This Week in Queensland Theatre: August 9-15

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Further details on company websites

April’s Fool by David Burton Dir Lewis Jones for Empire Theatre Projects Company (Oakey Cultural Centre)

The Secret Love Life of Ophelia by Steven Berkoff Dir Brenna-Lee Cooney at !Metro Arts
Boy Girl Wall for The Escapists, created and performed by Lucas Stibbard at !Metro Arts
I Love You Bro’ by Adam J Cass Dir David Berthold for La Boite Theatre at the Roundhouse (closes Sunday)

Creative Development of new Elaine Acworth play for EPC Toowoomba

Empire Theatre Projects Company in Toowoomba (EPC) are now calling for expressions of interest from emerging and established arts professionals to take positions within the creative development phase of a new play Water Wars by Elaine Acworth:

The four positions are:

  • Directing Secondment
  • Female Actor age – 27-35 ‘Gally’ a wife and mum
  • Female Actor age – 60+ ‘Mrs P’
  • Male actor age – 18-25 ‘Cal’ Gally’s 7yr old son

Water Wars is a timely and darkly funny exploration of what happens between neighbours as the drought gets longer and tougher and then gets renamed as a ‘dry’.

Set just in the future – when our communities face on-going water scarcity, Water Wars charts the bumpy road of neighbourliness as tempers fray and niggles turn into frank discussions, that turn into skirmishes, that grow into outright war.  But in the middle of all this is a young boy, Cal, and his dog, Freddo.  Cal will have to live with the consequences of the adults’ actions in this water-starved world.

The professional creative team includes Director Shaun Charles, Designer Greg Clarke and actors Chris Betts and Jess Veurman-Betts.

Empire Theatres and Umber Productions are teaming up to develop this work over two weekends – 11 and 12 September and 9 and 10 October 2010.

Positions are open to applicants on a contract basis.

Expressions of interest including a current resume and details of previous relevant experience should be marked “Confidential” and forwarded to:

Ann-Marie Ryan
General Manager
Empire Theatres Pty Ltd
PO Box 1227
Toowoomba Qld 4350

Expressions of interest are due by 5pm Friday 13 August 2010.

Further inquiries for the position should be directed to: Ann-Marie Ryan on email:

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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