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The Bard meets The Judy this October as shake & stir theatre company’s Shake Fest invites students from across Queensland to celebrate the works of William Shakespeare. 

For the third year running shake & stir have been on a Shakespearean journey of massive proportions, searching for the state’s most passionate actors, dancers, musicians, photographers, videographers and visual arts students. 

Heading to the Judith Wright Centre for the first time, the festival combines multiple art forms from across numerous categories including monologue, duologue, scene, dance, music, design, photography and film. 

Following a program of workshops, exhibitions and mingling with other students from across Queensland, students will flex their Shakespearean muscles in the State Finals with the winners moving on to be part of a fully realised production.

SESSION TIMES

Dance and Music 9am – 10:30am
Duologues 11am – 12:30pm
Monologues and Scenes 1pm – 2:30pm
Scenes 3pm – 4:30pm
Announcement of Winners 5pm – 5:30pm
 
Dates Sat 10 October
Time 9am – 5:30pm 
Tickets $40 - $12 (Individual sessions and day passes available)
Venue Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick St (Cnr Berwick St), Fortitude Valley
Bookings www.judithwrightcentre.com or 07 3872 9000

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One actor, five characters - an electric comedy masterpiece!

From the creator of Skitch Tease and direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival comes Liz Skitch’s critically acclaimed new solo show, Spoilt. 

Worlds collide as the lives of a hapless bride-to-be, celebrity personal trainer, reality TV star, karaoke singing celebrant and caffé latte-sipping dog lover all come together climaxing in the most tragic and hilarious wedding reception ever staged. 

“Simply ahhhh-mazing. Spoilt delivers a very adept touch on all that is bizarre in a world we call normal and an extremely entertaining yet painfully honest perception of life as we know it.” Heckler
 
“Skitch is a natural mimic, shedding accents and years as easily as she changes into costume.” The Age

Tour supported by The Playing Queensland Fund and arTour, initiatives of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premiere and Cabinet. Supported by Knox Community Art Centre and 6PAC. 

Dates Thu 19 to Sat 21 November 
Time 8pm
Duration 120 mins, inc interval
Tickets $30 - $27
Suitable for ages 16+
Venue Shopfront, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick St (Cnr Berwick St), Fortitude Valley
Bookings www.judithwrightcentre.com or 07 3872 9000

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The international sensation Scotch and Soda returns for another round at The Judy this November!

After their smash hit Brisbane Festival season last year, Company 2 and the Uncanny Carnival Band have been the toast of London with their signature blend of thrilling circus, driving beats and dexterous feats, performing to full houses and five star reviews. 

Scotch & Soda’s rowdy mob of misfits boasts some of Australia’s most renowned acrobats and raucous musicians, set to take you on a whiskey-soaked evening of gravity-defying good times.

Featuring some fresh top-shelf tricks and a toe-tapping new musical score, don’t miss one of the most fun shows around, served straight up.

“You’ll gasp. You’ll marvel. You’ll be charmed”
Edinburgh Evening News (UK) * * * * *

Dates Wed 18 to Sat 28 November 
Time 7:30pm
Duration 70 mins, no interval
Venue Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick St (Cnr Berwick St), Fortitude Valley
Tickets $42 - $35
Bookings www.judithwrightcentre.com or 07 3872 9000

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In 2015 Kupka's Piano present another four part concert series at the Judy. In these concerts, Kupka steps outside the wall, to take a good look at themselves, their world, and their place in all of space and time. 

This third concert in the series presents the extended and completed installation of the collaboration between Kupka's Piano and MakeShift Dance Collective, The Human Detained. This project features four world premieres of substantial new works by exciting young Brisbane composers Steve Newcomb, Michael Mathieson-Sandars, Samantha Wolf and Brodie McAllister.

Program
Steve Newcomb // New Work // WORLD PREMIERE
Michael Mathieson-Sandars // New Work // WORLD PREMIERE
Samantha Wolf // New Work // WORLD PREMIERE
Brodie McAllister // New Work // WORLD PREMIERE

Supported by the Judith Wright Centre's Fresh Ground Space Program, made possible through Arts Queensland.

