11 highlights from Anywhere Theatre Festival
From a heritage substation to a suburban household, you could find yourself anywhere across Brisbane for the 8th annual Anywhere Theatre Festival. There is only one rule – all performances must happen anywhere outside of a normal theatre space, and trust us, these places can be way outside the norm. With over 350 performances in this year’s program, these are some of the quirkiest, must-see events.
Nicknamed "a comedy for psychos", this certainly isn't for the narrow-minded and dull. Follow two best friends on a wacky adventure that includes getting lava back into a volcano – can they do it? (Well of course they can, they wrote the script).
Dates: 16, 19 & 20 May
Location: The Junk Bar, 215 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove
Five rock musicians attempt to uncover the secrets of Brisbane through the world of cabaret. Is the Brisbane River the brownest river in the world? What special kind of love dwells in the hearts of Brisbane people? The Dustbin Hoffmans have all the answers, but only if you see the show.
Date: 12 May
Location: Woolloongabba Substation, 45 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba
Put on your blindfold and be transported to the bayside where the Moreton Bay Penal Colony was home to Rosie Quinn and a small population of women convicts, all leading a harsh and difficult life dominated by men. This mixture of campfire ghost stories, real-life crime and folk song will have you spooked and your sixth sense tingling.
Dates: 18-20 May
Location: Spring Hill Reservoir, 230 Wickham Tce, Spring Hill
4. Everything turns into a S**T Storm
Uncover the imperfect crime where Lenny, his best friend and some sketchy guy they bumped into hatch an idea to launder money out of the Brisbane City Council by creating a mess by night that they're paid to clean up the next day – don't get any ideas as they're sure to be found out.
Dates: 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25 May
Location: Museum Courtyard, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus
5. Can you survive the night with the Glampire Masquerade?
From the creators of award-winning Anywhere Theatre Festival 2017 production The Farce Awakens, comes a part-show, part-game event following the mysterious Glampires – dressing glamorously is extremely encouraged.
Dates: 11 & 12 May
Location: Boundary St Markets, 56 Russell St, West End
Michael, Jake and Karen are the three best friends that enjoy a frequent clubbing session, but when Michael doesn't show up one night, there must be something wrong. Watch as their world is turned upside down by a bizarre statement – the cosplay loving Michael is straight.
Date: 10, 17, 24 & 27 May
Location: Nash Playshed, 4 Amity St, New Farm
7. Dance in your seat at Much Ado
If Shakespeare was into rock and roll, this is exactly how his plays would have been written. Don't expect the original, because you won't get it. Instead, this modernisation of Shakespeare's classic comedy about romance and sexual politics is combined with original music in legendary Brisbane rock venue, The Zoo.
Dates: 15-17 & 23 May
Location: The Zoo, 711 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
Everyone's had an Uber drive from hell, but have you ever had an Uber drive to hell? Loosely (very loosely) based on a true story, Luis is sucked into the bowels of hell and only Drew can save him from eternal damnation – do you think he can do it? Only five-star ratings please.
Dates: 18 & 19 May
Location: Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre Car Park, 171 Dandenong Rd, Mt Ommaney
Set over a decade, a religious girl and not-so-religious boy are equally fascinated by the universe but with completely different ideas on how it works. As time passes and the stakes are raised, will they be able to compromise or will their beliefs stretch the pair beyond capacity?
Dates: 11, 18 & 25 May
Location: The Commissariat Store Courtyard, 115 William St, Brisbane City
When you grow up in a mining town with the highest ratio of men to women and a self help book tells you to get out, you leave as quickly as possibly. Join one of New South Wales' most exciting young stand-ups as he describes change, stability and letting someone in – hilariously of course.
Dates: 25 & 26 May
Location: Daily Planet, 228 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
Elyot & Sybil and Amanda & Victor are enjoying their post-nupital honeymoons at the same hotel. The problem you may ask? Elyot & Amanda were once married to each other. As you can imagine, the story that unfolds is wickedly vicious, witty and flirtatious – what could go wrong?
Dates: 12 & 26 May
Location: Commissariat Store, 115 William St, Brisbane City
Dates: 17-19 May
Location: Newstead House, Newstead Park, Breakfast Creek Rd & Newstead Ave