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The 33rd Annual Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival


3 days  – 18 short plays from all over South East Queensland!

Just like a short film festival… only live!!!

Theatre companies from across South East Queensland converge on the Sunshine Coast to compete in this 3 day smorgasbord of live theatre.Great value for money and always an amazing variety of short plays throughout the weekend.

Lights, Camera, Spandex!

Lights, Camera, Spandex!

When:  August 16, 17 & 18 (Various session times)

The Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Inc is proud of the history of this event, more so when the festival will be staging 22 plays from around the greater South East this year between the Open and Youth Sections.

So, welcome both players and audience members alike to beautiful Buderim.

There is a great sense of family within the Festival community and we would like all theatre-makers to view our Festival as the place you can relax, unwind and play. You, the audience, will be witness to the wonderful creative cocktail that has brought everyone together, to share their talents and wholly entertain.

Don’t forget to support our Youth Theatre Festival at The Lind Theatre next Saturday August 24. We encourage all of you to attend this part of our festival as the talent amongst this group will astound and will surely be the breeding ground of the future talent on all our stages. And to that end, we are excited to announce the Youth Bursary has been increased from $200 to $1,000 thanks to the generous sponsor—Coolum Theatre Players. A huge investment in the future of theatre on the Sunshine Coast.

Our adjudicator this year is Andrea Moor. Please make her feel welcome.

An event of this scale and calibre is not possible if it were not for the tireless efforts of an army of volunteers, and like the Festival Circuit, the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, comprising of BATS Theatre Co, Coolum Theatre Players, Oriana Arts, Suncoast Repertory Theatre, The Lind Theatre and Noosa Arts Theatre, has a growing sense of family that have all contributed their time, talents and expertise to making the Festival what it is.

Nor would it be possible without the wonderful support from our sponsors and our media partners: the Sunshine Coast Daily; ABC Coast FM; 104.9 Sunshine FM; and 101.3 Noosa Community Radio; whose generosity is greatly appreciated.

Special thanks to: our team leaders; programme compiler, Stephen Moore; and publicity dynamo Synda Turnbull.


Adjudicator: Andrea Moor

Andrea Moor has worked nationally and internationally as an actor over the last 30 years.

A NIDA graduate, Andrea has studied at East 15 in London and with The Atlantic Theatre Co in New York. She was responsible for introducing the acting technique Practical Aesthetics to Australia in 1994, co-founding PAA Australia, and the Sydney annex of the Atlantic Theatre Company of New York.

Andrea’s extensive credits as an actor include many productions with the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, the Griffin Theatre Company,

The Ensemble, The State Theatre Company of SA, Pork Chop, Marian Street and since her move to Brisbane ten years ago, The Queensland Theatre Company and La Boite. She has also worked extensively in film and television both as an actor and a performance coach.

Supported by an Arts Queensland fellowship Andrea moved into directing, establishing her own company …and moor theatre. The company produced the Australian premiere of Jon Fosse’s Beautiful and offered writer Ross Mueller the opportunity to rework his play Ghost Writer in a production at Metro Arts.

In 2011 Andrea directed the Australian premiere of Mark Swivel’s Water Falling Down for the Queensland Theatre Company and this year Andrea has received glowing reviews for her production of the Australian premiere of David Ives Venus in Fur, again for QTC. Directing credits also include Intimacy for JUTE, Furious for NIDA, Mad Forrest and Dreamplay for the NIDA Young Actors Studio, Top Girls for WAAPA and The Tempest for USQ Shakespeare in the Park. Andrea will be directing a project for QTC in 2014.

Andrea is a dedicated teacher and has just completed a Doctorate of Creative Industries (QUT) where her final paper was a comparative study of the efficacy of the acting training methodologies taught at NIDA, QUT, VCA and WAAPA.

