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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Review: Flabbergasters

By Catherine | 26 May 2024

Catherine Lawrence raves about the latest Act React hit, noting ‘if you ever get the chance to see the ‘Flabbergasters’ show I am certain it will be a fun event…

Review: Speakeasy

By Catherine | 24 May 2024

Creative Futures Photography clearly enjoyed revisiting The Candy Shop Show’s Speakeasy. A chance to visit North Lake’s Thirsty Chiefs Brewing, to enjoy Lizzie Moore’s powerhouse vocals, and to be wowed…

Review: This is Your Trial

By Catherine | 23 May 2024

If you are looking for an enjoyable night out with friends, a family treat, or just a solo night away from the screen… then This is Your Trial is for you. You just have to be quick, as this particular judge (the talented Natalie Bochenski) is only ‘sitting’ for one more night of this circuit.

Review: Tipsy History

By Catherine | 23 May 2024

Great to see Glitter Martini’s Tipsy History make a welcome return to the Anywhere Festival menu—this time at the Moreton Bay Tannins Brew. Catherine Lawrence couldn’t resist the chance to…

Review: The Big D

By Catherine | 23 May 2024

Abril LaTrene and Shaun Birtles’ ‘The Big D’ show is a funny, thought-provoking, bittersweet tale of sometimes brutal honesty. Lots to enjoy, and food for thought in the days to come. But you will have to be quick; their final show deserves to be a sellout.

Review: Limelight 2024

By Catherine | 23 May 2024

Limelight is part competition, part showcase, and all entertainment. Now in its third year, the Introspect Theatre Company Limelight is a mixture of Moreton Bay’s Got Talent meets Caboolture eisteddfod—all wrapped up in sprinkling of fundraising to support the educational and entertainment goals of this much-loved not-for-profit north Brisbane performing arts company. read more for the review of Limelight 2024.

Review: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

By Catherine | 23 May 2024

Creative Futures Photography’s Catherine Lawrence loved the premiere of ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love.’ If you were lucky enough to see this show, turn to the review to see if…

Review: Tipsy History

By Paul | 16 May 2024

Step into Tannis Brew and, with the smell of a smoky BBQ grill and crispy pints, be transported back to the bronze age when Glitter Martini takes the stage with…

Review: Songs for Absent Beauty

By Paul | 15 May 2024

Presented by Rosie Waters, Karen Law and Mira Chorik Songs for Absent Beauty | Friday 17 May, 7.00pm TAFE Queensland – Caboolture Campus Hair Salon Tallon St, Caboolture QLD 4510 What…

Review: Guitarra y Cuarteto

By Catherine | 13 May 2024

Guitarra y Cuarteto is exactly that: a program of mainly Spanish-influenced music for guitar and string quartet. But it is also so much more, thanks to the combined talents of Andrew Veivers and of the members of The Black Square Quartet.

OLÉ! OLÉ! OLÉ! – Review of Guitarra y Cuarteto presented by Red Chair

By Paul | 13 May 2024

Review by Georgia Haupt. The Arana Hills District Community Centre is quickly transformed into the orlop of The Black Pearl when Andrew Veivers and the Black Square Quartet begin to…

2024 Brisbane Dates

By Paul | 5 September 2023

Stay tuned on our socials to hear announcements first.

The nominees for the 2023 Anywhere Award are…

By Paul | 14 June 2023

The 2023 Anywhere Awards celebrate the shows, locations and people that embrace the Anywhere ethos of performance in nooks and crannies anywhere done with ambition and clarity of idea and…

Tipsy History – Review by Kristy Stanfield

By Paul | 5 June 2023

Tipsy History is the latest themed circus variety show from company Glitter Martini, who brought us Absolute Trash and 7 Mortal Sinners at previous Anywhere Festivals. They’re a company known…

The Human Centipede Parody Musical – Review by Darcie Rae

By Paul | 5 June 2023

As soon as I saw the name of this production in the Anywhere Festival program, I knew I could not go past it. The infamous (surprisingly award-winning) 2009 horror film…

The Reunion – Review by Backstreet Brisbane

By Paul | 5 June 2023

Minerva Theatre Co’s The Reunion, written by Sophie Heather, was a fun and nostalgic immersive theatre experience performed as part of Anywhere Festival. Mt St Celine’s class of 2013 were coming…

