It’s one of the Queen’s favorites, so much so, that it was performed as part of her Jubilee celebrations. Spotted at the opening gala of War Horse – Lisa Wilkinson, Alex Rathegeber, Steve Pennells, Darren McMullen and more!
It’s classic theatrical technicality at its finest with an immersion of the senses through scents, sounds and digital projections.
The 100 minute (including intermission) drama tells the story of a boy and his horse who are separated during the course of World War One.
A projector screen spanning the width of the proscenium in the shape of torn parchment uses video drawings, sketched scenery and text documenting the events and chronology as the war progresses.
The lighting and sound design powerfully used to transport the audience onto the battlefield and heighten the emotional charged content of the script. The use of strobes, backlighting, haze shifted the eyeline enabling smooth scene changes as the story took us from Great Britain, to Belgium, Germany and France.
Scents of gun powder / explosives wafted through to the audience adding a sense of authenticity to the battles taking place around them and consistently met with jolts from the audience through its high powered sound design. The horse sounds and accordion playing performed by the actors themselves!
Scott Miller plays the gentleness and innocence of lead character, Albert who develops a close affinity with his horse. Hailing from a small township, a touching closeness is developed between Albert and shoal, Joey.
The connection that is created with unassuming animal sounds and puppetry movements are so commanding as it climaxes to one of the most touching moments in theatre experienced in a long time. The sound of sniffles and tears were not uncommon as the entire auditorium was swayed to silence in that moment.
A powerful story of courage, loyalty and determination.
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As the Brisbane season of Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS comes to a close, tomorrow’s matinee will see proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Recovery fund in a special benefit performance at 4pm.
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A show so big it's housed under a 56 foot big top that stretches 164 feet in diameter we needed the entire Brisbane team (@chriswalker_au and @nanda_brissie) to cover it! Opening night this past Friday, the Cirque du Soleil troupe exploded onto stage with its infusion of macabre air and entrancing acts aerialists, acronet, contortion, juggling and more! Have you read our interview with Brisbane local, Nathan Dennis who returns home with the production? Also Acronet performer Andrii Bondarenko gives us insight into what life's like behind the scenes. Check out the latest article. . . Thanks to @ kathrose and team for having us 😍😍😍
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