Lisa Gormley and Justin Stewart Cotta in Odd Man Out.
Lisa Gormley and Justin Stewart Cotta in Odd Man Out. CONTRIBUTED

Williamson play in Noosa Long Weekend fundraiser

NOOSA Long Weekend Festival will present an exclusive pre-festival fundraiser.

For four performances only at The J, Noosa, from March 23-25, comes David Williamson's new play Odd Man Out, featuring Justin Stewart Cotta (Home&Away, Water Rats, The Code) and Lisa Gormley (Home&Away, Other Desert Cities).

Book early to avoid missing the latest work from the country's most prolific playwright, performed in his home town, specially for the home crowd.

Founding patron of Noosa Long Weekend Festival, Williamson has generously gifted his play to the festival, which allows for these special fundraiser performances to be staged without the festival incurring the cost of royalties.

This means that one of most exciting and entertaining performing arts events in Australia can continue to cater to the diverse tastes of local and visiting audiences.

The festival's long-term success is largely due to the ongoing support of valued sponsors, patrons and festival friends, and a program that offers something for everyone, attracting new and eagerly returning guests from interstate and overseas.

To become a sponsor, patron or friend of the festival, email president@noosalongweekend.com

Book at www.noosalongweekend.com.au or call 5329 6560.

Mozart and Beethoven's Masterpieces

QUEENSLAND Philharmonia Orchestra members, the Cadenza Chamber Players, present a brilliant and beautiful concert featuring selections by Mozart and Beethoven tomorrow night, on January 28, at 7.30pm.

Enjoy Harp and Flute Concerto, Symphony 29, and The Creatures of Prometheus Ballet, in The Lind's intimate setting.

Under the direction of Lucas D Lynch, a past student from St John's College in Nambour, The Cadenza Chamber Players, comprising 18 core musicians, is an emerging ensemble based in Brisbane.

The members are experienced chamber and orchestral players who have played with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestra and Queensland Philharmonia, among others.

Featured soloists are Jaclyn Mills (harp) and Nathan Walton (flute).

The show is at The Lind, Nambour. Book at www.livetheatre.com.au

A Steady Rain and God of Carnage

SUNSHINE Coast director Sam Coward is known for challenging his actors and audiences.

One half of Noosa Arts Theatre's upcoming double bill, A Steady Rain features James Patrick Reed and Stephen Moore as two cops with two very different sides to the same story.

When faced with a dilemma on Chicago's tough streets, these lifelong friends are put to the test.

The second half of each exciting evening during a strictly limited season in February is SRT's God of Carnage, directed by Simon Denver and featuring Kate Cullen, Sharon Grimley, Brett Klease and Frank Wilkie.

A comedy of manners without the manners, this hilarious play is about two sets of parents who meet to discuss, in a civilised manner, the matter of one child hurting another in a public park.

As the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos.

A cut-price preview is on Thursday, February 2, at 7.30pm (all tickets $25).

The season continues on February 3, 4, 9 and 10 at 7.30pm, and February 4 and 11 at 2pm. Both plays contain coarse language and adult themes.

Book at www.livetheatre.com.au

Single Asian Female

SINGLE Asian Female is an incisive new comedy skewering race and gender in contemporary Australia from Sunshine Coast award-winning writer Michelle Law.

Step into the after-hours of a suburban Chinese restaurant and meet a family of whip-smart women who are definitely talking about you in their native tongue.

Set on the Sunshine Coast, this hilarious play answers what it means to be an Asian woman living in Australia.

For Pearl, a Chinese migrant operating a restaurant, it means sacrifice and struggling to connect with her very westernised children.

For Zoe, the eldest child, it means approaching a crossroads in her life where she's forced to choose between a career and a family.

For Mei, the youngest child, it means being bullied at school and grappling with the desire to assimilate versus cultivating a unique identity.

With two sisters at odds with each other and a mother harbouring a secret that threatens to tear her family apart, this is Australian domesticity like you've never seen it before.

The lLimited season is at the Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove, from February 11 to March 4. Book at www.laboite.com.au

Season Launch Soiree

JOIN the dynamic Sunshine Coast theatre community in celebration of the arts from 6.30pm on Saturday, February 18, at The Lind, Nambour.

Hosted by the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, this fun, friendly annual event offers a highly entertaining evening of special announcements, socialising and networking, with each member group invited on stage to launch their season of drama, dance, cabaret, comedy and musical theatre.

Don't miss the first opportunity of the year to meet and greet like-minded local creatives and catch up with old friends. Dress to impress.

Online bookings only are available but be quick, as this event sells out.

Buy early-bird tickets for $30 before Wednesday, February 1. Book at www.livetheatre.com.au