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Wild Parties & Broken Dreams

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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
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1920's fun in a secret, underground bar
Inside Outside Wild Parties Broken Dreams


Be transported back in time to the 1920s, when Brisbane's heritage-listed Spring Hill Reservoir is transformed into a secret bar, an illicit establishment commonly found during the prohibition.

Writer/Director Angela Witcher cites her fascination with all things 1920's as her inspiration for the production. The reservoir serves as a wonderful backdrop for InsideOutside's latest theatrical offering, which tells the story of Vivian Rose, the owner of Pearl's Underground Bar, who has returned to Australia from America to escape her gangster husband, Teddy. Teddy is hot on her trail, bringing with him his new girlfriend, a budding movie star by the name of Ruby, who is also the daughter of an Australian diplomat. To make matters even more complicated, while back in town, Ruby runs into her childhood sweetheart, Joey. The scene is set for a turbulent, action-packed evening, as passions and temper are set loose.

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Actors are engaging and the music entertaining


Audiences can partake of local craft beer, gin cocktails and fine wine, while being entertained by the action as well as the live music, as modern songs are performed in a 1920's style, accompanied by dance routines. This is an opportunity for audiences to become immersed in the action as they form the backdrop for the story. For an extra special evening, why not book a VIP Booth and enjoy hostess service, a welcome drink, canapes, cupcakes and a showbag.

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Up close and personal with the action


The InsideOutside Theatre Company was established in 2012 and are a not-for-profit company presenting original works and providing an opportunity for emerging artists and people with disability and dementia to get involved in performance. Previously the group have presented murder mysteries in unusual spaces, however "Wild Parties & Broken Dreams" is the first show in their new series of productions entitled "Decades", and if this performance is anything to go by, I'd book your tickets for future performances set in the '40s and '60s as soon as they go on sale. To find out more about the company and their future performances, visit their website.

There are two more performances of "Wild Parties & Broken Dreams", on 22 and 23 March. Doors and the bar open at 6pm and the performance starts at 7pm. Patrons are advised not to wear high heels as there is a 6 metre flight of metal stairs which needs to be descended upon arrival. The venue has no wheelchair access.

Tickets range from $35 - $45, with VIP seating costing $75, or $550 for a group of eight. Book your tickets by visiting Trybooking.
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Why? Fancy some illicit fun?
When: 6pm
Phone: 0499 002 989
Where: Spring Hill Reservoir, 230 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane
Cost: $35 - $75
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