Author: Matthew Wotherspoon

Sunshine Coast next on the map for School of Hard Knocks

School of Hard Knocks founder Dr Jonathon Welch AM is on the look-out for 100 singers from South-East Queensland to join him in singing at the Hand in Hand concert at Caloundra on Sunday 15 October, as part of Queensland Mental Health Week 2017. The choirmaster who rose to prominence from his award-winning television series, Choir of Hard Knocks, will be coordinating workshops and rehearsals over the course of two Saturdays for the first ‘Absolutely Everybody’ Sunshine Coast Choir – a project choir of South-East QLD community singers. The workshops will come to a close with a Sunday afternoon performance at the Hand in Hand charity...

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Shakespeare in the park: A Winter’s Tale

The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (QSE) will kick off their series of Shakespeare performances next week with their masterful take on The Winter’s Tale, running from August 23 through September 9 at Roma Street Parkland. A twisted love story about a King and the destruction of his marriage, The Winter’s Tale follows Leontes; a man constricted by jealousy and anger, as he inflicts catastrophe and pain upon the ones he loves. What seems like an idle tragedy ultimately transforms into a lighter story; one instead shrouded in forgiveness and reconciliation. Featuring music performed live by the cast in trademark QSE style, and set in Roma Street...

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Comedy Review: Joseph Rasmus – Two Steps From Fame

From musical serenades to accurate Donald Trump impersonations, the opening night for Two Steps From Fame saw New Yorker Joseph Rasmus bring a clever palette of original gags and hilarious punchlines to the stage.  As eager and curious patrons shuffled into Toowong’s Archway Bar, Joseph Rasmus appears to the side dressed sharply in a dark tailored suit, projecting a level of sophistication unseen in the average down-under comedian. It wasn’t long before the suave and sophisticated New York funnyman took to the stage to exhibit a somewhat different persona. Reaching into his pocket, Rasmus pulls out a condom and gently slides it over the microphone. “I like to practice safe...

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Bob Brown calls on LNP to improve whaling countermeasures

A stronger approach is needed by the LNP to counter illegal Japanese whaling in Antarctic waters, according to former Greens Leader and environmentalist Bob Brown. Last week during a media conference, the former Greens leader called for the LNP to increase its naval presence in the southern ocean due to the looming presence of an illegal Japanese whaling fleet. “Australia should send naval vessels to our Antarctic waters to make a show against the illegal slaughter of our whales. “These are the same whales giving birth in Australian waters right now. Brown criticised Frydenberg and the LNP for not referring the matter to the International...

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Renowned circus company heads home after 17 years

After 17-years of calling the Brisbane Powerhouse home, Vulcana Women’s Circus is coming back to its roots to offer exciting youth and adult classes at West End’s Kurilpa Hall. Founded in 1995, Vulcana Women’s Circus is a leading organisation in social circus and has delivered the greater Brisbane community with bold performances and programs that empower women and children through the teaching and performance of circus arts. Coupled with Rock & Roll Circus (now Circa), and Flipside Circus, Vulcana’s Women’s Circus is part of West End’s prolific output of circus companies that have gone on to build solid reputations outside of Brisbane. Taking its name from the...

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