Sometimes, it’s easy to forget how lucky you are to be surrounded by community theatre. Brisbane is fortunate enough to have a plethora of community theatre organisations, with more and more being created on a regular basis. This October saw a multitude shows open, from companies spanning from North Lakes to Benowa.
To celebrate the amount of talent and hard work on display, we thought we’d showcase the best that October had to offer.
Andre is a man facing persecution from all sides. However aged he may be, he knows that he is still a powerful man and he will find some way to assert it. After all he still has all his faculties…doesn’t he? The Father is a tragi-comic mystery, a sobering and realistic family story, an unsentimental, emotionally intense look at the world through the eyes of a man experiencing dementia, a dramatic illustration of the physical losses which occur along with the mental ones.
Friday 18 October – Sunday 27 October
The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in the musical phenomenon, Jekyll & Hyde. Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi-Grammy- and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn and double-Oscar- and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over.
An evocative tale of two men – one, a doctor, passionate and romantic; the other, a terrifying madman – and two women – one, beautiful and trusting; the other, beautiful and trusting only herself– both women in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret. A devoted man of science, Dr. Henry Jekyll is driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve some of mankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas. Rebuffed by the powers that be, he decides to make himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, accidentally unleashing his inner demons along with the man that the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde.
Not recommended for really young children due to staged violence, blood and some adult themes.
Friday 18 October – Saturday 9 November
Every year, a tribe of cats known as the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball. At the Jellicle Ball, Old Deuteronomy, the leader of the tribe, chooses one cat to ascend to the Heaviside Lair to be reborn and return to a new life. Grizabella, an elderly (younger in some productions) glamour cat who left the Jellicle tribe’s junkyard home, comes back to her tribe, but they shun her. While the other cats dance at the Jellicle Ball, Grizabella watches in the background. She performs a simple dance when the other cats leave, and sings about how she wants to be accepted. Old Deutoronomy sees this and sympathizes with her. In act two, Old Deuteronomy gets kidnapped by Macavity, a “mystery cat” who is the only true antagonist in the musical. As soon as he is successfully returned, it is time to choose who goes to the Heaviside Layer. Grizabella is chosen, and she is taken on a tire to fly into the Heaviside layer.
With bright, colourful costumes, complex choreography and a musical score jam-packed full of ‘earworms’, CATS is purrfect for the entire family and is a great introduction to the world of Musical Theatre for young ones.
Friday 25 October – Sunday 3 November
The “Brick Wall” is every writer’s enemy but Jane has discovered a way to make hitting it a little less tedious. Battling with wildly vocal and immensely frustrating hallucinations in the form of her two main characters, Jane sets about to write a play with all the romance and drama she lacks in her own life.
With a crush on her imaginary leading man, an unexplained dislike of her fictional leading lady, a very real romance budding with a divorced ‘boy next door’ and an inability to separate reality from fiction, Jane furiously pecks out her newest play: a drama about a young wounded British Soldier seeking refuge with a German girl in the midst of WWII.
Set against a 1940’s and modern backdrop, Writer’s Block is a comical romance with a hint of drama that voices some of the unique processes occurring in a writers head as she arduously pieces together the scattered thoughts of her over-active imagination to ultimately produce that perfect work of art… she hopes.
Friday 18 October – Saturday 2 November
It is Christmas 1959, in Sydney. Lisa has just finished school and joins the staff of a fashionable department store over a summer break that changes her life.
She befriends the colourful characters of the women’s clothing department. Each on the verge of change – facing independence, working for a living and what it means to be a woman.
This brand new musical has taken Brisbane by storm after premièring at QPAC in 2015. With Australian musicals few-and-far between, now is the time to support them!
Saturday 26 October – Sunday 10 November