GREASE: THE WORD YOU’RE FEELIN’

As you tumble out of Qudos Arena after GREASE-THE ARENA EXPERIENCE you might hear an odd sound, just in range of your hearing.  It takes a while to work out that it is thousands of people humming or singing along to themselves.  And it’s pretty much all ‘Born to Hand Jive’.  That, after all, is the spectacular finale song of a night of thoroughly entertaining music and staging. Continue reading GREASE: THE WORD YOU’RE FEELIN’

WELCOME TO CEMENT FONDU!

This image: Chris Dolman -My Shadows ‘GhostPlaysTrips,2017. Banner image: Cement Fondu Directors_Megan Monte(Left),Josephine Skinner(Right).Photo: Tom Polo

 Coming soon to Sydney’s Paddington, Cement Fondu is a new exhibition and live arts space with a difference: a place where art forms, ideas, generations, cultures, perspectives come together to create something new. Continue reading WELCOME TO CEMENT FONDU!

BACKBONE: RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

Adelaide-based Gravity & Other Myths is directed by Darcy Grant and stuns in their new show BACKBONE at Riverside Theatres Parramatta, a mesmerizing blend of physical theatre/circus /acrobatics . It is a virtuoso performance of rigorous discipline , super-elite physical acrobatics . The company has been previously nominated for Helpmann awards. Continue reading BACKBONE: RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

THE BACKSTORIES: MOYA DODD IN FOCUS

BACKSTORIES: Moya Dodd
Images courtesy Fairfax

THE BACKSTORIES  is a rare glimpse behind the public persona of one of the most influential Australians in women’s football, Moya Dodd, as she shares the experiences that have shaped her life. Originally commissioned and presented by Adelaide Festival, THE BACKSTORIES comes to Carriageworks for three performances in February. Friday 2 February 8pm and Saturday 3 February 2pm, 8pm Continue reading THE BACKSTORIES: MOYA DODD IN FOCUS

TONSILS & TWEEZERS: SHAPE SHIFTING COHESION OF DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE

Production Images: Clare Hawley

The smooth jazz played preshow does somewhat lull one into a place. But that is not anything like the place you will be for the next 65 minutes.  TONSILS AND TWEEZERS is an obstacle course of a show.  What you will experience is a disorienting, fast paced, time shifting offering with the sadness of a secret at its core.  Wonderful tech and design combine with acting which expands beyond the scene-shifting to make TONSILS AND TWEEZERS an open-hearted story of a human emotion common to us all.  Continue reading TONSILS & TWEEZERS: SHAPE SHIFTING COHESION OF DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE

SYDNEY FROM 4 JULY: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Image above: Joshua, Jenkins, Matt Wilman, Crystal Condie. Photo: BrinkhoffMögenburg
Banner image: Joshua Jenkins. Photo: BrinkhoffMögenburg-

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s acclaimed production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is the winner of 5 Tony Awards® and 7 Olivier Awards, including Best Play, Best Director and Best Design. Tony Award® winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse) directs this “triumphant” (Sunday Telegraph, UK) adaptation by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens who brings Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math while ill- equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When Christopher falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, his detective work to identify the true culprit, takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

Featuring remarkable, immersive staging and a full British and Irish cast, this is a global theatrical phenomenon and bookings are now open.  

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME will play at the Roslyn Packer Theatre from July 4.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: KATIE ELLE REEVE

Katie Elle Reeve’s alter ego bustles in late for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH, her show at The Newsagency.  Having arrived hot and flustered and out of breath, there’s only one option…  do what she does best.  Sing! Brilliantly!  Here begins a really great set from a singer/ songwriter who has created an oversharing, let it all hang out character who dances like an aerobics queen yet can break your heart with a ballad.  Continue reading NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: KATIE ELLE REEVE

HAYES FUNDRAISER : SONDHEIM’S FOLLIES

This image: Tracie Bennett as Carlotta Campion. Photo by Johan Persson.
Banner Image: Josephine Barstow, Gemma Page, Janie Dee, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Tracie Bennett. Photo by Johan Persson.

Stephen Sondheim’s FOLLIES is the must-see event from the National Theatre London.  Now you can see the show and support one of Sydney’s best theatres.

Hayes Theatre Co are holding a  special fundraiser screening of NT Live’s FOLLIES at the Hayden Orpheum on Tuesday 6 February at 8.15pm.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

You can see a trailer of FOLLIES here and book tickets for the special fundraiser screening here.  

WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE CASABLANCA : THE LIFE, LEGEND AND AFTERLIFE …

WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE CASABLANCA: THE LIFE,LEGEND AND AFTERLIFE OF HOLLYWOOD’S MOST BELOVED MOVIE

Kenneth Tynan may have given the film, Casablanca, its most backhanded compliment when he called it “a masterpiece of light entertainment”. Continue reading WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE CASABLANCA : THE LIFE, LEGEND AND AFTERLIFE …

DOCUMENTARY FUNDING ANNOUNCED BY SCREEN AUSTRALIA

This image: The Fight (supplied by United Notions Film)
Banner Image: Working Class Boy. Photo :Andrew-Farrell

Screen Australia has announced production funding for 12 documentary projects through the Documentary Producer and Commissioned programs.

The slate includes an adaptation of Jimmy Barnes’ memoir WORKING CLASS BOY ; a feature-length version of Violeta Ayala and Daniel Fallshaw’s award-winning Guardian short THE FIGHT; a second season of FILTHY RICH & HOMELESS, the most watched documentary series on SBS in 2017; and a three-part series delving into the life of cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne from the team behind feature documentary THE FAMILY. Continue reading DOCUMENTARY FUNDING ANNOUNCED BY SCREEN AUSTRALIA

TITANIC : THE EXHIBITION @ BRYON KENNEDY HALL, ENTERTAINMENT QUARTER

This is your chance to journey into the heart of the Titanic and experience the world’s largest and most comprehensive touring exhibition about the world’s most iconic and ill fated ship.

Immerse yourself in the moving tale of Titanic’s first and final voyage and experience the sights, sounds and stories as if you yourself were on the ship.

Visitors receive a boarding pass containing the details of an actual passenger. You come face to face with an iceberg, and experience spectacular recreations including the grand spiral staircase.

There are over 300 artefacts dating back over 100 years and includes memorabilia from James Cameron’s film.

The exhibition culminates in the Memorial Gallery where each visitor learns their chosen passenger’s fate that beheld them on April 15, 1912.

The TITANIC THE EXHIBITION  is on display at the Entertainment Quarter until the 4th February, 2018.

Book your passage today.

FAG/STAG : GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY

Above: writer-performers of FAG/STAG, (left to right) Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs. Featured image: (left to right) Chris Isaacs and Jeffery Jay Fowler. Production images: Robert Catto @robertcattophotographer on Facebook.

FAG /STAG is the first play to be presented by Griffin Theatre Company for 2018. Sexuality-discordant friends Jimmy and Corgan, united by a love of gaming and a metaphorical urge to succeed in life by happily reaching the next level of Donkey Kong.

The heart-on-the-sleeve ambition of the two friends includes an intense drive to be successful in the love/lust/desire/where-is-my-soulmate/for-god’s-sake-don’t-make-me-be-alone game that life makes us play without any clear rules. Continue reading FAG/STAG : GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY

SATURDAY CHURCH: MGFF 2018

SATURDAY CHURCH is a trans story yes. But much much more.  It is transporting, transcendent and transformative, with themes of belonging and being that reach well beyond the coming out.  The film is essentially a drama, but the interspersed songs and dancing, a bit like LA LA LAND, come smoothly together to inform, touch and influence hearts and minds. Continue reading SATURDAY CHURCH: MGFF 2018

VOYAGE OF VOICES: SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIRS

Image above: VOX with Elizabeth Scott Photo by Keith Saunders
Banner Image: E STuudio

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs launches into 2018 with a stunning international collaboration, bringing their acclaimed young adult choir, VOX, together with one of the most awarded youth choirs in history, Estonia’s E STuudio, in their premiere Australian performance. Continue reading VOYAGE OF VOICES: SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIRS

WHOA DONKEY!: SHREK’S COMING TO RIVERSIDE

Jay Laga’aia is SHREK in Packemin’s show coming to Riverside

Packemin Productions and Riverside Theatres are presenting SHREK THE MUSICAL ( based on the beloved DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the Book by William Steig)

Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Continue reading WHOA DONKEY!: SHREK’S COMING TO RIVERSIDE

KATE GORMAN FOLLOWS HER DREAM @ THE ART2MUSE GALLERY DOUBLE BAY

The pic above is of artist Kate Gorman with her friend fashion icon, Nicholas Huxley. Both Kate and Nicholas were former Fashion Design students at East Sydney TAFE in 1974. Kate continued to pursue her love of colour and abstraction while Nicholas Huxley became the driving force in shaping the collage artform into what it is today. Continue reading KATE GORMAN FOLLOWS HER DREAM @ THE ART2MUSE GALLERY DOUBLE BAY

IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE @ CARRIAGEWORKS

Production photos by Prudence Upton.

