September’s Theatrical Treats

A quick glance at some of the acts coming to Gold Coast Theatres this September

Local stories go Viral

Based on a number of true events, new theatre production Viral takes a deeper look into the role of social media and technology and how it impacts the way we record, communicate and think about events of racism, abuse, violence and harassment in the community. The play fuses physical theatre, verbatim text, multiple role-sharing, multimedia and political theatre into an intense, visceral, provocative and entertaining piece. There are six shows from 1 September to 10 September at the Arts Centre Gold Coast. Call Box office on 5588 4000 or visit the website.


Il Ritorno by Circa

The stage is awash with bodies tumbling, lifting and clutching. Then, out of the darkness and gnawed by nostalgia, the Greek hero Ulysses appears after twenty long years of war and wanderings. Will he reach his faithful wife Penelope before she succumbs to her suitors? Il Ritorno is a ground-breaking new work fusing Circa’s world-renowned stripped-back acrobatics with baroque opera. Over 80 taut minutes, it retells Claudio Monteverdi’s classic opera Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria, intermingling it with folk song and new compositions. Shows Wed 31 August, Thurs 1 & Fri 2 September 7:30pm NORPA at Lismore City Hall. Tickets: 1300 066 772 or


In the Mood Returns

Following their 2011 and 2013 sold out Australian tours, the brassy, all-singing-all-dancing-all-American celebration of Swing Jazz returns to our shores on a massive coast to coast run throughout September and into October. This year marks 23 seasons for the blistering String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and inexhaustible IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers from New York, who are sensational in this retro revue featuring the music which guided a nation’s spirit towards hope, promise and prosperity. In The Mood hits the Arts Centre GC on 27 September. Visit the website for tickets.

Imperial Russian Ballet brings Nutcracker to the Gold Coast

Following their sell-out 2015 performances of Swan Lake, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to perform the ageless tale of bravery and dreams that is The Nutcracker.  The genius of Tchaikovsky created one of the most recognisable and enduring music scores ever written.  The illustrious cast of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company enjoy performing The Nutcracker more than any other ballet from their extensive repertoire, especially when they are joined by children from local ballet schools in the cities that they perform in around the world.  The Nutcracker comes to the Arts Centre Gold Coast on 17 September for one night only.  Book 5588 4000.

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