5 to 8 July 2018

Air Play also plays at Out of the Box Festival from 26 June to 1 July 2018. Our new Day Pass gives you access to the entire Festival program, which means a whole day of discovery. Find out more here.

Direct from New York, Air Play merges circus and street theatre performance art with sculptural artistry.

Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal world, transforming ordinary objects into uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future.

★★★★ “A joy from start to finish, Air Play will entrance children, and will act as a great reset button for stressed adults.” Sydney Morning Herald

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Presented by QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival
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Slapdash Galaxy features epic shadow puppetry effects that will dazzle and delight all ages!

“…this is an inventive, crazy 50 minutes of sheer entertainment that enthralls kids and adults alike and received a standing ovation that was richly deserved”. British Theatre Guide

This is the tale of Sam and Junior. Two brothers, who must flee their barren planet, and embark on an epic journey across the galaxy.

Using the contents of your cleaning closet, Bunk Puppets conjures up astonishing lo-fi wizardry with old boxes, bubble wrap, drinking straws, tennis balls, ping pong bats and old toys.

It’s a shadow puppet universe, all made up from bits of rubbish. Buckle-in and tear open your imagination for a new shadow puppet epic about two brothers who battle the bad guys, and find strength in each other at warp speed.

“…sheer entertainment that enthralls kids and adults alike and received a standing ovation that was richly deserved.” ★★★★ Robin Strapp, British Theatre Guide

“…one of the most innovative, enjoyable hours to be had.” ★★★★ Julie Dawson, TV Bomb Scotland

NOOSA ALIVE

20 – 29 July 2018
AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER REGIONAL PERFORMING ARTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL

Welcome to Noosa Long Weekend Festival, a 10 day festival of theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, cuisine and barrier-breaking forums – in one of Australia’s most enviable destinations: Noosa Heads, Queensland.

Founded by prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, author Kristin Williamson, internationally renowned violinist Brett Dean, environmental activist Dr Michael Gloster, restaurateur Leonie Palmer-Fisher together with Rick Clayton and Ros McCauley.

March 2018, Pre-Cursor and Fundraiser performances for NOOSA alive!

 NOOSA alive! proudly presents the QLD Premiere performances of

David Williamson AO’ most recent triumph – his latest play

 SORTING OUT RACHEL

Coming to Noosa direct from the World Premiere of  SORTING OUT RACHEL at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney, NOOSA alive! Australia’s foremost regional community performing arts and culture festival proudly presents four ‘only’ exclusive fundraising performances, taking place at The J Theatre, in Noosa on Wednesday 21 March 2pm (matinee) & 7.30pm, Thursday 22 & Friday 23 March, 7.30pm.

SORTING OUT RACHEL opened in Sydney on Wednesday, January 24 to resounding success with the Sydney season already close to totally sold!  By all accounts this show is not to be missed! With only four performances in Noosa (with no possibility of extension), we urge you to book quickly to avoid disappointment.

These performances of SORTING OUT RACHEL honour David Williamson AO, the most produced playwright in the history of Australia (amongst his many other accolades across literature, theatre, film and television).

A fierce believer in ‘giving back’ and in the importance of culture to community, David has generously donated royalties from SORTING OUT RACHEL to NOOSA alive!

‘Culture needs to be supported and encouraged by community, without it we risk being an empty shell. The greatest fun of all is to get involved and to create ‘occasion’. The Festival, now in its 17th year is something for Noosa to be proud of. It’s the only festival of its kind in Australia and it has been delivering the very best of culture and performance to the Noosa community for a very long time. It’s great to see the recognition it gets and the calibre of performer, local and visiting, that the festival attracts and showcases. Jump on board to support the Festival’s future – You will have a great time doing something truly valuable for our community!’ David Williamson AO.

Named as one of Australia’s living national treasures, David is no stranger to Noosa, in fact he and wife Kristin are synonymous with Noosa having lived locally for many years and remain founding Patrons of NOOSA alive! (formerly the Noosa Long Weekend Festival).

To get involved, please contact the NOOSA alive! office E: admin@noosaalive.com 

P: 07 5473 0989

SORTING OUT RACHEL by David Williamson AO

Director: NADIA TASS, Designer: TOBHIYAH STONE FELLER, Lighting & AV Design: CHRISTOPHER PAGE, Sound Design: DANIEL NIXON

Cast: CHENOA DEEMAL (Tess), GLENN HAZELDINE (Craig), JOHN HOWARD (Bruce), JENNA OWEN (Rachel) & NATALIE SALEEBA (Julie)

 In this Queensland premiere production, David Williamson cements his place as one of Australia’s most masterful storytellers with a brand new social comedy about legacy, entitlement and making good on past relationships.

