If you like a good court­room drama then get ready for Bal­lina Play­ers’ pro­duc­tion of Aaron Sorkin’s fa­mous mil­i­tary play A Few Good Men

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

Bal­lina Play­ers’ next pro­duc­tion is the court­room drama A Few Good Men, di­rected by Mike Shee­han. Writ­ten by Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote the hit series The West Wing, the orig­i­nal 1992 movie starred Tom Cruise and Jack Ni­chol­son. Di­rec­tor Shee­han has as­sem­bled a very strong cast of 15 men and two women, with many ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors and some new­com­ers look­ing to find more ex­pe­ri­ence. Tick­ets are avail­able on­line at bal­li­naplay­ers.com.au/ book­ings The Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club has just an­nounced an agree­ment with Home of The Arts (aka HOTA – for­merly The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast) to con­tinue run­ning its monthly jazz evenings at the Par­adise Room. Good news for this pop­u­lar club, which has been pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment for over nine years. Note to GCCC – how about build­ing a new the­atre (smaller than the ones at HOTA) for the many groups on the Coast in­stead of an­other sport­ing venue? It’s sorely needed! The first gig for the year is Fri­day, March 25, from 6-10pm. Again down the high­way a bit, Mur­willum­bah The­atre com­pany presents Se­cret Brides­maids’ Busi­ness, an Aus­tralian play writ­ten by award-win­ning play­wright El­iz­a­beth Cole­man. Her de­light­ful char­ac­ters are brought to the stage in this com­pelling com­edy/drama that is some­times un­com­fort­ably close to the truth. Loy­alty, sex, love and the mean­ing of mar­riage are all on the ta­ble. The setup is cabaret style, so don’t for­get to BYO food and drink. The show will be staged at Mur­willum­bah Civic Cen­tre on March 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. Fri­day and Sat­ur­day shows are at 7.30pm and Sun­day shows at 2pm. Pa­trons are ad­vised there is some strong lan­guage and mild adult themes. Tick­ets are $20 from mur­willum­bah the­atre comp an y.com.au, Larkins Elec­tri­cal in Main Street (cash only) or on the door. Dress­ing Roomers hears yet an­other lo­cal com­pany has lost a di­rec­tor for a ma­jor show this year. This makes the work of pro­duc­tion com­mit­tees very dif­fi­cult when rights and roy­al­ties have to be re­worked and a new di­rec­tor (or show) planned. It also re­minds those com­mit­tees to be su­per care­ful in the choice of pro­duc­tions to stage, and the choice of di­rec­tors to make them hap­pen. There seems to be an un­for­tu­nate lack of com­mit­ment to the prod­uct from the­atre peo­ple on the Gold Coast. In cel­e­bra­tion of Earth Hour, Sat­ur­day March 24, Home of the Arts (HOTA) presents an evening of dis­cov­ery and sym­phonic ex­pe­ri­ence ti­tled Con­cert for the Planet. The park­land will be trans­formed into a live mu­sic sound­scape with mu­si­cians from all over the world tak­ing part via a world­wide live stream. The Gold Coast Phil­har­monic Orches­tra, ex­tended to in­clude over 100 lo­cal mu­si­cians, will per­form Holst’s The Plan­ets un­der the ba­ton of con­duc­tor Lach­lan Snow. Fit­tingly, the Gold Coast Phil­har­monic Orches­tra will also be the first full orches­tra to per­form on the re­cently launched state-of-theart $37.5 mil­lion out­door stage. Fol­low­ing the free Tim Minchin con­cert this Sat­ur­day, which of­fi­cially launches the HOTA Out­door Pro­gram, the per­for­mance is the sec­ond ever Con­cert for the Planet, the first tak­ing place in Syd­ney, 2015. The or­ches­tral per­for­mance will con­clude at the start of Queens­land’s Earth Hour 2018. The lights will be turned down in Earth Hour fash­ion, how­ever guests are asked to bring a torch in or­der to safely exit the venue. Cur­rently play­ing on the Coast are Javeen­bah’s 25th An­nual Put­nam County Spelling Bee and Been­leigh The­atre Group’s Cur­tains. In re­hearsal is Spot­light’s Baskerville and Heathers and Top Hat Pro­duc­tions’ The Pic­cadilly Olde Time Mu­sic Hall. I’m off to dis­cover the de­lights of Ginza shows in Ja­pan this week so watch this space for what’s hap­pen­ing on stage in Tokyo and other places Asian.

See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Bal­lina Play­ers’ pro­duc­tion of le­gal drama A Few Good Men boasts a strong cast of 15 men and two women.

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