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.

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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.

Review by Theatre Haus of Parasocial Parallex, presented by Andrew Gillanders

By hannahatanywhere | 16 May 2022

‘Parasocial Parallax’ was addictive. Andrew Gillanders and the creative team behind ‘Parasocial Parallax’ have driven headfirst into a new age of theatre. ‘Immersive theatre’ is taking Australia by storm whereby…

Review by Elise Lawrence of The Crash presented by Dugald Lowis

By elise lawrence | 16 May 2022

A poignant one act play by Dugald Lowis, following one family in the aftermath of a tragic car accident. Two teenage boys have been killed in a horrific car crash.…

Review by Rebecca Lynne of Bad Love, Presented by H.E.L.L.A Productions

By Rebecca Lynne | 16 May 2022

Emm Watkins’ tragically beautiful cabaret tells the story of how she fell in love with and eventually left an abusive partner, told with the deeply stirring music she created while…

Four female band members, recreating a 1970s record cover.

Review by Catherine Lawrence of The Rise of Suzi Quatro, presented by Georgie Neilsen

By Catherine | 15 May 2022

Four great musicians, celebrating the trail-blazing impact of Suzi Quatro. The 14 May world premiere of Georgie Neilsen’s showcase of Suzi Quatro’s 1970s hits was a memorable addition to the special list of Australian Modern events. It was also a house first—what Chris Osborne described as ‘Australian Modern’s first full-on rock-n-roll gig.’

Review by Nothing Ever Happens In Brisbane of ASK, presented by Tristan Niemi

By hannahatanywhere | 14 May 2022

Highly provocative and original, this show is a wild ride, so if you get to see it, I suggest you strap on your seatbelt. On arrival at the door of…

Review by Catherine Lawrence of Hello Stranger, presented by The Drawer Productions

By Catherine | 14 May 2022

Hello Stranger is a thought-provoking show about memory, loss, and love; a funny, sad, educational, clever, and thought-provoking work of immersive theatre.

1920s-style chanteuse

Review by Catherine Lawrence of Speakeasy, presented by Candy Shop Show Australia

By Catherine | 14 May 2022

The Candy Shop Show Australia has a winning formula: ‘dancing girls’ who can sing, tap, high-kick and Charleston through a variety of numbers and fast facts.

Review by Theatre Haus of The Virtuous Burglar, presented by Xth Act

By hannahatanywhere | 14 May 2022

‘The Virtuous Burglar’ was madness. Dario Fo’s absurd comedy ‘The Virtuous Burglar’ at Anywhere Festival Brisbane was not what I was expecting. What a delight and a surprise! Tucked away…

Review by Rebecca Lynne of Oberon 11 presented by Inscape Assembly

By Rebecca Lynne | 14 May 2022

This interactive experience showcases the budding talent and creativity of the Brisbane performing arts sector.

Review by Theatre Haus of Throne, presented by Virgo Nash

By hannahatanywhere | 12 May 2022

‘Throne’ was mutinous. Stepping down the rabbit hole of the heritage-listed Spring Hill reservoir is like entering Alice’s Wonderland, and the last thing you’d expect to be sitting in the…

Review by Chris G. of Parasocial Parallax

By christophergrace | 12 May 2022

Henry Jenkins would love Parasocial Parallax. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Jenkins, a professor of media studies at the University of California, developed a theory of convergence…

Julie Barns reviews Trichotomy + Black Square String Quartet

By juliebarns | 9 May 2022

Housed in the gorgeous brick and stone heritage listed Holy Trinity Church in Fortitude Valley, I enter the performance space for Trichotomy + Black Square String Quartet via a pair…

Review by Rebecca Lynne of The Crash presented by Dugald Lowis

By Rebecca Lynne | 9 May 2022

Presented as a collection of reflective monologues that blend into short interactions, this heartbreaking tale explores the complexities of love, life, and loss. Staged as a verbatim piece, the story…

Review by Catherine Lawrence of The Last Laugh, presented by Fini

By Catherine | 9 May 2022

Last Laugh is a thought-provoking work of contrasts and questions

Argonautika Review by Kathryn Barnes

By kathrynbarnes | 9 May 2022

Argonautika is an adaptation by Mary Zimmerman of the Greek classic Jason and the Argonauts, where Jason, the mythological hero sets sail on his ship Argo with his crew in…

Review by Manna Marvel – Argonautika presented by BYTES

By Manna Marvel | 9 May 2022

It may just be that BYTES harnessed the ability to perform, as well as an epic theatrical event, the power of *meteorokinesis this evening. Perhaps it was an invocation of…

