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Brain Slam Giveaway – win tix to Finbar’s Live Comedy Quiz Show




Are you free tomorrow night? That’s Wednesday June 24 – go check, quick!


Cancel whatever you had planned because we have 4x Brain Slam tix to give away, valued at $20 each!


All you need to do is LIKE ClapTrap Comedy & XS Entertainment on Facebook and tell us in the comments below why you need a night of fun comedy, woodfired pizzas, AND drinks with friends at Finbar’s Live Comedy Quiz Show BRAIN SLAM.


See Sam Coward & Clayton Storey battle it out with Cardie Boyle and Howie Tampling tomorrow night at Finbar’s Lounge Bar, Maleny, in an all-new live comedy quiz show featuring Quizmaster, Simon Denver. (He’s a little concerned because he knows SAM WILL CHEAT!).





Two teams battle it out in a fiery contest of knowledge and wit!

Join them at Finbar’s on Wednesday 24th June to see Quizmaster Simon Denver host the next comedy night, where he challenges two teams to out-wit and out-knowledge each other (out-knowledge, wait…is that even a word?)!



brainslam_miniSpecial Guests include Sam Coward (Hot 91 FM’s Breakfast DJ), Clayton Storey (if you’ve been to a comedy at Finbar’s you’ll know who he is), Howie Tampling (South East Maleny’s 12th Sharpest Mind) and Cardie Boydell (technically she’s a doctor, so that’s kind of scared everyone else a bit), and of course, your Quizmaster Simon Denver (playwright and director, and he ‘reckons his mum once said he’s a bit of a legend).



This is a panel show not unlike Spicks & Specks, QI, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, so come out, sit back and find out if the contestants make a fool out of the Quizmaster, their competition or themselves!



Not to mention all the perks of Finbar’s Lounge Bar and Jen’s Famous Woodfired Pizzas!


Please note this is an 18+ event due to language and concepts.






ClapTrap Comedy is about creating opportunities for both lovers of comedy as well as comedians themselves.


A successful comedy industry is about professional comedians being employed but also allowing comedy to be affordable for everyone who wants to get out and watch a bit of live stand-up. This is the aim of ClapTrap Comedy. Affordability for the audience, but also sustainability for the comedy industry.


The comedy industry in Australia is thriving with some of the best talent IN THE WORLD – and the world deserves to experience it. These are hard working people, and talented writers & performers. A true asset to Australian society. The world needs comedians. Not so much to lighten up, but to see things from a different perspective.



LIKE ClapTrap Comedy & XS Entertainment on Facebook and COMMENT BELOW. Winners will be notified via email.




Job’s Right – The Second Coat comes to Noosa for 3 shows only


That’s right! It’s your LAST CHANCE to see the hardcore comedy smash hit Job’s Right – The Second Coat when it comes to The J, Noosa this week!






For 3 performances only (tonight Wednesday June 3, tomorrow night Thursday June 4 and Saturday June 6 at 7:3opm) Potty and the boys are at it again!

This show is NOT for the kids, but it’s for everybody else so book online today or try your luck and turn up at the door. Job’s Right – The Second Coat is easily the funniest show you’ll see on The Sunshine Coast this year! #takeatradie


Brett Klease

Brad Thomson

Shane Cassidy

Clayton Storey

Sam Coward

Darren Heskes

Anna McMahon

& Joy Marshall as Mrs Hunt!

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Job’s Right – The Second Coat Comes to Nambour


Job’s Right – The Second Coat Comes to Nambour


Tonight! Thursday May 28, tomorrow night Friday May 29 & Saturday May 30 at Nambour Civic Centre. All performances 7:30pm.




When Job’s Right pulled the curtain at The “J” in March 2008, over 4700 people on The Coast had witnessed what could only be described as “a cult of a play”. Perfectly described by a tradie who saw it as “Raw .. real .. earthy … and funny!”


The play was centred around a gang of house painters led by work weary Rick. Along with his offsiders, the politically incorrect Murph and the loveable larrikin Wally, they stumbled and bumbled from one disaster to another. Somehow they survived to paint another day.


Well it’s seven years later and they’re back. Rick, Murph, Wally and their social conscience, Spanner.


Writers Brett Klease and Simon Denver have written a brand new script. And has anything changed? No!


It’s another day…another site…another client…another stuff up!

To put it simply its the same dog, different fleas.


The client, Mrs Hunt (Joy Marshall), wants a shrine built to her late husband so she may communicate with the spirit world. She is backed by Nathaniel – her Designer / Colour Therapist / Feng Shui expert (Darren Heskes). If you add to this mix a feisty female carpenter, Potty (Anna McMahon) and Mrs Hunt’s belligerent son, Michael (Sam Coward), then fur is going to fly. If it can go wrong – it does go wrong. This avalanche of disaster is going to cause another tsunami of laughter.


