All posts by Lynn Belvedere

Once we were old enough, my parents took the whole family to the Sydney CBD cinemas every week. Thus began a lifetime interest, in going to the cinema every week, and became a passionate cinephile by watching all those very heavily edited ''Australian Film Censorship Board'' cinéaste versions of brand new release ''Cinematograph Films''. Greater Union always gave my father (who worked in Cinema Distribution Exhibition) guest double movie passes, to every first-night ''red carpet Opening Night'' at The State Theatre Cinema at 49 Market Street. Up until his death, my dad always received ''two house seats'' for every Opening Night performance events at the Theatre Royal SYDNEY and at Her Majesty's Theatre SYDNEY. As a child, when mum choose not to go, I often went with him, to those live performance events. As a young child, I remember being taken for each new show, at both The New Theatre at 60 Sussex Street, and the Phillip Street Theatre when located at 150 Elizabeth Street, and for classical music concerts at Sydney Town Hall.   Being happy is a choice, and I have always viewed my life, as material ready be made into a series of amazing tentpole movies. My New Years Resolution is kept every year: ''Get to see/review five new live theatre shows each week, and get to see/review six new cinema movies each week'', plus is one of the Australian Cinema Pioneers and apparently have seen far too much already, but always wanting to experience more and more each year. I am also able to do almost everything that I enjoy doing. Yes, I do have a great daytime job in I.T. as ''Software Design Project Manager'', PLUS each evening until quite late - playwright, writer, director, producer, arts/drama critic and judge, journalist, member FCCA & member AACTA accredited film reviewer-critic-writer, projectionist, plus an innovative iconoclast . . . LYNN BELVEDERE . . .

GRAND FINAL WEEKEND FOR SHORT AND SWEET FESTIVAL @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

After more than two months of heats 120 Short and Sweet plays and over 700 actors, writers and directors, this ingenious and very short play festival, is coming to an end. The winning plays are in competition at the Depot Theatre  this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The  winners in the various categories will be announced at the end of Saturday night’s performance.

Last Swing (Winner of the 2017 WILDCARDS FINAL)

ITC presented by Flutterby Productions

Written by Kazuyo Kitada / Directed by Uma Kali Shakti

Cast: Kerry Foley and Claire Langsford

Last Swing
Last Swing

All the dialogue is absorbing, and has real emotional pathos. Rachel is a young mother, pushing the swing back and forth, at the local park. Magnificent drama, about living in denial. Rachel believes that her long dead child is sitting on the swing. Will Rachel be able to move from denial to grieving?

One Night Stan (Winner of the 2017 PEOPLES CHOICE FINAL)

ITC presented by Third Bite

Written by Adam Szudrich / Directed by Grant Wilson

Cast: Gina Cohen, Ally O’Brien and Emma Caldwell.

One Night Stan
One Night Stan

Gloriously funny dating experiences, madcap fun and wonderfully touching. Rachel, Holly and Marie are three women, who are all back into the dating game. Always at the same Italian Restaurant, their mystery date is Stan (Stanley) who is dating all three women.

Arthur and Marilyn (Winner of the 2017 DIRECTORS CHOICE FINAL)

ITC presented by Half Boy Company

Written By Jasper-Lee Lindsay / Directed by Danen Young

Cast: Meg Hyeronimus and Alec Ebert

Arthur and Marilyn
Arthur and Marilyn

Clever tribute to the romance of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller in the 1950s, with delicious fictitious dialogue. We learn exactly how Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller met. The production features a smokey haze effect caused by the cast smoking a seemingly infinite amount of herbal cigarettes.

Dead Giveaway (top 80 Week One)

By Daniel Guyton / Directed by Felicity Burke

Cast:- Duncan Armitage and Felicity Burkek

Dead Giveaway
Dead Giveaway

In an unconventional Valentine’s Day gift, Robert has paid for a funeral plot for two. The play delivers an awkward comedy about life, death, dying and permitted re-marrying choices.

Dress Ups (top 80 Week Two)

ITC presented by Grinning Sharks Productions

Written and Directed by Graham Yates

Dress Ups
Dress Ups

A drama unfolds, with the games people play with their lives, piece by piece.  The mask gradually fades away, and a world of terror is revealed. The production features a superb, compelling performance by Garreth Cruikshank.

Painting Seventeen (top80 Week Three)

Written by Sharon Cooper / Directed by Alexander Andrews

Cast:- Lauren Lloyd Williams and Elanore Knox

Painting Seventeen
Painting Seventeen

A self-portrait painted on canvas by the artist Saskia, painted when the artist was seventeen. Today the self-portrait is talking with the now thirty year old artist. The play has beautifully written dialogue, charting her life story, revealed layer after layer.  Both actors deliver charming and very believable performances. A very entertaining life story, delivered in under ten minutes.

Tapping Out (top 80 Week Four)

Written by Maura Pierlot / Directed by Cecile Payet

Cast:- Kaiya Bartholomew, Brayden Harry, Ethan Mestroni and Anton Smilek.

Tapping Out
Tapping Out

This was a winning dialogue driven drama and timpani musical piece, featuring the drummers’s tap tap tap of musical syncopation on assorted musical instruments in the percussion family. Wes is trapped in his mind palace, by reliving all the complex events that occurred   twelve months ago.

A Dog Dreams (top 80 Week Five)

Written by Jeffrey Fischer-Smith / Directed by Jace Pickard

Cast:- Jack Dawson and Richard Lund

A Dog Dreams
A Dog Dreams

This was an interesting drama, that will take you on an unexpected trajectory. Recently deceased Mark tells his partner Andy, that the family dog needs to be taken to the local park so that he can grieve about him.

Out of the Woods (top 80 Week Six)

ITC presented by Everyday Monster

Written and Directed by Brenton Amies and Cam Ralph

Cast:- Brenton Amies and Cam Ralph

Out of the Woods
Out of the Woods

This was a very dark comedy featuring two former Children’s Television hosts who are meeting to resolve their past issues. One of the characters has unresolved anger management issues, and is still costumed and speaking as “The Fluffy Bear”!

Time Squad (top80 Week Seven)

ITC presented by Black Box Theatre Co.

Written by Alexander Cuff / Directed by Luke Berman

Cast:- Bradley Ward, Alex Groombridge, Sam Sweeting and Sam Lovell

Time Squad
Time Squad

This was riotous fun featuring two time travelling police agents. The play is filled with time one liners as they meet and greet past and future versions of themselves.

Will these four Time Travelling Police Agents, solve the Predestination Paradox to stop time unravelling?

Luke Berman has expertly directed nine minutes of never ending audience laughter. One of the best comedies of the Festival.