It’s not for everyone, but maybe it should be. This chow is a symphony of sophisticated naivety, slapstick with a bitch slap, a carnival of two, the accomplished performance artists, Jo-Ann Lancaster and Simon Yates.

These two are the founders of Acrobat, pioneers of circus performance for the past score years and more, and IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE is their latest offering for everyone, even though it’s not for them. Continue reading IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE @ CARRIAGEWORKS

BLAK MARKETS AND QUEEN’S BATON RELAY

 

Aboriginal Arts and Craft at Bare Island, La Perouse on Sunday February 4

Always popular, BLAK MARKETS will be held at Bare Island, La Perouse,  Sunday February 4, 2018.

THE BLAK MARKETS is a great chance to buy art and products directly from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who made them in the knowledge that the profit goes back to Indigenous communities.

Featuring  Aboriginal arts, craft, performances and foods from local stallholders, the day will begin with a welcome to country followed by live music, dance performances, and workshops.

PROGRAM
9:30 - Gates Open
10:00 Welcome and Smoking Ceremony
10:00 - Weaving workshop all day
10:30- Traditional Dance
11:00 - Whale ceremony with Tucky Cooley - Booking Required
11:30- Singing performance by Rebecca Hatch
12:00 - Traditional Dance
1:00 - Singing Performance by Rebecca Hatch
2:00 - Healing Ceremony with Tucky Cooley - Booking Required
3:00 - Blak Markets Closed

Rediscover Sydney’s beautiful La Perouse with a day of free family entertainment, live music, cultural tours at  BLAK MARKETS and watch the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay arrive.

Bare Island information here.

AL BERTO: MGFF 2018

AL BERTO is a film of its place.  About one of Portugal’s most celebrated modern poets, it is set in Sines on the Portuguese coast.   But it is of a different time.  It is 1975 when 27 year old Al Berto returns to his small fishing village, a place where change comes slowly.  The painter/poet is beautiful, passionate and free spirited but his kind of creative living is way too fast … even for a population newly freed from an authoritarian regime.  AL BERTO explores freedom, political and personal, in a sensual, deliciously detailed film playing as part of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival. Continue reading AL BERTO: MGFF 2018

THERE WILL BE A …………… CLIMAX

THERE WILL BE A CLIMAX.
Production images Robert Catto
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Should you have somehow missed the metaphors of scale in the beginning of THERE WILL BE A CLIMAX, there is no subtlety later in the show.  The irony of a third-of-a person-sized My Little Pony should gallop it on home.  The pony arrives from the ‘heavens’ with a whole heap of other consumer items somewhere towards the climax… sort of climax … well hardly a climax … not my idea of a climax anyway.  Abandon all ye preconceptions who enter here! Continue reading THERE WILL BE A …………… CLIMAX

IN BETWEEN: MGFF 2018

Of all the films I have watched towards Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, IN BETWEEN (also called BAR BAHAR) has been my favourite.  I loved spending time with Layla, Salma and Nour, Israeli-Palestinian women who share an apartment in Tel Aviv.  Deceptively  intimate, the storytelling  sweeps the viewer into a world of explosive thematic content. Continue reading IN BETWEEN: MGFF 2018

SUMMER MIX TAPE:PART OF THE SIDESHOW FESTIVAL

This image: Twin Caverns
Banner Image: Deepsea Lights
Production Photography: Jasmine Marshman https://www.facebook.com/JasMPhotography/

SUMMER MIXTAPE, part of the SIDESHOW FESTIVAL at The Newsagency was an eclectic mix of music to listen and dance to. Continue reading SUMMER MIX TAPE:PART OF THE SIDESHOW FESTIVAL

DIARY OF A WOMBAT: MONKEY BAA RAISES FUNDS TO SEND MOTHBALL O/S

Monkey Baa’s award-winning production of Jackie French and Bruce Whatley’s DIARY OF A WOMBAT  has been an incredible success  but that presents a new challenge for the beloved company.

DIARY OF A WOMBAT  has been selected to present at the prestigious 40th Anniversary Showcase at the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) in Philadelphia in January 2018.   Continue reading DIARY OF A WOMBAT: MONKEY BAA RAISES FUNDS TO SEND MOTHBALL O/S

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