A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Brisbane Arts Theatre

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Brisbane Arts Theatre


Posted 2017-11-16 by Brian McIverfollow

Sat 04 Nov 2017 - Sun 10 Dec 2017

"If I've told you once, I've told you a hundred times. Do not fan the girls when they are wet! But you'll never learn, you'll be a eunuch all your life"
Lycus, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

From timeless classic literature to contemporary Australian writing, to well-known musicals and quirky cult theatre, Brisbane Arts Theatre delivers on its promise of accessible theatre while introducing challenging and sometimes confronting works to its loyal audiences.

The Tony Award-winning musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – from a book written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart - was Stephen Sondheim's first Broadway show. Brisbane Arts Theatre is now proud to be presenting Forum for Brisbane's theatre lovers. If you've never treated yourself to a live theatre performance, why not start with this one?

Inspired by traditional farce theatre from ancient Rome, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his master win the attention of a 'girl next door'. And by next door, they literally mean 'next door' – three Roman houses on a suburban Roman street will be built on stage at Brisbane Arts Theatre by the very busy workshop team housed underneath the iconic building on Petrie Terrace.

In this hilarious slapstick comedy described as in the same vein as Are You Being Served?, puns, mistaken identities and lashings of innuendo accelerate the pace leaving audiences breathless, sometimes with laughter and sometimes simply catching up on the vaudevillian action!

This production again showcases the extremely talented actors and technical staff who consistently create vivid platforms for stories both new and old. In Forum, you can almost smell the dust kicked up by chariots and sandals, and see the afternoon sun glinting off tarnished armour. And whenever the actors open their mouths to speak or sing, you'll be forgiven for thinking you've awoken in a 1960's or 70's bawdy English comedy!

Such skill and dedication from the staff and performers is in no small way due to Brisbane Art Theatre's history of excellence in Brisbane. Established in 1936, this 80-year-old theatre company has been the city's gateway to the dramatic arts for decades. A commitment to accessibility for Brisbane audiences has translated to accessibility in price, accessibility in the types of productions staged and accessibility through the welcoming and intimate atmosphere at the iconic 50-year-old venue on Petrie Terrace.

Getting there is very easy. Located at 210 Petrie Terrace, it's only around an 800-metre walk from Roma St Station. Plan your journey with Translink here

If you prefer to drive, there is free 4-hour parking available on either side of Petrie Terrace after 7pm on weekdays and at all times on the weekend. On Suncorp Stadium game days, Petrie Terrace is excluded from the Lang Park Traffic Area's 15-minute restrictions. To avoid a parking fine, do not park in the side streets during events, which are limited to 15 minutes where unsigned. Alternative parking is available on Countess St below Hargraves Park, parallel to the Busway.

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