Posts Tagged ‘Noosa

02
Mar
15

Noosa Long Weekend Festival 2015 Now On Sale!

 

Noosa Long Weekend Festival presents our most exciting program yet!

 

You know these events SELL OUT! In fact, many events have already sold well during the exclusive pre-sale for Friends & Patrons. Become a Friend or Patron this year so you don’t miss out again next year!

 

You won’t want to miss David Williamson’s DREAM HOME or CATHERINE ALCORN or ROB MILLS or DUSTY LIVE IN CONCERT or AN EVENING WITH THE QUEENSLAND BALLET or MELODY BECK & JOHANNA ALLEN or ROB MILLS or JULIAN GARGUILO or THE MAGIC FLUTE! GO ON. BOOK NOW.

 

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There are 3 easy ways for you to secure your festival event tickets:

1. Online

2. Telephone* (07) 5329 6560 – The J Theatre Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm.

* A transaction fee of $3.50 applies to all telephone ticket sales.

3. Counter sales The J Theatre Mon-Fri 9am 5pm.

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For the first time ever, Opera Australia will bring a fully staged production of its much loved Opera, The Magic Flute to the Sunshine Coast.

 

Direct from Melbourne, the professional cast and orchestra complete with an authentic Egyptian tomb set, lighting, costumes and wigs will perform one night only, on Tuesday July 14.

 

“It’s a magical way to kick off our 2015 festival” said an excited and proud Festival Director, Ian Mackellar. …“It couldn’t have happened without the wholehearted support of Opera Australia Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini AM and festival event sponsors, Settler’s Cove and Tourism Noosa.”

 

The logistics surrounding this ‘one performance only event’ equates to Noosa’s own G20 manoeuvres.

 

With no existing stage large enough, a 48 foot Semi will roll into town and transform the Noosa Leisure Centre into a major performance space capable of staging the full production of this Mozart masterpiece in front of 700 people.

 

The ability to pull off such an event, confirms the Noosa Long Weekend Festival as the major regional Arts Festival in the Country.

 

President Johanne Wright said “The collective vision of Opera Australia and our sponsors has enabled us to make this special performance accessible to as many people as possible and this will be reflected in the ticket price.”

 

Lyndon Terracini AM, Artistic Director of Opera Australia said “Opera Australia is thrilled to be bringing Mozart’s The Magic Flute to the Noosa Long Weekend Festival. I’m personally tremendously excited about this event and I know all the cast and of course the legendary director Michael Gow are just as excited as I am. It’s a wonderful production…”

 

29
Jul
14

And that’s a wrap! Noosa Long Weekend Festival 2014

 

And that’s a wrap! Noosa Long Weekend Festival 2014

 #NLWF2014 #NLWF14 #NLW14

 

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We’re back! But if you’ve been following on social media, you won’t have missed us at all! We’ve been tweeting and instagramming for the last 10 days from the 13th Noosa Long Weekend Festival! And what a festival!

 

Oh yeah. Right. There are still some theatre and cabaret reviews to catch up on…dating back to MAY. I KNOW. I’M APPALLED BY ME TOO.

 

But those will have to wait a little longer because you should really know what you’ve missed out on SO YOU CAN BOOK EARLY FOR NEXT YEAR’S NOOSA LONG WEEKEND FESTIVAL! Lock it in!

 

Noosa Long Weekend Festival July 17 – 26 2015

 

There really is nothing like a Noosa Long Weekend – it’s 10 days of warm winter sunshine, beautiful beaches, the best accommodation, bars and restaurants, and top shopping, arts, literature, forums, food and fun! I honestly don’t know why you’d be anywhere else.

 

XS Entertainment has been involved before – we took Erotique to NLWF12 after sell-out seasons in a Mooloolaba shop front and at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2010. We had developed Erotique after staging Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, and never felt satisfied with the woman’s character, played at various times by Sharon Grimley and Sarah McMahon (and in Schnitzler’s original script was written as a male character, a fop; we hated him). The Woman we created was elusive but she’d been so strongly brought to life by Sharon, and then by Sarah, we couldn’t let her rest. Or, she wouldn’t let us rest. Sam proposed a new show, which would focus on The Woman, and he cast the three of us to play her – Sharon Grimley, Stephanie Brown and me. Steph was also engaged to choreograph the show, and once I faced facts and realised I was too busy (or too distracted) to write the thing myself, we collaborated beautifully and each wrote our own monologues and selected our own songs.

