Artists

Stephen Vagg

Stephen Vagg

Stephen’s writing career started with sketches for the UQ Law Revue, then graduated to sketches for a group of people who met doing the UQ Law Revue and didn’t want to stop. He began writing plays and scripts which thankfully were never made, but got him accepted into the Australian Film Television Radio School as a token ex-lawyer. Since then he has written for TV, film and theatre, as well as various magazines and journals. He earned an AWGIE nomination for his play Friday Night Drinks, an AFI nomination for his screenplay, All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane, and a living writing Neighbours for television.

Simon Chugg (Michael)
Simon moved to Brisbane from Melbourne in 2015 where he trained in improv and became involved in Brisbane theatre. Simon has appeared in numerous film and television productions including “Neighbours” and is a core performer in Brisbane’s acclaimed Act React Theatre Company.  Simon’s stage credits include “The Importance of Being Wasted” (Winner, Brisbane Fringe Anywhere Award 2021, role of John Worthing), “Die Hard: The Movie, the Play” (multiple roles) and “Speed: The Movie, the Play” (multiple roles). In addition to acting, Simon has directed comedian Lisa Skye’s “Ladyboner” (MICF), was a Raw Comedy State finalist and has written and performed his full-length solo stand-up show “Living the Dream” at Melbourne Fringe and MICF.  Simon has also performed and recorded with some of the country’s top musicians as a singer and guitarist.
Jaz Robertson
After burning out from her business pursuits Jaz rediscovered her love of performing as a creative outlet. She has performed for Brisbane Festival, Anywhere Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, and competed in the Queensland Theatresports Championships. A regular performer with ImprovQld, she loves bringing her high energy and passion to the stage and thinks the best thing about impro is not having to learn any lines.
Marcus Oborn
Marcus Oborn is an Australian actor, voice actor, vocal coach, director, and academic based in South East Queensland.  He  has appeared in theatre productions across Brisbane and the Darling Downs for Opera Queensland, The Queensland Music Festival, Metro Arts, The Hive, Big Scary Animal, Room to Play, Fringe Bris, Empire Theatres, and Playlab, and has worked on screen for Disney+, NBC, Seven Bucks Prod, and Sportsbet.  As a voice actor, he has voiced national and international campaigns for some of Australia’s biggest brands.  In addition to his performance work, Marcus works as a voice and text coach for an international body of artistic and corporate clients.  He is half way through doctoral studies on Shakespeare, rhetoric, and the voice through the University of Southern Queensland. www.marcusoborn.com
Willem Whitfield (Toby/Riley)
Since completing a Bachelor of Creative Industries at QUT, William has gone on to perform in work for both stage and screen. In 2022 he performed as Edmond in “King Lear Monster Show” with The Curators, Orson Welles in “Time Travel Cafe” with Spacefold Technology, and as Frederick in “The Rover” with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble. Willem also works behind the scenes as a creative producer in multiple different projects around Brisbane.

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The Wonder Wagon

Presented by Moreton Bay Regional Council

You are invited to Imagine * Participate * Create with The Wonder Wagon.

The Wonder Wagon will offer all kinds of artist-led creative participation experiences to communities all over Moreton Bay.

Part pop-up gallery, part hands-on maker space, part amazing art installation, part marvellous curiosity machine.

For the 2023 Anywhere Festival, The Wonder Wagon and its travelling troupe of artists need your imagination to bring it to life.

Lead artist: Sue Loveday

Supporting artists: Jennis Ardern and Chrissy Foreman

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The Paint Factory

Our vision is to create an exciting vibrant destination for the arts & creative industry to thrive. A place for all to enjoy and participate with local and globally renowned artisans, while enjoying live performances and a wide range of food and beverage offerings.

We aim to revitalise the factory buildings to create a mixed-use environment where people will be able to work, visit, live and recreate within a world-leading creative Arts Village.

 

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The Blue Turtles

BLUE TURTLES – The Music of STING formed in 2019 and is currently the only Australian band celebrating the music of one of the 20th century’s most popular singer songwriters and critically acclaimed musicians. Given his exceptional song writing talent, musical skill and continuing popularity, it’s no wonder that shows are sold out so quickly and within days of promotion.

