Anywhere Theatre Festival is no ordinary festival, it's totally unlike any other festival in the world. The Anywhere Theatre Festival has no boundaries; no limitations; you won't find it in theatres… you could find it 'anywhere' - the keyword to the Anywhere Theatre Festival. This year, 2018, is the second year that the Anywhere Theatre Festival has been presented on the Sunshine Coast and Noosa, and the performers have wholeheartedly adopted the challenge of presenting in non-traditional spaces.
You could find the Anywhere Festival 'anywhere' except in a theatre!
I was invited to attend the matinee performance of GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, produced by Bonnie Curtis Projects, at the Eudlo Public Hall in Eudlo, the little historical timber town in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS was my first foray into the Anywhere Theatre Festival and to say I was excited was a slight under-exaggeration - GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS had arrived in Queensland, after having had very successful sell-out shows in Sydney.
The audience were not invited to take up seats in this quaint little public hall, but rather we were cordoned off with a rope, ensuring we were not tempted to sit down. In the middle of the floor was a huge plastic bag of dress-up clothing and accessories - at first glance one was tempted to think it was just a bag of rags. One by one the 'head-covered' dancers were led into the hall by the extremely eloquent Mistress of Ceremonies and lead to their 'spot'. Each one of these girls was a mannequin - a role that each and every one played to perfection. Once the mannequins were in their allocated stances, the audience were then invited to interact with the 'girls' and to play dress-ups. The dress-ups were totally hilarious with squeals of laughter rippling the surface of being transported back in time to being a child…. a girl child!
Anything goes with GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, but always expect the unexpected! There is something for everyone - a lucky door prize, depersonalised women, audience interaction and even the Australian flag. The very thought-provoking GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS examines the experiences and thought processes - however frivolous - of the thoroughly modern misses in today's world. From taking the perfect selfie to 'does my bum look fat in this' attitudes, the audience is taken on a satirical journey of modern-day girls' deepest, darkest thoughts and insecurities.
The musical GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS was totally unpredictable, the production was totally novel and the initial lively interaction between the dancers and the audience ensured that this very contemporary work of art was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Look out for GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS at the Melbourne Fringe Festival later this year.
Bonnie Curtis Projects is an independent dance company based in Sydney, with a vision to incorporate dance with film, installation and performance arts to explore darker elements of human existence and topics that are thought of as taboo in today's society.
The very creative Bonnie Curtis with her GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS