Callum McGrath

Callum McGrath

CALLUM MCGRATH

Callum McGrath is an artist and researcher currently based in Naarm/Melbourne. McGrath’s work applies experimental archival and historiographic approaches to reconceptualise methods of queer memorialisation. His research-led projects resist the hegemonic and institutional structures of archival repositories and instead work toward methods of queer remembrance where queer temporalities and futurity can take precedent.

Your practice disrupts typical engagement with the past and challenges the aesthetics of public memorialisation to make way for a speculative queer community. What is the significance of forming such a community and what interests you in particular about expressing these ideas through acts of remembrance?
Hmm.. big question… I am interested in the ways in which queerness can be used as a methodology to consider the challenges and complexities of representing, presenting, documenting, and archiving the past. I think each work I make deals with history in a way that is against the hegemonic systems that deal with and organise the past.  As much as my work is about remembering and acknowledging the past, I think the work is equal parts against history or opposed to its linear and temporal unfoldings. For me, the queerness of this methodology lies in its resistance to history as something that is linear and or a closed loop. I think by looking at queer history (which is just one example of the kind of marginalised past this methodology can be applied to) we can see the destructive and corrosive nature of the past.  History for me is negotiated through a complex web of comprises, truth, lies, mistakes ect. Take for instance the work at Metro, as much as this work is framed as a historiographic project, I think in many ways it’s intentionally failed. It refuses to give away details and compromises truth, instead, it is a fragmented cinematic failed picture of a violent past that continues to secrete/ leak into the future. 

What is particularly interesting to you about the case of Ross Warren?
The Ross Warren case has been of interest to me for quite some time, I have wanted to make a work about it for many years but never really known how. What is interesting for me is not the particular circumstances that happened which is of course awful but instead, him being a semi-media figure and that being something that we can cling to. Unlike many of the other queer people who were murdered, Ross’s image exists recorded on film. Particularly significant for me knowing I wanted to make a video work. That said, part of the reason in the video it included fragments from other incidences from a range of historical time periods is precisely because I didn’t want to just priorities the case of Ross’s. I think this is where I am attempting to negotiate to complexities of the past and utilise an experimental approach to re-telling a history? 

How do you hope people will engage with this work?
Well, I think there are two mains goals for this project, firstly I think it’s important for the public to become aware of this history and engage with it in a way that is on an emotional/ affective level. Something that I think public memorial spaces often lack. Secondly, I really want this work to generate conversations around histories problems; specifically the complexities of remembrance and memorialisation. Thinking through different and experimental approaches to telling the past that can do interesting and important things in regards to temporalities and a de-linear or even messy image of the past. I think the work pulls, stretches, and distorts time, in a way that doesn’t attend to hegemonic systems, and reproductive futurism; a methodology that is in many ways indebted to writing on queer temporalities.  

ARTIST EVENT

THE WEATHERMAN
By Callum McGrath

Tue 6 – Sat 24 Jul, 2021

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

WHERE

Gallery One, Metro Arts

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 5pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

FREE

BRIS FEST 2021 AT METRO ARTS

BRIS FEST 2021 AT METRO ARTS

 

BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2021 AT METRO ARTS

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

3 – 26 SEPT | EXHIBITION
Brisbane’s hottest contemporary artists give up-cycling new meaning in this innovative exhibition.

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WEREDINGO

3 – 11 SEPT | THEATRE
Karul’s signature sharp movement and humour will challenge what you think you know about shapeshifting.

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THE MAKING OF MEN

18 SEPT | CONVERSATION
Bystander trainer Michael Jeh lead a conversation on raising men to overturn cultural pressures and traditions.

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WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

22 – 25 SEPT | FAMILY
A fully immersive, interactive and accessible story for children about friendship and celebrating difference.

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FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

22 – 25 SEPT | COMEDY
Three Hilarious Mamas. One Rocking Show. Jump aboard the life-raft of laughter for this smashing evening of comedy.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.  

SEASON OF SURPRISES

SEASON OF SURPRISES

22 – 31 JULY | TICKETS ON-SALE NOW

With our July performance program further disrupted by lockdowns and state border restrictions, Metro Arts have invited local legends to take over the venue!

Titled SEASON OF SURPRISES, this flourish of special one-night-only events includes film, cabaret, music and dance and takes place from 22 – 31 July.

More events to be announced soon!

LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

23 JUL | CABARET
Lesbian Love Stories is a concert-style cabaret performed by three local lesbians and one rockin’ pianist, featuring anonymous true tales of love from across the globe.

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THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

30 JUL | DANCE PARTY
Celebrating diverse bodies, identities and movement. Featuring pop-up performances – come watch, listen, learn and if you’re feeling it get up and dance!

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DEBBIE TAYLOR-WORLEY

DEBBIE TAYLOR-WORLEY

DEBBIE TAYLOR-WORLEY

With an interest in art sparked in fourth grade, it wasn’t until the birth of her daughters that Debbie Taylor Worley started a journey to reconnect to her heritage, resulting in studying art as a mature age student. Her new exhibition Wun-ga-li Ngurrambaa Winanga-li honours her connection to Gamilaraay country.

What inspired you to become an artist?
I’ve had an interest in art ever wince the 4th grade when my teacher, Mr Smith, put a pineapple on his desk and told us all to draw it. After seeing our results he said, “draw what you see, not what you think you see”. From that moment, along with the stash of art books dad had in the hallway cupboard, I was fascinated with creative processes.

In my mid 40’s, I finally had the opportunity to attend art college and was motivated and inspired by the artists that taught within the unit, such as Jennifer Herd, Vernin Ah Kee and Lauri Neilsen. I was introduced to new ways of seeing art and it gave what I was producing greater purpose.

How would you describe your art to someone unfamiliar to it?
It’s everchanging and multidisciplinary, working mainly with clay and textiles. However, common themes that run throughout my work are the dendroglyphs or tree carvings of the Gamilaraay nation and female empowerment.

Using the motifs of the tree carvings provides a link between contemporary practice and my cultural roots. The motifs go hand in hand with images and sculptures to draw attention to the divine feminine and our mother the earth.

I prefer to use materials that are as natural and connected to country as possible. For example, I forage bullrushes when the season is right for weaving fibres, and use ochre from country to colour canvases laid within the landscape.

Your art is influenced by “listening to country”, can you explain how this practice works?
The Gamilaraay word Winanga-li describes a process of listening, hearing, thinking, remembering. It involves sitting in a place and space of deep contemplation and hearing what nature is telling you. It is a way of connecting deeply on a spiritual level. Just as an artist may stare at a blank canvas for days before applying paint to it, I sit on Gamilaraay country and let it speak to me, translating the message intuitively onto the canvas.

What can you tell us about your exhibition at Metro Arts?
This body of work was made at various sites on Gamilaraay country, that are significant in regards to Gamilaraay spirituality and my childhood memories. A trip back to country was made possible by the Windmill trust Scholarship that was awarded to me in 2020. As a result of listening to country, each canvas has been produced beside an important body of water and covered with the surrounding earth, clays and ochres. It highlights the responsibility of Gamilaraay women to protect sacred waters. I believe my ancestors are guiding me on my journey of reconnection to culture and country.

Included in the exhibition is a video work by my young Nephew, Jackson, that documents portions of the journey and the art making process.

Wun-ga-li Ngurrambaa Winanga-li  | 6 – 24 July | Gallery One, Metro Arts
Find out more about the exhibition here.

 

ARTIST EVENT

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI
By Debbie Taylor-Worley

Tue 6 – Sat 24 Jul, 2021

ARTIST TALK
3pm, Sat 24 Jul

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

WHERE

Gallery One, Metro Arts

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 5pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

FREE

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JUL – DEC 2021

JUL – DEC 2021

Metro Arts | July – December Program

Cautiously and carefully as a community we continue to rebuild and find our new way forward in this changed world. Our art and artists continue to push boundaries, take risks and offer provocations, entertainments and just some damn fine art!

Our July-December season presents more thought-provoking and exhilarating work from Australian artists across artforms. And we continue to offer people of all ages opportunities to dance, think, discuss, listen, collide, question and cross-pollinate here at Metro Arts.

THEATRE & PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

21 AUG | DANCE
We’re celebrating Pink Matter’s 4th birthday with a kick-ass party! Dress fresh and get ready for a wild night of performances, cyphers and battles.

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FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

22 – 25 SEPT | COMEDY
Three Hilarious Mamas. One Rocking Show. Jump aboard the life-raft of laughter for this smashing evening of comedy.

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RESTRUNG FESTIVAL

14 – 16 OCT | MUSIC
Immerse yourself in this banquet of strings-driven music, dance, theatre and art that pushes the boundaries of music and art.

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BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

9 – 18 DEC | PERFORMANCE
This festival-fav is back with a nostalgia-blaring homage to the humble leotard and its epic transformational possibilities.

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PINK INC

20 DEC | DANCE
Join the Pink Matter team and say bye-bye to 2021 with this end-of-year party like no other!

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EXHIBITION PROGRAM

soul-hole

20 – 27 NOV / EXHIBITION
The everyday and the sacred are united in this intimate exploration of spirituality and girlhood.

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AZADEH HAMZEII

4 – 18 DEC / EXHIBITION
Azadeh Hamzeii presents new work commissioned by Metro Arts in association with 4A: Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

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777-ELEVEN

4 DEC – JAN 2022 / EXHIBITION
Joaquin Gonzales presents 777-Eleven, a Catholicised convenience store selling all the Catholic necessities nobody asked for.

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CREATIVE DEVELOPMENTS

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

On the Shoulders of Giants explores the transition and adaptation of culture, toxic masculinity and intergenerational trauma of First Nations men navigating their way through everyday life.