BLUE TURTLES performs many of Sting’s world-wide smash hits including If You Love Somebody, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, Fragile, Every Breath You Take, and many songs from his multi award-winning albums including Dream of the Blue Turtles, and Brand New Day.

Members of the BLUE TURTLES are some of Australia’s finest and most-respected musicians with an extensive list of performing, touring and recording credits with Grammy, ARIA award winning musicians and songwriters, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and both national and international touring artists.

BLUE TURTLES – The Music of STING will bring a touch of class and nostalgia to your hotel, bar, club, theatre, civic or entertainment centre, music or community festival, corporate function or private event. We can cater our performance to suit your needs as negotiated. BLUE TURTLES is not a ‘tribute’ or ‘concept’ show, but a musical celebration that is at the next level above!

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Explore Fish Lane

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Deon Powter Band

A high-energy genre-hopping groove machine, you can’t easily pin down Deon Powter Band’s sound. Refusing to be pigeonholed and carving their own path, these four guys have a solid groove and a real knack for pulling your memory to a place of familiarity, yet still delivering something unique and quintessentially Deon Powter Band sounding.

Consisting of songwriter, guitarist and front man Deon Powter, Charles Eddy on drums, Cory Olsen on bass and Ryan Krarup on keys, and with influences spanning the decades, including The Beatles, Clapton, Hendrix, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Crowded House, Sting, John Mayer, Paul Kelly, Ron Sexsmith and Madison Cunningham, DPB’s music is brought to life by these four brothers in musical arms.

On stage their live show is exciting, spontaneous and not to be missed. Live highlights include the 2016 Agnes Waters Blues, Roots and Rock Festival, headlining the 2022 Moggill Music Medley fundraiser, and two appearances at the Kawana Carols by the Beach in 2021 and 2022. In 2021 DPB launched their own original live music event – Sounds of the City – showcasing up and coming talent and hosted in unique venues right across Brisbane. They have hosted 4 successful events so far, and plan to continue running Sounds of the City seasonally, providing a platform for original artists and unique locations.

Deon Powter Band show no signs of slowing down in 2023, ready to kick it up a notch with the release of their first full length album Headwaters in March. A collection of high energy original music, recorded and mastered to the highest quality, Headwaters is that rare 100% independent release with all the polish and class of a big label album. DPB is looking forward to getting these songs in front of a crowd, ready to do what they do best!

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Anne E Stewart

Anne E Stewart is an acclaimed storyteller with an international reputation. A versatile performer Anne has the energy and voice to engage any audience. Her focus is on the shared stories of Australia honouring Indigenous, Celtic, Asian and World stories.

She has been invited guest at Storytelling festivals throughout Australia, the UK and in Mexico, Colombia, Iran and East Timor. Anne is a consummate MC with the ability to create shows tailored to audience needs.

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Come Dance

Come Dance offers dance classes and programs in dance health to older people in this region. This provides the opportunity for community engagement and participation in the joy of the dance artform and all its inherit health and wellbeing benefits – including cognitive stimulation, emotional wellbeing, social connection and physical fitness (incorporating the principles of falls prevention).

Our approach is specifically tailored for the diversity and challenges of this cohort. We offer seated, standing with support, and standing options for people with different mobilities. We incorporate creative and improvisational tasks to encourage self-expression, story-telling and confidence to venture into the unknown. We aim to give participants a wonderful, enjoyable experience that will energise both body and mind and enhance health & wellbeing in general. Participation, at whatever capacity a participant has, is valued over and above technical achievement.

Our programs are delivered in community halls, retirement villages, aged care and can partner with community and health organisations.

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Synergy Production Co.

Founded in 2022 by Liam, Liam and Oliver, Synergy Production Co. is striving to bring the fun back into creating original works. They all have a shared intense love for theatre and are excited to debut their first work as a team: ‘The Human Centipede Parody Musical’ as part of Anywhere Festival 2023.

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Beverly Kills

Beverly Kills is one of Australia’s drag darlings, mixing her skills of sideshow and burlesque with high energy, sparkly drag.

Her career across Down Under’s biggest stages over the past four years has made her a staple member of the Australian drag puzzle. Beverly placed in the top 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Season 2 as the first and only QLD representative.

