Act 3 - 24-29 Sept
Act 3 is our fierce and fun climax, with family truths, horror and some rocking music.
A woman returns to her parental home with two friends. A vengeful spirit makes itself known – the house is haunted by a tragic family event. So starts Horror, an ingenious homage to horror film masterpieces. It’s scary and funny, but deep down it asks: how should we deal with a traumatic past? Finally, there is solace and hope.
Man With The Iron Neck asks the same questions, though in an utterly different way. This audacious new work, centred on an Aboriginal family dealing with the sadly common spectre of rural suicide, draws spectacular aerial work and video into a story of rare poignancy. It’s another world premiere – one of eight this year.
In Act 1 we riffed on Homer’s Iliad in Memorial, and in Act 3 we transport the Greek and Roman gods into the world of old-time jazz and gospel music in Struggle with Glory. Cat Empire brass-man Harry James Angus joins a choir from Brisbane’s Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts to have The Tivoli swaying.
Theatre Republic dissects the god of envy in Our Carnal Hearts, and takes a couple of dogs and gives them philosophy. Brisbane’s The Good Room gives us I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You, another premiere, which centres on children asking and answering the most difficult questions. It’s a disarming window into the future. Will envy chime?
This is school holidays, so the kids and family action continues with a string of shows stretching from an Edward Lear-inspired opera, silent movie clowning, a rock and roll spectacular from a magician who hates kids (although they love him), and a live show of BrainBuzz, a favourite Channel Nine TV program made here in Brisbane.
Great contemporary music is the spine of Act 3, with a ridiculously impressive line-up: Violent Soho, Eskimo Joe, Meg Mac, Methyl Ethel, Waax, Jen Cloher, The Teskey Brothers, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and more. The new Tivoli in the Round sequence with Sarah Blasko, Gareth Liddiard and Polish Club, is compulsory.
A special way to experience Sunsuper Riverfire? Get to Riverstage for our Violent Soho-led concert before heading back home to Treasury Brisbane Arcadia to catch a late showing of LIFE the show, to share the memories and to feel altogether mind blown.
David Berthold, Artistic Director