LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX

THE CHEEKY SHOWS COM­ING TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - KATE PETERS

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 kate.t.mcdon­ald@gmail.com 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.

Pic­ture: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

Check out Pene­lope Schei­dler, Scott Nery and Hil­ton De­nis in cir­cus cabaret Deluxe Deluxe at HOTA.

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