THE MARAIS PROJECT 2016 CONCERT 1 : MASTER AND PUPIL @ INDEPENDENT THEATRE

 

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The tension between master and student is a complex and fascinating one as the upcoming generation learns from, and sometimes pits themselves against, the established leaders of their field.

The famous French novel and film Tous les matins de monde (All the mornings of the world) which starred the legendary actor Gérard Depardieu and featured virtuoso viola da gambist Jordi Savall on the sound track, is an acutely sensitive, fictional exploration of the relationship between two great artists: Marin Marais, after whom The Marais Project is named, and his distinguished mentor, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe.  The latter was a composer, teacher and innovator without peer, while the former became known as perhaps the greatest viola da gambist of all time.  Adding spice to the mix was a “love triangle” between Sainte-Colombe’s two musician daughters and the ambitious Marais.  
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CANTERBURY THEATRE GUILD PRESENTS AVENUE Q @ BEXLEY RSL CLUB

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So I went to the Bexley RSL club on Stony Creek Road Bexley to see this play.

It is on a very busy road. Cars drive along it, some furiously, in a desperate hurry to get nowhere in particular. You cross it at your peril. The club itself  displays a WWII Ordnance QF 25 pound Horwitzer Gun out the front. At least that is what I think it is. Then one mounts and  walks over rather morose orange brown  pavers  to gain entrance and  behold  the club’s rather cavernous carpeted interior.

Inside there is a small segmented area for a theatre space. Continue reading CANTERBURY THEATRE GUILD PRESENTS AVENUE Q @ BEXLEY RSL CLUB

HILLS MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT

Joseph and Technicolour DreamAfter seeing JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT last night, I have a dream that I won’t need Joseph to interpret.  My dream is that every table in the auditorium is filled for the next outing of this Hills Musical Theatre Company show.  As a believer in the theological concept of free will, I’m going to follow Joseph in making my dream come true by giving you a bread-basket load of reasons why you and your family should attend this wonderful night out.

Firstly, it’s a classic.  As I was waiting in the bitter cold for my friend to arrive I heard a patron add to his Box Office greetings, “You never get sick of Joseph!”  This is so true.  The show, Andrew Lloyd Webber music and Tim Rice lyrics, did have a troubled start though.  Beginning life as a 15 minute ‘pop cantata’ school performance in 1968, it had many incarnations, rewrites and false starts. Continue reading HILLS MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT

IS IT TIME @ KING STREET THEATRE @ NEWTOWN

 

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The play starts with very happily married couple, Eva and Jim Rogers, sharing their never ending, eternal love story. Both are in good health. There is definitely no rush to complete their bucket list.

In the second act, immediately reminded of the play LAST CAB TO DARWIN, but very passionately presented from a very different point of view, and imminent death becomes a much more complicated issue.         Continue reading IS IT TIME @ KING STREET THEATRE @ NEWTOWN

WAYNE TUNKS ‘FLAME TREE’ @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

In 2013, FLAME TREE, by award winning playwright Wayne Tunks, premiered in Melbourne to critical and commercial acclaim. Now it’s Sydney’s turn to see this gritty Australian drama starring some of Sydney’s finest independent theatre actors.

“Wayne Tunks script is beautifully written with some honest and real dialogue that has you feeling not like you are watching a play but as if eavesdropping on some private conversations.” – THEATRE PRESS Continue reading WAYNE TUNKS ‘FLAME TREE’ @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS AYAD AKHTAR’S ‘DISGRACED’ @ WHARF 1

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Production photography by Prudence Upton

Playwright Ayad Akhtar won a deserved Pulitzer Prize for this play in 2013. It is in part based on what occurred to him at a dinner party a few years earlier.

I was on the edge of my seat as my mind was bombarded with a cavalcade of ideas and concepts involving Islam, Islamic aesthetics, and the West, Velasquez art, pride and betrayal.

Like Othello in his finery we find Amir, played by Sachin Joab, surveying his kingdom, an upscale split level Manhattan apartment- a striking set by Edith Gadsby, wearing a $600 shirt and an expensive suit. Amir is a successful corporate, this overwhelming pride, his hubris is that he is living the American Dream complete with a blonde Desdemona, his wife Emily, played by Sophie Ross. We just know that Amir is going to fall but the downward tragedy is not as linear as a Shakespearean tragedy.

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WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR PRESENT MENDELSSOHN’S ELIJAH

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This spectacular, magnificent performance of Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH almost lifted the roof off and set the concert hall at the Concourse alight.