One Punch (top 80 Week Eight)

ITC presented by Ranting Mime

Written and Directed by Jessica Fallico

Cast:- Jacinta Moses and Anthony Thomas

One Punch
One Punch

This was a superbly written drama and message piece. A boy is the  fatal victim of a cowardly one punch attack. After visiting the police morgue, his parents are still processing their terrible loss.

SHORT+SWEET GALA FINALS WEEK 

7.30 pm Friday 17th March 2017 and 7.30 pm Saturday 18th March 2017 at the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.

All photos by Robert Miniter.

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STELLAR ADLER MASTERCLASS IN SYDNEY FOR THE FIRST TIME

 

STELLAR ADLER MASTERCLASS in Sydney
STELLAR ADLER MASTERCLASS in Sydney

“Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art.” – Constantin Stanislavski.   

Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles, is a world renowned acting school located in the heart of Hollywood, California. The school offers extensive training for the serious actor in theatre, film, and television.

The Stella Adler Technique grew out of Ms Adler’s personal work with Konstantin Stanislavski, the father of modern acting.
With a lifetime of experience, the Stellar Adler acting technique, has been studied by Hollywood stars like Robert DeNiro, Salma Hayek and Mark Ruffalo.

Short and Sweet Sydney offered two exclusive Stella Adler Master Classes to festival-goers. Continue reading STELLAR ADLER MASTERCLASS IN SYDNEY FOR THE FIRST TIME

SHORT+SWEET PEOPLES CHOICE FINAL 2017 WEEK NINE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Eight plays were selected by audiences, during the eight weeks of Top80 S+S heats.

Every week Short and  Short audiences voted for just one play to make the People’s Choice Final held this weekend, both on Saturday and Sunday evening.

The play voted winner of the People’s Choice finals gets to compete in the Short and Sweet Grand Final next weekend.

The Divide (Week One)

Written and Directed by Nicola Quilter

Cast: Pearl Herbet and Emmanuel Spiropoulos

Drama showing future events in the un-United Kingdom, almost thirty years after BREXIT Thursday 23rd June 2016. Dialogue was very hard to understand, because of the collapse of the English Language. Message of despair, now with the main character carrying his unusual square-shaped Union Jack Flag. Keeping his valid London passport in hand, he is seeking to return to the deliberately walled City of London, within the time limitation.

George Brown Steps Out (Week Two)

By Gerry Greenland / Directed by Sonia Bible

Cast: Rob White and Dudley Levell

George Brown (original cast)
George Brown (original cast)

George Brown has been kidnapped for ransom, and expects to die as he knows of no-one willing to pay the ransom. Yet another awesome comedy experience, as we learn everything about this pretty ordinary George Brown, who needs to change for the better.

Moist (Week Three)

ITC presented by Grumpy Mandrake Theatre

By Seymour Nixen / Directed by Nathan Farrow

Cast: Nyssa Hamilton, Tayla Jarrett and Debbie Neilson.

Moist
Moist

Beautifully costumed epic comedy set in a bakery, including Frosty wearing those very famous ruby slippers. Both Sparkle and Frosty are cupcakes. Almond is a sucrose-free and gluten-free xylitol-infused organic muffin. All three are desperate, because they remain unsold at the end of the business day.

Huge comedy piece, dialogue driven comedy that has been expertly timed, and the cast gave perfect performances. Magnificent and shining example of the best of everything that the Festival provides every week. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET PEOPLES CHOICE FINAL 2017 WEEK NINE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S PICKS FIGHT IT OUT THIS WEEK @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

During the eight weeks of S+S heats, Festival Director Wayne Tunks has picked one S+S play each week which displayed excellence in writing, directing, acting and team work.

This week those eight S+S plays now have their own final, on Thursday March 9 and Friday March 10 at 7.30pm

This is a fierce competition, because one play, will be chosen to go to the S+S Gala Final the following week.

Beard (Week 1)

ITC presented by Viridescent

Written by Erin Middleton and Robert Miniter / Directed by Lawrence Dooley

Cast: Erin Middleton and Robert Miniter

Beard
Beard

Praying the gay away. The need to pretend to be, what parents incorrectly want. Both ignoring aversion therapy, boy meets girl, and the girl offers to be his beard, to misleadingly prove that the weeks of treatment actually works.

T3 Trojan (Week 2)

ITC presented by Bare Bones Theatre Co.

Written and Directed by Judith Duncan

Cast: Karishma Mathur

T3 Trojan
T3 Trojan

Very entertaining, dramatic injustice monologue of woman versus machine, with essential content very reminiscent of “Fahrenheit 451” and “Divergent”. The human element has been removed, dystopian justice is now very blind. Blindfolded and kept in an execution cell, and a computer is your judge jury and executioner, because all justice is badly administered by artificial intelligence, with urgent need for change. The twist ending was inspired, and brilliantly original.                Continue reading FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S PICKS FIGHT IT OUT THIS WEEK @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SHORT+SWEET QUEER LGBTQI 2017 WEEK NINE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Curated by Festival Director Wayne Tunks, this was presented as part of Short+Sweet Sydney 2017 and the Sydney Mardi Gras 2017.

The plays featured in this brief season taking place on Tuesday 7th March and Wednesday 8th March at 7.30 pm, featured the very best QUEER LGBTQI plays from the Short+Sweet 2017 Season.

(1) – Dress Ups

ITC presented by Grinning Shark Productions

Written and Directed by Graham Yates

Dress Ups
Dress Ups

Drama unfolds, with the games people play with their lives, piece by piece, as the mask gradually fades away, the world of terror within is revealed. Superb and compelling performance by Garreth Cruikshank.

(2) – Queerachy

Written by Zoe Brinnard / Directed by Megan Shooter

Cast: Rebecca Abdel-Messih, Alana Birtles, Wayne Dawson and Zed Norrie

Queerachy
Queerachy

Message comedy at the disco, out for a night of fun, two lesbians and two gays. Every day is S.S.D.D. and important to remember that we are all people. Discrimination males against females, taking exception to the disc-jockey at the venue not being male. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET QUEER LGBTQI 2017 WEEK NINE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK EIGHT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

This is the final week of Top80 S+S heats. Festival Director Wayne Tunks has made good use of the wall of props on display each week, and finally someone found a magnificent use for the shovel. Selected superb theatre pieces, for you to pick and vote for your two preferred plays out of the twelve plays this week. Interesting message pieces, and emotionally moving themes with rap chess prequel, drama, comedy, time travel, true love, chance love, and a resonating vibrator challenge.

Week Eight Plays: March 1-5 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30pm)

(1) – The Bridge

ITC Presented by Mega Theatre Productions

Written by Jayaprakash Kulur / Directed by Sreejith Gangadharan

Cast: Sreejith Gangadharan, Nithin Balakrishnan

The Bridge
The Bridge

A guard enforces NO fishing on bridge. Drama entirely spoken in unintelligible gibberish (spoken in a meaningless nonsense language that no one understands) eventually the fisher-person teaches the guard how to fish.

