La Boite Theatre Company is continuing its run of 2021 entertainment with Act Two – the company’s latest line-up of mainstage productions.
Act Two features two diverse mainstage productions, a brand-new music series in the Roundhouse Theatre, and an invigorated programme of HWY events from April to August.
‘The Time Is Now’ is a thrilling new work co-created by Ari Palani, Aleea Monsour and David Burton, offering a glimpse into a future imagined by ten socially-engaged young Queensland artists aged 10-18 from diverse cultures, backgrounds and political views.
“‘The Time Is Now’ sees young people take to the stage and share their often-overlooked perspectives, at such a unique point in history,” Co-Creator and La Boite Youth & Education Producer Ari Palani says.
“We’re giving a voice to a generation often silenced or dismissed. ‘The Time Is Now’ will offer audiences a fresh perspective as well as the power and impact of young people’s amplified voices.”
Then, a contemporary reimagining of a stage classic will follow: ‘CAESAR’. It’s a new spin on William Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Julius Caesar’ presented by an all-female playwriting team.
After the success of Act One’s ‘Naked And Screaming’, La Boite Creative Producer and Director Sanja Simić is excited to be directing again, taking on five political, hilarious, gritty voices set to reimagine Shakespeare’s text for contemporary audiences.
'The Time Is Now'
“I’m thrilled to lead the ‘CAESAR’ company and work with an exceptional group of local actors, including Brisbane powerhouses Chenoa Deemal, Angie Milliken and Giema Contini, as well as newcomer Billy Fogarty,” Sanja says.
“This project is being created by a predominantly female and gender diverse team, with multiple playwrights invited to collaborate on the re- working of the original text.”
La Boite’s HWY will continue into Act Two, featuring play readings such as ‘You’re Beautiful And Perfect’ and ‘Garbage Patch’, with special events including the Indigenous-led stand-up show ‘Blackout Comedy’ by comedian Steph Tisdell.
New music showcase ‘Music In The Round’ will occur twice a month in May, June and July, featuring emerging South-East Queensland artists.
“I’m immensely proud of the company’s commitment to advocating for change and programming critical, diverse works, and Act Two highlights our continued mission to create powerful new work and champion diverse stories; across voice, form and experience,” La Boite CEO and Executive Director Zohar Spatz says. La Boite Theatre’s (Brisbane) Act Two starts with ‘The Time Is Now’ from 24 May.