Under the enthusiastic, energetic baton of Maestro Peter Ellis Willoughby Symphony and Willoughby Choir combined for a thrilling oratorio. It was at times rather overwhelming.

The work was sung in English and the text was helpfully provided in the program. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR PRESENT MENDELSSOHN’S ELIJAH

HEATH LEATH SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS ANNOUNCED @ PRIMUS HOTEL

left to right Heath Ledger's sister Kate, last year's winner Brenton Thwaites and Heath and Kate's mum Sally Bell
left to right- sister Kate and mother Sally Bell of the late Heath Ledger with last year’s scholarship winner, Brenton Thwaites.
Damon Herriman and finalist Georgia Flood chatting
Damon Herriman and finalist Georgia Flood chatting
The finalists in a jovial mood
The finalists in a jovial mood

These are some pics that Ben Apfelbaum took at the function held recently (10th May) at the Primus Hotel in the CBD when the finalists for the Heath Ledger Scholarship were announced.

The Heath Ledger Scholarship is awarded to an actor that exhibits distinctive and unique potential, with an objective to provide support to further their career. The full nominees for the scholarship’s eighth inception are: Christian Antidormi  (Spartacus: War of the Damned, Home and Away), Mojean Aria (The Bronx Bull), Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!)Chloe Bayliss  (Backtrack), Harley Bonner  (Neighbours),  Shareena Clanton (Last Cab to Darwin),  Ashleigh Cummings (Tomorrow When the War Began, Puberty Blues), Georgia Flood (Anzac Girls, Wentworth, House Husbands), Sean Keenan (Strangerland), Uli Latukefu  (upcoming Alien: Covenant), Sara West (Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, The Daughter) and Meyne Wyatt (Neighbours, Strangerland, The Sapphires).

Heath’s father, Kim Ledger said “Australian’s in Film have encouraged another wonderful group of applicants for the Heath Ledger Scholarship in 2016. I would like to thank all of them, including Matilda and the team at AiF, and further congratulate those excellent aspirants who have managed to make the cut to a final twelve this year.”

The winner will be announced on 1st June from a special annual dinner held in Los Angeles.

http://www.australiansinfilm.org/HeathLedgerScholarship

MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS A CHORUS LINE @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

Chorus LineThis is  a pure entertainment experience first seen in 1975, and coming from that time when the Broadway musical scene was in full unrivaled glory,

Be taken on a life affirming, two hour emotional roller coaster ride delivered in song and dance. A CHORUS LINE the entire cast delivers emotionally charged performances, and triumphantly delivers the ultimate expression, of what all musicals need to be.

Conceived by Michael Bennett, dancers try out for a new musical, before a very demanding director. Based on stories from real Broadway dancers, as remembered by fellow dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett. Book by Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood, is still very fresh and marvellously creative, with its dancer audition line-up of twenty-six unique individuals. Full of life characters, with true-to-life back stories. Continue reading MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS A CHORUS LINE @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

LEICHHARDT COUNCIL PRESENTS THE CELLISTS OF THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA

tmo- secondThis was a short concert presented to a full audience on a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon, which is a tribute to the growing fan base of the TMO, which very definitely includes me.

The selection of works written or scored for eight cellos ranged from Handel to ABBA via Ravel, Arvo Paert, Mark Grandison and Gustavo Tavares!

The highlight was the world premiere of a new work, Cellar Door, written especially for this group by Mark Grandison who conducted this piece as well. Continue reading LEICHHARDT COUNCIL PRESENTS THE CELLISTS OF THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA

WILLOUGHBY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS CATCH ME IF YOU CAN @ THE CONCOURSE CHATSWOOD

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Willoughby Theatre Company – Catch Me If You Can – Grant Leslie Photography

Live in living colour Willoughby Theatre Company have pulled out all the stops in their magnificent production, the NSW premiere of this bright , bold musical that is incredibly based on a true story.

Readers might be familiar with the book and/or the movie starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. It is the astonishing tale of Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully scammed millions of dollars’ worth of cheques using various identities as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. Musical aficionados will probably pick up fleeting references to Chicago, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Rent, City of Angels, Company, Grease and others. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS CATCH ME IF YOU CAN @ THE CONCOURSE CHATSWOOD

SPORT FOR JOVE PRESENTS TAMING OF THE SHREW @ THE YORK THEATRE, SEYMOUR CENTRE

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Sport for Jove’s wonderful version of Shakespeare’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is a delicious version of this quite challenging play that had the audience in stitches at times. It has been adapted and transposed by director Damien Ryan to Italy in the 1920’s in the silent film industry with sly digs at the Australian film industry of the time. It is full of exuberant energy and performed with enormous zest.

