To­tal Eclipse of the Heart. Cou­pled with fan­tas­tic danc­ing, chore­og­ra­phy and fash­ion, how could it not be a hit? The show runs at GCLT at 25a Scar­bor­ough St, South­port from Fe­bru­ary 4 un­til March 4. To book call 5532 2096. Theatre book­ings are now open for the Fe­bru­ary pro­duc­tion Wait Un­til Dark by Fred­er­ick Knott at Tu­gun Theatre. Di­rected by An­nie Lo­tocki, the plot has all the in­gre­di­ents of a clas­sic thriller: a blind hero­ine, her kind hus­band, an in­no­cent child, three bad­dies, and two po­lice­men. Open­ing night is Fe­bru­ary 9 and in­cludes sup­per with the cast af­ter the play, and the sea­son con­tin­ues Thurs­day to Satur­day at 7.30pm un­til Fe­bru­ary 25, with mati­nees on Fe­bru­ary 11 and 18 at 2pm. For more de­tails call 0449 788 486. I saw Matilda last Satur­day night – it’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary piece of theatre, and chore­og­ra­phy and per­for­mances are out of this world. The young kids in the cast could per­form on any stage in the world, such is the stan­dard of the pro­duc­tion. Not know­ing the story, I was a lit­tle slow to click into what was go­ing on in the first half, but over­all the pro­duc­tion was a hugely en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence. The pint-sized cho­rus in par­tic­u­lar per­formed some of the most in­tri­cate and pre­cise chore­og­ra­phy I’ve seen for ages. The cur­tain call was also one of the best I’ve ever seen. Tick­ets are scarce for the last weeks, but grab one if you can.

Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s Back to the ‘80s.

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