Get excited, Gold Coast. HOTA, Home of the Arts has recently dropped its sneak peek of a 2020 program that promises a world of delight for all. With fun family performances, spectacular theatre, jaw-dropping contemporary circus and a host of Australian stars all on the agenda, we decided to take a closer look at a few of the world class events Gold Coast audiences can expect to catch at the cultural precinct in 2020.
Highlights of the 2020 program include the retelling of the legend of King Arthur in Monty Python’s SPAMALOT; the return of Viral, a powerful physical theatre show created on the Gold Coast with a run of successful international seasons under its belt; and the puppetshow rock-concert experience of Laser Beak Man.
LASER BEAK MAN | 16-18 January
Power City is the most beautiful city in the world, clean, pure, perfect; but not by accident. Local hero Laser Beak Man works hard to keep it that way. Drawing energy from the underground Magna Crystals that power the City his beak has the ability to shoot lasers that turn bad to good. That is until Peter Bartman, evil genius, and Laser Beak Man’s estranged childhood friend, steals the Magna Crystals using the Thriller Driller. Robbed of his superpowers, Laser Beak Man must find a way to stop his oldest nemesis from destroying Power City. More info: hota.com.au/theatre/laser-beak-man.
From family fun to mature crowds only (15+), the legendary cabaret YUMMY is finally coming to the Gold Coast for the first time!
YUMMY Deluxe | 22-25 January
Join the ever fabulous and multi award-winning ensemble as they take you on the most delicious and unpredictable ride of your life. YUMMY DELUXE is a mix of new acts and YUMMY favourites with some electric new group numbers. Winners of “Best Production” and “Best Ensemble” (Cabaret) at the 2018 Green Room Awards, YUMMY has become synonymous with breath-taking drag, music, circus, and burlesque. Come and join the stars of YUMMY as they lead a new wave of outrageous, joyful, and innovative cabaret. More info: hota.com.au/theatre/yummy-deluxe.
Women will take over the Basement at the end of January for an evening of solid gold musicianship by some of Queensland’s most exciting emerging female performers in Femmestomp.
FEMMESTOMP | 31 January
Femmestomp will feature three artists, the first of which is 18 year old Charters Towers singer/songwriter Billie Rose. The velvety voiced performer has smoothly blended the lines between country and pop ballad, to create her own niche sound. Also performing is El Cosgrove, who developed a love and talent for songwriting while growing up and riding horses in regional Queensland on her family’s farm in the Darling Downs, with her creativity flourishing while on her many travels between the Northern Territory to the Rocky Mountains of Canada. Finally alt country artist Laura Frank (pictured), hailing from her family’s farm in SE Queensland, will round out a night of quality tunes and heartfelt storytelling, More info: hota.com.au/music/femmestomp.
The acclaimed Acrobuffos of New York City will astonish and entertain with the impossible-to-categorise Air Play.
AIR PLAY | 10 – 11 January
Follow two siblings as they get transported through a magical circus-style adventure where balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and the very air you breathe comes to life. Air Play is a visual poem, using no words. It lives on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theatre. To audiences around the world the wonder and discovery of Air Play are bold reminders of childhood and growing up. More info: hota.com.au/theatre/air-play.
Music lovers are perhaps best served, with the Basement, Lakeside Room and Outdoor Stage continuing to host a range of fabulous local, national and international artists for your listening pleasure. Legendary English band The Cure will even make an appearance. Well, sort of!
JUST LIKE HEAVEN: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF THE CURE | 16 February
JUST LIKE HEAVEN is the first in a series of HOTA celebrating the music of the greatest artists of all time. Fans of THE CURE will get to see 20 CURE classics performed by some of Australia’s most exciting new artists – Ella Fence, Sook, The Brothers Calling, Amela and Tobias. You will also get to hear 2 originals from each of these artists and will be sure to walk away with at least one new favourite band. More info: hota.com.au/music/just-like-heaven-celebrating-the-music-of-the-cure.
HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said that the program details released so far is just a taste of what you’ll be able to see at HOTA in 2020.
“We’re presenting more opportunities for people to experience the arts in different ways,” Criena said.
“I’m talking workshops, live performances in unexpected places, great art, and of course the best Australian and International artists and companies performing indoors and out,” she said.
Children and their grown-ups will love the adaptions of their favourite childhood books The Gruffalo’s Child, Grug, Fantastic Mr Fox and Magic Beach on the big stage.
We can also expect some big names at HOTA this year including Kathy Lette with her hilarious Big Night Out and Emmy-award winner Lance Horne reliving all of your favourite songs in Secret Broadway.
Noni Hazlehurst will appear in the moving one-woman show Mother, and be offering a free masterclass for performing arts teachers, as well as an opportunity to share high tea with her biggest fans. While Australian actor and writer, Jonathan Biggins, will perform his one-man show, The Gospel According to Paul.
More shows will be announced throughout the year. For more information on HOTA, Home of the Arts or their 2020 program visit hota.com.au.