FES­TIVE CRACKER

Javeen­bah Theatre is about to end the year in style, with new of­fer­ing A Kick in the Baubles show­cas­ing the highs and lows of Christ­mas

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

Javeen­bah’s fi­nal show of 2018, A Kick in the Baubles, opens this Satur­day. Writ­ten by Gor­don Steele and di­rected by Dawn China, it’s an­other peace­ful Christ­mas in the Bauble house­hold. Frank does not wish it could be Christ­mas ev­ery day – in fact, he’s dread­ing the ar­rival of snob­bish in-laws who only ever bring a sin­gle bot­tle of wine for the en­tire fes­tiv­i­ties. Book­ings for the show are now open on­line. Still with Javeen­bah, it is hold­ing its Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 from 7.30pm. Called Christ­mas in July … in De­cem­ber, it will fea­ture a look back at the year and other fun events. Call the theatre to book. Queens­land Theatre will close its bril­liant year with the pow­er­house ac­tor Danielle Cor­mack in Hedda. Di­rected by Paige Rat­tray, Hedda is a reimag­in­ing of Ib­sen’s Hedda Gabler by Melissa Bub­nic and will run from Novem­ber 10 to De­cem­ber 8 in the newly opened Bille Brown Theatre. Cor­mack is joined on stage by Jimi Bani, Bri­die Carter, Ja­son Klar­wein, Joss McWilliam, An­drea Moor and He­len O’Leary. It’s a star-stud­ded line-up. Tick­ets are avail­able at queens­landthe­atre.com.au or by call­ing 1800 355 528. RedVen­tures Theatre Ac­tion Group will stage a Bris­bane pro­duc­tion of the play Hur­ried Steps by Da­cia Maraini. Show­ing on Novem­ber 17, the play is part of a global cam­paign to end vi­o­lence against women and girls. Trans­lated by Sharon Wood from the Ital­ian orig­i­nal Passi Af­fret­tati, Hur­ried Steps tells a series of true and poignant sto­ries of women and girls from around the world who have ex­pe­ri­enced vi­o­lence and per­se­cu­tion, as re­ported to Amnesty In­ter­na­tional. The Bris­bane per­for­mance is di­rected by Ains­ley Bur­dell, with mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Ma­rina Aboody Thacker. It stars eight non-pro­fes­sional ac­tors and the women’s com­mu­nity choir The Em­bers, con­ducted by Chris­tine Grodd. Bal­lina Play­ers’ first pro­duc­tion for 2019 will be Beauty and the Beast, a ju­nior pro­duc­tion from Jan­uary 11 to 20. Tick­ets will go on sale mid De­cem­ber. Eight shows will run from Fri­day, Jan­uary 11, with the fi­nal show on Sun­day, Jan­uary 20. Wed­nes­day to Satur­day nights start at 7pm, Sun­day mati­nees 2pm. Visit bal­li­naplay­ers.com.au Dress­ing Roomers re­cently In re­hearsal is Javeen­bah’s A Kick in the Baubles be­fore open­ing on Satur­day, Bal­lina Play­ers’ The Boy From Oz and its pan­tomime Cin­derella. Mates Theatre Gen­e­sis is also pre­par­ing to show Drink­ing Habits and Tu­gun Theatre Com­pany is re­hears­ing for Pins and Nee­dles be­fore open­ing tonight. Now show­ing is Spot­light Theatre’s We Will Rock You, and Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s Hello, Dolly!. See you in a crowded foyer.

Javeen­bah Theatre's Christ­mas dram­edy A Kick in the Baubles opens on Satur­day night.

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