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!

Brisbane Comedy Festival Competition! $50 Bar tab!

Do you want to snag yourself a cool $50 to spend on delicious food and beverages at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Bar Alto? We’re giving one lucky audience member a $50 voucher, and this could be you if you book before the 10th of February to see our Cool Story Bro show at the 2018 Brisbane Comedy Festival.

Entering is easy in two simple steps:

1.      Purchase your tickets by 10 Feb.

2.      Send proof of purchase to contact@bigforktheatre.com


Check out the Ts and Cs after the jump, if you're into that kind of thing

Choose your own Improv Adventure with Big Fork Theatre

The audience bursts into laughter with loud applause, the lights black out.  You have just finished your Improv Fundamentals graduation show.  

Turn to page 8 to discover how to create fully fleshed out characters in the moment.

Turn to page 19 to explore group mind and improvising as a group.

Big Fork co-founder Chris on his own improv adventure

Big Fork co-founder Chris on his own improv adventure

Big Fork Theatre is taking our improv comedy classes in a new direction, completely overhauling our class structure and trajectory.  

From this October, we’re making it easier for students to explore and study the improv concepts that they are most excited by, as soon as they have completed our introductory class.

Previously students would complete our classes, starting at level one and naturally working their way through our level two, three and four classes. Now, the majority of our class offerings open up to students the second they step off the stage after their level one graduation show.

We wanted our classes to be like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel - except you don’t have to hold your thumb on the previous page to prevent yourself falling off a cliff.  

Big Fork Theatre is launching our new Improv Modules: a series of beginner, intermediate and advanced classes that introduce specific improv skills in a four week, bite size workshop series that students can mix and match to suit their needs.  Students can choose to study the improv topics that inspire them in the order that works for them.

You can see our new class structure here. 

Additionally, the new structure is designed to make it easy for improvisers with experience from other improv companies to jump straight into our classes and study Big Fork Theatre’s unique style of improvised comedy.  

Have questions?  Comment below.