From a timber yard to a beach, unique locations inspire this year’s regional shows for Anywhere Theatre Festival. Our only rule – that all performances must happen anywhere but a theatre or gallery – can, and truly does, inspire the unexpected. We invite you: travel beyond Brisbane, to (re-)discover Cairns, Hervey Bay, Mackay, Mount Isa, Ipswich, Toowoomba, and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
1. Aerial circus celebrates Mount Isa in Red Dust, Black Silk
Red Dust, Black Silk is not the circus as you know it. Visitors will wander an industrial shed browsing photos on the walls, and gazing up at the aerial performers above. Celebrating the North West’s red and dusty landscape will be Jemloco Images, while hanging from the black silk will be some of Sabella Fuss’ Six Foot Circus students.
Date: May 19
Location: North West Gymnastics Building, Mount Isa
2. Win the Golden Flamingo at Machans Beach Pop-Up Gallery
Go beach-side in Cairns to browse local artworks, witness artists in action – and vote for the inaugural People’s Choice Award, the Golden Flamingo! The Machans Beach Pop-Up Gallery team promise a laid-back vibe and masterpieces for sale.
Dates: May 6 and 7
Location: Machans Beach Community Hall, Cairns
3. Cabaret knocks on wood in Timber Dreams
Porters Hardware opens the gate to its Timber Yard … for luxury cabaret. Treading the boards will be music theatre star Kurt Phelan (Dirty Dancing), Molley Rossetto (Chicago), and Kyra Geoghegan (Australian premiere of Bonnie and Clyde), with Sarah Rozekrans on piano. All presented by Mackay’s own … Joel Bow Productions.
Dates: May 6
Location: Porters Hardware and Timber Yard, Tennyson St entrance, Mackay
4. Body Shopping: Life drawing in a gym
Body shopping ….What better place than a gym for an exhibition of Life Drawing and Painting: from Naked to Nude. Watch a young Henna Artist draw a Nude on a Life Model; or find your own inner artist. (All exhibited artwork is for sale.)
Dates: May 7
Location: Crossfit 4740, Mackay
5. Explore office politics in Hot Desk Riot
Three office workers – under-valued, under-appreciated and underpaid – let loose their frustrations in musical comedy Hot Desk Riot. Macabre Theatre Company promises soul, melody and political sting in a secret location.
Dates: May 11, 12, 13
Location: Secret location, Hervey Bay
BYO picnic for a full moon in the garden of award-winning artist Lynda Black, where she hand-draws charcoal animations to Dylan Sparks’ delivery of extraordinary poems, performed to live music.
Date: May 10
Location: Private residence, Cooran (Sunshine Coast)
Staged within the 250 seat roman style amphitheatre, nestled on Lake McDonald’s shore and surrounded by the gardens, Tallow Montague (Romeo), Jacqueline Elley (Juliet) and Little Seed’s Masterclass Plus students perform Shakespeare’s masterpiece.
Date: May 20, 21
Location: Cooroy Amphitheatre, Noosa Botanic Gardens
8. Triple Bill delivers Triple the Drama in a Cinema Foyer
Q Up the Coast offers three very different shows – each exploring the basic human need of connection. Anthony Borsato’s Separation Anxieties is a one-man show; two strangers connect during a music festival in Tremayne Gordon’s Volume; and …k questions the impacts of social media.
Dates: May 11-14, 18-21
Location: Majestic Cinema Foyer, Nambour
9. Power or Play? Game of Love Workshop
Come dressed in character costume (optional) or just rock up to explore the dynamics which play out between couples. The Game of Love is an 18+ experiential game for couples and singles. Be ready to play, or just watch from the sidelines.
Dates/Locations: Gold Coast (May 14, 19), Ipswich (May 7, 12) Toowoomba (May 4), Brisbane (May 6, 7, 13).
10. Heavenly Hijinx
Join the quirky, but loveable, fallen angel Drewcifer on a ‘pick-your-own path’ theatre adventure. Laugh, cry and be amazed as Drewcifer uses every trick (literally) under his belt to persuade the archangel Joelle to join him on the dark side. Not suitable for children aged 0-5; all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: May 18, 19
Location: The Dark Magician game store, Ipswich
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