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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

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. 

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

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. 

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

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 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. 

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 23 Oct, 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. 

RISING

RISING

RISING

A Playlab Theatre production presented in association with Metro Arts

By Hannah Belanszky, Madeleine Border, Emily Burton, Lauren Sherritt, Sarah Wilson

Sea levels, displacements, poverty… who is listening?

Through rising sea levels, and open conflict between Government and Rebel forces, a remote island country is at tipping point, facing imminent environmental, economical and social collapse.

Out of the chaos, five stories of  integrity, idealism, justice, compassion and hope emerge.

From five fabulous emerging female playwrights, this ambitious new work responds to the looming ecological crisis, in an effort to find equality and balance.

DATES

7.30pm, 3 – 13 February 2021
Previews: 7.30pm, 3 & 4 February 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre

TICKETS

General $45
Concession / Preview $39 
Schools Students $29* 
+ booking fee

*For High School student groups, please contact Metro Arts. 

 

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 90 minutes. No interval.

Image by Justine Walpole.

THE ARTISTS

HANNAH BELANSZKY – PLAYWRIGHT

Hannah Belanszky is an emerging writer, actor and Yuwaalaraay woman based in Brisbane. Her focus is on telling Aboriginal stories and creating work that is bold, imaginative and female driven. Hannah’s play don’t ask what the bird look like was a finalist for the 2018-19 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award and was commissioned by Queensland Theatre. She wrote and directed her cabaret The Wives of Wolfgang which was performed at Brisbane Powerhouse in 2017 and toured to Fringe World Perth and Adelaide Fringe in 2020 where it was awarded Best Cabaret at the Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards. Her play Shadow in a Dress was developed through QPAC/Playlab Theatre’s ‘Sparks’ program for First Nations writers and was programmed at La Boite HWY.  (Read full bio)

MADELEINE BORDER – PLAYWRIGHT

Madeleine Border is a Brisbane based theatre maker, performer, and writer. She was one of Playlabs Young Playwright-in-Residence participants for 2019 and is currently involved in Playlabs 2020 Incubator program. She co-founded a theatre collective, Yours Sincerely, who created original works for FAST in 2018 with ‘Sometimes it’s Hot like the Sun’, and ‘This Fantastic Plastic Planet’ as part of Backbones Residency program in 2019. After finishing an undergraduate degree, majoring in Drama and Political Science, she finished her studies by completing a Masters of Writing, Editing and Publishing at the University of Queensland in 2019.

EMILY BURTON – PLAYWRIGHT

Emily Burton is an actress, theatre-maker, playwright and teaching artist. As an actress, her production credits include: Storm Boy (MTC/QT); Single Asian Female (Laboite Theatre Company/Belvior); The Seagull, Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Fledglings, Riley Valentine (QT); The Wider Earth (QT/Sydney Festival/Dead Puppets Society); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (LaBoite Theatre Company); A Tribute of Sorts (QT/Monster’s Appear/Laboite Theatre). Emily has performed nationally with numerous acclaimed Independent Theatre companies including Dead Puppets Society, Imaginary Theatre Company, Monster’s Appear and Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe. Major Awards include: Matilda Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role in A Tribute of Sorts; A recipient of Queensland Theatre Independents Resources Funding; and a proud participant in the Playlab Incubator 2018 playwriting program. (Read full bio)

LAUREN SHERRITT – PLAYWRIGHT

Lauren is a playwright and director. Her plays Sans Love (2014) and One Black Mark (2015)were produced at Anywhere Theatre Festival, and her monologue The Panel was published in ATYP’s The Voices Project: Encore Edition. In 2017, she wrote interactive digital story Master of Time for Story City, produced as part of celebrations to mark 50 Years of Landscape Architecture at QUT. Lauren has participated in Playlab’s Incubator program, ATYP’s Fresh Ink Mentoring Program and ATYP’s National Studio.

SARAH WILSON – PLAYWRIGHT

Sarah Wilson is an emerging Brisbane based writer. Sarah was a member of QTC’s Young Writers Group in 2016. She was a part of Queensland Theatre’s Playwrights 18-26 Program in 2017, where she created her play Recreational Mathematics. In 2018 Sarah wrote and developed her latest work, The Kmart Chronicles, as part of Playlab’s Incubator program. Her short story, First Do No Harm, was published as part of the Arts Alliance of Pine Rivers’ 2014 anthology Alpha and Omega. Sarah is currently undertaking an Honours degree in Drama at the University of Queensland, having earned a Bachelors of Science/Arts dual degree with majors in Mathematics, Computer Science, and an extended major in Drama.

KEY CREATIVES

Hannah Belanszky / Playwright
Madeleine Border / Playwright
Emily Burton / Playwright
Lauren Sherritt / Playwright
Sarah Wilson / Playwright
Kathryn Marquet / Dramaturg
Kate Wild / Director
Ella Lincoln / Designer
Christine Felmingham / Lighting Designer
Anna Whitaker / Sound Designer
Helen Fitchett / Stage Manager 
Chenoa Deemal / Cast
Ling Cooper Tang / Cast
Steven Rooke / Cast

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Rising 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. 

THE BULL, THE MOON, AND THE CORONET OF STARS

THE BULL, THE MOON, AND THE CORONET OF STARS

THE BULL, THE MOON, AND THE CORONET OF STARS

Presented by The Hive Collective and Metro Arts

By Van Badham | Directed By Heidi Manché

Celebrate the complexities at the heart of female sexuality with this playful, sexy and smart romcom-riff on ancient Greek mythology.

Marion avoids attractive men, and besides, Michael is married. But something monstrous has awoken in the Ashmolean Museum and won’t be satisfied until the thread of desire is pursued to its inevitable end.

Fast forward to a Welsh seaside  resort where a now-penitent  Marion finds redemption in the most unexpected place.

“A love letter to language, mythology and love itself, it’s clever, sexy, funny and uplifting.” 

The Australian

Take a look at The Hive’s Collective’s other two works in Metro Arts’ current season:

Elektra / Orestes
Conviction

DATES

7:30pm, Wed 17 – Sat 27 Feb, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 17 Feb $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 90 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Stephen Henry

THE ARTISTS

Director Heidi Manché 
Designer Sarah Winter 
LX Designer Christine Felmingham 
Musician/Composer Shenzo Gregorio 
Cast Sarah Ogden, Rob Pensalfini 

 

The Hive Collective
Hive is a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. These three established directors are thrilled to be producing and supporting each other’s work, creating jobs for local artists and offering quality independent theatre for Brisbane’s audiences.

Heidi Manché – Director
Hive Co-Artistic Director Heidi Manché studied theatre in Sydney and La Sapienza Rome University in Italy, with a project to work alongside Nobel laureate Dario Fo. Heidi translated many of Fo’s texts and was a core ensemble member of the theatre troupe Stalker, touring throughout Italy. On her return to Australia, she became Artistic Director of The Crypt Theatre, Sydney, producing and directing several plays including Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay by Dario Fo, A Woman Alone by Franca Rame, It’s all in the Timing by David Ives and Charmayne (award-winning documentary – Sydney Film School). In Brisbane she founded theatre company Room to Play which has produced and directed The Bald Prima Donna by Eugene Ionesco (Melbourne Fringe Festival), Afterplay by Brian Friel (Theatre 505) Mistero Buffo by Dario Fo (Bille Brown, supported by Queensland Theatre), Red Sky Morning by Tom Holloway and The Eisteddfod by Lally Katz (Metro Arts).

