Posts Tagged ‘SRT

02
Oct
17

MUSE

 

MUSE

Suncoast Repertory Theatre

Black Box Theatre, Old Ambulance Station

September 29 – October 8 2017

 

Reviewed by Xanthe Coward

 

 

MUSE is the best new Australian indie work we’ve seen this year. Written and directed on the Sunshine Coast by Simon Denver after XS Entertainment’s Sam Coward challenged the playwright at the poker table one night to write something new and irresistibly real, this darkly comical piece dives deeply and unapologetically into human nature, hook-ups, marriage, lies, loyalty and the world of live theatre, capturing our imaginations and clenching its fist around our hearts. Honest, unsettling and a catalyst for some of the most interesting conversations you’ll ever have with your lover, MUSE is the very best sort of provocative performing arts.

 

Upcoming at Brisbane Powerhouse is Wax Lyrical’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, which also looks at the dissolve of a relationship. And there are many other good works that explore the jealousy, resentment and resignation leading to the end – or not – of a relationship. Where MUSE differs from what we’ve seen before is that it’s violently articulate and neatly structured, offering a balanced view of the issues, inviting us to join these individuals on their journeys and at the same time, reflect on our own lives and loves.

An unexpected theatrical device is cleverly incorporated to make us consider how much of what we tell ourselves and our partner is actually reality and how much is fantasy. So much of what might seem like a good idea at the time is complicated and also, outside of society’s norms.

Denver’s text questions why we do what we do, juxtaposing human nature and free will against a traditional view of marriage and monogamous relationships. Set within a theatrical context, two weeks before a classic play goes up and the leading players become entangled in an illicit affair, MUSE avoids cliche and draws on truth. Denver is a keen study of human behaviour; in this work you’re sure to recognise aspects of yourself or someone you know.

 

Refreshingly, Denver presents all sides of the story and also, fully drawn female characters – the actor-turned-academic wife, Jemma (Mel Myers) and the free-spirited leading lady, Ngaire (Rachel Fentiman) – rather than the token women we’re so used to seeing, still, on our stages and screens.

 

While Jemma flails alone at home beneath a stack of undergraduate essays and an endless supply of red wine, her husband, Kris (Brett Klease), is enjoying post-rehearsal drinks with his free-spirited millennial leading lady, Ngaire. When things come to a head, Jemma confronts Kris and then Ngaire, and the terms of engagement are settled over a couple of unsettling scenes. Kris turns to his geeky gamer/coder brother, Julian (Howard Tampling), only to hear from him the voice of reason and the loyalty line he wishes he could tow too. Meanwhile, the director of the play within the play (Adam Flower), just wants to put on a good show.

Sans production values (we know it’s been produced on the smell of an oily rag) the work speaks for itself. While there’s some effort to make in terms of taking it to the next level (some of the musical choices to bookend scenes are a little too obvious and a design aesthetic is less so), MUSE is the most intriguing and moving night at the theatre this year on the Sunshine Coast. SRT must be encouraged to seek further support for a return season next year, or a move sideways in the ecology, which will allow a broader audience to experience the beauty, tragedy, hope and truth of MUSE.

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03
Jun
15

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!

 

 

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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

Featuring:

Brett Klease

Brad Thomson

Shane Cassidy

Clayton Storey

Sam Coward

Darren Heskes

Anna McMahon

& Joy Marshall as Mrs Hunt!

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28
May
15

The Only Chick on the Construction Site: A chat with Anna McMahon

 

We caught up with Anna McMahon, the only chick on the jobsite at Job’s Right – The Second Coat!

 

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What’s Job’s Right – The Second Coat about?

7 years after Job’s Right…another day…another worksite….another client….another stuff up!

 

How did you find yourself in this show?

I am very lucky to say I was privileged to have worked with the talented Simon Denver and SRT last year in Rock In The Water – another successful SRT show winning over 30 awards around the 2014 South East Queensland Festival Circuit. Any excuse to be part of this company and their slick productions.