(2) – Judgement Days

ITC Presented by Mockingbird

Written by Carl J Sorheim / Directed by Chris Baldock

Judgement Days
Judgement Days

Short story comedy monologue, starring Nick Steain. Audience participation and comedy one-liners, as cocaine driven humour becomes drama, along his journey of discovery towards his redemption. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK EIGHT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK SEVEN @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Festival Director Wayne Tunks has selected superb theatre pieces, from the best of the best scripts on offer. Recommended, with amazing and well chosen plays on the stage, for you to pick and vote for your two preferred plays. Short + Sweet is my favourite time of year, with twelve brand new short plays this week. Interesting message pieces, and emotionally moving themes with drama, satire, comedy. time travel, time police, office politics, revenge murder, dementia, George Brandis, afterlife, anniversaries versus aliens, and a resonating vodka experience.

(1) – The Lifecycle of Refrigerators

Written by Nataliya Oryshchuk / Directed by Adam Grubner

Cast: Graham Egan, Luke Evans, Rizcel Gagawanan, David Luke and Sonja Ridden

The Lifecycle of Refridgerators
The Lifecycle of Refridgerators

Over-the-top administration team meeting, dealing with the loneliness of refrigerators provided comedy moments, and included ironic team discussions about community gardens growing food for the homeless, stress relief by using adult colouring books, and befriending dangerous strangers, i.e. the homeless.

(2) – Ten Minutes on a Train Platform

ITC Presented by Mariposa Productions

Written by Felix Carlyle / Directed by Margaret Fitzgerald

Ten Minutes on a Train platform
Ten Minutes on a Train platform

Christine Aldridge (Fiona) begins to fear for her life, as ADHD hyper-talkative Isaac Owen (Gerald) menacingly steals her iPhone, with more twists to follow. Perfect cast with beautifully written drama, concerns female personal safety issues not being provided late at night, by video security surveillance. Intense drama between two strangers, unfolds on the platform at Lines End Railway Station.

(3) – Island Journey

ITC Presented by Rainbow Connections Theatre Co.

Written and Directed by Uma Kali Shakti

Cast: Veena Sudarshan

Island Journey
Island Journey

Cultural expectations with inherent limitations, preventing life-affirming growth. Intensive one woman monologue, on the path to closure, takes a trajectory through grief and loss, against the background of a fixed belief system.

(4) – A Bottle of Vodka

Written by Connie Schinewolf

A bottle of Vodka
A bottle of Vodka

Alcoholics, Liz Hovey (Judy) and Mark Fowler (Will) are two very-drunk drivers who just arrived in hell, because their cars have just crashed by colliding head-on, on Parramatta Road. Comedy one-liners, generated laughter galore. Perfect cast, delicious dialogue to make you “laugh out loud”, and expertly directed Larry Kelly. An unopened bottle of Grey Goose Vodka tempts both, but painful force-field barrier prevents access. Alcohol withdrawal creates dialogue, as these strangers by spending some time together, discover their similarities, leading to a hellish conclusion.

(5) – The Search

Written by Michael Panes / Directed by Isabel Dickson

The Search
The Search

One year marriage anniversary, of course her scientist husband, Adnan Zey (Gerry) has forgotten, thus making her even more unhappy with her alien finding husband. As a devout catholic Emily Potts (Sandra), can not divorce him. So much comedy, so little time. Alien analogue broadcast transmissions received from 6EQJ5 by SETI, create the comedy path to ruin and divorce.

(6) – Mary Twist

Written and Directed by Mikayla Hatjinikitas

Cast: Izzy Hanly, Damian Asher, Mark Herrison, Indiana Rubin-Tasic, Paris Galanos and Russell Kay

Mary Twist
Mary Twist

Fresh clever comedy and suffragette message piece, created by sixteen year old playwright Mikayla Hatjinikitas. Time Travel from the Victorian Era, to the far more welcoming world of 2016. YOLO and SWAG confirm the destination year. Inventor’s daughter uses her father’s Time Travel Machine, to escape from the tyranny of being only permitted to cook, to clean and to constantly birth babies every nine months.

(7) – At Home With Larry & George

Written by Gavin Roach / Directed by Amber Wilcox

At home with Larry and George
At home with Larry and George

Edgy adult themes, throughout this stunningly extreme lifestyle comedy. So is this Art or Design? Graphic Adult B&D fetish comedy. Reilly Johnson (Larry the Gimp) is the submissive male, living in a dog-house, with Garreth Cruikshank (George) his master, who is forever on the “endless quest for excellence”. As the politician in charge of choosing recipients of Arts Council grants, to create his “Center of Excellence”, this politician is going to personally use all the money intended for the arts community.

(8) – The Accident

ITC Presented by Marko Mustac Productions

Written By Marko Mustac / Directed by Jenny Hope

Cast: Marko Mustac and Lou Pollard

The Accident
The Accident

The strong coarse language content of this play, is completely inappropriate for all children. There are so many Bad and Disrespectful witty one-liners, however my favourite line is when the husband says to his wife “I don’t hate women you c*nt”. Offensive Explicit Language is used creatively and effectively, to metamorphosize this dialogue intensive drama, into a black ironic comedy masterpiece. Dysfunctional couple in a long-term relationship are both cheating on their marriage partner, however their love for each other is a brightly burning fire, that burns down everything that it sees, and are a car crash away from dying. Perfectly cast couple, have so many memorable twisted lines of biting dialogue, this elegantly constructed play delivers outstanding artistry.

(9) – Time Squad

ITC Presented by Black Box Theatre Co.

Written by Alexander Cuff

Cast: Bradley Ward, Alex Groombridge, Sam Sweeting and Sam Lovell

Time Squad
Time Squad

Riotous fun as two Time Travelling Police Agents, constantly provide comedy “time one-liners” as they meet and greet with their criminal future versions of themselves. Will these four Time Travelling Police Agents, solve the Predestination Paradox to stop time unravelling? Luke Berman has expertly directed, nine minutes of never ending audience laughter, arriving from an eager and ultra appreciative audience, that clearly placed this comedy, well ahead of the pack for audiences voting for comedies.

(10) – Wheelchair

Written by Scott Mullen / Directed by Diane Busuttil

Cast: Paul Kohn and Latisha Owens

Wheelchair
Wheelchair

Strangers in a park. Disabled woman in a wheelchair, meets man in park, and they begin making insane bets about the future behaviour of other people in the park. Interesting comedy becomes very dark drama, with unexpected conclusion, expertly delivered.

