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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. 

West End Film Festival 2021

West End Film Festival 2021

WEST END FILM FESTIVAL 2021

An event by West End Community Association

EVENT UPDATE | West End Film Festival

As the current Brisbane lockdown has been extended, the West End Film Festival can no longer proceed in our theatre. However, some good news, you will still be able to get your film fix from the comfort of your home, as the 2021 WEFF program of short films will now be delivered online through Vimeo.

Current ticket holder will now have received full access details via email, and online bookings for new ticket buyers open on Thursday 5 August. 

WEFF is back in 2021! Well, we were back, celebrating our 11th year of sharing great Australian short films with Brisbane audiences. Then Covid hit. And then lockdown…

And now we’re back again! This time, for the first time, online here on Vimeo On Demand. TICKETS GO ON SALE FROM THU 5 AUGUST 2021.

We’re offering, with our Official Selection filmmakers permission, two great sessions of Australian shorts most of which were made around the country over the past 12 months.

Each session runs for just over 95 minutes and offers you 13 fantastic and diverse films we’ve selected as our final program. You can even vote on your favourite film by entering your unique confirmation code from Vimeo into our voting system.

Show your support for locally made films and a great community event by purchasing your ticket today and enjoy these great films in the comfort of your home.

To find out more about the films in each session go to our program at westendfilmfestival.com.au/programme

PLEASE NOTE:

Tickets for the online screenings of West End Festival Short Film Program go on sale on Thursday 5 August.

If you are a prior ticket holder for the original event, please check your email for full access and refund options, should you not be able to attend.

TICKETS

Online Festival Tickets $12 / per session + booking fee

DURATION

Each session is 95minutes
Sessions are available to watch online for seven days, from the initial event date.

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

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. 

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

3pm + 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. 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 Bombshells Ball: August Redux

The Bombshells Ball: August Redux

THE BOMBSHELLS BALL:
AUGUST REDUX

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

Sun 22 Aug, 2021
3pm & 6pm

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

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. 

Australia Independent Film Festival 2021

Australia Independent Film Festival 2021

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2021

Presented by Australia Independent Film Festival

Join filmmakers and film lovers for one of Queensland’s biggest annual celebrations of independent cinema.

Brisbane’s very own Australia Independent Film Festival (AIFF) returns to Metro Arts West End bigger and better this October. 

Known internationally, AIFF showcases the very best Australian and international short films, documentaries, animations, experimental films and more, from Brisbane, Australia, and across the world.

AIFF gives filmmakers and film lovers a chance to watch amazing films that you won’t see anywhere else, mingle with like-minded individuals, and enjoy networking opportunities.

“Put this festival in your top 10” – Jhett Tolentino, Grammy & Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer

FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER | Opening Night – Around the World 1
Session 1 | Screening 7 – 9pm

AIFF 2021 begins with a bang. Join the opening night celebrations as we start our film journey in Queensland, travel around the world with some of the best international shorts, and finish here at home again. The bar will be stocked, so grab a drink, sit back and enjoy traversing the globe with a stellar night of films.

SATURDAY 02 OCTOBER | Keeping it Real (Documentaries)
Session 2 | Screening 1 – 3pm.

Documentary lovers – this session is for you. Join us for an afternoon dedicated to some amazing true stories sourced from all corners of the World, as well as a few from our own backyard. From Tibetan Opera to saving our favorite Aussie animals, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to see some unique stories on screen.

SATURDAY 02 OCTOBER | Around the World 2
Session 3 | Screening 4 – 6pm 

It’s time to travel the world again with AIFF21’s last session of international shorts. A mix of styles and genres takes you from the US all the way to China, with a few stopovers on the way.

SATURDAY 02 OCTOBER | Home Grown – Australian Shorts and Award Ceremony
Session 4 | Screening & Awards 7 – 9:30pm 

The night of nights. Last but definitely not least, AIFF20 presents some of the very best shorts from Brisbane, Queensland and across this great land. With a session full of thought provoking stories, we’re finishing on a high. Straight after the screening, we’ll celebrate the best of the best with our awards ceremony before heading to The Boundary Hotel to send off AIFF21 in style.

View the full screening program www.ausindefest.com/programme

DATES

Fri 1 – Sat 2 Oct, 2021

Session 1: 7pm, 1 October 2021
Session 2: 1pm, 2 October 2021
Session 3: 4pm, 2 October 2021
Session 4: 7pm, 2 October 2021

View the full screening program:
www.ausindefest.com/programme

TICKETS

General Admission $15 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

AGES + WARNINGS

This event is recommended 15+. Some films contain coarse language, implied drug usage, nudity and mild violence. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the screening. 

This event is supported by Screen Queensland through the Screen Culture Funding Program.

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 Bombshells Ball

The Bombshells Ball

THE BOMBSHELLS BALL

Presented by Bombshell Burlesque 

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

The graduation performance for term 5 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: BeBe Gunn
Citrine Velvetine – Miss Burlesque Queensland 2020
Sin Salute – The Apprentease Queensland 2021
Mara Maraschino

Fortuna Maxima

Mickey Bee

Lucinda Del Rose
Miss Monty Dee

DATES

Sat 9 Oct, 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

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.

