Festival director Paul Osuch extends the reach of conventional theatre.
Festival director Paul Osuch extends the reach of conventional theatre. David Nielsen

Theatre takes a step outside box

A NEW theatre festival is based on a refreshing idea – that theatre should be presented where its audiences are and not necessarily inside buildings.

The brains behind the Anywhere Theatre Festival concept are Bundamba couple Paul Osuch and Alexandra McTavish.

For the past year they’ve been fine-tuning the contributions of 120 disparate groups and their 200 performances.

Fractal Theatre will present two of those productions in Ipswich during the festival from May 5-14.

“We wanted to take theatre outside theatres and we wanted to price it so that anyone can sample a few different shows without worrying about breaking the budget,” Mr Osuch said.

“That’s why many shows are free and others are pretty affordable.

“You can watch cabaret at a boxing ring in Newstead, a drama at a heritage-listed house in Ipswich, improvisational comedy in a basement, physical theatre in King George Square or theatre in a car.

“There are even shows you can watch without leaving the comfort of your home internet.”

Anywhere Theatre Festival is an all-around event that gives opportunities for performers to get work, Mr Osuch says.

“We make it effectively like a fringe festival,” he said.

For show and booking details, go to www.anywherefest.com.

In Ipswich, the shows are:

May 7 and 14, 2pm – A double-bill of youth theatre, Dr Hu Comes to Ipswich and the award-winning Queen Mag, in the garden at 16 Brisbane Rd, East Ipswich, with a cupcake afternoon tea. Bookings on 3812 8308.

May 8, 6.30pm – Heritage home Gooloowan, 34 Quarry St, hosts Rose, a dramatisation of the mysterious events surrounding maid Rose Dold who put her newborn in the well in 1889. Bookings on 3102 1978.



REVEALED: How much parking revenue boosts council coffers

premium_icon REVEALED: How much parking revenue boosts council coffers

The council's parking meters continue to be staggeringly reliable

Ipswich will be 'a powerhouse' if Olympics come to city

premium_icon Ipswich will be 'a powerhouse' if Olympics come to city

Ipswich would benefit the same way Western Sydney did in 2000

Man's best friend is good therapy

premium_icon Man's best friend is good therapy

Molly proves popular with students and teachers