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PAST Past Performances 2022

PAST Past Performances 2022

In 2022, Metro Arts presented the following performances as part of our Artistic Program. 

BLUE BONES

2 – 12 FEB | THEATRE
When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years ago etched into her bones, she is compelled to unpack her past and discover how he got under her skin.

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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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FACE TO FACE

16 – 26 MAR | THEATRE
An intimate drama about two women, a generation apart, navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country.

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PAST Past Performances 2021

PAST Past Performances 2021

In 2021, Metro Arts presented the following performances as part of our Artistic Program. 

COLLISION

14 – 18 JUL | PERFORMANCE
This cross-pollination of contemporary circus and street dance, teams together two Brisbane powerhouses, Casus Circus and Mad Dance House.

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LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

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

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THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

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

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RESTRUNG FESTIVAL 2021

14 – 16 OCT | MUSIC + ART
The much-loved Restrung Festival returns in 2021, bringing audiences a banquet of boundary-pushing, strings-driven music and art.

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KILLING MUSIC BY TOPOLOGY

14 OCT | RESTRUNG FESTIVAL
In this moment of pure catharsis, Topology offers a collective release to wipe the slate clean and prompt a renewed energy and sense of optimism.

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VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

14 – 16 OCT | RESTRUNG FESTIVAL
In addition to genre-bending performances, immerse yourself in visual installations created by Pat Hoffie, Leah Barclay and more.

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DOTS+LOOPS

15 OCT | RESTRUNG FESTIVAL
Join Dots+Loops Directors Kieran Welch, Connor D’Netto and Flora Wong as they share some of their favourite contemporary works for strings and electronics.

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DREAMING IN THE SAND

15 OCT | RESTRUNG FESTIVAL
Renowned Brisbane ensemble Bentley String Quintet teams up with GANGgajang’s Robbie James to premiere his new work, Dreaming In The Sand.

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FACTORY LANE POP-UPS

16 OCT | RESTRUNG FESTIVAL
Metro Arts’ outdoor Factory Lane will come alive with free pop-up performances by Zac Sacrewski, Shenzo, Sallianna Seven, Tipping Point.

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PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

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

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MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

29 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Today’s pop classics, reimagined as jazz standards. Josh Daveta and their band The Sequins will take the New Benner stage for one night only.

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ÙMBRIEL

29 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
ÚMBRIEL is an electronic, art-pop powerhouse once described as “Like Enya on Steroids.”

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HUNKY DORY

30 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Alison St Ledger performs a time capsule of Bowie at his most inspired.

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1971 – THE MUSIC

30 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Nadia Sunde takes her audience on a journey into the soundtrack of a year that has never really left us.

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BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

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

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PINK INC

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

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SWEET LIFE

CANCELLED | CAB FEST ’22
Savour life’s best and bittersweet moments through song in this richly layered cabaret.

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RISING

3 – 13 FEB | THEATRE
From five fabulous emerging female playwrights, this ambitious new work responds to the looming ecological crisis. Out of the chaos, five stories of integrity, idealism, justice, compassion and hope emerge.

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ELEKTRA/ORESTES

3 – 13 MAR / THEATRE
Ancient Greek tragedy collides with a very modern royal family in this showdown for the ages.

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CONVICTION

17 – 27 MAR / THEATRE
This caustically funny interrogation of the creative process is both deeply personal and resonantly universal.

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ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE

18 – 29 MAY | THEATRE
Ten actors on stage across three eras; this is a big story told intimately. A story of family, mental health, love, strong women, supportive men and so much more in between.

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FERTILE GROUND

25 – 29 MAY | DANCE
With vivid choreography, Fertile Ground manipulates space, sound and a brutalist pile of concrete bricks in this ground-breaking participatory performance.

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PLAYLAB 2022 SEASON PASS

PLAYLAB 2022 SEASON PASS

PLAYLAB THEATRE 2022 SEASON

Presented in partnership with Metro Arts

Purchase a season pass to all three Playlab Theatre productions at Metro Arts;
Blue Bones by Merlynn Tong, Face to Face by Emily Wells and Brutal Utopias by Stephen Carleton.