Van Badham – Playwright
Van Badham is the award-winning writer of more than 30 internationally-produced plays for stage and radio. She writes a weekly column for The Guardian and appears regularly on television and radio as a commentator, critic and activist. Van has had work developed and produced across Australia, Europe and North America. Her most recent Australian productions include Banging Denmark for the Sydney Theatre Company and The Bloody Chamber for Malthouse. In Britain, Van was writer-in-residence at LAMDA for two years and has worked with the Royal Court Theatre, the Bush (for Paines Plough), Nabokov, the Battersea Arts Centre, Luxi and Theatre503, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe and on the touring circuit. Van’s radio commissions have been for the BBC World Service, Radio 4, and Radio 3 and her first screenplay, We Come Home, was developed with a grant from the Australian Writers’ Guild.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Hive Collective’s 2021 season is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and through the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane

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. 

ELEKTRA/ORESTES

ELEKTRA/ORESTES

ELEKTRA/ORESTES

Presented by The Hive Collective and Metro Arts

By Jada Alberts and Anne-Louise Sarks | Directed by Heather Fairbairn

Love, justice and revenge. Ancient Greek tragedy collides with a very modern royal family in this showdown for the ages.

Born to a household mired in murder and bloodshed, Elektra is really not okay. Seething with anger and vengeance, she blasts her music louder and waits impatiently for her brother Orestes to return from exile. Knowing that when he does, the walls of this house will shake.

Elektra sent Orestes into exile when he was just 11. He was the next in line for her father’s throne. Nine years later he has come of age. Now he’s on way to join Elektra and take the ultimate revenge. There will be blood.

Alberts and Sarks’ visceral and contemporary adaptation lays open the devastating legacy of trauma  on future generations, in a stunning spectacle of retribution, love, justice and power.

★★★★ “This is how all Greek tragedies should be performed.  …fast and furious, packing the Sophoclean epic into just one hour.” 

The Guardian

Take a look at The Hive’s Collective’s other two works in Metro Arts’ current season:

The Bull, the Moon, and the Coronet of Stars
Conviction

DATES

7:30pm, Wed 3 – Sat 13 Mar, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 3 Mar $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 70 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language, loud noises, depictions of violence, depictions of death or dying, and replica firearms. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Stephen Henry

THE ARTISTS

Director Heather Fairbairn 
Designer Sarah Winter 
LX Designer Christine Felmingham 
Composer / Sound Designer Julian Starr 
Cast includes Violette Ayad, Caroline Dunphy, Tate Hinchy, Tatum Mottin, Marcus Oborn

 

The Hive Collective
Hive is a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. These three established directors are thrilled to be producing and supporting each other’s work, creating jobs for local artists and offering quality independent theatre for Brisbane’s audiences.

Heather Fairbairn – Director
Hive Co-Artistic Director Heather Fairbairn directs theatre and contemporary opera. Working throughout Australia, Europe and the UK, her directing credits include Silk Moth by Bushra El-Turk (Arcola Theatre, London), The Mutant Man by Christopher Bryant (The Space Arts Centre, London), The Magic Flute (European Tour), and Sunnytown by Krystal Sweedman (La Boite). Heather regularly collaborates with renowned theatre director Katie Mitchell, working on Ariadne auf Naxos and Alcina (Festival d’Aix), Lucia di Lammermoor (Royal Opera House), and Ophelias Zimmer by Alice Birch (Schaubühne Berlin). In 2019 and 2020, Heather directed the revival of Katie Mitchell’s Ariadne auf Naxos with new casts at Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Finnish National Opera, and the Royal Danish Opera. As assistant director, credits include: Lord of the Flies directed by Kip Williams (Sydney Theatre Company), Accidental Death of An Anarchist directed by Sarah Giles (Sydney Theatre Company), Orpheus & Eurydice directed by Yaron Lifschitz (Opera Queensland), and As You Like It directed by David Berthold (La Boite).

Jada Alberts – Playwright
Jada hails from Larrakia, Yanuwa, Bardi and Wardaman country in the Top End of Australia and she shares her unique perspective with audiences as a young Indigenous Australian woman. She works professionally as an actor, director and writer. Jada was an associate artist at Belvoir in 2014-2015 and was the recipient of the 2013 Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award. In 2014 her debut work Brothers Wreck was part of the main stage season at Belvoir to critical acclaim, which she then went on to direct in 2018 at the Malthouse Theatre and the State Theatre Company of South Australia to rave reviews. In 2016 Jada directed her first show at Belvoir Title & Deed. In 2016-2017 Jada completed a writing fellowship with Bell Shakespeare and in 2017 Jada was the Assistant Director on Sydney Theatre Company’s production Three Sisters, directed by Kip Williams.

Anne-Louise Sarks – Playwright
Anne-Louise works internationally as a director, writer and dramaturg. In 2019 she directed Avalanche for The Barbican Centre (London). In 2018 she was Artistic Director of the Lyric Ensemble at the Lyric Hammersmith, directed a new production of her acclaimed Medea for Theater Basel, directed a new adaptation An Enemy of the People for Belvoir, and her production of Sarah Kane’s Blasted at Malthouse was nominated for four green room awards including Best Director. Anne-Louise was Resident Director at Belvoir from 2013-2015. In 2011 she was Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre Company, and from 2010-2013 Anne-Louise was Artistic Director of The Hayloft Project. In 2015 Anne-Louise directed a re-imagining of Medea at The Gate Theatre, London winning five 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards. It was also awarded an AWGIE for Best Stage Play and in 2013 was nominated for four Helpmann Awards including Best Direction, Best New Australian Work and Best Play.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Hive Collective’s 2021 season is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and through the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane

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CONVICTION

CONVICTION

CONVICTION

Presented by The Hive Collective and Metro Arts

By Zoey Dawson | Directed by Kate Wild

How can a playwright make a difference when she doubts every word she places on the page? And does literary immortality really matter when the world is about to end?

In a messy lounge room in Brunswick East, a young woman starts to write a play – an important play, an instant classic, a story that matters. But her convict drama insists on unravelling and now our corseted protagonist has 5000 words to write and an Ottolenghi fish dinner to prepare.

Zoey Dawson mocks the Australian canon and her own artistic ambition in this meta-theatrical black comedy. This caustically funny interrogation of the creative process is both deeply personal and resonantly universal.

 “This work is generous, provocative, urgent, entertaining, and mind-bendingly clever.” – ★★★★1/2 ArtsHub

“Go and see this play. It’ll make you think, it’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you want to see it again.” – ★★★★★ Broadway World

“My new gold standard for a play” – The Courier Mail

“Emily Burton is luminous [with] a goofy comic presence that is a joy to watch” – Stage Whispers

“…absurdly hilarious, wonderfully acted and reminds us that we are all imperfect human beings.” – Theatre Haus

“This is a play that moved me in many ways and will stay with me for a while, for its relatability as much as its perplexing nature.” – Nothing Ever Really Happens In Brisbane

DATES

7:30pm, Wed 17 – Sat 27 Mar, 2021*

*Auslan Interpreted performance
7:30pm, Wed 24 March

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 17 Mar $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 70 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language, loud noises, depictions of drug use and violence, depictions of death or dying, and replica firearms. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Stephen Henry

THE ARTISTS

Director Kate Wild 
Designer Sarah Winter 
LX Designer Christine Felmingham 
Sound Designer  Anna Whitaker 
Cast Emily Burton, Luisa Prosser, Kevin Spink, Jeremiah Wray 

 

The Hive Collective
Hive is a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. These three established directors are thrilled to be producing and supporting each other’s work, creating jobs for local artists and offering quality independent theatre for Brisbane’s audiences.

