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18
Jul
17

Giveaway – win double passes to My Name Is Jimi

On Saturday night (July 22 at 7:30pm) be among the FIRST to witness Australia’s newest original story

My Name Is Jimi

 

  Sewngapa                  Ina Ngoelmun Gidha

(*Welcome)              (*This is our story)

 

 

 

 

Directed by Jason Klarwein and featuring Dmitri Ahwang-Bani, Agnes Bani, Conwell Bani, Jimi Bani, Petharie Bani and Richard BaniMy Name is Jimi opened in Cairns this week, celebrating its page-to-stage finale and World Premiere close to its heartland.

 

Based on the true stories of four generations by Dimple Bani, Jimi Bani, and co-created with Jason Klarwein.

 

 

 

For your chance to see My Name Is Jimi on Saturday July 22 at 7:30pm

 

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In My Name is Jimi, charismatic actor and storyteller Jimi Bani (Mabo, The Straits, Redfern Now) finally tells his story, and that of his family and his place of home – Mabuiag Island, a remote speck in the sparkling blue of the Torres Strait and the keeper of thousands of years of rich history and culture. Now, with just a few hundred people fanning its flame, the story, colour, characters, challenges and history of the Wagadagam culture come to the stage in what is a truly memorable live theatre experience.

It unfolds through music, dance, stand-up and fireside storytelling, with four remarkable generations of one family on the stage – Jimi’s grandmother, mother, son and brothers come together to share incredible yarns of totems, traditions and childhood memories. On stage it is a true celebration – Jimi performs alongside his son Dmitri, mother Agnes, and grandmother Petharie with his brothers Conwell and Richard Bani.

Drawing directly on the lived experiences of the Bani family and their role as leaders of the Wagadagam tribe of Mabuiag Island, the stories span the generations – Jimi jokes in three languages with his grandmother, and then tortures his son with spontaneous break-dancing.  It’s an Australian story, and a world story of family and preserving the culture and language of Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait.

 

 

Co-creator Jason Klarwein sets the scene best: “The story actually began with Ahdi Dimple Bani, Jimi’s father the 8th Chief of Wagadagam in European recorded history. He passed away during the creating of this play, with Jimi now the bastion of the story, the new keeper of the chord of Wagadagam culture and soon, the 9th Chief.”

“I cannot really recall a play like My Name is Jimi. Sure there are works it can be related to, but what audiences will see, experience, feel and celebrate on stage is only a sliver of what is happening culturally within this extraordinary family. It is truly a unique theatrical experience.”

He said the ability for this family to bridge generational and cultural timelines was constantly surprising.

“Sometimes, when rehearsal pauses, out of the corner of my eye I see 15 year old Dmitri Ahwang-Bani (Jimi’s son) put his iPhone down and learn dance or language from his uncles, his grandmother or great-grandmother. I watch the tangible passing of language and culture from several generations to another. I watch this boy, who will soon be a man, grapple with Instagram and cultural lore simultaneously. Like the two things were made to be together.”

 

 

My Name is Jimi is dedicated to the memory of Adhi Dimple Bani and those that came before.

*Koeyma Esso (many thanks).

 

*This is the Kala Lagaw Ya language of Mabuiag Island

 

 

17
Feb
16

Matilda Awards 2014

 

Matilda Awards 2014

Monday March 9 2015

 

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So I just posted this year’s noms (#matildas15) and noticed this DRAFT. FROM THE MATILDA AWARDS LAST YEAR. SORRY ABOUT THAT. Interesting to see so many of the same issues coming up every year, right throughout the year… some of the conversations have been happening here.

 

Working on GAYBIES gave me the perfect opportunity recently to engage face to face with industry friends who all had excellent observations and valuable feedback to offer. I spoke with Margi Brown Ash specifically about the industry forum I’ve mentioned below and it’s time to make that happen.

 

2014 was my first year on the committee and I had the same questions that many friends had, about how the awards could continue to evolve and serve the industry. Well, we’re listening to feedback and we’re evolving! These were my thoughts after the 2014 awards evening took place last year…

 

 

Ah, the Matilda Awards. I’ve written before about the conflicting feelings I have for arts awards, and I had a heap of soul work to do before I accepted the invitation to join the committee. I finally figured I see SO MUCH good work that I see no reason for that to go unrecognised. Still, there are questions and the committee welcomes feedback. In fact, having chatted with many delegates and industry peeps at Drama Queensland’s state conference on the weekend, I already have a good idea of some of the notions that now need to go to the committee. Have you got thoughts or comments about the awards?

