Anyhere Theatre Festival 2014 is once again bringing a fantastic line up of performances to just about anywhere except a theatre near you.
If you go out in Brisbane over the next twelve days (or even stay at home for that matter) you’re sure of a big surprise as theatre as-you-don’t-know –it takes over the city in places least expected – museums, sheds, substations, bowling greens, a barber shop, book shop, the beach, hospital, fitness centre, a swimming pool, the street and a location that remains a secret. And yes, even your own house.
The idea behind Anywhere is that the art of theatre should not be constrained by, well, a theatre nor by a time frame of two plus hours with interval, or even a genre. So, whether it’s an idiot’s walking tour, comedy at the hairdresser’s, burlesque in a suburban bar, dancers in historic baths or cabaret in your lounge room, here are a few highlights of the spiffing cavalcade of acts at this year’s festival:
Little Boxes - The audience takes centre ‘stage’ surrounded by a set made from industrial cast-offs in this immersive large scale production from Woodford festival faves Jenna & Alex (aka The Gremlins) .The notion of isolation in densely populated environments is explored via six characters living in a circle of cramped flats - until the day someone’s TV explodes, unleashing a wave of unstoppable calamities.. In conjunction there'll be a pop up bar & live art performances from Juggler's Artspace ‘The Shed’, Northshore Hamilton May 8-10, 15-18 8pm $19-24. 15+
Miss K is.. Wrong – Coming direct to Johnny Brown’s and Brisbane lounge rooms from the Adelaide Fringe Festival is the slightly insane gal who’s trying to keep up with the times and keeps putting her foot in it… texting at red lights that always turn green, wants to be famous on TV but can’t build, can cook but can’t be trusted with knives and runs out of things to tweet about. Is there anything else this girl can’t do? Find out by inviting cabaret star Miss K Klara, to your house or catch her at tiny Gabba bar Padre. Padre Dive Bar Woolloongabba May 8-10 8.30pm Home Bookings Avail May 12-15 Ph: 0421 606 025
Sweet Meniscus – The southern hemisphere’s oldest public baths, (dating from the late 1800s), is the enchanted history-laden setting of this evocative dance performance by 3 leading dancers from the Queensland ballet, including Principal Rachael Walsh, The ethereal work, by emerging choreographer Joseph Stewart in collaboration with writer Torrey Atkin, explores humanity’s unique and unusual relationship with water. Spring Hill Baths Dorrington St Spring Hill May 16-18 8pm May 17-18 6pm $17-28
Forbidden Island: Adventures of the Glamazons – If Barbarella was ship-wrecked on Gilligan’s Island, this would have been the R-rated show that came out of it – a wacky, hilarious, burlesque-meets-sci-fi theatrical cabaret fusion. The work of Booby Trap, the notorious pair comprising Eva Vivacia (burlesque teacher, competitive burlesque performer and Camp Hill resident) and Kimmi Doll (UQ Drama major and burlesque enthusiast), this is one strictly for adults only, held after dark right next to – where else? - Shady Lane. Shady Palms, Logan Rd Stones Corner May 9-10, 16-18 7.30 $20-$25 18+
Pre-Drinks – Theatre and real-life are blurred beyond recognition in this 3rd Rocket Man production-turned–goonpunch party, in which it’s impossible to tell where the audience ends and the show begins. And that is the point of Pre-Drinks as it combines pre-drinks before a show with the art of drinking, with the bare performance space gradually turning into a raucous house party. Along the way it manages to be both ran unflinchingly raw study of 4 Brisbane friends and of our overall drinking culture. Artslink Qld, 24 Macquarie Tce Teneriffe May 8-17 8 (pre-drinks at 7.30, post-drinks at 10). Matinee (Sunday Session) May 11 2-5. $18 15+
Ether – Created for their hometown Melbourne Fringe Festival by locals Devon and Naomi of Murmur Collective and later adapted for a beach performance, this intense and beautiful piece of physical theatre entwined with performance art and dance was inspired by Devon’s personal experience – the loss of a child born to a twin – and explores the themes of loss, close bonds, connection and sense of identity. Streets Beach, South Bank Cnr Ernest & Stanley St Plaza May 8-10 5.30, 6.30 $12-15
Back again by popular demand is the When We Were Idiot’s Walking Tour led by wacko comedian Xavier Toby and this year there are 3 child-friendly shows in the line-up.
Free events not to miss include Hotel Pantalone, a classic performance in the tradition of Commedia Dell’Arte by Brisbane theatre troupe Blue Roo. Queen St Mall May 9 12pm; and Schiller’s The Robbers, a German play by indigenous performers at the beautiful old building that is the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts. Shafston Ave, Kangaroo Point. May 8-10. 7.30. Free
For the full Anywhere Theatre Programme see here