REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR ‘BEAUTIFUL : THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL’

Featured photo- Esther Hannaford who will play Carole King. Photography by Ben Apfelbaum.

Rehearsals have begun for the Australian premiere production of BEAUTIFUL : THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, starring multi-award winning leading lady, Esther Hannaford as Carole King.

BEAUTIFUL is a celebration of Carole King’s rise to stardom including her relationship with husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin and their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Written by Douglas McGrath, directed by Broadway Director Mark Bruni and choreographed by John Prince it features a song list jam-packed with hits including ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ and many more of classics. Continue reading REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR ‘BEAUTIFUL : THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL’

KILLING GROUND : 5 DOUBLE PASSES TO THIS NEW AUSTRALIAN THRILLER

KILLING GROUND is an attempt at schlock horror channelling Wolf Creek and Deliverance. The deliverance is an ugly cry wolf experience.

A well heeled couple, Ian and Sam, who should be booking a holiday at the Hilton decide to go on a camping trip in a remote spot of the Australian wilderness. Passing through a one horse town, they ask directions to the secluded spot from a pair of suspiciously psycho locals. As you do in films of this genre.

Finally finding the secluded spot, the couple find it not so solitary, as a tent has already been pitched. But where are the happy campers?

Is that the faint twang of Duelling Banjos I hear on the soft, off shore breeze, rustling the leaves of the eerie eucalyptus?

With the other campers at large, Ian and Sam’s discovery of a child wandering alone sets off a terrifying chain of events that will put them through a hellish ordeal and punch a hole in the space-time continuum. Continue reading KILLING GROUND : 5 DOUBLE PASSES TO THIS NEW AUSTRALIAN THRILLER

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES :  REBECCA PIERCE AND JENNY GREEN

 

A very captivating exhibition has invaded the Traffic Jam Galleries reshaped space with works by Jenny Green (INTERPLAY) and Rebecca Pierce ( THE SIMPLE LIFE) .Both are bright , bold ,vivid and entrancing . what is also exciting is seeing the contrast and range of styles produced by both artists.

First , considering Jenny Green’s exhibition INTERPLAY . From her studio in Sydney’s Northern Beaches Jenny Green creates her sculpture in bronze, steel & resins. Her work is represented in private, public & corporate collections, and has won a number of awards. Green exhibits at traffic jam galleries at Neutral Bay and in group exhibitions including with the Sculptors Society.

In 2015, Jenny was appointed to the Board of the National Art School..Her work is currently shortlisted in the Northern Beaches Art Prize. As displayed here, Green’s abstract sculptures of steel can be of strong ,coloured, dynamic ‘singing ‘ lines , full of energy and ‘eating’ space .They vary considerably in size – some of them are small, while others are large and free standing ( eg INTERPLAY 1 & 2 ) and have a pebbled floor , as if invoking a Zen garden.

Green’s bronze figurative sculptures ( eg Rapport , Hey There ) are semi abstract and often have a great feeling of weight and heaviness ,yet this is combined with a sense of pulsating energy and movement .Some sit or stand on plinths the bodies in discussion or thought.

Rebecca Pierce’s exhibition is entitled THE SIMPLE LIFE.Pierce primarily works with paint, inks and fine points on canvas and paper.Pierce has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. She has been a finalist in major art prizes including the Glencore Percival Portrait Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Heysen Art Prize, the Fishers Ghost Art Prize, the Hawkesbury Art Prize, the Hunters Hill Art Prize, the ANL Maritime Art Prize and the Willoughby Art Prize. Rebecca’s work is represented in corporate and private collections in Australia and internationally.Ths particular exhibition includes some of her trademark bright, bursting thickly textured floral arrangements ( eg Country , Red Roses Blue Vase IX , Blow That Cone Full Salute ) but also features a very different change in style ( or two ).

There are some wonderful abstract multi textured,rather large ,swirling canvases painted with many layers of mirror resin , some also including straw attached , which are full of bold dynamic colour and energy . (eg The Simple Life C Dandelion) Flow parts 1-3 is like a triptych of a giant rolling wave . Major social issues are also commented on with for example The Motion of Transition diptych of paintings.There is perhaps a sense of unsettling un predictability and we see how Pierce interprets the human face and form (there is also a self portrait included) and the reading of the natural landscape around us and how these interweave.