Anything But Barefoot Bowls

Anything But Barefoot Bowls

Cost: Festival Pass $40, Session Pass $15 (4 plays per session). 
(Visa and MasterCard Credit and Debit Cards accepted. NO eftpos facilities at venue)





Wishful Thinking (Mousetrap Theatre Co)

the boy in the cardboard box (theatre s)

The Blackness of Terror (Dizzy Productions)

Context (BATS Theatre Co Inc)


The Harvest (Jigsaw)

Smitten (Dizzy Productions)

Roman Fever (Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Co)


In The Blood (KSP Theatre)

10, 000 Cigarettes (Miranda’s Dressing Room)

Anything But Barefoot Bowls (SAD Thetare Co)

God of Carnage (Suncoast Repertory Theatre & The Lind)


Void (Brisbane Arts Theatre)

Triangle (Down Stage Left)

LIMBUS (IntAct Players)

Hoosierdaddy (Excalibur Theatre Co)


Til Death Do We Part (Pegasus Entertainment)

Lights, Camera, Spandex! (Golden Glove Productions)

The Big Cats (Ipswich Little Theatre Society)




Poppy’s Perspective: Circa Zoo Wonderland


Circa Zoo: Wonderland

The Noosa Long Weekend Festival

The J Theatre

Saturday 15th June 2013


Reviewed by Poppy Eponine


Circa Zoo_photo byRed Eclipse Photography for NLW Festival 2013Circa Zoo is a troupe of young performers daring to create and deliver spectacular contemporary circus art through performance.


See a glimpse of their world through the elegance and tenderness of relationships and experience the true meaning of adventure being about the journey, not the destination.


Based at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley, the Circa Zoo program is just one of many circus training programs run by internationally renowned contemporary circus company, Circa. Circa Zoo is Circa’s extension performance program for talented young people who, in following Circa’s ethos, re-imagine circus in their own way under the guidance of trainers and directors.


Circa Zoo is a troupe of young performers daring to create and deliver spectacular contemporary circus art through performance.


Macquarie Noosa Long Weekend Festival Day 2 Sat am © 2013 Barry Alsop Photographer Eyes Wide Open IMAGES

At The J Theatre I went to Circa Zoo and when we walked into The J it looked beautiful with beautiful decorations, just especially for The Noosa Long Weekend. We saw Trena and Ian and Travis but I didn’t remember Travis because I was too little when he went to WAAPA. I was a bit shy when I saw him. I didn’t want to give him a hug but I know Trena so I gave her a big bear hug.


When we went in to find our seats we saw coloured hoops along the front of the stage. It was interesting because it looked like they might throw the hoops into the audience. The hoops looked like the middle of the pom poms I make.



The best tricks were the swinging body slams.



Macquarie Noosa Long Weekend Festival Day 2 Sat am © 2013 Barry Alsop Photographer Eyes Wide Open IMAGES

And the body slams, the hanging hoops, the swing, and the giant round toys that the youngest girl in the troupe had, and they hid behind them. She had the mini set of the round toys. They did handstands on them. And one kid tried to steal the toys from her. There were other funny acts like that.


They didn’t roll over the giant one, but they tumbled, galloping on their hands. Then they rolled the biggest one over a kid. Two kids! That was very cheeky. And at the end they used it to make a tree. They all made a tree with their bodies and that was nice. They seemed to all be friends, and that’s nice. It was like it was a family tree, like the people make one big family.



It was fabulous and I loved it. It wasn’t just the tricks. It was funny. It was funny because it was cheeky when they rolled the giant toy over the two girls but it looked like they probably didn’t mind because they’d practiced doing it.


It was interesting when the girl did the hoop tricks. She did tricks that I think you would need to do many, many days of practice for, unless you’ve already done years of hoop practice because you’ve grown up as a circus kid. She had a beautiful face, her expression was beautiful and I liked the eye contact she had with everyone in the audience.


The music was beautiful and it was my favourite kind of music when it was upbeat and I could find two beats in the music. It was a good choice for the types of acts there were. They had a good sense that it would be good for the show and I loved it. The music made me bounce up and down. I was dancing in my seat! Maybe the people behind me had to bounce up and down or move around to see because I was dancing. It would have been a bit annoying for the people in that row. BUT I hope they still enjoyed the show.


Macquarie Noosa Long Weekend Festival Day 2 Sat am © 2013 Barry Alsop Photographer Eyes Wide Open IMAGES

The circus kids had extremely wonderful faces. Their faces looked surprised, like in Alice in Wonderland, when Alice saw a rabbit in clothes.


