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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | May 26, 2022

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AboutMadeleine Dale, Author at The Creative Issue

Madeleine Dale

Madeleine Dale

When I first stumbled into the bright lights of Brisbane as an overawed and badly dressed culture-nerd, I promptly declared that I would spend my life here doing nothing but wearing the flounciest skirts and watching the indiest theatre I could find. I was half right. Since ditching the skirts for walking shoes, I have chased the creative everywhere from the rooftop bars of South Brisbane to the London yard of the Globe. As a Creative Drinks writer, I will be your point-woman on this continuing mission to track down the best of the Brisbane Arts scene. Sitting on uncomfortable milk crate chairs, holding drunken actors’ glasses, risking hypothermia in day ticket lines and making awkward eye contact with slam poets, I will endeavour to bring you the words, performances and films you need to feed your creative fires.

Posts By Madeleine Dale

La Boite Opens a New Door

April 12, 2016 |

La Boite kicks off their 2016 season with a fresh new manifesto, a sense of real danger and a whole lot of glitter.

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The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Success

March 25, 2016 |

Brisbane is alive with the sound of happy audiences, advance bookings, and yes, music, as the world’s favourite musical comes to QPAC.

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The Rabbits Remakes Opera

March 18, 2016 |

The Rabbits comes to QPAC in a triumphant, moving and strictly limited season.

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Designing The Rabbits: An Interview with Gabriela Tylesova

March 17, 2016 |

As The Rabbits hops into QPAC, we spoke to designer Gabriela Tylesova to get a closer look at this unique Australian production.

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Go to Rio with The Boy From Oz

March 13, 2016 |

The Brisbane Arts Theatre take on The Boy From Oz and win, in a production that is joyous, proud and marvellously executed.

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Politics is Personal in Pennsylvania Avenue

March 11, 2016 |

Pennsylvania Avenue weaves politics and showbiz together in a knock-out showcase of Bernadette Robinson’s remarkable talent.

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Titanic: The Movie The Play Makes Maritime Disaster Fun

March 7, 2016 |

All aboard! Act/React’s interactive Titanic is setting sail from the Brisbane Comedy Festival – and while there’s no guarantee you’ll make it to America, you’ll have the time of your life on the way to the bottom.

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Sell Mum into Slavery is Classy, Clever Comedy

March 6, 2016 |

As we file into the Turbine Studio, I notice a guide to Damien Power’s new solo show sitting on my seat. Not a program, not a flyer – a guide. Opening it reveals precious little about the show in question, but it does yield a rather nice black and white photo of Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. So begins a night of comedy unusually concerned with the bigger questions: human mortality, the death of God and the lusty demands of the mammalian hind brain.

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2015 Matildas Awarded in Face of Runaway Ceremony

March 3, 2016 |

Brisbane theatre’s night of nights leapt dramatically off the rails on Monday, with scathing departure speeches, over the top presenters, missed cues, off-script politicians and an audience drunk on the hilarity of it all.

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Titanic: The Movie The Play Prepares to Set Sail

February 26, 2016 |

“It’s like a duck – on top of the surface, it’s all serene and calm; under the surface: madly paddling.”

As Titanic: The Movie The Play prepares for her maiden voyage, we spoke to director and co-writer Greg Rowbotham about the challenges and joys of launching the Ship of Dreams from the Powerhouse courtyard.

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Morsels from the Heart Highlights Asian-Australian Theatre

February 22, 2016 |

BrisAsia festival may be entering its last week, but already it’s laying foundations for the future. We checked out festival delicacy Morsels from the Heart and got a sneak preview of what’s to come for Brisbane theatre.

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Cross-Cultural Exchange Bears Fruit in Black

February 19, 2016 |

Queensland’s Expressions Dance Company and China’s Guangdong Modern Dance Company team up for the Australian launch of the Chinese Australian Dance Exchange Project.

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Simon Burke Melts Hearts with Something About Always

February 14, 2016 |

Simon Burke joins Melt Festival for a night of reminiscence and romance in Something About Always.

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Brisbane Sinks its Claws into Cats

February 1, 2016 |


If you’re a Jellicle cat, the time has come to get your Jellicle self to the Lyric theatre. And if not, well – you might just have a good time anyway.
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