All posts by David Kary

David Kary completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA) at Wollongong University between 1990 and 1992 majoring in Arts Journalism and Theatre Studies. Since completing his degree in 1992 he has been writing continuously about the performing arts. He has contributed to a number of publications including Stage Whispers (16 years), The Messenger, South Sydney Bulletin, Tharunka, Sydney Observer, Latte Life Double Bay, and the Australian Jewish News. Since 2005, he has been the publisher and editor of the online Arts magazine Sydney Arts Guide:- http://www.sydneyartsguide.com.au/ He is a member of the Australian Journalists Association (AJA) of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA), the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA), and is a member of the Helpmann Awards Voting Collegiate.

PROJECT KOLLECTIVE SPACES PRESENT ‘THE SKY IS FALLING’ @ BONDI PAVILION GALLERY

Project Kollective Spaces first exhibition focuses on the cultural and environmental significance of trees. The PKS artists explore the complex human-tree relationship, and celebrate the everyday beauty of trees, by using photo media, film, installation, drawing and painting.

DATES – 
20th September – 1st October at the Bondi Pavilion Gallery.

For more about The Sky is Falling, visit http://www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/recreation/arts_and_culture/bondi_pavilion_gallery/coming_soon/the_sky_is_falling
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SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL 2017 : ‘EVOLUTION OF ME’

EVOLUTION OF ME is an original play by emerging playwright and director Amelia Gilday and produced by upcoming Sydney based production company Moontan Productions. The play explores themes of sexuality, gender, and the expectations of women.

EVOLUTION OF ME follows Jex, a non-binary person, as they try to explain their gender identity to their partner Jamie. The piece runs for 45 minutes and delves into what it means to be a non-binary person in a binary world in an engaging and vibrant way that is easily digestible for an audience.

Production Company: Moontan Productions
Moontan Productions is a young and upcoming independent theatre production company dedicated to producing new and engaging works through collaborations and partnerships.

Cast: Laura Bailey, Sarah Green

DETAILS- 
5-9th of September 8.30-9.30pm at The Spare Room, 104 Erskineville Road 104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville, NSW, Australia.

For more about Evolution of Me, visit https://sydneyfringe.iwannaticket.com.au/event/evolution-of-me-MTM0MzU
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SARAH KANE’S ‘4:48 PSYCHOSIS’ @ THE OLD FITZ

Zoe Trilsbach.

“A writer is a person who feels the need to have certain feelings, thoughts and experiences described, to see certain ideas pursued, and at one point or another, he/she makes the audacious choice to appoint him/herself as the person who can conceivably do this.’  Scott Spenser, American novelist.

With much gratitude to the late  young British writer Sarah Kane’s (1971-1999) decision to write about her battle with mental illness, we have 4:48 PSYCHOSIS (2000- Royal Court Theatre),  one of the most important plays on the subject ever written.

The play is goosebumps/chills up the spine territory. Experiencing it was like listening to a reporter filing a report from the midst of a war zone.

For Kane, what went on and off in her head was the ultimate battlefield. We witness her describe how, “I have fallen out of love with life”, her constant battles with the different medications and the assortment of Doctors treating her…her  thoughts that bounced off the floors, wall and ceilings, brilliantly conveyed in Jeremy Allen’s dance studio like set design and Alexander Berlage’s ‘open up the hatch and let the light in’ lighting design.

This is a  fine production by Anthony Skuse, one of the best theatre directors working in Sydney.

Kane’s play has been given very different interpretations over the years, even at one time being turned into a critically acclaimed opera. Anthony Skuse’s production sees three female performers memorably  take to the  stage and give evocative performances.

Zoe Trilsbach, for the most part, plays the medical staff in care of Kane, and Ella Prince and Lucy Heffernan play different guises of Kane.

Recommended, A Workhorse Theatre Company production in association with Red Line Productions, Sarah Kane’s 4:48 PSYCHOSIS is playing the Old Fitz Theatre, 120 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo until the 9th September.

http://www.redlineproductions.com.au

 

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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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

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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

SAND SONG @ BARANGAROO

Families will love SAND SONG, an uplifting contemporary Aboriginal dance and theatre performance and workshop at Barangaroo during the October school holidays.