 

HOW ABOUT THIS? WE HOST A FORUM ONE EVENING TO LISTEN TO YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE MATILDA AWARDS. I KNOW. BRILLIANT! Don’t worry, quite a few have thought of it; you’re probably one of them. THANK YOU. LET’S DO THAT ALREADY.

 

I propose the evening take place SOON and be facilitated by Dan Evans or Lucas Stibbard or Margi Brown Ash or Katherine Lyall Watson, and the opportunity given to whomever feels the need to speak. In the meantime, feel free to COMMENT BELOW OR ON THE MATILDA AWARDS FACEBOOK PAGE OR EMAIL ME xanthe@xsentertainment.com.au

 

The Gardens Theatre, for the first time in 27 years, was filled to capacity on Monday March 9 with 450 theatre makers and theatre lovers in attendance. In addition to the the nominees, their families, fans and friends, we welcomed Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Krista Adams, Jackie Trad, Matt Foley, Ian Walker, and the amazing and inspiring Wayne Blair.

 

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To be eligible, theatre workers have to have made, in the judges’ opinion, a commitment to the State, for example, by either beginning their careers or living and working mainly here, or by having a strong identification with Queensland. This means that interstate actors who come here for one production are not eligible, nor are touring productions that do not originate in Queensland.

 

The Matilda Awards are considered on a par with the Sydney Critics’ Awards and Victoria’s Green Room Awards, and given their importance, it is essential that their profile keeps growing, not only within the state but also nationally.

 

Originally decided solely by professional theatre critics, the award nominees and winners are now selected by a slightly enlarged group that includes reviewers, commentators and theatre professionals but not the general public.

 

Reflecting the local industry’s professional diversification, in addition to plays, the committee now considers specific musical and physical theatre forms, which have been added as Silver Matilda commendation categories from 2013. However, opera and dance are not included.

 

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There are five premium Matilda Awards, represented by gold trophies. A Gold Matilda is awarded for outstanding work in any area of the professional theatre industry, which also includes independent productions. These awards may be for a single work in the preceding year or for a body of work.

 

In addition to the five Gold Matildas, there are 12 Silver Matilda Award categories:

 

  • Best Mainstage Production
  • Best Independent Production
  • Best Direction
  • Best Male Actor in a leading role
  • Best Female Actor in a leading role
  • Best Female Actor in a supporting role
  • Best Male Actor in a supporting role
  • Best New Australian Work
  • Best Emerging Artist
  • Best Design (set or costume)
  • Best Technical Design (lighting, multimedia or sound)
  • Best Musical Theatre Production (including musicals and cabaret)

 

There is no minimum number of eligible nominees for an award to be made in any category. However, the judges also reserve the right to forego a particular category if they deem there are insufficient eligible nominees of merit in that year.

 

Receiving a Silver Matilda commendation does not disqualify a theatre worker from also receiving a Gold Matilda in that same year.

The judges compile a comprehensive list of all the productions that are eligible for that year.

 

For a practitioner to be nominated for work on an individual production, that production first must comply with the following guidelines:

 

  • the production was either a fully professional production – pro-am, community and student works are not eligible
  • international and national touring productions are not eligible
  • the work must have been seen by at least half the judges.

 

If there is no category for a show that impressed all the judges, a category may be created to reward that show.

 

A production remounted within five years of its original staging may be considered eligible if, in the judges’ opinion, any alterations have effected significant difference between the versions.

 

Guidelines for voting:

 

For each category, a short list of four nominees will be made (to be released on the website prior to the ceremony), unless there were insufficient worthy candidates to do so.

 

The voting process is preferential. Committee members will award four points to their first choice, three points to their second, two to their third, and one point to their fourth.

 

The aggregate points received by an eligible production will be averaged by attendance to ensure a fair weighting of votes in proportion to the number of committee members who saw each.

 

Judges cannot vote in categories where they have a conflict of interest – for instance if they or a family member has been involved in a production in any way.