Damien Ryan’s direction leads to a thought provoking production which questions how the play can be read from a feminist perspective and is delicately aware and nuanced in its approaches to gender politics but doesn’t really provide answers as such , leaving the audience undecided .

Anna Gardiner’s set is rather sparse but with multiple small props and a ladder that is rolled in, out or reversed allowing for many fluid scene changes and retaining the feel of a film production  lot .With Sian James-Holland’s evocative lighting, and the use of projected, early cinema style film, the production is a visual feast.

The casting is superb with fine ensemble performances and wonderful work from the leads.

Seemingly the complete opposite to Katharine, Lizzie Schebesta shines as beautiful starlet Bianca who eventually reveals her hidden claws. On the surface, softer and far more the gracious , ideal woman she is as powerful as her sister. Schebesta impresses with her comic timing and graceful agility.

Danielle King as Katherina is brilliantly spitfire and spiky, at times almost feral, and , especially at first, rude and uncouth and delighting to annoy. She breaks convention and seeks to speak her mind and be independent in order to preserve her personal integrity but the dominant patriarchal society insists she does otherwise.

Angela Bauer is enchanting as the alluring Vincentia, prima donna movie star .

Baptista Minola here bossily, solidly played by Robert Alexander is a movie director with two eligible daughters: movie starlet Bianca (Lizzie Schebesta) and the fiery, explosive aviatrix Katharina (Danielle King). Baptista seems more concerned about his daughter’s financial security than their general well being.

The queue for Bianca’s hand includes matinee idols Gremio (Barry French) and Hortensio (Terry Karabelas) and, by proxy, a student, Lucentio (Christopher Stalley), who has his sister Tania (Eloise Winestock) impersonate him while he is in disguise as Bianca’s German governess.

Dashing Terry Karabelas as the vainglorious Hortensio is in fine form and revels in channeling his inner Errol Flynn.

Tall, blonde Christopher Stalley and Eloise Winestock have enormous fun as the scheming cross dressing siblings, Lucentio , (desperately in love with Bianca ) and Tania . Lucentio when in disguise as Bianca’s German governess Fraulein Gretchen is in the awkward situation of being the only character on stage who isn’t able to speak German!

James Lugton plays Petruchio, a dashing naval  officer who seeks to ensure his financial future by marrying Katherina. His cruel taming methods almost amount to torture but he is a generally reasonable man who has to use unreasonable methods to get what he wants. The horrendous honeymoon is played aboard Petruchio’s ship, which suffers much rolling!, and then on land.

I enjoyed the neat visual twist that Katharina wears elegant black at her wedding, and it is Petruchio who has the spectacular entrance with a train. In  a nice touch Petruchio enters shirtless, trailing a parachute.

The highly controversial speech by Katharina that ends the play, and that theoretically shows her vanquished spirit, is here presented with a troubled, questioning tone and laughs are orchestrated with the concluding projected film.

Petruchio’s servants here become his crew and sing a wonderful sea shanty and there is much fun with the rolling of the ship . Michael Cullen as Grumio , Petruchio’s valet and George Kemp as Biondello, in particular, show off their great comic timing and slapstick skills.

This Sport For Jove  production is full of exuberant, boisterous energy with plenty of slapstick and silent film melodrama thrown into the mix.

The jokes hurtle along and Ryan and the cast do a magnificent job of maintaining the blistering pace in this bold production.

Running time allow 3 hours 15 minutes including one interval.

Sport for Jove’s production of TAMING OF THE SHREW is playing the York Theatre, the  Seymour Centre until May 28.

http://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/the-taming-of-the-shrew/

BLACKOUT THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS THE LARAMIE PROJECT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE, MARRICKVILLE

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On October 6th of 1998 Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He died 6 days later. His torture and murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted many of the fault lines in our culture..

A month after the murder the members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project. Continue reading BLACKOUT THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS THE LARAMIE PROJECT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE, MARRICKVILLE

HETTY KATE QUARTET @ THE JOAN

At this Sunday afternoon concert at The Joan Mike Nock was warming up as the crowd wandered in. He was warmly applauded when he finished and thanked the crowd for their appreciation of his pre-show tuning up. In gratitude he played one of his favourite songs that the rest of the quartet happened to dislike, Rodgers and Hart’s My Funny Valentine. His piano playing was skilful, spectacular and engrossing.