 

As far as process goes, Sam and I love to work this way, allowing the performers to sing the flesh onto the bones of their characters and discover for themselves why they end up doing what they do. Sam hasn’t always directed this way – he used to be bossier! I’ve loved seeing him discover a magical relationship mantra that goes something like, “Watch, listen, trust, adjust.” He didn’t tell me that, it’s just what I see. Perhaps he’ll disagree. We often disagree and so the two of us working together is not always ideal. The rehearsal studio can get quite heated at times, and it’s not anything to do with the eroticism of the show! Due to its adult content, this show has been particularly challenging to rehearse at home, where an eight-year old has learned to come to terms with getting her own dinner, tidying the kitchen and disappearing to put herself to bed twice a week. We don’t want that to ever happen again. However, everyone has certainly appreciated Poppy’s newly acquired barista skills. She was even making money from the Managing Carmen cast, who left a tip for her at the end of the night!

 

I don’t consider dancing to be my strongest point so Steph’s fabulous choreography was challenging for me. (With any luck, those of you who saw the show wouldn’t have known!). Don’t expect me to take on a dance role again anytime soon, although if I continue to get enquiries I’ll consider giving Burlesque classes. Seriously. Hopefully we’ll see some of those enquiring aspiring strippers work really hard before October on stylishly shedding their layers and singing and chatting away for our inaugural Keep Calm and Cabaret competition because here’s the thing: let’s keep the styles evolving. Some of the best feedback we got from audience members at Diabolique was:

 

I love the old burlesque but I love your new burlesque more.

 

You girls can sing!

 

The character was so strong and the story was so beautiful and sad we forgot you were nearly naked!

 

This is theatre to make you think.

 

It’s theatre on a high wire.

 

This is cabaret? I like this cabaret!

 

Highly sophisticated.

 

Mesmerising.

 

Beautiful theatre.

 

 

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We were lucky to have Travis MacFarlane stop by to design our lighting after just one viewing of the show.

 

Of course the audiences responded to Managing Carmen in an entirely different way. The production was cleverly staged, just as beautifully lit, and so funny, starring Frank Wilkie, Adam Flower, Simon Denver, Marina de Jager and Ashleigh Muekenberger.

 

“It was hard,” says Sam, of directing two productions at once. “The greatest challenge” he says, “was to keep two teams who were very different in nature, in style and in preparation, in my head at the one time.”

 

“I’m very proud to again prove that local talent can mix with our national and international talent. We can hold our own.”

 

I’ll offer some more reflections on the festival along the way, as we catch up on the reviews that are missing here.

 

In the meantime, check out Barry Alsop’s Eyes Wide Open Images from Noosa Long Weekend Festival 2014! Cheers!

 

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15
May
14

Noosa International Food & Wine Festival!

Hooray! It’s Noosa International Food & Wine Festival time!

 

Noosa International Food & Wine Festival runs Thursday ’til Sunday.

 

As Director of the Gala Opening Night Concert, Sam has been working with the stars of the show. “It was a full day of tech and the show tomorrow night is looking and sounding amazing” he said. “You’ll love the music – classical music – beautifully done and all recognisable. And the voices! Wow!”

 

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On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sam runs the Main Stage, where we’ll see the best chefs in the world by day and some of the hottest entertainers by night.

 

Where will you be? With so many delicious and entertaining events the only trouble might be making your selection!

 

Look who’s coming!

 

Get the app!

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Thursday May 15 2014

 

Westpac Ruby Luncheon with Wendy Harmer

 

 

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Asian Food Trail 1 or Seafood Afloat Trail 1 or Hinterland Trail 1 (Strings and Straw)

 

Exclusive Hakkaisan and Wasabi Degustation – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

 

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Gala Opening Night Concert – Foodie Fandango – starring David Hobson, Taryn Fieberg and Jud Arthur and the Queensland Virtuosi Orchestra led by Guy Noble.

 

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Friday May 16 2014

 

Top Tastes of Queensland – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

 

Asahi Beer Lunch

 

A Visit to Italy – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

 

Asian Food Trail 2 – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

 

Seafood Afloat Trail 2 – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

 

Hinterland Trail 2 (Strings and Straw) – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

 

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Appollonian Bush and Bluegrass Adventure

 

Suntory Cocktail Competition

 

Netanya Premier International Degustation – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

 

Suntory Cocktail Matching Dinner – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

 

Sunset Concert – Dinner at View on Little Hastings – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

 

Sophistication by the River – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

 

River Spice – Sirocco

 

East and West – Embassy XO

 

Amici at Locale

 

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Westpac WelcomeParty and Concert featuring X-Factor’s Dami Im

 

 

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Saturday May 17 2014

 

GENERAL ADMISSION

 

Enjoy Cobram Estate Olive Oil Tasting, Chardonnay Masterclass, Westpac Premier International Degustation and Dinner at Gaston.