Scottish Ceilidh Dance – Review by Irene McLeod

By Paul | 5 June 2023

It was a privilege to attend the first Scottish Ceilidh Dance, held by the Ceilidh Clan, since 2019, a welcome addition to the Anywhere Festival 2023 line up of shows.…

The Human Centipede Parody Musical | Synergy Production Co & Anywhere Festival – Review by Darcie Rae

By Paul | 26 May 2023

As soon as I saw the name of this production in the Anywhere Festival program, I knew I could not go past it. The infamous (surprisingly award-winning) 2009 horror film…

The Reunion (Minerva Theatre Co. & Anywhere Festival) – Review by Backstreet Brisbane

By Paul | 26 May 2023

Minerva Theatre Co’s The Reunion, written by Sophie Heather, was a fun and nostalgic immersive theatre experience performed as part of Anywhere Festival. Mt St Celine’s class of 2013 were coming…

Recipe for Relativity – Review by Jay Bowman

By Paul | 26 May 2023

The first thing I thought when I walked into the downstairs floor of Cinnamon + Co, a homely vegan café in West End, was how on earth six of us were…

Tipsy History – Review by Kristy Stanfield

By Paul | 24 May 2023

Tipsy History is the latest themed circus variety show from company Glitter Martini, who brought us Absolute Trash and 7 Mortal Sinners at previous Anywhere Festivals. They’re a company known…

13: The Play – Review by Virag Dombay

By Paul | 24 May 2023

The aim of new collective Legacy Ensemble is to take audiences on a journey of discovery that leaves them asking more questions than they get answers. And 13: The Play…

I’m Not Entirely Here – Review by Kaylee Vera

By Paul | 24 May 2023

As is often the case with Anywhere Festival, my journey started in an alleyway. I was there to see Vena Cava Productions’ I’m not entirely here. Not sure what to…

ART – Review by Kaylee Vera

By Paul | 23 May 2023

The Tony, Olivier and Moliere Award winning play from the 1990’s, ART , is presented to an Australian audience for the first time during the 2023 Anywhere Festival. ART was…

Polis and Panathenaia – Review by Virag Dombay

By Paul | 23 May 2023

Written and directed by Georgia McKenzie, the work explored the narratives of five women of Greek Tragedies – Medea (Roxane Gardiner), Clytemnestra (Hannah Flannery), Phaedra (Grace Lofting), Medusa (Eli Free)…

The Reunion – Review by Rebecca Lynne

By Paul | 23 May 2023

The night began slowly, with audiences greeting each other at their assigned tables and chatting as if we were all old high school friends. Each table was joined by a…

2AM: The Extended Cut – Review by Jay Bowman

By Paul | 23 May 2023

The actors delivered an engaging performance and made masterful use of the space they were in. A prime example was during the formal scene – while Leola and Victoria (Sabrina…

2AM: The Extended Cut – Review by ATYP

By Paul | 23 May 2023

Rarely in theatre do you get the opportunity to engage with characters so intimately that you can read their journal, and 2AM: The Extended Cut is built around the opportunity to observe…

Into The Light – Review by Catherine Lawrence

By Paul | 23 May 2023

There were so many memorable moments in Into the Light—from the synchronised screen-watching dance moves and  ‘makeup’ piece (what do we really look like without those filters?!) through to the…

Banshee’s Luck – Review by Catherine Lawrence

By Paul | 23 May 2023

Andrew Gillanders (Producer, Playwright and Ælis) introduces Banshees Luck as ‘A Beggar’s Life for a Beggar’s Wish. Step into the fae-realm of Brianna Bodil Banshee. It’s a world between worlds…

Tipsy History – Review by Catherine Lawrence

By Paul | 23 May 2023

Tipsy History delivers the promised cocktail of circus and variety, mixed up with a smattering of booze past and present, and all poured into the award-winning Hiker brewhouse. This is…

Ruby Gilbert’s Got a Secret – Review by Catherine Lawrence

By Paul | 17 May 2023

The secret is out, with the preview of songs from Ruby Gilbert’s second EP played to a rapt audience at Brisbane’s Wawahine Lounge. It certainly sounds as if Ruby Gilbert…