The rest of the quartet entered the stage when he finished and Hetty introduced the band, made up of Mike Nock, Lloyd Swanton  and Andrew Dickeson. Hetty also enthused about Henri Marcs,  the local café she had visited, prior to the performance, and enthused about its excellent coffee.

The audience was then treated to a smooth version of Sweet Lorraine, made famous by Nat King Cole. Hetty’s introduction of the songs gave a brief history of the songs and often included a tangentially humorous tale relating to the song. These interesting asides added to the concert as Hetty has a very warm and friendly personality.

The arrangements and skill of the musicians were absolutely first rate. Hetty’s voice is strong and sweet. Her range and technical expertise was very impressive.

I rate her as one of the best jazz vocalists I have heard for a while and the people of Penrith were honoured to have her in their midst. The second song, the great jazz standard Stardust, was connected to Sweet Lorraine by way of the song having the same lyricist, Mitchell Parish (more helpful history from Hetty!).

The quartet’s rendition of Antônio Carlos Jobim’s No More Blues had a very Latin, vibrant jazz feel. Hetty went on to say that Antônio Carlos Jobim was also the writer of the classic ballad,  The Girl from Ipanema.

This was followed by a song made famous by Peggy Lee: Why Don’t You Do Right? For this number, Hetty was only accompanied by Lloyd Swanton’s double bass and Andrew Dickeson’s on drums. This sparse arrangement was reminiscent of Peggy Lee’s Fever.

Hetty categorises her various songs in groups such as animal songs, food songs and story songs. Something Cool falls under the category of being a story song. This was recorded by one of Hetty’s favourite singers, June Christy, and was performed with an almost sublime and very spare arrangement. As it was throughout the concert, Lloyd Swanton’s double bass was a joy.

Contrasting this sparse performance, the following number was the up tempo Just You, Just Me. Drummer Andrew Dickeson put aside his brushes for this number and pulled out his sticks and showed excellent versatility and performed with skill and energy. This sons was followed by No Moon At All, a song recorded by another Hetty Kate favourite, Julie London.

Finishing the show was a fast paced, almost scat, version of Love Me or Leave Me, which displayed another aspect of Hetty’s fine voice, and challenged the band to further display their already very impressive skills. I was hugely impressed by Mike Nock’s performance, as part of this very entertaining afternoon.

 

 

 

LIMITLESS DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS BOTH SIDES @ NIDA PLAYHOUSE THEATRE KENSINGTON

Featured photo – Jennifer Horvath and Chris Mifsud. Pic by Seshanka Samarajwa.

Imogen Tapara, Olivia Kingston, Vanessa Ghazal, Maddie Tratt, Rowan Rossi and Raegan Williams. Pic by Seshanka Samarajwa Photography.
Imogen Tapara, Olivia Kingston, Vanessa Ghazal, Maddie Tratt, Rowan Rossi and Raegan Williams. Pic by Seshanka Samarajwa Photography.
Jennifer Horvath and Chris Mifsud. Pic by Seshanks Samarajwa.

With BOTH SIDES, dance lovers  were treated to a memorable evening of cutting edge contemporary dance.

Directed and choreographed by the very talented Limitless Dance Company Artistic Director Mitchell Turnbull,  an excellent troupe of twelve versatile and athletic dancers  performed seven pieces in each half exploring the nature of relationships, the comings and goings, alliances and fallouts, and how these experiences help shape our existence.

The show’s title refers to a very contemporary theory that in every relationship there are two sides, the side that the couple let the world see, and the world that they keep to themselves.

The performance featured the combined talents of dancers Vanessa Ghazal, Jennifer Horvath, Olivia Kingston, Maddison McKenzie, Chris Mifsud, Genevieve Morris, Tahlia Roccazzella, Rowan Rossi, Megan Scheffers, Imogen Tapara, Maddie Tratt and Raegan Williams.

Mitchell Turnbull formed the Limitless Dance Company, an independent dance company, with the aim of pushing the boundaries of dance both artistically and conceptually, as well as making available more paid work for Australian contemporary dancers.