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COLD GHOST

Familial tapestries reveal patterns upon patterns in this fascinating expedition through time.

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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

JOSHUA PETHER

FERRYMAN’S HUT
Across this two-week residency at Ferryman’s Hut, Joshua will perform a journey of a ritual seeking hidden clues to some of Queensland’s most elusive and baffling mysteries.

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JAMES HAZEL

NORMAN PARK SUBSTATION
My Father the piano is an installation which explores the relationship between the artist and their working-class family.

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OLIVIA LACEY

FERRYMAN’S HUT
In her new work Almost Heaven, Olivia Lacey revisits a childhood fascination with Olivia Newton-John as the roller-skating muse from her iconic film Xanadu (1980).

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LITTLEBITTS

FERRYMAN’S HUT
Comedy duo LittleBitts are bunkering down in Ferryman’s Hut this July to work on development of a new sitcom.

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JOSHUA PETHER

JOSHUA PETHER

JOSHUA PETHER

Re-enactment

Developing his new work Re-enactment, across this two-week residency at Ferryman’s Hut, Joshua will invite a select group of witnesses to be part of this process as he takes his body on a journey of a ritual that will potentially provide the hidden clues to some of Queensland’s most elusive and baffling mysteries.

Using elements discovered during ‘Transmission’ – a process developed by both Wei Zen Ho and Joshua Pether; re-enactment will turn its attention to some of Brisbane’s most notorious cold cases and use the body as the tool to seek more ‘information’ while allowing for a deeper and intense sense of contemplation and listening to occur. 

 

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

THE ARTISTS

Joshua Pether
Joshua Pether is of Kalkadoon heritage but lives and works on Noongar country in Western Australia. He is an experimental performance artist, dancer and choreographer of movement, temporary ritual and imagined realties. His practice is influenced by his two cultural histories- indigeneity and disability and the hybridization of the two with particular interest in the aesthetics of the disabled body and also that of the colonized body. 

His work and practice have been supported through the Australia Council and DLGSC (local) funding. As an independent artist he has had work shown in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and New York and has performed in festivals and events such as the Undercover Artist Festival, Yirramboi Festival, Next Wave, APAM 2018, Short Cuts, MoveMe Festival, SuperCell Festival of Contemporary Dance In Situ and The First Nations Dialogues in New York. He is the creator of two solo works, ‘Monster’ and ‘Jupiter Orbiting’.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

SUBTITLE IRAN

SUBTITLE IRAN

SUBTITLE IRAN

Presented by Metro Arts

By Katayoun Javan

Iranian Australian photographer and video artist Katayoun Javan draws on personal and public stories to present notions of family, home, memory, displacement and the Iranian Diaspora.

Subtitle Iran is a research-based photo series that explores the ways Western film and television has perceived Iran for the past several decades, mainly before and after the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

 

DATES

Sat 5 – Sat 26 Jun, 2021

OPENING EVENT
4 – 6pm, Sat 5 Jun

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 5 Jun 4pm – 10pm (exhibition opening)
Sun 6 Jun Closed
Mon 7 – Fri 11 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 12 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 13 Jun Closed
Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 19 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 20 Jun Closed
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 26 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 27 Jun Closed

THE ARTISTS

Katayoun Javan

Katayoun Javan is an Iranian Australian photographer and video artist. Through documentary photography, portraiture, and use of found photos and videos, she draws on personal and public stories in order to explore notions of family, home, memory, displacement, and the Iranian Diaspora. Most of her works are somehow related to Iran from a migrant point of view.  She completed a Master of Fine Art in research in 2013 and has taken residencies in Australia and exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia, Iran and internationally.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

JAMES HAZEL

JAMES HAZEL

JAMES HAZEL

My Father the piano

James’ new work My Father the Piano explores the artist’s relationship with their working-class family.

Through the recent shared act of deconstructing an old piano, an incidental type of sonic practice emerged from socioeconomic necessity.

Throughout the residency, the materials and documentation from this process will be reassembled into a text, video and sound installation.

 

DATES

16 Nov- 16 Dec, 2021

WHERE

Norman Park Substation

MORE ABOUT THE WORK

ARTISTS’ STATEMENT:

“Recently, my parents had to urgently move out of their rental home and decaying student piano prevented this. My father suggested that we deconstruct the piano and dispose of it. 

On the surface, such a shared act posed dissonance: my occupation as a composer/artist within upper/middle-class dominated cultural spaces – but also my deep connection and relationship to my father, and his enmeshment within fragmented and precarious histories. 

Throughout this process, I heard my father’s groans and strains; the piano wood cracking; the deep, dark resonance of the strings reflecting these sounds back; a father-becoming-piano and piano-becoming-father.

Within this work, the materials and documentation from this process are reassembled into a three-part, text and sound installation. Central to this work is the notion of the “hammer” which strikes the strings of the piano, and the hammer my father used to “play” and “deconstruct” the piano – during our sort-of-duet; ultimately, mediating and working-through conceived and socially imposed differences and notions of social-class through sincerity, and humour.”

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

OLIVIA LACEY

OLIVIA LACEY

OLIVIA LACEY

Almost Heaven

In her new work Almost Heaven, Olivia Lacey revisits a childhood fascination with Olivia Newton-John as the roller-skating muse from Xanadu (1980).

Over the course of the residency, Lacey will develop a series of portraits of Newton-John in order to explore the intersubjective (but often one-sided) relationship between fan and idol.

Lacey’s interest in fan art stems from research into the use of romantic language in pop music and the ambiguous dialogic exchange that is often implied through the open-ended nature of love song lyrics. Like romantic language, the fan-idol relationship can be framed in terms of ideas of obsession and longing. Through this new body of drawing works, Lacey aims to examine her role as both fan and artist within this dynamic.

 

DATES

30 Aug– 12 Sep, 2021

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

THE ARTISTS

Olivia Lacey
Olivia Lacey employs processes of transcription and translation to explore the ambiguities, slippages or humour that can arise in interpersonal interactions. Working across moving image, installation and text, she combines referents appropriated from pop music lyrics in order to examine the romantic dialogue as an intersubjective space of exchange. Her current practice is focused on the amateur performative spaces of karaoke and fan-made content. She also practices as part of the artist collective Lacey-Law-Lobwein. Lacey graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017. Recent solo and group exhibitions include:
At Arm’s Length, Metro Arts, Brisbane 2021; Now That You’re Here, Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane 2019; Love Me, Love Me, Metro Arts, Brisbane 2019; and We Could Meet Again, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo 2018.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

LITTLEBITTS

LITTLEBITTS

LITTLEBITTS

Comedy duo LittleBitts (Katie Pierce and Lucy Czerwinski) are bunkering down in Ferryman’s Hut this July to work on development of a new sitcom.

Set in downtown Brisvegas, and based on the lives of two female leads (Lucy and Katie), inspiration is drawn from Broad City, Lano & Woodley and Blackbooks to explore the unique hilarity of their lives in our city.

 

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

OLD HAUNTS

OLD HAUNTS

OLD HAUNTS

Presented by Metro Arts

By Anthem ARI

Born out of a desire to extend tenderness,  elevation and appreciation to culturally diverse voices, ANTHEM ARI aims to provide a dedicated platform to celebrate the practices of First Nations, diasporic, and LGBTQI+ identifying artists of colour in Australia.

Co-founders Lucy Nguyên-Hunt, Reina Takeuchi, Rhanjell Villanueva, Ruaa Al-Rikabi and Keemon Williams will transform the gallery into a simulated museum space, exorcising the sordid histories of institutional race representation and intergenerational trauma embedded within the experiences of the artists.

View the digital catalogue here. 

DATES

Sat 5 – Sat 26 Jun, 2021

OPENING EVENT
4 – 6pm, Sat 5 Jun

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 5 Jun 4pm – 10pm (exhibition opening)
Sun 6 Jun Closed
Mon 7 – Fri 11 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 12 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 13 Jun Closed
Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 19 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 20 Jun Closed
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 26 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 27 Jun Closed

THE ARTISTS

Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt
Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt is an interdisciplinary Vietnamese and Samoan/Cook Islander Australian artist with an abiding passion for sharing lived experiences through her artistic practice. Namely, this manifests as dismantling preconceived notions of identity through the lens of a camera and her culturally hybrid and queer gaze. Working predominantly in photography and moving image and implicating the body as self as a material form, Nguyễn-Hunt investigates the structures in place with consistently others outliers to a socially constructed ‘standard’. Regarding her practice as a safe space for licking her own wounds, vulnerability, self-awareness and authentic representation is at the heart of her work. Nguyễn-Hunt works to prioritise representation and visibility, and voice lived experiences through the process of self-negotiation and preservation.

Reina Takeuchi
Reina Takeuchi is an Australian-Japanese artist-researcher, dance maker, curator and writer interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and facilitating embodied experiences of contemporary art. She explores how sensorial experience can be enhanced through ritualistic performance, interactive installations and time based media. Her work utilises choreographic processes and the transitory qualities of sound and action to meditate on transculturation, displacement, diaspora and the ethereal experiences of her peripatetic upbringing across Japan, India, Thailand and Australia. These processes allow for a clarity of somatic contemplation for the artist and she, in turn, explores the potential for this sensitivity to be shared with the viewer.

