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BNE November/December 2016 |




It’s that time of year we’re ready for a carnival and Wonderland

delivers with a program that packs 31 shows of surprise and

delight into 14 days. From the

Game of Thrones



of Thrones

to the Bombshell Burlesque Revue and a celebration

of Nick Cave’s

Murder Ballads

, Wonderland is a feast of circus,

comedy, music, physical theatre, magic and cabaret burlesque,

but perhaps best of all the audience gets in on the act in



. Brisbane’s funniest improvisers spin some disgusting

family-friendly tales, all completely made up on the spot from

audience suggestions, inventing improbable plots, hilarious

characters and plenty to keep all the family entertained.

Wonderland, Brisbane Powerhouse from 24 November to 11

December. See



Fresh from a few months

touring and writing in the US,

Missy Higgins will fuse her live

band with the Queensland

Symphony Orchestra for a special

performance of hits and new songs

as part of a new concert series. She

admits it was a challenge that has

taken her a while to accept. “This is

a perfect opportunity to push

myself out of my comfort

zone and try something


Missy Higgins Orchestral

Concert Series, 18

November, Brisbane

Convention & Exhibition

Centre. Tickets from

$101.75 plus fees. See


Matilda the Musical

comes to the Brisbane stage with

an envious pedigree – the original story by Roald Dahl is

one of the favourite children’s books of all time, the Royal

Shakespeare Company is behind the production, much-

awarded British set designer Rob Howell created the

fantastical world of Crunchem Hall on stage and Australia’s

own Tim Minchin (now based in LA), wrote the music and

lyrics – which has earned the show a world record-breaking

number of awards, including 13 Australian Helpmann Awards

(from 13 nominations) seven British Laurence Olivier Awards

and four Tony Awards. Dahl’s story is almost 30 years old

but the mischievous Matilda who defies authority and plays

terrible tricks on anyone who crosses her is as engaging and

hilarious as ever. Good family fun with a happy ending.

Matilda the Musical

from 25 November to 12 February 2017 at

Lyric Theatre, QPAC, South Brisbane. Tickets $55-$175 plus fees,

call 136 246 or

Play dead

If you’re prepared to do (almost) anything

for 18 minutes of fame then contemporary

arts centre Metro Arts wants to hear

from you. The centre wants to ‘recruit’

32 stand-ins for dead bodies for a new

performance project called

I Stand In

which will be part of



12-20 November. Successful volunteers

will be oiled and wrapped in a shroud

by artist Julie Vulcan in what she calls

a death washing ritual and ‘bodies’

will be required for about an hour – 18

minutes of it in performance – on 18 and

19 November. Deathfest explores our

understanding of and attitudes towards

death and grief through performance,

music, visual art and discussion.

Register your interest to volunteer by 11

November at deathfestvolunteers/

I Stand In

by Julie Vulcan