All posts by Kathryn Berryman

Amidst busy family life, Kathryn studied for a BA DipEd at Macquarie University, completing her degree in 2005. When she is not teaching, Kathryn loves to write. Her interest in history and mythology was the catalyst for her debut novel to become a reality. Kathryn also enjoys ‘dabbling’ in other creative pursuits and loves attending the theatre, musicals and the cinema.

HUNTER K SMITH : CREATING WITH A BANG

BOOK REVIEW: 

According to Victor, everyone has their price. But not Lulu! A best-selling author, Lulu reveals to us that with the power of knowledge, we can be the creator of our own experience. From finding a cure for cancer to saving thousands of dollars, Lulu leads us down the path of enlightenment to a healthier, happier life.

Based on real-life events, Creating With A Bang! is a refreshingly different book with a strong message. 

The characters (Carlo, Lulu, George, Hot Henry, The Men in Black, Robot Joe and Victor) live simultaneously in multiple parallel worlds, connected by a higher consciousness. Hunter K. Smith cleverly uses stream of consciousness, bridging their worlds to immerse the reader in a very informative and at times, amusing story. Continue reading HUNTER K SMITH : CREATING WITH A BANG

MONTY PYTHON’S ‘SPAMALOT’ @ BANKSTOWN ARTS CENTRE

For a fun-filled night of silliness, cross-dressing and belly laughs you can’t go past Bankstown Theatre Company’s production of MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT.

The show’s original 2005 production was a Broadway hit, winner of three Tony Awards, including a Tony for Best Musical.

Billed as, ‘A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail,’ MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT is a sassy, irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

King Arthur has been given a quest (by God) to search for the Holy Grail, a quest that is fraught with hitches, treating the audience to a smorgasbord of classic Python sketches including: I’m not dead yet, the killer rabbit, the Black Knight and the Insulting Frenchman.

Fear not, Lords and Ladies! There is no need to be well-versed in the 1975 film to enjoy the almost two hours of singing, dancing, gags and outrageous situations. Continue reading MONTY PYTHON’S ‘SPAMALOT’ @ BANKSTOWN ARTS CENTRE

The Lost Pages – The Debut Novel by Melbourne writer Marija Peričić

The year is 1908 in the city of Prague. You’ve written your first book. Everyone wants to be near you, touch you, and hear what you the learned writer has to say. Maybe you do have something worthwhile to impart, your literary opinion is in demand and many would-be authors vie for your attention. Your confidence grows as your fame increases, until a handsome, brilliant stranger befriends you, rivalling your talent and self-assurance. That’s when doubt begins to creep in.

Winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2017, the debut novel of Melbourne author Marija Peričić is an intriguing interpretation of the relationship of Max Brod and Franz Kafka. THE LOST PAGES  traces the strange and often fractious relationship between mentor (Max Brod) and protégé (Franz Kafka), where love, rivalry, jealousy and paranoia spiral into madness. Continue reading The Lost Pages – The Debut Novel by Melbourne writer Marija Peričić

THE MUSIC MAN : HORNSBY MUSICAL SOCIETY REVISITS A BROADWAY CLASSIC

Featured image – Logan McArthur as Tommy Djilas and Emily Haldane as Zaneeta Shinn in Hornsny Musical Society’s revival of ‘The Music Man’.

A Broadway hit in 1957, The Music Man made the transition from stage to the silver screen in 1962 with a blockbuster movie starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. The original movie and subsequent Saturday night re-runs in the 1970’s of popular Hollywood musicals, helped cement classics such as The Music Man into our hearts and minds.

The Music Man follows fast-talking travelling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. ‘Professor’ Hill is full of enthusiasm and promises. He encourages the young band members to use a revolutionary mind over matter technique called the ‘Think Method’ to play their musical instruments, while he plans to skip town with the cash. Will he succeed or will love foil his plans and make him respectable?

The opening song Rock Island, in Hornsby Musical Society’s production of The Music Man, heralds an evening of lively, fast-paced and colourful entertainment. Continue reading THE MUSIC MAN : HORNSBY MUSICAL SOCIETY REVISITS A BROADWAY CLASSIC