Posts Tagged ‘competition

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

 

 

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01
Jun
15

WIN a double pass to Absinthe under the Spiegeltent!

 

 

WE ARE GIVING AWAY 3 DOUBLE PASSES TO ABSINTHE

UNDER THE SPIEGELTENT!

 

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COMMENT BELOW OR ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO TELL US WHY YOU CAN’T MISS ABSINTHE

BE AVAILABLE TO ATTEND ABSINTHE ON JUNE 10 AT 8PM

 

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From the creators of EMPIRE… comes ABSINTHE by Spiegelworld

 

 

“If you only see one show in your entire life, make it ABSINTHE”  Huffington Post

 

 

…. the city is about to be shocked, probably outraged, definitely wowed and absolutely entertained when the politically incorrect yet athletically gifted and talented cast from ABSINTHE Tour Le Monde ARRIVE IN TOWN!!!

Brisbane loved EMPIRE when it rocked King George Square! Now the creators are back with a show that takes things to a whole new level – the city is about to be shocked, probably outraged, definitely wowed and absolutely entertained when the politically incorrect yet athletically gifted and talented cast from ABSINTHE Tour Le Monde, presented by Stan, arrives for a strictly limited season from June 2 under the spiegeltent at King George Square.

 

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ABSINTHE is an adult-themed cocktail of circus, burlesque and vaudeville for a 21st century audience. The show is hosted by the filthy rich and just plain filthy Gazillionaire and his whacky assistant Abby Bobbins who have become two of the most acclaimed and subversive comedy forces in Las Vegas in recent years by parodying political correctness with their dark wit.

 

Tickets are on sale NOW for the limited Brisbane season of ABSINTHE at www.ticketek.com.au

 

 

BUT YOU CAN WIN A DOUBLE PASS BY TELLING US BELOW OR ON

OUR FACEBOOK PAGE WHY YOU MUST SEE ABSINTHE

UNDER THE SPIEGELTENT!

 

Launched by Australians in Manhattan’s gritty South Street Seaport, it became New York’s must-see event before moving to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas where it has been smashing box office records and continues selling out after four amazing years. These exceptionally talented and sexy performers from across the globe have been described by notorious Las Vegas reporter Robin Leach as “naughty and nice, exotic and erotic, wild and wacky.”

 

 

It’s not only the artists who create the magic of ABSINTHE.

 

 

The show will be presented in Brisbane in a 700-seat antique spiegeltent, furnished with beveled mirrors, plush velvet seating booths and a well-stocked bar in King George Square. It’s the most intimate stage in town, with the artists dedicated to performing their jaw-dropping, breath-taking acts up close and very personal!

 

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Brisbane audiences at ABSINTHE will be treated to new international acts, especially hand-picked for the Australian tour, joining the line-up of jaw-dropping performances which have been wowing Las Vegas for four sold-out years.  Celebrity audience members have included Elijah Wood, Channing Tatum, James Franco, Olivia Newton-John, Neil Patrick Harris, Brad Garrett and Pamela Anderson.

 

Laura von Bongard and Luka Clayburn from Germany, have created a breathtakingly sexy aerial hoop duet which is being premiered on this Australian tour. Los Dos Tacos (Andrei Sizonenka and Aliaksandr Yurkavets from Belarus) astound with their heart-stopping human foosball routine on the high bar- believed to be the first time a double Horizontal Bar act has been performed on the intimate spiegeltent stage where the audience are just inches away from the action. Other acts include Oleksandr Volohdin (Ukraine) building an impossibly high chair mountain; The Lost Souls (Ukraine) with their stunning acrobatic Banquine Act; the sensuous Jacob Oberman and Maika Isogawa (USA) on the Duo Straps; Michal Nowosadko and Zbigniew Sobierakski (Poland) displaying extraordinary grace and strength with their Hand Balance; and The Frat Pack (USA) on the daring High Wire.

 

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Spiegelworld’s Impresario, Australian Ross Mollison, said of the impending Brisbane season, “ABSINTHE is now considered a must see for visitors to Las Vegas. I am thrilled to be bringing our biggest ever hit production to Brisbane – a city which we know embraces the best and most exciting stage performances – before we head off to tour the rest of the world.”

 

 

ABSINTHE is a bona-fide international phenomenon.

 

Brisbane:

Performances start June 2 2015, under the spiegeltent at King George Square

Performance Schedule:  

Tuesday/Wednesday – 8pm    Thursday/Friday/Saturday – 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Sunday – 5pm & 7pm

 

 

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For your chance to win a double pass to Absinthe on Wednesday June 10 at 8pm, comment below or on our Facebook page and tell us why you MUST SEE ABSINTHE!

26
Feb
14

Jenny Wynter brings A Viking Tale to Brisbane Comedy Festival!

 

And you can see her new show for FREE just by visiting our Facebook page to let us know that you’d love to catch the 8:45pm show TONIGHT!

 

You know we love Jenny Wynter!

