Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre has announced 80 talented finalists for The 65th Blake Prize – one of Australia’s longest standing and most prestigious prizes. Hailing from across the world and across Australia, the finalists were carefully selected from a whopping 769 entries, a massive 30% increase from 2016.
The Blake Prize takes its name from William Blake, an artist of undoubted genius, who succeeded in integrating the religious and artistic in his work. The prize aims to encourage contemporary artists of varied styles, religious and spiritual allegiances to create significant works of art which engage in conversations and negotiations concerning spirituality and religion. Continue reading Blake Prize Finalists Announced by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre→
From the prolific pen of Carol Dance (Future Seekers, Indian Embrace) comes KISS OF THE GALLERY GUARD. Scene Theatre Sydney returns to the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct of Sydney this May with the world premiere of a show which breaks the mould of traditional theatre by including piano music, a soirée atmosphere and a most unusual story. Continue reading Anything Can Happen In a Gallery: Kiss of the Gallery Guard→
Sydney was privileged to see this astonishing evening of powerful hypnotic dance by Meg Stuart in an evening of short solo works.
An Evening of Solo Works (2013) presents a selection of these former solo works, as well as excerpts from evening-length performances. Stuart over her career has created over thirty works and through her company Damaged Goods has performed all over the world since 1994. Works include VIOLET, Built to Last , UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP and others. Continue reading Meg Stuart : An Evening of Solo Works→
If you think The Sydney Fair is only for lovers of 18th Century Antiques, think again. Over 60 Australian and International best 20th Century, Art Deco, Vintage and Antique dealers will be at the Royal Hall of Industry Moore Park with thousands of pieces 17th to 20th May.
City of Sydney is reviewing the rules which control trading hours and areas for businesses opening at night in the city. These include bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and entertainment and music venues that stay open later than 10pm.
They are seeking the public’s views on where and when late-night trading should happen in Sydney. This consultation will close at 5pm on Friday 30 March 2018.
Sydney recently lost another intimate theatre venue with the demise of Newtown’s King Street Theatre. The theatre was located on the corner of King and Bray Streets on the St Peters end of King Street.
Over its time the theatre has had two main owners, the original founders of the theatre, (back in the nineteen eighties), Jepke Goudsmit and Graham Jones who ran the theatre as the Edge Theatre. During their time the Theatre was home to many dance and experimental works.
Over recent years Markus Weber and his wife Maria de Marco, took over the running of the theatre running under the name the King Street Theatre.
Sydney Arts Guide has received an article written by Jepke in response to the fall of the theatre. It is published below unedited.
DO WE NEED ANOTHER GYM?
Some reflections on the life and loss of a unique place: THE EDGE, last known as THE KING STREET THEATRE, by its original founders, Jepke Goudsmit & Graham Jones (co-directors of Kinetic Energy Theatre Company).
Good, affordable theatre venues and practice studios for the performing arts have long been hard to come by in Sydney. Unfortunately, that still is the case.The latest victim of our city’s rat race for survival is our former home base: that intimate little theatre at the bottom end of King Street in Newtown, which we set up in 1985. We named it THE EDGE, as our contemporary theatre practice was precarious and experimental, crossing comfortable borders and pushing conventional boundaries. And also because we were literally at the edge of the city where it borders the Inner West. We spent nearly 18 years there, before handing it on. It changed name then, and did so a few more times, as different directors and companies gave running it a go.
We don’t want to start a long litany about the inequalities and neglect suffered by the spear-headersof culture, (ie our society’s creators, communicators and imaginative initiators). Nor moan and groan about the impossible tightrope walking we are often forced to perform in order to stay alive and true to our calling. We would rather take a moment to reflect on our contribution to the rich history of this unique space, and particularly when it was our artistic home. Continue reading THE FALL OF THE KING STREET THEATRE : A PERSONAL RESPONSE→
Reviewing Kevin Densley’s new collection of poems, ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERSHIRT, a disclaimer might be in order, as one of the poems in the collection, Sequence of Unease, is dedicated to me.
Let it be on the record that I am flattered and honoured.
Now that the formality of that disclosure is out of the way, I am happy to make the further disclosure that ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERSHIRT is a delight of instinctive larrikin lyricism.
There’s a litany of history – both personal and common – in the flinty, matter of fact – at times perfunctory – poems. Continue reading Orpheus in the Undershirt→
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE will not be in line for any award Peter Dutton might lend his name to.
Khaled, a young Syrian refugee who has lost virtually all of his family, drifts to Helsinki as a stowaway passenger on a collier to seek asylum without great hopes for his future life. Honourable and honest, he reports to the local police, not wanting to be considered an illegal.
Anish Kapoor said in 2003, “One of the great currents in the contemporary experience of art is that it seems to come out of the experience of the author.” In the show playing at the Factory Theatre nothing could be truer.
The show with the unwieldy name, SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM – OPENING NIGHT is a satire of contemporary art practice written by someone who obviously knows his contemporary art with set pieces designed and expressed by someone who knows how to satirise contemporary art. The production is very entertaining when it hits full art criticism, unfortunately in its current form that is too seldom. There is enough, though, to make the experience worthwhile. Continue reading SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM – OPENING NIGHT→
Escape the kids paroled from school this Easter by haring into PETER RABBIT.
Too good for kids, PETER RABBIT is a bold bunny tale bounding with mischief and mayhem.
