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:- 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.


An Open Evening is to be held on Thursday 30th March between 6:30 pm and 8.30 pm at Cammeray Public School Hall for anyone interested in learning a musical instrument and playing in a concert band.


6.30 pm: Talk to new starters – what’s this band thing anyway?

7 pm: instrument tryouts and chats with other band members

7.30 pm -8.30 pm: attendees can watch, or join in, with a regular band rehearsal

For more information  about this innovative event call Michelle on 0411733206 or email Alternatively you are welcome to just come along on the night.

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In early April, good friends and very talented musicians, violinist Lawrence Lee and pianist Siang Ching Ngu, will present a charity concert entitled TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH MUSIC during which they will play works by Brahms, Kreisler, Tchaikovsky, Falla, Sarasate and Piazzolla at the Concourse.

All proceeds from the recital will go to a very good cause, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia; a not-for-profit organisation providing Clinical Musical Therapy and Community Music Programs.

Nordoff-Robbins runs numerous programs aimed at transforming people’s lives through music including musical therapy for special needs schools and aged care facilities, running music clubs for people with a disability, as well various training and education programs to spread the influence of music through the broader community.


The concert TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH MUSIC will take place on Wednesday 5th of April, 7:30 pm at the Concourse Chatswood.

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Featured image – Maria Raspopova.

This is a joyous and colourful program, put together by Co-Artistic Directors David Rowden and Maria Raspopova, featuring an elegant work from Rachmaninoff and a serenade of Beethoven’s septet.

Beethoven’s Septet in E flat major was first performed as background music at an aristocratic tea-party in 1800. Filled with Mozart like charm and elegance, the piece has gone on to become one of the most popular septets ever written.

The piece is full of both colourful musical dialogue and melodic and harmonic richness. It cleverly explores the vast array of colours and sonorities created through the intriguing and unique scoring of clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass. Continue reading OMEGA ENSEMBLE PRESENTS ‘ROMANTIC VISIONS’ @ CITY RECITAL HALL


Timeless and evocative, Stephen Sondheim’s 7 time Tony Award Winner COMPANY is regarded as one of the great modern musicals.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends force the habitually single Robert to question his rigid bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

COMPANY features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Sondheim’s best known songs including the renowned finale Being Alive. With discussions about marriage, divorce, homosexuality and commitment, COMPANY is a sophisticated and honest look at modern adult relationships.

COMPANY will be playing between Tuesday 4th April and Saturday 8 April at STUDIO ONE, UNSW : Tuesday to Friday at 7.30 pm and a Saturday matinee at 2 pm.

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Featured image – Emma Matthews. Pic by Brendan Reid.

Rockdale Opera Company is presenting a Gala Concert, for one night only, featuring international stars and Opera Australia favourites, baritone José Carbó and soprano Emma Matthews.

They will be joined by four young, emerging operatic artists and the Rockdale Opera Company Ensemble in a program of popular arias, duets and choruses from opera, operetta and Gilbert and Sullivan.

Rockdale Opera is proud to be able to bring such a special night of beautiful music to suburban audiences in the newly refurbished Rockdale Town Hall.


Rockdale Opera Company’s Gala Fundraising Concert will take place on Saturday April 8 at 7.30 pm at Rockdale Town Hall . The  ticket price of $60 includes a complimentary drink on arrival and a souvenir program.

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This Rogers and Hammerstein play is one of the great works in the canon of musical theatre.

There is so much heart in this tale, based on a true story, about a widowed English schoolteacher who travels to Siam, now Thailand, to take on the job of the King of Siam’s flock of children.

Rockdale Musical Society, in a production directed by Cathy Boyle, has just completed a very fine revival of this masterpiece, replete with melting moments. It is a production which the Society should be immensely proud of.

Stephen Halstead was suitably regal and arrogant as the King of Siam, a fictional version of the King Mongkut. Halstead showed good dramatic range but also displayed some good light touches, etc, etc, etc….

Charmaine  Gibbs gave a faultless performance as the anything  but demure British widow, Anne Leonowens.

Tisha Kelemens was a stand-out as the King’s proud chief wife Lady Thiang and she thrilled the audience with her rich, strong voice.

