Under the Radar, a Brisbane Festival event, is a celebration of theatre. If you're desperate to see something fresh and new, or if your theatre experiences are confined to blockbusters like FAME or Wicked, then head into the CBD for something completely different.
For twenty two days, from 4 September until 25 September, Under the Radar will encompass more than one hundred performances by experimental and emerging artists. The Metro Arts (109 Edward Street, Brisbane CBD) provides a venue for paid performances, while the Street Feats program offers a free sample.
Proving that you don't always get what you pay for, the Street Feats line up offers a selection of more linear theatre experiences. There's Irish poetry, a bogan ballet, interactive performances and several plays on offer, all performed in outdoor arenas like Queen Street Mall and King George Square.
Childhood anxiety, the search for love and inbred country folk are some of the themes explored in a weird and wonderful mix of performances at Metro Arts. This program is more experimental than the offerings in Street Feats and includes multi-media installations, collage drama, stand up, cabaret, poetry and more traditional plays. Crowd pleasers Caravan of Doom make an appearance with their show Good Clean Fun. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for concession holders for each performance, or take advantage of the 5 for $60 deal (see the website for more information.)