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our biggest little theatre festival continues…anywhere but in theatres!


In case you hadn’t realised, there is theatre happening everywhere, literally, all around, in places and spaces like the Queensland Museum, Queen Street Mall, Bent Books, The Boundary Hotel, St Vincent’s Hospital, and Fil-a-Bolus Hair Salon. Anywhere Theatre Festival continues until Sunday May 18.

We thought we’d said farewell to anywhere last year but we’re glad it’s back! Hooray!




There is theatre and then there is anywhere theatre.


We’re not reviewing at anywhere (we’re prepping for Noosa International Food & Wine Festival and rehearsing two productions for inclusion in the 2014 Noosa Long Weekend Festival program – more details next week!), but you can read the reviews from the anywhere review team here.



Topology hosts a series of House Parties inspired by their 11th CD release and show entitled, SHARE HOUSE! It’ll be a night of groovy tunes, board games and fun-filled house party mayhem.

Mingle with the 5 dysfunctional characters of Share House – have a jam with Rob, plank with Bernard or gossip over cocktails with the gals.

And to cap it off, enjoy an art exhibit featuring 10 commissioned artworks by artists from Brisbane and Manila – each inspired by individual tracks off the album! Artworks will be auctioned off with 100% of proceeds going to Habitat For Humanity Philippines to rebuild homes that were devastated by the recent Typhoon Haiyan. Find more information about the band, the Share House album and tour here.


Do we ever get to the party? Or will we just pre-drink our lives away?


Pre-drinks is not just a show, it’s the drinks before the event and the event itself! Rocket Boy Ensemble promises intimate confessions, raucous behaviour, and a heady mix of goon-punch, drinking games and self-discovery. It’s a play by Lewis Treston but an event you can bring your non-theatre friends to.



Sweet Meniscus is a bold new dance work from emerging choreographer, Joseph Stewart.


Collaborating with writer, Torrey Atkin, and composer, Will Hughes, the piece combines the historic Spring Hill Baths with three of Queensland Ballet’s finest dancers (including Principal, Rachael Walsh) to construct an elegant and evocative exploration of our deeply unusual relationship with water.


Empress is a cabaret concert experience featuring consummate Brisbane performer Barb Fordham.


In the 1920s Bessie Smith was known as the Empress of the Blues. Empress is a tribute to the blues singer Bessie Smith, her life, her music and those she influenced including Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and the father of western swing Bob Wills. Barb weaves her own stories of life as a young woman in the suburbs of Brisbane who loved to sing the blues. It takes a sassy, robust woman to deliver the hollering, gutsy blues of Bessie Smith and Barb Fordham certainly delivers!


Shakespeare. Shaken, and stirred!


In Drunk Shakespeare a cast of classically-trained actors attempt to present a Shakespearean play BUT one of them has been drinking… this is the highest quality of Shakespearean acting paired with amazing improvised comedy. Directed by Steven Mitchell Wright.


Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival 2013 Results





What a MASSIVE weekend! Our best Festival yet! Were you there? Which was your favourite play? The Audience Choice award went to one of my favourite productions GOD OF CARNAGE.


Best Play went to my other favourite production 10 000 Cigarettes. These performances served as perfect examples of finding and playing truthfully the bitter reality that makes really good comedy, the need for bold and insightful direction, and the impact of exceptional ensemble work.


In previous years I’ve been able to commit to attending the festival in its entirety and taking my own notes each session, as well as sharing the adjudicator’s comments. This year I couldn’t say NO to a few events and deadlines either side of the festival! Speaking of deadlines, there’s one looming so let’s wrap up this post!




Congratulations to all involved, and thank you to the committee and the hard working volunteers. The festival would not go ahead without you.


Loved that our Adjudicator, Andrea Moor, commented on the lack of Brisbane faces in the audience and we’re hoping that we see more of you up here in the future.


Come up for a weekend of theatre and beautiful beaches!


Andrea will tell you how good the Peninsula is. And yes, we agree with you – the standard of theatre needs to be consistently good to get you here more often – and that’s what we’re working so hard to achieve year ’round as the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance. We know we’re well on the way! P.S. Look out for some BIG changes in the way companies will need to secure their place in next year’s Sunshine Coast festival!




