The Anywhere Festival has a simple goal: bring great performance experiences to non-tradition theatre spaces. With performances on bridges, in strip clubs, at street corners, in bars, at markets and at many other venues, this is truly theatre anywhere.
With 54 different theatre performances over 17 days, it is impossible to list every event. Here are a few of the highlights that stand out for me or have been featured -
The Touch Industry
This show explores the relationship between strippers and their patrons. So where else would they perform it, but at one of Brisbane's most famous strip clubs, The Candy Club in Fortitude Valley. $20 at 8 pm May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 & 21. This show is the perfect example of using space to empower the performance.
How about a performance on a bridge. Scott Wings presents stories for your imagination that include trapped boys, magic stones and mythical creatures. Book early for this strictly limited performance. May 7, 9, 14, 17, 21 & 24 at 6 pm on the Bridge between High St (west) and Rosecliffe St (east), Highgate Hill. Tickets are $20
Murder in the Mansion
Held in a heritage listed mansion in Marburg, with tickets at $80 and the requirement to dress as if you are attending a red carpet event. You are definitely going to part of the performance. The murder mystery is told from your perspective. Will you be able to solve the mystery before it is too late? This 4 hour performance will be held on May 8, 15 & 22 at 6 pm.
This one woman show return's from London's West End to take on Brisbane's West End at the Bearded Lady Bar. The theme is about the highs and lows of love, sex and gin based on the theme that Valentine's Day shares the same initials as Venereal Disease. This is one of the many bar performances. Tickets are $15 and the event is held on May 7, 8, 10, 8, 16 & 17.
Free Events Include
The Adventures of Wonderbabe the Terrible (Work in Progress)
This performance looks at the sex life of young people and the traumas related to them from a female perspective. The performance involves puppetry and physical theatre. The event is free at the Boundary Street Markets from 8:30 pm, May 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23. You can come and go as you please, or stay for the whole 90 minute performance.
It Takes Two
A combination of ballet and contact improvisation performed by Noami Hibberd and Benjamin Marett. This free 10 minute performance occurs at 5, 6, & 7 pm on Fri May 22, then 10 & 11 am and 4 & 5 pm on Sat May 23 and 9, 10 & 11 am on Sun May 24 at the collective markets in South Bank.
In a moment
This 60 minute performance is about the meeting of two people on a park bench and who we remember moments in our life. 6 pm on Fri May 22 & Sat May 23 as well as a morning performance at 10 am on Sun May 24 at the Collective Markets in South Bank.
The Servant of Two Masters
For those interested in a free performance in more traditional performance space, free tickets are available for this performance of the classic 18th century Italian play. Presented by the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA), you need to book your free tickets online. Note: One of the secrets to free ticketed events is that many people book but don't turn up, so if it is booked out don't be afraid to turn up on the day to try your luck.