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.
This was a very different and, in its own way, adventurous night at the theatre.
In Jeanette Cronin’s play we find a forties something couple whose relationship is on the rocks. They have booked a night in a hotel room in the hope that they rekindle some of the old magic.
June suggests that they do some fantasy, role playing stuff. Straight way I am reminded of Harold Pinter’s classic play on this theme, The Lover.
Leo is up for it. June kicks off by suggesting that he leave the room and come back as Leo twenty years younger.
For the next hour and a half or so we are in the world of play – literally! Most of the time they are playing other characters and situations. For instance – Leo goes with Michelle. June is having an affair with Rob, Leo’s brother. On the side, Leo is also having an affair with Melissa, the nanny. Meanwhile, June is also bonking Helmut, her personal trainer. Continue reading JEANETTE CRONIN’S ‘I LOVE YOU NOW’ @ THE ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE→
Australia’s most in demand soloists join Leichhardt Espresso Chorus in the wondrous acoustic of Marrickville Town Hall to perform an epic tale of leadership to rival our times.
Performers: Leichhardt Espresso Chorusand Orchestra, Michelle Leonard OAM, Anna Fraser, Brad Cooper,Andrew O’Connor, Morgan Balfour and Nacelle Yeo. Also Simon Ellis on the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ playing the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.
DATE FOR THE DIARY-
Sunday 2 July 2017 at 4 pm at Marrickville Town Hall.
$40 early bird (available until 18 June 2017)
Featured photo- Judy Davis, David Wenham and Nashen Moddley.
During the recent Sydney Film Festival the world premiere screening of the first short films produced under the auspices of the wonderful $200,000 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship took place at the Dendy Quays.
The Fellowship recipients, four talented Australian writer-directors – Anya Beyersdorf for How The Light Gets In, Brooke Goldfinch for Outbreak Generation, Alex Murawski for Snow, and Alex Ryan for Red Ink – were at the Gala Premiere and introduced their works.
Featured photo – Maggie McKenna. Pic by James Green.
“Muriel, you are terrible!”
The long awaited announcement of the cast for the Sydney Theatre Company’s big production for the year, MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL, took place at a function held earlier this week at the Bar at the end of the Wharf at the STC.
Executive Director Patrick McIntyre started things off and said that the STC was very excited to put on ‘Muriel’ in partnership with Global Creatures and Destination NSW. “The production has generated plenty of interest internationally and is expected to attract a lot of tourists to Sydney.’
Director Simon Phillips was at his sprightly, witty best as he addressed the audience and introduced the cast who were hidden by a promotional display barrier.
Phillips reflected that he thought that now was a great time to bring back Muriel. He envisaged that Muriel would now take to Youtube and the various social network ‘channels’ available in her bid to achieve fame and fortune.
He was confident that the landmark Aussie film would transition well from screen to stage musical and made the interesting remark, “the ballad is like music theatre’s close-up.”
Phillips introduced a delighted Maggie McKenna, just twenty years old, who has won the much prized lead role. McKenna reflected everyone can ‘get’ Muriel. She is a true outsider and dork.’
Writer PJ Hogan, whose career took off brilliantly after Muriel, going on to make a number of Hollywood films including My Best Friend’s Wedding, was on hand to say a few words. “I grew up in the Queensland town of Coolangatta. Long before the movie I nicknamed it ‘Porpoise Spit’. Like Muriel, I was dying to get out of there.’
Joint composers, the ebullient Kate Miller- Heidke and the droll Keir Nuttall also said a few words. The very talented Miller-Heidke said that it had always been one of her dreams to put on a full length musical.
The presentation ended with members of the newly announced cast performing a rousing rendition of one of the show’s big numbers, Nobody’s Perfect with the catch-cry, “Everything goes in Sydney Town/ When you get to Sydney/ You will finally get to be you.”
