Posts Tagged ‘Opening Night Style

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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30
Jul
15

Opening Night Style: Anything Goes

 

 

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Opening Night Style at QPAC: Anything Goes

 

 

1930s inspired cocktail frocks were on point on Tuesday night at QPAC for the glittering opening night of Opera Australia and John Frost’s Anything Goes. I opted for a more 20s styled Miss Anne because SPARKLES.

The show is as de-lightful, de-licious and de-lovely as you would expect! Read my review here and see it before the ship sails – must finish August 16.

 

 

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Dress Code: Cocktail

 

Wearing

 

Dress: Miss Anne via Retournez-vous

 

Shoes: Guess & Voodoo Glow Toeless #sorrynotsorry

 

Hair: Suite Three Hair

 

Poppy wears Origami via Myer and above, vintage jacket from the vault of her bestie, Mira.

 

 

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11
Jun
15

Best of Queensland Cabaret Festival!

Best of Queensland Cabaret Festival!

 

 

In here, life is beautiful!

 

 

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Last night Queensland Cabaret Festival kicked off with Voices of Vice, a one-off cabaret/concert bringing together some of the best local talent ahead of most of the visiting artists arriving from interstate and overseas.

 

Unfortunately, this meant a clash with one of the Festival highlights, Painted From Memory: The Music of Bacharach and Costello starring Michael Falzon and Bobby Fox with special guest star Luke Kennedy. If you saw it, let me know what you thought! I was sorry to miss it because these guys are CLASS.

 

Shows will clash. This is a standard Festival dilemma.

If only we could be in several different places at once.

 

Voices of Vice brought us songs of dissipation, debauchery, wickedness, corruption and all manner of sin, with highlights from Lizzie Moore, Melissa Western, Tyrone Noonan and Sandro Colarelli singing a song of Satan, written for him by The Good Ship. Hosted by Colarelli, Greg Bird (I loved his drunk piano number) and Alison St Ledger, the schtick lacked punchlines and pace (I find the pace lags whenever St Ledger takes the mic but boy, can she sing!), but the artists had a ball and the audience got a “taste” of what’s to come over the next few days and nights.

 

Make sure you plan ahead and get to the venue in time to find a park and get to Bar Alto at Brisbane Powerhouse or Russell Street Wine Bar at QPAC for a bite to eat and a chance to purchase your drinks because you can take drinks into the shows. Because CABARET.

 

HOT TIP: If your tickets are for the cabaret seating in the Powerhouse Theatre BUY A BOTTLE because punters getting up in the middle of a sultry torch song to get more alcohol and then juggle several glasses and said bottle on the way back to their seats are REALLY ANNOYING TO THE ARTISTS AND THE OTHER PUNTERS. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

 

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#openingnightstyle Camilla & Sachi shoes (Metalicus under because WINTER)

 

TONIGHT

 

Choose from Tyrone Noonan’s Vegas! Standards Reborn, Mary Wilson: Up Close, Bendigo to Broadway: Bradley McCaw or Dash Kruck in I Might Take My Shirt Off. I loved Kruck’s show when we saw it earlier this year at Melt Festival.

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY

 

You might like Vaudevillian ne’er-do-wells Dirty Sexy Politics (Tom Albert and Samuel Valentine), who are seizing government the only way they know how: with sex, revenge and unbridled chaos. Or you might feel like an hour of stirring, high-class entertainment with two of Queensland’s best loved artists as Annie Lee (with accompanist, Sallie Campbell) shares her most treasured songs and stories of a life in cabaret. Or you could join Geraldine Turner for an evening of songs from her celebrated career, peppered with show business anecdotes and stories.

 

OR you might be in the mood for a bit of jazz flute and double entendre from the surprise of the opening night show and (wait and see) the surprise hit of this festival, the nu-folk comedy duo, Warmwaters. The creation of Bridget Boyle and David Megarrity (with a cheeky look in from Lewis Jones – what a great team that makes), these two would probably feel more at home at Woodford Folk Festival, however; having accepted the invitation to appear at “Voices of Nice” they took everything in their stride and stole the show. It’s a parody of all things folk, complete with jazz flute and clever audience interaction. If you haven’t booked to experience Warmwaters you’re missing out! Image by Grant Heaton. BOOK HERE

 

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I loved Lizzie Moore (we saw her last as the other, other sister of Kylie Minogue). Moore oozes old-school cabaret sass-in-a-hat and worked the audience seated at tables until some of them weren’t sure where to look! Moore’s show, Cool Britannia, has been relocated from the Visy Theatre to the Powerhouse Theatre, allowing MORE OF YOU TO SEE IT! It’s a swinging sixties pop mod party that you won’t want to miss. Illustration by Sean Dowling. BOOK HERE

 

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Cool Britannia is the sound of those times and you’ll hear Moore bring to life hits by 60s British legends Petula Clark, Lulu and Dusty Springfield. The show also follows the sound to today, with songs from the latest wave of talent inspired by the Swinging 60s including Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele. Illustration by Sean Dowling.

