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A disclaimer up front – I’m currently serving on the Foundation of the Empire Theatre and am a former Board member. If, then, you think the following should be taken with a grain of salt, so be it!

phantomask_empireTheatre, oh theatre, how I love you in all your moods and guises. I’ve been in love with you for many years – too many to recall – and I’ve never lost the excitement and the anticipation of the magic that is made present from talent, sweat and tears. A group of strangers come together to experience something only fully realised in the dynamic of a single moment of pure community. The theatre is also powerfully transformative of individuals and communities small and large. Playwright Arthur Miller once noted that the theatre is the place where strangers come together in a civilising act as important as road and bridge building. Maybe it’s because of the power theatre holds that, throughout history, it’s been one of the first agencies to be closed down by repressive regimes.

Individuals and communities can be changed – are changed – when they come together to be refreshed and renewed, to be inspired, to laugh, to weep, and to think out loud in front of themselves – that last one from Martin Esslin, another great of the theatre. This communing was something I experienced afresh last Thursday night at the opening of the Empire Theatre’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe’s classic of the modern musical theatre, The Phantom of the Opera.

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Images; Sean Dowling

The American novelist Stephen King once described the best stories as those that focus on either almost everyone in an entire community or those that focus on just a few critical characters. Cock is definitely in the latter category. Directed by Leticia Cáceres, this touring production of Mike Bartlett‘s sharp and witty play takes the most fundamental concepts of a love triangle and turns them on their heads. I absolutely loved the production. With innovative direction, stellar acting and inspired writing, Cock is a fine example of modern theatrical story-telling. [click to continue…]

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Review: Guys and Dolls – Harvest Rain Theatre Company at Concert Hall QPAC

by Sita Borhani 23 March 2014
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Images: Nick Morrissey Guys and Dolls – what an absolute cracker of a show. I’ve seen it live several times, watched the (1955) movie with Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando […]

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by Rex J. Ablett 9 March 2014
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Image: Liam de Burca – Matt Young and Anna Burgess In art and in life there are truths and there are ‘truths’. The former is a universal concept of pure […]

Good morning Australia. Who are our playwrights?

by Kate Foy 27 February 2014
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It was time for an update and a special place to create a listing of Queensland playwrights. You will find them here and nesting under the drop-down menu in the navbar […]

2013 Groundlings: some observations

by Kate Foy 16 February 2014
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This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Facts & Figures

Image: Kate Foy (Rigging Lines Empire Theatre, Toowoomba) Voting in the 2013 Groundlings ballot has now closed. It’s been the most successful so far in the 4 years since the […]