Imperial Russian Ballet present Swan Lake. 

Ipswich Civic Centre. 

Reviewed by Damien Lee 11/10/19

There was a buzz of excitement at the Ipswich Civic Centre last Friday night, as local ballet enthusiasts prepared to take in the majesty and technical brilliance of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company as they presented “Swan Lake” to the appreciative crowd.

Leading this company of 40 dancers, selected from the major ballet schools o...


Mamma Mia The Musical

Directed by Robbie Parkin 

Produced by Ipswich Musical Theatre Company  

Ipswich Civic Centre

Reviewed by Damien Lee on Friday 13thSeptember 2019. 

Supplied production photos by Bruce Edwards

Ipswich Musical Theatre Company is never shy about taking on large scale popular musicals. I have been fortunate enough to see their productions of “Wicked” and “Strictly Ballroom” in recent times, and have always lef...


School of Rock The Musical

Directed by Laurence Connor

Produced by GWB Entertainment and S&CO

Lyric Theatre QPAC

Reviewed by Damien Lee on Saturday 13th July 2019.

Never having seen the original film starring Jack Black, I went into the Lyric Theatre with an open mind ready for a fun night. I mean with a new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by three‑time Tony nominee Glenn Slater, and book by Downton Abbey‘s Oscar winning Jul...


Jersey Boys The Musical

Directed by Des McAnuff 

Produced by Teg Dainty and Rodney Rigby New Theatricals  

Lyric Theatre QPAC

Now Playing until February 17

Reviewed by Damien Lee on Saturday 5thJanuary 2019. 

Bookings on www.qpac.com.au

They came from the wrong side of the tracks, mixed in a world of petty crime, but united by music. Under a street lamp on the streets of Jersey they discovered a new sound that would see them hit...


North By Northwest

Directed by Simon Phillips 

Adapted by Carolyn Burns

Produced by Andrew Kay & Liza McLean 

Lyric Theatre QPAC

Reviewed by Damien Lee on Thursday 29thNovember

Bookings on www.qpac.com.au

At the outset, I must disclose that I am a huge fan of Hitchcock and his classic films. So to say I was intrigued to see how they translated the numerous scenes from the film onto the stage is an understatement. Director, Simon Phil...


Produced by Disney Theatrical under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

Directed and Choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

Reviewed 24th February 2018.

Lyric Theatre, QPAC

First Disney brought us The Lion King, followed by Mary Poppins, and now an Arabian Night that is even better than its predecessors. Vibrant colourful scenery, high energy dancing and soaring vocals bring to life this Disney classic live on stage.




Produced by Howard Panter, John Frost and GWB Entertainment

Directed by Christopher Luscombe

Until February 11, 2018

Concert Hall, QPAC

It’s been more than 40 years since the original movie was released, however Rocky Horror is still a crowd pleaser, bringing shrieks of delight from audiences across the globe. In this 2018 reincarnation, Director Christopher Luscombe, has assembled an impressive...



Produced by Louise Withers, Michael Coppel and Linda Bewick.

Directed by Gary Young

Until February 4, 2018

Lyric Theatre, QPAC

For nearly two decades, “Mamma Mia” has been a favourite with Australian Theatre audiences. The last time I saw this musical was in 2004, but this fresh, new, invigorated version is the best yet.  

From the moment the superb band, under Musical Director Michael Azzopardi, struck up the...



John Frost and Suzanne Jones

By arrangement with The Production Company present

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s New Production

Until December 3

Lyric Theatre, QPAC

This reincarnation of the classic book by L. Frank Baum shines brighter than Emerald City, and the Ruby Slippers combined, if that’s possible. Lord Lloyd Webber’s London Palladium production has delivered a version of “The Wizard of Oz” like none we have ever seen....



A new play by Rob Pensalfini

Presented by the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble

Directed by Rebecca Murphy

8 – 18 November

Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio, UQ

It’s been a landmark in Brisbane for more than a century. Opening in July 1883, the Brisbane Gaol, or more commonly known as Boggo Road Gaol, was home to thousands of men and women behind it’s imposing walls. The notorious events over its history has lead to “Bogga” being penne...

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