This week in Queensland Theatre: 3-9 May 2010

Zen Zen Zo supporting Amanda Palmer
Image by chrisdonia via Flickr

Check Company websites for show times and further details

Opening:
The Timely Death of Victor Blott at !Metro Arts
King Lear: Bell Shakespeare for Queensland Theatre Company at Playhouse, QPAC
Dante’s Inferno: Zen Zen Zo at the Old Museum Building

Continuing:
Let the Sunshine: Queensland Theatre Company at Cremorne, QPAC
Waiting for Godot: Queensland Theatre Company at Bille Brown Studio
Stockholm: STC for La Boite Theatre at the Roundhouse

Greenroom Reviews:

Waiting for Godot (Dave Burton)
Stockholm
(Kate Foy)

The best job in the world … Lewis Jones (Interview 6)

Everything’s coming up roses for the Empire Theatre right now.  Lewis Jones and I are having lunch at Encores, the very smart little restaurant attached to Toowoomba’s iconic theatre.  As is fitting for the Garden City on the Range, we can see gardenias and overflowing beds of gorgeous pink and white roses just outside the floor-to-ceiling open windows.  There’s a crisp autumn breeze, a touch of rain, but there’s no dampening of enthusiasm when Lewis talks about EPC, the Empire Theatre Projects Company – he’s its Artistic Director.  The Empire goes well with the roses; it’s a beautifully restored art deco building that is justifiably the pride of the city.  Lewis is clearly relishing his job at the helm of EPC.  Since his appointment in 2008, his task has been to establish a company to work with and reflect the community of Queensland’s Darling Downs region.

‘Friends in Brisbane ask me, How are things up there? and they think I’m joking when I say, I have the best job in the world.  I really do.’  I’m keen to hear why he thinks working in a regional city trumps a similar job in a metropolitan centre.  It seems to be all about opportunity, and it’s all positive.

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