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Warning: This play doesn’t contain bad language – it contains Heaps of bad language. It doesn’t contain men behaving badly – it contains men behaving Very badly. This play is not funny – this play is Really, Really funny. It has all the right laughs for all the wrong reasons.


Book online or call 5475 7777



Job’s Right – The Second Coat opens this week!




Strictly limited season opens this week!




When Job’s Right pulled the curtain at The “J” in March 2008, over 4700 people on The Coast had witnessed what could only be described as “a cult of a play”. Perfectly described by a tradie who saw it as “Raw…real…earthy and funny!”.


The play was centred around a gang of house painters led by work-weary Rick. Along with his offsiders, the politically incorrect Murph and the loveable larrikin Wally, they stumbled and bumbled from one disaster to another.


Somehow they survived to paint another day.


Well its seven years later and they’re back. Rick, Murph, Wally and their social conscience, Spanner.




Writers, Brett Klease and Simon Denver have written a brand new script.


And has anything changed? No! It’s another day…another site…another client…another stuff up!


It’s the same dog, different fleas.


The client, Mrs Hunt, wants a shrine built to her late husband so she may communicate with the spirit world. She is backed by Nathaniel, her Designer / Colour Therapist / Feng Shui expert. If you add to this mix a feisty female carpenter, Potty, and Mrs Hunt’s belligerent son, Mick, then fur is going to fly. If it can go wrong – it does go wrong. This avalanche of disaster is going to cause another tsunami of laughter.


If you like your comedy safe and sanitised, this is NOT the show for you. 15+ only.




Written by: Brett Klease / Simon Denver
Directed by: Simon Denver
Produced by: Job’s Right Productions / SRT Inc


Brett Klease as Rick
Brad Thomson as Wal
Shane Cassidy as Murph
Clayton Storey as Spanner
Anna McMahon as Potty
Joy Marshall as Mrs Hunt
Darren Heskes as Nathaniel
Sam Coward as Mick



The Events Centre, Caloundra May 14, 15 & 16 at 7:30pm BOOK HERE


Nambour Civic Centre May 28, 29 & 30 at 7:30pm BOOK HERE


The J, Noosa May 3, 4 & 6 at 7:30pm. BOOK HERE





XS Entertainment at Noosa Long Weekend Festival!


Well, by now you will have booked your tix to see our shows at this year’s Noosa Long Weekend Festival! What!? You haven’t!? YOU WILL MISS OUT! 



I haven’t had time to even tell you about what we’re doing, unless you’re following us on Twitter and Instagram, where you will have seen some sneaky peaks at both productions, which we present in association with Noosa Long Weekend Festival.





Managing Carmen is David Williamson’s comedy about a cross-dressing AFL player, directed by Sam Coward. Even if you’ve seen this play before, you’ve never seen it like THIS! That’s right. It’s been Samified AND David Williamson approved. You’ll love the quirks and fast pace of this, what we think might be Australia’s first real farce; one of David’s wittiest observations on relationships and the whole massive media machine within the world of sport.


Diabolique is completely different. Dark and sexy, this challenging drama plays at the edges of burlesque and cabaret to tell the intriguing tale of a woman whose life is ruined by a series of questionable choices and one diabolical decision.


Diabolique. Image by Peter Trainer.


Diabolique. Image by Peter Trainer.


Three women play one (yes, it’s me with Sharon Grimley and Stephanie Brown), and we think you’ll love it! We can tell you that considering and sourcing costumes with Adam Flower, who plays Brent Lyall in Managing Carmen has been fun and FUNNY! (Although you won’t see the Honey Birdette on HIM!). Yes, sadly for students (probably happily for their parents), you won’t get in to see this one; it’s 18+


We always set out to challenge our actors and audiences with content, themes and skills to start conversations. Who knew we were exotic dancers in another life? Expect to be pleasantly surprised and suitably challenged!


My other hot tips for Festival tix? Well, you’ve already missed out on Michael Griffiths and Rhonda Burchmore. Forbidden Broadway, Night of Comedy, Puccini and Fettucini, our inaugural Festival Wrap Dinner and Mandy Sayer are also SOLD OUT! Get in quicker next year! If you can still get tix today, book for Bruce Beresford’s Bonnie & Clyde, Catherine Alcorn, Melody Beck, Anna Goldsworthy, any of the four fantastic forums on offer this year, and of course, Managing Carmen and Diabolique, all almost SOLD OUT! And it’s no wonder with THESE LEGS ON SHOW!