She’s a whip crackin’, fire eatin’, jump splittin’, tail waggin’ drag queen. Bev is usually found at the Ann St 7/11 or the Kebab Shop that plays music really loudly.

Come help find this dog her forever home. She just needs lots of treats, walks and belly rubs. Woof!

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Top Dog Comedy

Founded in February 2021 by Kelly Mac – great timing! – we began as a monthly comedy room in Brisbane dedicated to bringing an eclectic mix of emerging and established comedians to the scene. 

We’ve since branched out to producing filmed and live comedy shows. Our shows have appeared at the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. As borders continue to open up we’re looking forward to a packed 2022.

Our monthly comedy room will have a brand new home on the NSW Mid North Coast, and Take 3 and Kelly Mac are set to storm the festival circuit.

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Kira-Lea Cathcart, Aaron Whitney

Kira-Lea Cathcart (she/her) is a Meanjin based performer, actor, writer and director. She has recently graduated from a Bachelor of Acting and Performance with the University of Canberra-TAFE QLD partnership. She has a keen interest in theatre that speaks to the essence of humanity and believes that all art should challenge, reflect and refresh the world around it.

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Ashlee Cairns

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Manic Pixie Productions

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Staged Theatre Company

Hi there! Staged and it’s members are a new theatre group on the Sunny Coast. We’re currently operating out of Buderim with plans to utilise many of the Coast’s awesome venues and found spaces. From drama and musical theatre to interactive experiences and workshops, there’s something for everybody in our little group!

More info coming soon!

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Seismic Talent Agency

Seismic Talent Agency is an innovative and independent booking agency, empowering our clients to achieve their strongest results in touring throughout the Asia-Pacific region. We seek to work with exclusively the most ambitious, unique and groundbreaking domestic talent to curate bespoke and boutique touring strategies, kick-starting our artists’ global careers.

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THE RIOT

Known for their electrifying live performances, THE RIOT who have previously supported DMA’S, WAAX and Nerve, are thrilled to be taking their high-energy live shows back on the road. Fans can expect to hear new tracks from their HAPPY TEARS! EP, as well previously released singles, for what will be an unforgettable experience on their third East Coast Headline Tour in May. Tickets on sale now.

Since launching in 2019, THE RIOT have received praise from Blunt Magazine, NME, Hysteria, Happy Magazine, Sniffers, Iggy Magazine and Life Without Andy; airplay support from triple j, 4ZZZ, FBi Radio and The Faction; video additions on rage and MTV Upload and a slew of playlist additions on Spotify, The Apple Music, and YouTube Music.

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Hannah Gwatkin

“Bloody brilliant… very entertaining night. Clearly very talented, Miss Gwatkin has written some hilarious, others deadly serious lyrics, great melodies and performs them with passion. Don’t miss the next show!”

“Fantastic cabaret. Fabulous. Great entertainment.”

“AMAZING! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Amazing young lady.”

“Humour and a powerful message all at once – A most wonderfully startling presentation.”

“Brave, clever and talented. Hannah lays herself bare and makes her points beautifully. The singing, tap and music are masterful and create delightfully different sounds, looks and feels.”

“A fabulously entertaining evening. What a woman.”

Hannah is a vivacious cruise ship singer, actor, dancer, saxophonist, writer, rising cabaret star and passionate eco-warrior.

Her greatest joy in life comes from using her performing arts skills to humorously and thoughtfully communicate the importance of environmental responsibility.

Hailing from Sydney, she will be bringing her latest cabaret show, “Eco-Worrier” to Anywhere Festival in her little electric car, in the hope that she can provide Brisbane locals with validation, encouragement, and a much needed energy boost in the collective struggle for a healthy planet.

She holds a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University (2017).  Credits include: A Chorus Line (2018), Spring Awakening (2019), Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines – Singer (2019/20) and Not Today (2021).  She also runs her own Eco-friendly Party Entertainment Business (“Little Footprint Parties”).

“Eco-Worrier”: A Climate Cabaret is a show to warm your heart and cool the planet.

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Lunch Friend

On a typical day, you’ll find Lunch Friend somewhere in a corner of the playground with a sandwich in one hand and an apple core in the other, ready to play Fairies and Dragons, or some strange iteration of tag. This is all metaphoric of course, because in reality they’re not children, or a children’s theatre collective, they’re a very serious theatre collective who makes very serious theatre. They’re also adults.