BOTH SIDES played the NIDA Playhouse Theatre  Kensington for three performances, on Friday 20 May at 7.30pm, and Saturday 21 May at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

For more information about this exciting and adventurous new dance company visit their website-

http://www.limitlessdance.com.au

Chris Mifsud and Jennifer Horvath. Pic Michelle Grace Hunter Photography
Rowan Rossi and Imogen Tapara. Pic by Michelle Grace Hunter Photography

XANADU THE MUSICAL @ THE HAYES

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For the hottest tickets in town you can’t go past seeing XANADU THE MUSICAL which is a satire of the 1980s film. The book to the musical has been written by Douglas Carter Beane with music by Jeff Lyne of Electric Light Orchestra fame, and John Farrar, Olivia Newton- John’s producer. This current revival has been produced by Matthew Henderson and Matthew Management, directed by  Nathan M. Wright and musical direction by Andrew Bevis.

The production draws on Greek mythology which is evident in the costumes and the set which comprises Corinthian columns, creating Mt Olympus. Continue reading XANADU THE MUSICAL @ THE HAYES

TWO PEAS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS TARA CLARK AND KIERAN FOSTER’S PLAY ‘DRIFT’ @ ATYP STUDIO 1

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The only solution to grief is to grieve. It’s as simple as that. You just have to grit your teeth and go through it.

You can try to bury it; to stow it away in the darkest cavities inside you, but grief grows thick and wet like moss in the dark.

You can try to ignore it, or pretend you don’t know it, but sooner or later it shows up on your doorstep, bags packed and intending on staying a while.

You can try to drown it, but you can be assured that the motherfucker will learn to swim.

The only way to learn this, is to have something to grieve for.

Funny, tender and deeply felt, DRIFT is an homage to young adulthood in all its guts as well as its glory. It is the follow up to Clark’s critically acclaimed Jennifer Forever, described by one critic as “such a brave and bold accomplishment” (Steve Zipper-Theatre Unzipped).

The fourth production by Two Peas, the indie theatre company who “rescued David Mamet’s Edmond” (Lisa Thatcher) and whose inaugural production We’re Bastards was described as “a great example of how the smaller theatre companies in Sydney are really knocking it out of the ball park” (Joy Minter).

DRIFT is the company’s third presentation of new Australian work.

DATES
July 20th to 30th, 7pm Wednesday to Saturday, 5pm Sunday 24th

VENUE- ATYP Theatre, 4/5 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

For more about Drift, visit http://www.thetwopeas.com/#!drift/vjjfz
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ALEKSANDER VASS AND VASS THEATRE GROUP PRESENT ‘BAD JEWS’ @ SEYMOUR CENTRE

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In American playwright Joshua Harmon’s  BAD JEWS a New York Jewish family come together in a cramped New York apartment on the evening after their beloved grandfather Poppy’s funeral. The apartment is Jonah’s and he has allowed his difficult cousin, Daphna, to stay over. They are spending time together when they are joined by Jonah’s older brother, Liam, and his gentile wife, Melody.

It isn’t long before a major conflict ensues. As part of his estate Poppy has left a precious family heirloom- a Chai- Hebrew for Living- pendant which he managed to keep throughout his internment in a Nazi concentration camp by hiding it under his tongue. Continue reading ALEKSANDER VASS AND VASS THEATRE GROUP PRESENT ‘BAD JEWS’ @ SEYMOUR CENTRE

THEATRE EXCENTRIQUE PRESENTS 7 DAYS IN THE LIFE OF SIMON LABROSSE @ CREATIVE SPACE 99, EAST SYDNEY

This is the Australian premiere of a challenging play by French Canadian playwright Carole Frechette. Satirical and at times witty, the play has been billed as a ‘smart surreal comedy’.

Frechette’s play has many interwoven layers of meaning and allegory and some links also to the Theatre of the Absurd and Samuel Beckett. It questions reality and the art of observation and what do ‘ordinary’ people in our times, crushed and dispirited in their drudgery, long for?!

7 DAYS IN THE LIFE OF SIMON LABROSSE is  a bleakly comic play concerning the psychological effects of rejection, of  being relegated to the scrapheap and feeling useless in the world. The script, at times, features overlapping voices, video, song on guitar, and even some  almost acrobatic falls.

All three of the excellent cast act as narrator at times, and perform with great enthusiasm and commitment.

The tiny intimate space of this theatre is cluttered, – it is as if the audience is in Simon’s home. There is a single bed prominently featured, plants, a desk, zebra pictures on the wall, a large tape /sound deck and videos (The play is set in 2000/2001,  a time just before DVDs became popular) .

Simon Labrosse is unemployed. The play looks at seven days in his life and his gradual disintegration into hopelessness and chaos – or is it ? It is sort of ironically Biblical in structure. Simon is a sort of Everyman who tries to create a job for himself helping society . Every day he tries to find work, becoming all things to all people , ranging from ego flatterer, emotional stuntman, sentence finisher to emptiness eradicator resulting in some rather disastrous encounters.

