QUT is known for housing some of Australia’s most talented creatives when they were in their undergrad. Plenty of actors, artists, writers, and technical creative professionals have come from the Kelvin Grove precinct, and while they were studying, these artists engaged with community platforms to create their first works. Anywhere Theatre Festival is one of those community platforms; the concept is performing in untraditional theatre spaces, sharehouses, public venues, restaurants, it’s designed to showcase the adaptability of theatre. The festival is coming up from the 7th to the 30th of May, and plenty of current QUT students are getting involved across the program, here’s just a few!
Piece: Women in the Wallpaper
By: Oubliette Theatre
Overview: Oubliette is hosting a visual art exhibition with Anywhere Festival, co-created by QUT student Victoria Barns. The exhibition will showcase young artists, with multiple women from QUT. From Oubliette, “Art in the gallery will relate directly to feminist literature, drawing upon its themes of isolation and mental health – topics all too familiar during a global pandemic.” The event is in collaboration with local business Consent Patches and is raising money for Rape and Domestic Violence Australia.
Piece: Talking to Brick Walls
By: The Black Box Collective
Overview: A theatre piece written by author and playwright Claire Cristian and Youth Art Impact Ensemble, Talking to Brick Walls explores the relationship between parents and teenagers, or the lack thereof. The cast and crew are stacked with talent from QUT Creative Industries, and are ready to share a night steeped in laughs and resonant moments alike.
By: Milne Productions
Overview: This piece is a multi-disciplinary retelling of the myth of Icarus, including music, dance, film, puppetry, and more. With a host of student artists, including QUT Glass alumni, Tristan Niemi, this retelling is sure to make you question how the legend really goes.
By: The Drawer Productions
Overview: The Drawer Productions is a Brisbane-based production company, filled with QUT students from the performing to the production team. Shelter is back for another run with Anywhere Festival, detailing the story of one family and three generations, trapped in a bunker, sticking to a daily routine. An underground story performed in Farrier, an underground bar, this theatre experience is guaranteed immersive.
We at Glass are passionate about showcasing students, and we hope you’ll get out and support some of these shows! If you are attending about would like to review any of these works, please get in touch with us to discuss further.