Some late updates of Theatre etc this year. Guys and Dolls Harvest Rain Theatre Company at The Concert Hall QPAC Thursday 20th March
This was my first production by Harvest Rain and they have become so big over recent times. It was a thoroughly wonderful evening. Like a time capsule of the 50s musical as they were true to the original spirit. I doubt it could be done any other way. Some great voices and dancers.
The chorus of exceptionally good male dancers/singers was impressive and a surprise. They were also very, very attractive.
Costumes were a stand out in those vibrant colours.
A great friend and outstanding actor with a very famous beginning Steven Tandy bought tears to my eyes with this beautiful solo. Photos by http://nickmorrissey.com.au/ Matthew Mitcham Wednesday 2nd April at The Powerhouse
We met, he signed my book and then he did a Q&A. It was so great to have a small chat to this darling man as he is good friends with another friend of mine who is a musician and actor. A Gold Medalist from the Beijing Olympic games and the only Out Gay Athlete at the Games. A charming guy and obviously so beautiful. Hope to see him later in the year when he brings his cabaret show to town after the Commonwealth Games.
Matthew received the highest score in Olympic history for his 10 M Dive in 2008.
Macbeth Qld Theatre Company at The Playhouse QPAC Thursday 10th April
With visiting great director Michael Attenborough at the helm and the largest cast ever assembled for The Qld. Theatre company this awesome production got underway with a crashing lightning storm electrifying this giant set to the sound of giant rhythmic drums.
The battles and sword fights were choreographed my experts the blood really spurted and the acting was phenomenal.
Never have I sat through a Shakespeare with such easy understanding. One was hardly aware of the period of the language and the precise and sparkling diction revealed the clarity of every word. Such ease of precision and rhythm lifted the beauty of the performance of this most poetic of the plays.
After the show in front of some of the season posters.
Saturday 3rd May at The Judith Wtight Centre
It has been a year since I became aware of a beautiful local young dancer Kenny Johnson. I became friends over the internet and at long last I got to see him perform live. On Television he reduced everyone to tears with the depth of his soul which positively glows when he dances.
Penned by brilliant young Memphis playwright Katori Hall,
the play was a West End and Broadway sell-out. Making his Company debut,
Pacharo Mzembe shines as Dr Martin Luther King Jr, while vivacious actress,
activist and hip-hop sensation Candy Bowers dazzles as Camae. (from The QPAC Website) and wonderfully directed by Todd MacDonald with music by award winning composer, sound designer and sister of Candy Bowers, Busty Beatz (Kim Bowers).
"Can I Have an Amen?" and the whole audience responded "AMEN"
When this happens in a theatre you know the audience of largely middle class Australians are totally involved. Last night I had the joy of a stunning performance. Tears streamed down my face so often it became embarrassing. Two wonderful actors filled the dingy Motel room with laughter, surprise, power and anguish. About half way through the play everything turns surreal as we discover the brash, loud whisky drinking, chain-smoking, swearing and vibrant Camae is an angel. Killed the night before she has been sent by God (a beautiful black woman) on her first mission, to bring Martin Luther King home. He will be assassinated at one minute past six the next evening and he doesn't want to go with his work unfinished. She lets him see the future as the set comes apart and recedes sideways and back to allow a mesmerising layered newsreel of future events while Camae hip hops the story unfolding. This was a true moment of inspired and original theatre production that we have come to expect from the team at The Queensland Theatre Company under the guidance of our awesome and infectious Artistic Director, Wesley Enoch. Once again we had booked for the night they have a Q&A with the cast and crew where the audience can indulge themselves with any question they like.
Of particular thrill for me was the participation of the amazing Lighting Designer, Ben Hughes pictured above with his father Glenn also a lighting designer. As I have skipped through the programmes over the last few years I have seen that Ben is responsible for the wonderful lighting and designs for so many (most I would say) shows in so many theatres that I have been lucky to attend. He is truly an inspired guy. He had some great insight s to share during the Question time.
Of course being the theatre groupie I am, I wrote to thank some of the artists and received some replies.
From Ben Hughes:- Thank you for such kind words. I'm very
happy you enjoyed the show.
From Pacharo "Pach" Mzembe:- Thanks a million Barry
Stone! Much appreciated Yes it is
awesome lol Amazing writing by Katori Hall and am blessed to be a part of this
production. Personal growth has been one of the major benefits! Bless ya Barry!
#beunafraid From Candy Bowers :- Thank-you Barry it's always wonderful to hear, lots of love