 

Saturday

 

After a sold-out season at Queensland Cabaret Festival 2014, Michael Griffiths is back to dish the dirt and explain why he hasn’t grown up yet. Adolescent features tunes from musicals Jersey Boys and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert as well as 1980s classics by Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, A-ha and Culture Club. BOOK HERE

 

From the 80s with Griffiths and into the 90s with Tom Sharah, who’ll take you on a ride through the decade that created him. I LOVE THESE GUYS.

 

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Be swept away by sultry songbirds Baby et Lulu – Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge (FourPlay) – and their prodigious band (Mark Harrison on bass, Ross Harrington on saxophone, Julian Curwin on guitar and Marcello Maio on accordion) in a celebration of la vie française. BOOK HERE

 

Sunday (this is actually my schedule on Sunday)

 

3:30pm

Rob Mills Is…Surprisingly Good (or not so surprisingly if you’ve been following his career from screen to stage, nevertheless he says this show was inspired by the surprise of his critics). Join Rob for an evening of hilarious behind- the-scenes anecdotes, an eclectic array of show tunes and hits from Taylor Swift, Gavin DeGraw, Coldplay and Millsy himself. Here’s a fresh reminder that Rob Mills is actually an acclaimed musician and performer. BOOK HERE

 

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4:30pm & 6:30pm

Melissa Western’s Oh Lady Be Good is back in Brisbane after a successful UK tour AND due to demand the Festival has had to add a show, which means – you guessed it – MORE OF YOU GET TO MEET MELISSA WESTERN. Image by Simon Woods. BOOK HERE

 

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5pm

Fresh from Adelaide Fringe Festival, Only the Good Die Young features Queensland’s winner of the International Cabaret Contest, Jessica Papst, and a knock-out three-piece band ready to tackle RnB, blues, funk and rock. Directed by Cienda McNamara. Image by Joel Devereux. BOOK HERE

 

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8pm

Rock meets cabaret when international sensation Storm Large takes the stage. Direct from the US, Storm Large is best-known for her appearance on Rock Star: Supernova and is one of the compelling front-women for iconic band Pink Martini. Join her for an evening of tortured and titillating love songs; beautiful, familiar, yet twisted…much like Storm herself. Storm is joined by band Le Bonheur. Image by Laura Domela. BOOK HERE

 

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8pm

If you’re not at Storm Large you should probs be on the Turbine Platform to see Blur: The Songs of Ellen Reed. Reed is one of Brisbane’s rising stars with her incomparable voice and her ability to perform gracefully under pressure. She won Nova FM’s national extreme karaoke competition by belting out Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” whilst covered in snakes and spiders inside a coffin. In BLUR Reed takes the stage to perform original tracks from her debut album, inspired by Queen, Fleetwood Mac and Frank Ocean, as well as insightful covers of classic pop, RnB and blues. Don’t miss this introduction to one of Australia’s newest chanteuses. Image by Joel Devereux. BOOK HERE

 

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That’s it, there you have it, my hot tips for the Queensland Cabaret Festival & Cabaret at the Cremorne in 2015.

 

 

Let us know where you are and what you’re loving via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

 

 

Hashtag #queenslandcabaret #qldcabaret #xsentertainment and tag @queenslandcabaret & @xsentertainment

 

 

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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19
Feb
15

Opening Night Style at Brisbane Powerhouse: 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche

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Opening Night Style at Brisbane Powerhouse: 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche

 

Actually, we saw the show on closing night but #openingnightstyle

 

Imprint Theatricals and a few of our fave Brisvegas girls brought us a fast-paced, fun comedy for a week! I hope it returns – I’m sure that it will – and when it does, we’ll be back for seconds. Read my review here.

 

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Dress Code: It’s Brisbane Powerhouse. Wear whatever the Uptown Funk you like.

 

Pre-show drinks: Bar Alto

 

Wearing

 

Dress: Metalicus (Tigerlily Nefertiti Bustier Bikini Top under. Look! It’s on sale!)

 

Shoes: Siren (Broken. Farewell most comfortable, versatile, black, strappy high heels ever)!

 

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