La Boite's fourth world premiere production for 2018 is all about getting the hell out of town, following an Aussie in Thailand nursing a broken heart. Andy (Lisa Hanley) might be trying to hide from her pain on another continent, but life goes on — and, in the Bangkok bar where she works and meets Thai-American Arisa (Courtney Stewart), so does both love and karaoke.
That's the premise of Neon Tiger, which plays its world premiere season in Brisbane until Saturday, November 17. Hitting the stage at the Roundhouse Theatre, the production is a collaboration between playwright Julia-Rose Lewis, musical comedian Gillian Cosgriff and director Kat Henry, who, between them, have everything from This Feral Life to Tonightly to Constellations to their names.
Given that it's about romance and belting out a tune in go-go bars, it won't come as a surprise that this is also a musical. The two-hander features eight original pop songs that are sung with gusto — and while you won't know them going in, they'll likely stick in your head afterwards.