 

 

Rosemary acknowledges the 10 voluntary committee members involved in the awards process

 

 

2014 GOLD MATILDA AWARDS

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Steven Mitchell Wright
for directing A Doll’s House
and directing/designing Caligula

Tim O’Connor
for realising a new vision for Harvest Rain

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for projection and video work on Pale Blue Dot,
The Mountaintop
, Wuthering Heights,
Gasp!
and 1984

Simone Romaniuk
for designing Macbeth and Australia Day

Sven Swenson
for co-producing, writing and acting in
Angel Gear and Dangerfield Park

“Well… It appears the emperor may be wearing at least a tasteful g-string…” – Sven Swenson

 

2014 SILVER MATILDA COMMENDATIONS

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Gloria
Best Mainstage Production
Queensland Theatre Company

 

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Machina
Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work
(Proudly Sponsored by Brisbane City Council)
written by Richard Jordan,
La Boite Indie
& MadCat Creative Connections
with the support of QPAC

Angel Gear
Best Independent Production
La Boite Indie & Pentimento Productions
with the support of QPAC

Sven Swenson
Best Male Actor in a Leading Role
Angel Gear

Helen Christinson
Best Female Actor in a Leading Role
A Doll’s House

Damien Cassidy
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role
A Doll’s House

Cienda McNamara
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
A Doll’s House

Steven Mitchell Wright
Best Director
A Doll’s House

Simone Romaniuk
Best Design (Set & Costumes)
Macbeth

optikal bloc
Best Technical Design (Lights, Multimedia & Sound)
multimedia design – Pale Blue Dot

Casey Woods
Bille Brown Award for Best Emerging Artist
for her performance in Angel Gear

Spamalot
Best Musical or Cabaret
Harvest Rain Theatre Company

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Congratulations to all recipients of the 2014 Matilda Awards!

View all 2014 nominations or see a list of past winners.

17
Feb
16

Matilda Awards 2015 – nominations and an invitation

 

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The Matilda Awards were initiated in 1987 by theatre reviewers Alison Cotes and Sue Gough, who felt there should be some form of recognition that celebrated and promoted the excellence of southeast Queensland’s theatre industry.

 

Artists of national and international stature feature among past winners, who include:
Bille Brown, Robyn Nevin, Sally McKenzie, Russell Kiefel, Bill Haycock, Anthony Phelan, Jennifer Flowers, Sue Rider, Eugene Gilfedder, Robert Arthur, David Walters, Aubrey Mellor, Bryan Nason, David Brown, Jim Vile, David Clendinning, Dale Ferguson, David Bell, Andrew Buchanan, Brenna Lee-Cooney, John Batchelor, Greg Clarke, Hayden Spencer, Babette Stephens, Wesley Enoch, John Kotzas, Michael Gow.

 

For a practitioner to be nominated for work on an individual production, that production first must comply with the following guidelines:

 

  • the production was either a fully professional production – pro-am, community and student works are not eligible
  • international and national touring productions are not eligible
  • the work must have been seen by at least half the judges.

 

If there is no category for a show that impressed all the judges, a category may be created to reward that show.

 

Guidelines for voting:

For each category, a short list of four nominees will be made (to be released on the website prior to the ceremony), unless there were insufficient worthy candidates to do so.

The voting process is preferential. Committee members will award four points to their first choice, three points to their second, two to their third, and one point to their fourth.

The aggregate points received by an eligible production will be averaged by attendance to ensure a fair weighting of votes in proportion to the number of committee members who saw each.

Judges cannot vote in categories where they have a conflict of interest – for instance if they or a family member has been involved in a production in any way.

 

One Gold Matilda honouring an individual or creative team for an outstanding contribution beyond the definitions of the Silver categories will be announced on the evening of 29th February, 2016.

 

The committee decided at its January 12 meeting to award this single Gold Matilda, rather than five, as was previously the case, directly influenced by industry feedback that the Gold and Silver categories should be streamlined to avoid confusion and repetition between the two. The committee regrets it did not act to amend the website to reflect this decision before the Silver Matildas shortlist was announced.

