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METRO ARTS AT WEST END

Bringing West End its first live theatre in 25 years, Metro Arts is now officially open in West Village. 

Kicking off with a bang, the remaining 2020 season features premiere performances, provocative productions, installations and exhibitions.

The new purpose-built precinct features an underground theatre, two galleries, two rehearsal rooms and the Factory Lane outdoor precinct which encompasses the foyer, box office, café and bar.

Specialising in the development of new work, Metro Arts champions artists taking risks, creating, developing, experimenting, and presenting ambitious contemporary work.

This new hub in West End’s diverse community will be THE place in Brisbane to experience the work of contemporary artists with a year-round program of innovative theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and visual art.

CONVICTION

CONVICTION

Presented by The Hive Collective and Metro Arts

By Zoey Dawson | Directed by Kate Wild

This caustically funny interrogation of the creative process is both deeply personal and resonantly universal.

In a messy lounge room in Brunswick East, a young woman starts to write a play – an important play, an instant classic, a story that matters. But her convict drama insists on unravelling and now our corseted protagonist has 5000 words to write and an Ottolenghi fish dinner to prepare.

How can a playwright make a difference when she doubts every word she places on the page? And does literary immortality really matter when the world is about to end?

Zoey Dawson mocks the Australian canon and her own artistic ambition in this meta-theatrical black comedy.

★★★★1/2 “This work is generous, provocative, urgent, entertaining, and mind-bendingly clever.”

ArtsHub

Take a look at The Hive’s Collective’s other two works in Metro Arts’ current season:

The Bull, the Moon, and the Coronet of Stars
Elektra / Orestes

 

DATES

7:30pm, Wed 17 – Sat 27 Mar, 2021*

*Auslan Interpreted performance
7:30pm, Wed 24 March

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 17 Mar $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 70 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language, loud noises, depictions of drug use and violence, depictions of death or dying, and replica firearms. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Stephen Henry

THE ARTISTS

Director Kate Wild 
Designer Sarah Winter 
LX Designer Christine Felmingham 
Sound Designer  Anna Whitaker 
Cast Emily Burton, Luisa Prosser, Kevin Spink, Jeremiah Wray 

 

The Hive Collective
Hive is a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. These three established directors are thrilled to be producing and supporting each other’s work, creating jobs for local artists and offering quality independent theatre for Brisbane’s audiences.

Kate Wild – Director
Hive co-Artistic Director Kate Wild is the award-winning writer and director of The Sound of a Finished Kiss. Having worked in theatres throughout London, Bristol and Melbourne she has returned to Brisbane, founding Now Look Here and directing Splendour, A Slight Ache and The Seagull for the company.

Zoey Dawson – Playwright
Zoey Dawson is a theatre maker and screenwriter based in Naarm/Melbourne on the lands of the Kulin nation. Her recent credits include as playwright, Australian Realness (Malthouse Theatre), Conviction (ZLMD Shakespeare/Darebin Arts), Welcome to Nowhere (Monash University/Malthouse), Calamity (MTC NEON/ZLMD Shakespeare), The Unspoken Word is Joe (MKA/La Mama/Griffin Theatre/Brisbane Festival), Madonna Arms (I’m Trying To Kiss You/Next Wave) and I Know There’s A Lot Of Noise Outside But You Have To Close Your Eyes (I’m Trying To Kiss You/LaMama/NIDA). As well as performing in much of her own work, she appeared in a world-ish tour of The Economist (MKA/World Theatre Festival/Edinburgh Fringe), for which she was nominated for a UK Stage Award for Best Actress. As director, she staged an all-female Romeo and Juliet at fortyfivedownstairs (ZLMD Shakespeare. She won the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award for The Unspoken Word is “Joe”

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Hive Collective’s 2021 season is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and through the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

ELEKTRA/ORESTES

ELEKTRA/ORESTES

Presented by The Hive Collective and Metro Arts

By Jada Alberts and Anne-Louise Sarks | Directed by Heather Fairbairn

Love, justice and revenge. Ancient Greek tragedy collides with a very modern royal family in this showdown for the ages.