Review by Fiona Davy of In Melodiam

By paul | 8 May 2022

Hidden away in the basement of a West End café (Cinnamon and Co.) you will meet Edith (Claire Alcock), if you can see her – she is a ghost. On…

Review by Fiona Davy of Colourless: A Collection of Poems

By fionagdavy | 8 May 2022

Arriving at Mappin’s Nursery and Aquarian I was really taken by the uniqueness of the venue, a blend of rock ‘n roll and pot plants, and an appropriately bold backdrop…

Male and female in a car

Review by Catherine Lawrence of ‘Girl on the Moon’, presented by Aoife Kissane and Matias Nuñez

By Catherine | 7 May 2022

It’s great to see new drama on stage—particularly when the ‘stage’ is one of the expansive nooks and crannies of the Yeronga Paint Factory (a former factory for the manufacture…

Olivia Watkins reviews IN MELODIAM

By paul | 7 May 2022

Co in West End.

Julie Barns reviews Murder at the Bowlo by ImproMafia and Anywhere Festival

By juliebarns | 7 May 2022

It’s 1987. I know this because I am enthusiastically greeted at the door to the Rural Party Fundraiser by an effervescent admin assistant whose dress style has been heavily influenced…

Review by Rebecca Lynne of The Girl On The Moon presented by Aoife Kissane and Matias Nuñez

By Rebecca Lynne | 7 May 2022

A bittersweet coming-of-age story of Robyn (Aoife Kissane), the daughter of a heartbroken painter, and Pluto (Matias Nuñez), her kind neighbour. Calling out over the balcony or secretly in the…

Manna Marvel reviews There’s Something About Dara presented by Peta O’Hara (The Butiner Studio) and Red Chair Events Management

By Manna Marvel | 5 May 2022

Arriving at The Butiner Studio in Coolum at dusk, we were greeted by a lustrous sunset lake-view.  The curated projections were just starting to bathe the tree line in light. …

Pete Goodlet reviews Speakeasy by the Candy Shop Show

By petagoodlet | 2 May 2022

Bejewelled, bedazzled and beguiling the Anywhere Festival bought the 1920’s Speakeasy to life in a toe tapping, boa twirling, cocktail swigging, extravaganza.

Review by Sarah Brady of Little Shop of Horrors presented by COPE Creative and deJager Productions

By sarahbrady | 2 May 2022

A bizarre masterpiece about an experimental, carnivorous plant that brings fame and fortune to Seymour, a young botanical genius from skid row.

Review by Joy Hinckley of Caprichos by D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective

By joyhinckley | 30 April 2022

Caprichos digs deep into ancient myths, rituals, and modern vanities, stirring potions from the subconcious.

The Velvet Lounge Spectacle

By kati murphy | 25 May 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 | 24 May 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 | 24 May 2021

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

Pop ‘n’ Jazz with the Jindalee Jazz Orchestra

By sylvia speakeasy | 24 May 2021

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

An Exact Point In Time

By fliss morton | 24 May 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

By georgia mckenzie | 24 May 2021

It was coherent… and yet chaotic.

In the Dark

By sylvia speakeasy | 23 May 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 | 23 May 2021

A compelling combination of thoughtful writing and performance skill.

Archaeopteryx | Nonsemble

By monique sheldrake | 23 May 2021

Giant extinct birds, violins, and electronica collide.

ILLEGAL UNDERGROUND IMPRO BATTLE

By janey birks | 23 May 2021

Local improv theatre at its most hardcore!

Dear Adults

By catherine lawrence | 23 May 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

By georgia mckenzie | 22 May 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 | 21 May 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 | 21 May 2021

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

Against the Wall | Passion Productions

By georgia mckenzie | 20 May 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 | 20 May 2021

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

Transit Tales | Pigasus Productions

By georgia mckenzie | 19 May 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 | 19 May 2021

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

Louise Winton Sings

By [email protected] | 18 May 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 | 18 May 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 | 18 May 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 | 18 May 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 | 17 May 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 | 17 May 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 | 17 May 2021

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Coterie Cabaret | Coterie Sisters

By anywhere reviewers | 17 May 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 | 17 May 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 | 17 May 2021

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

Louise Winton Sings Songs from Stage and Screen

By sylvia speakeasy | 17 May 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 | 16 May 2021

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

Comedy of Errors | Apt.13 Productions

By georgia mckenzie | 16 May 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 | 16 May 2021

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

The Shelter | Here + There Productions

By georgia mckenzie | 16 May 2021

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

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