A very striking exhibition.

Jenny Green’s Interplay and Rebecca Pierce’s The Simple Life run at the Traffic Jam Galleries 9 – 31 August 2017

 

IMPRO AUSTRALIA’S CELEBRITY THEATRESPORTS : A Can Teen FUNDRAISER @ THE ENMORE THEATRE

CanTeen’s mission is to support, develop and empower young people living with cancer. The charity engages 12 – 25 year olds who have had cancer or supported sick loved ones to offer counselling, peer support programs, information and resources. It’s no wonder a night of big stars and big laughs was the perfect event!

Fun and naughtiness was rife from the get go as the Umbilical Brothers emerged from behind the curtain, kicking off the show with an imagined fight between George W Bush and Kim Jong-un. With ‘slaps’ and ‘biiffss’ thrown left, right and centre, the duo warmed up the crowd to set the giggle-meter on high.

Hosted by Playschool’s lovable Jay Laga’aia and vivacious Australian actress Monique Dykstra, Impro Australia’s family friendly fundraiser welcomed six teams of celebrity improvisers to battle for impro glory and the coveted Theatresports Celebrity Cup. Team Fake News featured presenter and comedian Adam Spencer and Australian actor Rob Carlton. Comedian and social worker Jioji Ravulo alongside John Knowles contributed to the strong lineup of team Raiders of The Lost Laugh.

The stakes were high as seasoned acting professionals Lyn Pierse, Genevieve Lemon and the hilarious Kitty Flanagan sat amongst audience members as the official impro judges. From jousting cheetahs to an angry yoga class conflict performed as a ballet, impro games and spontaneous topics pulled out of a hat (Jay Laga’aia’s stylish upside down fez) provided highly entertaining storytelling.

CanTeen members got in on the fun, sharing the stage to instruct performers to improvise the conflict that arises when you catch your sister wearing your shirt – without asking!

Throughout the night the hosts spoke of CanTeen’s important initiatives, promoting generous raffles and prize giveaways to raise money for the cause. From large scale National Bandanna Day initiatives through to personalised counselling support services, CanTeen helps young people explore and deal with their feelings about cancer to build resilience.

As the home of theatresports, Impro Australia has been running for over 30 years and offers fun and challenging courses to improve creativity, public speaking skills and provide a supportive team environment. The annual Celebrity Theatresports event which took place this year on Sunday August 13 is a fantastic opportunity to raise money for CanTeen and remind us of the healing power of laughter.

 

 

THE KING’S CHOICE

A grandfather plays hide and seek with his grandchildren in the snow. This simple autumn pleasure will soon turn into a winter of discontent as the grandfather faces the future of a war with Germany.

THE KING’S CHOICE is based on the true story about the three dramatic days in April of 1940, when the King of Norway is presented with the monstrous ultimatum from the Germans: surrender or die.

Erik Poppe’s picture is a slow burn affair, building a calm before the storm so exquisitely that the mounting tension is almost taken for normal until sudden and seismic action comes crashing down.

The hypocrisy of Hitler’s hideous hegemony is highlighted as German ambassador to Norway, Curt Braeuer, desperately tries to find a diplomatic solution to the King’s dilemma – submit sovereignty or assign bloody war to his subjects. It is a duplicitous gambit on behalf of the militaristic territory grabbing Reich, a regime that is quite prepared to use their envoy as a decoy.

Surrounding this central drama, there is the concurrent story of the ineffectual Prime Minister who desperately wants to leave his position and his responsibility.

The opening scene is mirrored, although transformed from playfulness to lethal pursuit as a game of hide and seek between the Nazis and the Royal Family ensues.

With German Air Force and soldiers hunting them down, the royal family is forced to flee from the capital. They decide to go separate ways, not knowing if they’ll ever see each other again. While Crown Princess Maertha leaves Norway with the children to seek refuge in Sweden, King Haakon and Crown Prince Olav stay on to fight the Germans, and bicker amongst themselves about how they should proceed.

THE KING’S CHOICE is a spell binding film of human eminence over dry historical fact.
Jesper Christensen is quietly majestic as the beleaguered monarch, and Anders Baasmo Christiansen is equally absorbing as his son, bridling under the perceived slowness of his father to act.

Karl Markovics as Curt Brauer finely conveys the frustrations of a man whose desperate diplomacy dents his domestic life, a man in crisis due to his conflict between patriotic duty and despotic expansionism.

