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Brisbane Arts Theatre 24th Annual Drama Festival


Brisbane Arts Theatre 24th Annual Drama Festival

Brisbane Arts Theatre 24th Annual Drama Festival begins tonight!

This is the fourth leg of the South East Queensland Drama Festival Circuit so we are well and truly underway! This morning, with the expertise of Simon Van der Spoel (Channel 7), we shot a fun TVC for the upcoming Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival. In the meantime, see what you can at Brisbane Arts Theatre this weekend!

Yours truly will be adjudicating. I’ll post all results here after the event.

From the early 1970s to 1987 The Brisbane Warana Drama Festival was staged each year at the Brisbane Arts Theatre and was one of the major theatrical events in Brisbane. When the Warana Festival folded, the Arts Theatre began the current Drama Festival, under its own banner. The first was held in 1988 and continues today!

There are two sections – Youth (for performers up to and including 18 years of age) and Open (for performers of all ages).

All tickets are $12.




Friday 20th July. 7.30pm curtain up.


1st – “Cut” Downstage Theatre Company (running time 40 mins)

2nd – “Downsize” Vanity Project (running time 30 mins)

3rd – “Freedom” KSP Theatre (running time 35 mins)


Saturday 21st July. 7.00pm curtain up.


1st – “Crush” The Hills Players Inc (running time 45 mins)

2nd – “Still Life” Miranda’s Dressing Room (running time 30 mins)

3rd – “I’m a Pisces, he’s an Asshole” SAD Theatre (running time 30 mins)

4th – “Level 12” Golden Glove Productions (running time 35 mins)


Sunday 22nd July. 9.30am curtain up: YOUTH SECTION


1st – “Gossip” Danceworks (running time 25 – 30 mins)

2nd – “The Pirate Game” Fractal Theatre (running time 35 mins)

3rd – “Whatever Happened to Humpty?” Fractal Theatre (running time 45 mins)


Youth Awards – approximate start time midday


After Youth Awards will be the Festival BBQ starting between 12.30pm and 1.00pm

$8/person for a delicious range of burgers, sausages and salads. As well as some delicious sweets kindly donated by Pamela’s Pantry, Caxton Street.


Pamela's Pantry Caxton Street


Sunday 22nd July later session. 3.00pm curtain up.


1st – “Narcissistica” Excalibur Theatre Company (running time 45 mins)
2nd – “Four-Play” Puddleduck Theatre Company (running time 40 mins)
3rd – “Who the F%$# is Erica Price?” – Brisbane Arts Theatre (running time 35 mins)


4th – “All For the Nation” Ipswich Little Theatre Society Inc (running time 30 mins)
5th – “Dead End” Crashbox Theatre Inc (running time 35 mins)


Adjudicator’s deliberation and Awards Ceremony – approximate start time 7:30pm


Level 12 Golden Glove Productions

Sarah Greenwood, Reagan Warner & Kate Beck will appear in Golden Glove Productions’ Level 12






Brisbane Festival Launch

Brisbane Festival

Michelle Bull gives us the low down on this year’s Brisbane Festival!

Well, it’s that time of year again. That’s right Brisbane, it’s time to shine your shoes, slap on a fresh coat of lipstick and dive headfirst into what looks to be an absolute cracker of a Brisbane Festival in 2012!

From the 8th to the 29th of September, Brisbane City and surrounds will come alive with theatre, dance, cabaret, opera, art instillations, circus, pyrotechnics, comedy, family shows and more as the Brisbane Festival presents possibly its most thrilling lineup yet! As this year’s Festival launched to an excited and enthusiastic crowd, I realised just how huge this year’s Festival was and that with everything I wanted to see, just how huge my September would be!

La Soiree

La Soiree

With ‘Brisbane stories, artists and companies’ as a key focus of this year’s Festival, local talent will present our own stories alongside leading national and international acts. The popular Courier Mail Spiegeltent will once again play home to a stellar lineup including 
La Soirée (La Clique), Julia Stone, Lanie Lane, Archie Roach, Ingrid Michaelson, Jonathan Wilson, Mia Dyson, Horrorshow
, Nada Surf, and Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks.

Continuing the fun after dark, late night Argentina will hit the stage in the form of Soema Montenegro, 34 Puñaladas and Franco Luciani (virtuosic harmonica player and ensemble).

Not to mention an abundance of comedy and family shows on offer, including Holly Throsby – See!  Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and his Singing Tiger and funny people Corinne Grant, Mikey Robins 
and Greg Fleet providing more than a giggle or two.

Soap - The Show

Soap – The Show

Sharing in the fun, both central and suburban Brisbane venues and streets will come alive with a kaleidoscope of performances, installations and displays. Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Judith Wright Centre, the Queensland Conservatorium, Southbank Parklands, La Boite, Moreton Bay College, Brookside Shopping Centre, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Mt Ommaney Centre, Sandgate Town Hall and Roma Street will all play host to artists and events including:

Rufus Wainwright (presenting songs from his new album Out of Bounds…I’m a huge fan, highly recommend this one!)

Boundary Street (composed and performed by jazz legend James Morrison)

Soap – The Show (circus, comedy, cabaret)

Tom Thum

The Vienna Boys Choir

Circa (toted as sinuous, sophisticated, sensual and savage…sounds superb!)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Nijinsky (The Hamburg Ballet)

Mana (performed by Israel’s Vertigo Dance Company)

Angela’s Kitchen (Paul Capsis) (I have heard stories about how amazing this artist is, so I’m determined to catch this show!)

No Child… (Nijala Sun – New York)

Mass (Dancenorth)

The Wau Wau Sisters

Kodo & Taikoz

Argentine Music Concert

Kuss Quartet (presented by Musica Viva & Brisbane Festival)

Mnozil Brass

Mad (Meryl Tankard)

Tender Napalm (La Boite Theatre Company – another one on my must-see list)

Dance Energy (Dancenorth, Expressions Dance Company & Queensland Ballet)

L’Orfeo (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra)



 The Queensland Symphony Orchestra will offer up some fantastic works this year as they present Symphony Under the Stars along with Bluebeard’s Castle (featuring Lisa Gasteen & Daniel Sumegi), as well as Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov (conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel, featuring Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko).

Just across the way The Queensland Conservatorium will be presenting Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Bottesini’s World (featuring double bass by Thomas Martin).


But wait there’s more!


Lighting the skies will be Santos GLNG City of Lights Laser Show, The Brisbane Airport International Lantern Garden all culminating in the mammoth Sunsuper Riverfire which is set to kick off at noon on September 29th.

Phew! So if you have plans for September, a sandy island getaway perhaps or leisurely road trip down the coast…cancel them immediately. There is NO WAY you want to miss this year’s Brisbane Festival!

With a creative treasure for everyone no matter what your artistic persuasion, from opera to dance, theatre, comedy or cabaret, Brisbane Festival 2012 is set to be the event of the year, so clear your calendar, dust off your glad-rags and jump onto the Brisbane Festival Website to grab your tickets before you miss out…

See you at the Festival!

Santos City of Lights

Santos City of Lights. Image by Geoff Francis.