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January at Dendy: A fun family movie screening + FREE giveaway!

posted by Karlicca Culalic January 9, 2018 0 comments

To the left Netflix, here are two epic words to get the ball rolling on your entertainment consuming habits for 2018: Dendy Cinemas. With two fabulous locations in Brisbane, getting your fix of blockbusters and independent films with all the talent coming off the Aussie and NZ film market starts right here. We’ve teamed up with the guys at Dendy to bring you monthly updates with lots of opportunities to snag free giveaway passes each month. The very first is now! (And it concerns the bubs and oh-so-little humans in your life)

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Win A Double Pass to ABSINTHE

posted by Teagan West May 25, 2015 5 Comments

From the creators of EMPIRE comes ABSINTHE, an adult-themed cocktail of circus, burlesque and vaudeville for a 21st century audience – and we’ve got 2 double passes to give away!

Be prepared to be shocked, outraged, wowed and absolutely entertained when the politically incorrect yet athletically gifted cast of ABSINTHE come to town next month for a strictly limited season under the Spiegltent at King George Square.

If you’ve never heard of ABSINTHE, here’s what you need to know and why you need to book tickets (or win them here if you’re one of the lucky ones!). ABSINTHE is a bona-fide international phenomenon after being launched by Australians in Manhattan’s gritty South Street Seaport before going on to be an internationally renowned act. It became New York’s must-see event before moving to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to smash out four years of box office records and sell-out shows.

Now touring Australia, stopping in Brisbane for 19 shows from June 2-14, ABSINTHE features outrageous comedy and outlandish acts performed at amazing feats. It is certainly a show not to be missed, especially when it is performed in a 700-sear antique Spiegeltent furnished with beveled mirrors, plush velvet seating booths and a well-stocked bar in King George Square.

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So, do you want to win tickets? We’re giving away two double passes to see ABSINTHE in Brisbane on June 9 at 8pm. To enter, simply follow the prompts in the widget below and be sure to leave your email address so we can contact the winner. The prize will be drawn on Sunday May 31.

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Click here and here for  more information about ABSINTHE by Spiegelworld and follow this link to purchase tickets (prices range from $54-$154). Show duration is 90 minutes with no interval; recommended for ages 15 & above as the performance features some nudity and strong language.

 

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Gasp! : Who Knew the Resources Sector Could be Funny?

posted by Scott Duffield November 23, 2014 0 comments

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Ben Elton has been on my “I need to check him out properly” list for years. I’ve got about four of his books on the bookshelf that I picked up from beachside second hand stores but I’ve never actually gotten around to reading them.

So naturally, I jumped at the chance to see Elton’s Gasp! when the review opportunity came across the Brisbane Threads desk. Gasp! is actually a rewritten version of his first stage production, Gasping. I thought this must be a good sign – terrible things don’t get revisited, do they?

The rewrite sets the production in Australia, where greedy mining company Lockheart Industries is searching for a new resource to capitalise on now that our wide brown land has been completely stripped of coal. Some bright spark comes up with the idea of harvesting oxygen, purifying it and then selling it as a premium product to the world’s wheezy asthmatics and sneezy allergy sufferers. Unsurprisingly, corporate greed soon kicks in with major consequences for all the oxygen breathers out there – if you want to breathe, you’ve got to pay. Reads like a page out of some kombucha-drinking, Greens-voting leftie’s nightmare journal, right?

Gasp! explores some pretty big themes – greed, corporate responsibility, environmental sustainability, the onus on individual consumers – but it does so deftly. It’s still really good entertainment, not some Michael Moore or Inconvenient Truth style lecture-mentary. (That’s a portmanteau of lecture and documentary that I will be trademarking as soon as I finish this review).

This is helped by the fact that Gasp! is very funny. Elton has managed to write almost every current trend and issue into the script. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he actually worked with the writing team from Mad As Hell. If you’re not into those current affairs-y jokes, there’s also a part where an older gent shows his bum. So yeah, it pretty much caters to everyone.

If you’re a theatre buff, I guess you’ll want to know about the individual performances, set design, lighting design, media design and all that other theatre-type stuff, right? Good, good, good and good, as far as I can tell with my limited experience. Want more detail than that? Well, go find yourself a real theatre review blog then, chum!

Gasp! was great. The jokes were funny, the plot was engaging and the actors did good acting. It was actually so entertaining that I’m going to put the brakes on Game of Thrones and pull one of those Ben Elton books off the shelf. He’s earned my attention.

For the record, I would also like to note that I planned to title this review “Theatre Production Gasping At Straws” if the production was bad. It’s kind of a shame they did such a great job, hey?

Gasp! is a joint production of Queensland Theatre Company and Western Australia’s Black Swan State Theatre Company, written by Ben Elton and directed by Wesley Enoch. The production is showing at QPAC Playhouse until 7 Dec 2014. Tickets available for purchase here

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