Kate Wild – Director
Hive co-Artistic Director Kate Wild is the award-winning writer and director of The Sound of a Finished Kiss. Having worked in theatres throughout London, Bristol and Melbourne she has returned to Brisbane, founding Now Look Here and directing Splendour, A Slight Ache and The Seagull for the company.

Zoey Dawson – Playwright
Zoey Dawson is a theatre maker and screenwriter based in Naarm/Melbourne on the lands of the Kulin nation. Her recent credits include as playwright, Australian Realness (Malthouse Theatre), Conviction (ZLMD Shakespeare/Darebin Arts), Welcome to Nowhere (Monash University/Malthouse), Calamity (MTC NEON/ZLMD Shakespeare), The Unspoken Word is Joe (MKA/La Mama/Griffin Theatre/Brisbane Festival), Madonna Arms (I’m Trying To Kiss You/Next Wave) and I Know There’s A Lot Of Noise Outside But You Have To Close Your Eyes (I’m Trying To Kiss You/LaMama/NIDA). As well as performing in much of her own work, she appeared in a world-ish tour of The Economist (MKA/World Theatre Festival/Edinburgh Fringe), for which she was nominated for a UK Stage Award for Best Actress. As director, she staged an all-female Romeo and Juliet at fortyfivedownstairs (ZLMD Shakespeare. She won the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award for The Unspoken Word is “Joe”

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Hive Collective’s 2021 season is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and through the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane

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. 

WHEN WE SPEAK: IN RECITAL WITH KATHERINE PHILP

WHEN WE SPEAK: IN RECITAL WITH KATHERINE PHILP

WHEN WE SPEAK: IN RECITAL WITH KATHERINE PHILP

Presented By Camerata in association with Metro Arts

By Camerata

Stunning music and visuals combine in this intimate recital performance.

When We Speak  re-casts our ideas of beauty, gesture and expression through 21st century music-making. Katherine Philp, Principal cellist of Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra performs a solo recital of stunning, recently-written music, where electroacoustic and amplified sound effortlessly melds with film and animation. 

Lisa Cheney’s, When We Speak comments on broader issues surrounding gender inequality. The atmospheric soundscape interweaves the composer’s own musical language, includes Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, as well as the live cellist’s expression and voice. 

 

 

DATES

3pm + 7pm, Sat 1 May

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

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

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 60 minutes. No interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

THE ARTISTS

Principal cellist Katherine Philp

Cellist Katherine Philp’s work ranges from the classics, to cutting edge contemporary art music, as well as improvisation, arranging and composing. She is particularly interested in projects that engage in respectful intercultural collaboration, and actively supports the generation of new works by women and non-binary composers. She regularly appears in ensembles and as a soloist at many Australian festivals including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Tyalgum Festival, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, and the Woodford Folk Festival. Katherine’s performances and arrangements have been broadcast live and recorded for ABC Classic FM and ABC Radio National. She is currently Principal cellist of Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and maintains a busy and eclectic freelance career.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

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ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE

ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE

ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE

By Alice Birch | Directed by Catarina Hebbard

Presented by Metro Arts and BC Productions Qld in association with e.g and Big Scary Animal

Three generations of women.

Three critical choices.

An intimate look at how love and trauma cascade through blood and time.

Ten actors on stage across three eras; this is a big story told intimately.

From the acclaimed UK playwright Alice Birch, comes this electrifying examination of love and trauma and their cascade through blood and time.

Across three generations of mothers and daughters, we live their love, loss, grief, laughter and ultimately death. This is a story of family, mental health, love, strong women, supportive men and so much more in between. 

Along the way Birch poses many questions and challenges, urging us to consider, where do genetics end and personal choice begin?

This Brisbane premiere, directed by Catarina Hebbard, follows seasons in London, New York and Sydney.

★★★★★ “A rich, haunting, technically dazzling script.” 
Time Out
★★★★★ ”Stunningly original.” 
Mail On Sunday
★★★★★ “Most productions require one viewing. Alice Birch’s spellbinding and serious new drama is worth three.” The Sunday Times

DATES

7:30pm, Tue 18 – Sat 29 May, 2021

Queer Community Night
6:30pm, Thu 27 May
Featuring keynote speech by renowned Brisbane author, Krissy Kneen, music by DJ Sweatybaby and spoken word poet, Boy Renaissance.

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Tue 18 May $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

1hr 45mins 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language, depictions of drug use and references to suicide / self-harm. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Barbara Lowing November 2020 edited by Laura Bamford

Download the show program.

THE ARTISTS

Producers BC Productions QLD

Co-producers e.g. and Big Scary Animal

Director Catarina Hebbard

Assistant Director Oliver Hetherington-Page

Production Manager Laura Bamford

Stage Manager Angela Ponting

Lighting designer Christine Felmingham

Designer Raymond Milner

AV Design Jeremy Gordon

Sound Design Phil Hagstrom

Cast Rebecca Alexander, Elise Greig, Zoe Houghton, Danny Murphy, Astrid Wells Cooper, Tom Yaxley, Jodie Le Vesconte, Stephen Geronimos, Nikhil Singh, Triona Giles.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Proudly supported by Arts Queensland through the Queensland Arts Showcase Program and stART funding, Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund – MatchLab funding, Philip Bacon Galleries, PlayLab, Micah & Brisbane Powerhouse. 

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. 

FERTILE GROUND

FERTILE GROUND

FERTILE GROUND

Presented by Metro Arts

By Ashleigh Musk and Michael Smith

We are here to witness our failing paradise.

Suspended in time, vulnerable bodies navigate a forest of cement. Landscapes shift, rise and crumble, as audience and performers move through avalanches of decay. Gritty transformations reveal spaces for hope and action.

With vivid choreography, Fertile Ground manipulates space, sound and a brutalist pile of concrete bricks in this ground-breaking participatory performance.

 
PLEASE NOTE

Fertile Ground  is a participatory performance which takes place in a construction site. We strongly advise Patrons wear closed-in flat shoes (no heels or thongs), and short skirts or dresses are not recommended. 

TACTILE EXPERIENCES

The Tactile Experiences give an opportunity for participants to experience key textural elements present in the performance of Fertile Ground through a series of actions which explore weight, touch and vibrations. If attending one of the Tactile Experiences, we strongly recommend also purchasing tickets to see Fertile Ground

We recommend arriving no later than 15 minutes prior to the start time of the performance or tactile experience, as latecomers CANNOT be admitted under any circumstance. 

DATES

Tue 25 – Sat 29 May, 2021

Performances:
7:30pm, 25 – 28 May 2021
1pm + 7:30pm, 29 May 2021

Tactile Experiences: 
6:30pm, 27 May 2021
12:00pm, 29 May 2021

AUSLAN Interpreted sessions:
Performances and Tactile Experiences on Thu 27 + Sat 29 May will be AUSLAN Interpreted. 

