Review: Joy, Fear and Poetry: La Boite Indie & Natasha Budd at the Loft, QUT Kelvin Grove

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I love kids. No really, I do. Despite currently enduring three of them younger than seven years old, I never seem to tire of their small moments of genius – moments that make you truly believe, if only just for a second, that they are really just short adults.

Joy, Fear & Poetry, written, directed and designed by Natasha Budd, a Brisbane writer, is a “collection of ideas, perspectives and experiences sourced from over 100 children and performed by a cast of 7-12 year olds.” It’s currently showing as part of La Boite’s indie festival, and features two different young casts, who explore the ideas of joy, fear, poetry, art and life in a 60-minute mish-mash of live performance and improvisation, pre-recorded voice-overs, projected script and light and sound production. On opening night I had the pleasure of seeing the wonderfully rainbow-coloured cast ‘A’: David Ishimwe, Hayley Billings, Darcine Abbas, Olivier Nsengiyumva, Kaito Nelson, Ashleigh Geissler and Laurianne Gateka. Continue reading Review: Joy, Fear and Poetry: La Boite Indie & Natasha Budd at the Loft, QUT Kelvin Grove

Review: The Empty City – The Human Company at Powerkids Festival @ Brisbane Powerhouse

The Empty City, directed by David Fenton, is based on the picture book of the same name by David Megarrity and Jonathon Oxlade. It explores an idea that has undoubtedly crossed the mind of every child: What if, for one day only, everyone disappeared and the city belonged to you? What would you do? Go on, you’ve already started picturing yourself eating and playing your way through a large department store, haven’t you? Jumping on all the beds, stuffing yourselves with gumballs, pouring your own McDonald’s thick-shake? Thought so.

Tom, our young protagonist, explores his options in the empty city between two projection screens that give the animated metropolis a 3D effect, allowing plenty of room for snazzy tricks and magical sleight of hand. Designer Jonathon Oxlade, lighting designer Freddy Komp, animator Luke Monsour and graphic designer Ray Pittman have done a fabulous job creating a city that is familiar yet mysteriously different; it could exist anywhere. The actors, Tom Oliver and Bridget Boyle collaborate inventively with their surroundings to tell Tom’s tale. Continue reading Review: The Empty City – The Human Company at Powerkids Festival @ Brisbane Powerhouse

Aladdin and the Mysterious Magical Lamp: Harvest Rain Theatre Company at Cremorne QPAC

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ALADDIN & THE MYSTERIOUS MAGICAL LAMP
a pantomime by Sarah McIntosh with Tim O’Connor
PERFORMANCES
6th – 22nd January 2011
Tues to Sat 11am
Fri 7.30pm
Sat 2pm & 7.30pm

VENUE
Cremorne Theatre, QPAC

TICKETS
All tickets $30 (plus booking and transaction fees)

DIRECTOR Sarah McIntosh
DESIGNER Josh McIntosh
MUSIC DIRECTOR Kylie Morris
LIGHTING DESIGNER Jason Glenwright

FEATURING Jessica Harm, Cameron Hurry, Dash Kruck, Bryan Probets, Liz Skitch and Steven Tandy with Petah Chapman, Clare Finlayson, Jack Kelly, Nahima Kern and Alexandra Valentine