This production looks like it will be something very special with the Heslop family being as hysterical as ever. Justine Clarke will play Muriel’s long suffering mother, Betty. Cast playing other members of the Heslop family include Briallen Clarke playing Joanie, Michael Whalley playing Perry and Connor Sweeney will play Malcolm.
MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL will open on Saturday 18th November and will play for over two months at the Ros Packer Theatre, closing on Saturday 27th January.
Featured photo- Benedict Wall and Gabrielle Scawthorn in THE VILLAGE BIKE. PIc Andree Vasguez.
This show was a knockout… A strong drama with good performances and was well suited to the intimacy of the Old Fitz.
Penelope Skinner’s play follows the journey of a troubled, sexy and feisty young woman, Becky who has recently become pregnant but is in a nondescript marriage to John.
John’s blandness is driving her mad. She is finally having their child but he becomes obsessed by it. That’s all he talks about. And to her chagrin his sex drive has deserted him. Even the porn dvd’s that he used to hide beneath the bed don’t hold any allure for him. Becky tries the strategy of watching this porn to win his adulation but fails.
Becky tries to prime her husband’s libido but without any luck. The inevitable happens…if she can’t get satisfaction at home she will seek it elsewhere. She has a sexual encounter with a very odd, charismatic guy called Oliver! And so begins her new, erotically charged life which spins, perhaps more to the point, veers increasingly out of control. Continue reading PENELOPE SKINNER’S ‘THE VILLAGE BIKE’ @ THE OLD FITZ→
Oh, the road some people walk down….You kind of know that there is no way this is going to come to any good but alas, one just can’t stop them…Maybe it is fate or perhaps it comes down to character, how they are made….
In Melbourne playwright Patricia Cornelius’ play SLUT we follow Lolita’s journey through the eyes of her friends. Over the course of many years, from early childhood to adulthood…
Two words best describe Lolita – precocious and daring. She is the first to do and try everything. She is the fearless leader. As the girls say – ‘her life is was so full, it filled ours.’
‘It’s a horror movie right there on my tv/ And it’s shockin’ me right out of my brain/ It’s bound to get you in/Get right under your skin/Hit you right on the chin/ It’s a horror movie and it’s blown a fuse/ It’s a horror movie/It’s the six thirty news.’ (Skyhooks from the album ‘Living In the Seventies’ 1974).
Australian playwright Daniel Evans play reworks Sophocles classic play into a contemporary setting.
We have an Oedipus who lives in the outer suburbs. Well he did, but as the play’s title states, he has left town, moved on after his dysfunctional world comes apart and he himself implodes.
The stage action takes place after his exit. The style of the play is non-naturalistic; four actors take to the stage and tell us that they will re-enact Oedipus’ story from go to woe by donning various characters caught up in the various situations. By doing so they endeavour to get behind the sensational news, and not only piece together what happened, but to make sense of the horror of it all.Continue reading DANIEL EVANS ‘OEDIPUS DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE’ @ ATYP STUDIO 1→
Whitney Houston was a sure thing, or as sure as the music industry had ever seen. A transcendent talent with pedigree and mentorship to match, she was going to be the greatest female vocalist ever. For a time, she was, and then she all-too-publicly fell short.
Documentarian Nick Broomfield and iconic music video director Rudi Dolezal offer a never-before-seen backstage look at the height of Houston’s stardom and trace with penetrating detail the forces that contributed to her shortened career and subsequent death in 2012, at age 48.
Whether it be racism, religion, drugs, sexuality, self-doubt, gossip, rivalry, insufficient training, the demands of parents and the industry, a troubled marriage playing out in headlines, or the inevitable toll those stresses take from so muscular and passionate a singer, the directors leave nothing unturned.
The filmmakers create a picture of a remarkable woman who needed more help than she received and provide an unflinching, gripping, and wholly committed exploration of talent given and taken away, in an era obsessed with how Whitney lived when she wasn’t on the stage.
This documentary, sadly recounting another story of a brilliant but troubled artist, makes for compelling viewing. You will get your chance to see it when it opens in cinemas next Thursday 15th June.