VENUE

Secret location in West Village
Meet at Metro Arts’ Box Office

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $25 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $25 + booking fee
Preview Tue 25 May $25 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

65 mins 

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 15+. Performance includes loud noises and dust.

Image by Pierce Eldridge

THE ARTISTS

Choreographer / Performer Ashleigh Musk
Choreographer / Performer Michael Smith
Sound Composition and Design Anna Whitaker
Dramaturge Liesel Zink
Access Consultant Daniele Constance
Access Collaborators Rachael Missingham, Lauren Watson
Auslan Interpreter Adele Greedy-Vogel
Lighting Design Chloe Ogilvie
Costume Design Jessica Palfrey

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Fertile Ground  has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Fertile Ground  was developed with Dancenorth in 2020, supported by LGI through a studio residency at WXYZ studios, HOTA, Home of the Art and through an Ausdance QLD and Australiasian Dance Collective Four Walls Residency and an Ausdance QLD Public Space and Participation Residency.

VISITING US

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DIRTY LAUNDRY UP LATE

DIRTY LAUNDRY UP LATE

FANCIFUL FRIDAY: MILLS & BOOM!

Enter the warm embrace of The Good Room at Metro Arts for a Friday that will set your sheets on fire. 

Arrive early to take a wander around the Dirty Laundry exhibition, then stay for the ticketed Up Late session.

Bringing their bosom-heaving brand of smouldering romance stories to Metro Arts for ONE NIGHT ONLY, special guests The Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary will host a sensual story time session that is sure to make you blush.

Get comfy on your own reserved recliner and enjoy erotic – albeit sometimes nonsensical and often hilarious – tales of lust and romance tumescently told beneath our “Dirty Laundry”.

Come with a friend. 
Come with a stranger. 
Come alone (afterall you know what you like).

Just come.

ABOUT DIRTY LAUNDRY

Dirty Laundry is a large-scale cotton-based installation of anonymous sexual confessions, fantasies and desires hoisted and hung for public witness. Inspired by enforced social distancing (on the streets and in the sheets), this cheeky work is a record of the way 2020 has altered our romantic relationships and changed the way we quench desire in a positive celebration of sex, intimacy and holding out for love in lockdown.

Submission Number 45:

“I want a woman to quote Ginsbergs ‘Footnote to Howl’ to me while she makes me cum.”

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

WHEN

8pm, 30 October 2020 

PRICE

General Admission $20 + booking fee

Image credit: Image by Morgan Roberts

KEY CREATIVES

The Good Room
Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary 

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THE ARTISTS

Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary

The Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary is a fictitious amateur writer’s group of oddball characters with fake hair, fake lashes, and real passion for their personally-acclaimed, bosom-heaving, lip quivering tales of romance

Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans is an award-winning writer, director, producer – and QUT graduate – who has worked across Australia in theatre, festivals, print and television. Together, with Amy Ingram, he founded The Good Room; a performance collective who draw on the experiences of ordinary people to create extraordinary theatre experiences. As well as teaching for QUT Acting, he has worked as the Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, a five day event as part of the emerging and experimental arts mecca This Is Not Art in Newcastle, as the Performance Producer at Metro Arts, as a senior writer for Frankie magazine and as a digital content producer for Southern Star Endemol, Network Nine, Ten and SBS.

Amy Ingram

Amy is a performer and Maker. In 2008 she co founded The Good Room with Daniel Evans. She has performed with Queensland Theatre ( Fat Pig, Seeding Bed, Trollop, The Seagull, The Odd Couple) , La Boite ( Cosi, The Tragedy of King Richard The third, Blackrock) , Elbow Room ( We Get It : MTC and Brisbane Powerhouse) and in Low Level Panic at The Old Fitz directed by Justine Martin. In 2021 Amy will be on tour with Magic Mike Live Australia.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

APOCALIPSTICK

APOCALIPSTICK

POLYTOXIC & FRIENDS

Sashaying out of the rubble and into the limelight is an all-star rag-tag team of Brisbane’s finest theatre hybrids in a jaw-dropping, eye-popping feast for the senses. 

Revel in brand-new and fan-favourite acts from a killer rotating line-up of glass-ceiling smashing, fierce intersectional feminist artists, hand-picked by Polytoxic. 

Arm yourself for the brave new world in this after-dark playground of ridiculousness, hectic wigs, extreme g-strings, sassy whip-cracking and golden electro hip-thrusting. 

This is raucous cutting-edge cabaret that’s sure to leave you with a spring in your step and a fresh new coat of APOCALIPSTICK!

LINE-UP INCLUDES

ALL SHOWS:

Abbey Church, Busty Beatz, Hope One, Mayu Muto, Lana Tukaroa, Nerida Matthaei, Hot Brown Homies (the lesser known brothers of the Hot Brown Honeys), and Polytoxic (Lisa Fa’alafi & Leah Shelton). 

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS:

Fri 6 / Sat 7 / Fri 13 / Sat 14 Nov:
Chinta Woo-Allcock & Liesel Zink

Fri 20 / Sat 21 / Fri 27 / Sat 28 Nov:
The Brides of Frank, Neridah Waters & An(drea) Lam

Fri 13 / Sat 14 Nov:
Ghenoa Gela

DATES

6 – 28 November 2020
8pm Friday & Saturday

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $28 + booking fee

DURATION

60 mins / no interval

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended 18+ years.
Coarse nudity, adult themes, coarse language, haze/smoke, strobe effects and loud noises.  

KEY CREATIVES

Curated & Produced by Polytoxic (Lisa Fa’alafi & Leah Shelton)

VISITING US

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THE ARTISTS

POLYTOXIC

POLYTOXIC is an Australian collective known for creating hyper-visual, pop-inspired performance work built upon foundations of diversity, collaboration and intersectionality.

The company is led by two feminist performance-makers at the top of their game: Lisa Fa’alafi & Leah Shelton. Lisa is the renowned Co-Creator of smash-hit Hot Brown Honey, which has played to over 50,000 people across five countries, garnering numerous 5-star reviews, a Helpmann, two Green Rooms and UK’s Total Theatre Award for Innovation. Leah has created two renegade feminist solo works, Terror Australis (which most recently toured throughout France); and Bitch On Heat, directed by Ursula Martinez, which toured the major Australian Festivals and Soho Theatre London to critical acclaim in 2019.

Since 2000, Polytoxic’s work has been presented in traditional huts, indie theatre seasons, dusty big-tops and major festivals including PS122’s COIL Festival New York, Harbourfront Centre Canada, WanSmolbag Vanuatu, Sydney Opera House, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, Perth Fringe World, Bleach Festival, Enlighten, ArtsHouse Melbourne. 

Key works include live-art karaoke ‘The BackUp Service’, site-specific watertop projection work ‘Trade Winds’, immersive nightclub takeover ‘Dali After Dark’, mongrel tiki-circus show ‘The Rat Trap’ (co-presented with QTC), and rose-tinted travelogue ‘Teuila Postcards’.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Polytoxic is pumped to be big sisters to artist An(drea) Lam through the support of Backbone’s Lingua program.

