LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX
THE CHEEKY SHOWS COMING TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU
An interesting call for cast came in this week for a show called All the Sex I’ve Ever Had. In September, internationally renowned Canadian performance company Mammalian Diving Reflex will take up residency at HOTA (Home of the Arts) for a month as they prepare for the remarkable performance. Every generation thinks it invented sex, but your grandparents probably have stories that would make your jaw drop. Bringing together a cast of local people, Mammalian Diving Reflex will create a show based on real people who open up about their lives, sexual experiences and the unexpected twists and turns of their relationships, divulging stories of first crushes, turbulent affairs, unexpected pregnancies and deaths of loved ones. They’ll chat with the audience, toast to important milestones and sometimes even break out into a dance onstage. All the Sex I’ve Ever Had offers an opportunity to acknowledge that our elders have a lot to teach us, a lot to share and that ageing can yield a way of being in the world that is open, generous and fearless. If you’re aged over 65, interested in freely and generously talking about your life and think you might like to be involved, then email Kate McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0402 071 984. Expressions of interest close August 13. The Gold Coast hosted a world premiere from the creators of Blanc de Blanc last week, Deluxe Deluxe. The glitterati of international cabaret and circus talent continue at HOTA for the month of July. It’s a circus-cabaret of eyeopening, cheeky and double deluxe talent. Strut & Fret’s productions have delighted audiences from the Sydney Opera House to London’s West End and Budapest to New York. Pop in early and experience fabulous food and drink options. The show is for an adult audience. The big opening last weekend was Pack of Lies at Javeenbah Theatre in Nerang. This is an intelligent, well-written play about a Soviet spy ring. The Jacksons become more and more put out as Scotland Yard’s demands on them increase. They are really put to the test when a detective reveals that the spies are their friends the Krogers and he asks them to help set a trap. It’s long but extremely well acted and directed by Nathan Schulz. I thoroughly recommend it for anyone interested in spies, neighbour relationships and good acting. It’s another brave but extremely well presented Javeenbah production. Two friends, three defining periods of time. One friendship 50 years in the making. Mates are repeating their production of Love Letters. Performances run until July 28 at Birkdale School of Arts Hall. Make bookings online. Phoenix Ensemble are turning 25 years old. Founded in 1993, their roots may have started humbly, but they’ve blossomed into one of the most versatile theatre companies in southeast Queensland. To celebrate, they’re just about to open XXV: The Silver Anniversary Spectacular, a full-length musical revue that pays homage to the majority of the musicals they’ve produced in the Tin Shed. There’ll be a celebration dinner on August 11. They’ll send out formal invitations soon, but it will be held at a venue close to their home and they look forward to celebrating this milestone with current and past members. Coming up also for Phoenix is audition day for Rock of Ages. It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood and the party has been raging hard. Download the audition pack from the company’s website. In rehearsal currently 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. Playing is GCLT’s Kiss Me Kate, Javeenbah Theatre’s Pack of Lies and Tweed Theatre Company’s Fred. Auditions are coming up for Javeenbah’s A Kick in the Baubles and GCLT’s Hello, Dolly! on the same day, August 5.
Check out Penelope Scheidler, Scott Nery and Hilton Denis in circus cabaret Deluxe Deluxe at HOTA.