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Anywhere Reviews

Every year Anywhere Festival invites people to write reviews of performances at the festival. We do this because we believe it is vital that people can read about shows, that performance makers can start a conversation with someone who has taken the time to write about the work and to celebrate the art of critiquing performances.

Along with a number of established writers, this year we are also running a workshop with Nadia Jade of Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane aimed at new writers to help develop their skills and provide guidance around reviews written for Anywhere Festival shows.

You will find those reviews as they are written below.

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Anywhere Reviews.

Wizards in the Senate Room

By Catherine Lawrence | May 29, 2021

The Play About Wizards and Music in a Village Somewhere is a slightly silly, and occasionally, witty farce that draws inspiration from a variety of UK cult TV hits.

Disturbo

By Catherine Lawrence | May 28, 2021

Great evocation of a liminal space for this performance art reflection on a relationship journey.

Tongue in Cheek Winery Tour

By Deborah Ford | May 28, 2021

From grape to wine – the journey!

SPACE: The Flat Frontier

By Janey Birks | May 27, 2021

When Anywhere becomes the edge of the Earth.

I Am Woman, Hear Me | Brigitte Freeme

I Am Woman, Hear Me | Brigitte Freeme

By Georgia McKenzie | May 27, 2021

A wonderfully nuanced performance with some incredibly talented women at the centre.

The Velvet Lounge Spectacle

By Kati Murphy | May 25, 2021

Ultimately it went off like an eighties rocket… or maybe even a drawing by Mr. Squiggle.

The Fabulous Melissa Western at Australian Modern

By Catherine Lawrence | May 24, 2021

If it’s on at Australian Modern, then book it. You’ll enjoy a memorable evening: fabulous performers, great company, and a warm welcome to an intimate and stylish venue.

The Velvet Lounge Spectacle

By Catherine Lawrence | May 24, 2021

Good to see a contemporary variety show, but tweaks definitely needed.

Pop ‘n’ Jazz with the Jindalee Jazz Orchestra

By Sylvia Speakeasy | May 24, 2021

A joyful night of exciting and vibrant big band music with the Jindalee Jazz Orchestra.

An Exact Point In Time

By Fliss Morton | May 24, 2021

It helped cultivate a sense that life is happening right now, in all of its harsh realities.

101 Ways to Stare at a Wall | Sharmila Nezovic

101 Ways to Stare at a Wall | Sharmila Nezovic

By Georgia McKenzie | May 24, 2021

It was coherent… and yet chaotic.

In the Dark

By Sylvia Speakeasy | May 23, 2021

A fresh and unique concept for sketch improv comedy, In the Dark is an impressive, hilarious audio experience.

I Am Woman, Hear Me | Brigitte Freeme

By Kian Dillon | May 23, 2021

A compelling combination of thoughtful writing and performance skill.

Archaeopteryx | Nonsemble

By Monique Sheldrake | May 23, 2021

Giant extinct birds, violins, and electronica collide.

ILLEGAL UNDERGROUND IMPRO BATTLE

By Janey Birks | May 23, 2021

Local improv theatre at its most hardcore!

Dear Adults

By Catherine Lawrence | May 23, 2021

A show about the frustrations and musings of under-18s, providing insights as to their thoughts about the adults in their lives. The majority of the cast may be under 18, but they together demonstrate a maturity of thought and performance that impresses.

Campfire Cabaret: The Legend of Deirdre

Campfire Cabaret: The Legend of Deirdre

By Georgia McKenzie | May 22, 2021

A subversion of cabaret and tragic tales, Campfire Cabaret presents a distinctly feminist portrayal of the Irish Deirdre myth.

The Fabulous Importance of Being Wasted

By Catherine Lawrence | May 21, 2021

Cheers! Oscar Wilde would have approved of The Importance of Being Wasted. Another winning show from the Act/React team.

Transit Tales

By Janey Birks | May 21, 2021

A charming peek into local improvisational theatre that will get you from A to B.

Against the Wall | Passion Productions

Against the Wall | Passion Productions

By Georgia McKenzie | May 20, 2021

A beautiful story, cast and space. Don’t miss this world premiere production of Justy Kosek’s Against the Wall.