Lunch Friend is currently comprised of two adults; one is Jordon Riley, who is a director, facilitator and loves a good brownie, and the other is Blake Hohenhaus, who is a writer, dramaturg and can finish a box of Jatz by itself without any help. These serious artists and their serious collective are seriously dedicated to creating and boosting new local theatre work, building a strong and vibrant theatre community and finding new ways to engage new audiences with excellent, silly and exciting art.

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Underground Theatre Company

Underground Theatre Company is UQ’s (University of Queensland’s) resident theatre company; passionate about supporting emerging Meanjin actors, crew and creatives to produce amazing pieces of theatre.

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Legacy Ensemble

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Improv Queensland

Improv Queensland (formerly known as ‘ImproMafia’) was founded in 2004 with the goal of spreading and celebrating the joy of improvised performance and unscripted theatre. From our humble beginnings on pub stages, we’ve grown to become Brisbane’s best-known improvisation company, performing locally and internationally, participating in major festivals, and providing world-class training.

We specialise in Keith Johnstone’s classic Theatresports™ format, as well as our own unique style of long-form genre plays, often featuring extravagant costumes and sets, larger-than-life characters, and inventive special effects. Our performers explore emotion, truth, and humour, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved through unscripted theatre.

We live and breathe improv, and we hope this passion is reflected in the energy and enthusiasm that we bring to each and every performance and classroom.

 

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Creative Street

Creative Street are a Brisbane leading professional entertainment and commercial photography company. Stefan, and the team at Creative Street, have over thirty years of roving entertainment experience in the industry. Just as comfortable one on one, in a busy Shopping Centre, as in front of hundreds of guests at a festival.

The Hänz on Experience it the blending together of both sides of Stefan’s passions.

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Crea Arena Artistry

Making space of emerging theatre. That is the motto of Crea Arena Artistry and the mission statement that leads this team forward. Established late 2022, artistic director and co-founder Jason Damot wanted to create a platform for new, up-and-coming artists to tell their stories. Everything from the smallest idea to the grandest ambition, Crea Arena wants to help these storytellers by giving their work its first breath of life. Run by Jason Damot, Declan Rix (second in command), Cullyn Beckton (marketing extraordinaire) and Sav Stern (resident techie and choreographer), Crea Arena wanted their first season to be baby steps that make big waves.

2 AM: The Extended Cut is actually the second run of the show, featuring a larger script and new characters that explore the relationship’s hidden avenues. This show was written by Jason Damot, starting 2020 and completing the final draft of the standard edition in 2022. This show was originally written and presented as a queer male relationship at Vena Cava Production’s Freshblood Festival 2022, where the work received praise from friends, family and local theatre enthusiasts. This year, we have brought on a largely queer and femme team to work on the sapphic retelling of this story and explore the nuances of queer relationships and marriage.

Last Summer, written by our second in command and resident dramaturg Declan Rix, follows four teenagers at a mysterious beach where trouble ensues. Written as a subversion of expectations from your typical teen beach movie, we hope audiences enjoy Last Summer as a thrilling tale of adolescence and troubled youth.

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SHLT Theatre

SHLT theatre created funky and fresh theatre and performance experiences based in Meanjin/Brisbane.

From young theatre makers and performers Anwyn and Shayla who have been collaborating together since 2018. As our name suggests, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and we try to make theatre that won’t see anywhere else. SHLT’s first show “Introversion 101”, created and performed by Anwyn and Shayla, is a show unlike any other, inspired from their lived experiences as quiet people supported by research into introversion/extroversion. It’s bound to be your favourite class, leaving with a new perspective and really cool knowledge.

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Ftfoi

Ftfoi is the name singer/songwriter Ruwan Joseph chose for his music project. His folk-pop music is influenced by artists such as John Butler, Matt Corby and Mumford and Sons. With just a 10 string guitar, harmonica and stomp, his live performances captivate audiences through catchy melodies and driving beats.