 

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Silver Matilda Awards will be presented to an artist or company for commendable work in each of the following categories:

SILVER AWARD FINALISTS:

Best Mainstage Production
Brisbane, Queensland Theatre Company
Dracula, shake & stir theatre co
Grounded, Queensland Theatre Company
Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Queensland Theatre Company & Queensland Government

 

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Best Independent Production
Heavenly Bodies, Pentimento Productions in association with Brisbane Powerhouse
My Love Had a Black Speed Stripe, Fractal Theatre
The Pillowman, Shock Therapy Productions in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse
Slammed, Crosstown Artists
Tiptoe, Brisbane Powerhouse in partnership with Pentimento Productions

 

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Best Male Actor in a Leading Role
Sandro Colarelli, My Love Had a Black Speed Stripe
Dash Kruck, Brisbane
Regan Lynch, Heavenly Bodies
Nick Skubij, Dracula

 

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Best Female Actor in a Leading Role
Carol Burns, Happy Days
Libby Munro, Grounded
Christen O’Leary, Medea
Melissa Western, Barbara and Barry’s Sweet, Sour and Saucy

 

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Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Brian Lucas, The Seagull
Tama Matheson, The Pillowman
Silvan Rus, Titus
Colin Smith, The Odd Couple

 

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Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Kimberley Hodgson, Into the Woods
Sarah McLeod, Tiptoe
Naomi Price, Ladies in Black
Emily Tomlins, The Motion of Light in Water

 

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Best Director
Sam Foster, The Pillowman
Michael Futcher, Dracula
Andrea Moor, Grounded
John Peek, Slammed

 

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Best Design (Set and costumes)
Josh McIntosh – set design on Dracula
Josh McIntosh – set design on Sweet, Sour and Saucy
Raymond Milner – production design on Heavenly Bodies
Sarah Winter – set design on Medea

 

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Best Technical Design (Lighting, multimedia and sound)
Jason Glenwright – lighting design on Dracula
Ryan Mahony – sound design on Heavenly Bodies
Raymond Pittmann – video design on De Profundis
David Walters – lighting design on Brisbane

 

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Bille Brown Award for the Best Emerging Artist
Billy Bourchier, Pirates of Penzance
Kimberley Hodgson, Into the Woods
Georgina Hopson, Pirates of Penzance & Into the Woods
Sarah Morrison, Ladies in Black

 

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The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work
Brisbane, by Matthew Ryan
I Might Take My Shirt Off, by Dash Kruck with music by Chris Perren
Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, by Daniel Evans
Slammed, by Stefanie Brooke Harper

 

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Best Musical or Cabaret
Barbara and Barry’s Sweet, Sour and Saucy, Judith Wright Centre
Boy&Girl2: Mercury Rising, Oscar Theatre Company & Brisbane Powerhouse
I Might Take My Shirt Off, QPAC in association with QLD Cabaret Festival, Jai Higgs & Dash Kruck
Ladies in Black, Queensland Theatre Company, in association with QPAC

 

See you on Monday February 29 at 6:30pm at Gardens Theatre – RSVP here.

23
Jun
15

Brain Slam Giveaway – win tix to Finbar’s Live Comedy Quiz Show

 

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Are you free tomorrow night? That’s Wednesday June 24 – go check, quick!

 

Cancel whatever you had planned because we have 4x Brain Slam tix to give away, valued at $20 each!

 

All you need to do is LIKE ClapTrap Comedy & XS Entertainment on Facebook and tell us in the comments below why you need a night of fun comedy, woodfired pizzas, AND drinks with friends at Finbar’s Live Comedy Quiz Show BRAIN SLAM.

 

See Sam Coward & Clayton Storey battle it out with Cardie Boyle and Howie Tampling tomorrow night at Finbar’s Lounge Bar, Maleny, in an all-new live comedy quiz show featuring Quizmaster, Simon Denver. (He’s a little concerned because he knows SAM WILL CHEAT!).

 

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Two teams battle it out in a fiery contest of knowledge and wit!

Join them at Finbar’s on Wednesday 24th June to see Quizmaster Simon Denver host the next comedy night, where he challenges two teams to out-wit and out-knowledge each other (out-knowledge, wait…is that even a word?)!

 

 

brainslam_miniSpecial Guests include Sam Coward (Hot 91 FM’s Breakfast DJ), Clayton Storey (if you’ve been to a comedy at Finbar’s you’ll know who he is), Howie Tampling (South East Maleny’s 12th Sharpest Mind) and Cardie Boydell (technically she’s a doctor, so that’s kind of scared everyone else a bit), and of course, your Quizmaster Simon Denver (playwright and director, and he ‘reckons his mum once said he’s a bit of a legend).

 

 

This is a panel show not unlike Spicks & Specks, QI, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, so come out, sit back and find out if the contestants make a fool out of the Quizmaster, their competition or themselves!