BRISBANE PORTRAIT PRIZE 2021

BRISBANE PORTRAIT PRIZE 2021

BRISBANE PORTRAIT PRIZE
2021 EXHIBITION

EMERGING AND CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS SHOWCASE

Presented by Brisbane Portrait Prize, West Village, and Metro Arts

See the best in contemporary portraiture at this special Showcase Exhibition

“In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view. The image may not be literally what’s going on, but it’s representative.” – Annie Leibovitz

The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging engagement with the arts.

This FREE exhibition is a representation of the times and a reflection on the inner worlds many have had trouble navigating. The portraits are personal stories: stories of struggle, whimsy, melancholy and hope.

See the best in contemporary portraiture at this special Showcase Exhibition.

Artists include Martin Edge, Monica Rohan, Kailum Graves, Elliot Brown, Liam Nunan and Tammy Law

Sitters include Steven Oliver, Benjamin Law, Numpty (Gabriel Denham)

 

DATES

Fri 5 – Sun 14 Nov, 2021

VENUES

Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

The Ice Cream Factory
West Village, West End

GALLERY HOURS

The Factory
Fri 5 – Sun 7 Nov | 11am – 4pm
Fri 12 – Sun 14 Nov | 11am – 4pm

ABOUT THE BRISBANE PORTRAIT PRIZE

The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging public engagement with the arts. Any artist with a connection to Brisbane is eligible to enter. The sitter must also have a connection with Brisbane.

The Prize showcases the best in contemporary portraiture. It demonstrates that portraiture is a genre that still galvanises, intrigues, and challenges the most accomplished of contemporary artists.

 

 

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 KABARET

THE KABARET

THE KABARET

 By Dan Venz and Emily Gilhome

 Presented by Oscar Production Company

Leave your troubles at the bar

Welcome to The Kabaret – an intimate and electrifying new production from the creators of cabaret sensation BOY&GIRL.

As 2021 draws to a close, a garish Emcee and their raucous ensemble tantalise crowds nightly with a decadent orgy of music, dance and drag. Here, we sing, we dance, we drink, we love, we forget.

Featuring the powerhouse talents of Erika Naddei as Emcee, the devilish Dan Venz and drag starlets Miss Poodle, Crimson Coco and the newest queen on the scene – Portia; The Kabaret is an irreverent night designed to excite.

Limited season November 2021. Come hear the music play.

 

“Sexy, filthy and outrageously entertaining.”
– STAGE WHISPERS, 2018, BOY&GIRL

“Utterly brilliant – cabaret at its seductive finest. By the end the audience was going wild and moved to stand up, shout and stamp on the floor.”
– THE DAILY REVIEW, 2018, BOY&GIRL

“Mesmerising is an understatement. Colourful, unexpected and downright hilarious!”
– SCENESTR, 2021, RAZZLE DAZZLE RIOT

Please note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been cancelled. Ticket holders have been contacted directly.

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Preview General Admission $38 + booking fee
Preview Cabaret $43 + booking fee

General Admission $45 + booking fee
Cabaret Seating $50 + booking Fee

 

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

70 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.
Contains strobe lighting, haze, adult themes, coarse language and sexual references.

THE ARTISTS

Oscar is Brisbane theatre’s mischievous mate. A bold blend of music, dance and circus, their shows are a visual feast dripping in fun.

Oscar was established in 2004 as a hub for QLD artists. The creators of cabaret smash-hit BOY&GIRL (due for a 7th season at Brisbane Powerhouse in 2022), the company most recently presented the world premiere of RAZZLE DAZZLE RIOT at Brisbane Festival in 2021. Previous projects include the QLD premiere productions of SPRING AWAKENING (QPAC), NEXT TO NORMAL (QPAC), THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (The Roundhouse), KILLER QUEENS (Brisbane Powerhouse) and SIX INCHES (Brisbane Powerhouse).

Emily Gilhome  Director

Dan Venz  Choreographer + Performer

Erika Naddei
  Performer

Portia
  Performer

Miss Poodle
  Performer

Crimson Coco
  Performer

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 restrictions. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility.  Click here for more information. 

MISS BURLESQUE AUSTRALIA GRAND FINAL VIEWING GALA

MISS BURLESQUE AUSTRALIA GRAND FINAL VIEWING GALA

MISS BURLESQUE AUSTRALIA
GRAND FINAL VIEWING GALA

Presented by Bombshell Burlesque 

Raise a toast to our title-holders past and present, as Miss Burlesque Australia gets ready to crown a new winner!

Slip into something fabulous, grab a cocktail at the bar and join us as we cheer on the Miss Burlesque Australia Grand Final live on the big screen at the New Benner theatre, featuring pre-show entertainment by Miss Burlesque Queensland Hall of Fame winners!

The competition showcases the Grand Finalist’s winning acts over three categories which will be scored by a judging panel made up of some of Australia’s top Burlesque and Cabaret royalty. 

Competing for the crown on-screen are State Finalists:
QLD – Citrine Velvetine
NSW – Diesel Darling
SA – Letitia Stitch
WA – Lucy Lovegun
ACT – Possum Galore

Plus three wild card performers from across Australia!

DATES

Sun 28 Nov, 2021

TIME

6pm – 6:45pm  Pre-Show Live Entertainment 

7pm – 9pm  Livestream Grand Final 

Please note: These times have recently been updated to reflect QLD / AEST livestream times.