XS Entertainment and Noosa Long Weekend Festival will be live-tweeting and Instagramming so frock up and be ready to say hi, get your Cocktail Capers VIP Pass, visit the restaurants, mingle with old friends and meet some new ones. One of the things I love most about the Noosa Long Weekend Festival is that you meet the most amazing people! I’m especially looking forward to our inaugural opening night Carnivale on Hastings Street. Get ready to get amongst it! Oh, and look out for Bronte and Tara in that crowd! They’ll be helping me cover all things social media related for the ten days of arts, literature, food, forums and FUN! SEE YOU THERE! X




Sunshine Coast Arts February 14 2014



SCD Arts Friday February 14 2014


Xanthe Coward


Season Launch Soiree




Last Saturday night, the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, with special guest from London, Australian actor and writer, James Millar, celebrated in style at Noosa Arts Theatre. Sam Coward, in his fourth year as President of the Alliance, hosted the sold out event, at which member theatre companies offered a sneak peak of their 2014 seasons.


Congratulations must go to Denise Campbell and Nancy Moule, who were both inducted in the Hall of Fame. Both ladies have each given over 40 years of service to the local theatre community. The President’s Award honoured the dedication and diligence of Stephen Moore, and new members BYTE & XS Entertainment were welcomed to the Alliance. Thank you to Bendigo Community Bank, major sponsor of the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival at The Lind in August. Watch this space for details.


From the Sunshine Coast Daily


THERE will be close to 50 live productions across the Sunshine Coast from farcial comedy to musicals thanks to the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance.


At the Season Launch Soiree this week, the current seven members of the Alliance presented a preview of their theatrical offerings for 2014.


The gala evening, held at the Noosa Arts Theatre, saw the who’s who of the local theatre fraternity, rub shoulders and kick up their heels.


There were also a few VIP guests including the award-winning actor, singer director and writer James Millar, a graduate of WAAPA, and star of many national and international cabarets and musicals.


Also seen out and about, were representatives from Bendigo Bank.


Several of Bendigo Bank sponsors several member groups individually including Tewantin and Marcoola Community Banks.


 They are also sponsors of the National One-Act Playwriting Competition and now, are the major sponsor for the annual Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival.


Bendigo was represented by new Regional Manager Rob Chittick and Marcoola Community Bank branch manager, Judy Blackall.


The Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance opened it’s doors this year to new members and in doing so, have attracted several new member groups including the Performing Arts Kollective (PAK) from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Suncoast Repertory Theatre, and award-winning choir Oriana Arts.


They join long time members BATS Theatre Co, Coolum Theatre Players, The Lind Theatre, Noosa Arts Theatre, along with new members Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence (BYTE) and XS Entertainment.


There were two new inductees into the Hall of Fame, with Denise Campbell (The Lind) and Costume wonderwoman Nancy Moule, both inducted. Both ladies have volunteered for over 40 years to various theatre groups, in various capacities, and they were thrilled to have their contributions acknowledged.


The outlook for the Alliance is hugely positive and last night saw a fabulous display of talent, the night culminating in a stunning performance from PAK to round off a fabulous night.


For anyone wanting to join a local theatre group, or find out more about theatre on the coast, visit the website,


The Making of The Great Lover


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Edith (Kirsty White) is a writer who tells it as it is, and if it is the taboo subject of women’s sexuality, then so be it. Her husband, Percy (David Frank), returns from WWI to find the woman he left behind has changed. How will he react to a woman who has turned ideas of women’s sexuality upside down and now seems to be leading a crusade against the rightful domain of men? Discover this deliciously decadent tale of exotic desire tonight with your Valentine, when The Making of The Great Lover, written by Jo Denver and directed by Denver & Michelle Connelly, opens at The Lind in Nambour with a special Gala Opening Night event. Season continues February 15 – 22. Bookings online or call 5441 1814


NT Live – Coriolanus


See Donmar Warehouse’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus at Noosa Arts Theatre, thanks to NT Live and Free Air Entertainment. Starring Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), journey alongside hero and defender, Coriolanus, as he confronts realpolitik and the voice of an angry people in ancient Rome. Two screenings only, on Sunday February 23 at 6:30pm and Monday February 24 at 10am. Bookings online or call 5449 9343


Hamlet. Psyched.