FLAT OUT LIKE A LIZARD

FLAT OUT LIKE A LIZARD

FLAT OUT LIKE A LIZARD

Robert the Cat presents Norman Price’s Flat Out Like A Lizard.

Join us for this curious, strange and darkly-funny evening of theatre, that asks some timely questions about the value of storytelling and the arts.

Written by acclaimed playwright Norman Price, Flat Out Like A Lizard tells Australian stories that span a century. Through the eyes of Lazarus White, characters emerge: mysterious, dangerous, and iconic.

But does anyone want to listen? Is there a market for these stories? The Committee of experts is unconvinced. What’s a writer to do?

Wicked, strange and disturbingly funny, Flat Out Like A Lizard asks some timely questions: what is the value of storytelling? What is the value of the Arts? And what lies at the heart of the Australian psyche?

You there in the dark.

Me here in the dark.

Just a story about the dark.

DATES

7:30pm, 2 – 12 December 2020

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

PRICE

Preview Wed 2 December $28 + booking fee

General Admission $35 + booking fee 

Concession $28 + booking fee


Image credit:
 Monique Roy

DURATION

90 mins 

VISITING US

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THE ARTISTS

Lisa O’Neill & Anatoly Frusin – Directors
Katy Cotter – Performer
Amy Hauser – Performer
Darcy Jones – Performer
Peter Keavy – Performer
Thea Milburn – Performer
Rosalind Williams – Voice Coach        
Geoff Squires -Lighting Design

 

ROBERT THE CAT

Robert The Cat (RTC) is a theatre collective headed by Lisa O’Neill and Anatoly Frusin (directors), with Rosalind Williams (vocal coach). For the past 10 years they have had the fortune of working with apprentice actors in their program at TAFE Queensland Acting, staging work marked by an emotional intensity, physicality and theatricality. The Robert The Cat collective has been established to take the work of these young graduate actors to a broader public, and to showcase their work as emerging performers in challenging contemporary theatre. RTC debuted at Metro Arts in 2019 with their production of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information.

NORMAN PRICE

Norman Price (1939 – 2016) was an Australian playwright, director, actor, and theatre scholar. He graduated from NIDA (Acting) in 1961. Norman worked for over 40 years in the theatre industry both in Australia and overseas. He lectured in Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne as well as the Universities of Paris 8, Frankfurt, Giessen, Bari, and the City University, New York. Norman engaged in research and workshops with Patrice Pavis, Pina Bausch, Grotowski, Arianne Mnouchkine, Tadashi Suzuki, Ushio Amagatsu – Sankai Juku and Byakko Sha. Commissioned performance texts include: The Other Mother (presented in Italy, France, and Germany), Hand Luggage, A Sweet LifeLooking Through GlassLife With Catherine (La Boite) and The Pineapple Queen (La Boite). Published texts include: Barking Dogs (Metro Arts, Paris), Urban Dingoes (La Boite) and Kitchen Diva (La Boite). Together with his work in the theatre industry Norman was a founding member of the TAFE Queensland Acting program where he taught for over 20 years.

LISA O’NEILL

Lisa O’Neill is a dancer, performer, choreographer, performance director and educator working across mediums in dance, theatre, contemporary performance and new-media. She has developed a broad body of original performance works over the past three decades, presenting across Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and United States of America. A polymath of sorts, Lisa has presented digital art installations in the Forbidden City of Beijing, performed Off-Broadway in Australia’s longest running children’s show Fluff, danced at the Sydney Opera House on numerous occasions and acted in Shakespeare and Greek Tragedies in castles and ruins across Europe. Since 2001 Lisa has directed the Acting program at TAFE Queensland, using this platform to facilitate a rigorous and informed performance culture for young actors and performers to practice and study.

ANATOLY FRUSIN

Anatoly Frusin is a Russian born writer and acting teacher. He graduated from the University of Auckland with a Masters in English Literature, and continued his studies at the University of Toronto Drama Centre. In 1996 he graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Directing, and then worked extensively at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney, at Opera Australia and other opera companies; as well as directing many independent productions.  His collaborations with Polish based Kropka Theatre have been seen at festivals all over Europe and the Middle East, and have been widely awarded. He is currently a lecturer and co-course convener for the Bachelor of Acting and Performance at TAFE Queensland. He teaches Acting, Theatre History, and directs student productions as well as working in the industry in theatre and cross-genre collaborative projects.

KATY  COTTER

Actor and writer, Katy Cotter, has been working in Brisbane for the past 11 years. Metro Arts on Edward Street was a second home to Katy, having performed in numerous shows, including Daniel Evans’ short-play marathon Awkward Conversation (2014) and the theatrical musical thriller Dust Covered Butterfly (2015) that she also co-wrote. In 2017, she was selected by PlayLab to be a part of their Alpha Processing Program that culminated in a dramatic reading of her play Dry. Last year Katy joined Robert the Cat in the company’s debut work Love and Information, and she is SUPER excited to perform on the new Metro Arts stage! Having been taught by the dearly departed Norman Price, Katy is honoured to speak his words.

AMY HAUSER

Amy Hauser is an actor and performance maker who graduated from the Bachelor of Acting and Performance at TAFE Queensland in partnership with the University of Canberra. She has a particular interest in the creation of original performance works that challenge and provoke. Her performance collective HOUSE of MILK has produced both stage and online works.  Currently in development is a new work with actor Peter Keavy titled FRANKENSTEIN AND I, first performed at the Brisbane Sci-Fi Theatre Festival in 2019. Amy’s acting credits include lead roles in MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN and THE SKRIKER (TAFE Queensland), THE MAIDS (Mad Women on the Shore, Anywhere Festival), BE LOVED AND LIVE WELL (by Jack Pacey, Adelaide Fringe Festival) and LOVE AND INFORMATION (Robert The Cat, Metro Arts).

DARCY JONES

Darcy Jones is a 2016 graduate of the Bachelor of Acting and Performance program at TAFE Queensland in partnership with the University of Canberra. During his studies Darcy performed in a variety of contemporary, classical and self-devised works including Caryl Churchill, Bertolt Brecht, Aristophanes and Janos Pilinszky. In 2017 he completed his Honors with a focus on audience role and theatre for the home. His performance works include the self-devised work “Sunny Tribe District” (Short+Sweet), which won numerous awards, “Brisbane” (Villanova Players), “Julius Caesar” (Heart Beast Theater Company), “ Tower of Babel” (Baran Theatre – creative development project), and  The “Wishing well” (Two Braids Collective).

PETER KEAVY

Peter Keavy is an actor/scenographer who studied Acting and Performance through the University of Canberra at TAFE Queensland. Peter is currently studying Technical Production at QUT Kelvin Grove. Peter has also received distinctions in musical theatre through The Trinity College of London exam. As well as performance, Peter is particularly interested in designing worlds for the theatre. Recently Peter designed and performed in a self-devised work ‘Frankenstein and I’ for the Brisbane Sci-Fi Theatre Festival with actress Amy Hauser. Throughout his studies Peter performed texts by Walt Whitman, William Shakespeare and Mike Bartlett. Peter has also worked as a stage-manager and Qlab Operator for Drama Production 5 at QUT.  He has worked with industry professionals Lisa O’Neill (performance maker), Anatoly Frusin (director), Brian Lucas (solo artist), Tony Brumpton (Sound Designer) and the late Norman Price (playwright). 

