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BNE March/April 2017 |




Queensland Ballet’s


is a program of three individual dance

pieces – Christopher Bruce’s

Ghost Dances

, first performed in

the 1980s and still evocative today as ‘ghosts’ interrupt the daily

lives of a series of ordinary people, Liam Scarlett’s

No Man’s


reflects on the heartache of war while Greg Horsman’s

Glass Concerto

showcases the speed and precision of the ballet

company against the music of Philip Glass. At Playhouse, QPAC,

South Brisbane 19-25 March. Tickets $100 plus fees. See

Lots of LAUGHS

A who’s who of Australian comedy will be appearing at the Brisbane

Comedy Festival until 28 March – Dave Hughes, making his debut at

the event, Wil Anderson, Tom Gleeson, Joel Creasey, Frank Woodley,

Rove McManus, Merrick Watts, Matt Okine, Tom Bollard, Paul Foot,

Cal Wilson, Fiona O’Loughlin, Hannah Gadsby, Sam Simmons, Nick

Cody, Damien Power and so many more – but connoisseurs might

want to get out of their comic comfort zones and try something new.

Teen talent will be doing their darndest to make the audience laugh

at the final of Class Clowns (26 March) – just like Joel Creasey, Josh

Thomas and Tom Bollard once did when they were starting out; local

up-and-comers will be dishing out some Sunshine State humour at

Queensland Born and Bread (16-19 March); the laughs will be going

late into the night at After Hours (Friday and Saturday nights to 25

March) and it will be no-holds-barred at Queensland Theatresports,

the free (of charge) and free-for-all that is improv comedy (on Friday

and Saturday nights until 25 March). For the full program see



queen strikes

a chord

Lindsey Stirling is a brave and fearless

musician, laying bare her experience with

anorexia in her album

Shatter Me

and then breaking

free in her third album

Brave Enough

which was

written and recorded following the death of her best

friend. Stirling has certainly captured the world’s

attention – she has eight million subscribers and

more than 1.3 billion views on YouTube – which made



magazine’s highest ranking female artist

on the channel last year – and her headline tours

play to hundreds of thousands of fans, proving that

she has rewritten the rule book on opportunities

for a classically trained violinist turned electronica

superstar. Stirling says she’s learned to open up her

heart in a way she’s never opened it before through

the music on her latest album and she will share that

too with the audience when she performs at The

Tivoli, Fortitude Valley, on 14 April. Tickets from $62.15

plus fees at