When it comes to business, Bruce (John Howard) knows what to do. You’ve got to out-bite the sharks and twist a good deal before you get screwed. But as the years go by and his legacy starts to loom, his thoughts turn to his exasperated daughter Julie (Natalie Saleeba), her social climbing husband Craig (Glenn Hazeldine) and his granddaughter, Rachel (Jenna Owen) who unfortunately takes after him. Perhaps it’s time to make amends. Can Bruce solve his family issues without giving away a long-held secret? Chenoa Deemal makes her debut in a Williamson play as Tess – how does Tess fit into the picture? The plot thickens!

DIRECTORS NOTES BY NADIA TASS

I have always loved David Williamson’s work, the issues he concerns himself with, and the careful balance he creates between gravity and humour.

Williamson insists that issues he resents, cannot be shelved or ignored, so he orchestrates situations that are strange, uncomfortable and grittingly real. And it is within those situations our characters are forced to confront the issues, even if they are potentially detrimental to their personal lives.

Each of the characters in SORTING OUT RACHEL is facing a mammoth personal dilemma. And each of these dilemmas mirrors the prevailing social issues in Australian society. One has too little money, another too much: and the question is – how is that money best used for the greater food of the community? (please see extended notes attached)

Multi award winning film director NADIA TASS (69 awards so far directs her very first Williamson play. She has directed for MTC and QTC as well as many other theatre companies in Australia and in London. Nadia’s best known films include:  MALCOLM, RIKKY AND PETE, THE BIG STEAL, URE LUCK, MR RELIABLE, AMY, MATCHING JACK, FATAL HONEYMOON and THE MIRACLE WORKER.

Nadia has assembled a stellar cast including JOHN HOWARD who’s film credits include MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, LAST CAB TO DARWIN, THE MAN WHO SUED GOD, A MAN’S GOTTA DO and JINDABYNE: his television credits include: WARRIORS, SOUL MATES, JANET KING, CROWNIES, SEACHANGE, ALL SAINTS, ALWAYS GREENER, PACKED TO THE RAFTERS and CHANGI.

NATALIE SALEEBA plays Bruce’s daughter Julie. Natalie spent the last 5 years appearing in CH 9’S HOUSE HUSBANDS.

GLENN HAZELDINE plays Julie’s husband Craig, SORTING OUT RACHEL is Glenn’s 16th David Williamson play. Glenn most recently appeared in Sydney Theatre Company’s THE FATHER with John Bell which also toured to Melbourne.

Newcomer JENNA OWEN plays Bruce’s granddaughter Rachel, of the play’s title. Jenna appeared in the television remake of PUBERTY BLUES and this year appeared in ABC-TV’S FRESH BLOOD. She has performed in the Sydney Fringe and Sydney Comedy festivals.

CHENOA DEEMAL recently appeared in the one woman show 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING which she toured nationally then performed in London at ORIGINS: FESTIVAL OF FIRST NATIONS. Chenoa’s other theatre credits include productions at QTC and Darlinghurst Theatre.

 Australia’s most enduringly popular social comedy writer…. Keenly observant and satirical.’ SMH (for Operator)

 ‘His genius has been to define for us, in advance of our own recognition, the qualities which make up the Australian character.’ The Australian

 

QPAC’s Out of the Box festival returns from 26 June to 1 July 2018*.

This year’s festival is jam packed with five days of in-theatre experiences, workshops and activities curated especially for children aged eight years and under. Works like Air PlayDuckThe Arrival and more take to the QPAC stages, with workshops and activities scattered throughout the QPAC foyers and outside in our green spaces.

This year’s festival is a little different. For the cost of a Day Pass, you can experience all the festival has to offer.

New York’s, Air Play merges circus and street theatre performance art with sculptural artistry.

Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal world, transforming ordinary objects into uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future.

Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

★★★★ “A joy from start to finish, Air Play will entrance children, and will act as a great reset button for stressed adults.”- Sydney Morning Herald

Shadow puppets in space! Two brothers embark on an epic quest to find a new home planet.

This is the tale of Sam and Junior. Two brothers, who must flee their barren planet, and embark on an epic quest across the galaxy. Using the contents of your cleaning cupboard, Bunk Puppets’ David Geddes conjures up astonishing lo-fi theatrical wizardry using only old boxes, bubble wrap, drinking straws, tennis balls, ping pong bats and old toys. It’s a crazy shadow puppet universe, made from bits of rubbish.

