LAV­ISH TALE ON WAY TO COAST

In­spired by an an­cient In­dian love story, is a bold new pro­duc­tion head­ing for HOTA boast­ing a colour­ful mix of dance and the­atre

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

The next big show peo­ple are talk­ing about is Meera, where an ex­plo­sion of colour and cos­tume meet creative art, dance and the­atre at Surfers Par­adise’s Home of The Arts next month. Boast­ing a cast and crew of 300, Meera is in­spired by a unique love story set in 16th Cen­tury In­dia. Many years in the mak­ing, Meera is the creative, bold and beau­ti­ful in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the char­ac­ter Meera, who epit­o­mises un­bri­dled faith that trans­forms into the great­est love of all. Meera is an in­ter­lude be­tween the­atri­cal and mu­si­cal, linked with the best of nar­ra­tion, opera singing and sto­ry­telling. Meera will be staged for one show only at HOTA, Sun­day, Novem­ber 4 at 5pm. Tick­ets on sale now. Check out the show’s video on tinyurl.com/y6uk8­zoh Javeen­bah The­atre has an­nounced au­di­tions for one­act plays for its Fes­ti­val jBah, on Sun­day, Novem­ber 4. All au­di­tions will oc­cur on the same day, al­low­ing ac­tors to try out for both works. The 11am ses­sion is for Strictly Am­a­teur. Writ­ten and di­rected by Sher­ree Hal­li­well, in this play you’ll meet the rag­tag mem­bers of Table Top The­atre Group as they scram­ble to put on a play for the lo­cal fes­ti­val. Watch in won­der­ment as they try to over­come a host of in­creas­ingly in­sur­mount­able ob­sta­cles on the way to fes­ti­val fame … or fail­ure. There will be seven roles avail­able. The 2pm ses­sion is for play Age Is Just A Num­ber. Wit­ten by Kel­lie Sil­ver and di­rected by Rianna Hart­ney-Smith, pro­tag­o­nist Hay­ley at­tempts to grap­ple with a new, some­what ad­ven­tur­ous side of her mother, while strug­gling to keep the peace be­tween her feud­ing par­ents. When Kathy be­gins to date Andy – a fun, im­pul­sive younger man who is, in many ways, her per­fect match – she starts to won­der if she can over­look their age gap in order to pur­sue a real re­la­tion­ship. Af­ter all, age is just a num­ber. Au­di­tions will fi­nalise four roles for Age Is Just a Num­ber. The plays will form part of the bill for next year’s Plat­form Fes­ti­val, with the sea­son run­ning Fe­bru­ary 1 to 16. For au­di­tion pieces and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact di­rec­tor Rianna Hart­ney-Smith on ri­anna94@hot­mail.com and see Javeen­bah’s web­site for fur­ther de­tails. Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre will hold an Open House on Oc­to­ber 27 from 10am un­til 2pm, as part of a Gold Coast City Coun­cil ini­tia­tive. There’s free en­try with a sausage siz­zle and mem­bers to show you around all parts of the the­atre. We hear on the grapevine that a cou­ple of cast mem­bers from the forth­com­ing Hello, Dolly! may also be on hand. First night au­di­ence go­ers to Priscilla Queen of the Desert have raved about this re­vival of the well-loved show. Star Tony Shel­don, pa­tron of the Gold Palm The­atre Awards, will re­main in Aus­tralia for the present to ap­pear in an­other ma­jor mu­si­cal next year. A sad week for cast mem­bers of GCLT’s Hello, Dolly! Lead­ing lady Amy McDon­ald lost her fa­ther-in-law and grand­mother, while pop­u­lar ac­tor Martin Jen­nings, play­ing Ru­dolph, lost his mother. Both cast mem­bers have been ab­sent from re­hearsals spend­ing time with their fam­i­lies. GCLT also lost long time mem­ber Ja­nis Sheen and Spot­light The­atre lost Austin Reid. In re­hearsal is Javeen­bah The­atre’s A Kick In The Baubles, and Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre’s Hello, Dolly!, along with Mates The­atre Gen­e­sis’ Drink­ing Habits and Tu­gun’s Pins and Nee­dles, and We Will Rock You. See you in a crowded foyer.

Pic­ture: GLENN HAMPSON

Dr Amit Su­taria as Kr­ishna and Aarti Bajaj as Meera lead the cast in a full dress re­hearsal for Meera.

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