"Two clowns are waiting. They have been waiting a terribly long time. One clown is determined to follow the rules and sit still. The other tries to keep boredom at arm's length by playing games. Sometimes waiting can feel like forever. This play explores how two clowns have no choice but to pass the time by using their imaginations. They dine on food that appears out of thin air, use simple items to create amazing new worlds and discover an entire universe inside a hat! But do they get what they are waiting for..."
Suitable for children 5 to 10 years of age.
Hurry Up and Wait! utilises clowning, mime and endearing comic characterisations to explore themes of identity, friendship and the acceptance of difference.
Children will be exposed to scenarios around game-play, imagination and collaboration.
Bridget Boyle -- Playwright/Director
Bridget is a co-founder of deBASE Productions and has worked in and around Brisbane as an actor, devisor, director and speech and drama teacher. She has worked extensively in the field of clowning as a director, performer and teacher. In 2005 she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Musical for The Venetian Twins.
Directing credits include The Clown from Snowy River (deBASE 2006), Snagged (Vena Cava Theatre Company), The Look (Queensland Arts Council, 2002), Lovejunk (deBASE/QPAC 2001), Glitter and Dust (pretend productions/Metro Arts 2002) and Titanic -- The Clown Show (deBASE/Newboards Festival/ Adelaide Fringe Festival, 1999 -- 2000).
Liz Skitch -- Playwright/Performer
Liz works as an actor, writer and comedian. She co-founded deBASE Productions with Bridget Boyle and Robert Kronk in 1998.
With deBASE, her performance/writing credits include: Waiting for Merlot (2008 Brisbane Festival Under the Radar), The Clown from Snowy River in 2006, Frocking Fantastic (Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2005 and Brisbane Powerhouse in 2003). She toured Australia in The Alchemist, a co-production between Queensland Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare Company.
Clint Bolster -- Performer
Clint has worked professionally in Australia and overseas as an actor, stilt performer and clown. For seven years he has toured with Tony Kishawi's Lightwire Theatrical Productions throughout Australia, in clown and commedia dell'arte shows for primary and secondary schools.
Clint also owns and manages Manoeuvre, a stilt performance company catering for corporate events, night clubs and festivals. This is Clint's debut performance with Queensland Theatre Company.
HURRY UP AND WAIT!
Created by Bridget Boyle and Liz Skitch
Saturday June 26 10.00am, 12noon, 2.00pm $12 Noosa Arts Theatre
Sunday June 27 10.00am, 12noon, 2.00pm $12 Noosa Arts Theatre
Duration: 50 minutes no intermission
Queensland Theatre Company
Noosa Arts Theatre
Some 2010 Noosa Longweekend festival highlights include --
* the world-premiere-preview of David Williamson's latest play Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica starring Georgie Parker and the world premiere of the new children's play, Hurry Up and Wait as presented by the Queensland Theatre Company in association with deBASE productions; a showcase of 'award winning'-one-act plays; Acrobatica's gravity-defying physical theatre; and, Agatha Christie Radio Mysteries performed on stage.
* two, exclusive, Australian performances entitled International Stars of Ballet as performed by seven members of the San Francisco Ballet.
* musical performances including Australia's own Tom Burlinson in Frank a Life in Song; cabaret and supper club performances with Caroline O'Connor, Caroline Nin, Carita Farrer, Blossom Goodchild, Elizabeth Cousemaker, Tom Sharah and Australian musical theatre legend Toni Lamond; the Dame Joan Sutherland (opera) awards; a return festival appearance by guitar maestros Slava and Leonard Grigoryan accompanied by James and Joseph Tawadros as Band of Brothers; the So-la Voce Chamber Choir; a Japanese piano recital; Virginia Gay, and local bands, The Vitals and Dva.
* a celebration of short films and a Slow Food with Film event with food prepared by leading local chefs; the now famous progressive food events hosted by top restaurants in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast hinterland including a Seafood Saunter, Hinterland Gourmet Safari, Beachside Promenade and the traditional festival favourite, the Duck Waddle.
* literary events featuring everyone's favourite gardener Don Burke, Ita Buttrose, politician and pharmacist Terry White, social commentator Karen Brooks, high profile journalists and authors such as Paul Kelly, Margaret Simons and Anne Summers and sportswriter Mike Colman; the writers who inspired Underbelly, John Silvester and Andrew Rule; animal behavioural specialist Dr Paul McGreevy; author and former journalist Iola Mathews; former pop star and author Michael White; University lecturer and sci-fi buff, Gregory Nash; and, Dr Karen Hitchcock -- medic and super mum.
* celebrity lunches featuring comedian and author Tim Ferguson, celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, Ita Buttrose, Australian cabaret sensation Toni Lamond and a celebrity breakfast with Andrew Ettingshausen (ET).
* a full day children's festival.
* engaging and insightful forums exploring topics such as: China, Should we be worried?; America, in decline?; The changing media game and internet journalism; Barrie Cassidy and the Insider's take on politics, Griffith REVIEW's Food chain sustainability and 30 years of State of Origin. Forum participants include Julianne Schultz, Mark Scott, Eric Beecher, Margaret Simons, Dr Don Russell, Dr Michael Fullilove, Paul Kelly, Peter Hartcher, Peter Thompson, Warwick Smith, Geremie Barme, Saul Eslake, Fran Kelly, Steve Renouf, Kerrod Walters, Mick Hancock and Martin Lang.
* workshops featuring Bollywood dancing, African drumming and singing, Japanese puppet making, drama improvisation, Commedia dell Arte and a full day, comedy writing master course with Tim Ferguson
The full festival program can be viewed on line at www.noosalongweekend.com. Printed versions are available by phoning the festival office on (07) 5474 9941.
Downloadable: "2010 Noosa Longweekend Festival" pdf
TICKET SALES AND FESTIVAL PROGRAMS
* Tickets for all festival events will go on sale from 10am, May 4. Visit www.noosalongweekend.com for details.
* Tickets for Noosa events will be on sale at The J Box office phone (07) 5455 4455 or online at www.thej.com.au
* Tickets for Caloundra events will be on sale at The Events Centre, Caloundra phone (07) 5491 4240 or online www.etixdirect.com.au
* Ticket prices range from FREE admission to $185 (for a 'Blue Ribbon dinner and cabaret event')
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* Special festival accommodation packages are available. Visit www.noosalongweekend.com for details.
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