Born to a household mired in murder and bloodshed, Elektra is really not okay. Seething with anger and vengeance, she blasts her music louder and waits impatiently for her brother Orestes to return from exile. Knowing that when he does, the walls of this house will shake.

Elektra sent Orestes into exile when he was just 11. He was the next in line for her father’s throne. Nine years later he has come of age. Now he’s on way to join Elektra and take the ultimate revenge. There will be blood.

Alberts and Sarks’ visceral and contemporary adaptation lays open the devastating legacy of trauma  on future generations, in a stunning spectacle of retribution, love, justice and power.

★★★★ “This is how all Greek tragedies should be performed.  …fast and furious, packing the Sophoclean epic into just one hour.” 

The Guardian

Take a look at The Hive’s Collective’s other two works in Metro Arts’ current season:

The Bull, the Moon, and the Coronet of Stars
Conviction

DATES

7:30pm, Wed 3 – Sat 13 Mar, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 3 Mar $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 70 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language, loud noises, depictions of violence, depictions of death or dying, and replica firearms. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Stephen Henry

THE ARTISTS

Director Heather Fairbairn 
Designer Sarah Winter 
LX Designer Christine Felmingham 
Composer / Sound Designer Julian Starr 
Cast includes Violette Ayad, Caroline Dunphy, Tate Hinchy, Tatum Mottin, Marcus Oborn

 

The Hive Collective
Hive is a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. These three established directors are thrilled to be producing and supporting each other’s work, creating jobs for local artists and offering quality independent theatre for Brisbane’s audiences.

Heather Fairbairn – Director
Hive Co-Artistic Director Heather Fairbairn directs theatre and contemporary opera. Working throughout Australia, Europe and the UK, her directing credits include Silk Moth by Bushra El-Turk (Arcola Theatre, London), The Mutant Man by Christopher Bryant (The Space Arts Centre, London), The Magic Flute (European Tour), and Sunnytown by Krystal Sweedman (La Boite). Heather regularly collaborates with renowned theatre director Katie Mitchell, working on Ariadne auf Naxos and Alcina (Festival d’Aix), Lucia di Lammermoor (Royal Opera House), and Ophelias Zimmer by Alice Birch (Schaubühne Berlin). In 2019 and 2020, Heather directed the revival of Katie Mitchell’s Ariadne auf Naxos with new casts at Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Finnish National Opera, and the Royal Danish Opera. As assistant director, credits include: Lord of the Flies directed by Kip Williams (Sydney Theatre Company), Accidental Death of An Anarchist directed by Sarah Giles (Sydney Theatre Company), Orpheus & Eurydice directed by Yaron Lifschitz (Opera Queensland), and As You Like It directed by David Berthold (La Boite).

Jada Alberts – Playwright
Jada hails from Larrakia, Yanuwa, Bardi and Wardaman country in the Top End of Australia and she shares her unique perspective with audiences as a young Indigenous Australian woman. She works professionally as an actor, director and writer. Jada was an associate artist at Belvoir in 2014-2015 and was the recipient of the 2013 Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award. In 2014 her debut work Brothers Wreck was part of the main stage season at Belvoir to critical acclaim, which she then went on to direct in 2018 at the Malthouse Theatre and the State Theatre Company of South Australia to rave reviews. In 2016 Jada directed her first show at Belvoir Title & Deed. In 2016-2017 Jada completed a writing fellowship with Bell Shakespeare and in 2017 Jada was the Assistant Director on Sydney Theatre Company’s production Three Sisters, directed by Kip Williams.

