The many in­tri­ca­cies of mod­ern re­la­tion­ships are grist for the comedic mill of an in­sight­ful play be­ing brought to life by Spot­light Theatre

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

There were two big open­ings last week. Spot­light Theatre’s ea­gerly awaited com­edy Take a Chance On Me, writ­ten by Roger Hall and di­rected by He­len Maden, de­buted on Fri­day night. A packed au­di­ence en­joyed the show about mod­ern re­la­tion­ships, with stand­out per­for­mances from an ex­pe­ri­enced cast. The sea­son runs un­til Oc­to­ber 1 (Thurs­day to Satur­day at 7.30pm, with a Sun­day mati­nee at 2pm on Septem­ber 24). Book at Spot­light Cos­tume Hire, call the box of­fice on 55394 255 or go to spot­lightthe­ Also open­ing was Javeen­bah Theatre’s I Re­mem­ber You, con­ceived and di­rected by Gai Byrne. The sound­track featured music from the ’50s and ’60s, in a bright and colour­ful show. Run­ning un­til Septem­ber 30, book­ings can be made on­line at Javeen­bah’s web­site. Two of Aus­tralia’s favourite music theatre stars will per­form to­gether at an ex­cit­ing new venue near Tyal­gum. Rachael Beck and Michael Cormick will fea­ture at the Gar­den of Light on Septem­ber 23. Be­gin­ning with lunch at Flut­ter­bies Cot­tage Café at noon, fol­lowed by a bus to the gar­den at 1.30pm, the con­cert will start at 2pm. It’s a bril­liantly de­signed out­door stage (the au­di­ence is in the shade) and is sure to be a sen­sa­tional way to enjoy these two su­perb tal­ents. For book­ings call 0488 713 241. The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast will stage an in­tense phys­i­cal theatre, film and dance piece in Blue Love from Septem­ber 27 to 30. Chore­og­ra­pher Shaun Parker’s lat­est work is in­spired by fa­mous works of art, theatre, music and film that deal with the con­cept of love. This quirky, char­ac­ter-based piece is a mul­ti­me­dia, phys­i­cal theatre com­edy. It’s enor­mously en­ter­tain­ing. Orig­i­nally cre­ated as a short film, Blue Love has screened in Athens, Lon­don, Ber­lin, Mel­bourne, San Fran­cisco and at the Verona Film Fes­ti­val. The film won Best Dance Film at the Aus­tralian Dance Awards. Venue is The Space, and it’s rec­om­mended for au­di­ences aged 16 plus. Book on 5588 4000. Book­ings are now open for Zamia Theatre’s school hol­i­day pan­tomime Scal­ly­wags, di­rected by Kate Tardy for Tam­borine Moun­tain Lit­tle Theatre and kick­ing off Septem­ber 22. De­tails at The Show Goes On is a tru­ism that em­bod­ies all the drama, glam­our and star power of the world’s great­est singers. Ber­nadette Robin­son, one of Aus­tralia’s most tal­ented Yours Truly just re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion to the launch of Dis­ney’s Aladdin on Oc­to­ber 10 – this hit Broad­way mu­si­cal is sure to be a block­buster over its Bris­bane sea­son. Watch this space for more in­for­ma­tion. In re­hearsal on the Gold Coast now are Spot­light Theatre’s Les Mis­er­ables and GCLT’s Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors. Play­ing now are Bal­lina Play­ers The Mar­vel­lous Won­derettes, Beaudesert Music Theatre Com­pany’s 25th An­nual Put­nam County Spell­ing Bee, Spot­light Theatre’s Take a Chance on Me and Javeen­bah’s I Re­mem­ber You. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Martin Jen­nings and Imo­gen Han­nah in a scene from Spot­light Theatre’s Take a Chance On Me.

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