A terrifically tiered and textured film, THE KING’S CHOICE is a back room view of brutish bureaucracy and a benevolent monarch forced to choose on life and death matters as dictated by a madman.

AMERICAN MADE

Absolution. Welcome back, Tom Cruise, all is forgiven after the misjudged, miscreant mess of The Mummy. AMERICAN MADE is hip, hep and a hoot, and gives Cruise a character to inhabit rather than being a mere cypher action automaton.

Cruise plays Barry Seal, a hotshot airman who gets caught up in a shadowy division of the government—running crates of AK-47s and kilos of cocaine—he makes a fortune as a key player in the Iran-contra affair. From trading arms for hostages to training forces of Central and South American kingpins, Barry becomes an improbable hero working against the system. So, how does he sleep at night? Well, it’s all legal if you do it for the good guys.

According to the press notes, screenwriter Gary Spinelli had recently seen Argo, which had piqued his interest in other untold CIA scandals of the era. After a bit of research on key players of the time, he had come across a man called Barry Seal, a fascinating character in recent American history—one whose devilish swagger and zest for life affected all he met.

In AMERICAN MADE, we are introduced to Barry as captain of a TWA airliner, an accomplished aviator reduced to cruise control and automatic pilot. The thrill of flying has dissipated and he spices up his routine life by taking the airliner’s controls from time to time to create a little turbulence, and also by smuggling contraband Cuban cigars.

Sprung by the CIA, he is given the option of serving time in the penitentiary or being sequestered into the secret world. Seal can’t wait to trade TWA for CIA.

Set up with a plane and a company called AIC stationed out of a small town in Arkansas, Barry was sanctioned by the CIA to run guns into Central America, especially to arm the Contras in their struggle against the Sandinista in Nicaragua. Continue reading AMERICAN MADE

47 METRES DOWN

Hook, line and sinker,47 Metres Down is a stinker, a John Dory of two sisters, Americans, whose holiday of a lifetime becomes a living nightmare when they become trapped in a shark observation cage at the bottom of the ocean in Mexico.

Hello! Mexico? Could this be the first bit of Hollywood halibut inspired by the great trout, Trump? Forget the wall, here’s a great idea, let’s put up a shark net between America and Mexico. Really great!

With oxygen running low and great white sharks circling, it becomes a race for survival for these two siblings, one an adventurous party girl, the other a sedate bore, a prim and proper whose lack of challenge has cost her her marriage. Trouble is, the film itself runs out of puff, a lack of narrative oxygen afflicting the film with a fatal case of the bends. Continue reading 47 METRES DOWN

TERMINATOR 2 : JUDGEMENT DAY 3D 4K RESTORATION

August 29, 1997 has come and gone but T2 is back and it hasn’t really aged a bit.

A quarter of a century ago, when Terminator 2 was freshly minted, August 29, 1997 was mooted as Armageddon, the day Skynet triggered World War III and the rise of the machines.

Twenty years on from that inglorious date Terminator 2 has been newly minted as T23D4K.

It’s the same thrill ride movie from 1991 enhanced by 4K restoration and 3D conversion.

Some seven years passed between Terminator and this sequel, clearly not a rushed job, and the care and detail in the honed and polished script is all up there on the screen, from performance, cinematography, special effects that are special and effective, and good old fashioned startling stunt work.

From its first skull crunching frame to the self sacrificing cyborg finale, director James Cameron makes that rarity – a sequel that is the equal or better than the original. And for all its macho gun play, T2 is a masterpiece of feminist pacifist cinema.

Sarah Connor, is a tough woman, working on emotion and instinct to protect her son and mankind from assured destruction. Like Ripley in Aliens, another James Cameron sci fi/actioner masterpiece, Sarah is not some passive adjunct to a male driven story, she’s a driver not a passenger. Linda Hamilton is fantastic in the role.

And John Connor, the savior of the human race, illustrates his humanity by ordering the robot sent to protect him not to kill anybody. So the death toll is depleted even among all the destruction. Mayhem without mass murder!

The killing is left to the shape shifting assassin cyborg T-1000 played with steely confidence and deadly droid focus by Robert Patrick.

And, of course, there’s Arnie, reprising his role in a most surprising and satisfying way, with deadly deadpan delivery and convincing robotic bulk.