He daily records a taped letter to his girlfriend Natalie who is over in Africa ‘helping the helpless’.  Adding to the drama, Simon is being chased by his landlord for non payment of the rent as well and could end up on the streets.

Whilst Simon sees his actions as being giving and helpful, his friends see them as being invasive and intrusive. So Simon’s blithe optimism moves from charming and sweet to tragically delusional.

Simon eventually loses everything. Constantly  facing a barrage of failure and rejection, Simon’s seemingly buoyant hope and faith eventually crumbles until he is homeless and broke. In the end he offers his last value: himself.

Gerry Sont as Simon begins stylishly dressed in a formal suit as for a job interview but by the end of the play the main character is stripped down to just his underwear.

As repressed repossession agent Natalie,  Simon’s long-distance girlfriend – or is she?! – and all the other female roles – Cassady Maddox gives a splendid assured performance.Is she real or just in Simon’s imagination?! Natalie answered the ad Simon placed for an actress to play the various women in his life.

For one section Simon is like a film director obsessively watching her in her Andy Warhol moment of fame but this scares her – yet in another scene she demands her moment in the spotlight. Various garments/hairstyles are used for the different characters Maddox clearly revels in playing.

As Simon’s stuttering friend Leo, ailing with a brain lesion, Steve McGrath was very impressive.

Running time 90 minutes withiout interval.

7 DAYS IN THE LIFE IS SIMON LABROSSE, directed by Anna Jahjah,  is playing at the Creative Space 99, 99 Crown Street, East Sydney until 29 May.

 

Australian Chamber Orchestra : Beethoven and Mozart V @ City Recital Hall Angel Place

Richard Tognetti. Photo by Mick Bruzzese.
Richard Tognetti. Photo by Mick Bruzzese.

This was another glorious concert by the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Under the charismatic, dynamic leadership of Richard Tognetti the ACO was in magnificent form. There was wonderful ensemble playing providing a lush, warm tone combined with marvellous phrasing. Tognetti’s playing was simply dazzling and hypnotic.

First on the programme was the Bach Contrapunctus 1-4 from The Art of Fugue. This piece was played with a glowing warm sound and compelling precision and timing. Continue reading Australian Chamber Orchestra : Beethoven and Mozart V @ City Recital Hall Angel Place

SYDNEY SINGS : AUSTRALIA’S INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE VOICE

 

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Jonathan O’Dea MP
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Leo Schofield

Featured photo- The world renowned Sydney Philharmonic Choir 

These are a few of the photos that I took at the launch of the upcoming inaugural Sydney Sings Festival held in the foyer of the City Recital Hall at Angel Place. The Festival will take place in venues large and small, traditional and unexpected, from the Sydney CBD to Western Sydney.

Leo Schofield AM and Jarrod Carland, together with The Hon Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, hosted the event.

The Festival will showcase all genres of vocal performance from musical theatre, to choirs, jazz and liturgical music and solo performances, with more than 700 performers expected to participate.

The Sydney Sings Festival will take place between 28 July and 7 August. This festival is exclusive to Sydney.

http//www.sydneysings.org.au

 

MY FAIR LADY COMING SOON TO THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

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Anna O’Byrne
Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Deidre Rubenstein, Anna O'Byrne, Robyn Nevin, Reg Livermore and Mark Vincent
Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Deidre Rubenstein, Anna O’Byrne, Robyn Nevin, Reg Livermore and Mark Vincent

Featured pic- The leads Mark Vincent and Anna O’Byrne.

These were some of the photos that I took at the recent cast the announcement for the 60th Anniversary revival of Lerner and Loewe’s  My Fair Lady held at the Bennelong Restaurant at the Sydney Opera House. The production, to be directed by Dame Julie Andrews,  will  play the Joan Sutherland theatre at the Sydney Opera House from 30 August.

An exciting cast has been brought together for the production:- Alex Jennings as Professor Higgins, Anna O’Byrne as Eliza Doolittle, Reg Livermore as Alfred P. Doolittle, Robyn Nevin as Mrs Higgins, Mark Vincent as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Tony Llewellyn Jones as Colonel Pickering, Deidre Rubenstein as Mrs Pearce, David Whitney as Karpathy and a very talented ensemble cast.

https://opera.org.au/whatson/events/my-fair-lady-sydney

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