Rhanjell Villaneuva
Rhanjell Villanueva is an emerging Meanjin-based (Brisbane) Filipino artist whose practice critically analyses the traditional Filipino culture against the language and values of western societies. In response to his upbringing, his practice traverses the multitude and intricacies of cultural identity by unraveling post-colonial patterns and cultural conflict. Working across an array of media including sculpture, moving image, and video installation, Villanueva materialises deep transcultural knowledge and narratives rooted from oppression and the feeling of displacement. The resulting works focus on decolonising the eye, demonstrating the subjectivity of ‘foreign in a domestic sense’ towards the metaphysics of Filipino Futurism. By sharing tales of the diaspora, he aims to engage with other persons of colour and urge them to consider what they could become, beyond what they are expected to be.

Ruaa Al-Rikabi
Ruaa Al-Rikabi is a Iraqi-Syrian Australian emerging contemporary artist whose practice investigates themes of intersectional identity, self-preservation and re-representation of desirability. Ruaa’s practice looks at the rich experience of intersectional identities and how this can be linked to experiences of displacement and difference, shown through an ongoing development of a living archive of her self-identity. Within her practise, Ruaa aims to create space for other marginalised communities by encouraging radical expression of self and multifaceted identities. Ruaa employs materials which she deems significant to her self-identity as surrogates to encapsulate her lived experiences, this includes hair, food and photographs. Through rejecting essentialist assumptions about intersectional BIPOC identity, Ruaa’s practice aims to engage in an act of decolonisation that empowers and liberates intersectional identities.

Keemon Williams
Keemon Williams is an Indigenous Meanjin-based (Brisbane) artist of Koa, Kuku Yalanji and Meriam Mer descent. He utilizes a diverse range of mediums and performative elements to highlight the relationships between location, personal and cultural histories, and the broader context of being “Australian.” Rendering speculative embodiments of culture through contemporary forms, his work investigates culture’s innate ability to adapt to oppressive systems and claim agency through new material processes. Keemon employs this ontology through interrogations of architecture, fashion, mass production and new media devices. By critically engaging with digital and consumerist realms, and their potential for “ethnoplastic” ventures, Keemon reconciles a sense of indigeneity within the everyday.

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The Bombshells Ball

The Bombshells Ball

THE BOMBSHELLS BALL

Presented by The Bombshell Burlesque 

Join us for an evening of titillation, tassels and tease starring Brisbane’s best bump and grind babes and nifty novices at our new Metro Arts home.

The graduation performance for term 3 students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy, The Bombshells Ball features both professional performers and debuts by emerging Burlesque babes! Come and cheer on your favourite Bombshells in a show with more glamour, glitter and garters than you can poke a feather at!

Featuring performances by graduating students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy
MC: Ella Fontaine

Martini McFly
Lacey Pop

Pennie Dreadful
Xtina Colada
Eva Malteaser
Ash McPash
Donna Mae Trichs
Duchess Patrón

DATES

19 June 2021
5pm & 8pm

TICKETS

$40 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

By eXcelsior

On the Shoulders of Giants explores the transition and adaptation of culture, toxic masculinity and intergenerational trauma of First Nations men navigating their way through everyday life.

Anchored in body based storytelling, eXcelsior is an intra-cultural Queensland Indigenous dance collective made up of proud Murri, Koori and Torres Strait Islander artists connected to Brisbane. They use art forms including cultural and contemporary dance, physical theatre and poetry, to express their intergenerational experiences.

 

KEY CREATIVES

Benjamin Creek – Artist

Leonard Donahue – Artist

Manduway Dutton – Artist

Benjin Maza – Artist

Joshua Thaiday – Artist

Tibian Wyles – Artist

BlakDance – Producer

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West End

Image by Jo-Anne Driessens

 

THE ARTISTS

Leonard Donahue
Leonard Donahue is a descendant from the Djabugay people of the rainforest in far-north Queensland. Leonard has pursued a career focused on Indigenous tourism and the arts. Following high school, Leonard moved to Brisbane to study at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and has since worked professionally in the industry in theatre, film and television, storytelling, music and dance. It was at ACPA Leonard met fellow eXcelsior crew and has since performed with them at the Sydney Opera House, festivals around Australia and at Festival 2018 in the Commonwealth Games. In addition to his role as Senior Indigenous Officer at Dreamworld Corroboree, Leonard travels the country providing song, dance, poetry and story experiences to schools and communities.

Tibian Wyles
Tibian is Girramay & Kalkadoon tribes descendent from North Queensland. He is a graduate of The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) in Brisbane. He appeared in Black Diggers (Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival) as well as appearing in several ACPA productions including: Oedipus the King, Romeo & Juliet, & Spirit Of the Lore. He is an Ambassador for DigiYouth Arts, and worked with Indigenous students to present the play Glad Tomorrow. More recently Tibian appeared in Legs on the Wall’s production ‘The Man with the Iron Neck’ written by Ursula Yovich which premiered at Brisbane Festival 2018 then toured major festivals around the country in 2019, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival and Adelaide Festival. His dance appearances include Baru (Sydney Opera House), Clancestry (Byron Bay Blues Festival); Treaty (Brisbane Festival) and Backwards (Queensland Poetry Festival); Festival 2018 in the Commonwealth Games. Outside of eXcelsior Tibian toured as a dancer with DJUKI MALA to Lebanon, Egypt and across Europe.

Joshua Thaiday
Born and raised in Cairns and of Torres Strait Islander heritage, Joshua is one of The 2015 Yumpla Project team members at Phunktional Ltd. With a Diploma in Performing Arts, he is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Acting at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. Joshua has had numerous roles in the Queensland 150th Anniversary, in ‘Soul Music’, ‘Souls Entwined’ and ‘Up the Ladder’, all performed at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Onscreen performances include appearances in the Queensland Government Advertisement for HIV Awareness, the ‘Talking Families’ Queensland Government Advertisement, and as an extra in the television series ‘The Straits’. Joshua is a skilled dancer and talented actor, evident in his comprehensive background participating in community events such as the 2012 Brisbane Festival, the Indigenous Festival ‘Clancestry’, the 2015 Acting Showcase, NAIDOC Week dance events, the Asia World Cap Draw, Festival 2018 in the Commonwealth Games.

Benjamin Creek
Benjamin is a founding member of eXcelsior, dancer/actor and graduate of Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) in Brisbane with a major in Acting. Benjamin also writes and performs poetry for the collective and has performed at Festival 2018 in the Commonwealth Games and Sydney Opera House and Boomerang Festival in association with Byron Bay Blues Fest. He continues his traditional dance practices with his community dance group who have also performed at Dance Rites competition.  

Benjin Maza
Benjin Maza is a Brisbane based singer/songwriter, dancer and actor. In 2012 he toured with Queensland Theatre’s production ‘Stradbroke Dreamtime’ directed by Sue Rider, covering regional Queensland. Benjin debuted at La Boîte Theatre Company with Steven Oliver’s ‘From Darkness’ as a part of Brisbane Festival 2019. Benjin has also been a part of numerous creative develop- ments in musical theatre, theatre and dance at venues such as QPAC, Laboite Theatre and more. Benjin is also a part of an Indigenous Fusion dance group called ‘eXcelsior’, performing at various events such as; the NRL’s All Stars, Sydney Opera House’s ‘Homeground’, Woodford Folk Festival and Boomerang Festival at Byron Bay Blues Fest and the Commonwealth Games in 2018. Benjin joined forces with artist, ‘Alinta’ to birth ‘Balairi’ – performing original music and covers at community and corporate events. Benjin’s most recent work has been with Karul Projects as a part of  ‘Silence’, debuting Brisbane Festival 2020.

Manduway Dutton
Manduway completed an Advanced Diploma in the Performing Arts at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane studying piano, songwriting and recording technology in 2014. In 2016, he went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree (specialisation jazz and pop) at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of music where he majored on the piano. He has performed at the Boomerang Festival in 2017

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

eXcelsior’s On the Shoulders of Giants has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Backing Indigenous Arts initiative and the BlakDance Residency Program.

COLD GHOST

COLD GHOST

COLD GHOST

By Sandro Colarelli

How did it come to this…Dad, standing in a police station on the border of NSW and QLD, reporting his 89 year old brother as a missing person?

When he’d left his home in the mountains of Chieti, Abbruzzo all those years ago he never imagined that the devastation his village suffered during WW11 would follow him all the way to a glittering new life on the glorious Cold Ghost.  Strange after all, that the “paradise” he found could turn into l’inferno before you could blink your eyes three times…

Cold Ghost is an expedition through time, where familial tapestries reveal patterns upon patterns. Can the tightly-woven fabric of our blood-land connections be unstiched to free us from the ransom of our own identities?

 

KEY CREATIVES

Sandro Colarelli – Creator

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTISTS

Sandro Colarelli

Sandro is an award winning Australian actor, singer and contemporary performance maker. He has received a Matilda Award for his roles in The Odyssey for Zen Zen Zo/QPAC and The Venetian Twins for Queensland Theatre Company for which he also received a Helpmann Award Nomination. 

Sandro has been a performer and co-creator of a number of works including The Lady of the House of Love (Brisbane Festival/Queensland Music Festival & Metro Arts), Tom Waits for No Man, Vive Jacques Brel, A-Z of Cabaret (Brisbane Cabaret Festival/ Queensland Arts Council/ ArTour/ NORPA) and Xcess Baggage (Belvoir St/La Boite).