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $45 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

3 hrs (including intervals)

AGES + WARNINGS

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

FEATURED ACTS

To whet your appetite before the main event, your pre-show entertainment features live burlesque performances by

Citrine Velvetine – Miss Burlesque Queensland 2020
Magnolia Knife – Miss Burlesque Queensland 2018
Lenore Noire – Miss Burlesque Queensland 2016
Cello Bordello – Miss Burlesque Queensland 2015
Miss Coppelia Jane – Miss Burlesque Queensland 2011

and hosted by MBQ chanteuse Ella Fontaine

 

 

VISITING US

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

THE BOMBSHELL’S BALL: TEASE THE SEASON

THE BOMBSHELL’S BALL: TEASE THE SEASON

THE BOMBSHELL’S BALL: TEASE THE SEASON

Presented by Bombshell Burlesque 

Join us for a festive frolic! An evening of titillation, tassels and tease starring Brisbane’s best bump and grind babes and nifty novices with our biggest lineup to date!
 
The graduation performance for term 6 students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy, The Bombshell’s Ball: Tease The Season 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

Cello Bordello
Adelaide Albright
Lila Luxx

Introducing:
Alabaster Baby
Eva Malteaser
Vivian Valmont
Sin Salute
Mana Morningstar
Veronica Valkyrie
Miss Amethyst
Peggy Bright

DATES

Sat 4 Dec, 2021
5pm & 8pm

TICKETS

$40 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

Approximately 120 minutes, including interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

This show is strictly 18+. Contains strobe lighting, haze, adult themes, coarse language and implied nudity. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

VISITING US

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

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

A comedy about the first year of motherhood.

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. 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?  

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

 

“Great play! Spot on what motherhood is about. Like the way it shows all types of mothers are normal.” – Serena

“Comedy brilliant. Struggled with when to laugh and when to cry.” – Mark

“A true reality show without the ads! F*&^ing fantastic! Written with pathos.” – Adie

 

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.

DATES

Thurs 24 – Sat 26 Feb 2022

TIMES

24 Feb  7.30pm 
25 Feb  7.30pm 
26 Feb  7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

Approximately 120 minutes,
Including 20 minute intermission. 

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Groups 6+ $35*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.
May contain coarse language, adult themes, mild violence

THE ARTISTS

CREATIVE TEAM

Chrysalis Productions - Producers

Chrysalis Productions, founded by Nicky Peelgrane and Belinda Raisin, is a supportive female-led team of collaborators. In our storytelling we draw from – and weave together – theatre, music, dance and art. Inside a butterfly’s chrysalis, transformation occurs. So too, Chrysalis Productions is a cocoon for new work and reimagined tales that resonate with modern Australians.

Nicky Peelgrane - Writer & Director

Nicky Peelgrane is a mother, writer, actor, director and Drama teacher. She wrote Whatever Gets You Through the Night, a play about the first year of motherhood (development 2016, productions 2017 & 2021). In 2019, Nicky was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship through University of Queensland. Her playwriting credits also include Prospero’s Dukedom, a play about Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe (2019), Ghosts of Down Under (with Kellie Lazarus), which toured Queensland in 2018, as well as a suite of other plays written for primary school students (with Kristy Crome). Nicky has contributed stories to anthologies: Bjelke Blues (Avid Reader’s best-seller non-fiction list 2019), Our Inside Voices (2020), Not Keeping Mum (2020), and most recently, published in the Furphy National Literary Awards Anthology (2021).

Belinda Raisin - Movement Director

Belinda Raisin has had a diverse career as an actor, singer, voice over artist and dancer. In the last few years, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and juggled her passion for performance with raising her two young daughters and teaching.
Her comedy cabaret, Confessions of a Control Freak, has toured nationally receiving rave reviews and selling out shows (including two sold out seasons at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Other career highlights include performing in David Burton’s April’s Fool (Australian Tour), The Good Room’s Rabbit and That’s What She Said, Queensland Theatre Company’s The Works (The Dark Room), Nick Cave’s The Heard:BNE (QA/GOMA), jena&alex’ Little Boxes, Empire Theatre’s Cabaret and ABC Telemovie, Mabo.

Georgia Cohen - Set Designer

Georgia Cohen is best known for her passion for sustainable and evocative design. Aside from set design she also has a passion for australian residential and furniture design.

Fresh from completing her Interior design (Hons) graduate at QUT, minoring in Fashion & Architecture, Georgia is excited to be part of a project with a hands-on nature, collaborating with people with a range of skills and being part of the project from start to finish.

Tim Alexander - Fight Choreographer

Tim’s performing arts and psychology background combine with his fight training and expertise to uniquely qualify him as a Fight Choreographer and Action Consultant. He prides himself on listening to and understanding the vision and taking that to a level of accurate realism through hands-on training with all involved.

His years of training and experience include national and international VIP protection, military service, and specialist weapons and hand-to-hand combat training. He is Asia Pacific’s foremost expert in hand-to-hand combat for the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF). Tim is thrilled to combine his passion for the creative arts with his Krav Maga expertise. He has choreographed and performed locally and internationally on stage and screen, including in short films and commercial campaigns.

Ben Shotten - Lighting Designer
Natalie Callaghan - Stage Manager

Natalie has worked as Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager with Queensland Theatre, Queensland Ballet, and Brisbane Festival; and as Stage Manager and Production Manager for several independent companies including Polytoxic, Hive Collective, and Brisbane Immersive. She was most recently part of the props team for the newest musical to hit QPAC, An American in Paris. Her training includes bachelor degrees from QUT in Technical Production and UQ in Writing and Drama.