 

 

Not to mention all the perks of Finbar’s Lounge Bar and Jen’s Famous Woodfired Pizzas!

 

Please note this is an 18+ event due to language and concepts.

 

 

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ClapTrap Comedy is about creating opportunities for both lovers of comedy as well as comedians themselves.

 

A successful comedy industry is about professional comedians being employed but also allowing comedy to be affordable for everyone who wants to get out and watch a bit of live stand-up. This is the aim of ClapTrap Comedy. Affordability for the audience, but also sustainability for the comedy industry.

 

The comedy industry in Australia is thriving with some of the best talent IN THE WORLD – and the world deserves to experience it. These are hard working people, and talented writers & performers. A true asset to Australian society. The world needs comedians. Not so much to lighten up, but to see things from a different perspective.

 

Remember:

LIKE ClapTrap Comedy & XS Entertainment on Facebook and COMMENT BELOW. Winners will be notified via email.

 

 

24
Jan
15

Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest Winners 2015

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Eleven finalists took to the stage at the 2015 Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YTICC) Grand Final at The Basement in Sydney last Saturday night. Heat winners from Adelaide, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Auckland, and Sydney came together to compete for the chance to win a career changing prize package.

 

Judges for the evening included Adelaide Cabaret Festival Executive Producer John Glenn, Noosa Long Weekend Artistic Director Ian MacKellar, Ballarat Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Graeme Russell, Tasmania Cabaret Festival Executive Producer Lucinda Wilson, Founder and Executive Director of Grayboy Entertainment Graeme Gillies, and Principal Sponsors and YTICC Patrons Ron and Margaret Dobell, who collectively had the unenviable task of deciding on a winner from the talented pool assembled.

 

After an exceptional evening of cabaret, Adelaide entrant Michaela Burger won the judges vote and became the newest cabaret sensation in Australasia, with Melbourne entrant Noni McCallum taking the runner-up title for 2015.

 

Contest Producer Jeremy Youett said, “The heats this year were incredibly strong across the board and the judges at the Grand Final truly had their work cut out for them as a result! It was incredible to see so many talented artists continuing to develop and present a vast array of ideas and styles across Australia and New Zealand and especially to see the growth of artists who returned to the Contest from previous years”.

 

The full line-up of additional finalists included Adelaide winners David Gauci, Brisbane winner Judy Hainsworth, Sunshine Coast winner Jenny Wynter, additional Melbourne winners Bethany Simons with Peter de Jager, from Auckland, Cherie Moore with Robin Kelly along with Sydney winners Jaimie Leigh Johnson, Ben Hudson, Shondelle Pratt, and Dash Kruck.  Previous contest winners Sheridan Harbridge and Marika Aubrey co-hosted and performed during the evening, which also included special performances from previous contest winners Nick ChristoToby Francis, and last year’s winner Melody Beck.

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One of two winners from the Adelaide heat held on January 5th, Burger’s eight-minute cabaret snapshot presented audiences with an excerpt from her show, Exposing Edith.  The show explores the life of Edith Piaf through her songs and experiences, and audiences can expect to hear re-imagined, contemporary re-workings of Piaf’s music in her solo show, including favourites such as La Vie En Rose. Burger and collaborator/guitarist Greg Wain are now preparing to tour the show extensively in the coming year as part of their prize package. Runner-up Noni McCallum presented the audience with a hilarious and touching insight into what it’s like to be a woman in her thirties looking for love, incorporating You Can’t Hurry Love and The IKEA Song, among other interludes.
The major prize package includes the opportunity for the winner to present their show at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, with flights and accommodation for their appearance to the value of $3000 contributed by The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation, a booking on an Australia/Pacific cruise ship courtesy of Grayboy Entertainment, a cash prize of $1000, a photographic package from Blueprint Studios valued at $1000, a music theatre and cabaret music package from Hal Leonard, as well as tour publicity from AussieTheatre.com which will spotlight the creative process as Burger continues to develop and tour her show throughout the year. The runner-up takes home a $500 cash prize, and a photographic package from Blueprint Studios valued at $500.  Each act will also be extended various performance opportunities from our Major Festival Partners including the Cabaret Festivals of Adelaide, Melbourne, Ballarat, and Queensland, as well as the Festival of Voices in Tasmania and the Noosa Long Weekend Festival, which all guarantee flights and accommodation.



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