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Elise Lawrence

Freelance Writer

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Elise Lawrence is a freelance writer and editor currently working in Brisbane, Australia.

Her work has been published in Limelight Magazine, Hot Chicks with Big Brains, Voiceworks, Kyoto Journal, Mous Magazine, Overland, and more.

Portfolio
Limelight
★★★★½ North by Northwest (Kay + McLean Productions)

Featuring two musicals, three festivals, a new dance work from Australian Dance Theatre and a Chinese New Year Concert with the ASO. The famous opera house in Milan is also home to a world-renowned ballet company. Jo Litson discovers what's afoot when the Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company visits Brisbane next month for its first ever Australian tour.

Limelight
★★★★½ Hedda (Queensland Theatre)

Bille Brown Theatre, Brisbane November 20, 2018 Queensland Theatre are finishing their 2018 season with a bang as Hedda transforms the Bille Brown Theatre into a lavish Gold Coast mansion and drags audiences down into the underbelly of the drug business in this localised version of Ibsen's classic.

Limelight
★★★★½ Nearer the Gods (Queensland Theatre)

Three world premieres, a musical, radio murder mysteries, a stage adaptation of the film Baby Doll, and the return of Diplomacy are all on the bill. Queensland Theatre and Malthouse Theatre bring Osamah Sami's absurd and affectionate memoir to Brisbane audiences. Tim Finn's score plays a key role in Sam Strong's new Queensland Theatre production.

Limelight
★★★★★ Everyday Requiem (Expressions Dance Company)

Composer Gordon Hamilton and beatboxer Tom Thum will be the first artistic team to take up the new artistic residency in the Adelaide Hills. Expressions celebrates Natalie Weir's 10th year as AD with a triple bill called 4Seasons featuring dancers from Hong Kong. A spectacular evening embracing the joy of nature and the drama of death.

Overland literary journal
08/30/2018
Return to reading

Goodreads is about comparison, for better or worse. How many books have you read compared to your friends, your co-workers, your best mate's mum? What did you think of this book, or that one?

Limelight
★★★★★ The Longest Minute (Queensland Theatre)

Sport and theatre collide in this impassioned work about footy, family, and never giving up on your team. Following seasons in Townsville and Cairns, Queensland Theatre brings to QPAC a show full of Far Northern heart.

Hot Chicks with Big Brains
09/26/2017
Books for Big Brains: Nina Riggs' The Bright Hour - Hot Chicks with Big Brains

Every so often we're sent new books that are written by women. We've decided to take advantage of this by publishing short, succinct reviews that give you the lowdown on the quality content found within each book's pages. These reviews form part of an ongoing series: Books for Big Brains .

Limelightmagazine
09/14/2017
Review: Swan Lake (Queensland Ballet)

Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane May 9, 2017 The story of Swan Lake has been captivating audiences for over a century. Prince Siegfried falls in love with the Swan Princess Odette, who has been cursed by the sorcerer Von Rothbart.

Limelight
Peter Pan (Queensland Ballet) - Limelight

Playhouse Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane October 26, 2017 Faith, trust and pixie dust abound in the Playhouse Theatre as Queensland Ballet brings Trey McIntyre's whimsical Peter Pan back to Brisbane. Fifteen years after its initial creation and two years after it first captivated Brisbane audiences, the full-length ballet takes us on a playful journey to Neverland, where no one has to grow up.

Limelightmagazine
08/14/2017
Review: La Fille mal gardée (Queensland Ballet)

Queensland Ballet presents a stunning and truly funny production of La Fille mal gardée - "The Wayward Daughter", or, more literally, "The Badly Guarded Girl". Young lovers Lise and Colas are forbidden from being together by Lise's mother, the influential Widow Simone, who has arranged a marriage for Lise to the son of a wealthy vineyard owner.