‘Card Houses’ – Review by Jake Goodall

By Paul | 17 May 2023

‘Card Houses’ was immersive. ‘Card Houses’, presented by Harrison Mills at Anywhere Festival, is a fresh Gen-Z coming-of-age tale. Shining the spotlight on the transition between adolescence and adulthood, the…

‘Eco Worrier: A Climate Cabaret’- Review by Sophie Heather

By Paul | 17 May 2023

‘Eco Worrier: A Climate Cabaret’ was dynamic. Created by Hannah Gwatkin, in partnership with Anywhere Festival, ‘Eco Worrier: A Climate Cabaret’ educates audiences on the importance of being worried about the…

‘Beverly Kills Presents: Heaven and Hell’ – Review by Isabel Davies

By Paul | 17 May 2023

‘Beverly Kills Presents: Heaven and Hell’ was heavenly. Tucked away next to the bustling Suncorp Stadium, during the second night of the NRL Magic Rounds, stands the gorgeous (and pink)…

Queen and Friend: Choose Your Own Comedy Adventure – Review by Kristy Stanfield

By Paul | 17 May 2023

Presented by Grimes Productions as a part of the 2023 Anywhere Festival, Queen and Friend is a show made up entirely on the spot with two expert story weavers and…

A Drop Too Many – Review by Catherine Lawrence

By Paul | 17 May 2023

Created in response to the SEQ/Northern NSW floods and droughts, A Drop Too Many is a physical theatre work that highlights community strength in the presence of disaster—reminding audiences of the equal…

The Hänz On Experience – Review by Catherine Lawrence

By Paul | 17 May 2023

It really isn’t surprising that the alter ego of Hänz Gunter (Stefan Cooper-Fox) is a successful photographer, whose career also includes working as an MC, event entertainer and actor. Thanks…

Card Houses – Review by Gloriana Grace

By Paul | 17 May 2023

Presented by Harrison Mills and Anywhere Festival, Card Houses is an immersive, site-specific theatre production that physically invites you into the world of the story. In addition to the stress…

Beverly Kills Presents: Heaven & Hell – Review by Shea Dawson

By Paul | 8 May 2023

A group of sinners walk into an old church. Next-door, the raucous applause, screams and shouts of the NRL Magic Round boom through Suncorp Stadium; the echoes of Sweet Caroline…

Date Night – Review by Catherine Lawrence

By Paul | 8 May 2023

Chris Martin and Taylor Edwards are a double act in both senses of the phrase: a couple, and a great comedy partnership. So it’s not surprising that a ‘silly sketch…

Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Review by Catherine Lawrence

By Paul | 8 May 2023

It’s easy to see why. An intimate show (maximum audience size is 60), with high-quality performers who use the event as the opportunity to showcase some of their best-loved works—or,…

Review: Anywhere Festival Fish Lane Opening Night Takeover

By Paul | 8 May 2023

The 2023 Anywhere Festival opening, was a great start to this year’s festival, as the Fish Lane Arts Precinct ‘takeover’ gave the crowd a tantalising glimpse of some of the…

My Top Five Picks – Kiarra Auberson

By Paul | 18 April 2023

Hi, Kiarra here. I’m one of the interns for Anywhere Festival 2023. As a young female artist I love theatre that explores feminine and queer perspectives in more unique formats/storylines.…

Awards A Plenty for performers across South East Queensland 

By Paul | 28 June 2022

Awards A Plenty for performers across South East Queensland at 2022 Anywhere Awards

Review by Rebecca Lynne of “Servitude” Presented by Pigasus Productions

By Rebecca Lynne | 31 May 2022

Pigasus Productions brings West End an easy-going afternoon of funny and familiar customer service stories.

Review by Elise Lawrence of Master of Delusions: False Profits presented by Master of Delusions and Anywhere Festival

By elise lawrence | 30 May 2022

A humorous hour of misdirection, miracles, and magic.