Other Opera, Musical Theatre and Cabaret performances include: Twelfth Night, The Venetian Twins (Queensland Theatre Company), Sound of a Finished Kiss (Now Look Here/Electric Moon), Red Cap (La Boite/Queensland Music Festival), DragQueensLand (Queensland Music Festival), The Adventures of Figaro (Opera Queensland), Cabaret (ZenZen Zo/QPAC), Boadecia – the Rock Opera (Queensland Folk Federation), Floodland (Electric Moon), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (Electric Moon/Melbourne Cabaret Festival/Queensland Cabaret Festival/MELT Festival – Brisbane Powerhouse), Transformer (Queensland Cabaret Festival – QPAC/Wonderland – Brisbane Powerhouse), The Warm Room, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Electric Moon/Brisbane Powerhouse), Blacklight Series (Electric Moon),The Seven Seas (The Good Ship/Brisbane Powerhouse) and 1975 (Canto Coro).

Other Theatre performance include: Hotelling (Bleach Festival*), The Alchemist (Bell Shakespeare Company/Queensland Theatre Company), Seeding Bed, A Christmas Carol, The Venetian Twins, Shopping And F***ing, Summer Rain, Oz Shorts, MODD 2000 – The Dream (Queensland Theatre Company), Eight, Shoot-Get Treasure-Repeat (Queensland Theatre Company – Seeding Bed), Dr Akar’s Women (Griffin), The Narcissist (Sydney Theatre Company/La Boite/Merrigong Theatre Company); Emma Celebrazione!, Milk And Honey, Freedom Ride, Scattered Lives (La Boite), A Beautiful Life (Matrix/La Boite/Brisbane Festival/ Performing Lines National Tour), The Odyssey (ZenZenZo/QPAC), Vikram and the Vampire (ZenZenZo), 1347 and King and the Corpse (Matrix/Brisbane Festival), My Love Has a Black Speed Stripe (Fractal), Till Death Do Us Part (Brisbane Festival/Brides of Frank), Cribbie, Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar (4MBS), Mercy Thieves (Jo&Co/Dennehy Productions), Scattered Lives (TheCoalface) as well as many other independent productions. He has also been part of the performance ensembles for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards and The Works (Queensland Theatre Company) and the National Play Festival (Playwrighting Australia).

Sandro’s film and television credits include: Space Chicken in Space, The End, Family Law, Hoges, Secrets and Lies, DevsDating, The Keys, Welcome to the Lucky Country, The Strip, Mortified, Black Fury, Gettin’ Squared, Cybergirl, Inspector Gadget II, Hobson’s Choice, Solutions at Hand, Big Date, Superb Satans, Gino and Time Trax.

Sandro’s directing credits include As You Like It (4mbs Classics Festival), Mind Games (Edinburgh Fringe/Metro Arts/Butterfly Club), The Kid, X-Stacey and Visions (QUT) and Postcards (USQ).

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI

By Debbie Taylor-Worley

Presented by Metro Arts

Gamilaraay-born artist Debbie Taylor-Worley presents a body of work in response to returning to the places of birth and childhood, and listening to the country speak.

Wun-ga-li Ngurrambaa Winanga-li utilises motifs based on Gamilaraay carved trees and incorporates weaving and embroidery techniques, drawing attention to the cultural practices of Taylor Worley’s female ancestors. Each work has been created in, and alongside significant waterways on country, reflecting Gamilaraay women’s responsibility to protect the waterways.

Catalogue essay by Shannon Brett here.

 

DATES

Tue 6 – Sat 24 Jul, 2021

ARTIST TALK
3pm, Sat 24 Jul

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 2pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

THE ARTISTS

Debbie Taylor-Worley
As a Gamillaraay woman, who has lived, for the most part, a colonised life, my project is about decolonising my own mind, beliefs and narratives, and going a step further, to reconnect to my spiritual roots. I’m treading a path to connect to my culture, my country and the spirituality of my ancestors, for I believe that Indigenous knowledges in ways of knowing, being and doing are in fact our planet’s only chance of survival. My art practice is a means of cementing that connection to country and culture.

My artmaking processes and materials are profoundly tied to connection to Mother Earth and Ancestors, ceremony and ritual, culture and community, and places and memory. It describes the trials and tribulations of navigating unfamiliar waters, the treading softly on the ground and resisting of greedy mis-use and destruction of the earth’s resources.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project was funded by the Windmill Trust Scholarship, awarded to Taylor-Worley in 2020.

VISITING US

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THE WEATHERMAN

THE WEATHERMAN

THE WEATHERMAN

By Callum McGrath

Presented by Metro Arts

The Weatherman is a new video work that takes an experimental approach to queer remembrance, ensuing processes of memorialisation.

Developed in response to the historic murders of gay men in Sydney during the late 1980s and early 1990s, The Weatherman eschews systematic retelling of this history and instead draws on a vast archive of violence against queer people. 

McGrath draws from over twenty real and fictional texts, to recall the disappearance (murder) of the TV broadcaster Ross Warren in 1989.

 

 

DATES

Tue 6 – Sat 24 July, 2021

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 2pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

THE ARTISTS

Callum McGrath
Callum McGrath is an artist and researcher currently based in Naarm/Melbourne. McGrath’s work applies experimental archival and historiographic approaches to reconceptualise methods of queer memorialisation. His research-led projects resist the hegemonic and institutional structures of archival repositories and instead work toward methods of queer remembrance where queer temporalities and futurity can take precedent. McGrath has exhibited widely in institutions and galleries around Australia and in 2021 is commencing a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University.

VISITING US

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COLLISION

COLLISION

COLLISION

By Casus Circus

Presented by Metro Arts 

The B-boy meets the Bendy boy. Hip hop and the Hula Hooper. Pop, lock and adagio.

COLLISION  is a cross-pollination of contemporary circus and street dance, teaming together two Brisbane powerhouses, Casus Circus and Mad Dance House. 

Casus Circus is a pioneer contemporary circus company known for ground-breaking acrobatics and physical poetry with a reputation as a leader on the world stage. Mad Dance House is a mover and shaker in the urban and street dance international scene, responsible for some of Australia’s most charismatic and celebrated street dancers. 

COLLISION will be an explosion for your senses!

DATES

Wed 14 – Sun 18 Jul, 2021

EXTRA SHOW ADDED
3:30pm, Sun 18 Jul

TIMES

Wed – Sat 7:30pm
Sun 3:30pm + 7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 14 Jul / $25 + booking fee
Concession
$25 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $25 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 6+.

THE ARTISTS

Natano Fa’anana – Director
Natano’s unique style of performance draws inspiration from his Samoan roots, fused with acrobatics, aerials and dance. He has achieved international recognition through his work with the award winning Polytoxic Theatre Company, as Co-creator and Performer in Briefs Factory, and in his current role as Co-founder, Creative Director of Casus Circus.

Ché Pritchard – Creative Consultant / Choreographer
Coming primarily from a Street Dance background Ché has already had a long and diverse career Performing, Choreographing and Directing in the commercial dance world. From stadium entertainment to street performance to stage productions, Ché has choreographed as part of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Ché is also the Creative Director and Lead Choreographer of one of Brisbane’s highest profile annual social events Dancing CEOs. His passion for movement creation and his positive energy are infectious and ever present, always being noted and appreciated within his project teams. 

Amy Stuart
Amy found her love of circus when she was 14 at the Woodford Folk Festival. She then joined Flipside Youth Circus and made her way into the performance troupe. After performing at Woodford when she was 16 & 17, she auditioned for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus School and soon began training their full time. Two years on, she graduated with solo acrobatic Tightwire, Teeterboard, Partner Acro, Tumbling and Group Bike. She has recently performed in We Live Here a show based on the lives and experiences of children from Hummingbird House a palliative care facility. Following this she has started a collaborative show demonstrating the strength and awesomeness of women, Boss Squad. Boss Squad has performed nationally and Internationally and is still touring.

Riley Colquist
From a young age Riley trained with Flipside circus in Brisbane, travelling and performing nationally. After 12 years at Flipside, Riley moved to Melbourne to train at the National Institute of Circus Arts. He returned to Brisbane a year later to develop personal projects. He endeavours to continue his circus education at Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Quebec. Riley’s specialty is contortion and handstands. He is inspired by the Mongolian and Chinese methods of skill and strength. However, it was the art of storytelling and rich audience connection which drew him to a career in circus. His passion continues to drive his creativity and challenge him as an artist.

Ela Bartilimo
Ela is a Brisbane based circus performer and visual artist. Starting in youth circus, she went on to study aerial rope and group acrobatics at NICA in Melbourne. During her time as a student she performed with Company 2, One Fell Swoop, and co-created and performed in Four or More Circus. After graduating and she joined Circa Contemporary Circus as a full time acrobat. For two years she toured the world with the company performing in magical places like Austria, Germany, France and the UK. Now back in Australia as an independent artist, Ela strives to create work that will spark a change in her audience and reflect the world, therefore she is constantly experimenting, improvising and adapting to her observations.

Wanida Serce
Wanida is an established performer, choreographer and creative director who is passionate about uplifting the community and championing diversity. Some of the projects she has been involved with are: dancing for Jessica Mauboy, Commonwealth Games, The Special Olympics, Puma as well as featuring in campaigns for Vice, Absolut Vodka, Fox Sports & Universal Store. She is also a prominent teacher in the industry and is involved in mentoring teens and young adults with disabilities at BAMD, Brisbane’s first inclusive dance program. Wanida is a proud woman of colour that is successfully working in multiple fields of street/commercial dance – performing, teaching, choreographing, battling, judging and producing work. She continues to strive to inspire, mentor and be a pillar of representation through her all female dance collective, Pink Matter. 

Sam Evans
Sam Evans is a Brisbane-based dance artist, specialising in popping, robotics, and animation, while also being adept in many more dance styles. Despite only started his dance journey at the age of 17, Sam quickly made a name and career for himself in the entertainment world. Performing nationally and internationally with Swagamama, and as a founding member of Equals was an Australia’s Got Talent grand finalist in 2016. Sam currently works as an independent contractor for both corporate and creative works, while also working as an entertainer at Dreamworld and a Hip Hop teacher for Superstars Dance. 

