I heard an interesting thing at the launch of the Arts Centre Gold Coast 2015 Season. Apparently, the Gold Coast has more amateur / community theatre groups than Brisbane. I admit it’s something that slipped under my radar. Theatre, you say? Lots of it, happening right here on the Gold Coast? How cool is that.
It’s no surprise, then that the Arts Centre Gold Coast’s 2015 season offerings, launched last week have a healthy smattering of theatre included. Given that so many people are passionate about stage and theatre here, I understand why such big productions call into the Gold Coast as they’re winging their way around the country.
The season kicks off with Boston Marriage – a quick-fire comedy featuring the wicked wit of Pulitzer Prize winning writer David Mamet and starring Amanda Muggleton. It runs for just two nights in February. Then there’s Kelly – which explains the man wandering around the launch event with a slitty helmet on his head. This new Australian play, which had a successful Brisbane season, weaves together fact, theory and myth exploring masculinity, brotherhood and the dangerous dynamic of mateship.
But that only gets us to March. Ernie Dingo stars in The New Black, hailed as the next Bran Nue Dae by The Age. There’s The One Day of The Year by Alan Seymour which looks at the meaning of Anzac Day through the eyes of generation, class and character. And Miss Saigon, which has played in 300 cities and 15 languages has a run of eight shows through June.
And that’s just the theatre. Included in the program for 2015 are also carnival performances for children and families, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, string ensembles and tenors, productions by the Bangarra Dance Company and my personal highlight, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra playing Bolero.
There are 26 shows in the Season, including Main Stage, Independent Season, Family Series and A Morning With…. and the Centre is offering Season Packages which drastically reduce ticket prices for those who love the theatre.
If it sounds like I’m gushing, I am. And that’s coming from someone that you would not call a theatre buff. If you think you are one, you probably want to get your hands on tickets for some of these performances immediately. They’re all on sale now. Visit theartscentregc.com.au to buy tickets and sort out your schedule of theatre-going action.