This Week in Queensland Theatre: March 22-28

For show times check company websites

Click the date on Greenroom’s home page calendar to go to more details on each event.

Continuing:

Thom Pain by Will Eno – Queensland Theatre Company at Bille Brown Studio

The Bitterling by Sven Swenson – La Boite Indie at the Round House Theatre

Flicking the Flint by Kate Lee !Metro Arts Independents

Macbeth by William Shakespeare JUTE Theatre (Cairns)

Avenue Q the Australian touring production at QPAC (Brisbane)

Other:

See QSE’s training program and Shake and Stir’s workshop series which continue throughout the month (Brisbane and SE Q)

It’s QPAC’s 25th Birthday this year.  While you’re on the South Bank in Brisbane head into the Tony Gould Gallery for the QPAC 25 Exhibition.

… and check out the recently-opened Edge space further upstream – near the fabulous GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art).

This Week in Queensland Theatre: March 15-21

For show times check company websites

Click the date on Greenroom’s home page calendar to go to more details on each event.

Opening:

Thom Pain by Will Eno – Queensland Theatre Company at Bille Brown Studio (in preview Mon-Wed, opens Thursday)

The Bitterling by Sven Swenson – La Boite Indie at the Round House Theatre (in preview Mon-Thu, opens Friday)

Continuing:

Flicking the Flint by Kate Lee !Metro Arts Independents (Brisbane)

Macbeth by William Shakespeare JUTE Theatre (Cairns)

Avenue Q the Australian touring production at QPAC (Brisbane)

Other:

See QSE’s training program and Shake and Stir’s workshop series which continue throughout the month (Brisbane and SE Q)

It’s QPAC’s 25th Birthday this year.  While you’re on the South Bank in Brisbane head into the Tony Gould Gallery for the QPAC 25 Exhibition.

… and check out the recently-opened Edge space further upstream – near the fabulous GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art).

Conversation with the audience: Sven Swenson (Interview 4)

Photo: Leesa Connelly

I’ve known Sven Swenson and admired his work since 1996, the year his first play Vertigo and the Virginia workshopped for Queensland Theatre Company.  Since then Sven’s completed 15 plays, but he notes there are 33 others “in various stages of disrepair.”  His latest work, The Bitterling premieres next week as the opening production of the inaugural La Boite Indie program; ‘opening’ and ‘inaugural’ – a lot of firsts, and a lot of expectations.  He’s writer and director.

He tells me, “We know we are the indie guinea-pigs, we’re all keenly aware of this.  There is constant dialogue between the participants and La Boite, who are extremely supportive and available.  They have a genuine and profound desire to see good indie theatre develop.”  He goes on, “There’s a real air of excitement right now, and it’s helping us to create at our best.”

I’m glad to catch up with Sven, one of Brisbane’s most prolific and also proudly parochial writers.  I want to know more about the inaugural winner (2002) for Road to the She Devil’s Salon and then finalist (2008) of the prestigious Queensland Premier’s Drama Award.  His play Beautiful Souls was produced Off-Broadway (2007) and also in Los Angeles.  Among other things we talk about beginnings, influences, how he works, and the local theatre scene. He has a few surprises for me along the way. Continue reading Conversation with the audience: Sven Swenson (Interview 4)