The 2019 programme from Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) once again aims to be a celebration of the Redlands Coast, with performing arts from across the city, across Queensland, Australia, and the world.
RPAC is, as always, offering music galore. Queensland Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage conducted by Guy Noble and joined by classical guitarist Karis Schaupp. Also, the spell-binding Orava Quartet perform and the Grigoryan Brothers play music from their latest album.
If you're more interested about the legends behind the music, look no further than 'The Songs And Tales Of Angry Old Men', a rockumentary about great rock 'n' roll musicians including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Jim Morrison, Nick Cave and Johnny Cash. Songs and stories of Judy Garland will be the focus in 'Rain Or Shine', and Naomi Price returns with 'Lady Beatle', a kaleidoscopic journey through the Beatles' most monumental hits.
Toni Childs will be live in concert with greatest hits and new tracks, Katie Noonan will return with Elixir, and Topology will team up with drum-kit soloist Grant Collins and tap-dancer Bill Simpson.
The song-filled ode to gin 'Mother's Ruin' will have people rolling in the aisles to kick off RPAC's year packed full of comedy. 'Waist Watchers The Musical' is about exactly what it sounds like it's about, while West End smash-hit 'My Brilliant Divorce' will bring 'stand-up tragedy' to the stage and a triple comedy bill of Dave O'Neil, Fiona O'Loughlin and Peter Rowsthorn will have you ducking for cover on account of so many flying jokes.
'Waist Watchers The Musical'
Families with children are in for a treat this year!
'The Cat In The Hat' and Eric Hill's 'Spot' will be lovingly brought to life, while 'Me And My Shadow' aims to ignite imaginations. 'Loose Ends' and 'The Whale's Tale' will respectively bring crazy contraptions to the stage and leave you and your children wanting to make a difference.
No year at RPAC would be complete without a show case of awe-inspiring physicality and skill. YAMATO drummers of Japan and their ancient drums that will awaken all five senses. You can also look forward to the incredible acrobats in Flipside Circus’ 'Revolve', which was commissioned by the Commonwealth Games’ Festival 2018 and Circa’s 'Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus'. If you prefer to be part of the action, then don’t miss the return of the Embrace the Hype 'Beast Camp' and 'Battle Night', where krumpers from all over Australia and New Zealand will work on their skills and then battle it out for a place in the world EBS Krump Championships.
The 2019 NAIDOC Week Showcase will be headlined by dynamic young Indigenous singer-songwriter Adam James and include a huge selection of family-friendly activities.
The Australian Film Series and Musical Melodies make a triumphant return, and there are plenty more local and national acts to look forward to as well.
Redland Performing Arts Centre's 2019 season is underway, with a 60th Anniversary Tribute Concert of Cliff Richard & The Shadows first up on 16 March.