Archive for the 'Style' Category

05
Aug
15

Opening Night Style at The Greenhouse: Grounded

 

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Opening night style at The Greenhouse Diane Cilento Studio: Grounded

 

A comparatively casual opening night affair (we’d dressed up for La Boite’s 90th birthday ball the night before), for some Grounded meant jeans and sweaters and jackets. Still in party mode, I took out the “Noosa Festival Red” stretchy Kookai number and Sachi sandals for the theatre, and later – it got cold at Greystone – my little Red Riding Hood cloak cum coat dress, which I picked up at Woodford Folk Festival a couple of years ago.

 

Grounded has been extended until August 22 so there’s really no excuse to miss the sensational Libby Munro in a stunning, game-changing role. Read my review here.

 

Wearing

 

Dress: Kookai

 

Cloak: Shovava

 

Shoes: Sachi Melissa Black Boot (be quick to get them at sale price!)

 

Jewels: Blue Illusion

 

 

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04
Aug
15

La Boite’s 90th Birthday Ball!

 

La Boite’s 90th Birthday Ball

Roundhouse Theatre

Friday July 31 2015

 

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La Boite is a story of people, passion, purpose and place.

 

People like Barbara Sisley, who in 1916 found herself stranded in Brisbane when her theatrical touring company unexpectedly disbanded. She along with literature academic J. J. Stable formed the Brisbane Repertory Theatre Society in 1925 in response to the public’s growing appetite for high quality, locally-produced theatre. For twenty years, Sisley and Stable reigned supreme in Brisbane’s theatrical community.

 

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After decades of moving between large venues such as the Theatre Royal and Albert Hall, in 1967 the company finally found a home of its own.

 

Company members (including Muriel Watson, pictured left) converted an old Queenslander in Hale St, Milton into a theatre-in-the-round. Hollowed out, the house had the appearance of a box and the name ‘La Boite’ was born. In 1972, the company moved next door to the Blair Wilson designed theatre, which so many remember with such fondness. This remained home for three decades, before the move to our current Roundhouse Theatre in Kelvin Grove.

 

90 years of existence takes resilience and ingenuity.

 

La Boite has survived two World Wars, censorship, public outrage, politically-charged programming, changing tastes, floods and the constant flirting with failure that comes with walking the tightrope between risk and certainty.

 

To celebrate their 90th birthday, La Boite gathered hundreds of programs, posters and paraphernalia in a special online archive. Play your part by donating past programs, images, articles and uploading your personal anecdotes from La Boite’s eventful history. As the archive evolves, everyone will be able to search for their favourite production or fondest memory. Go to 90years.laboite.com.au to make your contribution.

 

Thanks to La Boite and the company’s Artistic Director, Todd MacDonald, we celebrated on Friday night in the space outside the theatre, under a spacious marquee, ninety years to the day after La Boite’s story was brought to life. Incredibly, I didn’t manage to actually get into the theatre or behind the green door and into the speakeasy, where there were cocktails to be had! At some point, early in the night, all the champagne was gone and for a little while the one goal was to get to the cocktail bar behind the green door! But there were too many friends to stop and talk to along the way so you will have to ask others about the vibe and the drinks offered in the speakeasy space. #missionfail

 

A combination of official formal proceedings, quirky performances from some of our faves, and the perfect set up for chance encounters and casual conversations made it a fantastic evening, fitting of the special occasion. We joined the masses using Uber and could have come from The Valley or Tenneriffe on our special occasion new member credit, however, I’d booked Rydges Southbank for the weekend, making our first Uber experience short and very sweetly priced! We love Rydges, they always look after us, and we enjoyed a stunning full-moon-over-the-river view, buffet breakfasts and a lazy Sunday morning after another late night, soaking up some sunshine in Soleil Pool Bar. With the added joys of a late check-out, and Southbank and its night noodle markets (part of good food month) right across the road, it was very hard to leave. #noodlemarkets

 

Thanks La Boite, UberRydges Southbank for helping us make a weekend of it!

 

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La Boite 90th Birthday Ball images by Paul Sickling. See more on Facebook

 

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Insta images by XS Entertainment

 

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26
Feb
15

Opening Night Style at QPAC: Everybody Loves Lucy

 

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Opening Night Style at QPAC: Everybody Loves Lucy

 

On Tuesday night at QPAC’s Cremorne, the gorgeous fifties’ frocks were out in force for Luckiest Productions’ cabaret festival hit, Everybody Loves Lucy, starring Elise McCann. I didn’t love, love, LOVE it but I LOVED McCann’s superb performance. Read my review here.

