Theatre meets beach culture

Bleach Festival article in Gold Coast Bulletin
Bleach Festival article in Gold Coast Bulletin
Reprinted from Gold Coast Bulletin Tues, 18 December 2012

The Queensland Theatre Company will perform its first ever outdoor show as part of a preview to the city’s Bleach Festival.

The coastal inspired festival, which will take over the southern Gold Coast in February, will host a evening of theatre, twilight markets and music at Paradise Point.

The even will give Gold Coasters a sample of the festival tipped to become the city’s annual cultural experience. The Queensland Theatre Company’s rendition of family classic Treasure Island will visit Paradise Point for its only outdoor production in Australia.

“This is an opportunity for the residents of the southern Gold Coast to get a taste and a glimpse into the world of Bleach Festival,” said festival director Louise Bezzina.

After Paradise Point, Burleigh Heads will host a rock music concert featuring Rockhampton’s Busby Marou as part of the festival, while Palm Beach will be home to an experimental orchestral evel, featuring the 60-member Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra.

“Paradise Point is the first event in thewave and we are so proud to include the Queensland Theatre Company in that program,” said Ms Bezzina.

The festival will begin the following weekend and will include a range of different events from Coolangatta to Burleigh Heads, including shows, performances and live music.

Queensland Theatre Company executive director Sue Donnelly said Paradise Point was a natural backdrop for the outdoor performance about pirates and buried treasure. Ms Bezzina said the event would expose GOld Coast to new cultural experience in their own back yard.

She said the festival – which has been widely endorsed by GOld Coast City Council – had a comprehensive cultural program which would appeal to all ages.

“It will be very big and very exciting and there will be something in it for everybody. We are creating a celebration of our beach lifestyle. These events will reflect the lifestyle of these coastal villages,” she said.

Chief Reporter
Shannon Willoughby