T2 was a triumph when it was made and remains a triumph today – in mood, textures, concerns. Meticulous in its manufacture, it is a text book example of cinematic craftsmanship.

The 4K 3D are enhancements to be savoured, especially on the big screen, where its size and spectacle can be best appreciated.

Make sure you get in early – who knows what may happen come August 29, 2017.

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY is hitting cinemas for one-week-only on August 24.

 

SUE FABISCH’S ‘MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL’ @ THE BONDI PAVILION

The recently established Bondi Theatre Company has just opened with its debut production, a revival  of Nashville singer songwriter Sue Fabisch’s MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL.

This is a fun night in the theatre and one which everyone will be able to relate to.Singer songwriter  Fabisch’s play, light on dialogue, big on song and dance, the genres being R and B, pop and gospel, takes on her subject from every conceivable angle. There are songs about babies keeping you up all night- The Kids Are Finally Asleep, being a frantic supermarket Queen- Costco Queen, a bittersweet song about When The Kids Are Grown, songs about post pregnancy issues – Ode To Boobs and We Leak, and much more.

Rebecca Spicer plays the main character, the heavily pregnant Amy who is on cloud nine and can’t wait for the birth of her first child. Her best friends, Barb, Brooke and Tasha, organise a baby shower for her and whilst they are delighted for her they want to set her straight that motherhood isn’t such a smooth ride.

The action takes place in Amy’s simply conceived living room. On the side of the stage a screen is set up behind which Amy’s pushy mother, mostly silhouetted, is constantly calling her to get the latest news.

The cast, well directed by Ruth Fingret, have a lot of fun with Fabish’s scenario. Rebecca Spicer is a very smiley, good natured Amy. Christie Koppe impressed as the stressed out mum of five with a feature being her rendition of Mother, Mother, Mother, as a mother copes with her kids constant whining.

Manon Gunderson-Briggs was credible as stressed lawyer Brooke, always rushing around, and not enjoying the finer things of life. Jennifer Barker played Amy’s nagging mother.

Chloe Angel was my star of the night with her strong, bluesy voice in numbers such as Baby Weight Blues.

Recommended, really this is pretty much a sure thing as far as mainstream entertainment goes, MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL is playing the Bondi Pavilion Theatre until 26th August.

http://www.bonditheatrecompany.com.au

AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA : HAYDEN, MOZART AND FRIENDS @ THE JOAN

There will be music in the air this Spring when the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra arrives in Penrith.

Casting back to the days when good mates, orchestra conductor Haydn and freelance composer Mozart would get together for pop-up gigs with brilliant results – two admiring friends, performing impromptu concerts together. Fast forward 250-odd years to two relatively new friends – a Belgian period horn player, Bart Aerbeydt and Australia’s leading baroque cellist, Jamie Hey.

Witness the results when excellence from the two eras comes together. A chance to let brilliance shine. The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra musicians join Bart and Jamie and put their signature style on some glorious classics as they bring to life the original colours of Baroque and Classical masterpieces from centuries ago, with the beautiful sound of instruments of the period.

The Brandenburg invites you to discover the exquisite music of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in a whole new way. The orchestra, with the help of charismatic Artistic Director Paul Dyer, will take you back to a historical era full of passion, electrifying vitality and artistic excellence.

“What stands out at concert after concert is the impression that this bunch of musicians is having a really good time. They look at each other and smile, they laugh…there’s a warmth and sense of fun not often associated with classical performance”,  Sydney Morning Herald.

Enjoy the elegance of The Joan’s Borland Lounge before the show, as it shines in salon style. You might even like to take the experience a step further and dress in your finest formal evening attire for a truly memorable night in the Concert Hall.

Let the Brandenburg sweep you off your feet on a Spring night to remember. Book your tickets now for a performance you won’t forget.

THE PROGRAM:
Cannabich Sinfonia in E-Flat major
Haydn Cello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb:1
Mozart Harmoniemusik of Die Entführung aus dem Serail –
Mozart Concerto for Horn No. 4 in E flat major K495

Tickets: Standard $70 Concession $65

To book call our Box Office on 4723-7600 or

http://www.thejoan.com.au.

This will be a night to remember. The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is located at 597 High Street, Penrith. Nearby parking and public transport is available.