Ben Garcia
Ben Garcia also known as BennyBucho is a professional street dancer based on the Gold Coast. He’s a part of many world class crews and companies including Team Cream, Swagamama, Skill@will, Trick Nasty Crew, Equals, Elements Collective and Geed Up Music. With 19 years experience Ben is recognised as one of the best Bboys in Australia! 

Natano Fa’anana Director

Ché Pritchard Creative Consultant/Choreographer

PERFORMING ARTISTS

Amy Stuart

Riley Colquist

Ela Bartilimo

Wanida Serce

Sam Evans

Ben Garcia

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

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FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA

FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA

FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane International Film Festival
With a special in-person introduction by Wesley Enoch, AM

This remarkable film documentary celebrates the 30th anniversary of Australia’s most iconic performing arts company: Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra is a historically important film that takes the viewer through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth. It recognises Bangarra’s early founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers – Stephen, David and Russell Page – turned the newly born dance group into one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies.

Through the eyes of the Page brothers and company alumni, Firestarter explores the loss and reclaiming of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma and crucially, the extraordinary power of art as a messenger for social change and healing.

This special community screening is made possible by Metro Arts in partnership with Brisbane International Film Festival. The film will be introduced by Metro Arts patron and star of the film Wesley Enoch AM.

“What an experience. What a joy. I’ve watched it twice, and on both occasions emerged deeply moved..” – ★★★★★ The Guardian

DATES

Thu 22 Jul, 2021

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE | Registration essential

DURATION

2 hours

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable ages 15+. Mature themes and coarse language.

Metro Arts respects First Nations communities and cultures. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this film may contain the images, voices, and names of deceased people.

AWARDS | NOMINATIONS

  • Finalist AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CONFERENCE (Best Feature Documentary)

  • Winner AACTA (Best Documentary Award)

  • Winner ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL (Feature Documentary Award)

  • Winner ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL (Inaugural Change Award)

  • Nominated AACTA (Best Editing in Documentary)

  • Nominated AACTA (Best Sound in a Documentary)

CREDITS

Directors
Nel Minchin
Wayne Blair

Producer
Ivan O’Mahoney

Co-Producer
Nel Minchin

Executive Producer
Ivan O’Mahoney
Nial Fulton

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

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LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

By Natasha Veselinovic & Chloe Taylor

Presented by Metro Arts & The Local Lesbians

But you don’t look gay?

Lesbian Love Stories is a concert-style cabaret performed by three local lesbians and one rockin’ pianist.

Featuring anonymous true tales of love from across the globe, this heart-warming performance is delivered through song and speech by powerhouse women with vocals to match.

Stories will be shared, drinks may be split, and we promise not to tell anyone how you smudged your lipstick…

Don’t miss this new honest and fun show, with an awkward moment (or three) thrown in for good measure.

DATES

Fri 23 Jul, 2021

TIME

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

60 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains adult themes and sexual references.

THE ARTISTS

Natasha Veselinovic
Natasha Veselinovic is musical theatre performer, writer, and visual artist. She graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theatre (Griffith University). Her previous theatre credits include, Cover Madame Thenardier, in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables (Asia and Dubai tours), The Railway Children (Alex Parker Theatre Company, Cadogan Hall, London), The Girls From Oz (London Hippodrome, and Live at Zedel, London), Woman 2, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (Australian Premiere), Claire, UniReach (Australian Regional Tour), and Killer Queens (Brisbane Powerhouse). Natasha has co-written and performed in three cabarets – Villains (Brisbane Powerhouse & QACI), Once Upon A Time (Toulouse Lautrec, London), and Lesbian Love Stories (Brisbane Powerhouse & RPAC).

Chloe Taylor
Chloe Taylor graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a BMus (Musical Theatre) in 2013. Since then she has performed professionally both nationally and internationally as a singer, dancer, actor and writer. Some theatre credits include – Hold Me Touch Me/The Producers (Brisbane Powerhouse), Ensemble & Dance Captain/State of Origin:The Musical (Princess Theatre), Victor/Victoria/ Six Inches (Brisbane Powerhouse), Blonde/The Girls From Oz (UK tour), Belle/Beauty & the Beast (UK Tour), Cinderella/Cinderella (UK Tour), Vocalist & Dancer/Boy&Girl (Brisbane Powerhouse), Miss Gardner/Carrie (Brisbane Powerhouse). She has also co-created three cabaret shows that she performed in – Villains, (Brisbane Powerhouse & QACI), Once Upon A Time (Toulouse Lautrec, London), and Lesbian Love Stories (Brisbane Powerhouse & RPAC).

Jahla Black
Jahla is a Musical theatre performer and writer. Having only recently graduated in 2020 from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre, she is fresh on the scene. Whilst at the Conservatorium she was cast as The Drowsy Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, Monica in Elegies and Elphaba in Wicked. Since graduating, Jahla Co-wrote and performed in Committed, Content, Confused, to a sold-out season at the Wynnum Fringe festival. Jahla is stoked to be joining The Local Lesbians for Lesbian Love Stories at Metro Arts.

VISITING US

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AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH THE ARCHITECTS OF SOUND

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH THE ARCHITECTS OF SOUND

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH THE ARCHITECTS OF SOUND

By The Architects of Sound & Friends

Presented by Metro Arts

“They do not make music, they are not musicians. They are The Architects of Sound.”

Brisbane’s finest electronic trash trio are bigger, better, and gayer than ever and here to treat your ear holes to some sound.

Sexy, intelligent, thought provoking. Are they all these things? We’ll never know. The only thing that’s for sure: they are downright genius and on the comeback tour of the millennium.

Get intimate with Valencia Low-Fi, Amaro Mayfair and Sutro, as they perform your favourite sonic memoirs from years past. Prepare yourself for classic hits such as “Clap My Beat” and “Titties in Paradise”, and if you’re lucky they may even perform some new works of genius.

As if they haven’t already given you people enough, The Architects have also graciously invited their favourite friends to entertain and delight you.

DATES

Thu 29 Jul, 2021

TIME

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

2 hours with interval

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 18+. Course language, mild nudity, sonic genius. 

Photo by Georgia Wallace.

THE ARTISTS

The Architects of Sound
The Architects of Sound are an established Brisbane-based alternative, independent electronic trash trio whose native, instrumental sound was forged in a West End garage during a fierce electrical storm in 2012. Maintaining an anti-careerist, anti-music industry attitude, the trio rose to public recognition in early 2013 after a rare underground showcase of a compilation demo-tape went viral on Vine, garnering strong positive critical acclaim in numerous underground Brisbane music zines. Regarded for their minimalist, stripped-down vocal style, meditative and organic post-electro anthems and low-fi music aesthetic, the trio have released their EP The Holy Trinity (2016), and begun work on their second debut album ARTFAP to be released exclusively through Limewire; a sonic exploration of the abstract concepts of divinity, desire and sacrifice in contemporary art culture.

VISITING US

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THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

By Bring a Plate Dance

Presented by Metro Arts

The People’s Dance Party – Celebrating diverse bodies, identities and movement!

Come watch, listen, learn and if you’re feeling it get up and dance! Brought to you by local groovers Bring a Plate Dance, join us on an immersive dance journey and witness the passion, artistry and diversity of Meanjin’s dance community.

Featuring pop-up performances throughout the night each one spilling into facilitated crowd participation and echoed through the music that follows, lifting the lid on our moving city and inviting you to move to its ‘riddims’!

DATES

Fri 30 Jul, 2021

TIMES

6:30pm + 8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

75 minutes per session

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Bring A Plate (BAP)
Bring A Plate (BAP) is an inclusive dance company that has been bringing people together, celebrating diversity, and creating safe spaces since 2017. BAP can be found activating urban and green spaces through participatory dance and storytelling across Meanjin and beyond. Founded on the pillars of community, inclusion, creativity, agency, sustainability, and fun, BAP challenges Australian society’s perception of who can dance, how to dance, and where to dance.  We do this through our weekly outdoor community dance classes, site-specific performances and flashmobs, inclusive dance parties, and dancing in public whenever we can. 

The People’s Dance Party has been running sporadically since 2019, bringing together a menagerie of professional dance artists and community performers from across Meanjin’s incredibly rich and resilient dance communities. It aims to educate, cross-pollinate and stimulate both artists and audiences.  We guarantee you will be moved!

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

MY FUNNY VALENTINE

By Josh Daveta & The Sequins

Presented by Metro Arts

Today’s pop classics, reimagined as jazz standards.

You might know them from Oscar Theatre Co’s Boy&Girl and previous solo shows Teenage Dreams, now cabaret mogul Josh Daveta and their band The Sequins will take the New Benner stage for one night only with their show My Funny Valentine.

Featuring the music of Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and more, audiences will be in for a vintage experience through the lens of the pop music world for 65 minutes!

 

“A joy to behold” – Stage Whispers

 

“Whether playing the piano or singing, Daveta’s talents are clear…” – Blue Curtains Brisbane

DATES

Sat 31 Jul, 2021

TIME

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

65 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Josh is a POC & Queer singer/songwriter, actor, musician, writer, producer and cabaret artist. They were a top 75 Australian Idol contestant and has worked with many Australian Talents such as Nancye Hayes, Peter Cousens, Marina Prior, Paulini & Jessica Mauboy as well as rubbing shoulders with the likes of Shoshana Bean, Natalie Weiss & super star Katy Perry (the name dropping is foul, we get it). Over the past seven years they have led the way with cabaret, touring with their critically acclaimed shows Teenage Dreams, My Prerogative and their brand defining return season show Like Mariah. They were also apart of Electric Moon’s 15th Anniversary Hedwig & The Angry Inch concert and In The Warm Room: Songs of Kate Bush and recurring artist for Brisbane Pride. Their staple involvement as festival host for Brisbane Festival’s Arcadia and in Brisbane’s phenom, Oscar Production Company’s boy&girl, are career badges stapled into their brand of being one of the city’s finest.

