25 February 2010


TO the 6th Asian Pacific Triennial contemporary art exhibition in Brisbane, Queensland the other day. An interesting show of various artists from the pacific rim filled the cavernous new wing of the Queensland Museum. Somehow, I felt that many of the works on exhibit were far less pretentious than what I am used to seeing in Europe or especially America. I risk being dragged over the coals for uttering such a thing, I know,... (but you would have to catch me first)
Several thing left me speechless (for the better), some of these are shown in the small clip above.

The night before, to see an exquisite version of Hamlet at the Roundhouse theatre till March 14. Like everyone else we loved it.
I forgot that Shakespeare had come up with the line:
"Brevity is the Soul of Wit"
Actor Toby Schmitz

(from the ABC website)

David Berthold’s critically acclaimed contemporary reinvention of Hamlet must close 14 March. With a top-shelf cast that includes Cocoloco's Trevor Stuart, multi Matilda Award winners Eugene Gilfedder and Helen Howard, and the incomparable Toby Schmitz in the title role, Hamlet guarantees an exhilarating edge-of-your-seat drama.
This is the must-see theatrical event of 2010. Don’t miss it.

"From the opening seconds of David Berthold’s Hamlet, you know you’re in for a new experience. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen Hamlet in production, you won’t have seen a Hamlet quite like this one." - Katherine Lyall-Watson, ourbrisbane.com

"...the most downright gripping Shakespeare production seen in Brisbane for many a year... It's no exaggeration to call this production a triumph. You should see it." - James Harper, The Courier Mail

"As a critic I have probably seen more than my fair share of productions of Hamlet but never have I seen one as good as this...the effect is nothing short of electric... A Must See!" - Nigel Munro-Wallis, ABC Brisbane

"...the production, and Schmitz's portrayal, hit the mark for an audience that was regularly in peals of laughter." - Bree Hadley, The Australian

"Inventive and powerful…Berthold's first play with La Boite is a triumph." - Tonya Turner, The Courier Mail online

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