BLUE LOVE : SHAUN PARKER AND COMPANY @ JOAN SUTHERLAND PAC

The Joan is bringing award-winning Australian choreographer Shaun Parker to Penrith to present BLUE LOVE, a poetic and satirical take on the clichés of pop culture, romance, coupledom and suburbia. This quirky, character-based work combines multi-media with physical theatre and comedy. It’s accessible, challenging and enormously entertaining.

From a fantastic place where TV soap meets art-house film, Blue Love’s protagonists Glenn and Rhonda Flune take the audience on an expedition in search of the clichéd, perfect relationship.

Infused with intense movement, film and dance, BLUE LOVE is inspired by famous works of art, theatre, music and film; all of which deal with the concept of love. Glenn and Rhonda draw on and reference all of these art forms, parodying the lip-service given to love and its incarnations. Continue reading BLUE LOVE : SHAUN PARKER AND COMPANY @ JOAN SUTHERLAND PAC

NAVIGATOR : A PUBLIC FORUM WITH QUENTIN DEMPSTER AND RICHARD GOODWIN

Join Quentin Dempster and Richard Goodwin at a public forum for some thought provoking discussion and one last look at Richard Goodwin’s Navigator: bringing together select artworks, sculptures, drawings and models produced over the past 25 years.

As an artist and architect greatly concerned with the built environment and public space, Richard Goodwin describes his work as “existing between public and private space”. This will be used as a provocation for discussion on regional development, the built environment and the role of culture and quality of life in urban design and planning for Western Sydney.

The panel will be led by Walkley Award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster Quentin Dempster AM best known for his decades of work with the ABC. Panelists Richard Goodwin, Emma Husar MP, Craig Butler, Assistant General Manager of Penrith City Council and the Hon Peter Anderson AM, Chairman of Penrith Performing and Visual Arts, will discuss their thoughts on our relationship with our local built environment. This will be followed by audience question and answer time.

Come along and take one last look at the Gallery’s Winter Exhibition Suite, featuring the work of artist and architect Richard Goodwin and be part of the Big Ideas discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibition is on display at the Penrith Regional Gallery until the 20th August 2017.

For more information visit the website –

http://www.penrithregionalgallery.org/

 

 

SYDNEY JEWISH WRITERS FESTIVAL 26th and 27th August @ WAVERLEY LIBRARY

The Shalom/Sydney Jewish Writers Festival takes place at Waverley Library in Bondi Junction on 26-27 August 2017.

This year’s guests include Man Booker Prize-nominated novelist Rachel Seiffert in conversation with Australian director Cate Shortland on telling dark stories – in words and on film.

On opening night, Israeli academic, commentator and critic of the occupation of disputed territory Gadi Taub will be debating ‘Israel: From Inside and Out’ with pro-Israel commentator Alexander Ryvchin. The retelling of Holocaust stories – across generations and media – comes under the spotlight with Melbourne musician and writer Bram Presser, head of book publisher Scribe, Henry Rosenbloom and UNSW academic and documentary maker Su Goldfish. Elsewhere in the eclectic program, Mia Freedman, John Safran, Geraldine Doogue, Caroline Baum and many others discuss topics of interest to the Jewish community and beyond.

“Just as you don’t need to be French to enjoy the French Film Festival, you don’t need to be Jewish to enjoy SJWF,” says Festival Director Justine Saidman. “Jewish wisdom teaches that books are more precious than gold and should be treated as companions, their authors as guides. We hope that everyone who attends our Festival this year will be challenged, inspired and invigorated by our offering.”

For more about Sydney Jewish Writers Festival 2017, visit http://www.shalom.edu.au
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AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE : MOZART’S OBOE AND THE HUNT

“All the jolly chase is here
With hawk and horse and hunting-spear,
Hounds are in their couples yelling,
Hawks are whistling, horns are knelling…”

Hunting Song by Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832)

The Australian Haydn Ensemble is garnering an iconic reputation as one of Australia’s best chamber music performers.

Their performance last Sunday of works by Haydn Mozart Janitsch was a sell out event. It was held in the Utzon Room of the Opera House..an intimate setting looking out past the opal blue bay of Farm Cove towards Mrs Macquarie’s chair.