Date Fri 30 October
Time 7:30pm
Duration 60 mins, no interval
Venue Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick St (Cnr Berwick St), Fortitude Valley
Tickets $33 - $29 I unreserved theatre seating
Bookings www.judithwrightcentre.com or 07 3872 9000

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Women in Voice returns to the Judith Wright Centre with another brilliant line-up of Brisbane’s finest chanteuses this October.

Don’t miss the sumptuous combination of the ethereal Emma Dean, rock legend Carol Lloyd, world music mama Yani and the astounding Alison St Ledger, all brought together by MC Queenie van de Zandt’s hilarious alter ego, Jan van de Stool, International Music Therapist.

Gather your favourite music fans to laugh, cry, fall in love and break some hearts along with these incredible vocalists. Women in Voice 2015 will transform a night out together into a highlight of your year. 

“Much has changed in the world since the first WiV, but a night out with the energy of a live show never goes out of style."   Noel Mengel, The Courier-Mail 

Dates Thu 15 to Sat 24 October  
Time 7:30pm
Duration 1hr and 45 mins, inc interval 
Tickets $43 - $33
Venue Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick St (Cnr Berwick St), Fortitude Valley
Bookings www.judithwrightcentre.com or 07 3872 9000

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Dance, music and animation collide in an electric new chamber ballet.

Desirelines are the improvised tracks created by people who defy the ways designed for them by others. Three musicians and four dancers use gleaming stainless steel tracks to navigate a digitally animated landscape in this powerful melding of contemporary ballet and new chamber music.

In this original concept by Benjamin Greaves, Gareth Belling’s choreography is etched onto the performers by Susan Hawkins’ soaring original compositions, while Pete Foley’s animation maps a concrete visual landscape that floats with Leigh Buchanan’s whimsical costumes. 

Collusion Music is Queensland’s own original fine art music and dance ensemble. Together for 13 years, this group of award-winning chamber musicians, in collaboration with composers, a choreographer and dancers, creates evocative performances underpinned by heart, beauty and warmth.

Dates Wed 2 to Sat 5 September
Time 7:30pm
Duration 55 mins, no interval 
Tickets $36 - $29
Venue Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick St (Cnr Berwick St), Fortitude Valley
Bookings www.judithwrightcentre.com or 07 3872 9000

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This August sees EMMA & THE HUNGRY TRUTH return to the Judith Wright Centre to feast on you! 
Dance and drink in their audible cocktail of primal rhythms, catchy melodies, break-your-heart lyrics and epic harmonies.

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Judy Strikes Back breathes new life into the Garland legend to question our notions of ambition, tragedy and what it means to finally get over that rainbow. It’s an all-singing, all-dancing coming out story, for the little girl lost in all of us.

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Direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Women in Voice legend Carita Farrer Spencer performs in this hilarious double act (with herself).

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The Paratrooper Project thrusts our historical conflicts into the firing line alongside current political regimes to examine who we are and what we will become. 

Originally inspired by mementos left by WWII Paratrooper Richard Matthaei, the grandfather of Phluxus2 co-founder Nerida Matthaei, this Brisbane-based dance collective has created an entangled world where stories of wars, historical imaginings and harsh realities become knotted, interwoven and laid bare. The Paratrooper Project sees Phluxus2 examine military, political and personal histories and their impact on our everyday. They interrogate how these histories have imprinted our present and explore the stains they will leave on our tomorrow.

The Paratrooper Project is a unique experience, told through dance theatre installation. The audience is invited into an immersive space that falls and shifts as the artists manipulate the fabric of time. 

Enter the trenches of our past and present conflicts. Survey our heritage. Contest our imagined memories. Explore how the past has divided our present generations. Question what this might mean for our future. 

… will this residue harden into a layer protecting us against a battle yet to come, or will it peel and crumble to dust, allowing us to step forward into a better tomorrow?

Phluxus2 Dance Collective is an award winning and 'boundary bashing' dance company founded in 2006. Their work explores complex movement vocabularies that turn traditions of performance on its head. The company consists of a diverse range of established Brisbane dance professionals and contemporary performers.

Dates Sat 27 June to Sat 4 July 
Time 7:30pm Duration 60 mins, no interval
Tickets $33 to $22
Venue Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick St (Cnr Berwick St), Fortitude Valley
Bookings www.judithwrightcentre.com or 07 3872 9000
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