Anne-Louise Sarks – Playwright
Anne-Louise works internationally as a director, writer and dramaturg. In 2019 she directed Avalanche for The Barbican Centre (London). In 2018 she was Artistic Director of the Lyric Ensemble at the Lyric Hammersmith, directed a new production of her acclaimed Medea for Theater Basel, directed a new adaptation An Enemy of the People for Belvoir, and her production of Sarah Kane’s Blasted at Malthouse was nominated for four green room awards including Best Director. Anne-Louise was Resident Director at Belvoir from 2013-2015. In 2011 she was Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre Company, and from 2010-2013 Anne-Louise was Artistic Director of The Hayloft Project. In 2015 Anne-Louise directed a re-imagining of Medea at The Gate Theatre, London winning five 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards. It was also awarded an AWGIE for Best Stage Play and in 2013 was nominated for four Helpmann Awards including Best Direction, Best New Australian Work and Best Play.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Hive Collective’s 2021 season is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and through the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

M.I.N.D.E.D.

M.I.N.D.E.D.

Presented by Metro Arts

By Elements Collective

Elements Collective bring their world class break and freestyle dancers to Mad Dance Festival in this genre-bending dance work.

Directed by multi-national champion b-girl Leah Clark (aka Flix), with music by ARIA award winning artist Ben Ely (Regurgitator), M.I.N.D.E.D is an emotional journey through movement and character connection.

With an original soundtrack that leaves audiences in a state of awe through a soundscape of dark ambience and powerful builds, M.I.N.D.E.D  is not your standard “hip-hop” piece. It is a powerful, emotional performance mixing choreography with aerial straps apparatus creating levels of dance from the ground to the air.

This show pushes boundaries of hip-hop theatre with pristine acrobatics, intricate choreography and intense body awareness with an entirely Australian cast of multi award winning performers.

 

“A feast for the senses, with sharp moves from four talented artists underpinned by a terrific score.” 

The Advertiser

 

DATES

7.30pm, 6 May 2021
3.00pm, 8 May 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 45 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 18+. May contain coarse language, depictions of drug use and depictions of suicide/self-harm. 

THE ARTISTS

Leah Tilney aka B-girl Flix – Artistic Director/Performer
Leah Tilney is a multi-national champion b-girl with an impressive 20 year dance career. Representing Australia twice in the World Finals in France & Germany. She is the owner of Elements Collective dance company and EC Venue and has toured the globe with a number of Australia’s highest profile dance & theatre companies including Stalker Theatre Company and more.

Jackson Garcia – Lead Performer
Jackson started dancing at the age of 5 and has been performing since he was just 9 years old. He has toured extensively both Nationally & Internationally with Elements Collective and performing with his crews Team Cream, Swaggamama (Finalist in Australia’s got talent), Golden Coastline, Skill@will and EQUALS (AGT).

Benny “Bucho” Garcia – Performer
Benny “Bucho” Garcia is currently one of Australia’s most high profile b-boys. Along with EC and his crew’s he has toured the globe performing and competing on the world stage. A well sort after dancer, Ben is a cast member for a number of leading Australian dance & physical theatre companies. His explosive movement make him a versatile performer in a range of disciplines.

Travers Ross – Performer
Travers Ross is a freestyle dancer and choreographer who has worked in the Australian dance scene as a facilitator of regional workshops in communities to choreographing some of the largest commercial dance shows in Australia. His credits include choreographing for The Aria’s and So You Think You Can Dance as well as a performer for Sydney’s Stalker Theatre Company during their European, Asian & South American tours.

Ben Ely Music Composition
Ben Ely is an Australian musician and artist best known for his work with Brisbane indie/alternative rock band Regurgitator and Pangaea, a multi-ARIA Music Award winning artist from Brisbane.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

The freshest talent. The bravest artists.

Metro Arts January – June 2021 Program is here!

JANUARY – JUNE 2021 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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FEBRUARY GALLERY HOURS

Mon – Tue   10am – 5pm
Wed – Sat     10am – 10pm
Sun                Closed

Entry to our galleries is free. Exhibitions rotate regularly, please refer to individual event web pages for exhibition dates and opening hours.

 

View all exhibitions here.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY

Metro Arts acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbal peoples, as the custodians of the land we work on, recognising their connection to land, waters and community. We honour the story-telling and art-making at the heart of First Nation’s cultures,  and the enrichment it gives to the lives of all Australians.