The program derived its inspiration in part from the 18th century fascination with the Hunt, in particular Haydn’s Op1 No.1string Quartet “La Chaisse”. Also in the program was an Oboe Quartet in G Minor By Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, an eighteenth century German Composer whose prolific output of chamber and orchestral symphonic works is beginning to be recognised.

The performance featured some some sterling performances by its members..in particular violinist Simone Slattery whose playing with a baroque bow and  infectious enthusiasm breathed life and vitality into both the Janitsch and the Mozart String Quartet. Anthony  Albrecht’s cello playing gave the concert depth and incisiveness. Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, composed to show off the virtuosic talents of his friend Friedrich Ramm, was effortlessly played by Amy Power, indicating the profound evolution of the instrument and its technique over the past few hundred years. The Janitsch was a moody and reflective work, interesting and quite uncharacteristic of the era.

The occasion also was one of maternal celebration for Skye McIntosh the founder and Artistic Director of the ensemble, who had recently had a child…coincidentally as pointed out by the cellist Anthony Albrecht, both the string quartets the ones by Haydn and Mozart which buttressed the program, were in b flat major, a key said to reflect hope and optimism  …a motherhood key!

 

ORBOTETSKI : A QUARTET OF SYDNEY’S BRIGHTEST IMPROVISERS

Great things come in fours: seasons, elements, the horsemen of the apocalypse and now Orbotetski–the all-star quartet of Sydney’s brightest young improvisers.

Larry Orkin (Or), Alex Boggie (Bo), Julien Perrottet (Tet) and John Brudreski (Ski) unite for Sydney Fringe Comedy on 30th August 2017 to perform a 50 minute entirely improvised show.

Steeped in the Chicago-style longform tradition, the improvised comedy will showcase Orbotetski’s unique brand of inspired ideas, fully realised characters and loads of heart.

Between them, Orbotetski have trained and performed at some of the finest improv schools around like iO and Second City in Chicago, Laugh Masters Academy, Improv Theatre Sydney and Impro Australia.

SHOW DETAILS:
The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville, NSW 2204
Dates: Wed 30th August 2017, Fri 1st September 2017, Sun 3rd September 2017
Times: Wed 9.30pm, Fri 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm
Tickets: $10

http://fringecomedy.com.au/single-event?show_id=61

For more about Orbotetski, visit http://fringecomedy.com.au/single-event?show_id=61
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STAGE RUSSIA’S PRODUCTION OF ‘ANNA KARENINA’ FROM THE VAKHTANGOV THEATRE

An intriguing but somewhat unsatisfying dance version of Tolstoy’s much loved epic novel, this is part of the Stage Russia screenings and come to us from the Vakhtangov Theatre choreographed by Angelica Cholina.

The ballet transfers very well from stage to screen,  photographed cleanly and thoughtfully, with excellent use of appropriate close up .While the individual elements were great, with fine performances by an excellent cast, this production proved to be rather strange and disappointing.

Cholina has based this work on Tolstoy’s novel of sweeping love and despair which details the life of the eponymous Anna, a St. Petersburg aristocrat who is caught in a loveless marriage, against the backdrop of rigid late 19th century Russian society. Streamlining and abridging the novel, the adaptation is an analysis of (un)happy family life and also looks at the high echelons of society at the time and how emotions conflicted with social conventions. Tolstoy’s novel is widely considered a pinnacle in realist fiction. Continue reading STAGE RUSSIA’S PRODUCTION OF ‘ANNA KARENINA’ FROM THE VAKHTANGOV THEATRE

THE GONZO HOUR @ THE FACTORY THEATRE, MARRICKVILLE

THE GONZO HOUR has been described as  “a marvellous and bizarre story of a professor getting angry about a box.” by Funny Tone whilst also being a “a commentary on group behaviour, nationalism, and the dangers of being human” by the Plus Ones.

The show is also about an idiot in a raincoat playing games on stage for half an hour, followed by her agitated boss being agitated for another half an hour.

It is also about a social experiment as to how the audience will react to the performance. For instance there have been shows where the audience has withheld information, or props… performances where audience members turn against one another, and performances where everyone is very polite and does exactly what they’re asked.

The show is performed by the mercurial Debbie Zukerman.

PERFORMANCE TIMES :-

Thursday 7th September at 9.30 pm and Saturday 9th September at 9.30 pm.

VENUE- The Factory Theatre , Marrickville.

