New Show – Front Row Follies

follies

 

From enthralling comedy and musical performances to World War II romance, Front Row Follies kicks off 2014 with a night of theatre to be seen by all and to be missed by none.
With help from our musical guests EnChord, we will present to you four short plays, written, directed and performed by local Brisbane talent, each ready to take you on a journey through the different genres and styles of theatre.

Les Anglais (The English)
Playwright: Mitch Broom
Director: Gene Smith

It’s the year 1940, and World War II has spread throughout the globe. William and Genevieve find themselves evacuated to the British countryside, and though they are safe from the war, they are not safe from the feelings they begin to develop for each other.


YOU START HERE
Playwright: Vivien Whittle
Directors: Mirjana Ristevski, Michael McNally, Crystal Arons

Life seems sweet until you realise everyone’s into boys except you and no- one else loves Xena: Warrior Princess… A one-woman show about how liberating life can be if you have the courage to let it.


SURPRISE
Playwright: Julie Bray
Director: Gene Smith

Marlene is spending the early hours of her 30th birthday cleaning a theatre with her colleague, Audrey. Marlene doesn’t have any extravagant plans for her special day, however Audrey does…


TUESDAYS ARE FOR BILL
Playwright: Paul Hannah
Director: Gene Smith

It’s a bright and chirpy Tuesday morning at the cemetery when long-time widow June and newly widowed Mandy meet for the first time. As they talk about their lives and tribulations, a friendship begins to form. Meanwhile, the ghosts of their late husbands get up to some mischief of their own.

 

Front Row aims to continue this Showcase as a yearly event, in which people from the Brisbane community are invited to come forward and offer their writing and/or performing talents in a chance to put their work on display for all of Brisbane to see.

Bookings essential through our booking pageemail or by phoning 0488 011 219.

Holding Hands in Public – opens this weekend

Well, the waiting is nearly over. Read More

Stunning imagery – Wilde Life

Wilde Life Dress

Amazing imagery for Wilde Life

To complement the stunning costume design for Wilde Life our director Anne Grant found Read More

Murder on the Nile featured in North West News

North-West News - 'Uppity role demands best'

Uppity role demands best

Two of our cast members in Murder on the Nile have been featured Read More

The reviews are in!

Agatha Christie's Murder on the Nile

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Front Row Theatre’s latest production, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile opened last weekend. Read More

2011 Season Announced

2011 Season

Front Row Theatre is proud to announce our program for 2011.

The shows are:

Wilde Life
Director, Anne Grant, a well known Front Row director, (The Tower; Red, White and Boogie; Lipstick Dreams and Front Row’s 2008 Norfolk entry Polly Honeycombe) has already won an award for Best Design for this production which takes a novel approach to the works of Oscar Wilde.
Auditions: January 22 (Venue TBA)
Season: March 19, 25, 26, April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30pm with matinees on April 2 and 9 at 2:00pm

Macbeth for Wayward Girls
Season: August 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, September 2, 3 at 7:30pm with a matinee on August 13 at 2:00pm

Murder on the Nile
Our season ends with our traditional annual Agatha Christie production. Poirot returns with the action (and murder!) taking place on a cruise on the Nile in Egypt.
Audition: July 23 (Venue TBA)
Season: October 1, 7, 8, 14, 14, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7:30pm with a matinee on October 15 and 22 at 2:00pm

As always, we’re always looking for volunteers to operate lights, be on the stage crew, help with front of house or act – drop us a line at info@frontrow.org.au if you’re interested.

Tuckshop review – ABC

ABC Review

Our “homegrown” production, Tuckshop the musical was reviewed by Family Affairs reporter Susan Hetherington on 612 ABC Brisbane.

Susan’s comments included,

..the locally written tribute to tuckshop mums will resonate with anyone who has served in or even eaten at the school tuckshop Tuckshop The Musical focuses on tuckshop and school from both adult and children’s perspectives. It is a play for adults, not a children’s play although it is suitable for children. There are characters we can all relate to and some very funny dialogue plus a story that binds it together.

The review can be read here or heard here (about halfway throught the podcast).

Tuckshop the Musical being loved by audiences

Tuckshop the musical

We’ve been having a great response from audiences for Front Row Theatre’s latest production, the “home baked” Tuckshop The Musical opens its world premiere season on Saturday 6 November at Hamilton Town Hall.

This sweet and funny musical is written by Julie Bray, Leah Pellinkhof and Samantha Wolf. It is directed by Leah Pellinkhof already well known in Brisbane Theatre circles for her quirky original productions, including Shakespeare’s Girly Bits, My Pet Human (nominated for a Matilda Award) and Hamilton Hall The Musical, which was a Q150 project honouring the role of historic Hamilton Town Hall in the local community and a popular hit last year. Samantha Wolf, one of the composers from Hamilton Hall The Musical has composed some wonderful catchy songs for this new show.

Tuckshop The Musical focuses on tuckshop and school from both adult and children’s perspectives. It is a play for adults, not a children’s play although it is suitable for children (rated PG).

Tuckshop mums (and dads) will be able to relate to this musical as well as anyone who remembers their school days with the Queensland Education system.

Times are Friday and Saturday nights on 6, 12, 13,19, 20, 26 and 27 November and 3 and 4 December at 7.30pm and on 13 November at a 2pm matinee.

Bookings will be essential and can be made by emailing info@frontrow.org.au or by phoning the booking line on 0488 011 219.

BNE Open House – QPAC sets the scene for backstage tours

Just saw this great program starting where the public will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at QPAC and thought some of our loyal Front Row patrons might be interested.

The public will have a chance to see props, sets, scenery, lighting and costumes from a different angle when QPAC unveils these more curious aspects of the theatre as part of the inaugural Brisbane Open House.

Brisbane Open House visitors will be able to step behind the footlights and explore the many facets of the performing arts centre. Guided tours will allow backstage access to the Lyric Theatre, Cremorne Theatre, the Scenery Dock and the Playhouse stage.

Visitors to these spaces will see the auditoriums, main and rear stages and the orchestra pits, gaining insight into the state-of-the-art technology and specialty equipment used to create the magical atmosphere for each of the performances.

QPAC visitors can also view front-of-house areas at their own leisure with self-guided tours of the Concert Hall, Lyric Theatre, Cremorne Theatre and the Playhouse foyers.

QPAC is only one of the secret doors of 22 buildings that will be opened during Brisbane Open House on 2 October.

For more information go to http://www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au/

Even more Agatha Christie

We’ve been having a great response from our crowds to our latest production of The Unexpected Guest. If you haven’t booked yet, make sure you do soon.

To whet your appetite, we’ve found a great Christie resource that the BBC has made available in honour of Dame Christie’s 120th Anniversary. Click here for the Agatha Christie BBC Archive.

Agatha Christie Archive

Agatha Christie Archive