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Electric Moon

Electric Moon is a creative musical performance collective and production house led by musician/director James Lees. The company creates and delivers festival programming, concert events, theatre musical direction and curated performance works. Recent major presentations include ZIGGY STARDUST (Melt Festival, QLD Cabaret Festival – Brisbane Powerhouse, Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2016), Lou Reed’s TRANSFORMER: The Album In Concert (QPAC 2015, Wonderland Festival – Brisbane Powerhouse 2016), HEDWIG 15 (Melt Festival, 2017), IN THE WARM ROOM: The Music Of Kate Bush 1978-1980 (QLD Cabaret Festival, 2017) and FIRE WALK WITH US: The Music Of Twin Peaks (The Junk Bar 2017/2018, Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2018, The Cast In Conversation Tour 2018, Wonderland Festival 2019).

In 2018, Electric Moon co-presented THE SOUND OF A FINISHED KISS, with Now Look Here Theatre. This new original stage work, written and directed by Kate Wild featured the music of The Go-Betweens performed live by an ensemble directed by James Lees.

More recently, Electric Moon has produced and presented the BLACKLIGHT concert series (2019), MOUNTAIN SOUNDS at Mount Nebo (2021) and SILVER SIRCUS: Home/Truth (Anywhere Festival, 2022).

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Grimes Productions

Queen and Friend are Brisbane improv comedy duo Imogen Behan-Willet and Mark Grimes. They bring their unique Choose Your Own Adventure improv show to the Anywhere Festival after runs at Fringe Brisbane and the Auckland International Improv Festival where you get to use your smart phone to vote on what happens in the show. The hilarious story then unfolds based on your direction!

“Improvisation comedy duo Queen and Friend delivered a show that was as hilarious as it was impressive!” – Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

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Melissa Western

Sassy, soulful, smart and sweet, Melissa straddles the worlds of jazz, cabaret and theatre, performing internationally, producing new stage works and singing in a variety of ensembles.

Over the past twenty years she has delivered critically acclaimed performances to audiences locally in Brisbane, nationally throughout Australia and internationally in the UK and France.

Her self-penned one-woman musical Ella, Marilyn, Marlene and Me was an official sell-out for two consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, garnering five star reviews from ThreeWeeks, “absolutely brilliant… enthralling vocal talents wowed the audience” and four stars from The Scotsman, “Melissa Western is on fire… it’s mainly about the eyes, the face and the voice.” In 2013, Melissa’s new original comedy-cabaret entitled Sweet, Sour and Saucy received critical and audience acclaim, Western being touted as a “force of nature” (Broadway Baby, 5 stars). The show went on to be nominated for three Matilda Awards in 2015: Best Musical/Cabaret, Best Female Actor in a Leading Role and Best Set Design as well as Western being named Favourite Leading Female Performance in the 2015 Del Arte Charts. Sweet, Sour & Saucy has toured Queensland, Western Australia and the UK.

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Contra Guitar Duo

Opposing yet complementary performers can create thrilling artistry – this is the basis on which Contra Guitar Duo was formed by Hamish Strathdee and Emma-Shay Gallenti-Guilfoyle.

The pair met at their university auditions over a decade ago and have been making music together ever since. Their contrasting musical personalities and charming personal chemistry bring a dynamic spin to the fantastic combination of two guitars.

United by their passion to bring audiences music they love, Hamish and Emma-Shay are excited to showcase the varied and rich expressive capabilities of the guitar duo as an ensemble.

 

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Esther Hunter

Smooth, warm vocals and killer compositions; Esther Hunter is a Brisbane gem waiting to be discovered. Her songs ring with truth wrapped in the most jaw-dropping melodies. Esther is an established artist with over 80 original song releases, 5 books, and 10 lifetimes of ideas. In trademark confrontational style, Esther is bringing an entire portfolio of works to the Anywhere Festival in 2023 designed to make us take a look at our consumerism habits.