All season passes include a ticket to each show, a copy of each show’s publication, and a complimentary drink (choose from house wine, Bricklane Brewery Beer & Softdrink) at the Metro Arts Bar.

 

THE DETAILS

 

PRICES
General Three Play Season Pass: $129.50 + booking fee
Concession Three Play Season Pass: $112.50 + booking fee

LOCATION
New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, 97 Boundary Street, West End QLD 4101

Please see individual show pages for detailed accessibility and warning information.

PLEASE NOTE

Preview and opening night performances are not available for a season pass.

 

HOW TO BOOK

  • Click “BOOK A SEASON PASS” button

  • Select your ticket type

  • Select your preferred date for each show

  • Fill out your details to complete your booking

  • Your publication will be available for collection at the Box Office before each performance. The drink voucher will be given to you when you attend your first show, and can be used at any Playlab season performance

 

For School bookings: please email info@metroarts.com.au or click here

BLUE BONES
2 – 12 FEB 

“I saw my insides today. I found Tom, my first love, in my bones.”  When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years ago etched into her bones, she is compelled to unpack her past and discover how he got under her skin.

TIMES
7.30pm, 5 – 12 February 2022

Approximately 90 minutes. No interval. 

FACE TO FACE
16 – 26 MAR

“Are you seriously going to sass me in my own apartment?” An intimate drama about two women navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country, and criticism from your community, your family, and above all, yourself.

TIMES
7.30pm, 19 – 26 March 2022

Approximately 80 minutes. No interval. 

BRUTAL UTOPIAS
18 – 28 MAY

“I’m not abandoning my principles; I’m coming here to apply them.”  The lofty political ideals of three architects are put to the test as their projects intersect with some of the greatest challenges that the world has ever faced.

TIMES
7.30pm, 21 – 28 May 2022

Approximately 120 minutes, including interval. 

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. 

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. 

BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

debase productions

Presented by Metro Arts 

Grab your pals for a rollicking night out, this nostalgia-blaring homage to the humble leotard is back for an encore season!

Vintage leotards, glittering with sequins, Lycra in every colour of the rainbow. One by one, the performers pull on the Lycra and are transformed. Who were the people who wore these leotards? What were their secrets? And how many interpretive dance routines will there be?

Two of Australia’s most fearless physical comedians, Bridget Boyle and Neridah Waters, present this joyous celebration of performance, body-positivity and glitter.

“A true master-class in physical comedy and storytelling.
Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

“…funny and surprisingly poignant …Neridah Waters and Bridget Boyle made an unmatchable duo.”
– Theatre Haus

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 9 – Sat 18 Dec

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Preview Thu 9 Dec / $35 + booking fee
Concession
$35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

60 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+

Contains mild swearing or offensive language, adult themes and haze / smoke effects.

Image by Jade Ellis.

THE ARTISTS

Neridah Waters (Performer/Creator) is a choreographer, performer and theatre maker. She’s toured her work extensively in Australia and overseas with Lala Parlour, Common People Dance Project, Brides of Frank and The Escapists. She’s worked as an actor/choreographer for La Boîte, Queensland Theatre, Imaginary Theatre, DeBase, Metro Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, PlayLab and NORPA. She’s choreographed large-scale community projects for Queensland Music Festival and QPAC’s Out Of The Box Festival. She runs an ironic Eisteddfod with a regular outcome at Brisbane Festival. She recently performed Boyle and Waters in LEOTARD at Metro Arts, ran the Common People Dance Eisteddfod and Socially Distanced Dance Club at Brisbane Festival and directed the Flipside Circus show for HOTA’s Scoop Festival.