Next year book early to avoid missing out on awesome events such as Champagne Masterclass, High Tea by the River, Qantas Seafood Feast with Neil Perry and a Sixties Beach Party!

 

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Sunday May 18 2014

 

GENERAL ADMISSION

 

SUNDAY GOLD PASS

 

Enjoy Shiraz Masterclass, Sparkling Wine Masterclass, A Visit to the Middle East, Qantas Seafood Feast with Neil Perry, European Affair – River Cottage, Port Douglas on Noosa River, the street party at Cafe Le Monde and the after party at Gaston

Next year, don’t miss events like the Champagne Breakfast (SOLD OUT), Champagne Masterclass (SOLD OUT), High Tea by the River (SOLD OUT), or an Italian Feast at berardo’s (SOLD OUT)!

 

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Follow Noosa International Food & Wine Festival on Twitter and Instagram for Festival updates. See you there!

 

 

10
Sep
13

Something Great is Coming…it’s West Side Story but not as you know it!

Something Great is Coming…it’s West Side Story but not as you know it!

 

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TONIGHT, TONIGHT…

Noosa Arts Theatre previews its bold reimagining of the classic and much-loved musical West Side Story.

Directed by Sam Coward, this version is nothing like you’ve seen before, with the cast on stage for the duration, and ensemble members performing multiple roles, including that of lighting techs, in a first for the Sunshine Coast when in addition to their character roles, they manipulate hand-held lighting devices to support the action. The lighting design itself is something special, thanks to the vision and technical expertise of our dear friend Travis MacFarlane, who trained – and teaches – at WAPPA.

 

I’m not even biased (in fact, I’m probably more critical of my husband than of any other director) when I say that this production could be re-staged successfully anywhere in Australia, and if I could fly in some of the producers from down south to see it, I would. LISA CAMPBELL, DAVID CAMPBELL, NEIL GOODING, I’M LOOKING AT YOU.

 

Skeptics noted the small space and the young cast from the start, but the space is intimate and works well, allowing the audience to get up close and personal with a cast of mixed ages and experiences, and with a couple of things in common. They share Sam’s vision, despite some early insecurity (ye of little faith!), and they’ve worked damn hard to lift the level of performance to the standard Sam always demands of his performers. The look and feel of this production is something entirely new, and with some seasoned actors in the mix, including Adam Flower, Frank Wilkie, Stephen Moore and Ian Mackellar, the younger members of the company have delighted in seeing the theory put to action. There will be audience members who KNOW these performers and wonder how on earth they have come so far in just a few short months, with school and family and friends and jobs happening concurrently with demanding dance, vocal and acting rehearsals. PROPS TO FAMILIES AND PARTNERS!

 

West Side Story Image by Andrew Seymour

 

As happens during the creative process (if it doesn’t there’s something very wrong with your cast and your process!), the company has become very close and this is in no small part to the efforts of everybody involved, but most of all it’s ingrained in the way Sam prefers to work. If you’ve done a show with Sam you’ll know he’s more of a Mother Hen than the cast’s eldest matriarch! He seems to spend valuable sleeping hours (or cleaning the floors hours) with cast members or the creative team, either on the phone or in person. This makes for hellish conditions at home, with both of us too tired and too cranky to actually uphold our respective ends of a conversation, but the extra time and the personal connections Sam makes and encourages others to make result in a better, sharper show and a more enjoyable process…for those involved in the process. Parents of the students involved might be feeling much the same way but I cannot tell you how proud you’ll be to see the end result! AND QCS IS DONE AND DUSTED! CHEERS! HOORAY!

 

West Side Story Image by Andrew Seymour

 

I’m always really proud of our shows – and I’m terrified of our next one, but more about that burlesque beauty later – and in that regard, West Side Story is no different. Community theatre is about community. Of course it is. We make friends, we have fun, and we put on a show. But when the creative process is enlightening, and the show is sensational, we enjoy the whole experience even more. The event is more fun when we WIN! As audience members, we get for nix the experience of another world at our doorstep and a story – and talent – to talk about for ages. If you’re in Brisbane, Caloundra, Cotton Tree or wherever and you think it’s too far to travel for an “amateur” show, think again. The amateurs are doing it for love at a very professional level. Come up for a weekend in the sun by the sea and just see for yourself what we’re doing up here.