They must have had the best teachers because they did so well. After the show we met Abby, one of the trainers, so I have to give her a bit of love because she’s one of the trainers.


I know how hard it is to put on a show because I just did my BYTES concert, but the difference is that this show was harder and they must have practiced A LOT!



Macquarie Noosa Long Weekend Festival Day 2 Sat am © 2013 Barry Alsop Photographer Eyes Wide Open IMAGESThey were brave.


You’ve gotta’ be brave to be a circus person. I wish I could do it. I would need to practice A LOT! I would like to learn the balance work and if I was able to, I would like to do the swinging slams. I’ve actually been practicing already. Dad can catch me when they swing me into his arms. And I can do both types of splits.


I won’t get to do the workshop next week but when Circa Zoo comes back to Noosa I would like to work with them. Mum says we had better tell the mums and dads to BOOK EARLY!






Macquarie Noosa Long Weekend Festival Day 2 Sat am © 2013 Barry Alsop Photographer Eyes Wide Open IMAGES

Poppy Eponine just turned seven and she knows what she’s talking about.








Sunday 16th June at the Festival


10am David Malouf (The J) in conversation with ABC’s Richard Fidler

10am IFilmaking workshops for kids 14-17years (The J)

10.30am African Drumming Workshop (Bicentennial Hall)

11.30am Women in Power Forum (Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort) – I’m live-tweeting it!

11.45am African Drumming Workshop #2 (Bicentennial Hall)

2pm The New Palm Court Orchestra (The J)

3pm Tea Treats and Tales cooking demo and afternoon tea with Janelle Bloom (RACV Noosa Resort)

3.30pm Refugees Forum (Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort)

7pm Tom Sharah ‘Its Raining Me’ & Sarah-Louise Young ‘Julie Madly Deeply’ double bill show (The J)



Amy Ingram: Out Damn Snot!


 Out Damn Snot


I first saw AMY INGRAM in 2011 at Metro Arts in the Metro Arts Allies’ & The Good Room’s stellar production of Nina Raine’s Rabbit, directed by Dan Evans. As Bella, Ingram was a one woman tour-de-force. As Mackenzie, in La Boite’s first production of 2013, Shake & Stir’s Out Damn Snot! she is hilarious.


Here’s what Amy had to tell us about what’s happening in her world of snot and goop at the moment!


Out Damn SnotDaddy’s Girl Mackenzie is settling in for an afternoon of dress-ups with her best friend and sister-from-another-mister, Kim. The only problem is that Mackenzie’s annoying little brother Heath is hanging around like a bad smell, and so is his forever-running nose. When Heath’s sniffing and snotting becomes too much, the girls decide to take action and devise a spell to turn him into… a girl!


Mackenzie and Kim soon learn that messing with magic can have disastrous consequences when they find themselves transported into Heath’s gooey nasal cavities. As they dig around for clues and a way out, they meet a collection of crazy characters and have to leap pits of snot, dodge tickly nose hairs and avoid the gigantic finger that keeps coming in for a pick!


Loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and tightly squeezed into a hilarious show for kids of all ages, this disgustingly delightful tale is set in a large pool of green slime and will have audiences squelching, squirming and squealing with joy.


Out Damn Snot will sound familiar to many…sort of! Can you tell us about this production and who it’s aimed at?

Well Well Well …… I think those who watch the show will recognise a few familiar story lines. Out Damn Snot draws from MacBeth and A Midsummer Nights Dream but the story itself is more about friendship, adventure and SLIME!  This show is definitely aimed a younger audience and all of those people with their imaginations still fully intact. Oh and anybody who enjoys watching other people get goop all over them!


We hear you’re having marvelous fun in the rehearsal room at La Boite. What happens in a shake & stir rehearsal?

Fun. This never happens! HAHAHAAAA. I can honestly say we don’t go a single rehearsal without something testing my bladder control. I think we are just all enjoying the opportunity to play and be young brats again. It’s exhausting being 8 but it does give you license to get away with things perhaps an older person would not do.


Ross (Balbuziente) is directing this production rather than performing in it. What does Ross bring to this show and what do you enjoy about working with him?

