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.

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.  

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.

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

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

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

A WOMB OF THEIR OWN: MGFF 2018

 

A WOMB OF THEIR OWN
Image: Sam Berliner

If one of the joys of being human is taking delight in enjoying other humans then A WOMB OF THEIR OWN brings the both humanity and the joy.  Directed by Cyn Lubow, who is also a participant, the film gives voice to masculine identifying people who have chosen to become pregnant. Continue reading A WOMB OF THEIR OWN: MGFF 2018

TAKE ME TO NEVERLAND: BEARFOOT THEATRE

Tom Rodgers and Savannah Geddes

Newcastle – it’s just up the road, folks – has a thriving theatre scene and every year new companies spring forth with youthful energy, vigour and exciting new works.

Bearfoot Theatre is a another new theatre company in association with Eclectic Productions that has a focus on producing original works. Riley McLean, creator of the CONDA nominated original play Do Your Parents Know You’re Straight? has written a new dark twist on the tale of Peter and the Lost Boys, featuring Tom Rodgers as Peter and Savannah Geddes as Wendy. Continue reading TAKE ME TO NEVERLAND: BEARFOOT THEATRE

THREE IN THE BED: OR FOUR OR FIVE

Production images: Douglas Frost Photography

As we dip our toes into theatregoing waters for 2018, New Theatre has a sexy show full of double entendre, partial nudity and risqué jokes lapping over the footlights.  There is a moist joke to be made here… not that I have the fortitude for it. Luckily, we have Jonathon Holmes to bring the blue. THREE IN THE BED is a frothy, fun romp about the pleasures and perils of diving head first into hedonism.  Coupling is risky! Continue reading THREE IN THE BED: OR FOUR OR FIVE

THE RING THING: MGFF 2018

THE RING THING stars (l-R) Nicole Pursell and Sarah Wharton .

Like a ludicrously expensive engagement ring, the real worth of THE RING THING is in its rarity.   This film is a collage of opinion and drama about Gay and Lesbian marriage and from our perspective, when we see it as part of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, it is best watched with an eye to the future.  It’s been over two years since same sex marriage became available to Americans.  This film takes that experience and meanders off with it thereby allowing us that rare opportunity to sit in the dark and consider what happens next. Continue reading THE RING THING: MGFF 2018

WORLD WITHOUT US:TIME MEASURED BY DECAY

This image: of THE HORSE TROTTED ANOTHER COUPLE OF METRES, THEN IT STOPPED by Nic Tenwiggenhorn Banner Photo of THE WORLD WITHOUT US BY Mirjam Devriendt

WORLD WITHOUT US

Greetings to the inhabitants of the universe from the third planet Earth of the star Sun.
Greetings to you, whoever you are; we have good will towards you and bring peace across space.
Friends of space, how are you all? Have you eaten yet? Come visit us if you have time.
Greetings to all peoples of the universe. God give you peace always.

Continue reading WORLD WITHOUT US:TIME MEASURED BY DECAY

MY NAME IS JIMI: A GIFT OF CULTURE

MY NAME IS JIMI
Photos: Daniel Boud

By chance, my companion to the show last night was friend and Indigenous educator, Natalie.  Larrakia woman, Saltwater woman.  Which was handy because myself, 6 generations here, and the British woman and the Nigerian woman in front of us needed some help during the pop quiz!    Yep, there’s a few audience tests in MY NAME IS JIMI! House lights up and a chance to enjoy the reactions of the people near me.  It’s just part of a gift from the Bani Family to me and I accept with open heart and joy in the receiving.  After experiencing this brilliant theatrical event how could I not?  Continue reading MY NAME IS JIMI: A GIFT OF CULTURE

THE CAKEMAKER: MGFF 2018

Light piano music leads us from hands slowly massaging dough, through a cityscape, into a Torten Laden, Café Krendenz on a busy street in Berlin.   THE CAKEMAKER, playing as part of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, is a profound and impactful film which has been crafted with loving hands. Continue reading THE CAKEMAKER: MGFF 2018

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