(11) – Not Toilet Trained

ITC Presented by Seat of the Pants Productions

Written and Directed by Ruth Fringret

Not Toilet Trained
Not Toilet Trained

Superb cast choices selected by director Ruth Fringret. Delicious dementia comedy, quickly builds effective back stories into each character, via music lyrics used as dialogue. The undeserving absent son Greg, returns home to visit his quite elderly parents. Sandra Campbell (Mum) urgently needs help managing her husband, Valentino Arico (Dad) however their ungrateful son Lewis Scamozzi (Greg) and is not accepting of any of the challenges, of the dementia related life lessons, now unfolding.

(12) – Mexican Stand Off

Written by Sally Bartley / Directed by Spike Hogan

Cast: Tristan Clarke, Isabel Dickson, Peter Maple and Jaime Ureta

Mexican Stand Off
Mexican Stand Off

“Democracy when solely determined by a slim majority, is usually nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people have voted to steal away all of the rights of the other 49%”. Message piece, dialogue driven comedy with drama at a Wanderers soccer match. Class warfare from the have-nots (Chas and Gaz) against the haves (Gerry and Marlin). The paradigm, that rules must be broken, that deviant behaviour is expected, and that mob rule involving both violence and intimidation, is always the behaviour expected at soccer.

All photos by Robert Miniter.

Week Seven Plays: February 22-26 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30 pm)

The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.

Website:   : http://www.shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-sydney-0
Facebook:   https: //facebook.com/shortsweetsydney
Twitter:   @ShortSweetFest
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SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK SIX @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Live theatre is the best medicine, and Short + Sweet is my favourite time of year, with eight brand new plays this week, interesting and moving and resonating. Well chosen selection of emotional and thought provoking themes with chess, drama, satire, comedy and dance. Quite impossible to pick just the one winner.

(1) – Broadband Blues

Written and Directed by Geoff McCubbin

Cast: David Humphrey, Fran Bosly-Craft, Mark Smith, Anton Baggerman

Broadband Blues
Broadband Blues

Each NBN company provides rhyming verse constant comedy delight, as both Wilma and Fred try to get each NBN company to actually provide a human being to answer the telephone. You would have to be absolutely crazy to sign up with the NBN. Of course there is no support, and there never is any offer of competitive pricing, because every company that is not Telstra, offer the exact same price, for the exact same deal.

(2) – Compos Mentis

Written by Marilyn Millstone / Directed by Patrick Matijevic

Cast: Aileen Beale, Graham Egan and Denise Kitching

Compos Mentis
Compos Mentis

We visit Silver Glades Senior Living, nine minutes of excellent comedy ensues, full of guile, as both Robert and Alese deliberately fail the induction interview.

(3) – The Last

Written by Bokkie Robertson / Directed by Chantelle Corbet

Cast: Alex Hatz and Milica Pajic

The Last
The Last

Nuclear winter following nuclear war, drama as there is now only one human being still alive on Planet Earth, and he enters into a lively conversation and emotional reflection, with the soon to be unemployed “Grim Reaper”.

(4) – Out of the Woods

ITC Presented by Everyday Monster

Starring / Written / Directed by Brenton Amies and Cam Ralph

Out of the Woods
Out of the Woods

Incredible dark comedy, of two former Children’s Television Hosts who were “Hooly Dooly”, now meet to resolve their past issues. However one actor has unresolved anger management issues, and is still costumed and still speaking as “The Fluffy Bear” and many other bizarre issues urgently need to be addressed.

(5) – Freestyle Pawn Stars

ITC Presented by e4 Productions

Written by Keegan Fisher, Jake Izzy, Julz Larson and Ziggy Tockuss / Directed by Dudley Levell

Cast: Keegan Fisher, Jake Izzy, Julz Larson, Ziggy Tockuss and Mark Longhurst

Freestyle Pawn Stars
Freestyle Pawn Stars

Audience participation, the play was an impressive chess game with completely improvised and clever hip hop rap infused dialogue. Every night the brave cast risks all, by randomly trying to find someone from the audience who admits to playing the game of chess. Opening Night volunteer Karl was given black, and chose each of his moves quite badly, to quickly find himself on the losing side in a very fast checkmate, via witty rhythm, rhyme, riffs and freestyle rap. Heaps of applause, a fresh delight that was interesting and precocious, and resonated with the audience.

(6) – My Name is Lucinda

ITC Presented by Backstage Pass

Written and Directed by Lisa Kelaher

My Name is Lucinda
My Name is Lucinda

Margareta Moir stars as Catherine, telling a perfectly structured, short story monologue all about her life. As a child the simplicity of Catherine the introvert, enjoying all those John Wayne westerns of daytime television, and she decides her life is so much better as the driven “Wild West” extrovert Lucinda. Delivered everything a play should be, Margareta Moir did a beautiful job of providing the wonderful duality of the role, in a superb and winning performance on Opening Night.

(7) – Killjoy

ITC Presented by Imprint Theatre Company (Company Devised Script)

Cast: Wendi Lanham, Laurence Nelmes, Martin Quinn, Rebecca Waters, Kate Vozella and Annie Thorold

Killjoy
Killjoy

Three couples suffering in style through their pain, and these six actors give their all on the boards, with no safety net to save them, and strongly deliver a talented volatile fight for their vision, with stage art versus stage business. Music, physicality, silence, mime, dialogue, with choreographed dance and movement, the cast provide extraordinary power and strength in their performance. As with all theatre art, because we all have non-identical life experiences, what you see is always subject to differing interpretations, hence the exact same play, could also be experienced as just two people with relationship pain, represented by all six actors.

(8) – Ice Cream Mafia

Written by Vee Malnar / Directed by Thomas Richards

Cast: Jay Duncan, Erick Guanlao, Jasper Musgrave and Meili Bookluck

Ice Cream Mafia
Ice Cream Mafia

Comedy erupts when the local mafia, decide to take over a sensational ice-cream brand, that has been destroying their ice-cream business.

Week Six Plays: February 15-19 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30pm)

All photos by Robert Miniter.

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2017 Top80 Week SIX, runs from Wednesday 15th February 2017 to Sunday 19th February 2017.

The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.

Website:   : http://www.shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-sydney-0
Facebook:   https: //facebook.com/shortsweetsydney
Twitter:   @ShortSweetFest
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SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK FIVE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Short + Sweet is my favourite time of year, and this new week offers another quite entertaining evening of live theatre. Festival director Wayne Tunks has chosen ten plays for this week, a fine selection of both comedy and drama. It is quite impossible to pick just the one winner, and this week also includes the unique experience of seven wonderful drama delights.

(1) – Objectum Sexuality

Objectum Sexuality
Objectum Sexuality

Written by Ron Burch / Directed by Kathryn Thomas

Cast: Bryce Lavery-Jacko and Wayne Buckley

Couples Therapy comedy, because Mike is deeply in love with Rocky (a wooden rocking chair), but Mike has cheated.

