Productions

 

Performances

Blue Roo performances and activities assist the performers, through a mentoring process to learn performing arts skills. The performers learn acting techniques, chorus work, voice, singing, movement, dance, different styles of performance-melodrama, clown, tragedy, commedia dell’ arte, visual and physical theatre.

The performers learn to to understand their relationship with other actors on the stage, with the audience and how these relationships fit with the story to enrich performance. They engage in processes which support their ability to undertake improvisation and ensemble work.

Through gaining knowledge and understanding of these performance skills and feedback provided in each drama session, the performers achieve the required ability to present themselves in public performances in high profile theatres and other spaces.

We measure our work through evaluation and feedback from all our stakeholders including of course, the performers themselves.

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Our Work

The Full Performance

Once a year Blue Roo has a main house performance in Brisbane. Being a community engagement activity, practice is long-term. We recognise the learning abilities of the performers and structure a process that supports this learning.

It is important to note Blue Roo has a reciprocal partnership with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. The partnership is a shared significance. Through this and similar collaborations Blue Roo collaborates with leading Queensland artists and musicians.

Performances to Date

October 2019

AROUND

Around tells the story of an approaching new year and the life-members of Club Ted go about their unchanging routine; until a visitor arrives to challenge the core of everything they know.

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November 2018

Time To Go

Performed by inclusive theatre company Blue Roo in partnership with Centacare, Time to Go features a cast of 27 fabulous performers and nine outstanding local musicians. Written by award-winning playwright, Sonny Clark, this show is a must-see celebration of diversity.

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April 2018

Sea

Sea was presented as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Cultural Program. It was Commissioned and funded by the Commonwealth Games Cultural Program on the Gold Coast.

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January 2017

Now

 

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December 2016

Orpheus and Eurydice

The power of Gluck’s classic opera is the emotional journey of the main characters, Orpheus, Eurydice and Cupid portrayed by Opera Queensland's (OperaQ)  principal vocalists. The Blue Roo ensemble accompany OperaQ as the chorus of Nymphs, Shepherds, Furies, and Blessed Spirits.

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November 2015

The Bulimba Opera

The story of the robust Bulimba community during World War 2. It sings of their lives their loves and their loses.

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October 2014

Song Circle

Song Circle is the debut production from a new artistic collaboration between The Blue Roo Theatre Company Inc. and Opera Queensland’s Open Stage.

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November 2013

Darcy O and the Browbeat Factory

This story explored the issues of bullying through a mixture theatrical forms of parody, satire and the music. It was funded by Centacare Disability Services and performed at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

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November 2012

Flood Country

This production featured the story of a Brisbane family who are separated during a severe flood and their unlikely reunion and the wonderful mud army. It was funded by Centacare Disability Services and performed at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

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November 2011

The Last Night at the Grand

The story of Brisbane's infamous Grand Hotel where super rich loses a giant diamond ring and the mayhem of the hotel employees and private detectives. It was funded by Arts Queensland and Centacare Disability Services and performed at The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

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November 2010

Sugar Cane Ball

Here is the story of a family of female sugar cane farmers who battle with the cane cutters, unions and toads on the eve of the famous Sugar Cane Ball. It was funded by Arts Queensland and Centacare Disability Services and performed at The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

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January 2009

Lily Pilly Letters

This was Blue Roo’s very first production. It featured the story of an Australian family during the First World War who send their three sons to Gallipoli to fight for their country. It was performed at Ipswich for national disability week and at Brisbane City Hall for International Day of people with a Disability.

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COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE

In the wonderful tradition of Commedia dell’Arte, Blue Roo Theatre Company brings the theatre offering steeped in the classical Italian comic style. Performed in original masks, live music and with complete mayhem the ensemble brings a touch of chaos, as Arlecchino, Isabella and Silvio, attempt to foil Pantelone’s avid greed.

It is a small-scale touring production which consists of seven performers and Blue Roo’s musical and artistic directors can be adapted on to any traditional or non- traditional playing space.

The tours respond to the wishes of the community, particularly minority demographics. The performers tour throughout Queensland delivering performances and inclusive performing arts residencies. Previous tours include, far West and Northern Queensland connecting with the inclusive regional and remote Queensland.

In 2019 the company tour visited three indigenous communities in far North Queensland - Yarrabah, Wujal Wujal and Hopevale. It performed and delivered workshops in the communities nursing homes, primary schools and community/art centres.

Performances to Date

August 2015

Hotel Pantelone

The performance causes changing atmospheres and brings mayhem around Brisbane and beyond.

This production featured the Commedia dell’Arte ensemble.

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July 2015

A Waddle of Ducks

The performance causes changing atmospheres and brings mayhem around Brisbane and beyond.

This production featured the Commedia dell’Arte ensemble.

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April 2013

Capitano Pretends Again

This was a small-scale touring Commedia dell'Arte group production. It toured outback Queensland including performances at Charleville, Roma, Dalby and Toowoomba. It was funded by Arts Queensland.

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MELODRAMA ENSEMBLE

The Melodrama activity began in 2015. Currently small group of performers, it is focused on developing performing arts skill and is where future performers are mentored and supported to later step into Blue Roo full performance and Commedia Dell’Arte activities.

In 2018, with hard work and focus the ensemble reaped a reward for perseverance and achieved one of its goals. For the first time, they performed at the Centacare 2018 Awards Day with Musical Director, Luke Scott.

Blue Roo is pleased to announce that the group is currently working on a workshop with Access Arts and Vulcana Circus. Access Arts has been involved with people with disability or disadvantages for 35 years. Vulcana Circus creates performance with communities using the inspiration of those community members, the newly learned circus skills and excitement of the participants, the exchange of stories, experiences, and a range of skills in the group.

The Melodrama attended the first of four workshops with Vulcana Women’s Circus and Access Arts at the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm.

By all reports it was great fun.

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COLLABORATIONS

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM

A six-month, Artist in Residency programme, which engages with students, teachers and support staff to deliver a tailored cross-curriculum programme focussed on broad-range skills development and culminating in public performances.

These residencies have been successfully undertaken at Clifford Park Special School in Toowoomba and Sunnybank Special School in Brisbane. The residencies have attracted funding from the Arts Queensland Artist in Residency programme.

The performance outcomes of these residencies have achieved excellent audience capacities, and large data public evaluation evidence of 90% considered the work excellent or good.

Each year Blue Roo delivers an Artist in Residency program at a Queensland school with students who have special/additional needs. Blue Roo’s Movement Director delivered the 2019 residency at Clifford Park Special School in Toowoomba. It is cross curriculum in approach and culminated in a public performance at a high-profile venue in Toowoomba.

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