A little bit of outside-the-box thinking has resulted in a theatre festival that utilises space all over Brisbane.
Complaints of a lack of theatre spaces in suburban Brisbane have been negated by the Anywhere Theatre Festival, an event that turns a negative into a positive. The event consists of a program of performances that are played out in non-conventional spaces. It could be a train, a town square or even Twitter – anywhere but a traditional theatre space.
The festival will run from 5 until 14 May in venues all around Brisbane. The performances will range from classic narratives to modern art house plays and the performers are a mix of local, interstate and international individuals and companies. The word 'theatre' is something of a misnomer, as the program will include dance, circus, comedy and clowning.
The only limit to the performance space is that it must be within the Brisbane City Council limits, with organisers encouraging directors to get outside of the CBD and use suburban locations. The Anywhere Theatre Festival website will list a program and detailed directions closer to the performance dates. Prices will differ between shows but are expected to average $15.00 per person.
If you are a director or playwright with a show to perform, you can register to perform in the festival by visiting the website. You can register your interest as a volunteer here.
Queensland used to be called the land of the red neck. (oh boy, that one could get me into trouble.) Its meant with kindness. As Queensland seems to have taken on some amazing cultural projects in recent years which is fantastic to see and wonderful to experience.
Ideas like this one - and I hope they get supported by the public are fantastic.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Saturday, 23rd of April @ 11:34 am
Yes - I've noticed this is on. Some of the events in the festival feature real theatre performed in top restaurants. What a great idea. You get a gourmet 3 course meal and then sit back and enjoy 2 short plays. Sure beats driving into town, going through the hassle (and cost) of finding somewhere to park and then finding somewhere to eat before going to the theatre.