Editor’s Note : The double passes associated with this post have been won.
Sydney theatre lovers will get a brief window of opportunity to see Australian playwright Gina Shien’s poignant play MORGAN STERN based on her brother’s battle with schizophrenia.
In Schien’s quirky play, a character named only as The Gent, part ghost, part protector, has been assigned from the other side of the planet to help Morgan, a young Sydneysider afflicted with schizophrenia.
The play shifts between centuries and across hemispheres but remains primarily set in a still difficult to know corner of the universe – the human brain.
The production, mounted by Company of Rogues, will play Belvoir Street downstairs for two performances only in early July. Then in August the Company are very excited to announce that it will have its international debut at the Edinburgh Festival which turns 70 this year.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
MORGAN STERN will play downstairs at Belvoir Street on July 1 at 7.30 pm and July 2 at 5.30 pm.
The libretto is based on Biblical story of Judith (7-15). Judith, a beautiful widow is upset with her Israelite countrymen for not trusting in God to deliver their home, Bethulia, from their Assyrian conquerors. She goes with her loyal maid, Abra, to the Assyrian camp and promises the enemy general, Holofernes, information on the Israelites.
When she gains his trust, she is invited to a banquet in Holofernes’ tent where drinks himself into a stupor. When Judith gets him alone, she decapitates him. She takes his head back to Bethulia and her fearful countrymen. When the invading Assyrian army realizes they have lost their leader, they retreat.
The performance will be presented by the Choir and Soloists of St Peter’s, Surry Hills. and will be conducted by Eugene F. Raggio.
The St Peter’s community invite music lovers to an afternoon of good music and cheer.
St Peters Catholic Church is located at 235 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills. Entry is via a private road off Marlborough St.
Tickets – $20 adults and $15 concession- can be purchased at the door.
All ticket sales will go to raising money for a new Pipe Organ which is to be installed in 2018.
DATE FOR THE DIARY :-
18 June 2017 at 3 pm
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The iconic Blak Markets will return to Sydney’s spectacular harbour headland park, Barangaroo Reserve to host a special Aboriginal art market on Sunday, 2 July.
Taking place at the beginning of NAIDOC Week, the family-friendly event will be a vibrant celebration of Australia’s rich Aboriginal culture.
Aboriginal artists from 11 remote Australian arts centres will bring their artworks, sculptures, textiles and accessories to Sydney to exhibit and sell at the market; there will be host Tjanpi weaving workshops; and demonstrations of Rarrk painting and pandanus weaving.
The event is a rare opportunity for Sydneysiders to buy high quality Aboriginal art directly from a diverse range of artists from remote art centres in the NT, WA and SA. There will be artwork and products on sale to suit a range of budgets.
The lively open-air market will also feature more than 30 stalls, bush tucker cooking demonstrations by Indigiearth and Jody Orcher; live music by Jessie Lloyd and Emma Donovan, Jarjum, and Freshwater; Aboriginal dance performances by Thikkabilla (Dubbo), Yadhamayi (Central Coast), and Wagana (Greater Sydney); language and culture workshops; Aboriginal Cultural Tours of Barangaroo Reserve; and a Tribal Warrior Tour to Goat Island.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 2 July 2017 11 am to 5 pm
This exhibition will feature the iconic art of American Georgia O’Keeffe alongside modernist masterpieces by pioneering Australian artists Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith.
The ground-breaking exhibition draws together about 30 works by each artist from the breadth of their careers.
While O’Keeffe, Preston and Cossington Smith developed highly individual styles, they are connected by their choice of subject, their experimentation with light, colour and form, and their commitment to presenting alternative ways of seeing the world.
MINING PYRITE is a NEW exhibition to be displayed for FREE at Newington Armory Gallery at Sydney Olympic Park, from 10 am-4 pm every weekend from Saturday 17 June – Sunday 20 August 2017 (inclusive).