THEA MILBURN

Thea Milburn is a Brisbane based theatre actor who completed her Bachelor of Acting and Performance with University of Canberra in partnership with TAFE Queensland. With a particular interest in the political and social nature of theatre, Thea enjoys works which ask for vulnerability and offer new perspective. Thea has performed across contemporary and classical texts as well as self devised performances. Recent works include HAVE I NONE by Edward Bond, 13 by Mike Bartlett and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

PERFORMANCES 2019

PERFORMANCES 2019

Each year, Metro Arts partners with leading independent artists and companies from around Australia to co-present seasons of remarkable contemporary performance.

In 2019, Metro Arts supported the following performance premieres and LOCAL seasons.  

2019 PERFORMANCE PREMIERES

MAGPIE

Spanning from young love to aging cynicism, Magpie is a coming-of-age story that will thrill and delight like lemonade ice-blocks and a swim on a hot day.

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EXPLAIN NORMAL

Are there normal ways to eat, walk, sit, speak and die?
Why do we get so hung up on being normal? What is normal anyway and who gets to decide?

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TOWER OF BABEL

A story from the ancient world that begins with one language and told in this country that began with many languages.
Does language explain us or divide us?

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2019 LOCAL SEASONS

REAGAN KELLY by Lewis Treston

A high achiever fallen from grace chases oblivion like a punk rock dynamo. Is it better to start playing by the rules or to set the things that ‘matter’ ablaze?

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KILL CLIMATE DENIERS by David Finnigan

A Parliament House concert is hijacked by eco- terrorists – Australia is to immediately cease all carbon emissions and coal exports or they’ll start executing their 1,700 hostages. Finnigan’s controversial work, set to a playlist of banging 90’s tunes, premieres in Queensland.

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LOVE AND INFORMATION by Caryl Churchill

58 scenes and over 120 characters duck and weave through a dazzling theatrical collage looking at the way we communicate and interact as human beings in our contemporary world of information overload and anxiety.

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REAGAN KELLY by Lewis Treston

REAGAN KELLY by Lewis Treston

CO-PRESENTED WITH ROCKET BOY ENSEMBLE

Tim Hill directs award winning playwright Lewis Treston’s quintessentially Brisbane show that Queensland audiences have never seen.

Everyone is telling former school captain Reagan Kelly that she should get a degree, get a job, get married and do the whole ‘life’ thing… but what do they really know about life? Her parents are getting divorced, her brother is dating a creep, even her gay best friend has lost his sparkle. But, when Reagan wakes up next to a nineteen year old nice guy, she begins to wonder if she should start playing by the rules or whether it’s always better to set the things that ‘matter’ ablaze.

Reagan Kelly is a bitterly hysterical comedy about trying to find meaning when life has stopped making sense.

KEY CREATIVES

Lewis Treston – Playwright
Tim Hill – Director
Danielle Carney – Producer

Jessica Palfrey – Designer
Shea Hines – Assistant Designer
Shannon Maugham – Stage Manager

CAST
Emily Carr, Chris Kellett, Elise Greig, Jeremiah Wray, Lisa Huynh, Fraser Crane & Jackson McGovern. 

Image by Matthew Doueal.

DATES

20 March – 30 March 2019

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ARTISTS

Rocket Boy Ensemble

Rocket Boy Ensemble is a Brisbane based group of like-minded artists whose vision is to create opportunities for artists of varying disciplines to collaborate together on new Australian work, from traditional narrative driven theatre to innovative performance events. Our past projects include Romeo & Juliet, Pre- Drinks by Lewis Treston, a creative development of ‘That Vagina Play’ as apart of HOTA’s Indie season and most recently a new experimental work ‘A Toast to Joni’ has received its first development in Brisbane.​

Lewis Treston

Lewis is an award-winning emerging playwright based in Queensland. This year his new comedy Meat Eaters received a Rough Draft development at the Sydney Theatre Company. His Patrick White Award winning comedy Hot Tub was commissioned by ATYP as a part of their writer in residence program and was also presented as a moved reading as a part of the La Boite HWY festival. Follow Me Home was commissioned by ATYP in conjunction with ACYP and will premier at Riverside Theatres in 2019. His short play The Arcade was presented as a part of Intersection at ATYP and published by Currency Press. In 2015 his play Reagan Kelly was produced by NIDA as a graduation piece and was subsequently shortlisted for Belvoir’s Philip Parsons Fellowship. Other plays and screenplays include Pre-Drinks, Anita Elizabeth Jensen, Fireworks and Blood & Tinsel. He is a graduate from both NIDA and QUT. 

TIM HILL

B.A. Griffith University, ATCL Trinity College London, MFA Directing NIDA 

Timothy Hill is a freelance director of musical theatre, plays, cabaret, dance and film. In 2015 he completed a Masters of Fine Arts Directing at NIDA under the tutorship of Dr. Egil Kipste). Currently directing Spring Awakening (Underground Broadway) and Bang Bang: Featuring Ronda Burchmore  (TAM Presents/Brisbane Festival). Recent directing credits include sold out production of Wheel of Fortune (Metro Arts/TAM Presents) Rent (QPAC/Matt Ward Entertainment) This Is Our Youth (Underground Broadway) Rent (Matt Ward Entertainment/Powerhouse) new Australian Musical Showtrain (Federation University) and Mary Poppins (Arts Centre Gold Coast) Into The Woods (The Performers Studio/Arts Centre Gold Coast), Cabaret, A Cabaret (The Performers Studio). Other career highlights include; for Raw Metal: Metalworx (Writer/Assistant Director), Amped (Writer/Assistant Director), Funky Beats (Writer/Director – critically acclaimed national tour) and in Melbourne: From The Inside (Co-Director – Industry Dance), Evolution of Love (Collaboration – Writer/Co-Director), Time: A Story Of Youth (Project Y Writer/Co- Director) Electric Avenue (Troy Armstrong) Twist and Turns (Oscar Theatre Company – Director) and Off/On (Oscar Theatre Company – Director) Spring Awakening (Nida – Director). His directorial work in film includes: film clip Gold for Triple J unearthed artist Donatachi in 2015. As assistant director Stranger I Am (NIDA- Craig Ilott) As dramaturg Left Behind & Uninvited Guest (Merge Dance Theatre). As a teacher he has conducted his acting, acting for musical theatre, theatre and production classes at leading training and tertiary institutions around the country.

DANIELLE CARNEY

Danielle is a Brisbane based producer and director. She is a co-founder of Rocket Boy Ensemble a collective specialising in event based immersive theatre. Most recently she produced and directed a new work, A TOAST TO JONI (2018).

Her credits include: PRE-DRINKS by Lewis Treston for (Rocket Boy Ensemble 2013 and Anywhere Theatre Festival 2014) RETAIL THERAPY by Cassandra Waterford (Wonderland Festival 2016), Ragtime (Anywhere Theatre Festival 2016), CONNECT FOUR by Alanya Bridge (Harvest Rain and Home of the Arts 2015), 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM SPELLING BEE (Underground Productions 2014), OASIS: THE MUSICAL by Bradley McCaw (2 High Festival – mentored by Sue Rider 2015), FAT/SNOB by Lewis Treston (Short and Sweet 2015), THE ART OF CONVERSATION by David Steward (Short and Sweet Festival, winner: Best Comedy award 2013) Romeo and Juliet for Rocket Boy Ensemble (Rocket Boy 2012). She also had the privilege of working with some of Queensland’s most accomplished artists as apart of OPERA QUEENSLAND’s OPEN STAGES program in 2015 and 2016.