ADJUDICATOR’S AWARD – sponsored by The Lind Theatre, Nambour

Winner:                     10,000 Cigarettes, Miranda’s Dressing Room


1st CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Jacqui Mata Luque for writing and Directing Context


2nd CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Kate Cullen for directing Roman Fever


3rd CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Crain Taylor for directing The Big Cats


4th CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Rainee Skinner for writing and acting in the boy in the cardboard box


5th CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

John McMahon for directing and design for Anything But Barefoot Bowls


6th CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Jennifer Rousset for acting in Context


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY  (female) – sponsored by BATS Theatre Co Inc

Commended:           Jennifer Rousset,  Context

Winner:                     Sharon Grimley, God of Carnage


BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (female) – sponsored by Oriana Arts Inc

Winner:                     Kate Cullen, God of Carnage


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY (male) – sponsored by SRT Inc

Winner:                     Frank Wilkie, God of Carnage


BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (male) – sponsored by BATS Theatre Co Inc

Winner:                     Brett Klease, God of Carnage


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR DRAMA (female) – sponsored by Coolum theatre Players

Commended:            Karen Peart, The Big Cats

Winner:                        Marilyn Davis, Roman Fever


BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (female) – sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council

Winner:                     Jan Paterson, The Big Cats


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR DRAMA (male) – sponsored by Noosa Arts Theatre

Winner:                     Florian Coste, Limbus


BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (male) – sponsored by The Lind Theatre, Nambour

Winner:                     Les Chappell, The Big Cats


BEST SET DESIGN – The Gordon Leeder MEMORIAL Perpetual Trophy and $100 – sponsored by Caloundra Chorale & Theatre

Commended:           Anything But Barefoot Bowls, SAD Theatre Co

Winner:                      10,000 Cigarettes,  Miranda’s Dressing Room


BEST UNPUBLISHED SCRIPT –  The Philip Chappell Memorial Perpetual Trophy  and $100 sponsored by The Independent Theatre at Eumundi

Commended:         the boy in the cardboard box, Theatre s

Context,  BATS Theatre Co

Limbus, IntAct Players

Winner:                     Anything But Barefoot Bowls,  SAD Theatre Co


BEST DIRECTOR  – $100 – sponsored by Don & Shirley Anson-Smith

Commended:           Kate Cullen, Roman Fever

Craig Taylor, The Big Cats

Winner:                      Simon Denver, God of Carnage



Commended:           Roman Fever, Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Co


3RD BEST PLAY – $100 – sponsored by Fox Mildwaters Solicitors

Winner:                     The Big Cats, Ipswich Little Theatre Society


2ND BEST PLAY – $200 – sponsored by Colin & Lea Anne Grevett

Winner:                     God of Carnage, Suncoast Repertory Theatre & The Lind


BEST PLAY – The Bev McCudden Memorial Perpetual Trophy and $300 – Peninsular Beachside Resort

Winner:                     10,000 Cigarettes


AUDIENCE CHOICE – $100 – sponsored by Noosa Arts Theatre Inc

Winner:                     God of Carnage






The 33rd Annual Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival


3 days  – 18 short plays from all over South East Queensland!

Just like a short film festival… only live!!!

Theatre companies from across South East Queensland converge on the Sunshine Coast to compete in this 3 day smorgasbord of live theatre.Great value for money and always an amazing variety of short plays throughout the weekend.

Lights, Camera, Spandex!

Lights, Camera, Spandex!

When:  August 16, 17 & 18 (Various session times)

The Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Inc is proud of the history of this event, more so when the festival will be staging 22 plays from around the greater South East this year between the Open and Youth Sections.

So, welcome both players and audience members alike to beautiful Buderim.

There is a great sense of family within the Festival community and we would like all theatre-makers to view our Festival as the place you can relax, unwind and play. You, the audience, will be witness to the wonderful creative cocktail that has brought everyone together, to share their talents and wholly entertain.