Award-winning Bunk Puppets, creators of Swamp Juice and Sticks Stones Broken Bones, present this new, delicious, DIY theatre event.

Forget what you think you know about shadow puppets, buckle-in and tear open your imagination for an epic journey with two brothers as they battle the bad guys, and find strength in each other at warp speed.

 

The Judy Henzell Sunshine Melodies Concert series present… . A NIGHT IN VEGAS

The Judy Henzell Sunshine Melodies Concert Series present A Night In Vegas performing at The Events Centre, Caloundra on Wednesday 11 April at 11am.

Can’t travel to Las Vegas, then let Las Vegas come to you with this sensational high energy musical extravaganza which pays homage to the Legends of Vegas.

A Night in Vegas is where the Rat Pack meets the Crooners and Swooners and with a song list that includes Viva Las Vegas, My Way, Moondance, Me and My Shadow, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Sway, Fly Me to the Moon, Mack the Knife, New York, New York, That’s Life and many more, this is a show of pure entertainment.

Featuring the breath-taking voices of Rick Romeo and friends, be taken on a journey through the life, music and behind the scenes stories of some of the greatest entertainers of our time including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Sammy Davis Jr, Elvis Presley, Barry Manilow, Bing Crosby, Tom Jones, Bobby Darin, Wayne Newton, Michael Bublé, Robbie Williams and more.

With amazing harmonies, charm and slick sophistication, these guys have the dinner suits, the attitude and the banter to match!

Added extras … A complimentary morning tea is included in the ticket price and will be served from 10.00am.

 

Many of us have experienced the world of opera, whether we’re singers ourselves, avid spectators or only watched it on television. However, few people can say they’ve had the privilege of viewing opera in an underground mine, cave, or abandoned reservoir. This is where Bruce Edwards and the Underground Opera Company comes in.

The Early Stages

The Underground Opera Company began in 2007 when Bruce Edwards, a former miner of 25 years, stumbled upon the incredible potential that mines and underground caves have to offer in the world of opera.

The choice to change from a miner to the founder of an opera company seems to be a leap of the imagination, but Edwards explained his early exposure to the world of the arts.

Since Grade 10, Edwards had played drums in a band, and after a short stint in university he became a representative for Brady Drums. Through this, he recounts meeting Prince, Billy Joel and INXS, reminiscing on what was an exciting time in his life in his early 20s.

However, the rise to stardom would stop short when Edwards decided to enter the mining industry as a means of earning good money. He recalls the startling difference between the 9-to-3 school day with frequent breaks compared to the harsh ’12 hours a day, 7 days a week…23 days on, 5 days off’ regime the mines had to offer.

It was during this long haul in the mines that Edwards discovered the theatre. In the mid-90s Edwards moved to Sydney and began his own company specialising in ground support for tunnels and mines. At this time, his girlfriend was involved in an amateur theatre company and persuaded him to audition for their show Carousel. It’s obvious this experience stuck with him, as he continued this creative path in Brisbane. In 2001, he performed in the chorus of a musical theatre piece, and claims that it was his ‘first introduction to musical theatre and opera’. By the time he landed a leading role in his third show, Edwards was gaining a strong interest in the opera scene.

Edwards had a longing to produce his own concerts, and this lead him to running a local musical theatre company for a short period of time. Meanwhile, word slowly spread around the mine of his involvement in the theatre. It was at this point that he was told about the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducting a show at Renison Mine. Edwards was immediately enthralled by the idea of bringing music into the deserted areas the mines occupied. His wonder was only intensified when the orchestra’s show was mentioned to him again whilst working a remote job between Darwin and Kakadu. It was the popularity of the Renison Mine show that sparked Edwards into action.

From this point, Edwards went into a partnership with a friend in the opera industry. ‘He was with me for my first show…and he’s basically been my tenor for the last ten years’, Edwards enthused on his friend. Their first show was at a small gold mine in Kilkivan and was extremely well-received, which led them to pursue other spaces to perform. The ensuing destinations involved the Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains, the Spring Hill Reservoir, the Swan Bank power station and the Rockhampton Capricorn Caves, which Edwards claims were the ‘closest thing to a perfect acoustic [he’d] found anywhere in the country’. It was the high-quality performances paired with the stunning natural stages that had both local and international audiences travelling to experience Edwards’ shows.

Carols in the Reservoir

When asked about his upcoming projects, Edwards outlined the Carols in the Reservoir that takes place between December 1stto the 17th this year. Funnily enough, despite its annual occurrence, this show is the one that Edwards looks forward to the most. He loves Christmas and states that a simple snow machine in the roof ignites smiles on the faces of everyone in the audience, regardless of age. He recounts the hands of spectators reaching into the air in hopes of snatching a snowflake and the grins on their faces. It’s obvious that audience experience plays a huge role in Edwards’ passion for performance.