Based on the Beatrix Potter stories, PETER RABBIT boasts a Screen Story and Screenplay by Rob Lieber and Will Gluck that wags the original tale into an irreverent stew of larrikin lapin.
In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as their fight to gain control of McGregor’s coveted vegetable garden and the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne) extends to the Lake District and London. Continue reading Peter Rabbit→
Above: Warwick Fyfe as Sancho Panza with ensemble members. Featured image: Elena Maximova with cast as Dulcinea (La Belle Dulcinee). Photo credit: Prudence Upton
Massenet’s setting of the Don Quixote tale and legend brings to Sydney a new production for Opera Australia and a unique version of this popular story. Here, themes of the deluded ‘knight’ from La Mancha as an outsider and the fatal pains of love unrequited are brought to the fore in the place of excessive ridicule of the title character. The results are charming, elegant and atmospheric. This opera explores human emotion alongside the comedy. Continue reading DON QUICHOTTE @ THE DAME JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE→
An eclectic group of sixth-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. Continue reading The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee→
A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE was filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End especially for the cinema screen. With this revival of A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE Dominic Dromgoole launches two exciting projects in London– his new company Clear Spring and a year long season of Oscar Wilde plays. Continue reading A Woman of No Importance: Oscar Wilde on Film→
Woollahra Council held a lovely ceremony this morning, on a beautiful autumn day, to celebrate the placement of a plaque for the Wintergarden Theatre on the foothpath outside the present, very attractive Wintergarden apartments.
The plaque ceremony is part of Woollahra Council’s ongoing Plaque scheme, the purpose of which is to capture significant parts of a community’s local history for the benefits of locals. The Scheme is driven by locals nominating people or sites for commemoration with a plaque. Each year the Woollahra Plaques Committee recommends six nominations to Council.
Birdie productions is in rehearsal for THE LITTLE MERMAID to play 13th-22nd April 2018 at the Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown.
Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Continue reading An Invitation Under the Sea: Little Mermaid In April→
American playwright Sarah Delappe takes us into the world of a late teenage women’s soccer team, THE WOLVES. The play has been generating some social media interest which makes sense considering how women’s soccer in Australia is doing so well, and especially our much loved national team, the Matildas.
THE WOLVES follows the team as they compete over a number of matches in an attempt to qualify for the Nationals. The players are keen to make careers in the sport and are hoping to be discovered by talent scouts who come to their games.
Whilst it is a sports story, the focus is more personal as we get to know each of the girls, and their issues. For instance, there’s the goalkeeper suffering from high anxiety who isn’t able to open up to the group and spends a lot of time rushing to the toilet and throwing up.
I enjoyed the simplicity of the staging. Design wise, the stage mimics a soccer pitch with artifical grass and a white line marking for half way. There is also one long bench with water bottles sitting on top. And also stage wide netting which separates the players from the audience.Continue reading THE WOLVES @ THE OLD FITZ→
Matriark Theatre Company‘s playful, roaming, shaggy, vibrant, quirky, chilled-out monsters will be hanging out in public spaces around Sydney during Art Month.
The Monstrosities are a roaming performance created for Art Month Sydney, bringing to life underappreciated, urban spaces in Sydney. A family of giant, colourful, roaming monstrous creatures who will be hanging out in parks, basketball courts, skate-parks and bus stops around the city. Neon-coloured, shaggy and infinitely chill; like a colourful, tripped out manifestation of Where the Wild Things Are.
With creature design is inspired by prominent graffiti murals from around the South Sydney area, The Monstrosities will first emerge on the 22nd March in the Green Square/Waterloo area as a part of Art Month Sydney, but expect them to pop up in a park or community space near you later in 2018!
Featured image – Rose Fenny as Tanya Boyle in Bankstown Theatre Company’s production of ‘Dogfight’.
Written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, the same writers of the Broadway-hit Dear Evan Hansen, DOGFIGHT is set in 1963, beginning on the eve of three young recruits’ deployment to a growing conflict in Vietnam.
On their final night of debauchery, partying and trouble-making, Corporal Eddie Birdlace (Stefan Jamal), angry and inexperienced, meets unsuspecting, trusting, and idealistic waitress Rose Fenny (Tanya Boyle) and enlists her to win an unkind bet with his fellow recruits.
Rose turns out to be far more than Eddie bargained for. What will Eddie do when Rose rewrites the rules, opens Eddie’s eyes to what really matters in life, and turns his last night before heading to war into a lesson on the power of kindness?!Continue reading DOGFIGHT @ BANKSTOWN ARTS CENTRE→
Some play titles just hit the mark and this is definitely the case with the Goodale Brothers show PERFECT NONSENSE, the new production by the Hunters Hill Theatre Company.
PERFECT NONSENSE is a theatrical adaptation of PG Wodehouse’s novel The Code of the Woosters and features many favourite Wodehouse characters including most notably Bertie Wooster and Jeeves.
The show really is a lot of comic nonsense with a very hairbrain, ludicrous plot line which one can either take or leave. The pleasures lie mainly in the play’s rich theatricality; there are just three male actors in the cast who treat us to an array of goofy characters of both genders.
It’s a delight with everything done so playfully. Director Maggie Scott captures the tone of the production perfectly. Props are brought in and in off the stage by the cast to ‘telegraph’/set the various scenes with great obviousness, and humour. There are plenty of costume and wig changes as the actors swap between characters. The cast also treat us to some improvisation and clever asides.Continue reading PERFECT NONSENSE @ THE HUNTERS HILL THEATRE→