Limelightmagazine
03/22/2017
Review: Raw (Queensland Ballet)

Queensland Ballet's first mainstage production of 2017 is an emotionally-charged triple bill featuring works by Liam Scarlett, Greg Horsman and Christopher Bruce. The three pieces are themed around love, loss, and death, creating a captivating performance that seeks to explore the raw edges and emotions of the human experience.

Limelightmagazine
09/15/2016
Review: Snow White (Ballet Preljocaj)

★★★★½ Ballet Preljocaj brings their deliciously dark production exclusively to Brisbane. QPAC Lyric Theatre, Brisbane September 2, 2016 Ballet Preljocaj's Snow White has made its Australian premiere as part of the QPAC International Series 2016. Based heavily on the original Grimm Brothers tale, it is a distinctly adult production and is not recommended for children.

Spinebind
09/20/2016
Cyclone in a Teacup

Part memoir, part creative nonfiction. Reflecting on Cyclone Larry ten years on.

Limelightmagazine
08/09/2016
Review: Lest We Forget (Queensland Ballet)

Queensland Ballet's latest mainstage production, Lest We Forget, is a powerful mixed bill featuring works from renowned choreographers Ma Cong, Natalie Weir and Paul Taylor. Beginning each performance with a minute's silence, all three pieces explore themes of love and loss in wartime, from those who served and those who were left behind.

Limelightmagazine
08/09/2016
Review: Chi Udaka (Taikoz & Lingalayam)

Taikoz's Japanese drums come together with the intricate movements of Australian-Indian dance company Lingalayam for Chi Udaka - a celebration of music, dance and the forces of nature. Combining the strength and solidity of earth ('chi' in Japanese) in the taiko players and the fluidity of water ('udaka' in Sanskrit) through the movements of the Lingalayam dancers, this unique production celebrates life through these elements as they occur in a single day.

Limelightmagazine
05/31/2016
Review: Strictly Gershwin (Queensland Ballet)

Queensland Ballet celebrates the glitz and glamour of the 1920s and '30s in style with Strictly Gershwin. First produced and performed by the English National Ballet in 2008, the ballet is a stunning tribute to the Gershwin brothers' memorable music and the sparkling age of Hollywood musicals.

Womankind Magazine
05/30/2016
Declutter Challenge

A five-day decluttering challenge, and a reflection on our attachment to objects that we do not need and may not even like.

Good Good Girl
05/08/2016
The Silent Ranking System Eating Disorders

When I was about ten years old - gangly, ravenous, messy-haired - I read an article in a dental surgery waiting room about twin sisters. The young women pouting off the page looked bizarre, like insects or aliens, and I felt bad for them because they were dying from a terrible illness.

mous magazine
05/12/2016
Fairtrade Porn

Pornography plays a significant role in shaping sexual culture. In the past it has largely been tailored to the sexual desires of heterosexual men. Sometimes it seems that there is little available to serve those who don't feel that their interests are represented in mainstream pornography.

Limelightmagazine
05/04/2016
Review: Much Ado About Nothing (Queensland Theatre Company)

Queensland Theatre Company celebrates the 400-year legacy of William Shakespeare with a delightful, contemporary performance of his classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Their first preview show, on April 23, marked the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death. Much Ado About Nothing is often touted as the "world's first romantic comedy".

Limelightmagazine
04/16/2016
Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Queensland Ballet)

Playhouse Theatre, QPAC April 13, 2016 Queensland Ballet has opened their 2016 mainstage season with a stunning rendition of Shakespeare's classic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, a co-production between the Queensland company and Royal New Zealand Ballet. The story itself is over 400 years old, but Liam Scarlett's choreography is anything but stale.

mous magazine
02/22/2016
The reality of Donald Trump

Trump's presidential campaign, which seemed to us a very bad-taste joke when it began, has taken The Apprentice's big dog in a bad wig Donald Trump to the front of the polls as preferred Republican candidate.

