Interview: McLachlan on Rocky

It’s time to put your hands on your hips and pull your knees in tight, because the Rocky Horror Show hits Brisbane in January. Richard O’Brien’s non-stop party musical is frothing with timeless classics and cheeky moments bound to have audiences pelvic thrusting in the aisles.

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For the Love of Florence

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It didn’t take long to find joy in the city of flowers.

My first impression was through my hostel’s window, as the sun set over the city’s rooftops like butter melting across the sky. That’s how each hour felt in the Italian town, as though a radiant warmth was seeping further through my body with every passing moment.  Every place you visit leaves you with something, whether it’s a cuisine you’ve never tasted or a simple life lesson, but Florence was different… Florence introduced me to a new emotion.

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Lucy Durack on the Yellow Brick Road

Throw on your ruby slippers and click your heels three times, because the premier of The Wizard of Oz is arriving in Brisbane this November.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London Palladium production has pulled together Australia’s most beloved musical theatre stars to bring life to this magical classic. Anthony Warlow appears as The Wizard and Professor Marvel, with Jemma Rix and Lucy Durack reuniting after their 2011 national tour of Wicked. 

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Sunsoaked Rules the Runway

Sunsoaked swimwear is set to take out Brisbane Fashion Month’s resort runway with their Spring/Summer ‘La Dolce Vita’ collection. The luxury label is the brainchild of designer Kate Davis Steer, who had a vision to create a clothing line that focuses on sun protection without compromising chic style.

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This is Brisbane Fashion Month

With the arrival of Spring to the Sunshine state comes the first long-anticipated event of Brisbane Fashion Month. National and international designers old and new will showcase their pride and joy (i.e. their clothing lines) to stylish audiences flocking the streets of Brisbane city this October.
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Interview: LANKS

If you ever feel like listening to a refreshing blend of organic and electronic sound attached to a compelling narrative sung in delicate falsetto, then LANKS is the musician for you.

 And who exactly is LANKS? The answer: multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer Will Cuming, hailing from Melbourne. His textured EPs and singles layer elements of indie pop with electronic percussion and crisp vocals, each new release promising a quick escape to paradise.

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Take Flight with Mozart Airborne

Six dancers intertwine their limbs in a pulsing clump of bodies. A mesmerised audience watches with breathless fascination, attempting to dissect the contemporary movement and throw their own interpretations of the piece into the mix.

As the dancers thrust their weight onto their shoulders and extend flexed feet, it becomes apparent they might reflect plants swaying in the breeze, or roots twisting beneath soil. This is one moment in Mozart Airborne.

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A Visit to Versailles

img_4060A photo story from The Palace of Versailles, France

Eight hours may seem like a long time when you’re studying or churning out gold bills, but the seconds slip through your fingers like grains of sand when you’re exploring the seemingly-endless gardens of the Palace of Versailles.

The first glimpse into this world of overwhelming wealth, luxury and unmerited grandeur is a snaking line of tourists pressing against gold gates. Once inside, it’s clear that the Sun God’s palace boasts his extreme prowess in the art of ‘being rich’ with 17th century artwork smothering over 700 rooms.  Understandably, 700 rooms was still a little crowded for the French royalty, as the King’s Austrian wife, Marie Antoinette, was presented with her own estate behind the 20 acres of trimmed gardens. Anyone still unsure why the French revolted?

From the famed Hall of Mirrors to the Queen’s Hamlet and the Grand Trianon, every turn of a polished corner was a marvel that filled me with happiness. Writers string words together to elucidate the inexpressible all the time, tugging metaphors out of still water in a futile attempt at solidifying a fluid beauty, but I’m yet to stumble across a phrase capable of encompassing Versailles.

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Interview: Paulini on ‘The Bodyguard’

At some stage in their lives, everyone has belted along with at least one of Whitney Houston’s timeless hits, whether it’s I Will Always Love You or I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Prolonging the Houston legacy, ‘The Bodyguard’ the musical is about to hit Brisbane, starring Australia’s own pop sensation, Paulini Curuenavuli.

From gracing our TV screens in Australian Idol to being one of only ten Australian female solo artists to top the ARIA Charts, Paulini is now making her theatrical debut. The musical follows the same plot as the cherished 1992 film of the same name; When bodyguard Frank Farmer, played by Kip Gamblin, is hired to protect superstar singer Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker, neither expect to fall in love.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Paulini about the upcoming show.

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Interview: The Jungle Giants

If you haven’t listened to The Jungle Giant’s latest album – Quiet Ferocity – stop what you’re doing right now and hit it up for a dose of infectious tunes bound to get your feet tapping wherever you are.

2017 has been a huge year for the risk-taking band, after they played to lively crowds at the Groovin the Moo festival and are now touring Australia and New Zealand with their new album. Read on for a chat with leading vocalist Sam Hales about Quiet Ferocity. Continue reading “Interview: The Jungle Giants”