Natalie Rose Cassanti gave a heartfelt, luminous performance as Tuptim, one of the King’s junior wives, formerly a slave in Burma, who rebels and  falls in love with Lun Tha, a Burmese scholar, well played by Jeremy Boulton. The romantic scene played  out between Natalie and Jeremy was one of the show’s highlights.

Max Fernandez  was very fetching as  Anne’s sweet, adorable son, Louis.

Ellis Pinkerton, playing the King’s oldest son and heir Prince Chulalongkorn made the most of his big scene when the dying King hands over the reins of power to him.

The large supporting cast playing the King’s wives, the Amazons who protect them, his many children and an array of Ballet dancers each made important  contributions to the show.

As indeed did Boyle’s impressive creative team – Bob Peet’s very functional set, Keely Soulsby’s choreographer, and Musical Director  Ian Buchanan and his very fine, lush sounding orchestra.

Rockdale Musical Society’s impressive production of THE KING AND I played the Rockdale Town Hall between the 3rd and the 13th March.



The inspiration for Lucy Kirkwood’s play CHIMERICA was the famous photo taken of a Chinese man, holding grocery bags in both hands, who stood defiantly in front of a group of tanks, the morning after the Tiananmen Square massacre of protesters by the army in Beijing in 1989. When the front tank tried to swerve past him, in either direction, the man bravely continued to block him. Images of this defiant man were captured and ‘spread’ around the globe. The anonymous man became known as Tankman.

Kirkwood’s CHIMERICA is a work of the imagination. It features a what if scenario woven out of a well known real life situation. Continue reading LUCY KIRKWOOD’S ‘CHIMERICA’ @ ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE


WICKED – music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman, tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz  see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Miranda Musical Society’s (MMS) revival of WICKED will play the Sutherland Entertainment Centre on Wednesday March 22 at 8 pm, Thursday March 23 at 11 am and 8 pm, Friday March 25 at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday March 26 at 11 am and 5 pm.

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The Alliance Française French Film Festival will return to Palace Cinemas throughout March and April with a host of contemporary movies and documentaries exemplifying the very best of France’s vibrant film industry. 

Brimming with highlights, the 2017 event will present 45 films, unveiling the artistry of renowned directors ranging from Emmanuelle Bercot, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Nicole Garcia, Benoît Jacquot and Mia Hansen-Løve, to Philippe Lioret, Martin Provost, Jérôme Salle, Bertrand Tavernier and Roschdy Zem.

Helming the Festival for the first time, Artistic Director, Philippe Platel, has assembled a brilliant programme encompassing romance, adventure, comedy, historical tales, thrillers and dramas, that will be showcased across 10 aptly named sections, incorporating many Australian première screenings. Continue reading ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017



Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi’s  feature film, THE SALESMAN, winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, tells the story of Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), actors playing the roles of husband and wife in a Tehran production of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.

They are also husband and wife off-stage, sharing an apartment that is devastated by an earthquake.

Forced to move, a tragic incident changes their lives in ways they could never have predicted.

THE SALESMAN has been described as a powerful social critique that touches on themes of family, gender, and the chilling psychology of vengeance.

The film will be released nationally next Thursday, March 9.

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Accompanied by a stunning 24-piece orchestra lead by the iconic Musical Director John Foreman, Trevor Ashley is returning to Sydney Opera House on Thursday, March 2, this time at the Concert Hall, with his acclaimed two-act show, DIAMONDS ARE FOR TREVOR, celebrating Dame Shirley Bassey’s 80th birthday in what will be the official curtain raiser for the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Nominated for three Helpmann Awards (Les Miserables, Fat Swan, Diamonds Are For Trevor) Trevor Ashley says that, The Shirley Bassey songbook is full of incredible songs, and I can’t wait to sing many of them again on a special night.”

With dazzling costumes designed by Academy Award® winner Tim Chappel, and armed with his trademark humour and unrivalled set of lungs, Ashley will perform dozens of Shirley Bassey hits as he takes you on a tour of her life – complete with feathers, flash and frequent diva tantrums.

Doors to the Concert Hall open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.

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Jacinta Gregory is a musical comedienne and manic depressive.