CHOOKAS and big love to the awesome cast and crew of West Side Story, and congrats to Noosa Arts Theatre & committee for having the vision and the guts to get this one up.

 

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West Side Story previews tonight, opens Thursday and continues until September 28. Limited seats remaining. Bookings noosaartstheatre.org.au

 

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25
Jun
13

Crash and Burn: post-festival flu

Dear peeps,

 

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The Noosa Long Weekend Festival finished with a BANG (YES! WITH MRS BANG!) on Sunday, with four hours of fantastic entertainment, drinks, food, and festival friends, followed by the Australian Cabaret Showcase, starring Bradley McCaw and Amelia Ryan who are both now off to take over the world (of cabaret!).

 

Suffice to say, I had far too much fun and as a direct result, crashed and burned yesterday.

I feel like I have the flu but really, I just need to catch up on some sleep. Also, I need to catch up on some of the Brisbane reviews, as well as reviews of the shows that happened towards the end of the Festival!

Also, did I tell you we moved house over the weekend? And I made deadline for three last-minute articles! WINNING. SORT OF.

 

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Sending thanks and big love to my Festival Family in the meantime, and apologies to you all for the delay in posts, which will tell you everything else you need to know about this year’s Festival, and why you can’t afford to miss NEXT YEAR’S FESTIVAL!

 

love love love x

21
Jun
13

EDC: Natalie Weir’s R&J and Carmen Sweet

 

Natalie Weir’s R&J (Act 1 – Passion) and Natalie Weir’s Carmen Sweet

Expressions Dance Company

The Noosa Long Weekend Festival

Thursday 20th June 2013

 

Reviewed by Xanthe Coward 

 

 

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See Barry Alsop’s images here

 

NATALIE WEIR’S R&J (ACT 1 – PASSION) 
From age to age, one classic story is as timeless as love itself… 

Winner of Outstanding Achievement in Choreography at the 2012 Australian Dance Awards, Natalie Weir’s R&J presents three versions of events inspired by the star-crossed lovers at the heart of Shakespeare’s greatest love story. Exclusively for the Noosa Long Weekend, EDC will revisit the explosive first act, transporting audiences to the beating heart of the modern-day club scene where passion and desire erupt in a dangerous and tragic love triangle.  



 

 

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This iconic tale of Spanish heat and gypsy passion unravels when naïve soldier Don José has his heart ignited by the fiery Carmen, discarding his childhood sweetheart and deserting the army. Josè’s attempts to tame the freedom-loving beauty are futile, and when she leaves him for the famous toreador Escamillo, all three are engulfed in the flames of jealousy and revenge. Opera’s most famous femme fatale is stripped. Weir’s Carmen is a free spirit; dangerous, volatile and vulnerable, brought to vivid life by three dancers playing her different states of mind and alter egos.

 

The only dance event of the Festival in 2013, Expressions Dance Company (EDC as the rebranding goes), could have sold out twice over. The full house included many young dancers and their mums and dance teachers, from various Sunshine Coast schools and studios. With the Noosa area schools best represented (NPDA REPRESENT!), I couldn’t help but wonder where the rest were. Surely, a chance to se the acclaimed Queensland company on home turf is more appealing than making the trek to Brisbane on a cold, rainy night? I know, sometimes I make that trek up to four nights a week, and it’s really not as bad as many Coasties make out, but I also appreciate seeing so much top notch stuff, so much closer to home during the Festival.

 

Actually, it’s moving day today (can you believe we’re moving house in between rehearsals for West Side Story and The Noosa Long Weekend?), so I haven’t been tweeting much! Tonight I have the opportunity to see David Pomeranz’s Chaplin: A Life. In Concert & Meow Meow, and I’ll be letting you know how both those shows go.

 

EDC did not disappoint (they rarely do). This was indeed, as the Festival program promised, “a delectable double-bill of two enchanting short works.” Poppy and I were excited to see so many young friends in the audience and we enjoyed the buzz before the show began. (We also enjoyed our own little “supper club” at Gaston after the show had ended. Poppy and Jason swapped magic tricks, and we had the best duck spring rolls, dumplings and dessert!).