Dr. Bridget Boyle (Performer/Creator) is a co-founder of debase productions, winner of the 2018 Gold Matilda award for special contribution to Queensland theatre. She has worked extensively in the field of clowning as a director, performer and teacher, having studied with Philippe Gaulier in 2001. With debase productions she has been involved in the creation (writing, directing and performance) of many new works, including The Longest Minute (co-production with Queensland Theatre and JUTE), co-winner of Best Mainstage Production Matilda Awards 2018. For Queensland Theatre she has appeared in The Works: Taking Aim, The Estimator, Lily Can’t Sleep, Europe, The Venetian Twins, Scapin and Backseat Drivers. For La Boite theatre, she appeared in Romeo and Juliet and He Died with a Felafel in his Hand (with Someone Productions). Directing credits include, for JUTE theatre: To Kill a Cassowary, for Queensland Theatre: The Holidays, The Longest Minute (co-pro with JUTE and debase), Rice (QPDA Finalists reading), The Landmine is Me and Hurry up and Wait. For Flipside Circus and Metro Arts: We Live Here (co-directed with Natano Fa’anana, Winner, Best Direction 2018 Matilda Awards).

Lucas Stibbard (Director / Creator) makes theatre and performance work as an actor, performer, director, designer, dramaturg, writer, educator and producer. With The Escapists, a multi-disciplinary collective he co-founded, he co-wrote, co-directed, produced and performed in the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, nationally and internationally touring boy girl wall (for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination) Elephant Gun for the World Theatre Festival 2011 and 2012, Attack of the Attacking Attackers!, Packed and Suburbia for the Brisbane Festival. Lucas’ performing work both nationally and internationally has included: Bell Shakespeare (Richard III and The Alchemist national tours), La Boite (Straight White Men, The Danger Age, Zig Zag Street national tour), Queensland Theatre (Constellations, The Seagull, Macbeth, Hamlet, Fractions, Grimm Tales, Real Inspector Hound, Black Comedy, Eating Ice Cream With Your Eyes Closed, Richard II), The State Theatre Company of South Australia (Hamlet), Melbourne Theatre Company (North by Northwest), Shake n Stir (A Christmas Carol), and Windmill Theatre (Grug including IPAY Florida and Imaginate Edinburgh and China in November/December 2017). Film and Television appearances include Hoges, Harrow, Wanted, Prank Patrol, Kokoda and The Great Raid. This year Lucas was invited to join the UK cast of North By Northwest for their UK premiere season as well as their Canadian Premiere season. 

Neridah Waters Performer / Creator

Bridget Boyle Performer / Creator

Lucas Stibbard Director / Creator / Sound Designer / Scenic Designer

Cameron Clark Scenic Designer / Design Realisation

Christine Felmingham Lighting Designer

Nathan Sibthorpe Video Designer

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. 

PINK INC

PINK INC

PINK INC

Presented by Pink Matter & Metro Arts

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

Fresh from a massive year as Metro Arts’ 2021 Company in Residence, Pink Matter are inviting a cavalcade of guests to join them for one of the hypest dance events of the year.

Bringing together the community to celebrate all things street dance, with Pink Matter as your fabulous hosts, join us when doors open at 6:30pm to get into the groove with a live DJ and wander through the merch stalls. Then find a spot between dancers and friends to watch the show at 7:30 sharp.

Grab your posse and get ready for this mind-bending evening of entertainment, as some of the fiercest dance talents in Queensland set the tone to welcome 2022 with an effervescent bang.

 

Seating is very limited. Bring a rug if you’d prefer to sit for the performance, or contact us ahead of time if you have access requirements.

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

Mon 20 Dec

TIMES

6:30pm Doors open, stalls open and DJ playing

7:30pm Performance

DURATION

Dance concert: 75 minutes

Event: 135 minutes 

VENUE

The Ice Cream Factory
West Village, West End

Please meet at the Metro Arts box office before the show to collect your tickets and be let into the space. 

TICKETS

General Admission $10 + 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 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. 

BLUE BONES

BLUE BONES

BLUE BONES

by Merlynn Tong

A Playlab Theatre production, presented in partnership with Metro Arts

I saw my insides today. I found Tom, my first love, in my bones.