Natalie is excited to be part of the team bringing Whatever Gets You Through The Night to audiences, and sharing the underappreciated reality of new mothers.

Cameron Quagliotto - Sound Designer
Anne Stanley - Composer / Musician

Anne Stanley is a mother, music teacher, musician, and composer. She holds a B Mus (Hons) from the University of Queensland. She has led and accompanied a myriad of school choirs and associated musicians, not to mention mentoring our next generation of aspiring musicians. She has collaborated on a variety of plays and arts projects with industry theatre companies and artists, including Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe (Midsummer Night’s Dream 2011, Romeo and Juliet 4EVA, 2019), Dead Puppet Society (Pippi Longstocking 2017), and choreographers Jaime Redfern and Nerida Matthaei to help create arts experiences for children that engage, educate and inspire.

CAST

Crystal Arons

Crystal is an International Artist and has been performing since 2003. She trained with Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, Queensland Actor’s Playhouse, Grin and Tonic and completed a Bachelor of Theatre Arts (Acting) at the University of Southern Queensland. Australian credits include: As You Like It, The Virtuous Burglar (Dario Fo – Room to Play), The Bald Prima Donna (Eugene Ionesco – Room to Play), The Void and the Light (Outcast Arts), Metamorphosis (Steven Berkhoff), The Threepenny Opera, The Tempest, Gremlins, Pigford and The Mysteries of Corkuparipple Creek (Susan Pease, That’s Not Canon Productions). International productions include: Lord Ghoulsley’s Manor, the Cork North Pole Christmas Experience and her one-woman show called Dating Dingleberries (Ireland). London: Clap for Alzheimers (House of Idiot), The Faraway Tree and the world premiere of The Life of Oscar Wilde (Camden Fringe Festival). Crystal also played Miranda in The Tempest for Company C.

Matthew Filkins

Matthew is a graduate from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts, extended Drama Major and has also studied at Shakespeare and Company in the USA. His past theatrical credits include: Ruby Moon, The Buggulugs Bum Thief, Fair Play, Time Jump, An Experiment with The White Earth and Hermes and the Naked Flame for QMF Youth Touring Program/Arts Council. Julius Caesar, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream and 60-minute Shakespeare (4MBS Classic FM) The Merchant of Venice, The Blood Votes and Henry IV Part 1 (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble), Midsummer Carnival (Brisbane Immersive Ensemble) One was Nude, and one wore tails and The Virtuous Burglar (Room to Play productions), The Seagull (Now Look Here TC), Secret Bridesmaids Business and Moonlight and Magnolias (Mixed Theatre Company). Film/TV credits include Harrow, Gruen Planet, Evil, The Digger: A History, Waste and Day of the Deadline. He is a puppeteer for Camp Quality, as well as a proud Equity Member since 2005.

Kimberley Chapman

Kimberley comes from a family of performers and made her debut touring England at two-years-old. Since then, she has trained in dance, drama, and music, and now works as a performer, tutor, creative consultant, and mum of two. Whether to kids in Australian schools, women in Thai prisons, or young adults in Japanese night clubs, Kimberley loves seeing the arts break down barriers, passionately believing in their transformative and uplifting power. Her credits include roving character work with Interactive Theatre Australia, a stint on H20: Just Add Water, lead roles in productions of Jekyll and Hyde and The Producers, various commercial campaigns, and tours of Thailand using the arts in prisons, orphanages, and schools. Kimberley has also written and choreographed shows for tours of Japan, bringing messages of positive self-worth to combat high mental illness and suicide rates.

Belinda Raisin

Belinda Raisin has had a diverse career as an actor, singer, voice over artist and dancer. In the last few years, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and juggled her passion for performance with raising her two young daughters and teaching.
Her comedy cabaret, Confessions of a Control Freak, has toured nationally receiving rave reviews and selling out shows (including two sold out seasons at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Other career highlights include performing in David Burton’s April’s Fool (Australian Tour), The Good Room’s Rabbit and That’s What She Said, Queensland Theatre Company’s The Works (The Dark Room), Nick Cave’s The Heard:BNE (QA/GOMA), jena&alex’ Little Boxes, Empire Theatre’s Cabaret and ABC Telemovie, Mabo.

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 restrictions. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL 2022

QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL 2022

QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL

Come up for air at Cabfest ’22!

Breathing new life into the cabaret canon, Cabfest ’22 calls out to the misfits, the eccentrics, the brilliant, and bewildering. After years of holding our breath, it’s time to come ashore and let it all out.  

Thursday will be sweet, sour and salty as we set sail on the high seas of song. On Friday, Cabfest puts on its cultured pearls and dives deep into the world of Poulenc and Beethoven. Saturday is full of charm and laughter with Tyrone and Lesley and The Banter Brothers.

Join us at Metro Arts for a celebration of creativity, music and storytelling.

QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL 2022

10 – 12 MAR | CAB FEST ’22
Queensland Cabaret Festival presents a celebration of creativity, music and storytelling that breathes new life into the cabaret canon.

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YOU ARE PATHETIC!

11 MAR | CAB FEST ’22
Electro-acoustic troubadour Sanfeliu plays Ludwig’s Sonata Op.13 like you’ve never heard it before.

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THE BANTER BROTHERS

12 MAR | CAB FEST ’22
A blend of music, vocals and banter. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sound of thirty years of friendship.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Queensland Cabaret Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, as of 17 December all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Find out more.

