POPSART: Sunpac Theatre and OperaQ are taking it to the people!

I attended the opening night of OperaQ’s regional tour of Night with Opera Queensland from Sunpac Theatre Sunnybank on Friday night and was totally enthralled by the passion, talent, power and beauty of the work. Presenting Opera in this non-conventional form like a cabaret, a chocolate box of hits from Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto and Don Giovanni, makes it particularly entertaining and entrancing. Many of the songs were familiar, revealing the impact opera has had on our popular culture, presented with a theatricality that’s archetypical in its extremity and emotion.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: Danielle Cormack as Hedda and four world premieres as Queensland Theatre launches 2018 season

Start booking your tickets to Brisbane theatre folk, it’s going to be a stellar year for treading the boards in the Northern state! Launching the Queensland Theatre’s 2018 program earlier this week, Sam Strong presented an exciting, bright, fresh season that celebrates diversity and Australian stories. Contained in their programme for the new year are four world premieres, exposing new writers and talents and fostering local work.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: Hanson in a Burqa? John Safran’s book Depends on What You Mean By Extremist is the conversation we need to have

As a well armed far-right movement in America raises its ugly head in Charlottesville, leaving one oppositional protester murdered, Pauline Hanson turns up to Parliament in a Burqa. As her terribly offensive action is passionately berated by George Brandis, of all people, fourteen people are murdered in Barcelona, mowed down by a car in one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. Across the globe, the actions and conversations that would have once seemed almost impossible ten years ago in their extremity have become the norm.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: La Boite Theatre’s Blackrock, a brutal tale of sexual violence against women that is still relevant as ever.

The new production of Blackrock, a play written by Nick Enright some 20 years ago, opened at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane last night. Its opening coincided with the acquittal of four men found not guilty of the gang rape of a fifteen year old girl in the Blue Mountains; it’s clear this horrifying narrative is as relevant today as ever.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: Metro Arts intimately takes over, with masturbation master classes, geo-politics and queer narratives.

The emergence of participatory art with a desire to move viewers out of the role of passive observers into the role of co-creators has been evolving for decades in contemporary art and theatre practice and theory. In the 70’s, artist and activist Joseph Beuys created the term “Social Sculpture” to illustrate his idea of art’s potential to transform society in which everyone has the potential to be an artist.... Read More | Share it now!