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Letter from Lee

A fortnightly letter with love from our Artistic Director.

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Friday 5 August 2022

And now for a complete change of tempo! Having danced the night away with us at The Sunshine Club, come back to the Bille Brown Theatre for a beautiful play about mothers and daughters. Written by Kendall Feaver and directed by the wonderful Daniel Evans, The Almighty Sometimes is a nice big juicy play filled with great characters wrestling big questions about how to let go of people, how to love our families no matter how complicated they are, how to be independent but not alone. This is the kind of play best seen up close! As the weather turns a bit warmer it is going to be simply delightful having a drink under the bottle tree at interval and catching up with your theatre friends.

Suzie Miller’s play Chroma Town is our The Scene Project play this year and we have enjoyed all the Brisbane schools who have been in the theatre these past three weeks performing their versions of the play. Suzie arrived in Brisbane for the first performances from London where her play Prima Facie is starring Jodie Comer on the West End. She was blown away by the performances of Chroma Town and is looking forward to visiting the tour as it heads up north. I’m going to drop into Rockhampton to see it there and maybe say hello to students in Cairns who are doing The Scene Project for the first time this year as well!

All your friends in Cairns will have told you that you must come and see Othello when it comes to town. The show starts rehearsals next week. Seeing it in Bulmba-ja last year was thrilling and I know the team are really looking forward to sharing with you this uniquely Queensland adaptation by Jimi Bani and Jason Klarwein.

For those of you who like stories of soldiers, you are in luck with the line-up of Othello and First Casualty. While the Shakespeare is imaginatively relocated to the Torres Strait in World War 2, First Casualty will transport us to Afghanistan and give us a window in on our soldiers’ experiences in our longest war. Delayed by Omicron, First Casualty was never supposed to sit next to Othello in the season, but the pivot became a pirouette and suddenly the Wardrobe Department is filled with army uniforms and boots through the end of the year! Thank you to all the soldiers who have contributed old uniforms – we hope we will do you proud.

I don’t know how we got so lucky to not lose even one performance of The Sunshine Club to Covid, and I am not counting any chickens, but I am hopeful that an early spring and a bit more mask wearing will get us on our way to a better end of the year than we had at the beginning!

See you in the foyer for The Almighty Sometimes!

Love Lee,