School’s out for Comedy on Thursdays

Big Fork Theatre, are lifting mid-week moods with the launch of our new Thursday show School Night Comedy.

Following the success of our weekly show Big Fork Fridays, we have decided to launch a second weekly show to showcase Brisbane funniest improvisers.

School Night Comedy is launching during the Bris Funny Fest, a celebration of emerging local and interstate comedians all through August. It’s not just a coincidence though, August is an auspicious time of year for Big Fork Theatre.

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Launching School Night Comedy in August is important to Big Fork. We first started performing as a company back in August 2015, and then launched our weekly Big Fork Fridays show in August 2017. It’s almost become a tradition, who knows what we will do in August next year!?

School Night Comedy joins Big Fork Theatre’s regular entertainment roster, playing Thursday nights starting 8th of August at the historic Paddington Substation. Special guests this month include the internationally touring Raised By Wolves, Ho Hum Musical Improv troupe and Real Life Fake News reprising their sell-out show at the Anywhere Festival.

Tickets on sale now! Don’t miss out and book online today.

Fundraiser success - thank you!

Big Fork Theatre launched our first ever crowdfunder in June 2019 - and thanks to the wonderful generosity of our donors we reached 206% of our original target! Thanks to you and the Australian Cultural Fund, we will be able to buy new chairs, pay for the lights installation and have fantastic new chairs on stage!

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We have already had our lights installed, and ordered our new chairs for our wonderful venue (Paddington Substation). If you would like to come and see them for yourselves come on down to Big Fork Fridays every Friday night!

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Who is Harold?

in 2019 Big Fork Theatre re-freshed our classes and made them easier to navigate! The new class structure has been a smash hit, with 6 classes running at the same time in Term 2!

Another new and exciting part of this class structure was our first musical improv class in Term 2, and Term 3 sees Big Fork Theatre offering our first ever Harold class (an Advanced level class)!

The Harold is the original long form improvisation format - it was first performed by the The Committee in San Francisco in the 1960 and popularised by iO Chicago. The Harold is both the basis of long form improvisation and an art form in itself. Check out our classes and sign up here -Term 3 starts soon!

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Let there be Light

On Monday Big Fork Theatre launched a fundraising campaign to improve the space where we currently perform - The Paddington Substation - for both you the audience and our performers. We want to install our theatre lights we bought with a grant last year, upgrade our audience chairs to be more comfortable and add some professional stage chairs. All this will cost around $6000 and we were able to commit half of this, so our fundraising goal was $3000.

By Wednesday we had had such an overwhelming response to our fundraiser that we were able to take the leap and squeeze into an opening in our lighting rigger’s schedule.

For the past two and a bit years our wonderful performers would come into the Paddington Substation and turn it into a theatre. Every week we would set up our portable lighting rig and focus them on to the stage as best we could. They got the job done and we will always remember them fondly. But what if we could have something a little more permanent, a little more theatrical, with a lot less weekly setup?

Our portable lights have been a real work horse but it’s time for an upgrade!

Our portable lights have been a real work horse but it’s time for an upgrade!

On Friday while our fundraising was inching towards 100% our rigger was installing our brand new lighting rig and hanging our new lights - all because of the generosity of our donors and community.

Check out these progress shots and the high-flying antics of our professional rigger Ricky from Uptite Creative Rigging!

So with the rigging all complete it’s time to see how the new lights look!

As you can see our new lights and lighting grid allow for a much more natural colour and give much better coverage! This all thanks to our community who have gotten behind us and are supporting local comedy. 

As of writing this blog we have surpassed our initial goal of $3000. We’ve had a chat amongst ourselves and due to your generosity and because we still have 20+ days left in the campaign we want to go for the whole $6000! While we were able to fund half the costs imagine what we could do to grow Big Fork Theatre if we could fundraise the full amount. So please donate today if you can and share our campaign with those you think would like to support the arts in Brisbane. Let’s do this!

Donate here today!