 

THE SALTY SIRENS

THE SALTY SIRENS

THE SALTY SIRENS

Presented by Queensland Cabaret Festival 

Hoist the anchor and limber up those sealegs – these aren’t your grandpa’s sea shanties!

Roll on down for a raucous singalong of sea shanties, and sea songs old and new with The Salty Sirens. These Sapphic sailors and their ragtag band of pirate mateys will lead you on a musical journey through tales of shipwork, daring adventure, defiance and debauchery.

Expect bellowing squeeze boxes, twiddling fiddles, and belly laughs, as you meander through traditional and modern nautical folk song.

If you’ve never sung a shanty in your landlubbin’ life, don’t worry! The Salty Sirens will teach you all the important bits. Come aboard salty sea dogs and landlubbers alike! It’s shore to be a swell night.

 

“These gigs are magical. They are the musical equivalent of climbing trees and doing cartwheels.” – Ruckus Brisbane

“We may never get the chance to sail the seas in a pirate ship, but a night at the Shanty Club with the Salty Sirens might be as close as it gets.” – Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

 

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.

DATES

Thu 10 Mar

TIMES

8pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Standard (Theatre Seat) $35 + booking fee
Concession (Theatre Seat)
$32 + booking fee

Standard (Cabaret Table) $45 + booking fee
Concession (Cabaret Table) $42 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

50 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+

Contains some nautically themed swearing or offensive language.

Image by Jacob Morrison.

THE ARTISTS

Kristy Stanfield Vocals / Accordion

Elyse Fitzpatrick Vocals / Guitar

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Queensland Cabaret Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, as of 17 December all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Find out more.

 

YOU ARE PATHETIC!

YOU ARE PATHETIC!

YOU ARE PATHETIC!

By Sanfeliu
Presented by Queensland Cabaret Festival 

Electro-acoustic troubadour Sanfeliu plays Ludwig’s Sonata Op.13 like you’ve never heard it before.

The year is 1798. As the century draws to an end, young Ludwig struggles to make sense of the creative process, and of his own artistic and personal identity. It is a time of promise, but also a time of fear: Liberty, equality, humanity… but also exploitation, colonisation, industrialisation. As the old world crumbles down, young Ludwig tries to find a way forward through music.

Electro-acoustic troubadour Sanfeliu plays Ludwig’s Sonata Op.13 like you’ve never heard it before in this gripping multi-media stage piece about music, difference, and finding harmony between humans, nature and technology.

 

“Sanfeliu brings it all together with a lyrical style of personal intimacy and unexpected humour.” – Ned Hammond, Westender 2021

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.

DATES

Fri 11 Mar

TIMES

9pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Standard (Theatre Seat) $35 + booking fee
Concession (Theatre Seat)
$32 + booking fee

Standard (Cabaret Table) $45 + booking fee
Concession (Cabaret Table) $42 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

50 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+

 

Image by Robyn Mill.

THE ARTISTS

Sanfeliu

Sanfeliu is an electro-acoustic troubadour of Catalan descent, currently based in Meanjin (Brisbane). Sanfeliu writes, teaches and performs delving into different musical traditions (pop, classical, hispanic, electronica) and exploring their place in collective and affective memory.

Sanfeliu Composer / Writer / Performer

Robyn Mill Videographer

Alison St Ledger  Cabareturge

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Queensland Cabaret Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, as of 17 December all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Find out more.

 

STRING: AN ODD EVENING WITH TYRONE AND LESLEY

STRING: AN ODD EVENING WITH TYRONE AND LESLEY

STRING: AN ODD EVENING WITH TYRONE AND LESLEY

Presented by Queensland Cabaret Festival 

For one night only experience the refinement, alignment and entwinement of Tyrone and Lesley.

Unwinding as a cross between a concert and slide night they’ll make your heartstrings ring as they string together 20 years of hits and premiere songs from their new recording String.

Tyrone and Lesley play light music for dark times, fashioned to fly across the footlights and into your heart.

This dashing duo has played their ukulele and double bass at the Sydney Opera House, headlined in the UK, New Zealand, and festivals all over Australia. Just like their odd combination of instruments, this unlikely pair divine humour and harmony in the highs and lows to grasp that we all belong somewhere – even the odd ones out.

 

“The two were just pure magic together… it would be a sin to miss it.”thecreativeissue (AUS)

“This show carries a charm that has you humming the tunes all the way home.” – Stage Whispers

“An eccentric and delightful night out.” – BrisbaneStage

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.

DATES

Sat 12 Mar

TIMES

7pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Standard (Theatre Seat) $35 + booking fee
Concession (Theatre Seat)
$32 + booking fee

Standard (Cabaret Table) $45 + booking fee
Concession (Cabaret Table) $42 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

50 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages. 

Image by Bulimba Studios

THE ARTISTS

David Megarrity Tyrone / Vocals and Ukulele

Samuel Vincent Lesley / Double Bass

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Queensland Cabaret Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, as of 17 December all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Find out more.

 

THE BANTER BROTHERS

THE BANTER BROTHERS

THE BANTER BROTHERS

Presented by Queensland Cabaret Festival

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sound of thirty years of friendship with The Banter Brothers – equal parts cheeky and charming!

Meet Kazman and Dougie aka the Banter Brothers!

