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BRISBANE FESTIVAL

HOT PICKS

Checkhov’s First Play

(

above

) has received rave reviews for Irish

Dead Centre theatre company and it makes its first appearance in

Australia only at Brisbane Festival. It’s an innovative production

that hands out headphones to the audience to hear a running

commentary from the director over the dialogue. Clever

and funny, he explains the action and gossips about the cast.

From 21-24 September at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm.

It’s not the only production that throws all preconceptions of

what stage performance should be out the window. Lindy Hume’s

direction of Opera Queensland’s

Snow White

not only turns

the classic fairytale into a horror story, she mixes up the music

from rock to opera. Grimm would have been proud. From 3-24

September at La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove.

Dancenorth’s wildly colourful sensory performance

Rainbow

Vomit (

below

)

is designed for young people but adults too

will get a kick out of the fireworks glasses that let you see

rainbows – something everyone should put on as soon as they

start to get a dim view of the world around them. Behind the

colours, energetic choreography and the laughs there’s a clear

message about the effect digital technology is having on our

brains that audience members of all ages can relate to and

Rainbow Vomit clearly aims to reignite the imagination. From

21-24 September at Judith Wright Centre, Fortitude Valley.

Brisbane Festival is not all about watching – it’s also about

doing and

You Should Be Dancing

is a free for all in

Queens Park outside Treasury Casino and Hotel in the city

where everyone gets to learn the moves from 7pm then dance

and see how the experts do it from 8pm. Dance your way around

the world – Jamaican (8 September), Bollywood (9 September),

Latino (10 September) and join the tribute to Brisbane’s historic

dance hall Cloudland with a classic waltz or two (11 September).

For the full program of events see

www.brisbanefestival.com.au

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| BNE September/October 2016