A Beginner's Guide to Brisbane Performing Arts - Part 1
Brisbane is full of great performing arts spaces; the problem is simply knowing where to look to find them.
Brisbane Arts Theatre
Iâ€™ve already written about the Arts Theatre this year, but this Brisbane stallwart of the performing arts scene deserves the love we give it. Started in 1936, this organisation is run entirely by volunteers (thereâ€™s a reason why its survived all this time: its team is not only dedicated but talented).
Chances are, youâ€™ve driven past the Brisbane Arts Theatre. Located at 210 Petrie Terrace, the venue seats 151, is air-conditioned (thank goodness) and even has its own licensed bar, Masks. Youâ€™ll find a local Nepalese restaurant, where audiences member often meet to dine before the show, next door.
As you can imagine, the Theatre has put on a lot of shows in its 77th years. Equus, Calendar Girls and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory have all graced its stage in the past. This year, Trivia, Seussical: The Musical and Delicacy will be added to the list.
In addition to its mainstage season, The Brisbane Arts Theatre also runs a very special childrenâ€™s theatre project. I have fond memories of childhood afternoons spent here; itâ€™s a fantastic way to get the kids away from the television and introduce them to the fun of live performance. If youâ€™re stuck for something to do this weekend, why not check out their current offering: Rumplestiltskin is My Name! Its on this Saturday, the 4th of May at 2:00pm. And, with tickets just $16 dollars, it wonâ€™t cost you much more than a 3D movie.
What to find out more about the Brisbane Arts Theatre? Visit its website at artstheatre.com.au
By the way, the Theatre is always looking for new people to lend a helping hand; if youâ€™ve been thinking of taking a more acting role in our local theatre scene, this could be the perfect opportunity. Find out more here.
The cosyÂ Cremorne Theatre is part of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and is one of my favourite venues in Brisbane to see a play. Wedged between the Playhouse and the Lyric Theatre, the space has all the creature comforts of a big theatre venue and the initmacy of a local one.
As the Cremorne isnâ€™t attached to a single theatre company, the possibilities for what you might see are almost endless.
Coming up this month, the space is being taken over by the shake & stir theatre co for a special adaptation of George Orwellâ€™s Animal Farm. If you have memories of school english classes spent pouring over this text (as I do), this is your chance to finally see it as Orwell intended (well, sort of). In 2011, The Courier-Mail named it the best play of the year.
Find out more about the Cremorne Theatre and what you can see there by visiting the QPAC website and searching for â€œCremorne Theatreâ€.