Listen First, let’s talk

By Janey Birks | May 20, 2021

A brief but welcome history lesson from the local owners and caretakers of our land

Transit Tales | Pigasus Productions

Transit Tales | Pigasus Productions

By Georgia McKenzie | May 19, 2021

Transit Tales is a fun, energetic, short, and easy to digest piece of theatre. It would be perfectly suited to a young family looking for an evening out.

TOME | Freeroam Theatre

By Kati Murphy | May 19, 2021

Freeroam Theatre were improvisational superstars, and their personal soundscape offerings were second to none.

Louise Winton Sings

By [email protected] | May 18, 2021

Review of Louise Winton Sings Songs from Stage and Screen By Mark Sherry Fans of Broadway and movie musicals (and for that matter, opera) will find a lot to enjoy…

Transit Tales: A Little Improv Gem

By Catherine Lawrence | May 18, 2021

Pigasus Productions took the Anywhere Festival spirit to heart, as Transit Tales brings transit-themed improvised comedy to transit stops. A little improv gem.

The Great Grandiosa | Act React

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 18, 2021

A review by Jaydem Martin for Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane. If you have ever wanted to know what the winning lottery number is going to be, or what riches…

Vasilissa | Sylph Circus & Sirin Ensemble

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 18, 2021

A review by Nadia Jade for Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane. I hope that Sylph Circus continues this path in future productions, finding other girl-centred stories to tell, to share,…

Much Ado About Nothing in the round

By Phil Benjamin | May 17, 2021

A classic Shakespeare tale of trickery and betrayal, which was performed with well drawn characterisations and some fabulous comic timing.

Tapping fun for the kids

By Catherine Lawrence | May 17, 2021

‘Utopia! And the Caravan Calamity’ is an energetic tap-dancing theatrical comedy for the under-eights.

THE SHAZZA SHOW: SO… YOU’VE HIT ROCK BOTTOM

By Fliss Morton | May 17, 2021

This is the ten word except you ne

Coterie Cabaret | Coterie Sisters

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 17, 2021

A review by Dr Fed for Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane. If I had only one word to describe Coterie Cabaret, it would undoubtedly be sexy! Coterie is a celebration…

I am King. I am Queen. | Roýmata Holmes & Room to Play

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 17, 2021

A review by Ads J for Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane. It is still very rare to see the stories of queer people of colour on the stage and screen,…

Elucidation | Belinda Griffin

By Tristan Niemi | May 17, 2021

If words conceal secrets then the music of Elucidation reveals them.

Louise Winton Sings Songs from Stage and Screen

By Sylvia Speakeasy | May 17, 2021

The idea of a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ set list tickled me; the idea that no two versions of this show will ever be the same giving the experience a unique energy.

The Cedar Rose

By Julie Martyn | May 16, 2021

The Cedar Rose looks like a puppet show for kids. It is. And it’s much more.

Comedy of Errors | Apt.13 Productions

Comedy of Errors | Apt.13 Productions

By Georgia McKenzie | May 16, 2021

If you are in search of a traditional Shakespearean production, you will certainly be in for a shock with this outrageously fun and camp adaptation of Comedy of Errors.

Fierce Queens

By Seb Richter | May 16, 2021

A remarkable display of the talent and dedication of a passionate troupe of performers who seem genuinely excited to share their craft.

Eve’s Game | Republic of Song

The Shelter | Here + There Productions

By Georgia McKenzie | May 16, 2021

Will you figure out the many mysteries in time to save you and your group?

Golden Dreams

By Catherine Lawrence | May 16, 2021

Golden Dreams is an interesting new work, with compelling performances.

Pink Martini Pop Up Cabaret

By Catherine Lawrence | May 16, 2021

The Pink Martini Popup Cabaret delivered: lavish costumes, passionate dancing, fabulous vocals, and a musical selection that travelled from France and Germany through to Portugal, Spain, and Brazil.

