"All the world's a stage," Shakespeare's As You Like It proclaims. All of Brisbane is a stage at Anywhere Theatre Festival, a fest the Bard would surely be proud of. Every year, the city-wide event puts on theatre performances anywhere and everywhere — in bars, bowls clubs, markets, homes and pools, for starters.
Actually, taking place from May 10 to 27 in a whole host of different spaces, Anywhere Theatre Festival spreads its love across southeast Queensland, with shows on offer from Ipswich to Brissie right on through to the Sunshine Coast. Go west for a choose-your-own-adventure-style mashup of Doctor Who and The Wizard of Oz. Head north for performance workshops in a butter factory or an Aussie take on The Wind in the Willows on the Noosa Ferry. Or rove around Brisbane for Star Wars sketches in a cafe and an intimate play in a bar's bathroom.
The list goes on, throwing up anything and everything in places you'd never think of as performance venues. One show takes place in a shopping centre carpark, another at the Queensland Maritime Museum and another in an art gallery. They're the kind of theatre you don't normally see, in the kind of spaces you don't normally see theatre in, so prepare — above all else — to be surprised.