When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years ago etched into her bones, she is compelled to unpack her past and discover how he got under her skin.

Based on the true story of two teenagers’ romance as it blossoms then warps in the heat of bustling Singapore, Blue Bones is a one-woman show told with incredible honesty by Merlynn Tong. Combining multiple characters, Kung Fu and arcade games; Blue Bones is a whirlwind of love and naivety, violence and courage, with the wreckage felt across the years.

Against the backdrop of Singapore with all its beauty, rigidity and insistent chaos, Blue Bones will enchant and disturb, and perhaps even wake the stories dormant in your bones.

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated until 14 April 2022. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more here.

DATES

Wed 2 Feb – Sat 12 Feb

TIMES

2 – 3 Feb 7:30pm Previews

4 – 12 Feb 7:30pm

DURATION

Approximately 90 minutes. No interval. 

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $45 + booking fee
Concession $39 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $39 per ticket + booking fee
Preview $39 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

For School Group Bookings, please contact info@metroarts.com.au or CLICK HERE

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for 16+. Explores topics of domestic violence, depression, and suicide. Contains low-level coarse language, a complete blackout and haze.

THE ARTISTS

MERLYNN TONG

Merlynn Tong is an Actor and Playwright. Some of her playwriting credits include Antigone (adaptation, Queensland Theatre), Good Grief (Queensland Theatre), Golden Blood (development, Melbourne Theatre Company), SITE (co-writer, development, Kate Wild, Ellen van Neerven & Sarah Winter), The Big Mac (co-writer, development, Black Swan Theatre Company), Cocky Jerry Jah (co-librettist, development), Ma Ma Ma Mad (Wax Lyrical) and Blue Bones (Playlab Theatre Productions). She is also the prize recipient of Screen Queensland’s Screen to Stage pitch, The First 10 Pages 2.0. Her works are published by Playlab Theatre.

Some of her recent performances include White Pearl (Sydney Theatre Company & National Theatre of Parramatta), The Shot (Queensland Theatre, The Scene Project), Harrow 2 (ABC), Reef Break (ABC/M6), Top of the Lake: China Girl (BBC & Sundance Films, Jane Campion), What I’m Here For (Elbow Room & Flowstate), The Mathematics of Longing (La Boite Theatre), The Lost Lending Library (Punchdrunk & Imaginary Theatre), Hotelling (Bleached Arts), Bitch: Origin of the Female Species (Brisbane Festival), Blue Bones (Playlab Theatre & Brisbane Powerhouse), Viral (Shock Therapy Productions, Gold Coast Arts Centre), Straight White Men (La Boite Theatre), Ma Ma Ma Mad (Brisbane Powerhouse), The Theory of Everything (Brisbane Festival), The Wizards from Oz (Taiwan, Taoyuan International Children’s Festival) and Hot Brown Honey (Judith Wright Centre).

AWARDS

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Mainstage Production

The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Director – Ian Lawson

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Female Actor in a leading role – Merlynn Tong

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Lighting Design – David Walters

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Audio Visual Design – Nathan Sibthorpe

CAST AND CREATIVES

Playwright/Performer Merlynn Tong

Director/Dramaturg
Ian Lawson

Lighting Designer
David Walters

Sound Designer
Guy Webster

AV Designer
Nathan Sibthorpe

Choreographer
Neridah Waters

Fight Choreography
Paul Malgapo

Voice Over Koh Boon Pin

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Playlab Theatre 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 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. 

WHITE RABBIT, RED RABBIT | AN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EVENT

WHITE RABBIT, RED RABBIT | AN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EVENT

WHITE RABBIT, RED RABBIT

AN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EVENT

Play by Nassim Soleimanpour
Presented by Metro Arts and Belloo Creative, in association with Aurora Nova

Join Metro Arts and Belloo Creative to celebrate International Women’s Day with a performance of White Rabbit Red Rabbit, a portrait exhibition and a post-show gathering.

No rehearsals, no director, a sealed script and a performer who has no idea what’s inside the envelope. White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, by Iranian author Nassim Soleimanpour, is a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre. For International Women’s Day, the play will be read and performed by Penny Everingham.