SAND SONG will illuminate the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve across six days from Tuesday, 3 October to Sunday, 8 October 2017.

A unique and inspiring Aboriginal culture experience for children aged 5-12 and their parents or carers, SAND SONG tells the story of ‘Cheeky Brolga stealing Emu’s egg’, which is the Gammilleroi Dreaming story of the ‘First Sun’ – the first time the sun’s light shone on Australia. The story also represents the dawn of understanding, growing up and gaining wisdom.

During a 30-minute hands-on workshop, children meet the performers, learn the Emu dance and ‘paint up’ their dream on a glass ‘dream holder’ that becomes part of the SAND SONG set. Children will get to keep their dream holder after the show.

The workshop is followed by a mesmerising and humorous 40-minute performance exploring the power of light, dreams and fire and featuring a fusion of contemporary and traditional music, with live singing, didgeridoo and clap sticks.

Created by visual artists Walbira Murray and director Elena Vereker, and produced by Insite Arts.

For more information and tickets, visit www.barangaroo.com/see-and-do/whats-on/sand-song/

DATES
Tuesday 3 October (10am), Wednesday 4 October (10am), Thursday 5 October (10am & 1:30pm) , Saturday 7 October, Sunday 8 October (11am & 2:30pm)

For more about SAND SONG at Barangaroo, visit http://www.barangaroo.com/see-and-do/whats-on/sand-song/
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TENNESSE WILLIAMS ‘THE ROSE TATTOO’ @ THE GUILD THEATRE ROCKDALE

Tennessee Williams plays are always immersive  experiences as indeed THE ROSE TATTOO is.

This Williams play takes us deeply into the world of a tightly knit Sicilian community situated along the coast of Mexico, between New Orleans and Mobile.

We follow Serafina Delle Rose’s story. At the play’s start she is in a good place, a busy local dressmaker, pregnant, and a devoted wife to truck driver husband Rosario. Then the ‘slings and arrows of misfortune’ take a large slice of her when her husband dies in a truck accident. From the shock of ir all she loses her baby and basically goes into a shut down mode.

This ‘mode’ has repercussions for her 15 year old daughter Rosa who has a thing for sailor boy Jack. Panicking Serafina tries to keep her daughter at home  as much as possible. Continue reading TENNESSE WILLIAMS ‘THE ROSE TATTOO’ @ THE GUILD THEATRE ROCKDALE

ARTWORKS ON KINDERTRANSPORT THEME ON DISPLAY @ THE ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE

 

Featured image – Dr Ella Dreyfus and her artwork, ‘Ich bin Jude’. Photos by Ben Apfelbaum.

During the Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s production of Kindertransport, Sydney artist and educator  Dr Ella Dreyfus is presenting selections from her latest exhibition Walking in Wiesbaden in the new Gallery Space at the theatre.

Dr Dreyfus’ artworks bring to life the names and identities of her German Jewish ancestors in the streets they walked and lived in.

Whilst undertaking an Artist-In-Residence residency at the Kunsthaus, Wiesbaden this year, she created a series of public art installations which act as contemporary memorials to those who perished in the Holocaust as well as acknowledging the lives of her father and uncle, Richard and George Dreyfus, who left on a Kindertransport ship, the SS Orama, arriving in Melbourne in 1939, where her composer Uncle still resides. Continue reading ARTWORKS ON KINDERTRANSPORT THEME ON DISPLAY @ THE ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE

SEASON 2018 LAUNCH : ENSEMBLE THEATRE

Featured photo –  Ensemble Patrons Georgie Parker and Todd McKenney.

All photos by Ben Apfelbaum (c).

At a swish function held  at the theatre, the Ensemble announced its 2018 season. The foyer was overflowing with both subscribers and theatre identities.

Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry unveiled details of  the season and the theatre’s 60th birthday celebrations, with an opening song by Queenie Van De Zandt accompanied by Max Lambert from her cabaret BLUE – THE SONGS OF JONI MITCHELL.