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Leah Cotterell and Narelle McCoy

Leah Cotterell is the 2023 Letty Katts Fellow at the State Library of Queensland. Her 2020 Doctor of Musical Arts research focused on how singing performance connects us, exploring her 40 years of diverse professional experience. Her versatile soulful sound has been applied to jazz, adult contemporary, country, gospel and folk musical projects, that also saw her develop as a lyricist. Leah has also enjoyed a long involvement in music in education and currently facilitates singing workshops for people living with disability. For her Masters research Leah created a musical memoir ‘The Pleasure of Sad Songs’ reflecting on her experiences as a mental health family carer. This was the subject of an interview on the ABC radio series ‘Conversations’. Leah has recently completed a long-form family memoir. See more: www.leahcotterell.com.au

Narelle McCoy is a writer, musician, academic, archivist and researcher. Her PhD study centres on the power of the female voice in the Irish death ritual. She is a sessional lecturer in popular music and music theatre history at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. She has given guest lectures on death and ritual mourning at events such as Egyptian Mummies: exploring ancient lives at the Museum of Applied Arts and Science: The Powerhouse. Sydney; as well as presenting at international conferences on the topic of the Irish wake ritual, death and Irish mythology. Over the years Narelle has worked as an actor at La Boite Theatre, a vocal soloist specialising in Irish music, and has performed in various early music ensembles and a cappella groups. She was the 2021 Letty Katts Fellow at the State Library of Queensland.

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6 Mangrove Productions

6 Mangrove Productions – Production and Creative Facilitation

A not-for-profit community theatre group established on Bribie Island in 2021, 6 Mangrove Productions already has three full performances and a number of smaller community events under its belt. With a strong management committee, a number of experienced members and ongoing support from a number of other community organisations and local businesses, we are steadily emerging into the performance space in South East Queensland. Our first foray into the One-Act circuit resulted in a Runners-up in performance and a Best Writer award while all of our stage events have performed to full houses.

We are excited by the opportunity to collaborate with exceptional talent in this new creative project, Turning Point.

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Rebecca Thompson (of Be a Beacon Program) – Creative Director

Rebecca Thompson is a spiritual teacher, mentor, speaker and artist. She is the founder and creator of the Be a Beacon programme; a sacred path and community for female leadership, empowerment and fulfilment.

She has worked for over 30 years in the wellness arena originally as a physio and yoga teacher.

Rebecca weaves artistry into all that she does in particularly original music, expressive movement and painting.

She released her first solo album Soul Sailors in 2017 to international acclaim.

Rebecca has lived on Bribie Island with her husband and children for over 20 years.

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Afra Feeney – Creative Producer

Afra has been actively involved in community theatre and drama education throughout her life. In her educational career, she has been a Drama and Film & TV teacher since 2003, starting at Atherton State High School in North Queensland, and subsequently teaching at numerous South East State High Schools.

As a drama teacher, she directed X-Stacey by Margery Forde, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Nick Enright’s Blackrock as well as working on large school-wide musicals such as Lionel Bart’s Oliver and High School Musical.

Recently returning to her grassroots in community theatre, Afra is emerging into community facilitation, performance production and writing. In the last 20 months she has led the establishment of 6 Mangrove Productions, produced and directed 3 stage events and participated in the Bribie Project for Young People with the MBRC.

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Tracey Benson – Multi Media Artist

Dr Tracey M Benson is an artist and researcher based in Yarun (Bribie Island). Her creative work explores a range of media including video, online, open data, mobile technologies and augmented reality.

She often collaborates with cultural owners and guides – working with Indigenous communities, knowledge keepers and scientists.

Community and audience engagement are areas of relevance and this is echoed in her work with government on digital transformation programs plus in her work as an educator in the university sector.

Tracey is the founder of Treecreate and initiator – together with Supercluster – of the global collaboration project “Meeting of the Waters: Locative Media Oceania.”

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Our Storytellers:

Amanda Bronn (Bribie Island)

Tribal woman, international banker, dancing gardener

Terri Jenkins (Beachmere)

Teacher, Entrepreneur, Cleopatra re-born

Wendy Bullen (Burpengary)

Ex-Naval Officer, Budding artist and creator of beautiful spaces

Vera Raneri (Everton Park)

Chief of Staff for Global start-up, foodie and passionate photographer

Fiona Rogan (Caloundra)

Kinesiologist, Strings Musician, High Priestess of the Church of Ignite your own spark

Tracey Kahl (Brisbane)

Fearless, water baby, grand woman of grace and emerging holistic arts therapist

Kerrie Chandler (Caloundra)

Owner/Director of Boat Hire Company, Comedian and Custodian of Country

Jodie Hewett (Bribie Island)

Healer, organisational genius, earth mother.