Celebrating all women, but especially highlighting senior women artists, this event will also feature the first stage of Belloo Creative’s womAn Artist – a series of portraits by Ellamay Fitzgerald featuring female identifying artists who have contributed long-term to the performing arts in Brisbane.

Stay after the show for a complimentary drink, in celebration of our industry.

MORE ABOUT WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT

Forbidden to leave his native Iran, Soleimanpour wrote a play which travelled the world in his place. The audience joins each different performer on a journey into the unknown; stumbling upon the personal and profound, the limits of liberty and ultimately where theatre can take you. Since its joint premiere in 2011, the play has been translated into over 25 different languages and has been performed over 1000 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film, including actors Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, John Hurt, Simon McBurney, Stephen Fry, Sinead Cusack, Marcus Brigstocke and Ken Loach.

 

“A stunning piece of theatre, thought-provoking and morally unsettling.” – Fringereview

“Nassim Soleimanpour is a fiercely – even frighteningly – original voice, and a thrillingly adept craftsman…
Go see!”
– The Skinny

“Wildly unpredictable and completely unforgettable, White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a punch in the air for self-expression; a testament to the power of words to transcend cultures and borders. You have to be there.”New Zealand Herald

 

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

Sun 13 Mar

TIMES

2:30pm

DURATION

50 – 90 minutes, plus post-show event in Factory Lane. 

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $15 + booking fee
Ticket purchase includes one complimentary post-show drink.

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for audiences aged 12+

Image Credit: Ellamay Fitzgerald

THE ARTISTS

KEY CREATIVES

Nassim Soleimanpour  Writer
Aurora Nova  Producer
Caroline Dunphy Creative Producer
Katherine Lyall-Watson  Creative Producer
Kristen Maloney  Associate Producer
Penny Everingham  Performer
Ellamay Fitzgerald  Artistic Photographer

AWARDS

Best New Performance 2012 Dublin Fringe Festival
Outstanding New Performance Text Award 2011 Summerworks 
The Arches Brick Award 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival 

Nassim Soleimanpour

Nassim Soleimanpour is an independent multidisciplinary theatre maker from Tehran, Iran. His plays have been translated into 20 languages. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award.

By the time Nassim was permitted to travel for the first time in early 2013, his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit had been performed over 1000 times in 20 languages. Since then Nassim has facilitated workshops and panels in different countries including World Theatre Festival (Brisbane), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo), Schauspielhaus (Vienna), DPAC (Kuala Lampur), Theatertreffen (Berlin), British Council (London), Asia House (London) and University of Bremen (Germany). Nassim’s second play Blind Hamlet for the London based Actors Touring Company premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has since toured extensively around the UK. His third play BLANK premiered in November 2015 at Dancing on the Edge Festival in Amsterdam and Utrecht followed by performances at Radar Festival in London. 2017 saw the premiere of Nassim’s latest play, the eponymously titled NASSIM which features the playwright himself on stage. Nassim now lives in Berlin with his wife Shirin and dog Echo, and tours the world with NASSIM while working on new material for the stage.

Caroline Dunphy

Caroline is a Co-Artistic Director of Belloo Creative has worked over the past 25 years as an actor, director, theatre maker and trainer/educator. She holds a repertoire of original theatre works dedicated to interdisciplinary and transcultural performance, and new Australian stories with independent and major organisations in contemporary theatre, drama, cabaret and comedy. Caroline was on the board of Queensland Theatre from 2003 to 2006, has taught at universities nationally (most recently the QUT Acting Program). Caroline worked in avant-garde theatre for 15 years both in Australia and Japan as a senior company member of Frank Theatre (Ozfrank) until 2010. Her specialised area is predominately in the Suzuki-inspired method Frank Suzuki Performance Aesthetics (FSPA) based on the theatrical discipline of the classic Suzuki Actor Training Method (SATM). Caroline has appeared on Australian and British television and acted with a range of theatre companies nationally.