With “producer” also in their zeitgeist of titles, they have created the wildly successful event Broadway In The Dock and their Christmas cabarets Daveta Watch Out & O Night Divine.

Josh’s acting credits include LEGALLY BLONDE (Emmett), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey II), SPELLING BEE (Mitch Mahoney), HAIR (Hud) & SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (Man 1).

Their main goal in life is to work constantly enough to buy Starbucks Gingerbread frappucinos at any time of the day.

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COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TŌHOKU

COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TŌHOKU

COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TŌHOKU

/ 温情の地:震災から10年の東北

Curated by Emily Wakeling

Presented by Metro Arts

This exhibition of contemporary Japanese art observes 10 years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Japanese artists Lieko Shiga, Motoyuki Shitamichi, Masaharu Hasunuma, Kyun-chome, Masaharu Satō, Natsumi Satō and Haruka Komori, along with Japanese-Australian artists Chaco Katō and Mayu Kanamori, address and record the physical and social impacts of major loss on what could be described as ‘compassionate grounds’. This term is commonly heard in pandemic times when discussing exceptions for those suffering, but in this case is an artistic reference to the fraught relationship many disaster survivors have with their lost or unrecognisable lands and homes.

Join us for a curator’s tour of the exhibition Saturday 21 August. This will be followed by a free film screening in the Metro Arts Studios. Visit our website closer to the event for further information and to register.

 

DATES

Sat 31 Jul – Sat 21 Aug, 2021

Curator’s Tour + Film Screening:
3pm, Sat 21 Aug | FREE – Visit our website closer to the event to register

VENUE

Gallery One + Gallery Two + Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

Image credit: Calling (Japanese version) by Masaharu Satō, 2014. © Estate of Masaharu Satō. Courtesy of Mihoko Ogaki, imura gallery and KEN NAKAHASHI Gallery.

THE ARTISTS

Masahiro Hasunuma was born 1981 in Tokyo and completed graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2010. In 2016 he received a Japanese government sponsored scholarship to continue his creative studies in Berlin. His work has been part of the 2015 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale and the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. His drawings and watercolour landscapes are presented as both video and analogue animations via flip books (kinora). www.hasunuma-masahiro.com/

Chaco Katō was born in Japan and moved from Tokyo to Melbourne in the late 1990s. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and gained a Master of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1998. In 2009 she founded the Slow Art Collective, a collaborative project seen in National Gallery of Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, and the Ian Potter Museum of Arts. As a solo artist, Katō has been an exhibiting artist-in-residence in Kochi AIR, as well as delivering projects in France and Singapore. www.chacokato.com/

Kyun-chome is a two-person art unit, including Eri Homma and Nabuchi, established in 2011. They work closely with communities to create art that will benefit both the artists and their subjects. They began making works together to artistically respond to the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis. One of their earliest projects was collaborating with Fukushima evacuees at their temporary housing outside the evacuation zone. www.kyunchome.com

Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori have collaborated since 2012. Seo was born in Tokyo in 1988 and Komori in Shizuoka in 1989. Together they graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and moved to Rikuzentaka in the Tōhoku region in 2012 to respond to the town’s decimation and post-tsunami recovery. Their film studio NOOK specialises in documentary films about the Tohoku region. They continue to take their film, photography, text and art works to small spaces across Japan. Seo & Komori were part of the 2020 Ebisu International Festival for Art & Alternate Visions (Yebizo). komori-seo.main.jp/

Masaharu Satō was born in 1973 in Oita and died in 2019 in Tokyo. Satō studied painting at Tokyo University of the Arts and sculpture at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany. He received the Special Award at the 12th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art in 2009. Solo exhibitions included Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo). He was also shown in group exhibitions in France, China, Serbia and the US, and his final exhibition as a living artist was ‘Roppongi Crossing’ at the Mori Art Museum in 2019. 

Lieko Shiga was born in 1980 in Aichi prefecture and currently lives and works in Miyagi in the Tohoku region of Japan. She underwent art education at the Chelsea College of Art in London. In addition to her highly successful photobooks, in 2015 she was included in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and in 2020 she had a solo exhibition at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. www.liekoshiga.com/

Motoyuki Shitamichi was born in 1979 in Okayama, and lives and works in Aichi. His work was recently seen as part of the Japan Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. His work has been exhibited since 2001 in Japan and since 2008 internationally. Exhibitions have included Gwangju Biennale in 2012 and 2018, Mori Art Museum’s ‘Roppongi Crossing’ series in 2013 and a solo exhibition on Setouchi art island in 2019, where now lives and works. m-shitamichi.com/

Mayu Kanamori was born 1963 in Tokyo and migrated to Sydney in 1981. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, photographer, poet and playwright. With a background in photographic and radio journalism, she is also founder of Nikkei Japan, a group devoted to researching and interpreting the history of Japanese diaspora in Australia. Kanamori has undergone several artist residencies including National Library of Australia, and had exhibitions across Australian academic, art and theatre institutions since 1996. https://mayu.com.au/

Emily Wakeling is a curator and art writer specialising in contemporary Japanese art. She has a Masters in Art History from the University of Queensland. After several years in Tokyo as a lecturer, editor and art writer, Emily was part of the curatorial team for the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. She is currently Assistant Curator at Artspace Mackay.

Masahiro Hasunuma

Chaco Katō

Kyun-chome

Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori

Masaharu Satō

Lieko Shiga

Motoyuki Shitamichi

Poem by Mayu Kanamori

Curated by Emily Wakeling

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, plus support from Bus Projects and Metro Arts.

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West End Film Festival 2021

West End Film Festival 2021

WEST END FILM FESTIVAL 2021

An event by West End Community Association

A vibrant short film festival celebrating Australian short filmmakers.

West End Film Festival (WEFF) is back after a covid-forced break in 2020. 
 
We’re excited to be screening this year’s program at Metro Arts, one of Brisbane’s premier arts venues supporting communities and local artists for over 40 years.
 
This year WEFF includes 2 sessions per day repeated over 3 days showing 50+ selected short films by Australian filmmakers all vying for a share of over $3,000 in prizes, with the final GOLD session including awards and presentations to the winners.
 
Get in quick – limited tickets on sale now!

NOTE: Judging of film submissions and therefore detailed program design won’t be able to be completed until 24 July. With ticket sales launching  on 8 July, this means that there will be a period where we are hope you’ll still purchase tickets despite not having program details. With a 10 year track record of sharing hiqh quality programs, you can trust us! 

DATES

6pm, 4 Aug 2021 (Blue Session)
8pm, 4 Aug 2021 (Green Session)
6pm, 5 Aug 2021 (Purple Session)
8pm, 5 Aug 2021 (Pink Session)
6pm, 6 Aug 2021 (Red Session)
8pm, 6 Aug 2021 (Gold Session with Awards Presentation)

Box office opens at 5.30pm and 7.30pm daily

TICKETS

General Admission $15 + booking fee
Concession $13 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

Each session is 90minutes (no interval)
30 minute break between sessions

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages. Some short films may include occasional coarse language and references to adult themes. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the film. 

ABOUT WEST END FILM FESTIVAL

For over 10 years we’ve presented quality annual programs of short films with a prize pool that’s grown since our humble beginnings. 

Despite the short submissions period, Australian short film makers have stepped up to submit and we’re excited to offer you an exciting program of shorts and music videos! 

WEFF was established in 2009 by a group of local film makers focused on supporting grassroots film makers, and continues to connect with this founding objective today. Forging relationships with local communities, and encouraging collaborations among artists, the festival highlights the importance of creativity and connection. 

WEFF has grown to be one of Brisbane’s most loved film festivals, celebrating the community, culture, and diversity that is uniquely West End.

www.westendfilmfestival.com.au

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

WEFF is an event by West End Community Association and is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council, The Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund, Screen Queensland and the Queensland Government.

VISITING US

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The Bombshells Ball

The Bombshells Ball

THE BOMBSHELLS BALL

Presented by The Bombshell Burlesque 

Join us for an evening of titillation, tassels and tease starring Brisbane’s best bump and grind babes and nifty novices at our new Metro Arts home.

The graduation performance for term four students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy, The Bombshells Ball features both professional performers and debuts by emerging Burlesque babes! Come and cheer on your favourite Bombshells in a show with more glamour, glitter and garters than you can poke a feather at!

 

Featuring performances by graduating students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy
MC: Chocolate Boxx
Magnolia Knife
Martini McFly

Introducing:
Ali Amalfi

Tallulah Sweete
Melon Degenerate
Precious Venus
Xtina Colada
Cora Confetti
Dahlia Dyer
 

DATES

7 August 2021
5pm & 8pm

TICKETS

$40 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

2 hours, including interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for audiences aged 18+ only.
May contain strobe and haze effects, adult themes, language and implied nudity.

VISITING US

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WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

By Nicky Peelgrane

Presented by Chrysalis Productions

If ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, where the hell is the village while new mums wipe bums and juggle the expectations of the 21st century?

Whatever Gets You Through the Night is a raucous comedy about the snot-flinging, nipple-cracking, up-chuck-scented, sleep-deprived, madness of the first year of motherhood. Three women from the Mothers Behaving Badly (MBB) playgroup grapple with their metamorphosis into motherhood.

