Writ­ten by Gold Coast play­wright Kellie Sil­ver, Tu­gun The­atre’s lat­est pro­duc­tion Writer’s Block is fast ap­proach­ing so grab a ticket soon

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

ugun The­atre Com­pany will open Writer’s Block, writ­ten by lo­cal play­wright Kellie Sil­ver and di­rected by Dave Fraser, on Au­gust 9. Run­ning un­til Au­gust 25, you can catch it on Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day nights at 7.30pm and Au­gust 11 and 18 at 2pm at Tu­gun Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. It’s great to see lo­cal groups sup­port­ing lo­cal writ­ers. Book by calling 0449 788 486 or go to try­book­ing.com/400313 There’s lots of ac­tiv­ity on the Coast and sur­round­ing ar­eas this week. I at­tended a packed cur­tain-raiser last week­end for the forth­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Meera to be held at HOTA on Novem­ber 4. The cast was in­tro­duced to the au­di­ence in an in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing pre­sen­ta­tion of the show. This will be a ter­rific event, fea­tur­ing more than 100 per­form­ers. Put it in your di­ary now – this will sell out. Hearts’ Aflame Pro­duc­tions will present Martha Baartz and John Reeves on Au­gust 18 at 3.30pm. This year the com­pany is col­lab­o­rat­ing with Tyal­gum’s fab­u­lous O’Heart Fes­ti­val in this very ex­cit­ing con­cert at Flut­ter­bies in the Lit­tle Shop Next Door. Renowned jazz sax­o­phon­ist Martha Baartz will per­form along­side ac­claimed jazz pi­anist John Reeves in a trib­ute show to South African jazz leg­end Dol­lar Brand – Ab­dul­lah Ibrahim. The con­cert runs for one hour with no in­ter­val. Af­ter­wards head next door to the lawns of Ce­les­tial Dew guest house for The Twi­light Ses­sions, mu­sic event. For more in­for­ma­tion call 0488 713 241. Javeen­bah The­atre will present the block­buster play Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Richard Al­fieri from Septem­ber 7 to 22. I re­mem­ber see­ing this with Nan­cye Hayes and Todd McKen­ney when it pre­miered in Aus­tralia. It’s a fab­u­lous play. A two-han­der, it has Lily Har­ri­son played by Joanne-Fae Wor­land and Michael Minetti (the dance teacher) played by An­drew Cock­roft-Pen­man. Lily is liv­ing alone in a Florida re­tire­ment unit. She signs up for ball­room dance lessons in her own home. Michael is her as­signed in­struc­tor and over the course of the six weekly lessons the two share his­tory, dif­fer­ences, danc­ing and lots of laughs to form a friend­ship. It’s a very funny show and with these two ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, sure to be a huge suc­cess. Book­ings are now open on Javeen­bah’s web­site. In­de­fati­ga­ble the­atre party or­gan­iser Doreen Hin­ton is putting to­gether a the­atre party for Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Star­ring Tony Shel­don as Ber­nadette, the the­atre par­ties will go to Lyric The­atre, QPAC on Oc­to­ber 3 at 1pm and Oc­to­ber 17 at 1pm. The show is based on the Os­car­win­ning film. Party tick­ets are $75 per per­son. Call Doreen on 0403 810 940 or email tau­rus28@op­tus­net.com.au In re­hearsal is Javeen­bah The­atre’s Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Spot­light’s Not the Mes­siah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy), GCLT’s Run for Your Wife and Spot­light’s We Will Rock You. Au­di­tions are com­ing up for Javeen­bah’s A Kick in the Baubles and GCLT’s Hello, Dolly! on Sun­day. See you in a crowded foyer soon.

Tu­gun The­atre’s new play Writer's Block opens next Thurs­day and runs un­til Au­gust 25.

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