Did you notice that massive barge in the middle of the Brisbane River? Yep, that's right kids, it's Brisbane Festival time in a few short days, and the epic City of Lights light show is on again off the banks of South Bank. To celerate the festival kicking off, we sat down with Artistic Director, Mr Noel Staunton, to talk his picks of the festival, the beef at Fat Noodle, and the best spot to catch this year's light show.
I have great fun dreaming up ideas.
It's very exciting to see. When you've worked for 18 months on something, and some projects even longer—three to four years—to watch those products come to fruition, that's very exciting. It's very exciting, but very nerve racking!
TUL: The barge is in place in the Brisbane River for Santos GLNG ?City of Lights, can you tell us about the new element of live performance on the barge this year?
We want to make the show different every year, and bigger every year. And this year we've invented and built an amazing water curtain for the barge and we're also adding in live performances. We're working with Strange Fruit from Melbourne who are wonderful acrobats performing on five metre high poles, who'll appear and disappear magically as part of the show. And it will give the show a wonderful human element; an element of mystery!
I always think the Santos Lounge is the best place, down at South Bank. It has the best seats in the house. There's plenty of space for kids and everyone to see it there, and there are several levels so it works really well.
I never have just one! Obviously the Santos GLNG City of Lights show, because of the new show this year. And the world premiere of Freeze Frame, which is a new, big musical we are doing for young people.
Then there is the Rite of Spring, which is Stravinsky's wonderful piece, done by a magical Irish company called Fabulous Beast. They perform it in the most extraordinary way.
I love all the restaurants. My problem is I eat at them all the time and I love them all. Tartufo?I just love their wonderful pasta. And Fat Noodle. I just adore their signature dish with the beef and broth?it's just delicious. And of course Popolo?I just love their roast chicken.
Well they start early. All the artists are arriving at the moment, so it's a lot of meeting and greeting those artists, and going to rehearsals. Already we have a lot of rehearsals happening all over the world, so I'm going to see those, talking to the artists, dealing with any issues they have.
Once the Festival starts there's something like 450 performances over a three-week period. That's an average of 20 shows a day, so it's a matter of choosing which I go and see. I'll see an act of one, an act of another, have a reception here, or a function there, so it's pretty packed until late in the day.
On the Festival! Go and see a show!
Go to see four shows at the Festival, and go out to some of our wonderful restaurants.
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