*Friday, August 7th: Contagious Cabaret @ 7:00pm AEST

Contagious Cabaret: Episode #4


*Sunday, August 9th: QLD Musical Theatre Trivia @4:00pm AEST

Pig ‘n’ Whistle, Riverside QMT Trivia


*Monday, August 10th: Broadway Plugged- in @8:00pm AEST

Broadway Plugged- in


*Saturday, August 15th: Home Grown- Songs For A Future Oz @7:30pm AEST

Home Grown



Brisbane Festival

Brisbane’s most anticipated event of the year is here! Aiming to bring people together as they awake from their winter slumber with an explosion of arts performances and experiences. The Brisbane Festival is unlike anything else you can experience in the world. They redefine what an International Arts Festival looks and feels like, staying ahead of the game and bringing the next generation with us.

Brisbane Festival emerged from The Warana Festival, which had been running since 1961. Warana’s theme was ‘entertainment for the people, by the people’ In 2009, Brisbane Festival and RiverFestival were combined through a Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council initiative into one large annual international arts festival. The iconic Riverfire now marks the final day of The Brisbane Festival.

2020’s Festival will take place from September 4th-26th at venues across 190 Brisbane suburbs with full details of performances available in the brochure- Brisbane Festival Brochure .

Further information is available at https://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/ .


Broadway Plugged-in

The August edition of Broadway Plugged- In will take place on Monday, August 10th at 8:00pm. Hosted by Broadway Unplugged, Daniele Buatti and Be You Inc., this fantastic night of entertainment will be brought to you digitally, and physically distant. All performances will be filmed and released online so you can sit back and watch the magic in the comfort and safety of your own homes!

With performers including Angela Scundi (Electric Dreams, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Kala Gare (SIX) and Sam Ward (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Jesus Christ Superstar) the event is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed!

You can keep up to date with all event information at  Broadway Plugged-in: August .


Contagious Cabaret

Featuring theatre performers such as Zoy Frangos (My Fair Lady, Les Miserables), Evan Lever (Muriel’s Wedding, Rent) and Sophie Weiss (Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music), the 4th episode of Contagious Cabaret.

Each episode artists are assigned a song or genre by the performers from the previous episode. As always, everyone involved will get to nominate another performer and pick a song for them to sing.

Further details can be read at Contagious Cabaret .

Here is a preview of what to expect:


Ashleigh Rubenach

Ashleigh Rubenach (The Sound of Music, Muriel’s Wedding) will take to the stage at Claire’s Kitchen on Wednesday, September 23rd to perform an evening of songs from the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalogue. Featuring hits from The Sound of Music, South Pacific and many more, you don’t want to miss this ‘Enchanted Evening’ of classic musical theatre.

Tickets are limited for this Sydney event so get in quick!

Information regarding the event is available at https://www.claireskitchen.com.au/events-1/claires-pop-up-petit-cabaret-presents-ashleigh-rubenach



Opera Australia Update

A message from Opera Australia:
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve and new uncertainties emerge, we’ve decided to postpone our productions of the Ring Cycle and Aida at Queensland Performing Arts Centre until 2021.
We know this is disappointing news for many of you, but it means we can provide more certainty for ticketholders, performers and all of those involved with staging the event. We’re excited to bring these spectacular productions to Brisbane in 2021, and thank everyone for their understanding as we work through this challenging period.
Dates are currently being finalised for 2021 and we will be in touch with ticketholders shortly, advising them of their options. If you have any questions, please get in touch at [email protected]

Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle.


Masks for Sale- Supporting our Theatre Community

With masks becoming necessary during this time, many in the theatre community are contributing their talents to ensure everyone is kept safe. If you are looking to purchase re-usable masks, why not try one of the links below:

The Masque Co.

Little Light Industries

Todd Masks


Claire Lyon wearing her mask from The Masque Co.



Ashleigh Taylor and Ben Bennett

Congratulations to performers Ashleigh Taylor (Grease- The Arena Experience, American Idiot) and Ben Bennett (The Life of Us, American Idiot) who announced their engagement on Wednesday, July 29th 2020 after Bennett proposed. We wish you the best !



Milo Robert McKinnon

Congratulations to Lauren McKenna-McKinnon (Heathers, Dream Song) and Carl McKinnon (Production Manager- Spamalot) on the birth of their son, Milo Robert who was born on Monday, July 27th 2020 at 9:59 pm. Welcome to the theatre family Milo!



BAFTA Awards

Friday, July 31st 2020 (Saturday, August 1st AEST time) saw Tim Minchin open the 2020 BAFTA Awards with his hilarious original song written specifically for the occasion. Performed by Minchin, Elise McCann (Matilda), Elenoa Rokobaro (The Book of Mormon) and Daniel Raso (Matilda).

his song ‘Carry You’ from his TV Series Upright rounded out the award ceremony.


Raise The Curtain

Friday, July 30th saw an array of Australian theatre talent take to the stage at Frankston Art Centre to perform  a selection of pop, rock and musical theatre classics. If you missed the event or want to watch again, the video is available at




The cast of CATS including our 17 Australian members are out of quarantine and into the rehearsal room in Seoul. Here is a picture of the cast from the rehearsal room.


Josh Piterman

Josh Piterman (Phantom of the Opera/ West Side Story) will take the judge’s seat in UK singing competition Take the Mic. Take the Mic is a National Competition Event including four age divisions from Kids to Adults and is available for Solo, Duos, and Group Acts. We wish Josh all the best in this new endeavour!