La Boite announces 2013 Season


With a blockbuster line-up that includes Holding the Man, The Glass Menagerie and The Wizard of Oz, La Boite has unveiled a new-look season of 11 works for 2013.

There's a true classic of the American stage, one of Australia's great love stories fresh from a run in London's West End, a surprising trip down the yellow brick road, a delicious new Australian play, and a special show for kids and their families set in a huge pool of green slime.

"When Judy Garland's Dorothy declared 'we're not in Kansas anymore', she couldn't have known that she was redefining a classic; or that La Boite would team up with The Danger Ensemble and the Brisbane Festival to completely remake L. Frank Baum's brilliant story and bring the wonderful Wizard of Oz screaming into the 21st century," Artistic Director David Berthold said.

"Classics sit at the heart of this season. Holding the Man - in which Dorothy makes a guest appearance - is one of Australia's great love stories. It has played around the world. But now we've assembled a new all-Queensland cast to breathe fresh life into the original production, a classic of the recent Australian theatre."

Berthold's definitive original production of Tommy Murphy's Holding the Man returns to Brisbane in February following sell-out seasons at Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Belvoir, Brisbane Powerhouse, Melbourne Theatre Company and in London's West End.

Holding the Man is one of two productions Berthold will direct for the company in 2013. After three pulsing productions of Shakespeare, he puts his inimitable stamp on Tennessee Williams' great American classic, The Glass Menagerie, in August.

"Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie is one of the most loved plays of the American theatre - a gorgeous heartbreaker if ever there was one - but we have a hunch there's a lot more to it and are keen to dust it off in a way that will give it a surprising new glow," Berthold said.

On the Mainstage in April is Force Majeure and Belvoir's acclaimed production of Steve Rodgers' new Australian play Food.

"Food is a new play that sits on the La Boite menu along with Blue Love [2009], Stockholm [2010] and Tender Napalm [2012] as pieces in which dance and movement provide stunning new dimensions," Berthold said.

"Kate Champion's dance theatre work is beautifully human, and her influence helps transform Steve Rodgers' generous story into a delicious theatre experience."

And after box office hits with The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, La Boite has teamed up with shake & stir theatre co to create Out Damn Snot especially for families.

"We wanted a new work for kids too, so we've teamed up with shake & stir theatre co to create Out Damn Snot. It finds inspiration in the classics - Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream - but all you really need to know is that it's set in a vast pool of green slime."

La Boite Indie 2013 sees QPAC join Brisbane Airport Corporation in support of the program. Now in its fourth year, La Boite Indie 2013 presents six Australian productions of dazzling range.


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