Well for one thing he reins us in when our imaginations go to far! Without Ross the show would go on for hours……Ross is great he lets us explore the story , push ideas, test boundaries and then shapes the whole thing while always keeping the younger audience in mind. It’s a hard balance to strike – making sure that the kids who this story is aimed at understand everything and enjoy themselves but also keeping the lovely parents who are taking their children along engaged in the story as well. I think Ross is very aware of this and always moulds the show with that in mind.


What do you love about Shakespeare?

I have seen too much Shakespeare done horribly over the years so it is sometimes easy to forget what fantastic characters he writes. I think some of the darker characters in his plays are fantastic and unique in terms of giving an actor the opportunity to explore people who are bold, complex and larger than life.


What’s your favourite Shakespearean insult?

“You should be women and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so.” From MacBeth about the 3 witches.


What are your favourite memories of studying Shakespeare at school?

Hamlet during my final year at University. It was the first time I really engaged 100% with Shakespeare and funnily enough Nelle Lee and Leon Cain were in the show as well. I played Rosencrantz and Nelle played Guildenstern and I actually think our director regretted putting Nelle and I together so closely as we were always up to something!


We can see how shake & stir is changing the landscape of youth theatre. I don’t think Shakespeare at school has ever been quite as exciting! How do you think the company has done that?

Shake and Stir make Shakespeare accessible for youth. Often Shakespeare is done without any passion or relevance to today and I think the way that they bring the stories of Shakespeare to kids actually makes them interested in Shakespeare and understand what is going on. They have amazing marketing and branding, meaning they know what grabs kids attention, the kind of stuff they want to see and be a part of. Let’s face it, when you read Shakespeare in a classroom at school it is possibly the most boring experience of your life and I certainly think they are changing this!


How did you come to be a part of the shake & stir team? What do you love about this company, the way they work and the way in which audiences respond to the work?

I have taught for them in the past but this is the first show I have done with them. I basically was asked to play the part of Mackenzie and I said yes! The project sounded extremely fun and it was a great opportunity to work with Nelle and Leon who I went to uni with. This is the first time on stage together again since graduating and it is great. When you do a Shake and Stir show you know you are going to get audiences who just love what they are seeing. I have also seen their other shows and the kids especially are all so engaged with what they are seeing onstage it is a great opportunity to be apart of that.



What else are you doing this year?

Well THIS year – not much! Going home to SA to see my family for Christmas, which will be great but next year is going to be exciting. I kick off the year with Out Damn Snot of course but I am also doing Trollop with QTC and my company alongside Daniel Evans; The Good Room has a few things up it’s sleeve which we are really excited about.


What is it about working with students that you enjoy?

 For me working with students really re -invigorates my love for the arts and why I chose to be a part of this industry. Teaching and doing workshops also makes sure you are on top of your game. The best way to keep your skills base up to date is often teaching it to someone else. It is also great how they just throw themselves into projects especially something they love. No hesitation. No questions.


What are the major challenges when you’re working with students?

Ha! Focus! Not just for them – for me! Basically just keeping them engaged. You know when they are bored or not interested so you have to work hard to give them something that they want and also change their minds about a few things…encourage them to push past their own preconceptions and try something new.


What are the most common comments you get from teachers and parents with regard to The Arts and your work in theatre?

I honestly don’t have much to do with teachers. My work with students is always outside of a high school curriculum but I often get similar comments from parents about how great it is to see certain kids come out of their shell – or they can’t believe I got them to be onstage and on task for so long! I think parents generally are just happy when their kids get an opportunity to be a part of something they are passionate about. You can see it and it affects their everyday lives.


How did you get into theatre? Tell us about your start and what students might need to consider studying or gaining experience in if they wish to pursue a career in The Arts?

I always wanted to be involved in the arts but I guess my ideas on what that actually means has evolved over the years. You have to be passionate and thick skinned. If you are in it just to get your face on TV then I think you will find it hard to be happy and fulfilled. It is a tough industry but if you honestly can’t help yourself or think of a single other thing that would make you happy then you do it and you find a way to make it work. I grew up in an area where there was not much art around or opportunity for young people but luckily I had a great Drama teacher in high school who infected me with a love for performance and encouraged me to get out there and give it my best shot.