Review by Rebecca Lynne of “Murder on the ‘Not-So’ Orient Express”, Presented by Mystify Events

By Rebecca Lynne | 26 May 2022

Presented by Mystify Events, an event planning and entertainment group, Murder on the ‘Not-So’ Orient Express is a murder mystery set in an alternate 1920’s Brisbane. With heavy references to…

female singer, arms outstretched

Review by Catherine Lawrence of Silver Sircus: Home/Truth, presented by Silver Sircus

By Catherine | 25 May 2022

Silver Sircus has a musical style that is as eclectic and individual as Shaw’s compelling dark cabaret performance.

Review by Theatre Haus of ‘The Girl on the Moon’ presented by Aoife Kissane and Matias Nunez

By theatrehaus | 24 May 2022

Steeped in the magical city that is Brisbane, ‘The Girl on the Moon’ is the coming-of-age story that Brisbanites need.

Review by Catherine Lawrence of 7 Mortal Sinners, presented by Glitter Martini

By Catherine | 24 May 2022

7 Mortal Sinners has to be one of the most unusual events I have ever attended in a church.

Review by Elise Lawrence of Putting On The Mask, presented by Haus of Beaver Productions

By elise lawrence | 23 May 2022

Claire Fitzpatrick presented a moving one-woman performance exploring the wide-ranging emotional impacts of loss. Seated at a small table facing the audience, Fitzpatrick performed the rituals of getting ready in…

Review by Catherine Lawrence of Murder on the ‘Not-So’ Orient Express, presented by Mystify

By Catherine | 23 May 2022

Mystify’s ‘Murder on the ‘Not-So Orient Express’ promised to be an entertaining 80 minutes of mayhem, mystery, intrigue and entertainment—and certainly had all the hallmarks of popular interactive murder mysteries. A 1930s journey on a train, a body, a cast of apparent strangers (but are they?), and a mystery or two to be solved. But this particular mystery had a few too many twists, turns and revelations for a show that ran for 80+ minutes.

Review by Elise Lawrence of Oberon 11 presented by Inscape Assembly

By elise lawrence | 23 May 2022

Put on your detective hat for intergalactic immersive theatre by InScape Assembly Oberon 11 is an intergalactic prison, verging on purgatory, which houses four prisoners: a 19th century French socialite,…

Review by Rebecca Lynne of “This Way For A Fireside Chat With Lucifer” presented by Lightning Bolt Creative

By Rebecca Lynne | 22 May 2022

Are you prepared to dance with a devil in the pale moonlight? How about spend 7 minutes in Hell with Lucifer? Be sure to make an appointment, as they’re in…

Dancer wearing corporate attire and straightening necktie

Review by Catherine Lawrence of Wind of Wall Street, presented by Corporate Dancers

By Catherine | 21 May 2022

Wind of Wall Street was perfectly located in the UQ GCI, as a fabulous stage for a dance work that questions traditional ways of working, and the toll the ‘Wall Street’ lifestyle takes on participants. Just as the UQ GCI building is designed to encourage a rethinking of office design, Wind of Wall Street asks whether the winds of change might ‘blow through’ the ways of office-work-lives.

Review by Theatre Haus of ‘Oberon 11’, presented by Inscape Assemble

By theatrehaus | 21 May 2022

‘Oberon 11’ was mystifying. Is Captain Albatross guilty of stealing all the birds? Or is Desiree Iris responsible for trafficking human organs?  Presented as part of Anywhere Festival at The…

Review by Theatre Haus of ‘Little Shop of Horros’, presented by Cope Creative & de Jager Productions

By theatrehaus | 21 May 2022

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ was bloodthirsty.

Review by Eleanor Surtees of Almost, Maine presented by Company ‘22 QCGU and Anywhere Festival

By eleanorsurtees | 20 May 2022

Almost, Maine is unlike anything I’ve watched before. The play focuses on the short stories of nine loosely connected couples in the fictional, almost-town of Almost. The awkwardness, hilarity, hope,…

man doing handstand in air, balancing on bars which sit on the shoulders of two other men.

Review by Catherine Lawrence of If You Build It…, presented by High Tide Circus

By Catherine | 16 May 2022

The world premiere of ‘If You Build It’ was an entertaining way to spend a damp Sunday evening. The show was a veritable toolbox of delights: from creative calisthenics and amazing acrobatics, through to lyrical lyra, unicycle-riding, fun hula, and impressive juggling. Plus a couple of entertaining audience participation interludes.

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