(2) – Det-end-tion

Det-end-tion
Det-end-tion

ITC Presented By Moontan Productions

Written by Amelia Gilday and Alex Fenner / Directed by Amelia Gilday

Cast: Riley Marnell and Daniel Pryke

Very dramatic message piece, as an earthquake causes exploration of the bully/victim relationship of two young men.

(3) – #NotAllMen

#NotAllMen
#NotAllMen

ITC Presented By Village Spirit Productions

Written & Directed by Kel Vane

Cast: Michelle Burge, Margareta Moir and James Walkom

Strange Police procedural drama, police interrogation room delivers rough justice. Just the quirky unrealistic “Police Facts” via analysing all the lies “he says versus she says”. Discover the alleged victim versus the alleged perpetrator. Is she is going to miss out on the tax free $15000.00 NSW victim of crime payout?

(4) – The Wee Small Hours

The Wee Small Hours
The Wee Small Hours

ITC Presented By Angelfish Productions

Written by Leonie Jordan / Directed by Margaret Fitzgerald  / Music by Daniel O’Connor

Cast: Pauline Gardner & Rob White

Drama full of grief, regret and revenge. He has re-married, but has taken this 3am telephone call from his ex, on the anniversary of the death of their young daughter.

(5) – Not So Super

Not So Super
Not So Super

ITC Presented By Musketeer Productions

Written & Directed by Paulene Turner

Cast: Paul Byrne, Nicholas Drummond, Liz Hovey and Rebecca Towns

Comedy version of “The Incredibles” versus the Evil Pulse and starring the crazy super family with Flame, Fast, Mind Reader, Time Keeper.

(6) – Yellow Means Caution

Yellow Means Caution
Yellow Means Caution

Written by Gregory Crafts / Directed by Victoria Lewis

Cast: Emma Mylott & Andrew Wang

Message drama with comedy one-liners, as video game widow Loretta, in relationship crisis needs to find happiness within her rotten marriage with video gamer Max. She has happy painted every wall of every room, using bright bold “Yellow Submarine” coloured paint.

(7) – Love, Honour & Obey

Love, Honour, Obey
Love, Honour, Obey

Written by Sally Williams / Directed by Angeline Andrews

Cast: Kirra Farquharson and Will Reilly

Wife insists that her husband obeys her written instructions (including footnotes) detailing how her husband can get way with murdering her in cold blood, but he desperately needs her to stop interrupting him.

(8) – A Dog’s Dream

A Dog's Dream
A Dog’s Dream

Written by Jeffrey Fischer-Smith / Directed by Jace Pickard

Cast: Jack Dawson & Richard Lund

Message piece, yes interesting drama, that will take you on an unexpected trajectory. For Mark his dog’s dreams are real. Recently deceased Mark tells his partner Andy, that the family dog needs to be taken to the local park to grieve about Mark.

(9) – The Secret of Me

The Secret of Me
The Secret of Me

ITC Presented By Almost Evkav

Written by Sonal Moore / Directed by Evangeline Moore

Cast: Jack Marsden & Alexandra Joyce

Photographic art trends keep changing, and during Queen Victoria’s time, young children being captured in photos completely naked was a symbol of purity and not of sexuality. Strong believable performances, utterly intense dialogue, set in an photographic art gallery storeroom. Unexpectedly Ruth sees an extremely confronting paedophile photo of herself on exhibition, that unknowingly her Uncle Leo had taken of her, over twenty years ago. Dramatically ends with an unexpected resolution of her dilemma.

(10) – Waiting To Go

Waiting for Go
Waiting for Go

Written by Elspeth Tilley / Directed by Kym Vaitiekus

Cast: Barbara Hastings, Seb Normel

Clever comedy stereotyping, as these two dancing lollypop-sign-controller road-workers, from just outside your front gate, provide detailed political insanity, whilst doing a famous slapstick routine clearly inspired by the movie film “The Plank”.

All photos by Robert Miniter.

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2017 Top 80 Week FIVE, runs from Wednesday 8th February 2017 to Sunday 12th February 2017 at 7.30 pm at the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.

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SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK FOUR @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

There are nine simply superb plays being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet. Captivating, strange, unique, and laugh-out-loud entertainment galore, and one with live music.

(1) – Wish You Were Hair

ITC Presented by RAPA Inc

Written by Kaz Getts / Directed by Kaz Getts and Warren Bradley

Cast – Warren Bradley, Christine Engelheart

Wish you were here
Wish you were here

Comedy all about HAIR from first pubes, cut hair, shaving, nair, long hair wig, chemo. Warren Bradley and Christine Engelheart are endearing with their multiple characters through time, constant flow of costume changes, covering from teenagers to seniors.

(2) – Diary of a Breakup / Breakdown

ITC Presented by Alex Broun Company

Written By Alex Broun / Directed by Peter Whitehead

Cast – Claire Bird, Michael Booker.

Diary of a Breakup
Diary of a Breakup

Alex Broun, is one of the world’s leading ten-minute playwrights, and has written more than one hundred ten minute plays : http://www.alexbroun.com/  Dialogue intense dramatic delight, as Claire Bird and Michael Booker individually deconstruct each and every intense moment, day by day during the thirty days immediately after their relationship ended.

(3) – Brexit

ITC Presented by Budding Theatre Company

Written and directed by Kirsty Budding

Cast:  Kaivu Suvarna, Amelia Green, Michael Ubrihien and Rina Onorato

Brexit
Brexit

Excellent comedy message piece set on Thursday 23rd June, the voting day for the EU Referendum, four Brits at a bus stop agree to disagree on the vote discussing Cultural Imperialism and stereotyping, all lead along to the very unexpected twist.

(4) – The Story of Darling Brown

ITC Presented by The Monologue Project

Written and Directed by Pete Malicki

Cast – Katharine Babatzanis

The Story of Darling Brown
The Story of Darling Brown

Comedy monologue as Katharine Babatzanis plays Darling Brown. Discusses her identical twin sister Jesse, berates her parents (Claire and John) for their calling their first born twin “Darling”.  Darling pretending to be Jesse, ends up enjoying being completely different to her identical twin, all caused by her hating the name her parents assigned her at birth.

(5) – Tapping Out

Written by Maura Pierlot / Directed by Cecile Payet

Cast:  Kaiya Bartholomew, Brayden Harry, Ethan Mestroni and Anton Smilek

Tapping Out
Tapping Out

Winning dialogue drama and timpani musical piece, with the drummers’s tap tap tap of musical syncopation on assorted musical instruments in the percussion family. Private language created in tap, introvert versus extrovert, a war between Wes with Jay, then Jay with Declan. Wes is trapped in his mind palace, by reliving all the complex events that occurred twelve months ago.