Every day she busily juggles life, love, depressive illness and being a WOMAN in the modern world/big city/Newtown.

See her show to find out. It will be a night of live music, painful laughter and hurtful truths.

Jacinta is crumbling…in fact you will see her Jacintegrating, in the funniest possible way, at the Fusebox Theatre at 7 pm on 11th March.



Born on an April Monday afternoon under the sign of Aries, soul and rhythm and blues singer Madison McKoy grew up in rural North Carolina, the youngest of 10 children.

Like many music lovers of his generation, Madison has a passion for the emotional and uplifting songwriting styles of great artists such as Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins, Sade, Janet Jackson, Seal and of course, Stevie Wonder.

These influences are reflected in Madison’s original compositions; some of which are included in his album releases — 10TH CHILD and DEEP WITHIN. Continue reading MADISON MCKOY BRINGS SOME GREAT RHYTHM AND BLUES TO THE FACTORY THEATRE

Scottish Comedian Craig Hill – Up and Coming! @ Sydney Comedy Festival

Hot on the heels of last year’s sell-out show, Scottish comedian is coming back to Sydney to perform in the upcoming Sydney Comedy Festival.

A kilty pleasure, Craig Hill is a Scottish comedian, TV presenter and actor known for his cheeky, irreverent and camp act.

Craig Hill will be performing for one night only at the Enmore Theatre on Friday 28th April at 8.15 pm. Tickets are $34.90.

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ARTEXPRESS is an annual series of exhibitions of exemplary artworks created by New South Wales visual arts students for the Higher School Certificate examination.

For the thirteenth consecutive year, ARTEXPRESS at the Armory will be presented at Sydney Olympic Park, every day from Tuesday 28 February – Tuesday 25 April 2017 (inclusive).

With FREE daily entry between 10am-4pm at the Armory Gallery, ARTEXPRESS at the Armory 2017 is the largest of all metropolitan ARTEXPRESS displays, showcasing the works of 59 young artists from schools across New South Wales. Continue reading ART EXPRESS @ THE ARMORY GALLERY SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK


Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss is coming to Sydney in May to perform at this years’ Sydney Comedy Festival.

Sloss has built up quite a portfolio of work having sold out 9 consecutive Edinburgh Fringes and tours extensively throughout UK, Europe, Australasia and USA. His many TV appearances includes Sunday Night at the Palladium, Russell Howard’s Good News, and six appearances on Conan. In 2016 he  had an 80 date UK and Europe tour as well as making his New York debut with a successful season at the Soho playhouse, followed by a 3 month tour of Australia and New Zealand.

MZA Artists & Century Entertainment is bringing him back to present his show, SO?… what else is new…?! on Saturday 6th May at 9.30 pm at the Enmore Theatre.

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In Carlo Goldoni’s SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, Truffaldino is hungry. Truffaldino is always hungry. While working for one master he decides to double dip and work for a second master just to satisfy his everlasting hunger.

Meanwhile, the lovers, are betrothed, meet, fight and more importantly love. Where there is love, there is food and where there is food there is Truffaldino. Performed with the traditional mask used in the Commedia dell’arte style, this production is sure to please all who love comedy and slapstick.

Starring Ben- jamin Newham as Truffaldino, Bianca Bonino as Pantalone, Mark Power as Doctor, Marcella Franco as Beatrice/Federigo Rasponi, Daniel D’Amico as Florindo, David D’Silva as Silvio Lombardi, Ali Aitken as Clarice, Pasqualino Arcuri as Brighella and Gianna Di Genua as Smeraldina.

Directed by Maria de Marco
Mask Coach: Bianca Bonino & Ben- Jamin Newham
Production design: EMU Arts
Producers: EMU Productions and Fools In Progress Inc. Theatre Company

Where: KING STREET THEATRE – 644 King St & Cnr Bray St, Newtown.
(Entrance on Bray St, Above the South End Café)
Date: 14 March – 25 March, 2017
Tickets: $35/ $30/ $28 for group bookings of 10 +/ $22 School students
Time : Preview Tuesday 14th March 2017.
Opening Night 16th March, 2017.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 7:30pm
Wednesday school matinees @ 10:30am 15 & 22 March, 2017
Age: 13+
Audience: 100 seats.

