Anywhere Theatre x QUT Artists: A 2021 Guide

Image of a woman holding a mask mould of her face, superimposed with other semi-translucent vintage photographs.
Oubliette Theatre, Image by Matilda Buck. 

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.

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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.

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Rehearsal with Black Box Collective, Image by Nicholas Southey.

Piece: Icarus

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.

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Piece: Shelter

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.

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The Drawer Productions ‘Shelter’. Image by Nikita Oliver

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.

Em Readman
Em Readman

Em Readman is a writer from Meanjin who lives in Boorloo. She has been published in Aniko Press, the Suburban Review, Bowen St Press, Baby Teeth Arts, and others. They were an editor of Glass Magazine in 2020 and 2021, and won the 2022 Blue Knot Foundation Award with the Hunter Writer's Centre.

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