(6) – Hidden Depths

Written by Pamela Western / Directed by Mark Fowler

Cast:  Christine Aldridge and James Sugrue

Hidden Depths
Hidden Depths

A beautifully costumed Pirate (Roger), arrives for his first job interview at the the Tax Office. Perfectly timed comedy with perfect cast, expertly directed, was a huge audience favourite on the Opening Night. Reliving the glory days of buccaneers and flogging, apparently this modern day pirate is a computer hacker. Perfectly chosen music with nautical sound effects, end the performance.

(7) – Still Alive

ITC Presented by Nautanki Theatre

Written and Directed by Dilbagh Singh

Cast:  Dilroop Khangura, Shanelle Sin and Dilbagh Singh

Still Alive
Still Alive

Tulip is the delusional girl, trapped in the hot hell of her one room limbo. The devil is dressed as a doctor. Dressed in white as a nurse, is the angel. This fine drama, is subject to many possible interpretations.

(8) – Arthur and Marilyn

ITC Presented by Half Boy Company

Written By Jasper-Lee Lindsay / Directed by Danen Young

Cast:  Meg Hyeronimus and Alec Ebert

Arthur and Marilyn
Arthur and Marilyn

Delicious fictionalised dialogue, as we learn exactly how Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller met. All that they talked about, with a smoky haze caused by the cast constantly smoking a seemingly infinite amount of herbal cigarettes.

(9) – One Night Stan

ITC Presented by Third Bite

Written by Adam Szudrich / Directed by Grant Wilson

Cast:  Gina Cohen, Ally O’Brien and Emma Caldwell

One Night Stan
One Night Stan

Back into the dating game, and always at the same restaurant, Stan is dating these three women, Rachel, Holly and Marie. Comedy dialogue flows as each woman has vastly different dating experiences with the same man. Delightful and well worthy of getting a standing ovation, and of course easily garnered the longest applause from the Opening Night audience.

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2017 Top 80 Week Four is playing the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free parking, until Sunday 5th February 2017.

Featured photo from Hidden Depths. All photos by Robert Miniter. 

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SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK THREE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

 

Every week of the Festival which runs from January to March, Short and Sweet features brilliant new plays with the very best  returning to compete in March in the Gala Finals.

This very successful and now international ten minute play Festival is now in its sixteenth  year.

Festival Director Wayne Tunks chose just nine plays to be included in Week 3 with every play being very good in its own way. It was a treat to have four wonderful comic delights included in this selection. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK THREE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

KOALA JOE – THE MUSICAL – Australian Premiere @ KING STREET THEATRE NEWTOWN

Playwright/Director Markus Weber and Composer Michael Summ, have created KOALA JOE, a new musical journey driven by the spirit of The Dreamtime.

Joe, a homesick Australian boy, lives in a boarding school located above the snowline in Austria, and he is training to be a downhill skier.

Whilst asleep, a mysterious messenger from The Dreamtime visits Joe,  “I am Yalunda – daughter of the Great Mother Eingana, who once created everything. I am the water, the rocks, and the trees. I am a bird, a koala, a kangaroo and an emu too. I am the ancient bow, Toon and the Boomerang. I am Yalunda your sister and Yoola your brother too.” Continue reading KOALA JOE – THE MUSICAL – Australian Premiere @ KING STREET THEATRE NEWTOWN

SHORT+ SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK TWO @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

 

Short and Sweet Theatre Sydney is the largest festival of ten minute plays in the world. Now in its 16th year, the festival takes place over a period of three months starting in January each year. Around 160 brand new scripts by Australian and international writers, will be performed during the festival. Spoilt for choice, with nine brand new plays this week:-

1 – T3 Trojan

ITC presented by Bare Bones Theatre Co.

Written and Directed by Judith Duncan

Cast: Karishma Mathur

Very entertaining, dramatic injustice monologue of woman versus machine, with essential content very reminiscent of “Fahrenheit 451” and “Divergent”. The human element has been removed, dystopian justice is now very blind, a computer is your judge jury and executioner, because all justice is badly administered by artificial intelligence, with urgent need for change. Continue reading SHORT+ SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK TWO @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SYDNEY FESTIVAL and RIVERSIDE THEATRES present ‘KALEIDOSCOPE’

 

KALEIDOSCOPE is fast paced,  high-energy exuberant school holiday entertainment, a multi-faceted circus experience, just perfect for a pre-teen audience.

With her young son Ethan Inspiring the creation of this work on stage, Ethan’s mother wrote a book that described stepping into her son’s  world as like, “the joy of walking through shafts of colour and light; like seeing through a dazzling kaleidoscope”.

When four years of age, Ethan Hugh was diagnosed with “Asperger Syndrome”. He is now twelve years old, and he has learned to understand the incredible beauty of his world discovered through touch. With this show you too can view how to enjoy living life through young Ethan’s eyes.

The show features five speech-free silent circus performers on stage with Ethan, with pre-recorded musical accompaniment and with some voice-overs from Ethan.

The five circus performers and Ethan, are seen slowly awakening from sleep on a huge video wall, then they perform tumbling mimed slapstick acrobatics as they start their day and then go to perform somersaults, flips, back-flips, back-bends, bridges, kick-overs, handstands, front-handsprings, back-handsprings, side aerial cartwheels, turning-cartwheels, in short all manner of acrobatics as they each change out of their pajamas and into their street wear.

Two pole-dancing risk-taking gymnasts, climbed the pole all the way to the ceiling, and then spun and dropped down at high speed.

Attached to the rigging, suspended from the ceiling, was a single tab aerial hoop-ring without a hand-loop. The hoop-ring aerialist was lifted by her troupe up to the hoop-ring, and then she delivered an awe-inspiring performance, with elegance strength and power, as she looped climbed spun, creating a clever aerial dance movement experience that regularly gained oohs and aahs from the audience.

A surprising pillow fight, lead to thousands of feathers flying everywhere which was delightfully followed by loud screaming from the boisterous young audience.

Whilst the silk aerialist is seated and playing music on a toy piano, Ethan decides to paint her feet red, and her arms yellow and orange. She then climbs the two white silks to perform aerial acrobatics, and while hanging from the fabric, wraps, drops, rolls, spins, climbs, all of which turned the white silks into a fantasy matrix of superb dazzling colours that was yet another great audience pleaser.

The shown ran for 50 minutes without interval.

Highly recommended, KALEIDOSCOPE plays the Lennox Theatre at Parramatta Riverside Theatres until the 18th January 2017.   The theatre is located on the corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta, NSW.

