Review: Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts: shake and stir and La Boite Theatre Company at the Roundhouse

Images: Dylan Evans

It’s the middle summer and in every suburb the cry goes up, “We’re booored!” Kids and their parents are desperate for diversionary tactics to stem the tide of wailing and to escape into the relief of some air-conditioned goodness for an hour or two. Just in time, as they do each year, La Boite Theatre Company produces a show to delight the generations. This year the inimitable shake and stir return with an adaptation of two of Roald Dahl‘s classic books. It’s a compendium of naughty nursery tales entitled Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts directed by Ross Balbuziente.

Our house has an almost 30 years old, wonderfully dog-eared, much-loved copy of Revolting Rhymes lying on a shelf somewhere, and I think Dirty Beasts is somewhere at the bottom of a playbox in the shed – stuff you can’t throw out because the memories they hold are too precious. I recall the fun we had at bedtime perusing Quentin Blake’s great line-drawing illustrations and ‘doing the voices’ of the mad array of characters that Dahl brought to life. Gosh, is it that long ago. But to the production … Continue reading “Review: Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts: shake and stir and La Boite Theatre Company at the Roundhouse”

4th Annual Groundling Awards – time to nominate the best of Queensland theatre in 2013

Nominations are now closed. The list of finalists will be published and voting commence soon.

2014 will  mark Greenroom’s fourth annual Groundling Awards.

Hard to believe, but the Groundlings have been operating now since 2010! Each year they have become more and more popular with the local theatre community taking the opportunity to vote for the work they’ve enjoyed and admired most in the preceding season.

So, it’s time once again to have your say in which artists, creatives and companies you enjoyed most in Queensland-produced professional theatre during what was another fine year – 2013.

If you’ve voted before or are new to the way the Groundlings work, it’s worth reading a few rules to keep things focussed. Check Eligibility below.

The Groundlings ask you – the theatre community – to have your say in the nominating and the final voting process. We’d only ask that you follow the ‘play fair’ rules in nominating and voting only once. You can read all about this in the Nominating Process and the Voting Process below.

Thanks for joining in. We couldn’t do it without you! Happy New Year from us all.

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