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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




win a double pass to finucane and smith’s glory box: la revolucion




Finucane and Smith’s Glory Box: la revolucion


Finucane and Smith come to us direct from Cuba, where the national newspaper noted, “these Australians show us there are no limits or boundaries in art”.


See for yourself when you win a double pass to tomorrow night’s show at 8pm. Be quick! Like our Facebook page and leave a comment on our wall or in the comments below, to let us know why you NEED to see this show.


Internationally renowned for their arresting mix of provocation and entertainment in performance works that both cherish and challenge their audiences, Finucane & Smith create intimate theatrical spectacles that mine old style entertainment genres and meld them into indelible visions of liberation, oppression, humanity, power and desire.


Arising from the fifteen year partnership of acclaimed volcanic performance artist and writer Moira FINUCANE and theatre creator and director Jackie SMITH, Finucane & Smith engage extraordinary artists and hijack myriad artforms to create intriguing, welcoming, complex and highly politicised ‘worlds’ for their audiences to occupy. Crossing hard core industrial with early opera, the literary gothic with burlesque, circus with drama, feminist performance art with sideshow, fine art with fine food, they celebrate the complexity and redemptive potential of humanity.


Finucane & Smith continue to have an undeniable influence at the cutting edge of political and populist performance; bringing profoundly underground work to mainstream audiences; consistently burning the envelope when it comes to what can be presented within an entertaining context; their work on the female body and desire is the subject of continued academic discourse; they are cited by cultural practitioners around the world as a source of inspiration; and they attract audiences that don’t even like theatre: “beats the f**k out of Friday night footy” (Geelong punter at the Burlesque Hour).


Like XS Entertainment on Facebook and tell us – either there or in the comments section here – why you need to see Finucane and Smith TOMORROW NIGHT




WONDERLAND season continues…


Love Box (Powerhouse Theatre)


Premium (table)$60*
Full (table)$54*
Concession (table)$47*
Groups (table 6 +)$47*
Stalls + Balcony (full)$39*
Stalls + Balcony (concession)$33*
*An additional fee applies to each booking transaction. Single tickets $3 / Multiple tickets $6.


Wed 02, Thu 03, Sun 06 + Sun 138pm
Fri 04, Sat 05 8.30pm
Fri 11 7pm
Sat 12 7pm + 9.30pm


(100 mins — includes interval)




WIN a double pass to Absinthe under the Spiegeltent!











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.




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







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!


ABSINTHE_HandBalance (vert) ©Spiegelworld


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.




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.



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






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!


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



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).


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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Giveaway: Win a Double Pass to see Autobahn


It’s a giveaway! Hooray!


Thanks to the cool cats at Underground Productions, we are giving you the chance to see the opening night TONIGHT at the Schonell Theatre, St Lucia. Just comment below to let us know why you’re looking forward to a night out at the theatre TONIGHT!

Make sure you’re following Underground Productions and XS Entertainment on Facebook and Twitter.


Underground Productions presents Autobahn
By Neil LaBute


Director: Meg Ham
Assistant Director: Danielle Carney


Autobahn is a series of short vignettes that all take place in the front seats of a car.  Through such a simple and free premise, playwright Neil LuBute explores seven scenarios of regular people in extraordinary circumstances.  From breakups to kidnappings to an escape from rehab, the situation is transformed again and again but the setting remains the same – showing us just how significant a short car ride can be, and taking us on a heartbreaking and exhilarating ride.


Director Meg Ham seized the opportunity to direct this QUEENSLAND PREMIERE after having been assistant director on Underground Productions’ previous work Bat Boy: The Musical, one of Underground’s biggest and most successful productions ever.  The simultaneously unique yet everyday setting of the piece coupled with LaBute’s bold, idiosyncratic dialogue attracted Meg from the first page.  I was drawn in by that concept of being confined and what conspires when two humans are trapped together; how we seize the opportunity to confront the other because they have nowhere to run.”


The cast includes a host of Underground veterans and some talented newcomers fresh off other theatrical projects – including winners of the Short+Sweet Queensland finals, and Meg is thrilled to have secured such a stellar group of young actors.  “The cast is incredible and are some of the hardest working performers I’ve ever had the pleasure or working with. They are thoughtful and honest to their characters and portray each story with a selflessness that you just don’t see very often.”


“I hope that you can love this show as much as we do. There is a chapter for everyone so come and share in these stories with us.”


Performance Dates:
Tuesday – October 1 at 7:30pm – OPENING NIGHT
Wednesday – October 2 at 7:30pm
Thursday – October 3 at 7:30pm
Friday – October 4 at 1:30pm – MATINEE
Friday – October 4 at 7:30pm – CLOSING NIGHT


After the performance on opening night, stick around for free food, drinks and a meet-and-greet with the cast, crew and members of Underground Productions.


The Schonell Theatre
The University of Queensland

St Lucia, 4067

Directions and parking info can be found at:


$15 for ADULTS / $12 for STUDENTS / $10 for UNDERGROUND MEMBERS or groups of 10+ Tickets available can be booked online:


Remaining tickets will be available at the door but bookings are highly recommended (booking online incurs a $1 fee per ticket).   Be sure you double check your bookings, as we cannot offer refunds.


For group bookings, please contact Xanthe at:



The story deals with heavy and mature themes.  The show also contains some strong language so we recommend that audience members be at least 15 years of age.
About Underground Productions:

Underground Productions is the University of Queensland’s resident theatre group.  It has been running (under different names) since the 1970s, 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 four mainhouse shows each 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 offers and provides a thorough sense of fun for both members and audiences alike.