 

 

WINNER Award for Excellence in Cabaret Melbourne Fringe

 

NOMINEE Victorian Green Room Award Cabaret Writing

 

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Jenny Wynter A Viking Tale

Grab your tribe, bring your best axe and gear up for an hour of comedic pillage!

 

Jenny Wynter is known for her fiercely funny shows that combine whimsy, stand-up, improvised songs and her wild enthusiasm for the world. In A Viking Tale she invites you to bring your inner warrior to this shamelessly silly one-woman rock opera about finding the viking within.

Here are 5 things you should know about this show:

It’s about vikings.

Jenny gets to dress up as a viking (and so do you!)

It’s a rock opera. A very, very silly rock opera.

It’s directed by Russell Fletcher (of Spontaneous Broadway fame and umpteen other fabulous things)

Musical direction is by Peta Wilson (who you may have seen in about a gazillion brilliant Brissie bands including Fuschia, CucaShop and others, plus in last year’s Wonderland season at Brisbane Comedy Festival).

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Jenny says, “It’s always ridiculously nerve-wracking putting together an entirely new show… unlike getting onstage when you’ve already done something so have at least SOME inkling as to how an audience MIGHT react to it, a new show means a leap of faith: namely trusting that the stuff you’ve found amusing in rehearsals will translate and be enjoyed by others and that it’s not just that you were so exhausted by the creative process that anything seemed chuckle-worthy.”

 

Brisbane Comedy Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse

February 25 – March 3 

Adelaide Fringe Festival at Tuxedo Cat

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th March

To win a double pass to tonight’s 8:45pm show at Brisbane Powerhouse, leave a comment on our Facebook page or tweet us before 5pm.

 

 

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21
Aug
13

A Give Away – Win a Double Pass to Bat Boy: the Musical!

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Underground Productions presents the musical comedy hit Bat Boy: The Musical, the hilariously dark tale of a half-boy, half-bat discovered living in a cave, and the obstacles he faces as he tries to integrate into a small, rural town in West Virginia.

 

It’s an explosively entertaining take on how we fear the strange and unknown, set against a score that mixes rock with contemporary musical theatre.  With elements of satire, comedy-horror, irony and forbidden love, Bat Boy is a thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining work that has garnered massive critical and public acclaim, including the Outer Critics Circle Award for best off-Broadway musical in 2001.

 

Because we loved Underground’s Urinetown so much we want you to see Bat Boy: The Musical so we’re giving away a double pass to the opening night performance on Friday August 30 at The Schonell! Just tell us in the comments section below the best thing about Brisbane theatre!

 

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Matilda Award nominee Alex Feifers jumped at the opportunity to direct this exciting, yet challenging show.  Undaunted by the imposing text, she says “The real challenge is perfectly balancing the dark and dramatic themes with the comedic irony and wit.  But backed by such a strong creative team and crew, not to mention the stellar cast, I have a big feeling this is going to be the highlight of the local Brisbane musical theatre scene this year.”

 

By the writer of the recent hit Legally Blonde The Musical, Underground Productions couldn’t be more proud and excited to present the Queensland premiere of Bat Boy: The Musical, running from August 29 until September 7.

 

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About Underground Productions:

Underground Productions is the University of Queensland’s resident theatre group.  It has been running (under different names) since the 1970′s, with artists such as Geoffrey Rush and Bille Brown beginning their careers with the company.  Since its venue transition to the wonderful 440 seat Schonell Theatre in 2010, Underground has evolved to produce some of Brisbane’s finest theatre, whilst still maintaining its close-knit and fun-loving attitude.  Along with 4 mainhouse shows a year, Underground Productions provides opportunities for all things theatre, including drama workshops, backstage crew training, arts festivals, and an annual musical.

 

Underground also strives to showcase original works that the talented Brisbane community has to offer and provides a thorough sense of fun to both members and audiences alike.

 

N.B. The story deals with many dark and mature themes.  Although respectfully handled and often punctuated with humour, we nevertheless recommend that audience member be at least 15 years of age.  There will also be strobe lighting effects, and loud sound effects and music.

 

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Performance Dates:

Thursday – August 29 at 7:30pm – PREVIEW NIGHT1

Friday – August 30 at 7:30pm – OPENING NIGHT*

Saturday – August 31 at 2:30pm

Saturday – August 31 at 7:30pm

Tuesday – September 3 at 7:30pm – STUDENT SPECIALS2

Wednesday – September 4 at 7:30pm

Thursday – September 5 at 7:30pm

Friday – September 6 at 7:30pm

Saturday – September 7 at 2:30pm

Saturday – September 7 at 7:30pm – CLOSING NIGHT

*After the opening night performance, stick around for free food, drinks, live music and a meet-and-greet with the cast and crew

 

Tickets:
$20 for adults / $18 for students / $15 for Underground Members
Tickets available from July 15 and can be booked online: http://www.undergroundproductions.org.au

 

1 $18/15/12 tickets for adults/students/members on Preview Night

 

2Students and members pay only $12 on Student Night

 

For your chance to win the opening night Double Pass follow this blog, like us on Facebook and tell us in the comments section below what you love about Brisbane theatre! Winner will be notified via email and announced on our Facebook page.