Curated by Cassandra Hard-Lawrie and Nick Vickers, MINING PYRITE will feature the works of 20 international and local contemporary artists, each of whom have drawn inspiration from Sydney Olympic Park and used its facilities to create their artworks. The diverse exhibition spans a broad range of expressive media forms including installation, sculpture, photography, multimedia, video, painting and more.
Gaining its title from the mineral ‘pyrite’, or ‘Fools Gold’, this exhibition explores the parallel narrative of failure and success that can be drawn from any ‘artist’s’ story.
Curator Nick Vickers draws comparison between the development of Sydney Olympic Park and that of the artist’s journey-“The constant testing and exploration of the boundaries of what does and doesn’t work is the stock and trade of creativity,” explained Vickers.
During the past 12 years, Sydney Olympic Park Authority has supported more than 170 artists’ journeys of exploration by providing its artists-in-residence program. The program allows artists to take inspiration on-site of the historic, heritage-listed Newington Armory precinct, via its unique studio spaces available for rent to artists. Continue reading MINING PYRITE – FREE ART EXHIBITION @ SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK→
THE GONDOLIERS is one of the most popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas. And no wonder, with Gilbert’s witty lyrics, Sullivan’s joyous music including the energetic Cachuca, a large cast of extremely talented principals supported by a host of gallant Gondolieri and colourful Contadine and last but certainly not least, some very interesting characters from the Sunny Spanish Shore.
Special group prices available.
Rockdale Town Hall is within easy walking distance of Rockdale Station on the Illawarra Line.
Ample parking is available in council car parks and nearby streets. There is easy access to both foyer and auditorium for disabled or frail patrons.
Coffee, tea, snacks, sandwiches and alcoholic drinks are available at the convenient Bar and refreshment area either pre or post show.
DATES FOR THE DIARY –
June 24th at 7.30 pm, June 25th at 2 pm, July 1st at 7.30 pm, July 2nd at 2 pm.
This current exhibition at Glebe’s Shop Gallery represents the first solo exhibition by Sydney artist GWA (aka Wade Goring).
Working as a digital artist and illustrator, the exhibition sees a selection of GWA’s unique work brought into the analogue world as large prints to canvas and paper. Further works are presented on clothing and homewares.
GWA’s work is largely influenced by and comments on queer culture, comic art, street art, pop art, pop surrealism, cinema, concept design and advertising.
This artist was a finalist in the Contemporary Art Awards for the last two years. He was also a finalist in the inaugural Queer Art Prize Australia 2017 and controversially won ‘Best Painting’ at Bent Art 2016. GWA has also been an Avant Card featured as well as exhibiting internationally.
Drop in to the OUTRAGEOUS ANIMALS exhibition, experience the art, meet the artist, purchase a piece or pick up some fun freebies.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
OUTRAGEOUS ANIMALS will be on view from June 15 – 21 at The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. The Gallery is open from noon to 7 pm each day.
Electrofringe is proudly and loudly curating a night of experimental and emerging artists to showcase their exciting works in the Vivid Music series at 107 Projects. The evening provides a glimpse into the world of Sydney’s most exciting technology-infatuated sonic talent.
Laura Hunt is a mixed media and sound artist whose work speculates about the plausible futures of a techno-spiritual, post-capitalist union.
UNA follows a young woman’s journey to reclaim her past. Fifteen years earlier, when she was a minor, Una ran away with an older man, Ray, a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned.
When she comes across a photo of him in a trade magazine, Una tracks him down and turns up at his workplace. Her abrupt arrival threatens to destroy Ray’s new life and derail her stability. Unspoken secrets and buried memories surface as Una and Ray sift through the wreckage of the past.
Their confrontation raises unanswered questions and unresolved longings. It will shake them both to the core. UNA gazes into the heart of a devastating form of love and asks if redemption is possible.
The film is an adaptation of Scottish playwright David Harrower’s celebrated, Olivier Award-winning play Blackbird.