 

What was your first impression of the show? Of the role? (Had you seen the original installment of Job’s Right? Have you ever had a role like this?)

That is a very good question….having seen the first installment I certainly knew what I was in for! But if anyone had seen the first Job’s Right, they would remember from their belly hurting after laughing so much! My role is only 1 of 2 female characters…and all I can really say is….I am a female Chippie with a very, very bad attitude.

 

How did you prepare for the role? For working with a cast of all males except for “Aunty Joy”?

The wonderful thing about working with SRT is they are all about Team. For a faultless machine to work, one must trust, do what they are told and work hard…and the result is always something to be proud of. I have worked with these men and Aunty Joy a couple of times now…and I would always do it again in a heartbeat!

 

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Describe the rehearsal room & rehearsal process.

Whether it be in Aunty Joy’s living room, spare back room, around her outdoor table, Brett’s outback shack, verandah or lounge room….SRT fits in spaces of all shapes and sizes! The rehearsal process is a fun one – all about comradery, trusting who you work with and making a commitment to your team.

 

Tell us about working with SRT & Job’s Right Productions.

An experience I would do again and again and again. SRT is professional to the letter, and Job’s Right Productions certainly are not any different.

 

Tell us about touring and why it’s important to take this show on the road, to three different venues on the Sunshine Coast.

A professional show performed by professional actors on the Sunshine Coast at affordable prices…what more can I say? If Mohammad won’t come to the Mountain, take the Mountain to Mohammad…if the audience don’t hear about Job’s Right, we will shout louder! Oh…and you will laugh until it hurts.

 

Why should we see Job’s Right – The Second Coat? What do audiences love about it?

Right from the voiceover at the beginning of the show…you are in for a treat! If you like a good laugh, you cannot afford to miss Job’s Right –Second Coat!

 

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What sort of theatre do you want to see continue being made on the Sunshine Coast?

The same opportunities and standards that Brisbane and Sydney have should exist on the Sunshine Coast. The talent is evident, the need is there…no excuses Queensland, it’s time for our Coast to shine with the rest of them.

 

How does performing fit in around your other life as a teacher?

My life is a stage, my passion is theatre….when you have feelings like this, you just make it fit.

 

What do you think performing does for other areas of your life, like teaching, meeting people, etc?

Performance and The Arts is who I am as a teacher. That is my greatest strength in the classroom. Who doesn’t remember that teacher who told jokes, used funny voices, dressed up, told stories and made learning fun and engaging. Taking you on a learning journey to remember. It’s also not just about what it gives me but what the Arts gives kids.

 

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What do you want to do next?

Well what I WANT to do next…that’s quite an easy one….is to be a regular on Playschool.

What am I going to do next in the meantime? Just keep swimming….acting…performing….teaching.

 

See Anna, Aunty Joy and all the boys in Job’s Right – The Second Coat at Nambour Civic Centre tonight, tomorrow night & Saturday and at The J, Noosa June 3, 4 & 6

 

 

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28
May
15

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.

 

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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

 

11
May
15

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

 

JOB’S RIGHT – THE SECOND COAT

 

Strictly limited season opens this week!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

20
Apr
15

Job’s Right – The Second Coat comes to the Sunshine Coast

Job’s Right – The Second Coat

It’s a cult of a play…

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Wanna know what REALLY happens on a job site?!

When Job’s Right pulled the curtain at The J in March 2008 over 4700 people on the Sunshine Coast had witnessed what could only be described as “a cult of a play”.

Perfectly described by one of the hundreds of local tradies who saw it as “Raw .. real .. earthy … and funny!”, the original play was centred around a gang of house painters led by work-weary Rick. Along with his offsiders, the politically incorrect Murph and the lovable larrakin Wally, the fellas 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 penned a brand new script. And has anything changed? No! It’s another day … another site … another client … another stuff up!

Same dog. Different fleas.

