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Love vs revenge
Comedian and impersonator Gerry Connolly
(
left
) takes on the female role of narrator Nelly
in Shake & Stir Theatre Company’s production
of the Emily Brontë classic
Wuthering Heights
.
It’s a story of love, obsession, betrayal, jealousy
and revenge re-imagined with haunting effect
by director Nick Skubij. At Cremorne Theatre,
QPAC until 18 October. Tickets $54 plus fee,
call 136 246 or see
Hilarious murder mystery
Based on the 1935 Hitchcock spy thriller movie
and John Buchan novel, the stage production of
The 39 Steps
is the longest running comedy in
London’s West End. Four actors play more than
100 characters in this fast and funny take on
the murder mystery. At Twelfth Night Theatre,
4 Cintra Road, Bowen Hills, from 21 to 26
October. Tickets $59.90 plus fees, call 3252
5122 or see
City polo
After Spring Racing Carnival it’s back to
Doomben Racecourse for Polo in the City
where the dress code is a little less fancy but no
less important. While the wannabe-seen crowd
sips Pol Roger in the VIP marquee (tickets
$330 for lunch and drinks), a DJ will entertain
in the more casual vibe of the Stella Artois Polo
Lounge (tickets $78.90 plus fee). Saturday 22
November. See
Power in the air
Ben Elton has rewritten his satirical comedy of the
1990s
Gasping
for a new era and a new location.
Now set in Australia during the resources boom,
corporate fat cats are greedy for more and hit on
a plan to privatise air – you don’t pay, you don’t
breathe! Elton’s sharp wit is biting in Queensland
Theatre Company’s production of
Gasp!
At QPAC
Playhouse, 17 November to 7 December. Tickets
$49-$80 plus fees. See
Cycle challenge
People of all ages and cycling abilities
can join the 100km Santos GLNG Brisbane
to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge on
Sunday 19 October. Funds raised support
the Heart Foundation. Look out for the
1000km club, riders who have taken part in
every challenge since it began 10 years ago!
They’re the ones to follow. Registrations
close 14 October. See
Family’s cruel lesson
Drawing parallels between Greek tragedy,
modern warfare and the state of the local
political landscape,
Or Forever Hold Your Peace
is a contemporary retelling of the sacrifice of
Iphigenia by her own father, which tackles
the power of love and the collective voice in a
physically explosive production. At Roundhouse
Theatre, 6-8 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, from
12 to 29 November. Tickets $22-28, for details
see
Champions kick off
Defending champions Brisbane Roar will
sport a new home kit and crest when they kick
off the A-League football season at Suncorp
Stadium from 12 October against Adelaide
United ... but a game everyone will be watching
will be the away clash with Melbourne Victory
on 21 November when former Roar star striker
Besart Barisha will walk out for the opposition.
See
However his boss kept prodding.
“At our next development meeting,
he asked how my adaptation of
The Lion
King
was coming along. I told him again
it was the worst idea in the world and that
it would be impossible to create a stage
version of such inherently non-theatrical
material. He smiled.
“After a few more discussions, he grew
weary of smiling and told me in no
uncertain terms that I was going to work on
an adaptation of
The Lion King
. I blurted
out that it was impossible, and he shot
back that it wasn’t impossible, all I needed
was a brilliant idea. A brilliant idea, that’s
it. All I needed to do was find someone
with a brilliant idea. This sleight of hand
is known as ‘development’ in many circles of
Hollywood,” says Schumacher.
Although it would take several years to happen,
that great idea came in meeting Julie Taymor who had
attracted attention with her own productions.
“When we met, I could see Julie had a new vision
for the project. She was excited by the music, by the
setting and by the opportunities for staging. She
was challenged by the task of re-creating something
that theatregoers would know by heart, but she wanted
them to once again feel in their heart. We urged her not
to feel contained by the look of the movie and to create
something wholly original from it. The journey of
The Lion King
has surpassed any of our imaginations,”
says Schumacher.
As director and costume designer Taymor brings
the African savannah to life in a production featuring a
multicultural cast hailing from Darwin to Durban and
232 puppets, including giraffes of more than four and five
metres high.
QPAC Museum is also hosting a free exhibition tracing
the journey of
The Lion King
from animated film to live
musical with material on loan from Disney Theatrical
Productions, including set models, design drawings,
character maquettes and original costumes.
The Lion King
is on at Lyric Theatre, QPAC until 25
January 2015. Tickets from $50 to $150 plus booking fees.
See
for bookings.
The Art of The Lion
King
exhibition is on at the Tony Gould Gallery, QPAC
Museum Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm. Free entry.
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