KILL CLIMATE DENIERS by David Finnigan

KILL CLIMATE DENIERS by David Finnigan

CO-PRESENTED WITH THAT PRODUCTION COMPANY

Join the call to arms if you dare, as a militant cell of eco-activists takes the audience hostage during a concert at Parliament House. The demand is simple: Australia is to immediately cease all carbon emissions and coal exports or they’ll start executing their 1,700 hostages.

But they’re not the only ones to take the title literally. Between scenes of bloody action and banging 90’s tunes, writer David Finnigan discusses the outrage the play’s title provoked from Andrew Bolt and his cabal of conservative bloggers. The original production was shut down in the ensuing shitstorm, leading Finnigan to eventually fold the scandal into the play.

Kill Climate Deniers is a controversial take on the climate change ‘debate’, in Australia. It’s a play written within a play, an action film inside a documentary, a satire inside a rave, and now it’s set to explode here in the Sunshine State.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Kill Climate Deniers was first produced by Griffin Theatre Company, in January 2018 at the SBW Stables Theatre.

MORE INFORMATION

Unsure if Kill Climate Deniers is right for you? Click HERE for some more information from THAT Production Company that might help! 

ONLINE PROGRAM

Click HERE to download the online program for Kill Climate Deniers!

KEY CREATIVES

Timothy Wynn: Director
Cassandra Ramsay: Creative Producer
Playwright: David Finnigan
Liam Lowth: Assistant Director
Aaron Dora: Assistant Producer

Featuring:
Clementine Anderson, Julie Cotterell, Stephanie Elliott, Asabi Goodman, Caitlin Hill, Ella Macrokanis, Charlene Masters, Georgia Politakis and Jessica Veurman.

Image by Matthew Doueal.

DATES

15 – 25 May 2019

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THE ARTIST

THAT Production Company

THAT: (Demonstrative pronoun) A person, thing or idea as pointed out as present, but in reference to a person, thing or idea before mentioned.

THAT Production Company is an independent theatre company based in Ipswich, Queensland. Artistic Director Timothy Wynn and Creative Producer Cassandra Ramsay have been curating, collaborating and creating a range of theatrical experiences since 2009, with over 15 plays (including the Australian premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined by Lynn Nottage; When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell; A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard; Yielding by Emma Workman) and over 30 other events (including play-readings, workshops, public interviews, installations, film screenings, poetry readings and more) produced under the THAT Production Company banner.

www.thatproductioncompany.com.au

MAGPIE

MAGPIE

BY ELISE GREIG
A METRO ARTS, PLAYLAB AND EG PRODUCTION

Mordecai, a novelist dealing with a bad review, returns to her family’s Brisbane home for the first time in decades following the death of her father. The home conjures echoes from her distant past: the muggy summers, the smell of rotting mangoes, and the perpetual arguments between her Romani mother and father.

When she discovers her old journal – an innocent tapestry of ideas, drawings, and imaginings – Mordecai is drawn back to 1961 and a long-abandoned investigation into her parent’s unhappiness. Pushed along by her childhood friend Splinter, Mordecai sets out to uncover the long dormant secrets that cursed her family and led to her leaving home at fifteen.

Spanning from young love to aging cynicism, Magpie is a coming-of-age story that will thrill and delight like lemonade ice-blocks and a swim on a hot day.

 

ONLINE PROGRAM

Click HERE to download the online program for Magpie!

KEY CREATIVES

Ian Lawson – Director and Dramaturg
Elise Greig – Playwright
Josh McIntosh – Designer
David Walters – LX Designer
Guy Webster – Sound Designer
Barb Lowing – Performer
Kathryn Marquet – Performer
Julian Curtis – Performer
Michael Mandalios – Performer
Luisa Prosser – Voiceover Artist

Image by Simon Lowing. 

DATES

29 May – 8 June 2019

WHERE

Brisbane Powerhouse

ARTISTS

Elise Greig

Elise has been recognized by the Matilda Awards on three occasions for her outstanding contribution to Queensland Theatre. She is an acting graduate from USQ and an Honours and Masters graduate from QUT, where she was awarded the University Medal. Elise also trained with Shakespeare & Company in Boston, USA, and has received three Goldie Awards for her voice over work.  During 2017 Elise received a CentreScreen Award for her performance in the short film, Good Girls, which was screened at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival and New Filmmakers Festival in New York.

As an actor, Elise’s theatre credits include Swallow (Metro LCL); Spectate (Metro); Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls (La Boite/QBFM); The Spirit of The Land (La Boite); Secret Bridesmaids’ Business (La Boite/QPAC); The Mayne Inheritance (La Boite); The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay (La Boite); Explosions (QTC); Summer Rain (QTC); Modd Madame Butterfly (QTC); Sweet Phoebe, TwoClark In Sarajevo (La Boite); Alive at Williamstown PierJerusalemOleannaThe Big Picture, The Maids (Green); The Vagina Monologues (Green at Gardens Theatre) and Hopelessly Devoted (Glen Street, Sydney). Elise is currently the voice of Mrs. Kangaroo in Peppa Pig.

As a playwright, Elise was supported by Arts Queensland and The Australia Council to develop her first play, The Romany Project, as part of Metro’s Year of Independents. This was followed by Elise’s first full-length play, Crèche and Burn, which was a box office and critical success as part of La Boite’s 2005 mainhouse season and received a 10-week national tour. Her next play, The Sweet Science of Bruising, was shortlisted for the 2010 Playwriting Australia Festival. This was followed by Hopelessly Devoted (Glen Street, Sydney), Flood (Short+Sweet) and All Aboard!, co-written for Bleach*2016.  Her current play, Magpie, has been developed through Playlab’s Lab Rats and Beta Testing.

Artist website: http://elisegreig.com/

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Metro Arts and Magpie are supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts, Playlab and Magpie are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science. Metro Arts is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council. Magpie is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH Lab. Developed by Playlab.

 

 

LOVE AND INFORMATION by Caryl Churchill

LOVE AND INFORMATION by Caryl Churchill

CO-PRESENTED WITH ROBERT THE CAT

A contemporary masterpiece by one of the most important playwrights working today. In 58 short scenes and with over 120 characters, the play is a dazzling collage that looks at the way we communicate and interact as human beings in a contemporary world of information overload and anxiety.

The timeless and dazzling music of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” provides a path through this theatrical tour de force.

Scenes of tragedy, humour, banality and mystery as well as a constant stream of sometimes recognizable and often strange slices of life, examine how we process information, how we remember, create meaning, and seek love and understanding.

KEY CREATIVES

Lisa O’Neill – Director
Anatoly Frusin – Director
Rosalind Williams – Voice Coach
Geoff Squires – Lighting Designer

Actors;
Zac Boulton, Katy Cotter, Amy Hauser, Caitlin Hill, Calum Johnston, Darcy Jones, Patrick Mu’a, Chelsea O’Brien, Paige Poulier & Peter Wood

Image by Matthew Doueal.