Guests then enjoyed a Spanish themed after launch party in the downstairs Bailey restaurant with George Washingmachine’s  trio playing in the background.

The 2018 Season includes four world premieres from Australian writers, a novel adaptation of a French play, four comedy classics, and two gripping international dramas from master playwrights.

Mark Kilmurry is directing five of the plays and there will be five guest directors; John Bell, Mitchell Butel, Susanna Dowling, Nadia Tass and Janine Watson.  Theatre legend Reg Livermore will be performing his new one man show, The Widow Unplugged.

Other highlight 60th birthday events include a season of Pop Up Cabarets, featuring Mitchell Butel, Todd McKenney and Queenie Van De Zandt and a series of  ‘Mornings with Sandra’- 11am matinee sessions featuring Australia’s longest serving Artistic Director , recounting some of the theatre’s history and highlights with Ensemble founding members , Lorraine Bayley and Reg Livermore together with acclaimed playwright David Williamson.

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BLUE – THE SONGS OF JONI MITCHELL @ THE HAYES

Over last weekend I went and checked out Queenie Van De Zandt’s cabaret tribute show, BLUE – THE SONGS OF JONI MITCHELL.

This was a touching low key, small scale tribute show to one of the most respected figures in popular music. Hopefully one day a fully fledged tribute show/musical will be mounted along the lines of  the current Broadway musical Beautiful : The Carole King Musical,  currently playing around Australia. Mitchell is certainly deserving of it.

All her big songs got a whirl. The concert started with on a sublime note with Queenie’s incisive version of the title song from Mitchell’s most personal, compelling album.

BIG YELLOW TAXI was given a rousing rendition. A gentle version of THE CIRCLE GAME saw Queenie ask the audience to sing along, which of-course we were dying to do. Continue reading BLUE – THE SONGS OF JONI MITCHELL @ THE HAYES

You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid The Cheese @ the Factory Theatre

Do you have a family??? Then this is the show for you! (It’s a family show, not a show about families).

Bobbi & Wanda are your guides in the hunt for the cheese they hid. Did you know you can catch a bear with cheese? You can learn this, and other important facts at You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid The Cheese.

The “out-of-the-ordinary” (The Plus Ones) Debbie Zukerman, and “superb” (Adelaide Theatre Guide) Alicia Gonzalez have made a new family show. It’s so new, it’s like a tamagotchi in the summer of ’96. SCIENCE. There may be some in the show.

“Choo Choo Troupe is … a force for good” – Sydney Arts Guide

DATES FOR THE DIARY-
Sat Sept 2, 5:45 & Sun Sept 3, 4:45 at the Factory Theatre.

For more about You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid The Cheese, visit http://fringecomedy.com.au/single-event?show_id=103
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SONGS OF MY COUNTRY @ THE CONCERT HALL, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and the Vienna Boys’ Choir come together for an exciting world-first collaboration to perform Songs of My Country, a unique celebration of culture and language.

Vienna Boys’ Choir will travel to Australia to perform two uplifting concerts with Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir in Sydney, NSW on October 10 and Cairns, QLD on October 13.

The exclusive concerts will feature Australian and Austrian compositions, including the world premiere of a work by Australian composer Owen Elsley written in collaboration with Gudju Gudju of the Gimuy Walibara Yidinji, the Traditional Owners of Cairns (Gimuy).

The new composition, Boori Guman, is based on a local traditional story about the origin of fire and will be performed in English and Gimuy Walibara Yidinji language by the combined ensembles.

The Sydney concert will be held at Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Tuesday, 10 October at 7pm, featuring the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, Vienna Boys’ Choir and the Sydney Children’s Choir.

The concert is suitable for all ages and will feature choral music for young voices that highlights the singing traditions of each choir.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.gondwana.org.au/whats-on

DATE FOR THE DIARY
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 between 7:00pm and 9:30pm at the Sydney Opera House.

For more about Songs of My Country Sydney, visit http://www.gondwana.org.au/whats-on
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