 

Natalie Weir’s R&J (Act 1 – Passion)

Natalie Weir’s R&J is, I believe, just one version of three – the first act revisited for this performance – and now I wish I’d seen the other two at some stage. It’s not new news, but nevertheless, it’s a bold statement to set this age-old tragic tale in the throbbing modern day dance club scene. Something about setting the story in this environment seemed cruel! But even Poppy, at seven, missed nothing and look, I’m never sorry to have taken her to a more sophisticated re-telling of any classic story…it’s never too soon to start talking about making good choices when it comes to party drugs.

 

Representing a mass of moving bodies on a dance floor can be a challenge, can’t it? But EDC opened this piece with a stunning cinematic scene of writhing figures under coloured lights, which established immediately, a sense of intimacy, urgency and helped to build the anticipation for a well-known story. It’s not like we don’t know how it ends, but the thing about a new take on anything is that we like to see how we GET to the end!

 

The star-crossed lovers are superb in their roles, the passion is there, and we really feel for them, as Juliet becomes the prize in a fight on the dance floor between Romeo and a Capulet dude, whose final blow is a king hit, knocking Romeo unconscious. This gives Juliet the opportunity to demonstrate her grief in a beautifully executed solo before taking a few too many party pills and dying in Romeo’s arms.

 

I’m under the impression we have no new young male dancers on the Coast at the moment, because if we did, they could would should have been there to see these guys. This is the kind of contemporary dance that is easy to watch and wonderful to remember. We know the story, despite the twists and turns in its retelling, and the dance is so good that, unlike when I was growing up dancing and wanted to be living that life on stage, I watch now and want to live that life IN MY LIFE. That applies more to Carmen though. Obviously, I don’t want to OD at a dance party.

 

Natalie Weir’s Carmen Sweet

I love Bizet’s Carmen. It was my first favourite opera, and for me it still trumps all the rest in terms of story, character, sound, and entertainment value. And this reading of his Carmen absolutely blew me away. With three Carmens in one last night, we were able to consider the various aspects of the famous, flirty, fiery woman. Her vulnerability doesn’t always come through in the opera, but we see it in Weir’s piece. We see the passion, the ambition, the determination, and with just six EDC dancers, to the sumptuous sound of Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite, we see the jealousy, rage, and the ultimate revenge. It was a double-bill of bold love affairs and death!

 

After seeing Sheridan Harbridge perform during her sold-out Supper Club at berardo’s on Wednesday night, her own sexy version of Habanera: “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Love is a rebellious bird), I wasn’t sure how hot this show would be, but hot it was! The dancers are in fine form, and it’s easy to see why Elise May received the Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer Award for her work in this production. She seems to channel every aspect of the sultry, sexy Carmen, and watches while her two alter egos (Michelle Barnett & Riannon McLean) play ruthlessly with her heart and mind. The performances by Daryl Brandwood, Benjamin Chapman, Thomas Gundry Greenfield and Jack Ziesing are equally compelling and technically proficient. I’m so impressed with this show; it left me on a high, and not the Juliet pill popping one. I’m continually impressed with Natalie Weir’s work and I can’t wait to see more from this company. Let’s hope we see them back in Noosa next year.

 

Again, I’m going to say to Sunshine Coast artists and teachers, FIND A WAY TO SEE THE BEST IN YOUR FIELD! When the shows come to you there’s really no excuse. The Noosa Long Weekend Festival showcases artists who you can’t afford to miss if you’re truly serious about teaching and/or working on your craft, and the ticket prices are excellent value (it was just $55 for EDC’s 90-minute performance at The J Theatre).

 

Unfortunately, considering the number of dance lovers on the Coast, that’s it for dance at this year’s Festival! But there are still plenty of events happening over the final three days of the Festival, including the sensational Festival Highlights Celebration Concert on Sunday at the Outrigger from 12pm – 4pm.

 

Book online noosalongweekend.com

 

And what’s next for EDC? When Time Stops September 6th – 14th at QPAC’s Playhouse.

 

Book online expressionsdancecompany.org.au

 

20
Jun
13

The Supper Clubs – Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele & Mrs Bang is Back!

 

Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele & Mrs Bang is Back!

Noosa Long Weekend Festival

berardo’s restaurant and bar

18th – 20th June 2013

 

Reviewed by Xanthe Coward 

 

The Noosa Long Weekend Festival’s Supper Clubs are always a hit, and this year is no different. berardo’s is a tough room to play, so this is a gig that challenges all but those at the top of their game. Marina Prior and James Morrison spring to mind. In the past, they have effortlessly shown how it’s done.