Explore Hamlet’s mental state – he’s distraught by his father’s recent death, furious at his mother for her sudden marriage to his uncle and confused about his relationship with his girlfriend! Hamlet has some serious issues! Combining classical text with contemporary material, HAMLET.PSYCHED. is a theatrical exploration of the human psyche. Directed by USC’s Drama Discipline Leader, Jo Loth, this is a new psychological thriller based on William Shakespeare’s classic text. Chancellor College Performing Arts Centre in Sippy Downs February 26, 27 & 28 at 5pm and February 27 at 8pm. Bookings online (click on “conferences and events”)


Hat Fitz and Cara




Hat Fitz & Cara welcome you to a night of live music seeped in authentic realism.  This dynamic duo is a unique combination that have skillfully combined their music of hill style country blues with old time folk.  Their material is original yet crosses the boundaries as if written from a time once forgotten.  The night will include music from their acclaimed album Wiley Ways and performances of their new writings for the first time ever.
Wiley Ways won Best Blues Album of the Year 2013 Chain Awards Australia & Spiral Earth 2013 UK. One night only at Noosa Arts Theatre on Friday February 28 at 7:30pm. Bookings online or call 5449 9343


Accidental Death of An Anarchist


Comical, kinky and corrupt, the Performing Arts Kollective (PAK) Presents Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Directed by Peta Beattie. March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at SCU Uni Club (University of the Sunshine Coast). Bookings online


Minefields and Miniskirts




Adapted by Terence O’Connell from Siobhan McHugh’s book, Minefields & Miniskirts is a collection of stories and memories from the women who were affected by the Vietnam War. Nearly a thousand Australian women played a part in the war and the lives of all these women were changed forever by Vietnam. For many of them it was the most vital and alive they had ever felt. The play features many iconic songs of the period written by female singer/songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Carole King, Buffy St. Marie and Melanie Safka.


A volunteer, a journalist, a nurse, the wife of a Vietnam vet and an entertainer cross paths at an Anzac Day march during the 1980′s. The women are transported back to the 1960′s and early 1970′s to their youthful experiences in Vietnam into a memory world where rice paddies, paper lanterns and ancient temples team with G.I’s, orphaned children and constant bombardment.


Minefields and Miniskirts is full of surprises. The pain of war is in this play, but you should also come prepared to laugh. No bomb ever killed the Australian sense of humour. These are the voices of those who were actually there: ordinary women revealing how they survived a war and discovered what they believed in. Opens March 13. Bookings online or call 5449 9343




Auditions for The Lind’s Sweet Fanny Adams, directed by Errol R J Morrison will be held March 27 & 31 at 7pm. A rollicking Aussie musical, Sweet Fanny Adams, will be staged from 11 for 10 performances only. It’s a great opportunity for singers, and actors who like to sing! Set in 1930’s Sydney and telling the story of the rivalry between brothel owners Kitty Divine and Fanny Adams, it is set in the era of the infamous razor gangs, BUT, there’s nothing dark about this show. It’s a rollicking story of the brothel business, sly grog parlours, corruption, deception and even, love. For more details email or call 0412396373



Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Season Launch Soiree


Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Season Launch Soiree

Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance

Noosa Arts Theatre

Saturday February 8 2014


Attended by Xanthe Coward


So our Season Launch Soiree happened on Saturday. It happened, as things do, despite the death of somebody near and dear, which I won’t write about here, but which I thank our theatre friends for acknowledging without giving us the heavy burden of talking about it. We were there to celebrate Sunshine Coast theatre, and celebrate we did!


In fact, we’d been in sort-of-determined celebration mode since Saturday morning, when I insisted on hosting our first ever Desire Map Bookclub get together with a few girlfriends. When I say “our” I mean mine, but Sam was there to put a table together for me and chat with the girls while I made tea. Lots of tea. We like our tea. (Luckily, we’d started on tea and stuck to it because there was nothing non-alcoholic happening later!). We had a lovely morning – it was the quietly beautiful blissful start to the weekend that I needed (thanks girls).




We headed to Noosa with our guest for the Soiree, James Millar, who happened to be in Mooloolaba on holiday in between writing, workshopping and performing whom we’d booked especially for the gig, ages ago. Of course we stopped for lunch at Bistro C – don’t worry, there was some food too, though we could argue that Matty’s oyster shots make a legit meal.




Thanks to the major sponsor of our theatre festival in August, Bendigo Community Bank, and to all our member theatre groups, the night was a great success! We got a sneak peak at some of the work we’ll see at local theatres this year, including an awesome preview from the Performing Arts Kollective (PAK)! We welcomed Nancy Moule and Denise Campbell to the Hall of Fame and celebrated Stephen Moore, recipient of the President’s Award.


Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance President, Sam Coward, was an exceptionally charming and witty host and James Millar was without a doubt, an absolute hit!


For more photos check out the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Facebook page.


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