'I think therefore I am.'  Descartes            'I AM THAT I AM.'  Exodus.3.        'I am what I am.'  La Cage aux Folles

14 March 2014

The Mountaintop

Thursday 13th March at The Playhouse QPAC

 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 
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 Candy

07 March 2014

Theatre Catch Up

Moving house and lots of things that life throws at you. I have missed mentioning all the theatre and concerts etc I have been to since my last post. No matter what is happening I have to feed the soul or it is all pointless.
Guiseppe Verdi
Thursday 24th October Opera Queensland at the Lyric Theatre QPAC
One could not have wished for a more dramatic and brilliantly sung production. I Bravoed my heart and lungs out.

The brilliant Duet Otello and Iago performed with awesome power.
  Design For Living
Noel Coward
Friday 25th October QTC Playhouse
A sparkling beautiful production that had me laughing all the way through. Cheeky and sexy performances kept me enthralled.
Fez Faanana ( a sort of friend I like to say) as Miss Hodge and Matthew brought the house down several times. Truly show stopping performance.
Euripides of sorts
Wednesday 30th October Judith Wright Centre
Students of The Aboriginal Centre For The Performing Arts.
Some wonderful talent emerging from this wonderful training centre
A Murder Is Announced
Agatha Christie
Wednesday 15th January at The Playhouse
A hoot and a few very gorgeous actors.
Australia Day
Thursday 13th February at The Playhouse
 Never have I been to a show where the audience laughed so loudly and non stop for about  two and a half hours as we cringed at the familiar, were offended by the sexism, racism etc and recognised ourselves and our neighbours so vividly and humiliatingly. Such a great night with so much to say.
Australian String Quartet
Tuesday 4th March Qld Conservatorium Theatre
A truly thrilling night stretching from the use of sheep gut strings to create a more historic sound for early works to the use of space age looking electric instruments, water glasses, rattles, gongs, vocalisations and powerful music. Excitement plus.

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