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Metamorphosis: Anywhere Theatre Festival 2013

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What's happening at The Shed?, A Metamorphosis, Anywhere Theatre Festival



My friend and I drove down Macarthur Avenue in Eagle Farm towards the Northshore Shed where Metamorphosis was playing as part of the 2013 Anywhere Theatre Festival. The road seemed a little dark and naturally we thought, "Where are we going? The GPS is telling us to keep going straight, but, it looks lifeless out here."

However, we were soon to notice a group of people sitting and chatting and the words "The Shed" painted large and bright in front of us.

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Metamorphosis performance, The Shed, Anywhere Theatre Festival


I felt a little chill run through me, but a good chill, the kind of chill you get when you know you are doing something extraordinary on a usual sleepy Monday night.

Luke Butler, Director, who studied in Sydney and now lives in Brisbane, describes it as "a beautifully sad, fractured, kitchen sink drama which tells the story of a family pulled apart by its own values and overwhelming love." Sound familiar? We all undoubtedly have our family dramas but surely, this is a play to take "drama" to a new level. He works with Daniel Kloote, Producer, as part of The Basics Project.

You arrive to see what is called a 300 degree seating arrangement - you are part of the play as much as the actors are a part of the play. However, this is no cause for alarm as you will not be pulled onto stage by one of the actors and asked to perform some obtuse physical performance - that is for the professionals.

Drawing from physical theatre, this play adapted by the work of Franz Kafka and written by Steven Berkoff, sees the main actor inexplicably turn into an insect. No costumes. No special effects, just pure theatrical skill. It is done so well that I became captivated and actually believed I was seeing a metamorphosis from human to insect before my eyes.

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Metamorphosis performance, The Shed, Anywhere Theatre Festival


The play paints an exaggerated picture of the conflicts and stresses of the common family and will undoubtedly appeal to a wide audience. It is a play that will challenge you, both physically & emotionally, and is definitely something you can become enthralled by as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival.

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The cast & crew, Metamorphosis performance, Anywhere Theatre Festival


It is very conveniently located near Portside Wharf and its array of fine dining restaurants. A nice dinner pre- or post-show is definitely in order along with perhaps a delicious coffee and treat at Max Brenner.

Metamorphosis will run from Tuesday 14th of May to Sunday 19th of May, 7pm at the Northshore Shed, Eagle Farm. All tickets are $22.00 Bookings available here.
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Why? Anywhere Theatre Festival
When: 14th May to 19th May
Phone: 0421821785
Where: 257 Macarthur Avenue, The Shed, Northshore Shed, Eagle Farm
Cost: $22.00
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