Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Not-So-Bleak City

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Not-So-Bleak City

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Byline: Xanthe coward

I JUST spent almost a week in Melbourne, the city known as our cultural capital, and indeed it is.

There is so much happening that it's impossible to get to everything even if you're a resident.

I was grateful to catch some excellent theatre, the most impressive being Katori Hall's landmark play, The Mountaintop (QTC has included it in their 2014 season), on Monday night.

This was an excellent recommendation from Travis MacFarlane, the lighting designer for Noosa Arts Theatre's recent success, West Side Story.

What really impresses me about Melbourne is that the city boasts so many of our own artists, proudly working wherever the opportunities arise, including Melbourne Theatre Company and on stage as well as behind the scenes of the newest production of Les Miserables.

All of the artists we caught up with in Melbourne started out in community theatre.

Just like Tim Maddren and Christie Whelan Browne (Brad and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show at QPAC from January 10), with whom I chatted last week, our artists working in Melbourne are advocates for getting involved in the local scene. …

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