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The client, Mrs Hunt, wants a shrine to her late husband built so she can 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, Michael, the fur is gonna’ fly. If it can go wrong it will go wrong!

Warning: This play doesn’t not 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.

Featuring some of the Sunshine Coast’s top talent, Job’s Right – The Second Coat is hardcore comedy at it’s best! Remember, it’s NOT for kids, but it’s for everybody else! Don’t miss it!

Book online or call the venue nearest you.

The Events Centre, Caloundra May 14, 15 & 16 (Bookings: call 549 10702)

Nambour Civic Centre May 28, 29 & 30 (Bookings: call 5457 777)

The J, Noosa June 3, 4 & 6 (Bookings: 5329 6560)

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13
Jan
14

Sunshine Coast Arts January 4 2014

 

So you know I have this little column in the local paper, right?

 

When Synda Turnbull asked me to take this on in 2013 (she helped keep the arts pages plump for the ten years prior), I had a moment of quiet indecision and debate about artists working for free, but decided pretty quickly that the column needed to continue regardless of whether or not the publication can afford to pay, which seems to be the most prominent current issue again in discussions online and amongst artists in foyers and coffee shops. I accepted the challenge to fit something else into my week gratis, because the value of the weekly exposure of the arts on the Sunshine Coast is worth more to me than say, $100 each week to write it. You know I don’t make money from blogging about the arts, either, despite inspirational writers and business heads all around me, like Styling You’s Nikki Parkinson, working to achieve just that ever since she left print media and logged on! Maybe this is the year, although up until July we’re pretty busy making actual theatre again – I can tell you more soon but there’s a bit of stuff embargoed for another week or so. If you’re following us on Twitter and Instagram you’ll be the first to know.

 

Are you an artist working for free in some capacity? How’s that working for you?

 

A number of people suggested I post the columns here, so here they are. A bit of catch up first, and then I’ll post the copy each weekend. If you can pick up the paper on a Saturday, I suggest you still do that because of course there are a heap of arts stories that I’m not able to cover…

 

If you’re a Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance member with some copy and fantastic images for me, email xanthe@xsentertainment.com.au

 

SCD Arts Saturday January 4 2014

Xanthe Coward

 

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In 2013 Sunshine Coast theatre got braver and bolder. Behind the scenes we saw some new systems put into place and some key people come and go. The Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival in August enjoyed its best ever attendance, and box office records were set for Noosa Arts Theatre. With Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance President, Sam Coward, at the helm for his third consecutive year, we enjoyed new confidence in untapped talent and in the rediscovery of some favourite performers, designers and technical operators. Noosa Arts Theatre’s acclaimed production of West Side Story, a September sell-out directed by Sam Coward, reminded us just how deep our local pool of talent is, and challenged preconceived notions surrounding community theatre, from its inception to its final curtain call.

 

The Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Season Launch Soirée is your next opportunity to rub shoulders with local theatre types and find out how you can be involved. Join the makers and lovers of local theatre at Noosa Arts Theatre on Saturday February 8 from 6pm. Limited tickets available. Bookings online livetheatre.com.au

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Take the kids to this entertaining panto and have just as much fun. This traditional version of the classic fairy tale is directed by Susan Dearnley and runs for a strictly limited season at Noosa Arts Theatre January 4 – 19. All tickets just $12. Bookings online noosaartstheatre.com.au or call 5449 9343

 

Cinderella

While Cinderella searches for her true love, enjoy cheering the goodies and booing the baddies along the way. Directed by Mary Newton, BATS’ panto runs January 11 – 19. All tickets $12. Bookings online batstheatre.com or call 5445 2515

 

NT Live Screenings

 

Free Air Entertainment and Noosa Arts Theatre continue their screenings of Great Britain’s superb National Theatre productions with Othello January 10, Macbeth January 17 and The Habit of Art January 31. Bookings online noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5443 9343

 

 

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Images – Men In Black (MIB) for SRT’s The Mystery Bus at Woodford Folk Festival 2013-1014. Images by XS Entertainment

 

 




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