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| BNE March/April 2017


Magic of


Celebrating 20 years since J.K Rowling’s

Harry Potter and the

Philosopher’s Stone

was first published Queensland Symphony

Orchestra (QSO) will present the Australian premiere of a special

concert, playing the score from the film in sync to the picture as

it appears in HD on a giant screen. There are people who can

quote passages from the books and lines from the films but true

aficionados of Potter will recognise Hedwig’s theme, which went

on to play in every subsequent film in the series, or Voldemort’s

theme, the sound of Fluffy’s Harp or the Banquet fanfare. As

with the books and the films, this is just the beginning of a global

concert series that will replay the scores of sheer wizadry by some

brilliant contemporary composers. QSO presents

Harry Potter

and the Philosophers Stone

on 1 April, at Brisbane Convention

and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane. Tickets from $49 plus

fees. See

As Brisbane Airport’s new artist-in-residence QSO will

serenade travellers with occasional ensemble performances

at the Domestic and International Terminals this year.

Monster of a festival

Bleach Festival on the Gold Coast has earned a reputation for cutting

edge performances, particularly by innovative dance group The Farm

which returns to the festival this year with another world premiere.



is just one of three world premieres at Bleach this year and is a

collaboration between The Farm and Perth-based Co3 Australia.

The production features monsters, magic, acrobatic dance, an original

score and a wicked sense of humour suitable for children and adults. At

the Gold Coast Arts Centre, Bundall on 31 March and 1 April. Tickets from

$35 plus fees at

The Bleach Festival program is a mix of music, circus, theatre, dance,

cabaret and visual art at 14 locations on the Gold Coast from 31 March to

16 April. See what’s on at

The science of


Anyone who has ever watched

Big Bang Theory

on television will know how physics can complicate

a relationship – we’re looking at you Sheldon – but

that’s nothing compared to


, the

romance written by young English playwright Nick

Payne that has been called the most sophisticated

date play Broadway has ever seen. It’s not long – 70

minutes – and there are only two characters but the

plotline dissects their evolving romance into all the

possibilities that could occur if their relationship

were happening across parallel universes, good and

bad. Queensland Theatre Company production

from 9 March to 9 April at Bille Brown Studio, 78

Montague Road, South Brisbane. Tickets from $65

plus fees. See

Playwright Nick Payne will attend World Science Festival

for a panel discussion on

Science and Story: The Semantics

of Science

at The Edge, State Library Queensland, on 25

March. See