Fairy tales come to Nambour Civic Centre with The Magic Hour
  • Thursday 10 April 2014
Vanessa Bates in the performanceThe Magic Hour

One of Australia’s most original contemporary playwrights, Vanessa Bates brings The Magic Hour to Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre for one performance only on Thursday, June 5 at 7.30pm.

You thought you knew Grimm's fairy tales? Well think again. In this one woman play a hidden side is revealed. Little Red Riding Hood meets Trainspotting in this wicked retelling of classic bedtime stories.

The Magic Hour stars Ursula Yovich, a Helpmann award winning singer and actor who’s movie credits include Australia and Jindabyne. Recently, she has starred in The Secret River by Sydney Theatre Company and award winning TV show Redfern Now.

Yovich plays a cast of female fairytale characters who have been modernized and set in contemporary Australia. The Magic Hour is a gutsy, one-woman dark comedy with song, featuring stories of previously sidelined characters from traditional fairy tales like Cinderella’s ugly step-sister Collette and Red Riding Hood’s young grandmother.

Vanessa Bates’ work has been produced by many of Australia’s top theatre companies and The Magic Hour is produced and toured by Performing Lines WA.

The Magic Hour celebrates that essential craft of storytelling. These stories are from a time where fairy tales were passed from parent to child, spoken rather than written, and reinvented each night with a little extra colour and detail added with each and every repetition.

Cost to attend is $42 for adults, $35 for concessions and groups of eight or more, $32 for SCvip Members and $25 for people under 26 years. For bookings visit Nambour Civic Centre, Upper Level, Centenary Square, Currie Street, Nambour, call 07 5475 7777 or book online at www.scvenuesandevents.com.au

Reviews

“…this whole creation oozes quality. A show to see over and over again, it could travel and run for years. Could this be the ‘Production of the Year’? The enthusiastic, standing ovation certainly suggested that this could be the case.” Theatre Australia

“A stimulating evening with a fine new work and a performer at the top of her game… a potent nuanced performance that had the audience on its feet at the curtain… I was entranced as any kid reading a bedtime story.” The West Australian

Please note this production is unsuitable for people under 14 years due to occasional coarse language, sexual and adult themes.

The Magic House is supported by Managing and Producing Services for theatre and dance artists in WA (Maps for Artists), a joint initiative of the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.