DATES

31 July – 10 August 2019

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DIGITAL PROGRAM

View the online program HERE

CHAT WITH THE CAT!

In the lead up to the show, find out some useful ‘information’ and feel the ‘love’… follow the actors as they post daily blogs about their characters and scenes including creative writings, reflections, research and facts!
https://www.robertthecattheatre.com/blog-1

THE ARTIST

Robert the Cat

 

Robert the Cat (RTC) is a new theatre collective headed by Lisa O’Neill and Anatoly Frusin (directors), and Rosalind Williams (vocal coach). Together, they have directed and taught within the acting program at TAFE Queensland for over a decade; and maintained a wide range of national and international creative practice across many theatrical platforms and genres.

For the past 10 years they have had the pleasure of working with apprentice actors within an educational setting, developing contemporary works that are highly crafted and marked by an emotional intensity, physicality and theatricality.

The Robert the Cat collective has been established to take the work of these practitioners to a broader public, provide the many talented graduates from the course with a platform to continue their theatre practice, and create an opportunity to showcase their skilled work as emerging performers in challenging contemporary theatre practice.

Visit Robert the Cat’s website.

Follow Robert the Cat on Facebook.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

EXPLAIN NORMAL

EXPLAIN NORMAL

BY DANIELE CONSTANCE IN COLLABORATION WITH AHA ENSEMBLE & PHLUXUS2 DANCE COLLECTIVE

There are normal ways to eat, walk, sit, speak and die.

There are also not normals, not normal ways for everything.

Not normal ways to love, to dance, to start a conversation, to cry. There are not normal ways to live.

As we all continually evolve our idea of normal, we ask what makes us part of a society and who is included? OK let’s say it – there is no such thing as normal.

Explain Normal unpacks the concept of “normal” as both survival mechanism and death making, as myth, as someone else’s truth, as a potent provocation for perspectives on society and difference, and how we value otherness.

Explain Normal is a new dance theatre work directed by participatory artist Daniele Constance. It is a new and exciting artistic collaboration between the Aha Ensemble who identify with disability and artists from Phluxus2 Dance Collective. Explain Normal explores how these artists define perceptions of normalcy, through the lens of their diverse experiences.

View the digital program HERE

KEY CREATIVES

Daniele Constance – Director
Nerida Matthaei – Choreographer
Allycia Staples – Performing Artist
Megan Louise West – Performing Artist
Rebecca Dostal – Performing Artist
Ruby Donohoe – Assisting Director & Performing Artist
Mitchell Runcie – Performing Artist
Kayah Guenther – Performing Artist
Tara Heard – Performing Artist
Charles Ball – Performing Artist
Nadia Milford – Performing Artist 
Joseph Burgess – Sound Design & AV Design
Keith Clarke – Lighting Design

Image by Jorge Serra.

DATES

17 October – 24 October + 26 October 2019, 7pm
25 October 2019, 2pm

Artist Talk: 24 October, post-show
Auslan Interpreted Performance:
26 October, 7pm

TICKETS

General Admission: $32 + booking fee
Concession: $25 + booking fee
Preview Ticket: $25 + booking fee

NOTE: Tickets for patrons in a wheelchair and Companion Card holders are not available online. Please call Metro Arts on 07 3002 7100 Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm to enquire or make your booking. Please be aware there are only three wheelchair spaces available in the theatre.

THE ARTIST

Daniele Constance

 

Daniele Constance is a participatory artist, art therapist and producer, with a strong focus on socially engaged art making practices. She creates artistic works that draw from direct experience and storytelling, using verbatim, documentary,  contemporary and embodied performance practices. Current and past independent works include: People Of Interest (Festival of Live Art, Footscray Community Arts Centre); Public Displays of Therapy (La Boite HWY, Melbourne Fringe Festival: Testing Grounds); Daughters of the Floating Brothel (Griffith University Research Project, Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre); The Untold (State Library of Queensland, Micah Projects); bold words from a nobody (C U R R E N T, R I S I N G), and Hear, Here site specific radio (People Artist Place, Enoggera Reservoir).

daniele-constance.squarespace.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Creative Sparks Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

 

 

TOWER OF BABEL

TOWER OF BABEL

BY BARAN THEATRE

“You know me as ‘Venus’ if you speak English”

Tower of Babel hosts story-telling. Persian and Australian recollections of the Transit of Venus awaken the mythology and history of the characters and the audience.

“They believed the Transit of Venus would reveal to them the height of the heavens. And the curve of this multi-lingual coastline.”

Tower of Babel hosts a Persian Party. It is Nahid and Marout’s last night in Australia before they travel to Iraq.  Nahid was a political journalist in Iran before she came to Australia as a refugee. Here, she met Marout, an eccentric documentary film-maker. They fell in love, made some plans and are about to travel together to meet the indomitable Nahid’s family.

In Tower of Babel, we meet people, eating, drinking, and dancing.  

“Bab-ili is your home too! Sing for joy there. Dwell in Happiness”.

This original interactive contemporary performance pits humanity against tyranny in our age of sanctions, war and displacement.

ONLINE PROGRAM

View the online program HERE

KEY CREATIVES

Nasim Khosravi – Co-writer, Director
Greg Manning – Co-Writer
Ben Knapton – Dramaturg
Freddy Komp – Production Designer (Light, Sound & Vision)
Jeremy Gordon – Production Stage Manager
Jason Glenwright – Lighting Design Mentor
Bernard Houston – Composer 
James Cunningham – Movement Consultant 
Hamid Sharif – Assistant Director
Niloo Tara – Costume Designer
Maryam Parsi – Singer

Performers: Afsaneh (Tina) Torabi, Steve Rooke, Anna Yen, Angus Thorburn, Peter Condon

Musicians: Pouyan Khaki, Greta Kelly, Kambiz Dara, Arash Zanganeh

The developments of the work have benefited from the insights and contributions of: Erfan Abdi, Suzon Fuks and Hosein Khosravi. 

Image design by Hosein Khosravi

DATES

20 November – 30 November 2019

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THE ARTIST

Nasim Khosravi

Born in the south of Iran, Nasim has a background spanning almost twenty years in theatre, devised performance, playwriting, and directing, having graduated from Tehran University, Faculty of Fine Arts. Nasim’s work investigates potential for cross-cultural fusion and the creation of interactive theatre while keeping a poetic tone. She is specifically interested in using modern techniques to achieve a dialogue between Iranian traditional theatrical elements and contemporary theatre. In this dialogue, the modern reconstruction of classical literary works has had a significant place.

Through a feminist perspective, she has worked on her dramatisation of religious and mythological characters, which resulted in her dramatic works, drawing on characters like Mary, Sarah and Hagar. After years of study and practice in contemporary performance in Iran, Nasim founded Baran, an Iranian-Australian theatre group, in Brisbane in 2013. Baran’s first production Vis and Ramin was developed over two years premiering in 2016 at Metro Arts. Vis and Ramin was also presented at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne in 2017. Nasim is Assistant Director for Bell Shakespeare’s national tour of Julius Caesar. Nasim also creates community-based theatre works with the local Brisbane Persian community alongside her professional theatre practice.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Tower of Babel is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH Lab.