Don’t forget to support our Youth Theatre Festival at The Lind Theatre next Saturday August 24. We encourage all of you to attend this part of our festival as the talent amongst this group will astound and will surely be the breeding ground of the future talent on all our stages. And to that end, we are excited to announce the Youth Bursary has been increased from $200 to $1,000 thanks to the generous sponsor—Coolum Theatre Players. A huge investment in the future of theatre on the Sunshine Coast.

Our adjudicator this year is Andrea Moor. Please make her feel welcome.

An event of this scale and calibre is not possible if it were not for the tireless efforts of an army of volunteers, and like the Festival Circuit, the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, comprising of BATS Theatre Co, Coolum Theatre Players, Oriana Arts, Suncoast Repertory Theatre, The Lind Theatre and Noosa Arts Theatre, has a growing sense of family that have all contributed their time, talents and expertise to making the Festival what it is.

Nor would it be possible without the wonderful support from our sponsors and our media partners: the Sunshine Coast Daily; ABC Coast FM; 104.9 Sunshine FM; and 101.3 Noosa Community Radio; whose generosity is greatly appreciated.

Special thanks to: our team leaders; programme compiler, Stephen Moore; and publicity dynamo Synda Turnbull.


Adjudicator: Andrea Moor

Andrea Moor has worked nationally and internationally as an actor over the last 30 years.

A NIDA graduate, Andrea has studied at East 15 in London and with The Atlantic Theatre Co in New York. She was responsible for introducing the acting technique Practical Aesthetics to Australia in 1994, co-founding PAA Australia, and the Sydney annex of the Atlantic Theatre Company of New York.

Andrea’s extensive credits as an actor include many productions with the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, the Griffin Theatre Company,

The Ensemble, The State Theatre Company of SA, Pork Chop, Marian Street and since her move to Brisbane ten years ago, The Queensland Theatre Company and La Boite. She has also worked extensively in film and television both as an actor and a performance coach.

Supported by an Arts Queensland fellowship Andrea moved into directing, establishing her own company …and moor theatre. The company produced the Australian premiere of Jon Fosse’s Beautiful and offered writer Ross Mueller the opportunity to rework his play Ghost Writer in a production at Metro Arts.

In 2011 Andrea directed the Australian premiere of Mark Swivel’s Water Falling Down for the Queensland Theatre Company and this year Andrea has received glowing reviews for her production of the Australian premiere of David Ives Venus in Fur, again for QTC. Directing credits also include Intimacy for JUTE, Furious for NIDA, Mad Forrest and Dreamplay for the NIDA Young Actors Studio, Top Girls for WAAPA and The Tempest for USQ Shakespeare in the Park. Andrea will be directing a project for QTC in 2014.

Andrea is a dedicated teacher and has just completed a Doctorate of Creative Industries (QUT) where her final paper was a comparative study of the efficacy of the acting training methodologies taught at NIDA, QUT, VCA and WAAPA.

Anything But Barefoot Bowls

Anything But Barefoot Bowls

Cost: Festival Pass $40, Session Pass $15 (4 plays per session). 
(Visa and MasterCard Credit and Debit Cards accepted. NO eftpos facilities at venue)





Wishful Thinking (Mousetrap Theatre Co)

the boy in the cardboard box (theatre s)

The Blackness of Terror (Dizzy Productions)

Context (BATS Theatre Co Inc)


The Harvest (Jigsaw)

Smitten (Dizzy Productions)

Roman Fever (Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Co)


In The Blood (KSP Theatre)

10, 000 Cigarettes (Miranda’s Dressing Room)

Anything But Barefoot Bowls (SAD Thetare Co)

God of Carnage (Suncoast Repertory Theatre & The Lind)


Void (Brisbane Arts Theatre)

Triangle (Down Stage Left)

LIMBUS (IntAct Players)

Hoosierdaddy (Excalibur Theatre Co)


Til Death Do We Part (Pegasus Entertainment)

Lights, Camera, Spandex! (Golden Glove Productions)

The Big Cats (Ipswich Little Theatre Society)