Sunshine Coast Arts February 14 2014



SCD Arts Friday February 14 2014


Xanthe Coward


Season Launch Soiree




Last Saturday night, the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, with special guest from London, Australian actor and writer, James Millar, celebrated in style at Noosa Arts Theatre. Sam Coward, in his fourth year as President of the Alliance, hosted the sold out event, at which member theatre companies offered a sneak peak of their 2014 seasons.


Congratulations must go to Denise Campbell and Nancy Moule, who were both inducted in the Hall of Fame. Both ladies have each given over 40 years of service to the local theatre community. The President’s Award honoured the dedication and diligence of Stephen Moore, and new members BYTE & XS Entertainment were welcomed to the Alliance. Thank you to Bendigo Community Bank, major sponsor of the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival at The Lind in August. Watch this space for details.


From the Sunshine Coast Daily


THERE will be close to 50 live productions across the Sunshine Coast from farcial comedy to musicals thanks to the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance.


At the Season Launch Soiree this week, the current seven members of the Alliance presented a preview of their theatrical offerings for 2014.


The gala evening, held at the Noosa Arts Theatre, saw the who’s who of the local theatre fraternity, rub shoulders and kick up their heels.


There were also a few VIP guests including the award-winning actor, singer director and writer James Millar, a graduate of WAAPA, and star of many national and international cabarets and musicals.


Also seen out and about, were representatives from Bendigo Bank.


Several of Bendigo Bank sponsors several member groups individually including Tewantin and Marcoola Community Banks.


 They are also sponsors of the National One-Act Playwriting Competition and now, are the major sponsor for the annual Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival.


Bendigo was represented by new Regional Manager Rob Chittick and Marcoola Community Bank branch manager, Judy Blackall.


The Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance opened it’s doors this year to new members and in doing so, have attracted several new member groups including the Performing Arts Kollective (PAK) from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Suncoast Repertory Theatre, and award-winning choir Oriana Arts.


They join long time members BATS Theatre Co, Coolum Theatre Players, The Lind Theatre, Noosa Arts Theatre, along with new members Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence (BYTE) and XS Entertainment.


There were two new inductees into the Hall of Fame, with Denise Campbell (The Lind) and Costume wonderwoman Nancy Moule, both inducted. Both ladies have volunteered for over 40 years to various theatre groups, in various capacities, and they were thrilled to have their contributions acknowledged.


The outlook for the Alliance is hugely positive and last night saw a fabulous display of talent, the night culminating in a stunning performance from PAK to round off a fabulous night.


For anyone wanting to join a local theatre group, or find out more about theatre on the coast, visit the website, www.livetheatre.com.au


The Making of The Great Lover


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Edith (Kirsty White) is a writer who tells it as it is, and if it is the taboo subject of women’s sexuality, then so be it. Her husband, Percy (David Frank), returns from WWI to find the woman he left behind has changed. How will he react to a woman who has turned ideas of women’s sexuality upside down and now seems to be leading a crusade against the rightful domain of men? Discover this deliciously decadent tale of exotic desire tonight with your Valentine, when The Making of The Great Lover, written by Jo Denver and directed by Denver & Michelle Connelly, opens at The Lind in Nambour with a special Gala Opening Night event. Season continues February 15 – 22. Bookings online lindlane.com.au or call 5441 1814


NT Live – Coriolanus


See Donmar Warehouse’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus at Noosa Arts Theatre, thanks to NT Live and Free Air Entertainment. Starring Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), journey alongside hero and defender, Coriolanus, as he confronts realpolitik and the voice of an angry people in ancient Rome. Two screenings only, on Sunday February 23 at 6:30pm and Monday February 24 at 10am. Bookings online noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343


Hamlet. Psyched.


Explore Hamlet’s mental state – he’s distraught by his father’s recent death, furious at his mother for her sudden marriage to his uncle and confused about his relationship with his girlfriend! Hamlet has some serious issues! Combining classical text with contemporary material, HAMLET.PSYCHED. is a theatrical exploration of the human psyche. Directed by USC’s Drama Discipline Leader, Jo Loth, this is a new psychological thriller based on William Shakespeare’s classic text. Chancellor College Performing Arts Centre in Sippy Downs February 26, 27 & 28 at 5pm and February 27 at 8pm. Bookings online (click on “conferences and events”) payments.usc.edu.au


Hat Fitz and Cara




Hat Fitz & Cara welcome you to a night of live music seeped in authentic realism.  This dynamic duo is a unique combination that have skillfully combined their music of hill style country blues with old time folk.  Their material is original yet crosses the boundaries as if written from a time once forgotten.  The night will include music from their acclaimed album Wiley Ways and performances of their new writings for the first time ever.
Wiley Ways won Best Blues Album of the Year 2013 Chain Awards Australia & Spiral Earth 2013 UK. One night only at Noosa Arts Theatre on Friday February 28 at 7:30pm. Bookings online noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343


Accidental Death of An Anarchist


Comical, kinky and corrupt, the Performing Arts Kollective (PAK) Presents Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Directed by Peta Beattie. March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at SCU Uni Club (University of the Sunshine Coast). Bookings online trybooking.com


Minefields and Miniskirts




Adapted by Terence O’Connell from Siobhan McHugh’s book, Minefields & Miniskirts is a collection of stories and memories from the women who were affected by the Vietnam War. Nearly a thousand Australian women played a part in the war and the lives of all these women were changed forever by Vietnam. For many of them it was the most vital and alive they had ever felt. The play features many iconic songs of the period written by female singer/songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Carole King, Buffy St. Marie and Melanie Safka.


A volunteer, a journalist, a nurse, the wife of a Vietnam vet and an entertainer cross paths at an Anzac Day march during the 1980′s. The women are transported back to the 1960′s and early 1970′s to their youthful experiences in Vietnam into a memory world where rice paddies, paper lanterns and ancient temples team with G.I’s, orphaned children and constant bombardment.


Minefields and Miniskirts is full of surprises. The pain of war is in this play, but you should also come prepared to laugh. No bomb ever killed the Australian sense of humour. These are the voices of those who were actually there: ordinary women revealing how they survived a war and discovered what they believed in. Opens March 13. Bookings online noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343




Auditions for The Lind’s Sweet Fanny Adams, directed by Errol R J Morrison will be held March 27 & 31 at 7pm. A rollicking Aussie musical, Sweet Fanny Adams, will be staged from 11 for 10 performances only. It’s a great opportunity for singers, and actors who like to sing! Set in 1930’s Sydney and telling the story of the rivalry between brothel owners Kitty Divine and Fanny Adams, it is set in the era of the infamous razor gangs, BUT, there’s nothing dark about this show. It’s a rollicking story of the brothel business, sly grog parlours, corruption, deception and even, love. For more details email erjmorrison@optusnet.com.au or call 0412396373



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