The Place of Dreams

Australia offers an incredible range of caves, mines and tunnels to perform in, but Edwards also has endless aspirations for overseas shows. His list of dream destinations includes the Roman catacombs, overseas salt mines and the Batu Caves in Malaysia.

Edwards also speaks fondly of the United States and is drawn in not only by the possibilities it holds for staging his operatic pieces but also by the kindness of the people he met while vacationing there.

Of course, he also couldn’t go past the ‘older civilisations’ such as Europe and China, which he believes would host some of the most amazing stages he could imagine.

Unsurprisingly, Edwards proves to be a trendsetter when it concerns his choice of staging. He dislikes ‘going into something that’s already there’, such as performing in an underground cave that exists only to hold concerts, plays and other shows. Instead, Edwards thrives in ‘turning these spaces into venues’, such as the Swan Bank power station, which had never seen anything akin to an opera show before Edwards and his company discovered its potential.

The Audience is What Matters

Bruce Edwards thrives in ‘creating experiences for people’ by taking them from the ‘sterile’ theatres. One of Edwards’ pet peeves are singers who simply stand and sing and expect audiences to be entertained. Because of this, Edwards says that he can hardly sit through an opera without taking a nap halfway through. This may seem odd for the founder and director of the highest-ranked opera company in Australia, but it’s this peeve that inspires Edwards to make the best shows he possibly can.

By placing his audience as his top priority, he constantly delivers world-class entertainment. Due to the size of Edwards’ venues, audience numbers are often limited to approximately 90 people. This makes for an intimate, close-up view of the singers, who Edwards describes primarily as ‘performers’. Because of this intimacy, audiences experience a ‘personal interaction’ between themselves and the onstage performers, hence breaking down the fourth wall and creating a mutual ‘relationship’.

Collaborative Inspiration

Many people dread the question, ‘where does your inspiration come from?’, but it had to be asked. Edwards admits that his cast has a far broader knowledge of opera than he does, and when he is seeking to create a new show he will often consult them. Through viewing videos that his cast send him, Edwards sifts through until he finds one that is just right.

‘I certainly use myself as a demographic for our shows’, he claims. Edwards’ theory is that if he can enjoy his shows then most concert-goers certainly will.

This tactic certainly seems to have worked in his favour, as the Underground Opera Company has earned itself the Best Arts, Music or Cultural Event Award and a Silver Award at the National Trust Heritage Awards. These achievements are well-deserved when considering the company’s stunning settings, intimate performances, world-class singers and overall dedication to entertainment.

 

Be sure to book tickets to the Underground Opera Company’s Carols in the Reservoir, which begins Thursday 1th December.

www.undergroundoperacompany.com

 

It has hosted film festivals such as Noosa International Film Festival, Manhattan Short and Banff, and been venue of choice for comedy acts such as Kitty Flanagan and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.

Now, thanks to the rollout of 64 new mezzanine-level seats, The J is set to satisfy larger audiences and entice even more events and acts to Noosa.

Kate Sanders from The J said the new seating was installed in response to demand from audiences, plus it made the venue a more viable option, financially, for promoters.

“This is great news for the community as it means we’ll be able to attract more acts, popular concerts and shows that residents love,” she said.

“It also means less disappointed patrons missing out on shows.”

The new tiered seats have brought The J’s seating capacity to 402. Located on the mezzanine level the seats are comfortable and offer a great view of the stage.

“The seating is also removable, allowing the mezzanine to be set up as a meeting space for up to 50 people when not needed for a stage show or concert. There is also an area available next to the new seating area, where we can entertain VIP guests.

“We look forward to welcoming even more shows and popular attractions to The J as a result of this increase in seating capacity,” Ms Sanders said.

Upcoming events at The J include A Very Kransky ChristmasNoosa Chorale Wassail Christmas Cheer Concert and Jimeoin.

Cloistered in the old rickety family house in their home town of Esk in Queensland, the musical sisters’ traditional Christmas festivities have until now been shrouded in secrecy. For this very special season they let you into their world of egg nog, pantyhose and painted chokos. From Enya to “Silent Night”, Daft Punk to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, the nutty sisters bring back their cracker show.

With their unusual array of instruments from cheese grater to toilet brush, tuba to musical saw, settle in for what could be your kookiest Christmas party yet.

19 to 23 Dec 2017

https://qpac.com.au/event/kransky_christmas_17/

 

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