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Monday, May 30, 2016

Menopause the Musical: Women on Fire by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

As soon as I saw a tree of mannequins dressed in underwear bathed in harsh florescent lighting, and heard the announcement  to ‘switch your phone to vibrate’, I knew I was in for a long…

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review: Ana Marina Launches Solo Career with debut album ‘Haunted’ by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Ana Marina has built an international career in musical theatre, which has included the role of Cosette in the 10th Anniversary production of Les Miserables and Emma Carew in Jekyll and Hyde…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 01:47AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ode to Shakespeare: An Interview with Tama Matheson. by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

On the eve of the 40oth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, I had the privilege to sit with actor Tama Matheson in the glow of a newly erected set in QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre, and …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 09:28PM
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bastard Territory – QTC & JUTE Theatre Company by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Standing at three hours long with two intervals, it is testament to Stephen Carleton’s writing and the actors’ storytelling that made this production of Bastard Territory fly by. …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 11:03PM
Friday, April 15, 2016

The Critic’s Brisbane Premiere at Studio Theatre by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Currently at the intimate Studio Theatre, Alex Broun’s The Critic explores the value of theatre reviewers and their apparent make-or-break power over a playwright’s career. The Critic�…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 02:38AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

When One Door Closes by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

What happens when you mash-up extreme acrobatic theatre with the three great heroines of twentieth century drama: Miss Julie, Hedda Gabler and Nora? In the progressive endeavour to challenge…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 11:59PM

Bastard Territory captures the Darwin of the 1970s by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

It’s Darwin, 2001. Russell and his partner Alistair have transformed Russell’s childhood home into the ‘Tectonic Plate’ – hip urban café and art gallery by day, queer cabaret …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 08:29PM
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Queensland Theatre Company announces groundbreaking National Artistic Team by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Queensland Theatre Company’s new Artistic Director Sam Strong will be heading up a team of 10 leading artists in an Australian-first program to create an exchange and dissolve borders b…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 02:07AM
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Brad McCaw’s New Work – The Game by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Musical Chameleon, Brad McCaw, wears many hats – singer, winning cabaret artist, composer, playwright, director, and producer. He is one talented Queenslander. As part of Brad’s Artist-I…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 08:48PM
Monday, February 1, 2016

Carrie The Musical makes its QLD Debut by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Based on Stephen King’s horror novel and 1976 film, Carrie The Musical has made its blood-soaked Brisbane debut, presented by Wax Lyrical Productions and the Brisbane Powerhouse. Comp…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 07:34AM

CATS opens in Brisbane by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Opening over the weekend in Brisbane is the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical CATS, which heralds in a new rap number for Rum Tum Tugger, a new tap numb…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 07:20AM
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Heathers: The Musical by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Heathers: The Musical. How very. Before there was Mean Girls, there was Heathers, the iconic high school movie from the 80s starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. And now there’s Hea…

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Cirque Adrenaline by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Simon Painter and Tim Lawson, producers of smash hit extravaganzas such as The Illusionists and Le Noir are back in town bringing with them highly-skilled performers from over thirty countri…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 12:00AM
Monday, January 11, 2016

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

The first production for shake and stir’s 10th anniversary year-long party started with the family friendly, summer holiday show, George’s Marvellous Medicine. Aces of the stage adaptati…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 08:54PM
Monday, January 4, 2016

How VERY! Heathers: The Musical opens in Brisbane this week by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

What do scrunchies, Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, the 80s, and Trevor Ashley have in common? Remember the 1988 cult film Heathers? Well sick back biatches, because Trevor Ashley is bringi…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 11:38PM
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Finalists announced for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016-17 by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

For the first time in the award’s history, the three finalists for  the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016­-17 includes and all-female lineup. Queenslanders Kathryn Marquet …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 07:31AM

He Said/She Said by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

It’s not often you can tell funny-slash-embarrassing stories about your partner, in front of them AND an entire audience, and get away with it. Radio personalities, comedians, hu…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 05:01AM
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Comedy Gold: He Said She Said debuts at Powerhouse Wonderland Festival by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

When two comedians get married, love can be a funny thing… Two comedians from rival radio stations on the same stage at the same time. The twist? They’re married… to each other. Fo…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 09:15PM
Sunday, December 6, 2015

Ma Ma Ma Mad – Essential viewing for audiences who want more from their theatre by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Sometimes you head along to the theatre as a reviewer and have no idea what you are going to witness – hits and misses are part of the job. Last night I saw the most humble, extraordinari…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 04:34AM

Les Miserables, Brisbane by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Les Misérables has been rousing audiences to their feet all around the world for more than 30 years. I remember listening to the 6-album vinyl records over and over because the music was …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 04:06AM
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: Afterplay – intimate and intellectual by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

An homage to Chekhov, Afterplay is a two-hander play in which the characters are taken from two different Chekhov plays and fast forwarded twenty or so years into the future. Sonya from Unc…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 06:13PM
Friday, September 18, 2015

The Seven Deadly Sins by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

The human mind is the battlefield in which our sins fight for power over our souls. In Natalie Weir’s astounding masterpiece, The Seven Deadly Sins – Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Laziness,…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 12:23AM
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Review: Titus – QSE by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

The tragedy Titus is the fictional account of Roman general Titus, returned from war to face a queen bent on revenge for the death of her son. As one of Shakespeare’s least performed works…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 09:38PM
Monday, September 7, 2015

Review: Metalhead, a new musical. by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

The life of Ned Kelly has rich dramatic material for a musical. The infamous bushranger divides Australia into those who admire him as someone who fought against inequality to the extent tha…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 12:40AM
Sunday, September 6, 2015

Review: World Premiere of shake & stir’s Dracula by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

There are many impressive things about this young company (who by the way, turn 10 next year). The accumulation of shake & stir’s hard work, talent, passion, energy, accessibility and …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 07:56AM
Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Prior Engagement with Marina Prior by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Brisbane audiences are in for a special treat with Marina Prior’s one-woman show – A Prior Engagement – heading to Brisbane Powerhouse’s Visy Theatre this September 10 and 11. She…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 09:34PM
Saturday, August 1, 2015

King Lear – Heartbeast by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

On Saturday night at their Holy Trinity Headquarters in Fortitude Valley, Heartbeast Theatre unveiled their latest offering, King Lear; the well-known tale of the titular King that generall…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 09:29PM
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sneak Peek: Behind the scenes of QTC’s new play about Jimmy Little, Country Song by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Presented by Queensland Theatre Company and QPAC, the world premiere play (with songs), Country Song is a fictionalised story inspired by the life of Jimmy Little. After being inspired …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 08:21PM
Monday, July 27, 2015

Escapism at the Wintergraden by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Escapism is a new escape room experience open at Strike Bowling Wintergarden: locked together in a room with 50 minutes to escape There are three scenarios to choose from- Butcher’s Burro…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 02:20AM
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: Tiptoe by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

It’s impossible to predict what delights awaits you when planning to attend a Sven Swenson production. With intriguing storylines and surprising plot twists assured, the lead-up to openin…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 11:52PM
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Queensland Cabaret Festival by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

The Queensland Cabaret Festival is about to wind up another busy year on Queensland stages (June 10 – 20). Highlights of the 2015 festival featured some big names such as Tex Perkins, Mar…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 05:03AM

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