 

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Flaming Carnations

Leave the institution hot and bothered.
Build a hearth to warm all of Meanjin’s artists.
Let the light in every artist burn bright.

 

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Blue Roo Theatre Company Inc.

Blue Roo Theatre Company Inc. is a not-for-profit independent theatre company and we strive to create inspiring performance experiences for people of all abilities and our audiences.

Our inspiring cast and crew have a range of disability and they are creatively led under the guidance of highly experienced and highly regarded Queensland independent artists.

Blue Roo performers use their curiosity and imagination to develop performance and social skills, teamwork, and bringing their different abilities together they help create highly effective and heart-warming public performances.

They bring the magic of public performance to Queensland theatres, schools, public spaces, regional communities and digitally.

With the help and support of our partners, sponsors, the performing arts and disability sectors and Queensland communities…

Blue Roo changes lives.

 

 

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Tyrone and Lesley

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Award-winning uke and double bass duo Tyrone and Lesley play the tunes that got away on a night just for you: rarities, requests, song dedications and a rewarding chance to bring your uke and Strumalong. On purchase you’ll gain access to a free ukulele lesson to learn the simplest song there is. Bring your uke along to the show and we’ll play it together. If you like your music rich and weird and rather rare, come celebrate the release of their ‘rarities’ collection The Unheard Of Tyrone and Lesley (Volume 1) at Ashgrove’s unique Junk Bar on May 20.

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unique and adorable theupsidenews

just pure magic together thecreativeissue

UKULELE RECORD OF THE YEAR Ukulelehunt (UK)

gentle, unpretentious … eccentric and delightful BrisbaneStage

carries a charm that has you humming the tunes all the way home Stage Whispers

a stunning collection of songs full of wit, mystery, intrigue and joy” Uke Magazine (UK)

Tyrone and Lesley will leave you with a smile and a song in your heart. Backstreet Brisbane

uniquely Australian – a little bit Lano and Woodley, a little bit Kransky Sisters, Creativedrinks.com

Few ukulele duos are as personable and quirky as Brisbane, Australia’s Tyrone and Lesley Ukulelemag (USA)

one of the funniest, most entertaining live performances I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this past year broadwayworld (AUS)

The skill needed to pull our emotions from amused jubilation to sombre beauty is a rare one but these guys have it in abundance UkePlanet (UK)

charming avant-garde entertainment: these gentlemen songsters may appear as if they are from a different era, but their messaging is very aptly of the now. Bluecurtains

About

Tyrone and Lesley are a songwriting and performance duo who write light music for dark times. Having one foot on the theatre stage and the other on the music stage is a striking stance which has headlined for audiences little and large all the way from the Sydney Opera House to the United Kingdom.

This is our twenty-third year together as a duo. We’ve played the Sydney Opera House, headlined in the UK, New Zealand, and at ukulele festivals all over Australia. We’ve released six albums and one EP.  Optimism (2017) and Have No Words (2021) were dubbed Ukulele Recording of the year. 2023 sees us releasing a compilation ‘B-sides’ the Unheard Of Tyrone & Lesley (Vol. 1) This project will be our 8th full length album.

Winners of the Australian Guild of Screen Compsers  Johnny Dennis Music Award and finalists in the Queensland Music Awards for their songwriting, they’ve played the Sydney Opera House, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre, The Adelaide Festival Centre and many events including the New Zealand International Ukulele Festival, Melbourne Ukulele Festival, Cairns Ukulele Festival, Spruke, Newkulele, Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival, the Brisbane Festival, Perth’s Awesome Festival, the UK’s Grand Northern Ukulele Festival and many others.

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Harrison Mills

Harrison Mills is a Brisbane-based actor, writer, and theatre-maker based in Brisbane/Meanjin. He is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Advanced Humanities degree at the University of Queensland, specialising in Drama. Previous credits include TAINTED (Zara Chandler), its previous iteration Monster and POTLUCK (Backbone Youth Arts). Card Houses is Harrison’s playwriting and directorial debut. He is excited for audiences to see the character dynamics of Jules and Mason as well as the fact there will be a real card house built on stage.

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K Mak

K MAK is the originals project of Australian cellist Kathryn McKee – a distillation of classical, alternative and electro-pop music.  