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At the heart of this classic Michael Gow play AWAY sit the stories of three troubled, vulnerable wives/mothers.

Natasha Herbert plays Coral. Coral, along with her husband Roy, tragically lost their son in the Vietnam war. (The play is set in Australia in 1968). Since the loss, she has slid deeply into depression, which has put great pressure on her marriage to school headmaster, Roy.

Coral is an eerie, dark role. I have seen the part over-played in productions; Herbert’s performance is measured and well conveyed. Continue reading MICHAEL GOW’S ‘AWAY’ : AN AUSTRALIAN CLASSIC IS REVISITED


More laughs than you can poke a shtick at…more colours than you can put in a rainbow…more clowning than you will see at a circus…yes, it was all happening folks last night when Kosher Theatresports 2017, with the umbrella title Surfin’ Safari On The Chai Seas,played to a near capacity house, including a few Rabbis, at the Bondi Pav.

Five teams with hip names competed for the trophy, cleverly named the Kiddush Cup,each bearing a quirky name – SURFIN’ SEPHARDI – Jon Williams, Dave Bloustien and Joel Goodman, NIPPERS MIT KIPPERS – Dave Callan, Mack Callan and Liz Hovey, SLIP SLOP SHLEP – Adaya Turkia, Dave Borowski and Oliver Burton, THE BEACH GOYS – John Knowles, Matthew Friedman, Philip Feinstein and Scott Brown, JUDAH MACCABEACH – Michael Gregory, Jordan Gregory, Liora Baram and Paul Baram.

Three judges, each well versed in all things theatrical, Lyn Pierse, known as the Godmother of Australian Theatresports, cabaret artist and performer Joanne Weinberg and actor and director Tanya Goldberg, held up their scorecards- marking the performances from one to five with five being funtastic,

Overseeing all the frivolity was the zany emcee Ewan Campbell and an ebullient Geoff Sirmai was the all important timekeeper.

The skits ran fast,furious and funny and before you could say ‘Find Your Ending’, the show’s had indeed come to a close. The winner of the coveted Kiddush trophy were Surfin’ Sephardi, decided after a hilarious tiebreak.

In the other award categories,David Callan won Best and Fairest, Adaya Turkia was Rookie Of The Year, and Moment of the Match was won by the Judah Maccabeach group’s skit ‘Death and Resurrection by Meds’.

Actually, on the night, everybody was a star, from the zany performers, to keyboardist Benny Davis’ wonderful musical accompaniment, to Daniel and Clem running back and forth across the stage throwing missile lollies and chocolates into the audience, and to the lighting man working hard up the back, Daniel O’Shea.

Kosher Theatresports, you were absent too long – some three years- make sure that you come back again next year.

All photos by Ben Apfelbaum (c).


I am a romantic at heart. It was the case that I was always going to go and see this new production. It was made even more appealing  when it was announced that the play would open on Valentine’s Day,

This was a play, appropriately, with a big heart. American playwright Bathsheba Doran has a lot of love for her four characters, their foibles, confusions, adventures.

First we meet Charlotte and Jonny. They have been best friends since they were nine, and now are in their early twenties. Charlotte is white and Jewish, Jonny is black and Baptist.

The playwright, interestingly, catches their friendship on the cusp of change. After so many years it now has to find a different form for it to survive. Continue reading THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX @ THE ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE DARLINGHURST


American playwright Lillian Hellman’s THE LITTLE FOXES is set in the early 20th Century in the deep south of America. Rapid industrialisation is sweeping the country.

The little foxes of the title are the members of the Hubbard family. They are offered a business deal of a lifetime, rapid industrialisation is taking place and the family has the opportunity to ‘industrialise’ their large cotton plantation and reap the profits. The family need to fund the deal and do so by both legal and illegal means. Bitter in-fighting takes place as the pressure builds and the family begins to implode.

