Theatre takes modern twist on Woolf classic


Here’s something a little different from the Brisbane Festival.

Orlando is a twist on the Virginia Woolf classic, produced in collaboration with QUT and Theatre Republic.

Alex Trezise reports.

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Orlando is a modern twist on the 1928 novel of the same name.

In this version instead of travelling through time, the main character Orlando travels through space.

The play explores themes of gender reversal, sexuality and identity.

Angus Cerini, Actor: “It’s very theatrical. It’s colourful, it’s wild, it’s loud, it’s soft, it’s poetic, it’s gentle, it makes you think a great deal about the way men and women have been treated and continue to be treated and construed in society.”

Theatre Republic producer Lauren Clelland is expecting audiences to engage well.

Laura Clelland, Theatre Republic Producer: “We’ve found so far that Theatre Republic audiences love to get involved with all of the work that we’re showcasing here at Theatre Republic. So I think there will be a lot of different audiences interested in the work.”

Orlando opens tonight and will run until the 20th of September.

If Orlando isn’t your thing don’t panic, perhaps one of Theatre Republic’s other shows will be.

The company will be showcasing young Australian and overseas talent for another 10 days.

Adult tickets are $25 and available online.

Alex Trezise, QUT News.