We've been busy in Brisbane!
Last week marked a big week for performing arts; hereâ€™s our quick recap of what you may have missedâ€¦
2012 Matilda Awards
On Monday night (4th March), QUT’s Garden Theatre hosted the 2012 Matilda Awards. It was a night of laughter, fun and even a few tears. Of course, you wouldnâ€™t expect anything less from a room full of Brisbaneâ€™s best on-stage talent.
The big winner on the night was A Tribute of Sorts. Part of La Boiteâ€™s Indie series of productions, the play picked up the awards for Best Female Actor in a Leading Role (Emily Curtain), Best Male Actor in a Leading Role (Dash Kruck), Best New Australian Work (Benjamin Schostakowski) and Best Independent Production.
The late Bille Brown was also remembered with the presentation of an award named in his honour: Best Emerging Artist. This yearâ€™s winner was Lizzie Ballinger, who made a big impact in her performance of ThÃ©rÃ¨se Raquin.
The audience were kept entertained thanks to the eveningâ€™s Master of Ceremonies, recent Oscar-winning singer Adele (Naomi Price). Adele wowed audiences with her stellar vocals and saucy wit. Those unlucky to have missed her will get another opportunity when Adele returns to Brisbane this coming April.
Cavalia Opening Night
Cavalia kicked off its Australian tour with its premiere under the Big White Top on Wednesday (6th March). Enthusiastic crowds braved the inclement weather to see some of the world’s best riders, horses and acrobats put on a memorable show. If the standing ovation given at the end of the evening was anything to judge by, braving the rain was certainly worth the effort.
The clear love and respect shared between both the riders and their animals was evident throughout each section of the two-hour show and, save for a few amusing detours courtesy of Cavaliaâ€™s four-legged stars, the acts were performed seamlessly. It was clear that, by the end of the evening, Cavalia’s audience was certainly charmed.
You can find more about the showÂ here
New Appointment for Opera Queensland
Opera Queensland has announced the appointment of two new faces to the companyâ€™s Open Stage initiative. Mark Taylor has been named Open Stageâ€™s Manager, whilst Jason Barry-Smith will take on the role of Creative Director.
Now in its second year, Open Stage seeks to introduce opera to the wider community and encourage the public’s greater engagement with this unique art form. The program sees Opera Queensland continue its work with local schools and expand its commitment to providing opera and musical theatre workshops to people from every walk of life.
Speaking on his appointment, Mark Taylor emphasised Open Stageâ€™s commitment to participation: â€œThe idea of play is something we should be fostering in all, not just children and thatâ€™s what Open Stage is all about. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to create rather than simply observe.â€