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BNE May/June 2017 |



If you were a candy what would you be? A

Skittle, a Starburst, an Everlasting Gobstopper?

And what does that say about your personality?

When writer/producer/director/choreographer/

performer (and part-time pilates instructor)

Jenny Usher was writing a new show for her

merry band of players (known as the Candy

Shop Show) those were just the questions

she tried to answer in creating ‘characters’


Sugar, Sugar!

, a show which celebrates

everything sweet and will be performed as part

of Anywhere Theatre Festival in May.

Usher’s troupe of part-time players, Sheree

Fitzgerald, Maureen Bowra, Ella Heijnen,

Natalie Renouf (

pictured above

with Usher),

will sing, dance and joke their way through a

tribute to the sweet songs from the ’50s to the

’80s on board the paddlewheeler Kookaburra

Queen on Brisbane River and at the Imperial

Hotel in Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast –

just two of more than 100 locations where

festival events will be staged.

The venues are key to the Anywhere Theatre

Festival as a condition to participate is that

artists perform or exhibit their work anywhere

but inside a theatre or a gallery.

“We believe you don’t need a theatre to

present theatre,” says festival founder Paul

Osuch. “Storytelling began as something we

did around camp fires and over time it has been

ghettoed inside traditional theatre venues. We

believe we need to stop creating theatres where

people “go” for live performance. Storytelling

and performance needs to happen anywhere.”

The result of that vision is that more than

700 pop-up performances will take place across

some unusual venues, from ‘Songs from a

Midwife’ in a hospital to comedy in a sausage

factory and music sessions in a laundromat in

Brisbane, and more in centres across the state.

Anywhere Theatre Festival is on 4-21 May. View

the program at

When the Brisbane Racing Carnival kicks

off on 13 May our bets will be on Jeff Lloyd,

the Queensland jockey who is on a winning

streak to break all records for riding the most

winners in a season. He has already surpassed

the previous record for metropolitan race

wins and is on track for state and national

titles as well, just as Carnival fever hits its

stride in Brisbane. It’s a dream come true

for the 55-year-old, and nothing short of a

brilliant comeback, after Lloyd suffered a

stroke following a fall at Doomben five years

ago. Already his kids have taken to calling him

‘the GOAT’ (Greatest Of All Time). But Lloyd

is not the only thing to watch during Brisbane

Racing Carnival – there will be seven Group 1

races over the Carnival, fashion competitions

at every major race day over five Saturdays,

a masquerade ball at Eagle Farm, a high tea

in the city at Sofitel Brisbane and more. For

details see

Ready for Anywhere



Queensland Museum’s Digi Youth Arts program

is off to a flying start with its first project

completed and two street art murals, created for

Brisbane’s Street Art Festival earlier this year, are

now displayed in the Whale Mall.

Next up, a new band of Indigenous and Torres

Strait Island students, based in Brisbane, will

stage a new original play called

Anthro Apology


part of Anywhere Theatre Festival in May. Digi

Youth Arts director Alethea Beetson and a team

of mentors work with the students to develop

their projects which all respond to Indigenous

issues and how they are represented in some way.

With the universal theme ‘unsettle’ Digi Youth

Arts is also working with regional communities

in Far North Queensland to produce a film that

will be screened in June, followed by dance and

music projects to be performed during the course

of the group’s residency at Queensland Museum

until April 2018. Digi Youth Arts is also working

with La Boite Theatre Company to participate in

its HWY program this year.

Anthro Apology

is on at Queensland Museum

20 May. See