Since it's inception in 2011, the Anywhere Theatre Festival has become an annual tradition in the Brisbane independent theatre scene. Driven by Sir Ian McKellan saying that he couldn't find a space in Brisbane suitable for his performance of Waiting for Godot, Anywhere Theatre Festival has brought theatre to some of the strangest and delightfuly odd spaces throughout Brisbane. Performers and audiences met in parks, backyards, bowls clubs, public toilets, cafe's, trains, and “Anywhere” (the puns are real) else that you could imagine. In the past couple of years, Anywhere Theatre Festival has also expanded, staging festivals in McKay, Parramatta and Frankston.
In the lead up to the 2015 Anywhere Theatre Festival Brisbane, I will list my 10 must see shows of ATF 2015. These are the 10 (Really 12) pieces that are at the top of my priority list to see as a part of the festival. Keep in mind that these are entirely subjective opinions (of course I'm going to hype up my friends productions), and should probably be taken with a grain of salt, but these are the shows that I am most excited for/why you should see these shows.
This week I talk about the first five shows in my list, counting down from 10 to 6.
10. Pinch Me
Presented by Dead Owl Factory
9. Mediocrity (Everything You've Ever Wanted)
Presented by Magnetic North
8. Smooth End of the Pineapple
Presented by Mango-a-Gogo Productions Ltd.
7. The Servant of Two Masters & One Two Ten
It was so hard to choose one of the two, so I'm just going to recommend both. Both shows are presented at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts and both have a heap to be excited about.