Featured image – Michael Tsalka. Pic by Olga Masri de Mussali.
Thoroughbass is delighted to welcome back international keyboard specialist Dr Michael Tsalka in a concert of overtures and concertos for two harpsichords and strings. Tsalka, whose performances last year left audiences enthralled, joins Diana Weston to perform works by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Scarlatti and others.
Dr Tsalka walks the global stage performing hundreds of concerts each year in Europe, Japan, China, the USA and Australia. His repertoire spans the baroque, classical and romantic eras to the present day. His performances, whether on harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord or modern piano are historically informed and full of musical integrity.
For some musicians, funk is where it’s at. It starts and ends with the groove! FUNK ENGINE is one such band. The band members – three from Sydney, one from Byron Bay – all met through the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Jazz Workshop.
FUNK ENGINE was formed in 2013 by electric bass player, composer and band leader Siebe Pogson and also features Nish Manjanuth (tenor saxophone), Holly Conner (drums) and Felix Lalanne (electric guitar).
They debuted at The Newsagency in 2013 to great success and have since packed them in Lazy Bones Lounge, the Beats festival Peats Ridge, Hermann’s Bar, Foundry 616, The Townie, Mr Falcon’s and the Town Hall Hotel Newtown.
Their new CD TAKING A RIDE has been recorded at Free Energy Device Studios, produced by Llew Kiek and Richard Belkner, and mastered by Michael Lynch.
Guest artists on TAKING A RIDE include Rhyan Clapham aka rapper Dobby, Deiniol Chynoweth (vocals), Nick Polovineo (trombone), Nick Calligeros (trumpet) and Novak Manojlovic (keyboard).
Sydney Arts Guide has 4 copies of Funk Engine’s TAKING A RIDE to give away. Email -firstname.lastname@example.org with FUNK ENGINE CD GIVEAWAY in the subject heading. Please provide your postal address. Winners will be advised by return email.
Jenny Erikkson’s group Elysian Fields is Australia’s only electric viola da gamba ensemble. Their dream/vision is to take one of the Western world’s oldest instruments into the 21st century! Her troupe is seeking funding help from music lovers to make this dream possible.
Things are already in action. Leading jazz artists and composers Matt McMahon and Matt Keegan have each written a remarkable major song cycle for the CD – making them the first and second Australian composers ever to write vocal music for the electric gamba!
Above- Kristy Lee Donovan and Alexander Baden Bryce in Arche. Photography by Taylor Ferne Photography.
Following its inaugural sell out at The Concourse, Chatswood premiere season in March, Melbourne Ballet Company (MBC) returns with Archè on Thursday June 29 and Friday June 30 at 7.30pm on both nights.
Founded in 2007 MBC is a not-for-profit organisation which has now grown to become one of Australia’s most loved dance companies. The artistic policy of MBC is to present new work, modern ballet performed by highly trained classical dancers. Since its launch MBC has presented over 35 original works.
“The artists red light surrealism broke new ground, Body Maps socio political commentary on objectification and the beauty myth pulled no punches” – Otago Daily Times
“Original, Outlandish, provocative & not to be missed” Macandmae.com
Navigating who we are has never been tougher. Access is blocked with the promise of beauty & perfection. The personal highway to our soul is in a multi lane gridlock with diversions from the self at every exit.
Psychedelic, Satirical, Personal & Political storytelling that’s packed to the rafters with puns, punches & possibilities. BODY MAP is deep dive across the consumer bordered planet and into our inner being, highlighting our capacity to transform despite the odds.
Cult Pioneer of Australian performance art, Glitta Supernova brings her multi award winning show BODYMAP direct from the Dunedin Fringe Festival;
“BODYMAP exuded both vulnerability and subterranean glamarama” – Alt Media
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY :-
BODY MAP will take place on Saturday 27th May at the Giant Dwarf Theatre. Doors will open at 7.30 pm for an 8 pm performance.