A cultural collaboration of First Nation and Pacific Islander Aussies (definitely not fresh off the boat), this duo delights audiences with their interesting blend of music and banter.

Inspired by their far North Queensland verandah jam sessions and years of touring, this show is equal parts cheeky and charming- who knows what the hell will come out of their mouths!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy musical adventures from thirty years of friendship.

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.

DATES

Sat 12 Mar

TIMES

9pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Standard (Theatre Seat) $35 + booking fee
Concession (Theatre Seat)
$32 + booking fee

Standard (Cabaret Table) $45 + booking fee
Concession (Cabaret Table) $42 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

60 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Mild course language. 

THE ARTISTS

Dougie Fresh
Douglas Wilfred Maybir the 3rd, aka Dougie Fresh, is a performer and musician. He has performed lead roles in the sell-out show ‘Stolen’ by Jane Harrison, directed by ACPA Artistic Director Leah Purcell in 2011; and ‘Up The Ladder’ by Roger Bennett, directed by Wesley Enoch in 2012. As a musician, he has played with Ziontes Reggae Band (2009), Progressive Tan (2012), and currently works with The MadTones as a musician, singer and songwriter.

Kazman
Terry John Cassels, aka Kazman, is a multitalented professional with experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, musician, singer and songwriter. Having toured nationally and internationally since 1998, he has performed everywhere from Woodford Folk Festival to the Sydney Opera house. As a musician, he has released numerous albums with bands like Hot Rubber Glove, Dubmarine, Progressive Tan, and The MadTones.

Dougie Fresh Performer / Voice / Strings

Kazman Performer / Voice / Strings

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Queensland Cabaret Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, as of 17 December all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Find out more.

 

THE ANNIVERSARY

THE ANNIVERSARY

THE ANNIVERSARY

Presented by CIRCFest22 Meanjin, Cluster Arts, MILKE, and Salvadore Dinosaur.

It’s Mr. Bean meets The Shining!

You are cordially invited to Jim and Barb’s Golden Anniversary.

Fifty years of love and companionship.

Can you imagine how much simmering resentment is about to boil over?

Jim and Barb’s dreams for the perfect celebration of their love quickly fall away as they face the reality of a semi-century together. Join them on their absurd and hilarious tailspin into the abyss of unfulfilled dreams. Think Beckett meets Wallace and Grommit, or Mr Bean meets The Shining.

Expect the unexpected, and leave your preconceptions at the door – for this is no ordinary elderly couple. The Anniversary is a physical comedy house party from hell!

 

DATES

Thu 21 – Sat 23 Apr 

TIMES

Thu – Sat, 6:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Standard $42 + booking fee
Concession
$39 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $39 + booking fee, per ticket

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased.

DURATION

70 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 12+. 

THE ARTISTS

Bronwyn Pringle / Lighting and Set Design

Peter Houghton / Original Design Concept

Steph O’Hara / Sound Design and Composition

Ben Hence / Additional Sound

Richard Vabre / Production Manager

Katrina Gaskell And Emilie Bloom / Additional Props and Costumes

Producer / Milke & Salvador Dinosaur

KEY CREATIVES

Clare Bartholomew Performer / Co-creator

Daniel Tobias Performer / Co-creator

Peter Houghton Co-creator / Director

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISITING US

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

ASSUME PEOPLE LIKE YOU

ASSUME PEOPLE LIKE YOU

ASSUME PEOPLE LIKE YOU

Presented by CIRCFest22 Meanjin, Cluster Arts, and Melon the Human.

A Robot, an Alien and a Human – what could go wrong?

Remember when you could become friends by making eye contact on the playground? But when you grow up things get trickier. Now the word LIKE has become a vernacular for friendship, relationship or even social media validation. What happens when a Lonely Heart Human wants to be LIKED, but doesn’t know how to make friends?

Can a Robot be liked?

Can an Alien be a friend?

Perhaps it is easier to swipe right and just Assume People Like You.

 

“Melon’s show is an absurdist’s delight! – Best of Fringeworld

DATES

Thu 21 – Sat 23 Apr 

TIMES

Thu – Fri 8:30pm
Sat 3pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Standard $42 + booking fee
Concession
$39 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $39 + booking fee, per ticket

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased.

DURATION

55 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Thomas Stewart  Performer / Melon the Human

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISITING US

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

THE LONG PIGS

THE LONG PIGS

THE LONG PIGS

Presented by CIRCFest22 Meanjin, Cluster Arts, and W3.

Horror meets hilarity! Join this underground clown cult for a spine-tingling original show that is hilariously dark and frighteningly funny.

Set in a rickety abattoir-shack, the Pigs are working hard on their latest obsession to rid the world of every last red-nose clown. However, all is not well. They are one nose short!

In a murky soup of distrust and suspicion, promises made are constantly broken and the gang ultimately turns on itself in a fatally funny and destructive climax.

Spine-tingling original theatre that is hilariously dark and frighteningly funny. Join this underground clown cult that audiences have been raving about.

★★★★★ Hi-Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles
“Captivated the audience, continuing to engage, surprise and shock until the grotesque conclusion.”

★★★★ Time Out Sydney
“A perfect use of movement-based theatre: visceral, visual and violent all at once.” 

★★★★ Herald Sun
“A dirty little masterpiece.”

Stage Whispers
“It’s not often in the theatre that you suddenly realise you are in the presence of creative genius.”