 

Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele

Naomi Price

 

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You’re invited to spend an evening with Adele: Grammy goddess, young mum, and pottymouthed everywoman. For the first time in Noosa, Adele rolls in the deep down under, spilling intimate details about life on the road, love on the rocks, and the prick who took a sledge hammer to her heart…

Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele marries a modern-day music legend with one of Queensland’s best-loved musical theatre imports, British chanteuse Naomi Price. Following critically acclaimed seasons in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and on the Gold Coast, this wickedly satirical new cabaret rolls into Noosa for one-night-only as part of the Noosa Long Weekend.

 

On Tuesday night I saw the Queensland premiere of David Williamson’s play, Happiness, and stopped by berardo’s afterwards to see how Adele was being received by the Supper Club crowd. It was a late show so I was lucky enough to catch it. I’ve seen Naomi’s Adele show three times and I’m not over it yet!

 

It seemed this might be new territory, a brand new sense of humour for some of the Noosa audience, who didn’t necessarily appreciate the course language (spattered throughout, by no means OTT), and early references to Tussaud’s, although it has to be said that the younger audience members thought that hilarious, as the signs of a good surgeon are always evident, aren’t they? Just saying.

 

Naomi took the first two numbers to warm up, using Rumour Has It and Rolling In the Deep to get the feel for the room, and introduce the music of multi-award winning Adele to a whole new audience. She won them over in the end, with witty patter and her occasional beautiful tender moments, making the story all the more personal in the intimate surrounds of berardo’s, but it was tough work! Naomi Price is a sensational performer and with this performance she proved she’s able to win over any sort of crowd. Favourites included her detailed impersonations of Celine Dion and Amy Winehouse. Taylor Swift (“Who’s Taylor Swift?”) not so much!

 

I love this show, and I always look forward to seeing it! Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele will go everywhere, and I have no doubt that either this show, or another of The Little Red Company’s productions, starring Naomi Price, will return in some guise to surprise and entertain a whole new Long Weekend audience.

 

Mrs Bang is Back!

Sheridan Harbridge

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Just when you thought it was safe to return to Hastings Street, ‘Mrs Bang’ returns to Noosa. Mrs Bang, the mad and delicious she-cat of song, is hittin’ the road to win more hearts and break more heels.

An unabashed mess of calamity, romance and loin-aching seduction, Mrs Bang takes on Noosa once again in this hilarious comedy of wine stained vocals and sumptuous catastrophe.

Bringing houses down from Edinburgh to Poland, Winner of Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe Festival and a Green Room award nominee, Mrs Bang: A Series of Seductions is a fast-paced ride with a woman on the edge, venturing through the music of Supertramp, Talking Heads, Sonny Bono and Portishead. Seductive and superbly funny, it is cabaret dripped in absinthe and left in the gutter.

Get ready to be seduced….

 

Mrs Bang came to Noosa Long Weekend before Noosa was really ready for anything of the sort! But she’s come back on the success of that surprising debut and she is just as funny, naughty, cheeky and entertaining.

 

Sheridan Harbridge brought such a sassy, sexy character to berardo’s that the audience members who hadn’t seen her before were clearly shocked! It’s a great show, a hilarious premise, with the band not arriving and Mrs Bang having to carry on regardless. A single poignant moment, which brings us a sublime rendition of Bang Bang, made famous by Nancy Sinatra, sits snugly in between the delightful Do You Like My Dress? (Russell, random audience member. Last time it was Macquarie’s Simon Gamble) and a run of funny anecdotes and musical numbers (not to mention a finale that will knock your socks off!) showcasing Sheridan’s multiple skill sets, necessary of course, to make cabaret a success.

 

Sheridan’s is the show that not only every punter will love but also every performer should see. Final show tonight.

 

The Noosa Long Weekend’s final Supper Club happens on Friday night, featuring for the first time in Noosa, Tyran Parke.

 

“There have been scant few cabaret debuts as good as this one; commandingly sung and alternately interesting, funny and touching.” Cabaret Scenes, New York

 

Tyran Parke

 

Friday 21 June

 

berardo’s at 8:30pm

 

Two-course supper, glass of wine and show.

 

 

The Festival Highlight Celebrations Concert on Sunday features the best of The Noosa Long Weekend artists 12pm – 4pm at the Outrigger.

 

Bookings online noosalongweekend.com




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