WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
*Monday, September 28th
Story Chunder @ Back Dock Arts- 103 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley @7:00pm
Western Australia’s Black Swan State Theatre Company have recently announced their cast for Oklahoma! Emily Havea (Wentworth, Harrow, The Secrets She Keeps) has been cast as cowman Curly McLain in this exciting cross-gender casting. Joining Havea are veteran actors Caroline McKenzie (The Crucible) as Aunt Eller, Luke Hewitt (Red Silk) as Andrew Carnes, Laila Bano-Rind (Skylab) as Ado Annie with Stefanie Caccamo (Once) as Laurey, Andy Cook (Matilda) as Jud Fry, and Cameron Taylor as Ali Hakim, together with recent WAAPA graduates Sara Reed as Dream Laurey and Axel Duffy as Will Parker, making their professional debuts.
Directed by Richard Carroll (Calamity Jane, The Show Goes On, Once), the production features timeless hits such as ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, ‘People Will Say We’re In Love’, and ‘The Surrey With the Fringe on Top’ In this production, we are delighted and proud to present the music in the style of its bluegrass, country, square-dance roots, and for WA audiences to enjoy a 360° experience in the round right in the heart of the action on the Heath Ledger Theatre stage.
Oklahoma! runs from November 28th to December 20th, 2020 at the Heath Ledger Theatre, Perth. Further information including ticketing links can be found at Black Swan’s Oklahoma!
Homegrown Companies Return to QPAC Stages
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), Opera Queensland, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Theatre, and Circa will be returning to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) stages over the next few months after COVID-19 cause closure of the QLD venue. The QSO returned over the weekend with its Reel Classics program. Conductor Dane Lam and presenter Jason Barry-Smith called “action!” as the Orchestra performed spine-tingling themes that have moved audiences for decades.
Opera Queensland will return to the Concert hall on October 23rd and 24th present a concert of songs by many of the great composers including Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, and Tchaikovsky to capture the spirit of the time – a time of reflection and gratitude that we can once again return to the theatre and share the transformative power of music together.
Queensland Ballet will present 60 Dancers: 60 Stories at the Playhouse from December 10th- 12th, Queensland Theatre’s Mouthpiece, a thought-provoking performance will play at The Playhouse from October 31st to November 14th and Circa’s wonder that is Humans flips onto The Playhouse stage from November 18th-22nd.
It will be exciting to see the halls of QPAC bustling and filled with music once more!
For all information and ticketing enquires, head to https://www.qpac.com.au/
I Need You to See Me
101 of Australia’s BIPoC and CALD performers aged 18-25 have joined forces to feature in a song, ‘I Need You To See Me’, by critically acclaimed performer and composer Vidya Makan (SIX). The song is an explicit invitation to our entertainment industry by the talented artists it habitually marginalises to be seen and to create change.
The performers in the video are (in order of appearance):
Akansha Hungenahally, Jerome Javier, Olivia Vasquez, Juan Gomez, Karis Oka, Nabs Adnan, Jasmine Vaughns, Joe Gaudion, Zenya Carmellotti, Sebastian Li, Alex Gonzalez, Luna Ijuin Lethbridge, Katie Long, Gabriella Barbagallo, Sonia Dodd, Jacob Kuek, Danni Byrne, Cypriana Singh, Lauren Cheok, An Dang, Jess Ridler, Prashanti Middling Cara Taraborrelli, Michaela Facun, Guillaume Gentil, Joshua Sanerive, Shubshri Kandiah, Camille Chin, Jade Delmiguez, Nisha Joseph, Yash Fernando, Quinton Rofail, Jo Jabalde, Naarah, Jarrod Draper, Mei Wah Chan, Sherry Watson, Ninna Aguirre, Isabella Ferrer , Chemon Theys, Grace Driscoll, Andrew Dang, Asmara Soekotjo, Kaya Byrne, Michael Polines, Ahila Navaratnam, Kiana Daniele, Aretha Williams, Teresa Giansiracusa, Nikita Campbell, Rebecca Ho, Melanie Bird, James Majoos, Lydia Kivela, Stephanie Beza, Lorinda May Merrypor, Aysa Garcia, Triona Giles, Milo Hartill, Tigist Strode, Daniella Delfin, Aisha Aidara, Bradley Beard, Tiarne Sue Yek, Wern Mak, Nicole Rammesh, Jayme-Lee Hanekom, Annie Fang, Jian Peters, Marty Alix, Vincent Huynh, Kara May Sims, Khayshie Tilak Ramesh, Meghan D’Souza, Kristie Nguy, Ruby Short, Kira Leiva, Rayhan Maskun, Deirdre Khoo, Sean Halley, Tamanna Kaul, Angelina Thomson, Chad Rosete, Phoenix Jackson Mendoza, Ashleigh Lopez, Alessandra Bizzanelli, Olivier Rahme, Trinna Talasaia, Rhys Wilson, Isabelle Pascua, Maxine Singh, Danielle Remulta, Remanika Chaudhry, Lincoln Elliot, Giovanni Young, Lo Vanguardia, Isabella Forte, David Duketis, Mia Morrissey, Georgia Shae and Ayesha Madon.
The story behind the song can be read at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/vidya-makans-wake-up-call-to-the-industry and the video can be viewed on the page or at:
Composer, Lyricist, and Performer Tim Minchin (Matilda, Jesus Christ Superstar) recently wrote the song ‘Airport Piano’ while in quarantine with his family. Minchin wrote a blog post to explain the making of and meaning behind this video. It can be read at Airport Piano.
The video can be viewed at