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'Dennis' - Short & Sweet Festival's Gala Finals

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Give a man a mask, and he’ll tell you the truth: Oscar Wilde

If you love theatre and cabaret to be fast and furious then The Short & Sweet Festival's Gala Finals will be right up your alley. The Short & Sweet Festival hits you with short sharp bursts of performance for a perfect night out. Now, after four massive weeks of exhilarating performances, the Short & Sweet Festival's Gala Finals are here and you will have an opportunity to vote for your favourite, ahead of the awards ceremony on Sunday, 3 September.

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Dennis, an incredible piece of theatre you will not have seen the like of before in Australia, has been selected as a finalist in this year's Festival and, in my opinion, is a hot bet to take out the title.

A full-face, non-verbal, mask theatre piece about the power of relationships Dennis tells the poignant and touching story of a lonely but loveable and misunderstood character living alone in a small flat in Worcester. Dennis, the character, has never achieved his greatest dream of one day falling in love. He knows what love really is having seen it on television, when couples hold hands in the streets and even the next-door neighbours' dogs every Sunday morning. But, still, Dennis has never had his own love – until now!

With only two remaining opportunities to catch this incredible piece of theatre follow the links to make sure you have booked your seat at The Short & Sweet Festival Theatre Gala Finals. Being held at Brisbane Powerhouse's, Powerhouse Theatre, 119 Lamington Street
New Farm on Saturday, 2 September at 7.00pm and Sunday, 3 September at 6.00pm. Tickets are available at $35 per person, $30 concession, plus a $3 single ticket or $6 multiple ticket transaction fee.

Funny and moving, Dennis is written and performed by Clint Bolster, a Brisbane performer, writer and director. As the moving force behind Homunculus Theatre Co., Clint is the first artist to bring this style of mask theatre to the main stage in Australia. Having honed his extraordinary skills in this genre during his time as an international artist in residency in the UK's leading mask theatre company, Vamos Theatre Company, Clint developed this amazing piece of art.

Mask Theatre is considered to have an important and vital role to play in our community and Clint hopes to share the joy and power of the art form with a wide range of audiences in Australia. For Clint, Mask Theatre directly connects with the heart. It is non-verbal so rises above language and breaks down all types of communication barriers.

Mask Theatre is capable telling the most powerful and moving stories in a gentle yet deeply engaging and uniquely profound way.

Clint is a prominent Brisbane actor, theatrical clown, mask theatre specialist, stilt performer and trainer and teaching artist in Australia. His celebrated skills have been developed over 15 years of extensive training and performances in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Singapore and Japan.

Dennis has been made possible through funding received from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

For more information on this great show and to check out the Powerhouse website, Facebook page or on Instagram. Otherwise phone the theatre on 3358 8600 or email,

But whatever you do, do it now or you might miss out!
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Why? You won't be able to mask your feeling
When: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September, 2017
Phone: 3358 8600
Where: Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Cost: $35 per person, $30 concessional, plus a $3 single ticket or $6 multiple ticket transaction fee
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