Begotten | Minola Theatre

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 15, 2021

A review by Virag Dombay for Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane. Begotten is a touching duplication of inter generational tragedy and trauma mixed with hopefulness. Written and performed by Bianca…

The Unmissable Neon Light Still Shines

By Catherine Lawrence | May 15, 2021

An unmissable neonlight on Brisbane history

The Shelter | Here and There Productions

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 15, 2021

A review by Ads J for Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane. Trapped in a random person’s garage with a group of strangers and limited time to get out may not…

Sometimes I Say Your Name Out Loud | Moment of Inertia & Collectivist

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 15, 2021

A review by Kati Murphy for Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane. As I entered the space that ‘Sometimes I Say Your Name Out Loud’ inhabited, I noticed the warm aura…

A Very Important Meeting | Big Fork Theatre

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 14, 2021

A review by Oliver Gough for Theatre Haus. Big Fork Theatre reach out, circle back, and touch base with audiences for an office themed improv caper.As part of Anywhere Festival,…

The Wacky Black Dossier

By Catherine Lawrence | May 14, 2021

A great setting for a wacky ride through some unique conspiracy theories.

The Charming Cedar Rose

By Catherine Lawrence | May 14, 2021

The Cedar Rose will inspire the imagination of kids age 3-8.

TOME | Freeroam Theatre Inc.

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 14, 2021

A review by James Farley for Stage Whispers. I think it was Peter O’Toole who once likened stage acting to an ice sculpture that is unique each performance and of…

Get Her Outta Here | Broccolini Productions

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 14, 2021

A review by Beth Keehn for Stage Whispers. Get Her Outta Here is a 40-minute one-woman show by Brisbane-born independent artist, Isabella Tannock, who fearlessly performs as her alter-ego, Isabella Broccolini…

Change | Access Arts

By Kati Murphy | May 14, 2021

A joyous celebration of ability and inclusion.

A Bed of Roses | Arbour Theatre Company

A Bed of Roses | Arbour Theatre Company

By Elise Lawrence | May 13, 2021

Scripted by Disapol Savetsila from the true stories and experiences of young people around the world during COVID-19.

A Bed of Roses | Arbour Theatre Company

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 13, 2021

A Review by Kristy Stanfield for Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane. The five improv actors were so good I kept forgetting they were acting. They did an incredible job of…

Walking in Banjo’s Boots

By Catherine Lawrence | May 12, 2021

Banjo’s Boots is a pleasant way to spend 90 minutes.

The Importance of Being Wasted | Act React

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 12, 2021

A review by Bridget O’Brien for Theatre Haus. Every production gets a little funnier after a drink or two. Inviting your audience to a pub is one way to loosen…

Cluedo! The New Suspects | Brisbane Immersive Ensemble

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 12, 2021

A review by Priya Shah for Theatre Haus. Was it Scarlett, in the library, with the lead pipe? Or perhaps Peacock, in the dining room, with the revolver? Brisbane Immersive…

Venus in Fur | The Drama Merchant

By Kian Dillon | May 12, 2021

. Dom Bradley as self-assured playwright and director Thomas, and Jenna Eve as the unapologetically zealous actress Wanda, breathed an unrelenting feverishness into The Drama Merchant’s adaption of David Ives 2010 play script.

Sex, Lies and Betrayal – Memoirs of a Hollywood Star | JTM Productions

By Anywhere Reviewers | May 11, 2021

A review by Lachlan Driscoll for Theatre Haus. The glossy world of Hollywood and the scandals behind the scenes is told in riveting detail in ‘Sex, Lies & Betrayal –…

Sex, Lies & Betrayal | Memoirs of a Hollywood Star

Sex, Lies & Betrayal | Memoirs of a Hollywood Star

By Elise Lawrence | May 11, 2021

A glamourous and salacious one-woman cabaret based on the true stories of a 1940’s Hollywood legend.

Meat Mirror | Jay Younger & Lisa O’Neill

Meat Mirror | Jay Younger & Lisa O’Neill

By Elise Lawrence | May 11, 2021

A collaboration between Jay Younger and Lisa O’Neill, Meat Mirror is a condemnation of social media and the normalisation of cosmetic surgery to achieve the picture-perfect body.

Eve’s Game | Republic of Song

Eve’s Game | Republic of Song

By Georgia McKenzie | May 10, 2021

Following tea on the verandah, and the detailing of Eve’s recent adventures to London, we begin our hour of sleuthing…

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