Imaginatively combining strings, beats, synths and vocals, K Mak creates vivid, emotive soundscapes.  She draws on her experience playing with superstars Kanye West, Eminem, Archie Roach, Guy Sebastian, Vera Blue and Opera Queensland to delve into matters of the heart with a tongue-in-cheek twist.   

Her works have been nominated for a Q Song Award, the International Songwriting Competition and an Independent Music Award, and have been played on community radio stations Australia-wide, on ABC local radio and on ABC Classic fm.

K Mak has played Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Woodford and has featured at a Tedx Youth Forum. 

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Angel Strings

Angel Strings is a string quartet crazy about classical, jazz and pop music.

They have a unique ability to connect with a wide audience, having played at Brisbane City Hall, the Brisbane Powerhouse and at the Melbourne Crown Casino.  They have also played to tens of thousands as part of Brisbane’s Candlelight Concert series.

Professionally trained musicians with national and international experience, individual ‘Angels’ have performed with the Queensland Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Queensland Theatre and Opera Queensland. They have shared the stage with Nigel Kennedy, Andrea Bocelli, Kanye West, Eminem, Archie Roach, William Barton and at the Woodford Folk Festival.

They have somehow also featured in Dubai fashion magazine ‘Mojeh’!

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Maxi Mossman

Maxine Mossman is a Brisbane-based emerging theatre maker with a focus in holistic theatre design and contemporary performance curation. While completing her Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama), Maxi is also company member of physical theatre company, Zen Zen Zo – discovering a deeper dedication for intrinsic and multifaceted storytelling, engaging with a high energy impulse towards creating sensory worlds. Maxi’s diverse skillset and passions in stage management, visual art, stage design and costume design cultivates theatrical worlds which leaves audiences in awe and wanting more.

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Jackson Fryer

Jackson is a Brisbane based aspiring writer, currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

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Guy Lobwein

Guy Lobwein is a Meanjin (Brisbane, QLD) contemporary artist currently undertaking his Doctorate of Philosophy (submission expected July 2023) at the Queensland University of Technology.

His research focuses on the use of expanded reality technologies in contemporary art, such as VR, AR and CGI, exploring how experimental creative practice can generate experiential and critically reflective experiences. Guy has exhibited in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, has worked as an artist, technician, and researcher on several ARC research projects, and has presented his research in multiple conferences.

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Verum Arts

Perspective. Authenticity. Inclusivity.

Verum Arts is a collective of Meanjin-based emerging artists weaving together moments of truth, passion, and sociality through intimate character-driven narratives.

Drawn to each other in university by a shared enthusiasm for storytelling, Verum Arts was founded by BFA Drama graduates Sam Watkins, Nathan Chan, Jake Brown, Arina Dara, Ernest Corbet, Sabrina Johnston, Carlo Versace, and Max Phythian in early 2023. Coming to Anywhere Festival in 2023 is Incendia, their debut performance.

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Hereafter Production Co.

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Connect Dance Ensemble

Connect Dance Ensemble (CDE) is an independent company who create and perform immersive contemporary dance work with a mission to connect with its audience in new and exciting ways. Our work is a product of collaboration and the willingness to explore any and every idea.

Director and choreographer, Grace Campbell, would also like to acknowledge Tom Bird, Clare Dark, Kesley Dell, Madison Farrell, Esmée Henry, and Anastasia Vogelsang, the six dancers who helped bring this performance to life.

CDE is honoured to debut with Anywhere Festival and hopes this is the first of many performance opportunities.
Be sure to follow our Instagram page @connectdanceensemble to learn more about the team and our choreographic process.

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Apt.13 Productions

Apt.13 Productions is a theatre and film company based in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. It was created to provide performance opportunities for emerging artists aged 18-35.


Co-Directed by Ally Hickey and Sarah McNally, Apt.13 Productions has been in operation for two years, presenting award winning shows such as Comedy of Errors (Anywhere Theatre Emerging Artists Award 2021) and original stand up works, Brisbane Bogans Bitchin‘ (Adelaide Fringe 2022).


We like to mess with classics, create original works and show audiences things they’ve never seen before.

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Vena Cava Productions

More info coming soon!

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