A must-see for anyone who has ever mothered or been mothered. 

 

DATES

Thu 12 – Sat 14 Aug, 2021

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 135 minutes,
including 15 minute intermission. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.

 

THE ARTISTS

Nicky Peelgrane Writer & Director

Chrysalis Productions Producers

Anne Stanley Composer/Musician

Ben Shotten Lighting Designer

Georgia Cohen Set Designer

Liz Suess Stage Manager

Tim Alexander Fight Choreographer

Belinda Raisin Movement Director

Cameron Quagliotto Technical Assistant

Cast:
Crystal Arons, Kimberley Chapman, Matthew Filkins, Belinda Raisin 

VISITING US

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FOR THE RECORD: TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART

FOR THE RECORD: TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART

FOR THE RECORD: TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART

Presented by For The Record and Metro Arts

The raw, real and ridiculous come together on this beloved Brisbane storytelling night.

Co-Captained by Siobhan Gibbs and Maja Hanna Liwszyc, prepare to be guided (lovingly and theatrically) through a night of true tales.

Six storytellers present a story from their lives, based on the theme, ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’.

Always heartfelt and often hilarious, FTR honours the raw, the real and the ridiculous.

“Any regular performance night can live or die on the hosting and luckily For the Record is in good hands with its Cheer Co-Captains. Their effortless banter and truly random segues alone would have me coming back month after month.”
Nothing Ever Happens In Brisbane

 

DATES

7pm, Fri 20 August, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $30 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

THE ARTISTS

Siobhan Gibbs
Siobhan Gibbs is a performance artist, MC, and community worker in Meanjin/Brisbane. She graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Human Services and Bachelor of Creative Industries. Siobhan is the co-captain of For The Record, both producing and MCing the event for over 2 years. Siobhan is also a member of Chance Collective, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, and a dance captain for the Common People’s Dance Project with Neridah Waters. Siobhan debuted her performance persona, Gogo Bumhole in 2020 at Candy Social Club, and has continued to perform the disco gremlin regularly in the Meanjin club scene including Shandy, Candy x Mardis Gras and FROOT. Siobhan is excitedly debuted her solo work, Sewer Rat Girl, in May 2021 and is excited for a future Meanjin season.

Maja Hanna
Maja Hanna Liwszyc is a storyteller, theatre-maker, mover and shaker. She has a decades-long background in theatre and has worked as a performer for many festivals and companies including Zen Zen Zo, Imaginary Theatre, Woodford, Shakespeare Unplugged (Brisbane), PVI Collective, PIAF, Fringe, Upstart, Class Act, Emergence Co (Perth) and Punchdrunk (UK). She has also spent the last five years of her career creating her own work. For the movers, she steers the good ship Gold Coast in the Common People’s Dance Eisteddford. For the talkers, she began and continues to run a rollicking storytelling night in Brisbane (For The Record). For the creators, she works with people from all walks to unlock their authentic expression (in groups and 1:1). Her creations are carefully and craftily considered – combined with a hefty sprinkling of Random Things That Come Up in the Moment. She believes fervently in playful art and artful play.

VISITING US

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Natsuko

Natsuko

NATSUKO

Brisbane Music Festival presents

One of Australia’s top classical music superstars, Natusko Yoshimoto is highly regarded as one of the country’s best artists. For eleven years she was the concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and is a former leader of the Australian String Quartet. In partnership with Brisbane Music Festival Artistic Director Alex Raineri, Yoshimoto performs three staple works of the violin + piano repertoire.

This promises to be a major highlight of the 2021 Brisbane Music Festival, not to be missed!

DATES

7.30pm, Thu 19 Aug

TICKETS

General Admission: $50 + booking fee
Concession: $30 + booking fee
Student: $20 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION 

60 mins

THE ARTISTS

Natsuko Yoshimoto
Born is Japan, Natsuko Yoshimoto has been in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician and a concertmaster and has held positions as a leader of many of the esteemed chamber groups and orchestras such as the Australian String Quartet, the Grainger Quartet and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated in chamber music with players like Pinchas Zukerman, Heinz Holliger, Anthony Marwood and Stephen Kovacevich and has frequently performed with many of the Australia’s top chamber groups. She lives in Brisbane and is a member of Ensemble Q and teaches at the Queensland Conservatorium and University of Queensland. 

Alex Raineri, Artistic Director
Described by Limelight Magazine as “a soloist of superb virtuosic skill and musicality”, Australian classical pianist Alex Raineri (b. 1993) is internationally active as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. International performances include tours throughout California, South-East Asia, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany and Austria. He is the Artistic Director of the annual Brisbane Music Festival and is a passionate exponent of contemporary music having given over 130 World Premieres to date.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

Presented by Pink Matter & Metro Arts

We’re celebrating Pink Matter’s 4th birthday with a kick-ass party!

Presented by Pink Matter and Breakin’ Events, we bring to you 1v1 Womxns’ and 1v1 Open style categories.

Dress fresh, hit the bar and get ready for a wild night of performances, cyphers and battles.

DATES

3pm, Sat 21 AuG, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Spectator Admission $20 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Brisbane’s hottest contemporary artists give up-cycling new meaning in this innovative exhibition.

In 1913 Marcel Duchamp created the work Bicycle Wheel, a work that changed the course of contemporary art by elevating ordinary objects to the status of art. 

In 2021, after 10 successful years and four million trips, the Brisbane CityCycle program is ending. In a fascinating new Metro Arts Commission, our retired CityCycles are reimagined by artists Ross Manning, Kinly Grey, Susan Hawkins, Aishla Manning and Sarah Poulgrain, in collaboration with young people through Traction.

The pieces will be shown across Metro Arts’ galleries with an additional large-scale outdoor temporary artwork in the surrounding area, as a reflection of both art history and the urgent issues of the need for environmental awareness and sustainability.

 

DATES

Fri 3 – Sun 26 Sep, 2021

OPENING EVENT
Sat 4 Sep, 4pm

VENUE

Metro Arts Gallery One, Gallery Two & Mollison Green at West Village.

TICKETS

FREE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

WEREDINGO

WEREDINGO

WEREDINGO

Karul Projects

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Karul’s signature sharp movement and humour will challenge what you think you know about shapeshifting.

Bones break, blood boils and bodies morph as the dingo howls deep into the night. Always watching, the wedge-tailed eagle carries generational knowledge on its wingspan. A colony of jittery ants explore new terrain, peering into every nook and cranny. And the Lyre, bird imitating art? Or appropriating its true purpose. Can you relate?

Come in, grab a biccy and a cuppa. All shapes and kinds are accepted here, this is a safe space and not your usual support group.

Through Karul’s signature sharp movement, combined with text, song and projections, they challenge what you think you know about shapeshifting.

If you’re ready to join the support group, wear your animal loud and proud. Dress in your fur, fleece or feathers; your beaks, claws or tails. All animal outfits are welcome whether it be cloaks, coats, make up, or masks.

 

DATES

Fri 3 – Sat 11 Sep, 2021

Previews 3 & 4 September, 2021

TIMES

Tue – Sat 7:30pm
Sat 11 Sep 1:30 pm+ 7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Previews $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+
$35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

50 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 12+

Image by Mick Richards

THE ARTISTS

Thomas E.S. Kelly  Director/Choreographer
Taree Sansbury  Rehearsal Director/Performer
Benjin Maza and Grayson Millwood  Performers
Selene Cochrane  Costume Designer
Sam Pankhurst  Sound Designer
Chloe Ogilvie  Lighting Designer
Isaac Drandic  Dramaturg
Studio Hackett  Animation 
BlakDance  Producer

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Weredingo is produced by BlakDance and is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the City of Melbourne through Arts House, and was developed in the CultureLAB program with the assistance of Creative Victoria. Weredingo has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and is supported by BlakDance, through BlakForm. BlakForm is funded through Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative. Weredingo has also received support from Queensland Theatre.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

AGAPI | ΑΓΑΠΗ & Other Kinds of Love

AGAPI | ΑΓΑΠΗ & Other Kinds of Love

AGAPI | ΑΓΑΠΗ
& OTHER KINDS OF LOVE

Luka Lesson

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

This century-hopping journey with the gods will make you fall in love with love all over again.

Australian poet and rapper, Luka Lesson, will fire up your heart and imagination with this powerful performance on love and affection, accompanied by cinematic scores and hip hop composed by Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s James Humberstone.

Inspired by his Greek heritage, Luka’s poignant poetry delves into selflove, erotic love, the love of strangers, the love of deep friendships and the ultimate agapi in this modern exploration of Plato’s The Symposium.

 

“Luka is masterful in his ability to weave words into heartbreaking, near cinematic life. The only sounds outside the music and the poetry were the gasps of the audience and a well-earned standing ovation.” – SCENESTR MAGAZINE

DATES

Tue 14 – Thu 16 Sep, 2021

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Previews $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+
$35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

80 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 12+. This show contains adult themes, haze, sexual references and course language.

Image by Jeff Andersen Jnr

THE ARTISTS

Luka Lesson Creator, Writer, Co-Director, Lead Performer
Vyv Abla Head Producer
Sam Foster Co-Director
James Humberstone Composer
Greta Kelly Musician
Shah Kaman Lyra, Violin, Theremini, Vocals
Laura Jade Lighting Design

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. 

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THIS AIN’T NO PUSSY SHOW

THIS AIN’T NO PUSSY SHOW

THIS AIN’T NO PUSSY SHOW

By Kate Harman with Toby Angus

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Ever wondered if patriarchy was a pyramid scheme for men?