mous magazine
01/18/2016
Forgotten, but not gone

Mary is 98 years old. On weekdays, she spends her time at the local seniors'centre; playing air hockey, Wii bowling, dancing, and occasionally joining her friends in a drum circle. On weekends, she sits alone in her house and shreds junk mail into tiny pieces with her hands.

mous magazine
12/07/2015
lumedécor

Mia continues, saying that impetus for her designs come from everywhere, but particularly from nature. "I've grown up on the coast so I'm no stranger to the ocean. I seem to always fall back to nature," she says, adding that while she loves Pinterest, it can be hard to 'stop the scroll'.

mous magazine
11/10/2015
Made by Flint

The next step is to develop the physical mould, Andy continues: "Concrete is so versatile if you have a mould to pour it into.

Limelightmagazine
10/13/2015
Queensland Ballet announces a glamour filled 2016

Queensland Ballet supporters and season ticket holders were treated to a glittering preview of the company's upcoming 2016 season - A Light Fantastic. Queensland Ballet wraps up their highly successful 2015 season of fairy tale ballets, including their international debut at London's Coliseum Theatre, with Sleeping Beauty in October.

Limelightmagazine
10/30/2015
Review: The Sleeping Beauty (Queensland Ballet)

The crown jewel in its season of fairytale ballets, Queensland Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty presents a magical take on the well-worn classic, while respecting tradition. The story of the beautiful princess who sleeps for a hundred years, only able to be woken by true love's kiss, is one that many have grown up with.

mous magazine
10/08/2015
Crafting a Change

I was walking through Brisbane's Queen Street Mall in the same way that most people do-head down, earphones in, trying to reach my destination without making eye contact-but something colourful jerked me into the reality of my surroundings. The steel bollard that blocked traffic from entering a narrow street had been covered with a patchwork of colourful, knitted squares.

mous magazine
10/01/2015
Givin' girls an ego

Bianca adds, "I think one of the main factors that hinders [women] is that we're constantly criticised for having egos, chasing what we want or taking control of our bodies. I want to help remove those sorts of negative connotations and encourage women to develop that sense of self through features, interviews and collaborations.

mous magazine
09/20/2015
It's not my revolution if I can't wear pink

AY says that drawing wasn't originally going to be part of the project. "People started finding me online and writing to me about their own ambivalence. I remember not knowing exactly what to respond sometimes, which is why I started answering with drawings.

mous magazine
09/02/2015
Milly Dent

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to stack the rolling blue surf of Bondi on to the shelves of your home, Milly Dent's namesake ceramics are your answer. Named as one of Vogue Living's "Top 25 Australian designers to follow on Instagram", Milly creates tableware that is as beautiful as it is functional.

Limelightmagazine
08/11/2015
Review: French Revelations (Southern Cross Soloists)

Concert Hall, QPAC, Southern Cross Soloists June 28, 2015 The Southern Cross Soloists continue to celebrate their 20th birthday in style with a matinee repertoire of popular French compositions, skilfully performed alongside special guests Piers Lane and Marshall McGuire. The concert began with Jean-Féry Rebel's Le Chaos, which Creative Director Tania Frazer cited as the inspiration for the concert's title.

mous magazine
08/11/2015
Reclaim Australia

If you are an Australian, and not also a hermit residing in a remote location, it is unlikely that the Reclaim Australia (RA) movement has escaped your notice over the past few months.

Limelightmagazine
09/22/2015
Review: The Importance of Being Earnest (W!ILD RICE)

Playhouse Theatre, QPAC, W!LD RICE September 13, 2015 Glen Goei directs an all-male ensemble in Oscar Wilde's classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest as part of the 2015 Brisbane Festival's Singapore Snapshots. Their performance of what Wilde described as a "trivial comedy for serious people" sparkled like champagne, and kept its audience laughing out loud.

