January, it’s when we slow down after the festive season, spending idle moments escaping the heat. As well as bee lining to GOMA for the air-conditioning this month, there are other creative events to keep you occupied. From dystopian theatre to summer festivals, here is what’s on in Brisbane as we say hello to 2018.
A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange is a classic dystopian tale first released in 1962. It’s since been adapted numerous times for film and theatre, with its theme of the individual versus society continuing to resonate. Brisbane Arts Theatre presents this story with a Beethoven soundtrack performed live. And to bring a new perspective to the narrative, a cast of both male and female actors stars in the principal roles.
6 January to 17 February at Brisbane Arts Theatre
The Rocky Horror Show
Bold, fun, frivolous. There are so many ways to describe the wild bash that is The Rocky Horror Show, and that’s why it has become such a popular musical. This production is a hit every time it comes to QPAC, and this year's star cast includes Cameron Daddo as The Narrator.
17 January to 11 February
The Little Mermaid
See this delightful production performed by Ballet Theatre of Queensland’s young performers. The Little Mermaid will enchant aspiring young ballerinas and Disney lovers alike over the school holidays.
17–20 January at QPAC
For a full list of other kids shows happening this month, see our school holiday guide.
Summer Up Late
To celebrate the two international artists currently on show at GOMA, the gallery is hosting a one-off up late event. There’ll be DJs, pop-up bars, talks and performances from USA’s Laurel Halo and Sydney’s Lupa J. And you’ll also be able to roam the Yayoi Kusama and Gerhard Richter exhibitions after hours.
19 January at GOMA
It only happens a few times per year, but when it does, Lifeline Bookfest doesn't hold back. Four kilometres of tables house books, magazines, records, board games and even CDs for your foraging pleasure. Rummage for bargain tomes and get your bookshelf set for a new year of reading.
20–28 January at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Australia Day at South Bank
Having our national holiday smack bang in the middle of summer naturally lends itself to outdoor festivities. Plan to head to South Bank's River Quay on Australia Day for an afternoon of live music headlined by Brisbane indie-folk duo Hollow Coves. It's not a South Bank celebration without fireworks, and they'll commence at 7:30pm.
26 January at South Bank
Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum
Since it opened in June, Gladiators has revived a piece of Ancient Roman history. And now this month is your last chance to see the exhibition. It features prized discoveries including actual pieces of the Colosseum, decorated bronze gladiator helmets, and original arms and armour preserved in the ashes of Pompeii. Together, these pieces offer a fascinating insight into the life of a gladiator.
Until 28 January at Queensland Museum
Pack up your picnic rug and head to New Farm Park to watch a film under the stars at Moonlight Cinema (pictured). Films showing in January include advance screenings of Swinging Safari and The Shape of Water, as well as current releases and annual fan favourites, Dirty Dancing and The Breakfast Club. Got a pooch who likes to get out and about? They’re welcome too.
Until 4 March at New Farm Park
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