For more about The Gonzo Hour, visit http://fringecomedy.com.au/single-event?show_id=102
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SAKSHAM MAGIC SHOW @ LEICHHARDT TOWN HALL

Get ready to be astonished when SAKSHAM MAGIC SHOW is taken to the stage.

The multi award-winning illusionist Saksham has baffled people from the streets of Sydney to large stages and festivals. He may be only 15 years but is a master of magic and his spectacular illusions will always keep you wondering. He will be astounding you with his astonishing illusions combined with comedy and dance.

Bush Telegraph: “Teen Takes Tricks to Trade.”

Saksham is an upcoming teen magician who makes magic cool, fun and interactive. He changes the face of magic for the modern day.

PERFORMANCE TIMES –

Saturday 23 Sep 2017 at 3:30 PM

Sunday 24 Sep 2017 at 3:30 PM

VENUE –

Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton Street, Leichhardt.

For more about saksham magical madness, visit https://iwannaticket.com.au/event/saksham-magical-madness-MTMzNzk
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MASTER OF THREE WORLDS @ THE COMA GALLERY

Featured Image – Christopher Day’s ‘Pear’.

MASTER OF THREE WORLDS references the storytelling format The Hero’s Journey, also known as the Master of Two Worlds, in which a protagonist is exposed to unexpected hardship and trial and returns to their initial setting having completed a transformative journey, now a master of both the domestic and initially unfamiliar worlds.

The ‘Three Worlds’ in this case relate to artists coming to terms with their initial physical location after development of relationships with new countries and cultures, wrestling with conceptualising work following the influence this may have, and the way in which practice expands and changes over time.

Artists included are Seth Birchall, Christopher Day, Eugene Choi, Mason Kimber, Jason Phu, Tom Polo and Marian Tubbs.

MASTER OF THREE WORLDS is on exhibition at the Coma Gallery, 107 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay until the 10th September.

For more about Master of Three Worlds, visit http://www.comagallery.com
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SOUNDS OF SPACE @ 107 PROJECTS REDFERN

SOUNDS OF SPACE a free inclusive community event happening at 107, Redfern from 17-27 August 2017 that merges the arts and sciences with two exhibition spaces; a large scale projection room showcasing mind-blowing astrophotography, video and audio recordings from Space, and a curated group show of mixed media works from an exciting collection of Australian artists including disability advocate, Digby Webster and Indigenous artist Karen Lee.

The projection room will feature a rotating program of audio/video works. The first will be a traditional look at the actual electromagnetic resonance recordings from Space and the second will be a look into musical interpretations of the Universe featuring works by Classical composers Holst and Debussy and Contemporary pieces by Australian artists Oliver Tank and WZRDKID and French artist Valentin Stip.

This unique exhibition is geared towards inclusive community engagement hoping to spark joy, discovery and awe that lies in the boundless Space surrounding us.

For more about Sounds of Space, visit http://107.org.au/event/sounds-of-space/
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TYPE: Video projection and group exhibition
WHERE: 107, 107 Redfern st, Redfern NSW
WHEN: 17 Aug 2017 – 27 Aug 2017
COST: Free
HOURS: Tues–Sat 11am–6pm, Sun 11am–4pm
WEBSITE: http://107.org.au/event/sounds-of-space/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SoundsOfSpace2017/
INSTAGRAM: @sounds_of_space

This unique exhibition is geared towards inclusive community engagement hoping to spark joy, discovery and awe that lies in the boundless Space surrounding us.

For more about Sounds of Space, visit http://107.org.au/event/sounds-of-space/
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MICRO THEATRE FESTIVAL NEWCASTLE 22- 26 AUGUST

The Micro Theatre Festival is an independent festival of short plays (5-20 minutes each) performed in intimate spaces such as cafés and small art galleries in Newcastle – where the venue is the stage. In 2017, 16 short plays will be performed across 4 venues during 22 – 26 August.

Micro Theatre supports both small business and Newcastle’s arts and theatre communities by managing this original festival centred in the flourishing culture of small cafés and galleries.

Tickets on sale at www.microtheatre.com.au

Venues are:
The Press – 462 Hunter Street, Newcastle
Curve Gallery – 61 Hunter Street, Newcastle
Vinyl Café – 4 Perkins Street, Newcastle
Studio21 Artspace – 21 Bennett Street, Newcastle

Micro Theatre creates entertaining and innovative theatre in alternative places. Check it out.

