Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be all about over-the-top romance. Whether you are spending the day with your partner or sharing the love with friends, why not catch a show rather than fighting for the last restaurant booking in town? From comedy to drama and, of course, romance, here’s what’s on in Brisbane this Valentine’s Day.
Theatre: Single Asian Female
Author Michelle Law has turned her hand to theatre for her debut production, Single Asian Female at La Boite. The comedy explores issues of gender and race through the lens of two second-generation Chinese-Australian sisters. Covering the highs and lows of dating, divorce, high school and their mother’s possible deportation, this witty show is sure to deliver a litany of laughs.
Film: La La Land at Moonlight Cinema
There has been nothing but hype surrounding La La Land. In a fitting Valentine’s Day screening, Moonlight Cinema is showing the beguiling singing and dancing film at New Farm Park. Laced with jazz and love songs, the Hollywood musical stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. It has already won a host of awards at the Golden Globes and is an Oscars favourite – so if you haven’t seen it yet, this is your chance to do so before award season wraps up.
If you are looking for the antithesis of cheesy romance this Valentine’s Day, then The Danger Ensemble’s take on Macbeth might just do the trick. Injecting fresh life into one of Shakespeare’s darkest works, The Danger Ensemble promises a show that’s uniquely Australian and equally as chilling. The Valentine’s Day performance also includes a post-show Q&A with the cast and crew.
Art: Brisbane Street Arts Festival
New Farm Park is a quintessential Valentine’s Day destination and the perfect spot for a relaxing dusk picnic. If you are planning on picnicking in the park, stop by Brisbane Powerhouse beforehand, where Scott Marsh will be live painting a mural as part of Brisbane Street Arts Festival. His work explores the relationship between graffiti and high art and is influenced not only by graffiti art techniques, but also traditional motifs, impressionism and pop.
Theatre: Ladies in Black
Get the girls together for a night out. After winning the award for Best New Australian Work at the Helpmann Awards last year, Queensland Theatre’s Ladies in Black returns to the stage at QPAC. Billed as a magical modern fairytale, the show takes place in 1950s Sydney, where impressionable school leaver Lisa wants to be anything but a housewife – and then she meets the modern ladies working at F.G. Goode’s department store.
Film: Loving Palace Centro
Before Loving is released in March, Palace Centro is hosting a special screening for Valentine’s Day. The story follows the drama surrounding Richard Loving and his wife Mildred, who defied interracial marriage laws to marry in 1958. It’s a film that is as much about the strength of love as it is about the civil rights movement. It stars Joel Edgerton and newcomer Ruth Negga, and was praised after premiering at Cannes Film Festival.
Craft: Ceramic Painting – Gal-entine’s Day Edition
If you have creative energy to channel, then get crafty at Work-Shop by making your own Valentine’s jewellery. Under the guidance of Bonnie Hislop, you will design and paint your own pair of ceramic earrings. It’s billed as a workshop “for girls who just wanna spend Valentine’s Day with their besties” and, in the spirit of friendship, there are discounts for groups of two or more.