★★★★ Fest (Aus)
“Thematically meaty piece of physical theatre, where every laugh is undercut by a sense of morbid unease.”

★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald
“Unforgettable… deliciously hard to watch.”

★★★★ The Advertiser (Adelaide)
“A fascinating, slapstick, funny and violent little world.”

The Australian
“Strange and terrific indeed!”

DATES

Thu 28 – Sat 30 Apr 

TIMES

Thu 7:30pm
Fri 7:30pm
Sat 2pm + 7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Standard $42 + booking fee
Concession
$39 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $39 + booking fee, per ticket

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased.

DURATION

60 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains mild adult themes, strobe lighting, and haze effects.

THE ARTISTS

Clare Bartholomew Performer / Co-creator

Nicci Wilks Performer / Co-creator

Mozes Mozes Performer

Derek Ives-Plunkett Co-creator

Susie Dee Director

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISITING US

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

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – PIG CITY

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – PIG CITY

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – PIG CITY

Andrew Stafford in conversation with Yumi Stynes
Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival

Come along and catch Andrew Stafford in conversation with Yumi Stynes.

Through its music scene, Pig City tells the story of Brisbane in the late 20th century, a time when music and politics often stood toe-to-toe.

Writer, broadcaster and one-time Channel V presenter Yumi Stynes talks to Pig City’s Andrew Stafford about the book and the scene. Join them for an insightful conversation about Brisbane’s gritty punk past and what that means for us today. 

 

PRAISE FOR PIG CITY

“Compelling and superbly paced.” – The Courier Mail

“Stafford has produced a lively, original account of the way that the oppressive culture of Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland spawned a vibrant musical subculture informed by place, politics, and an era of protest.” – The Age

“Andrew Stafford’s command of language and storytelling abilities are both enviable and inspiring… The book is a true classic; a must-read for anyone who calls Queensland home, or has designs on doing so.” – Andrew McMillen, award-winning writer.

“Absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in Australian musical history.” – Joshua Donellan, award-winning podcaster and writer.

DATE

Tue 3 May

TIME

7pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $32.50 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32.50 per ticket + booking fees

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

90 minutes, no interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 12+. Contains coarse language, adult themes and references to drug use.

THE ARTISTS

Andrew Stafford is a freelance journalist and the author of Pig City: From The Saints To Savage Garden, a musical and political history of Brisbane first published in 2004. Something To Believe In, a music memoir, was published in 2019. His work appears regularly in the Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Griffith Review and more. You can find him on Twitter as @staffo_sez and his Patreon page.

Yumi Stynes is a broadcaster and author, currently on-air with the wildly popular ABC podcast, Ladies, We Need to Talk which unpacks taboos and sexual health issues in bold and sometimes life-changing ways. She co-hosts a national radio show on the KiiS FM network called The 3pm Pickup which you’ve probably heard if you’ve been in a car between 3 and 4pm. One of her books, Welcome to Consent, was recently named the New York Public Library’s TOP 50 books of the year. Her classic guidebook, Welcome to Your Period, has been in non-stop reprint since it first came out and has been translated to around 20 languages including Russian, Japanese and German. The book based on the podcast Ladies, We Need to Talk came out late last year, and this year, Welcome to Your Boobs was published.

VISITING US

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

SHOW PONIES

SHOW PONIES

SHOW PONIES

Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival

Forget everything you know about poetry readings and get ready for a raucous evening of neon, costumes, sick beats and backup dancers.

Bewitching wordsmith Freya Sadgrove is bringing a troupe of Aotearoa New Zealand’s dopest and most dazzling poets to Brisbane for the first time. Forget everything you know about poetry readings and get ready for a raucous evening of neon, costumes, sick beats and backup dancers.

The Show Ponies are Chris Tse, Rebecca Hawkes, essa may ranapiri, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Anahera Gildea, and Tayi Tibble.

You’ll leave Show Ponies feeling equal parts bewildered and energised, and maybe even ready to write some high-octane performance poetry of your own.

DATES

Thur 5 – Fri 6 May

TIMES

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $32.50 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

50 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 18+ only. Contains coarse language and adult themes. 

THE ARTISTS

KEY CREATIVES

Freya Sadgrove  Creator
Chris Tse  Show Pony
Rebecca Hawkes  Show Pony
essa may ranapiri  Show Pony
Selina Tusitala Marsh  Show Pony
Anahera Gildea  Show Pony
Tayi Tibble  Show Pony

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

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

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – HOMECOMING QUEENS

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – HOMECOMING QUEENS

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – HOMECOMING QUEENS

Michelle Law in conversation with writer Yen-Rong Wong
Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival

Come along and watch an episode of Homecoming Queens, catch Michelle Law in conversation with writer Yen-Rong Wong.

In Michelle Law and Oliver Reeson’s Homecoming Queens, when characters Michelle and Chloe come home, they bring an insightful, fresh take on Brisbane Stories with them, in this SBS streaming series that can be both deeply moving and hilarious.

Come along and watch an episode on screen, catch Michelle Law in conversation with writer Yen-Rong Wong, then join Michelle afterwards for burgers (everyone’s favourite ‘sometimes food’).

Please note, this event has been cancelled. All ticket holders have been contacted directly.

