Coupling Brisbane Review @ MELT Festival 2018

Elodie is an award-winning actor, director, playwright, and producer who enjoys her time onstage as much as her work behind-the-scenes. When she's not creating theatrical magic, she's reporting about the arts scene with her journalism and publicity prowess. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @el.boal.

Reminding us of the true meaning of love, ‘Coupling’ was a smash hit at this year’s MELT Festival.

For one night only, the show combined the gifts of Camerata, Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, with local Brisbane talent – including Sean Andrews, David Ouch, Luke Hodgson, Greg Moore, Monique Dawes, Emily Gilhome, Jessica Mahony and Ellen Reed.

Taking love songs as we know them and reinventing them for all couple-types, ‘Coupling’ was an intimate soiree perfect for you and your special someone. The show set out to reclaim hits from the '70s, '80s and '90s for same-sex couples – and they certainly achieved their mission in droves.

The Powerhouse Theatre sported a number of tables that were lit with stylish lanterns; ensuring the space oozed cabaret vibes.  

‘Coupling’ showcased stunning vocal abilities and one couldn’t help but bop along to well-known ballads that set your heart racing. Backed by the awe-inspiring abilities of Camerata, it was a classy evening of great music. The orchestra was sharp, the musical arrangement, by Trevor Jones, was exceptionally planned and everything went off without a hitch.

Audience members embarked on a delicious ride of emotions and it’s a shame there weren’t more people in the theatre to witness it. Director, Kris Stewart, and the cast/creative behind this production have done a phenomenal job.

Memorable moments of ‘Coupling’ included an all-male rendition of ‘Sisters are Doin’ It For Themselves’; a heartbreaking and tear-jerking take on Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond’s ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’; and an entertaining, female three-piece composition of ‘Don’t You Want Me’ by The Human League.

‘Coupling’ transitioned through all the ups and downs of love – the heartbreak, the passion, the endlessness and the humorous – it was a show that had it all. Honestly, not a bad word could be said about the entire evening. The only remark is that it wasn’t long enough and patrons declared that by cheering and stamping for more!
‘Coupling’ reminded us that love is love – it’s uncontrollable, it’s overwhelming and it’s equal for every human being. If this show ever pops up again, definitely treat your loved one to a night you both won’t forget.

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