SPIRIT ON SHOW
Jump in the car and catch these great shows a short drive from the Gold Coast, including Noel Coward’s classic play Blithe Spirit
There’s masses of theatre going on at the Gold Coast over the next couple of weeks, and if you fancy a quick trip down the highway, why not drop in at Ballina Players for a dose of Noel Coward. They are presenting the ever-popular Blithe Spirit, a witty and intriguing comedy exploring how writer Charles Condamine reacts to a very unusual situation. His problem is that he suddenly has two wives, each of whom naturally resents the other. This is a charming theatre in a lovely town – about an hour and a quarter from the Coast. This classic opens March 24 and runs to April 1. Bookings at ballinaplayers.com.
Down the highway a little, lovers of murder mysteries are in for a shock when Murwillumbah Theatre Company presents the brilliant Tom Stoppard farce The Real Inspector Hound from March 17 – April 1. When feuding theatre critics Moon and Birdboot come to review a new Agatha Christie-like whodunit, they become implicated in the lethal atrocities of a suspected escaped madman. Drawn into the ludicrous plot, they reluctantly become part of the conflict on stage. The critics become players, and players critics. The murder mystery – the play-within-a-play – is set at Muldoon Manor, a typical stage for the detective genre. The Real Inspector Hound will be staged at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre on March 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 and April 1. Night-time shows start at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. This is an 80-minute production with no interval but drinks and snacks will be available from 7pm. Book at mur will umbah theatre company.com
The annual Dolphin Awards will be staged by Gold Coast Little Theatre on Sunday, March 19 at 7pm. Theatre lovers are invited to put on their glad rags and bling and join them for a great night of celebration and entertainment. Entry at $10 per person includes a drink and finger food. RSVP on 5532 2096.
The sleepy village of Tyalgum will once again delight theatre lovers with a fabulous concert from Belinda Wollaston – The
Music of Judy Garland. Fresh from her London triumphs in the new hit musical play
Through the Mill about the life and times of Judy Garland, acclaimed Australian music theatre performer and actor Wollaston returns briefly to Australia for a month in March, before returning to London for another season of the hit play on Garland’s life. For one night only, Belinda will present at the Tyalgum Hall on Saturday, March 18 at 8pm, a cabaret show based around the songs of Judy Garland. This one night only performance is a rare chance to see Belinda perform in her own country. Tickets for the Tyalgum concert are $50 with pre-show dinner packages available at Flutterbies Cafe. Tickets can be purchased at heartsaflameproductions.com or call 0488 713 241.
The Production Company in Melbourne is continuing its massively popular program into 2017 with Marina Prior starring in Hello, Dolly!, Rob Mills starring in Jesus Christ Superstar and Rohan Browne in Brigadoon. They are also adding a Tuesday matinee series. All info available at the Production Company website.
Belinda Wollaston will perform Judy Garland’s greatest hits at Tyalgum Hall.