DATE

Fri 6 May

TIME

5pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $32.50 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

90 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Michelle Law is a writer and actor working across print, theatre, film and television. She wrote the smash-hit play Single Asian Female, which has sold out seasons in Australia and was staged in New Zealand in 2021. Her screenwriting work includes the SBS show Homecoming Queens, which she co-created, co-wrote and stars in. She also co-wrote the comedy book Sh*t Asian Mothers Say with her brother Benjamin Law, and she regularly contributes to Australian publications and anthologies. Michelle has been awarded a Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award, and two Australian Writers Guild awards. As well as writing this book, she is currently developing several new stage works and screen works. Her most recent play Miss Peony, was due to be staged as part of Belvoir St Theatre’s 2021 season but was sadly postponed due to the pandemic.

Yen-Rong is an arts critic and writer based in Meanjin (Brisbane), on unceded Jaggera and Turrbal land. She won the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award in 2020, and in 2019, she was shortlisted for the Deakin University Non-Fiction Prize. She has been a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow and writer-in-residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, and her work has appeared in many print and online publications, including The Guardian, Meanjin, and Griffith Review. She is currently working on a number of creative projects, including a satirical novel, a play, and a collection of essays.

VISITING US

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

WENDY SHARPE: ARTIST TALK AND WORKSHOP

WENDY SHARPE: ARTIST TALK AND WORKSHOP

WENDY SHARPE:
ARTIST TALK AND WORKSHOP

Presented by Brisbane Portrait Prize, West Village and Metro Arts

Artist Talk | Portraiture, Prizes and Me. 

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded artists. In this lively, informative, illustrated talk, she will share her experience as a figurative painter with a career stretching back to the 1980s. Wendy will discuss her work as a finalist and winner in a long list of art prizes. She will also give a rare behind the scenes insight into her extensive experience as a judge of many art prizes. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions! 

Workshop | Art Materials: an introduction

Wendy Sharpe will give a practical talk about art materials and their qualities. She will discuss oil and acrylic paint techniques and will demonstrate the use of gouache, pastel and other drawing materials. Wendy will also bring some private sketchbooks to give an insight into how she designs paintings. It will be a great opportunity to learn and ask the questions you have always wanted the answers to!

Participants should bring a notebook. You won’t be painting but might like to make notes.

DATES

Artist Talk:
10am, 7 May

Workshop:
1pm, 7 May

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Artist Talk $25 + booking fee
Workshop $50 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

Please note, these events are ticketed separately. You can purchase tickets to each event via the booking button above.

DURATION

Approximately 120 minutes per session.

THE ARTISTS

Wendy Sharpe
Wendy Sharpe is acclaimed as one of Australia’s most significant and awarded artists. She has won the Archibald Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Prize (twice) and the Sulman Prize (judged by Albert Tucker). She has received many major commissions which include Australian Official Artist to East Timor, the first woman to do so since World War II.

Wendy is known for her strong figurative paintings, her use of narrative and a sensuous use of paint. She is the quintessential romantic painter, uncompromising, dedicated and unconcerned by fad or fashion. Her work addresses timeless issues such as love, passion, human relationships and what it is like to live in the world, subjects rarely expressed today in contemporary art. Wendy Sharpe’s work is based on drawing and imagination, made from intuition and experience. Her obvious understanding of drawing, composition and paint itself mean that she is often described as the painter’s painter.

The Brisbane Portrait Prize
The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging public engagement with the arts. Any artist with a connection to Brisbane is eligible to enter. The sitter must also have a connection with Brisbane.

All 2022 entries are eligible for the $50,000 Lord Mayor’s Award which is supported by Brisbane City Council. A further $37,000 of category prizes is also available.

The Prize showcases the best in contemporary portraiture. It demonstrates that portraiture is a genre that still galvanises, intrigues and challenges the most accomplished of contemporary artists.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

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THE FINAL INTERVIEW AND SHARDS

THE FINAL INTERVIEW AND SHARDS

Screening at Metro Arts for one night only! Don’t miss the Australian premiere of The Final Interview by infamous underground horror director, Fred Vogel, creator of the August Underground Trilogy.
 
It will be followed by the world premiere of Shards, the debut feature film from Brisbane based director, Michael Riley, featuring performances by local talent Dean Mayer, Tahlia Jade, Darren Osmond, David Beamish and Colin Dixon. The director and some of the cast members will be present for an audience Q&A after the film. 
 
The Final Interview // 
A veteran newscaster desperate for ratings secures an interview with a mass murderer on death row the night before the man is set to be executed. What our newscaster thinks will be an easy ratings boost turns into a dangerous psychological game between two manipulative alpha males.
 
Shards //
The lives of several self-absorbed outcasts are thrown into chaos when two sadistic killers attempt to collect on a dead man’s debt to a temperamental drug dealer, setting off a chain reaction of betrayal and violence that will irreparably shatter the lives of all those involved.  
 
 

WARNINGS

This event is restricted to patrons aged 18 years and over. This event may contain nudity, swearing or offensive language, adult themes, smoking or smoke effects, and depiction of drug use. Please note Shards contains frequent coarse language, high impact sexual references, a brief depiction of sexual violence and explicit clips of sexual activity. The Final Interview contains explicit language and themes and one very violent scene. 

WHERE

Epson Lumen Room, Metro Arts

WHEN

20 DECEMBER, 6pm

PRICES

General Admission to one film $13.00 + booking fee. 
Concession to one film $10.00 + booking fee. 
General Admission to both films $18.00 + booking fee. 
Concession to both films $14.00 + booking fee.