Limelightmagazine
08/11/2015
Review: Peter Pan (Queensland Ballet)

Playhouse Theatre, QPAC, Queensland Ballet July 11, 2015 In the second ballet of its fairytale-themed 2015 season, the Queensland Ballet has brought a little bit of magic to its audiences with the tale of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up. Based on the plays and novels of J.M.

mous magazine
07/17/2015
Feminism and BDSM

The first time I witnessed bondage in pop culture was when I watched Pulp Fiction at the age of sixteen, the same year that Rhianna released her pop song S&M. Less than twelve months later, the bestselling grammatical nightmare that is Fifty Shades of Grey hit the shelves and I haven't stopped hearing about it since.

mous magazine
06/14/2015
In(accurate) Memoriam

In Australia, this guilt rose to the surface on a national level a few months ago for the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, and the beginning of the ANZAC 'legend'. Scott McIntyre was fired from his job as a journalist for SBS when he used Twitter to express his cynicism of the ANZAC mythos.

Limelightmagazine
03/31/2015
Review: La Sylphide (Queensland Ballet)

Playhouse Theatre, QPAC March 26, 2015 The oldest Romantic ballet to be continuously performed since its premiere in the early nineteenth century, La Sylphide is a tragic tale of impossible love.

Limelightmagazine
03/02/2015
Review: Desh (Akram Khan Company)

Desh, meaning 'homeland' in Bengali, is a stirring personal account of culture and the search for a sense of belonging from acclaimed artist Akram Khan. Crossing cultures and oceans from Bangladesh to Britain, Khan takes his audience on a profound and intriguing journey in an incredible 80 minute solo performance.

Limelightmagazine
03/02/2015
Dance review: Coppélia (Queensland Ballet)

Playhouse, QPAC May 3, 2014 The Queensland Ballet have created a wonderful experience for the whole family with their new adaptation of Coppélia. With interactive storytelling prior to the performance and Q&A sessions with the dancers after selected shows, Coppélia should captivate audiences of all ages.

Limelightmagazine
03/02/2015
Review: Three Masterpieces (American Ballet Theatre)

September 5, 2014 Following rave reviews of their debut performance of Swan Lake, the American Ballet Theatre continued their winning streak with Three Masterpieces, a triple bill of ballets created specifically for the company over the course of their history and performed for the first time in Australia as part of the QPAC International Series.

Limelightmagazine
03/02/2015
Review: Swan Lake (American Ballet Theatre)

August 28, 2014 The American Ballet Theatre have made their breathtaking debut on the Australian stage in Swan Lake, exclusive to Brisbane as part of the QPAC International Series. In conjunction with Queensland Tourism and Events, the International Series began with the intention of 'bringing the world to Brisbane' and has seen world-class companies such as the Hamburg and Bolshoi Ballets perform exclusive shows at QPAC.

Limelightmagazine
03/02/2015
Review: The Effect (Queensland & Sydney Theatre Company)

June 13, 2014 The Effect, a new play from acclaimed young British writer Lucy Prebble, is an achingly raw composition about the way that we live our lives, the way that we fall in love, and whether it really matters in the end.

Limelightmagazine
03/02/2015
Theatre review: Cock (Melbourne Theatre Company @ La Boite)

La Boite Theatre, Brisbane April 8, 2014 Following rave reviews from London and a sold-out season in Melbourne, Mike Bartlett's latest production, Cock, has been equally well-received by Brisbane audiences. Nearing the end of a highly praised season at the La Boite theatre in Kelvin Grove, the play explores the timeworn notion of the love triangle in a fresh, contemporary way.

Limelightmagazine
03/02/2015
Dance review: Don Quixote (Imperial Russian Ballet)

Queensland Performing Arts Centre April 4, 2014 They impressed theatre-goers with their Festival of Russian Ballet last October, and the Imperial Russian Ballet Company did not disappoint when they returned to Brisbane for two nights only, performing Minkus's Don Quixote in full.

Cyclone Larry - Tales of Survival from the Children of North Queensland
2006
Cyclone Larry: a storm to remember

A personal story about experiencing a natural disaster, written in the wake of Category 5 Cyclone Larry in 2006.

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