You only have today and tomorrow to catch it so go and enjoy!

 

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Dress Code: Pinup Doll retro fifties frocks, baby!

 

Pre-show drinks: Cremorne Theatre Foyer Bar

 

Wearing

 

Dress: Basque at Myer

 

Shoes: Zou Zou at Myer

 

Mum wearing Jayson Brunsdon Black Label at Myer. Scarf from St Petersburg, Russia.

 

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See more social pics on QPAC’s Facebook page.

25
Feb
15

Opening Night Style at QPAC: Mother & Son

 

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Opening night style at QPAC: Mother & Son

 

Mother & Son on stage, thirty years after the smash hit television series, is a lovely, funny, very enjoyable, surprisingly emotional evening out. Read my review here.

 

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Dress Code: unofficially a little bit vintage

 

Pre-show drinks: Russell Street Wine Bar

 

Wearing

 

T-shirt: Death Suite

 

Pants: Lilya

 

Shoes: Jane Debster

 

Jewellery: Renee Blackwell Design

 

Mum wearing her classic black from the vault. Jewellery from on board the ship whilst cruising the Panama Canal. It’s a Jackie Onassis collection piece, inspired by this piece.

 

Shoes by trippen.

 

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20
Feb
15

Opening Night Style at Brisbane Powerhouse: Sex With Strangers

 

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Opening Night Style at Brisbane Powerhouse: Sex With Strangers

 

Loved this show so hard! Here’s my review. With any luck, we’ll see it return yet again…

 

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Dress Code: Smart & sexy

 

Pre-show drinks: Bar Alto

 

Wearing

 

Top: Mesop

 

Leggings: Black Milk Clothing

 

Shoes: Guess

 

 

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18
Feb
15

Opening Night Style at QPAC: Wicked

 

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Opening Night Style at QPAC: Wicked

 

 

I love the new touring production of Wicked (read my rave review here) and having only just experienced opening night on Sunday, unexpectedly, randomly, to fill the teacher-student ratio, I was able to see it again today with the beautiful kids and music staff from Matthew Flinders Anglican College. That’s right. I know! How lucky am I?! Lucky it’s an awesome admin team there, who can cover a lunch duty and a double Year 8 Drama class at the drop of a hat. Sorry Year 8s – I hope you were good for your teacher this arv.

 

It was interesting to see the show from the balcony, where I was able to take in the production in its entirety, rather than focusing solely on the performers in the space. This can happen when you sit in the stalls, and it means you’re sometimes missing the true scale of a production, like using the zoom function on the DVD and missing crucial elements outside of the new frame. If you only ever zoom in you may never see the director’s original vision for a film.

 

It was interesting to see and hear Ali Calder’s Elphaba so soon after experiencing Jemma’s performance, and it was interesting to hear the students’ responses to various aspects of the show. MFAC kids are well travelled so equally as interesting was hearing where in the world they’d previously seen Wicked… Today’s performance marked the fourth time one senior student had seen the show and he felt, as I did, that some of the performances were a little flat. We agreed Calder may have been “holding back”. More student comments to come…

 

I won’t post a pic of the Stella pants and Seed Heritage top that I wore today because #openingnightstyle

 

Poppy and I got a little bit greenified for opening night. No doubt you’ve seen these pics on Insta already (and no doubt noticed that I look as if I haven’t slept for a week. That’s because I haven’t slept for a week)… #newmoon #newintentions #getmoresleep

 

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Dress Code: Smart with a hint of emerald

 

Pre-show treat: The Cafe

 

Pre-show drinks: Foyer Bar

 

Wearing

 

Kaftan: Camilla

 

Shoes: Jo Mercer

 

Earrings: vintage, from the vault

 

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18
Feb
15

Opening Night Style at La Boite: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Opening Night Style at La Boite: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

 

On Wednesday night we walked into Benjamin Schostakowski’s head and experienced a Dream like no other!

 

You can read my review here.

 

 

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Dress Code: This is La Boite. Wear boldly whatever you like.

 

Pre-show drinks: La Boite

 

Wearing

 

Pants: Lilya

 

Top: Zara (Honey Birdette worn under)

 

Shoes: Siren Shoes Australia

 

Hair: unstyled. Can you tell? 

 

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