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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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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. 

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.