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| BNE March/April 2017


Country music


It’s been more than 10 years since the Dixie Chicks


pictured right

) performed in Australia and they’re

coming back for the 10th anniversary of CMC Rocks,

Australia’s largest country and roots music festival,

at Ipswich. Grammy winners Little Big Town and 10

more US country music stars will join local artists the

McClymonts, Lee Kernaghan, Adam Harvey and more

for the three-day Festival at Willowbank, Ipswich from

24-26 March. Tickets from $189 plus fees for single day,

$299 for three-day pass. Camping costs start from $190.


It will be a sweet homecoming when Rob Tannion, the new artistic director at

Circus Oz, brings his first production with the company to Brisbane. It’s been

more than 20 years since he left the Sunshine State as a graduate to explore

opportunities overseas and never looked back. After living and breathing other

cultures from Europe to South America and working in dance, choreography,

physical theatre and musicals, including a $30 million production of

Lord of The


in Canada and the first original musical created in Chinese language in

China, Tannion learned just how highly regarded Australian circus performers

are overseas. “They are massively valued because they are great generalists,”

he says. “In Europe there tends to be a lot of specialists but an Australian will

turn up to an audition for trapeze and then say they can do tumbling or they can

juggle or they can do partner adagio. The skill base is massive.” So Tannion was

delighted when the artistic director’s role at Circus Oz became available.

The new show

Model Citizens



) has, in some part, been influenced by

Tannion’s travels and living as an immigrant for the past 23 years – and partly by

the model kits kids used to get and break apart the pieces to make up things.

Using giant models of everyday objects such as pegs, safety pins, scissors, cotton

reels and needles the ensemble of performers climbs, jumps, tumbles and flies

its way through a discourse on how far we will go to fit into society, or not.

Be prepared for plenty of surprises, and try to forget whatever your mother

told you about not running with scissors or playing with matches during this high

energy and, at times, breathtaking show.

Model Citizens,

at Playhouse, QPAC,

South Brisbane 12-15 April. Tickets from $64 plus fees. See




I Am My OwnWife

Ben Gerrard (

pictured below


plays 30 characters in a one man tour de force

which pieces together the real life of Charlotte von

Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old

transvestite who survived the oppression of Nazi

and Communist rule in Germany. The play is a

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner. At Brisbane

Powerhouse as part of MELT festival from 4 to 8

April. Tickets from $45 plus fees. See the festival

program and book at

Circus challenges

model view