Remaining performances :-

Tuesday 17 January at 3.30pm
Wednesday 18 January at 6.15pm

https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/kaleidoscope/

 

SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK ONE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

 

The biggest little play festival in the world. 2017 and this is the sixteenth year of SHORT+SWEET THEATRE SYDNEY, running Wednesdays to Sundays, from 11th January 2017 to 18th March 2017.

In March 2017 the best of the best are returning for the Special Event Shows, and the long awaited 2017 Gala Final performances on 16 17 18 March 2017.

Short and Sweet Festival Director, Wayne Tunks, has selected an excellent first week of thought provoking plays, and very easy to recommend, with nine brand new plays, all well worth experiencing:-

SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 – WEEK ONE

1 – Heat Visions
Written and Directed by Nick Subjak
Cast: Alice Furze
Superb comedy monologue in one voice, was an absolutely huge audience pleaser. Bright red full-body sunburn hurts, and the simple task of eating a bowl of cereal, collapses into trying to move close enough to try to open the cereal container. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK ONE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

BALABALA @ CARRIAGEWORKS – PART OF SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2017

This was the world premiere of BALABALA, the Indonesian sister work to CRY JAILOLO. Dressed in black, and part of a remote community in Eastern Indonesia, five young female dancers, during three minutes of complete silence, one by one slowly appeared on stage with all movements done in extreme slow motion. Choreography choices were based on Indonesian martial arts, all founded on the “Pencak Silat” philosophy of the nine directions.    

To follow, for each of the many set-pieces, each time presented extremely minimised, stylised rhythmic movement patterns, in 2/4 time or 3/4 time or 4/4 time, with pre-recorded musical accompaniment, with one voice or multiple voices delivering “A cappella music” by singing without instrumental accompaniment. However some later set-pieces also added a loop of electronica or electric bass or bass drums or temple bells or a stringed musical instrument.    Continue reading BALABALA @ CARRIAGEWORKS – PART OF SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2017

ROGUE ONE : A STAR WARS STORY

 

In the post-Lucas era, thank you to the new owners of Lucasfilm, the first of the non trilogy movies  – ROGUE ONE – A STAR WARS STORY – has been released.

You do NOT need to have ever seen any of the previous science fiction movies in the series. Enjoy this “good final outcome, despite all the wrongs committed” 134 minutes of beautifully immersive filmmaking. The film features a gigantic action-packed battle at the end.

One of the key Rebellion events within the Star Wars timeline, this team of rebels have taken on the mission to steal the plans to the evil Galactic Empire’s as yet untested ultimate weapon of planetary destruction, The Death Star.
Continue reading ROGUE ONE : A STAR WARS STORY

LA LA LAND

 

With the demise of the Hollywood Factory System and Louis B. Mayer, Hollywood musicals with the likes of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire had become impossible to make, now the blockbuster Hollywood musical is back in our cinemas. This is an emotion-driven, and hugely entertaining musical with heart and soul, all about surviving everyday life in Hollywood, written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle.

CRITIC’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER, 7 Golden Globes nominee LA LA LAND, with immaculate quality Cinemascope cinematography by Linus Sandgren, is set in a wonderfully romanticised version of modern day Los Angeles, complete with violet/indigo coloured Southern California sunsets, and has a completely original book music lyrics and score. Original Music by Justin Hurwitz.

With the huge entire cast delivering incredible dance performances, LA LA LAND is the ultimate re-invention of the MGM Hollywood classic musical for a new century, completely splashy and grandiose, however and it has been well worth the very long wait for this successful creation, of an amazing non-Broadway-based musical treat. Continue reading LA LA LAND

RAPUNZEL THE PANTOMIME @ King Street Theatre NEWTOWN

 

RAPUNZEL is the biggest and best pantomime show in Sydney, and written/directed by the talented Maria de Marco, who was inspired by the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Fast-paced family friendly fun with fourteen funny songs containing unique Australian twists and turns. Often ridiculous, always hilarious, and perfectly outrageous, exuberant and exciting, but always utterly charming, a very entertaining experience for adults and for children.

This is an Australian pantomime that has it all, and it is impossibly hard to imagine a better family panto. You will be wowed with humorous puns, cute gags, clever songs, child-friendly double entendre, inventive allusions and wacky costume choices, and two cute prop horses. Santa also makes a visit, with his huge bag filled with sweets for all the children.

The lonely Maiden lives her life, trapped in her bedroom at the top of a tall tower, and is unable to escape because her bedroom has no door and no stairs. Can she find herself just the one Prince Charming who is able save her? In the woods, there are many eligible bachelor princes. Unfortunately one Prince Charming is looking for the maiden with the other glass slipper. Another Prince Charming is looking for the maiden in the glass coffin.

RAPUNZEL has been quite deliberately designed to involve audience participation from all the children in the audience. Your kids are expected to help the cast whilst they are performing, by loudly yelling out either boo or yes. After the show, meet the cast, and you are most welcome to take photos.

The cast features JACQUI GREENFIELD as Rapunzel, THOMAS ADAMS, ALEX CHORLEY and SIMON WARD.

1. RAPUNZEL – SIMON WARD
2. FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD – (FR: OLIVER) – BART LIONEL
3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY – PATTY HILL/ MILDRED J. HILL/ RICHARD HARDELSTEIN
4. IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS – MEREDITH WILSON
5. BEIN’ GREEN – JOSEPH G RAPOSO
6. I GONNA BE (500 MILES)- CHARLIE REID / CRAIG REID.
7. PRINCESS – MATTHEW LEE ROBINSON
8. CAN’T STOP THE FEELING – J TIMBERLAKE / M SANDBERG / J SCHUSTER
9. HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO – J STEINMAN / D PITCHFORD
10. WHAT ABOUT ME? – G FROST / F SWAN
11. YOU’RE THE VOICE – K REID / A QUNTA / M RYDER / C THOMPSON
12. HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS – G AUTRY / O HALDEMAN
13. Reprise of RAPUNZEL – SIMON WARD
14. WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS – TRADITIONAL

Recommended. King Street Theatre has put together, a delightful and fresh panto production, filled with all-round family entertainment.

School holiday season, alive on stage from 17th to 23rd of December 2016 at the King Street Theatre, on First Floor at corner of King Street and Bray Street, Newtown.

For more information visit http://www.kingstreettheatre.com.au/

BARE THE MUSICAL @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

 

BARE THE MUSICAL (Bare: A Pop Opera) debuted at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles, California, running from October 2000 to 25 February 2001.

The year is 2000, this thought-provoking rock musical is set within a private Catholic co-ed high school, St Cecilia’s Boarding School. We see the auditions and the rehearsals of the high school’s musical version of Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET.