Katherine Lyall-Watson

Katherine is a Co-Artistic Director of Belloo Creative. She graduated with a doctorate in Creative Writing from UQ in 2013, the same year she was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwright’s Award for her doctoral play, Motherland. Motherland won numerous awards for its premiere season in 2013 and went on to tour nationally in 2016. Katherine is the writer of HANAKO (Brisbane Festival 2016), Rovers (Brisbane Festival 2018), House in the Dunes (Japan 2020), Phaedra* (Queensland Theatre 2020) and AKIRUNO (Tokyo Tokyo Festival 2021). In 2008, Katherine was one of three finalists for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards. Her work has been selected for Playwriting Australia’s National Script Workshop and read at the National Play Festival. Katherine regularly mentors younger and emerging writers and was the chair of Playlab from 2014-2019.
* Phaedra was a casualty of COVID-19 and didn’t premiere in 2020.

Kristen Maloney

Kristen Maloney is an independent director and producer based in Brisbane. She has a demonstrated history of working in Brisbane, regional Queensland and interstate to create contemporary theatre that engages current principles and processes of community-centric and participatory theatre. In addition, Kristen is an early career scholar, and her research and project interests include the relationship between emerging digital technologies (such as augmented reality, virtual reality and holograms) and live performance as well as women in digital performance.

In 2017, she graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Economics) / Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) with Distinctions and is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Queensland University of Technology. Kristen is the Artistic Director and founder of Backyard Theatre Collective, as well as the 2015 Artistic Director of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) student theatre company Vena Cava Productions.

Penny Everingham

Penny’s extensive career (50+ years) includes many performances with Queensland Theatre Company including Antigone, Once in a Royal David’s City, Pygmalion, The Crucible, and many more. She toured with Force Majeure in The Age I’m In, and for La Boite Theatre she has appeared in The White Earth and the Queensland tour of Walking by Apple Tree Creek. Penny is also a puppeteer and was Assistant Artistic Director of the Marionette Theatre of Australia. She has also performed for Bell Shakespeare Company, QPAC, Melbourne Theatre Company, New Theatre, Tivoli, Gyre and Debacle. Penny has a wide range of film and television credits and was a member of the Board for QTC and for Metro Arts. In 2007 she was given the ABF Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a member of the MEAA.

Ellamay Fitzgerald

Ellamay is an Australian-Thai artist working professionally within the visual arts and creative industries. Her lens based practice uses photo media, video and digital art techniques to explore identity, culture and engage community. Offering a female gaze, Ellamay uses her arts practice as a platform to challenge social norms, elevate people from diverse cultural backgrounds and under-represented voices.
Ellamay graduated with a Bachelor of Photography from QCA Brisbane, 2014. She has presented works both solo and collaboratively for THE WALLS Art Space, Bleach Festival 2020, Placemakers Gold Coast, Mint Art House, Level Up Gallery, Level One Seventeen Gallery, Running Duck Theatre Company, SUNSTUDIOS Sydney and QCA Brisbane. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit was originally produced by Volcano Theatre in association with Necessary Angel and Wolfgang Hoffmann. Dramaturgy by Daniel Brooks and Ross Manson.

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. 

FACE TO FACE

FACE TO FACE

FACE TO FACE

by Emily Wells

A Playlab Theatre production, presented in partnership with Metro Arts

Are you seriously going to sass me in my own apartment?

Moxie, passion, drive; whatever you want to call it, Leila’s got it and it compelled her hundreds of kilometres from the remote country town she grew up in to the big city. It’s been a hard six years, but she’s so close to the success she craves, so close to her dreams of representing her community, so close to being an inspiration to the other girls back home just like her.

However, one girl just like her, her niece Maddie, has just shown up on her doorstep in the middle of the night, disillusioned and far away from the same community that Leila left behind, and she’s about to make her understand just how far she’s strayed from home.

Face to Face is an intimate drama about two women navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country, and criticism from your community, your family, and above all, yourself.

