Leg­endary Aussie per­former Noni Ha­zle­hurst will present one of the gongs at next week’s much-an­tic­i­pated Gold Palm The­atre Awards

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

The or­gan­is­ers of this year’s Gold Palm The­atre Awards an­nounced this week that spe­cial guest and Tam­borine Moun­tain res­i­dent Noni Ha­zle­hurst will be at­tend­ing and pre­sent­ing an award. Ha­zle­hurst will award a win­ner at the pre­sen­ta­tion night at HOTA on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11. Ha­zle­hurst has been a house­hold name in Aus­tralian en­ter­tain­ment for three decades, and her re­cent tri­umphs have in­cluded A Place To Call Home and the film Ladies In Black. She is cur­rently film­ing a TV se­ries on the Gold Coast. A big open­ing in Bris­bane this week was Two Man Tarantino at The Visy The­atre, Pow­er­house. Two Man Tarantino tells the story of the last video store in the city clos­ing for good. Em­ployee Stephen Hirst is pack­ing up when long-time cus­tomer Emily Vas­cotto ar­rives to wish him good luck. Be­fore they em­bark on their sep­a­rate jour­neys, they learn that they have a com­mon pas­sion: the love of Tarantino films. They have a crazy idea to re-en­act the en­tire Quentin Tarantino fil­mog­ra­phy in the cra­zi­est pos­si­ble ways in one hour – from Reser­voir Dogs to The Hate­ful Eight and every­thing else in be­tween. The props are weapons, the au­di­ence is the cast, and ev­ery film is cov­ered. Writ­ten by Christo­pher Wayne, the co-cre­ator of the in­ter­na­tional com­edy sen­sa­tion The Naked Ma­gi­cians, and di­rected by Mau­reen Bowra, Two Man Tarantino is a hi­lar­i­ous and nos­tal­gic two-handed ex­pe­ri­ence. The se­lec­tions of movie quotes and im­per­son­ation of char­ac­ters are on the money. The im­pro­vi­sa­tion is quick, in­no­va­tive and pol­ished. The set is min­i­mal, how­ever, the props are used to sur­pris­ing ef­fect. The phys­i­cal scenes are chore­ographed well with com­bat and small stunt work em­ployed to thrill the au­di­ence, par­tic­u­larly when scenes of In­glou­ri­ous Bas­terds and Django Un­chained are in­ter­wo­ven into one “bloody” free-for-all. Min­i­mal light­ing and sound de­sign en­sures the au­di­ence is im­mersed in Tarantino’s in­fa­mous scenes. Iconic tracks from the films only bol­ster the crazi­ness. The In re­hearsal this week is the pan­tomime Cin­derella at Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre, open­ing to­mor­row night. There are also lots of Christ­mas con­certs in re­hearsal. Visit the Gold Coast The­atre web­site for dates and venues. See you in a crowded foyer.

Noni Ha­zle­hurst will present an award at the Gold Coast Palm The­atre pre­sen­ta­tion night.

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