DATES
22 – 26 August 2017

For more about Micro Theatre Festival, visit https://www.microtheatre.com.au/
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MUSICIAN PROJECT ORCHESTRA RETURNS TO THE CON WITH SOME CLASSIC BRUCKNER

The Musician Project Orchestra returns to Verbrugghen Hall in September, to present a performance of Bruckner’s magnificent Third Symphony.

Widely considered the first work in which Bruckner’s unmistakable musical language fully blossoms. The work also demonstrates his special relationship to Wagner. Bruckner visited Wagner in September 1873, offering to dedicate either his Second or Third Symphony to him.

It turned out to be a very convivial meeting and the beer flowed freely. So much so that on his return home, Bruckner realised to his horror that he could not remember which of the symphonies the master had chosen. An exchange of letters clarified the situation: Wagner had chosen the Third, something which was no great surprise, as Bruckner had incorporated diverse Wagner quotes in the work. The concert opens with Wagner’s delicate & peaceful birthday gift to his wife: the Siegfried Idyll.

Returning to the podium will be our Artistic Director, the peerless Max McBride.

DATE FOR THE DIARY
September 30 2017 AT 7pm at the Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium Of Music,

For more about Musician Project Presents: Bruckner 3, visit http://musicianproject.net.au/september-2017/
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EX VOTO : AN EXHIBITION BY MADELEINE CRUISE @ GAFFA ART GALLERY

An offering made in fulfilment of a vow. This exhibition features the paintings and collages of emerging artist Madeleine Cruise.

It is about the role of ritual and habit in everyday life and the way these practices contribute to personal identity and purpose.

Madeleine is a National Art School Graduate currently based in Newcastle NSW.

Venue – Gaffa Art Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney.

Opening Night 17th August between 6 and 8pm.

Season- Between between the 17th and the 28th August.

For more about Madeleine Cruise – Ex Voto, visit http://www.gaffa.com.au
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SPORT FOR JOVE PRESENTS ‘ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST @ THE REGINALD THEATRE

The main allure in seeing Sport for Jove’s production of Ken Kesey’s ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, as adapted for the stage by Dale Wasserman, is seeing a fine group of actors showcase their acting talents playing Kesey’s colourful, quirky characters.

Anthony Gooley is compelling in the role made famous by Jack Nicholson. McMurphy is a small time crim, who chooses to spend his allotted time in a psychiatric hospital rather than a prison. He can’t believe what he finds when he enters the institution – the patients are ‘vegetables’, sitting around, doped to the eyeballs.

McMurphy makes it his mission to shake the guys up. In particular, he wants them to stand up to the psych nurse from hell, Nurse Ratched. He, of-course, leads by example, constantly baiting  her. McMurphy and Nurse Ratched make for classic antagonists.

Di Smith’s  Nurse Ratched, whilst displaying her character’s benevolence and condescending nature, lacked the very creepy quality that Louise Fletcher’s screen performance emblazoned her with. Matilda Brodie plays Ratched’s bland, vapid  assistant, Nurse Flinn.

Johann Walraven plays the weak, easily manipulated Dr Spivey who, at first, McMurphy wins over with his vibrancy, though the good terms don’t last. Continue reading SPORT FOR JOVE PRESENTS ‘ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST @ THE REGINALD THEATRE

DIGNITY OF RISK : A SHOPFRONT AND ATYP CO-PRODUCTION @ ATYP STUDIO 1

“In a world where you can be anything by yourself’ Etta Turner.

“I contradict myself. Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large. I contain multitudes.” Walt Whitman.

I loved this show. It was just so, so brave 

The performance saw a troupe of young performers take to the stage for a one hour performance. Now here’s the thing…They didn’t come on stage as a character, wearing some kind of mask, something that young people find relatively easy to do.

They fronted up as themselves, and over the next sixty minutes, shared themselves – their thoughts, their feelings – like open books before us.

Appropriately, the show started off slowly. We were in darkness when the performers started talking to us – describing their physical appearance to us – height, eyes, weight and so on.

Slowly but surely the stage lights came up to show the performers, first behind a thin ‘curtain’ and then this came away to fully reveal them. Continue reading DIGNITY OF RISK : A SHOPFRONT AND ATYP CO-PRODUCTION @ ATYP STUDIO 1

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