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

Wed 16 Mar – Sat 26 Mar

TIMES

16 – 17 Mar 7:30pm Previews

18 – 26 Mar 7:30pm

DURATION

90 minutes. No interval. 

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $45 + booking fee
Concession $39 + booking fee
Groups 6+  $39 per ticket + booking fee
Preview $39 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

For School Group Bookings, please contact info@metroarts.com.au or CLICK HERE

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for 15+. Contains low-level coarse language, depictions of death, illness, and descriptions of police violence that may be upsetting to some audience members.

Should patrons feel any anxiety or discomfort while seeing the show, you are encouraged to advise friends, family or venue staff before leaving the theatre.

THE ARTISTS

Emily Wells

Emily Wells is a proud Kamilaroi woman, based in Meeanjin (Brisbane). Emily is a keen producer and playwright whose creative practice spans theatre, contemporary dance, festivals, and non-for-profit arts organisations. As a Playwright, Emily is one of three playwrights selected for Playlab Theatre’s year-long development program Alpha Processing, and one of six First Nations playwrights selected for the inaugural Sparks program delivered by QPAC, Playlab Theatre and Moogahlin Performing Arts.

Emily was awarded the Emerging Female Arts Leader Award through the Matilda Awards and was a Finalist for the Aboriginal Achievement Award in QLD’s Young Achiever Awards. Emily studied at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and obtained a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries (Distinction) from QUT. Emily held the role of Creative Producer with youth arts organisation Digi Youth Arts, and has worked closely with leading First Nations independents and companies such as Karul Projects, Katina Olsen, Marilyn Miller, Jasmin Sheppard, Isaac Drandic and Steven Oliver.

KEY CREATIVES

Playwright Emily Wells

Cultural Advisor Colleen Wall

Cultural Dramaturgs Sueanne Hooper, Annette Wells, Jackie Jones, Coral Jones,  Merle Hurley, 

Co-Directors Roxanne McDonald and Nadine McDonald-Dowd

Dramaturg Alex Bayliss

Designer Bill Haycock

Lighting Designer David Walters

Composer and Sound Designer Wil Hughes

Stage Managers Natalie Callaghan

CAST

Lorinda Merrypor

Hannah Belanszky

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Playlab Theatre and this project are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Face to Face is also supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

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. 

THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

by Bring A Plate Dance 

Presented by Metro Arts

No more backs against the wall – it’s time to dance!

You’re invited to an immersive dance experience like no other: where diverse bodies, identities and movements are celebrated! Whether you’re a bedroom dancing queen, self-proclaimed dance class fanatic or just love to get down at a wedding – get ready to lose yourself to dance.

Witness pop-up dance performances from a range of Bring A Plate’s favourite artists from across the city. Join the action and learn some moves with the artists throughout the evening if you feel the groove, and shake it off your way in-between performances.

Don’t just stand there! Come over and boogie down with Bring A Plate Dance Company; local creators of old school, wholesome good times.

 

ABOUT THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

The People’s Dance Party has been running 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!

 

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated until 14 April 2022. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more here.

DATES

Sat 2 Apr

TIMES

3:30pm *  

8:30pm  (Up Late Session)

DURATION

Approximately 75 minutes. 

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $25 + booking fee
Youth (6 – 17 year olds) $15.00 + booking fee
Children (5 years & under) FREE, booking required

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

* The early session of The People’s Dance Party will be delivered as a relaxed show, paying attention to reduced lighting and sound effects. Sound will be operating at a reduced level and the show will use low-risk lighting. Lighting at this show is unlikely to be dangerous to people with photosensitivity.

Image Credit: Photo by James Retell.

THE PRODUCERS

 

Bring A Plate (BAP) is an inclusive dance company that has been bringing people together, celebrating diversity, and creating fun and 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. They do this through weekly outdoor community dance classes, site-specific performances and flashmobs, inclusive dance parties, and dancing in public whenever they can.

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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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 

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 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

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. Click here for more information. 

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

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. Click here for more information. 

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.

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