Everyone’s On-board for Anywhere Fest 2018

Anywhere Theatre Festival 2018 launches with the promise of unique entertainment in unusual spaces. Party pants and unrestrained good humour are also endorsed.

It’s that time again, the time of year you look in unusual spaces, office buildings, back yards, cafes and bars, parks, pools and even historic boats, and seek out the unique arts, performances, cabarets, circus acts and presentations at the Anywhere Theatre Festival.

On Friday evening I joined around 100 other participants and supporters for the 2018 Brisbane Launch on board the HMAS Diamantina in South Brisbane. It was a drizzly evening, but the fun and enthusiasm overcame any concerns about the weather.

Below decks a young magician confounded us all with his close-up magic while up on deck a number from Glampire Masquerade preceded the official launch, including several acts presenting quick pitches for their shows.

The pitches were kicked off by Kiss of the Vampire Squid, a blend of improvisation and musical numbers which will be performed on the Diamantina.

Presentations included Proximity, a circus and storytelling performance investigating personal proximity and trust; physical theatre piece The Box from Screech Arts; Doctor Who and Dorothy – imagine the TARDIS and Dorothy’s house colliding somewhere in space and time; and You’ve (Already) Begun, a one-on-one fully immersive experience in the bowels of the HMAS Diamantina. Their promotion carries a warning – which is proving to be a great selling point – states “This is an interactive one-on-one experience. Audience members may be touched by the performer, blindfolded and/or required to move around.” Sounds intriguing.

Chris Williams from the HMAS Diamantina welcomed us aboard before festival Acting Chair Helen Astbury highlighted just what goes into creating a festival, thanking the hundreds of artists, producers, photographers, reviewers, printers and business owners involved, and the importance of the support from Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council, Noosa and Sunshine Coast Councils.

Festival co-founder and CEO Paul Osuch likewise welcomed and thanked everyone for their presence and support, not just for this year’s upcoming festival but for every year since the festival’s inception in 2011.

The 2018 Anywhere Theatre Festival runs from May 10 to 27 in venues across Brisbane City, its suburbs, Ipswich and the Sunshine Coast, where a special launch was held on Saturday 21st.

Bookings are essential, party pants and unrestrained good humour are also endorsed.

Fiona G Davy (Reviewer)