What’s your plan? Where will you go next and where do you want to be in 10 years time?

I’m rubbish at the 5-year -10-year plan thing. I know there are things I want to do but I’m not obsessed with when they need to happen. I also like to have a healthy dose of the fantastical mixed in with reality. I still like to believe I will win an Oscar and I also plan to travel more and create as much new work as possible. I want to be challenged and I am very open to plans changing and new goals jumping up. At the moment it is about pushing myself as a performer, seeing the world and being an artist.


What would you be doing if you were not involved in theatre?

Nothing. I would always find my way back one way or another. THERE IS NO ESCAPING!


Amy Ingram

Theatre: Seeding Bed, Young Playwrights Program, An Oak Tree, Fat Pig (Queensland Theatre Company); Where We Begin, Rabbit, Single Admissions (with Lazy Young and Talented), Holy Guacamole (The Good Room); Tracksuit Girl (Rebecca Meston). Television: Mabo, God’s of What Street, Scott Spark Music Video, Tim Freedman Music Video, As Director: Trojan Women, Wolf Lullaby (Griffith University); The Bacchae (Brisbane Girls Grammar); Ivy Shambit and The Sound Machine ( USQ Children’s Festival). Other: Director of National Young Writers Festival 2008 and 2009, 2high Festival Performance Coordinator 2007. Awards and Positions: 2010 Matlilda Award Best Emerging Artist, Co Artistic Director of The Good Room and Co Founder of The Lame Academy, Chair of USQ Alumni. Training: Graduate of USQ. Amy is a proud member of equity.


Amy Ingram Trollop


Auditions: XS, SRT & Free Spirit Entertainment!




XS Entertainment

Suncoast Repertory Theatre

Free Spirit Entertainment


are holding combined open auditions

for their 2013-2014 projects


Saturdy 15th December 2012

Times available from 10am – 2pm


@ Embody Performing Arts in Nambour


ACTING AUDITIONS – please prepare a 2 minute monologue


DANCE AUDITIONS – please prepare a 2 minute routine


SINGING AUDITIONS – please prepare a 2 minute song


*You can audition for all 3 if you wish, only one audition time will be required.


You may be required to attend a call back at 2:30pm, which will be an open group call back.

We are looking for strong individual performers who are happy to work closely with a fantastic team. 



To arrange an audition please email –

The actual address is 3/131 Currie Street but you access the studio via Howard Street. Turn into the driveway beside the white wall on Howard Street. Embody is in the same building as Civic Video……. 

if all else fails call Sam 0402461062



How to Make Snow

Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre

How to Make Snow

A brand new Christmas show!




HOW TO MAKE SNOW is a collaboration between St Laurence’s College and the little red company.

HOW TO MAKE SNOW combines professional lead actors (including Australia’s gorgeous Soprano Mirusia Louwerse, regularly seen touring the world with Andre Rieu, and Luke Kennedy of Ten Tenors fame) with student actors from local schools.

Producer: Naomi Price | Director: Daniel Evans | Music Director: Luke Kennedy | Designer: Josh McIntosh | Lighting Designer: Jason Glenwright | Choreographer: Leah Shelton

How to Make Snow is a whimsical journey from wheelie-bin lined suburban streets to far-flung ice-fields, as one young boy tries to fulfill a seemingly impossible Christmas wish – to make it snow in Australia for Christmas.

Performances: Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre at St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane, 20-22 December (four performances only).

The Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre (ERPAC) located at St Laurence’s College combines picturesque views of Brisbane CBD with versatile presentation, performance and meeting facilities in an educational setting.  Close to Brisbane’s Cultural District South Bank, host your next event in style within the city’s newest Performing Arts & Educational Centre.

St Laurence’s College is a Catholic Boys School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, catering to students from years 5 to 12. Opened in 1915 and currently educating over 1,500 students, the College aims to offer the best theoretical and practical education to students.

Named after the College’s religious icon, ERPAC was derived as a joint initiative between the College and the Mater Hospital.  Adjoining the 1,500 capacity Hancock Street car park, ERPAC was only recently opened in late October 2010.