It is a cold, difficult world that Hellman depicts. Interestingly, Hellman had the idea for the play from observing the tough business practices that took place within her own family! Continue reading LILLIAN HELLMAN’S ‘THE LITTLE FOXES’ @ THE GUILD THEATRE ROCKDALE




I was born and grew up in São Paulo, an extremely busy city, full of contrasts. I have always loved to wander around the old downtown, amongst high rises, noisy traffic and people from all walks of life.

Bossa Nova is forever the rhythm that calms me down; and samba is in my blood. Maybe in a past life I lived in Africa. Drums hypnotise me, and Carnival is a sublime elation.

I wish Brazil did not have the major social inequality it does. There´s a lot of suffering around, but funnily enough through suffering huge creativity flourishes. Natural beauty and an aura of excitement: even in its dull moments, Brazil is a party place, where you can have fun and find love.

Speaking about love! I met my Aussie husband on the Amazon, and yes, it was true love! I moved to Sydney, which quickly turned into another passion.

Aboriginal art and culture became an inspiration as much as Indigenous and African culture were inspirations in Brazil.

My soul is forever divided by my original and new roots, however through painting I feel complete, I´m able to connect my two beloved countries, or indeed all the amazing places I have visited around this planet, and the ones I hope to see in the future.

When I can´t travel physically, I travel through my art.

On this particular trip, I couldn´t go anywhere else but deep into Brazil. It´s a combination of art, design, nature, culture, music, people, the spiritual, the raw and the mundane. It´s Brazilian Dreaming.

.Flavia is extending an invitation to readers to see her exhibition on display at the Penny Farthing Design House, 51 Darling Street, East Balmain from the 3-11 March.

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Featured image – Brazilian/Australian artist Flavia Julius at work.


Mark Langham’s new play BIG CROW flies into the intimate Actors Pulse Theatre next Tuesday night for a short season.

Langham’s play, loosely based on a true story, is set in the early 1930’s and sees two young Londoners ground down by poverty, Tommy and Albie, being offered a spur of the moment trip to Australia.

No sooner had they landed that they are taken to work as virtual slaves on a huge station, completely at the mercy of the station owner Roy, a man who’s life has been a stream of disappointments.

Tommy is a weasel; swift, cunning and potentially fatal. Albie could crush you with his kindness, but only if Tommy told him to… and their desperation has led them to a decision – they’re going to kill Roy. Roy’s wife and daughter disturb the murder but are far more interested in watching than saving him. The murder is put on hold and a dialogue begins. Continue reading MARK LANGHAM’S ‘BIG CROW’ @ ACTOR’S PULSE THEATRE, REDFERN


Darling Harbour is always a colourful, multi-cultural melting pot on any given weekend. This was very much the case when we visited one lovely Sunday afternoon in early February.

Ben had plenty of opportunities to use his camera with two events taking place on a lovely Sunday afternoon-  the RTX fans convention and the annual Serbian Festival, now in its 5th year.

The Cosplayers at the RTX fans convention

The RTX fans convention, held at one of Darling Harbour’s main convention centres, was a time for Cosplayers to get together and do their  thing. Their shtick is to get dressed up and act as characters from a range of video games, cartoons, movies, and television shows.

This was very much a young person’s scene, and my God did the kids really get into it. The costumes, the make-up, the expressions were all wonderfully over the top.

We moved on from this bright world of fantasy to soon find ourselves immersed in the fascinating and proud Serbian culture.

The Serbian Cultural Festival 2017

A large stage/bandstand area was set up and there were a host of musicians entertaining audiences through the day and into the evening. The highlight was the folk dancing, as young women, dressed up in traditional garb, danced together.

There were plenty of stalls set up around the Festival grounds, a  large marque for people to mingle and relax and have a break from the sun, and there was even a mini tennis court which proved very popular with families. This was definitely a nod to the most famous Serbian tennis player of all, one Novak Djokovic.

All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).



MUSIC FOR THE SILVER SCREEN is a concert which will showcase some of the most beautiful numbers written over decades for the silver screen.

The  concert will be performed by the voices of the Mosman Musical Society accompanied by  the orchestra of the Mosman Music Club.

There will be two concerts, both on Sunday March 12. First concert is at 2 pm and the second concert at 4.30 pm.

Light refreshments will be served after each concert with a chance to meet the performers.

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