Secret lovers Peter and Jason, are two gay high school students, and experience their constant romantic struggles with great sensitivity, centred around their identity and sexual preferences. Continue reading BARE THE MUSICAL @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

MATTHEW WHITTET’S ‘GIRL ASLEEP’ @ BELVOIR STREET

Greta Driscoll  (played by Ellen Steele) is about to turn fifteen in 1970s Australian suburbia, and without any consultation, her controlling parents have organised for the entire school to attend her fifteenth birthday party. Greta falls asleep in her bedroom, and we experience her vivid dreams, as a magnificent costumed fantasy with spellbinding visuals.

Continue reading MATTHEW WHITTET’S ‘GIRL ASLEEP’ @ BELVOIR STREET

MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘GREASE’ @ STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

grease-at-manly-45John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John lit up the cinema screen in GREASE, the unforgettable movie cult classic, released in 1978.

The Manly Musical Society is currently presenting the original musical which originally premiered in Chicago in 1971. The Society fills the stage with an energetic ensemble cast showcasing magnificent voices, each with unbounded energy, which bring back the rock ‘n’ roll 1950s in true greased-lightning style.

For those few who don’t know how the story goes…Danny and Sandy during their summer holiday vacation enjoy a whirlwind passionate love affair. They expected to never to see each other again, and unexpectedly start their final school year in the same high school, at Rydell High. Continue reading MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘GREASE’ @ STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO @ SUTHERLAND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

 

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I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Groucho Marx on stage. Award-winning actor Frank Ferrante plays Groucho, and reprises his acclaimed portrayal of the comic genius.

Ferrante, accompanied by his onstage pianist, shares vivid anecdotes and dances his way through each of Groucho’s hilarious songs, that included “Hooray For Captain Spalding,”,  “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady” and “Doctor Hackenbush”.

Everyone sitting in the front row became part of this excellent show, with Ferrante delivering in the grandest Groucho style.

In this tribute show, Ferrante easily re-acquaints us with the likes of his four brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, MGM’s Louis B. Mayer. We learn all about Groucho Marx’s straight-woman who was his constant foil, the aristocratic Margaret Dumont.

You will have a wonderful night of laughter, but be prepared to laugh and laugh again. Family friendly comedy, learn about Groucho and his brothers, their Live Theatre Shows and from 1929 their epic comedy movies with five movies from Paramount and then five from Metro Goldwyn Mayer, and then ROOM SERVICE (1938) an RKO Radio Picture.

Later Groucho had his own show, first heard on radio and then moved to television from 1950-1961, his famous quiz show called “You Bet Your Life” which had the racier moments (suggestive innuendo) edited out before broadcast. However there is no mention made about the three latter movies, that Groucho made for Republic Pictures, Artists Alliance, United Artists (1946, 1947, 1949).

“I’ve had a wonderful evening . . . but this wasn’t it!” – Groucho Marx

Yes it was a night of truly wonderful entertainment, that will be long remembered. Recommended.

Sutherland Entertainment Centre, 30 Eton Street, Sutherland

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO played for one night only on Friday November  11.

Duration under two hours, including one interval.

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MY FATHERS LEFT TESTICLE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

 

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Mustard Seed Productions is currently presenting their inaugural production, the world premiere of Murray Lambert’s subversive and hilarious dark comedy MY FATHERS LEFT TESTICLE.

The play exposes the physical/mental dangers to refugee adults and children, directly resulting from the Australian Government immigration policy to “stop the boats” and the hypocrisy of the barbaric treatment those refugees receive in the overseas processing camps. Five refugees exist in an alternate reality, and these five Australian Citizens have decided to flee their homeland of Australia, and are processed overseas through a refugee detention centre called “Camp Assimilation.” Continue reading MY FATHERS LEFT TESTICLE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

FACES THE MUSICAL @ THE FUSE BOX, FACTORY THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

 

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FACES THE MUSICAL tells the story of five young people, searching for ways to improve their world, interlinked with a second storyline related to the history of one of their grandfathers.

Four friends, Mia (Bethany Taylor), Yin (Soohan Jennifer Yoo), Farid (Eamon Moses), and Rya (Ethan Taylor) come to help their friend Ethan (Adam Bowes) sort through Ethan’s dead grandfather’s things in the attic of the family home. Ethan is searching in particular for his grandfather Arthur’s (Nicholas Gledhill) penny whistle, which he remembers from his childhood, but in the search the friends find far much more than just the penny whistle.

Their lives will change forever because on this stormy Saturday night they will all  be embarking on journeys of self-discovery, aided and abetted by the ghostly spirit of Arthur.

As they search for the penny whistle scenes from different times and places allow the characters to explore their beliefs and desires for a better world. In the end a secret which has been kept for forty years is revealed, and melds the themes of injustice in the grandfather’s past with the injustices faced in the present day by the group.

FACES is part mystery, part comedy and part exploration of themes of justice and hope. The tunes are bright, the lyrics of the songs inspired. The play’s world is brought to life by a talented cast, well supported by a strong ensemble. Perhaps there was a little too much of the “soap box” in a couple of scenes, but this new and youthful Australian musical, delivered an upbeat entertaining experience.

FACES THE MUSICAL has clever choreography that rises above, to become more than just the music, and often caused laughter with uncontrollable goosebumps, making for a genuinely fun theatrical experience.

FACES is a new and youthful Australian musical, and delivered an upbeat entertaining experience, with a cast of fresh voices many with an impressive voice range and excellent  voice control.

Duration 120 minutes, including one interval.

Directed by Kyle Stephens
Music Directed by Kailesh Reitmans
Choreographed by Natasha Window
Set Design Riley Cope
Fill in Musical Director Andrew Freeborn

Book by Carmelita Lees
Songs by: Carmelita Lees, Jim Shipstone, John Roy & Stewart Peters
Script Consultant: Isaac Owen

Cast:-
Nicholas Gledhill ………….Arther Fielding
Adam Bowes ………………..Ethan Fielding
Bethany Taylor …………….Mia
Soohan Jennifer Yoo ………..Yin
Eamon Moses ……………….Farid
Ethan Taylor ………………Ryan
Sammy Jayne ……………….Leah Feilding
Jessie Baker ………………Miriam/ Ensemble
Sasha Cole ………………..Refugee boy/Ensemble
Bea Low …………………..PA/Ensemble
Kyle Stephens ……………..Toms Boss/Ensemble
Mitch Thornton …………….Ensemble
Maselina Metcalf …………..Lilly

Band
Kailesh Reitmans ……………..Keys/Musical Director
Noa Kidd …………………….Guitar
Edward Hampton ……………….Bass
Amy Graham …………………..Flute/Sax/Tin whistle
Trish Daviszz ………………..Reed
Jason Murray …………………Drums

FACES THE  MUSICAL played the Fuse Box at the Factory Theatre between the 11th and the 23rd October 2016.