 

15
Feb
13

WIN UKE TIX

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

WIN UKE TIX

 

Do you know this film clip? You know the song.

 

One day I saw this version, or heard this version, and I cried my eyes out, and I became a bit of a uke fan.

 

Even now I hear it and my heart breaks. This rendition is how sad beauty can be. And how beautiful sadness can be.

 

 

 

 

If you’re a uke fan, you would already know that The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are playing QPAC’s Concert Hall on Monday at 8pm.

 

If you’re not a big uke fan, don’t worry, YOU WILL BE! Because this is no ordinary night out! Look!

 

 

EXCITING NEWS! It’s our first giveaway!

 

 

Thanks to the team at JPPR you can WIN 2 complimentary tickets for Monday night’s performance in Brisbane, simply by ‘fessing up or imagining you play the ukulele and commenting below.

 

We have  2 x 2 tickets to give away.

 

Make sure you follow the steps for your chance to win and treat you and a friend to a fun night out!

 

1. Like our page on Facebook (by liking our page you are simply connecting with us and other creative types there. Feel free to continue sharing the love!).

 

2. Comment below to tell us that you’ve liked our page on Facebook, and then tell us in 25 words or less, what is the song you would most like to play on the uke and why?

 

 

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Winners will be announced here on Monday.

Following their recent roof-raising, foot-stomping show at the Royal Albert Hall, the exceptional Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are coming back to Australia. As part of a world tour which has included sold-out concerts in New York and London, the “Ukes’ will be bringing their funny, toe tapping, all singing, all plucking obituary of rock and roll and melodious light entertainment to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in 2013.

Since playing their first gig in 1985 the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain have gone from playing upstairs at a London pub to the world’s most prestigious venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House and London’s Royal Albert Hall. The orchestra’s influence on the renaissance of the ukulele is undeniable with the “uke boom” seeing chart-topping bands such as Mumford and Sons join the phenomenon sweeping the globe with the celebrated ‘bonsai guitar’ well-and-truly at an all-time level of popularity.

Returning to Australia after their first tour earlier this year which saw sold-out concerts around the country, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are sure to be the hottest ticket this summer with a new show that will be an entertaining white-knuckle ride between twisted covers including Lady Gaga, Adele, Junior Walker, Black Sabbath and Michael Jackson.

With concerts announced today for Brisbane’s Concert Hall at QPAC on February 18, Sydney’s State Theatre on February 19 and Melbourne’s newly refurbished Hamer Hall on February 20, you will be hooked from the first chord when 8 ukuleles come together and are played at their best by world-acclaimed, highly skilled performers with a dollop of typically British humour.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain believe that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, especially when they are played on their instruments bought with loose change – ukuleles!

Grab your friends and family and enjoy a night out like no other with the band that The New York Times recently named as one of the ‘five best concerts of the year’.

COMMENT BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

 

30
Jul
12

Are you Queensland’s Biggest Ballet Fan?

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Think you have what it takes to claim the title of

QUEENSLAND’S BIGGEST BALLET FAN?

Upload your photo/film/text for your chance to

WIN THE ULTIMATE BALLET PACKAGE!

Do you enter a room with a leap, stand en pointe waiting in line or is your favourite outfit a tutu? Show us you’re QLD’s biggest ballet fan by submitting a video, photo or text entry. This could be your ticket to see one of the world’s leading ballet companies, The Hamburg Ballet performing exclusively in Brisbane this August. The top 3 entries from each category with the most votes will be judged based on imagination, enthusiasm and excitement for ballet.

Check out the Gallery here

I’m suggesting our own Stephanie Fisher from Embody Performing Arts is a contender.

Check out this shot of Steph by Sunshine Coast photographer Kate Whatman.

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Queensland’s Biggest Ballet Fan – Individual (prize for 2 people) includes:

  • Return economy airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation: one night for two people (In: 1 September Out: 2 September 2012 ONLY)
  • Premium Tickets for two people for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7.30pm on Saturday 1 September 2012
  • Inclusion in a group tour of QPAC behind the scenes.
  • Set Menu Dinner at the Lyrebird restaurant for 2 people on Saturday 1 September 2012
  • The Hamburg Ballet Program

Queensland’s Biggest Ballet Fan – Performance Group / School (prize for up to 10 people) includes:

  • Return economy airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation: one nights for up to ten people (In: 1 September Out: 2 September 2012 ONLY)
  • A reserve Tickets for up to 10 people for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7.30pm on Saturday 1 September valued at $1300.
  • Inclusion in a group tour of QPAC behind the scenes.
  • Dinner for up to ten people at QPAC Café Saturday 1 September 2012
  • The Hamburg Ballet Programs

Participation in this Competition means acceptance of these terms and conditions.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Premiere Experience