Kate has, and she ain’t pussying around; she has a boy to raise and he has questions.

Why are you shouting?

Am I really toxic?

How come you can say dick but I can’t say pussy?

Using text, movement, skateboarding, map-making and rap music This Ain’t No Pussy Show takes a poetic and personal dive into the relationship between mother and son.

It’s a messy, wild, unpredictable, and sometimes foolish terrain – this is their map, a navigation of danger and misunderstanding.

 

DATES

Fri 17 – Sat 18 Sep, 2021

TIMES

Fri 7:30pm, Sat 3pm + 7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.

THE ARTISTS

Kate Harman – Concept/Direction/Performance
Kate Harman is an Australian dancer and choreographer. She has created and performed in dance, theatre, circus, performative installation and in projects created with amateurs and young people. She is a core member of The Farm, collaborating on works such as Cockfight, The Ninth Wave, Throttle and Helpmann Award winning TIDE. Her practice currently focuses on the notions of authenticity and connection, in the context of performance. Her works have been presented nationally and internationally in the contexts such as Dance Massive, Darwin Festival, Bleach Festival, Festival 2018 (for the Commonwealth Games), the United Kingdom through Dance Touring Partnership and GAM, Chile. As a performer she has been nominated for a Greenroom Award and with The Farm won a Helpmann, Drovers and most recently an Australian Dance Award.

Toby Angus – Performer/Collaborator
Toby Angus is an active 16 year old, with a wide range of interests including music, skateboarding, boxing and performing. He trained with The Farm through the Greenhouse program, performing in several projects, the most notable being The Ninth Wave, as part of Bleach Festival 2018. He performed in the opening of Bleach Festival 2017 in the work Horizons with Angels as part of the children’s chorus and his first professional performance was in the work Sundowner by Kage Physical Theatre, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in 2012. He also featured in the music video, Paint this Land by Busby Marou in 2017. Outside of school he is currently learning guitar, training in boxing and taking voice/singing lessons.

Gavin Webber- Writer & Director
Gavin started dancing late after many lost years spent hitch-hiking, skiing, writing, camping and studying. Eventually he decided to start making art instead and joined Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre and following that Belgian company Ultima Vez. Throughout his career Gavin has worked between Australia and Europe and was Artistic Director of Dancenorth from 2005 to 2009. His present role is as co-Artistic Director of The Farm. He was awarded the Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award in 2017, and with The Farm a Helpmann, a Drover’s Award and an Ausdance award. He also had a sandwich named after him in Lucia’s Cafe in Adelaide. Gavin has written text for a number of works over the past 15 years including Cockfight, Lawn, Food Chain & Remember Me as well as for Letzte Welten and You’re a Winner for Theatre Freiburg, Germany. Gavin completed a screenwriting course for AFTRS in 2020.

Min Collie-Holmes – Dramaturg
Melinda (Min) Collie-Holmes graduated from the NIDA Directing Course in 1997 and has worked in a diverse range of roles in both performing arts and community engagement, nationally and internationally over a 20 year professional career. She has worked as an Artistic Director, Director, CEO, Producer, Dramaturg and Strategic planner for a number of Australia’s leading arts and cultural organisations including Shopfront Theatre for Young People, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, Big h’Art, Contact Inc, Australian Art Orchestra, Darwin Festival, City of Gold Coast, Circa ( Festival 2018) and Bleached Arts. She has extensive directing and dramaturgy experience working with theatre and young people, having worked as the AD/ CEO for Shopfront Theatre for Young People in Sydney. She has delivered a vast range of projects and programs from international collaborations and commissions; to large-scale community projects; to projects that have developed and profiled local artists and arts organisations.

Kate Harman Concept/Direction/Performance

Gavin Webber Writer & Director

Toby Angus Performer/Collaborator

Min Collie-Holmes Dramaturg

Anna Whitaker Composition & Sound Design

Chloe Ogilvie Lighting Design & Production Management

Rozina Suliman Costume & Set Design

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. This Ain’t No Pussy Show is produced by The Farm with development support from La Boite as part of HWY 2020, and supported by Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance through The Makers Program – a commissioning project assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Regional Arts Development Fund which is a partnership between the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland; and proudly supported by HOTA Home of the Arts. Additional support from WOW Australia.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE MAKING OF MEN

THE MAKING OF MEN

THE MAKING OF MEN

WOW (Women of the World) Australia

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

How can we overturn cultural pressures and traditions, and raise men who are happy, emotionally secure, capable of love and tears? 

As every parent will attest, somewhere along the way, loving little boys learn a whole set of rules about what it takes to be a man – often with disastrous consequences for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.

How can we overturn this cultural pressure and tradition, and raise men who are happy, emotionally secure, capable of love and tears? Bystander trainer Michael Jeh will lead this conversation with men making this change, including journalist David Leser, Men4Respect Coordinator for YFS Andrew Taukolo, and newly appointed MATE Ambassador Rhys Carroll.

This event is AUSLAN Interpreted. 

DATES

Sat 18 Sep, 2021

TIMES

4:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $20 + booking fee
Concession $15 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Adam Waters

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. 

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

Based on the book by Karen Lee Roberts

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

A fully immersive, interactive and accessible story for children about friendship and celebrating difference.

Created by inclusive theatre company indelabilityarts, Wilbur the Optical Whale is a fully immersive, interactive and accessible story for children about friendship and celebrating difference.

Using alternative storytelling methods, including interactive media with integrated Auslan, circus, music, movement and spoken word, this heartwarming production delivers a strong anti-bullying message and promotes acceptance.

All performances are relaxed allowing audiences to engage with the work on their own terms in a calm and inviting ‘underwater’ setting.

DATES

Wed 22 – Sat 25 Sep, 2021

TIMES

Wed – Sat 10:30am
Thu & Sat 1pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $25 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

45 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 3+. All performances will be relaxed and spaces will support needs of audiences. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Nick Morrissey

THE ARTISTS

Karen Lee Roberts Writer 
Catarina Hebbard Director 
Chancie Jessop & Jessica Bennett Set & Costumes Designers
Lee Evans AV design
Phil Hagstrom  Composer / Sound Designer
Elise Greig – Dramaturg
Clint Bolster Physical theatre performance

Performers:
Alexandra Ellen, Jack Rebbeck, Rebecca Alexander, Michel Labosse, David Waldie, Karen Lee Roberts, Chris Flemming, Kelsey Adams.

indelabilityarts
indelabilityarts is an inclusive theatre company that provides professional artistic and training opportunities for artists and community members who identify as having a disability. Our professional ensemble creates original work that communicates the lived experience of each artist across a range of performance modes to challenge the perceptions of audiences and industry alike. We further nurture the social, personal, physical and mental wellbeing of participants through our workshop series that offer ongoing
skills development and training for community members with a passion and interest in the performing arts. Through our inclusive practice we aim to foster acceptance and understanding for those who usually feel marginalised, discriminated against, or excluded from arts practice so that they can access and make work that both reflects their experience and caters to their needs. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Wilbur the Optical Whale is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queenslandthe Federal Government through the Department of Social Services; Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program, Brisbane City Council, Flipside Circus, Civic Solutions and the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund. 

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

By Jenny Wynter

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Three Hilarious Mamas. One Rocking Show.

Jump aboard the life-raft of laughter and join award-winning comedian and mother of six Jenny Wynter for this smashing evening of comedy.

Launched with a mission to improve mothers’ mental health through laughter, Wynter has assembled some of Australia’s funniest comedians who also happen to have birthed loin fruit.

You’ll cackle, you’ll shriek, you’ll make like Patrick Swayze and have the time of your life.

DATES

Wed 22 – Sat 25 Sep, 2021

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.

THE ARTISTS

Jenny Wynter
Jenny Wynter is an award-winning comedian who has performed at festivals and venues all over the world. She got her start training in improvised comedy with some of the greatest teachers in the world including with Second City USA and Loose Moose Theatre in Canada. Her awards include Best Variety Show at United Solo Festival NYC, the Award for Excellence in Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe She won the ABC iView Pitch Perfect Award for her web series concept Viking Mama! (based on her live show of the same name), and is a Green Room Award nominee for Best Cabaret Writing. Jenny is a passionate mental health advocate and the founder of Funny Mummies™.

Kat Davidson
Seeing Kat on stage is like visiting an old friend you haven’t met yet. She’s shared the stage with the world’s best comics (Stephen K Amos, Steven Wright, Dave Hughes to shamelessly name drop a few), tamed a shed full of drunk miners, kept a 17 year marriage off the rocks and is currently being parented by her five year old. She can be heard regularly across Queensland ABC radio and has headlined the best clubs in Australia and Canada. She is also the co-producer of the highly successful Ladies Comedy Nights in Brisbane, can regularly be found at sea performing for huge crowds on P&O Cruise ships and enjoyed sell out seasons of her original show Untidy at the 2012 Brisbane Comedy Festival and husband and wife co-production He Said, She Said (with husband Stav Davidson) at Wonderland Festival.

Ellen Briggs
Ellen Briggs is an author, comedy writer, and professional MC but is most at home on the stage doing stand up comedy. She is a popular and regular guest on ABC NSW’s political satire show Thank God It’s Friday, and her quick wit and relatable personality has landed her a weekly spot as guest comedian on Triple M Radio on the Gold Coast, as well as often sitting in as co-host for their popular breakfast and drive time shows. Early in 2019 she was a guest on the popular TV Show – Hughsey We Have A Problem on Channel 10.  She is also a regular writer on the hit TV Show Kinne starring Troy Kinne which is now in its third season of production.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. 

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information.