The Party is directed by Sally Potter and features perhaps the greatest British ensemble of all time, headed by Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson and Timothy Spall. It’s very punchy, very political, very intellectual and the cast shine in their most comedic roles of their careers. It conveys sharp and timely commentary about politics, feminism, long-term relationships, same-sex families and human behaviour through fast-paced comedic dialogue. Continue reading It’s a Party and We Have Tickets to a Preview→
THE CAROUSEL will play at the Kings Cross Theatre as part of the KXT Step Up Festival. THE CAROUSEL is a new Australian play that explores the limits of unconditional love between sisters.
Christa and Jamie (Alex Francis and Tasha O’Brien) are sisters. Together they are embarking upon the treacherous transition between girlhood and womanhood. As girls they learn about the horrors of life, and as young women they inevitably start to live them. Christa wants Jamie to start living, Jamie refuses to leave the house. Continue reading The Carousel: Part of KXT Step Up Festival→
SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM – OPENING NIGHT is a satire on art practice. “It’s opening night at the Sydney Contemporary Art Museum and things are not going well.” A play about modern art, love and elephant dung… and suicidal Santas! And we have 10 double tickets to give away to the real opening night. Continue reading IT’S A SCAM AND YOU ARE INVITED.→
To celebrate, we have a double pass to give away to FREE LUNCH SOCIETY, screening Wednesday 21st March at 8:45pm. [Facebook Event]
FREE LUNCH SOCIETY [SAG review] explores the history, and possible future, of ‘Universal Basic Income’ and gives us a glimpse into the possible economy of tomorrow. A vital film in an era of increasing artificial intelligence and automation.
For your chance to win, head to the Transitions Film Festival 'win' page and enter the code SFREESR
FREE LUNCH SOCIETY will play as part of the Transitions Film Festival ( March 20 – 22nd) at Dendy Newtown. You can join their mailing list or the view the full program at the Transitions FF website and on Facebook.
Madman Entertainment will shortly be bringing you THE DEATH OF STALIN – a bitingly sharp political-satire featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Simon Russell,Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko and more.
To celebrate the film’s upcoming release Sydney Arts Guide is giving away 20 in-season double passes to see the film. For a chance to win, simply email the Editor on email@example.com with THE DEATH OF STALIN GIVEAWAY in the subject heading. Please provide your postal address as the passes will be mailed out. Winners will be initially advised by email.
In the hit British comedy drama television series LOVE, LIES AND RECORDS Ashley Jensen is hilarious as Kate Dickenson, the Registrar of the Birth, Death and Marriages Department in Leeds who struggles to juggle her personal life with the daily dramas which take place as part of her job.Continue reading DVD GIVEAWAY – LOVE, LIES AND RECORDS→
LE CORSAIRE (The Pirate’s Story) is one of the world’s most loved ballets complete with pirates, beautiful maidens, romance and shipwrecks. A full length version of the classic has never before been staged by an Australian ballet company.
THE WINDSORS (Complete Series One & Two) will soon be available in Australia.
THE WINDSORS is a fictional comedy soap opera, following the imagined lives and loves of a family, with big comic characters loosely based on Wills & Kate, Prince Harry & Pippa Middleton, Camilla & Charles, and various other royals.
The Windsors are a royal family divided:
Prince Charles (Harry Enfield) dreams of ruling Britain but Wills (Hugh Skinner) just wants to be ordinary, to fly helicopters and mingle with the people.
Kate (Louise Ford) is proud of her humble origins and wants to find her role, but Camilla (Haydn Gwynne) is plotting to destroy Wills and Kate to get power for herself.
Meanwhile, Harry (Richard Goulding) might be in love with Pippa (Morgana Robinson) but has a new girlfriend, Meghan Markle (Kathryn Drysdale).
Beatrice (Ellie White) and Eugenie (Celeste Dring) want to make it as women in business.
Fergie (Katy Wix) is partying like it’s 1982, and all of them are being terrorised by their joyless puritanical aunt, Anne (Vicki Pepperdine).
The Guardian called it “riotous hilarity” and wondered if ‘They’ were watching.
Sydney Arts Guide has one more DVD box sets to Seasons One and Two of the hilarious UK series THE WINDSORS.
Email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org with WINDSORS in the subject line by COB Friday 24th November. The winner will be notified. One last note: the DVDs don’t arrive in Australia until 6th of December!
Dare to enter the dark and magical world of a 19th century circus as THE CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS arrives in Sydney after leaving a dizzying path of mystery and mayhem for audiences along the way.
Nestled somewhere between the madness of a Tim Burton psychosis and the darkness of a David Lynch nightmare, THE CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS tells the tragic tale of unrequited love & loss set amongst the splendour of a Victorian-era circus.
Featuring some of Australia’s best physical entertainers, musicians & singers, this uniquely original “circus noir” spectacle delivers a twisted bent on the familiar Circus, Musical Theatre and Cabaret stage genres. Backed by a highly emotive and original live music score by Platonic, audiences are taken on a brooding and mystical journey into the dark heart of a vintage circus fraternity where nothing is as it seems.
Written and produced by Graham Coupland, founder of Australia’s popular GANGSTER’S BALL,THE CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS is a lavish production that showcases a breathtaking mix of performances from world‐class acrobats, aerial artists, illusionists and carnival characters, all whilst telling a tale of desire and betrayal under the classic Big Top.
Combined with Victorian Gothic and Steampunk-inspired costuming and stage design, a magical world comes alive where the line between life and death, real and unreal, is truly blurred.
THE CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS will play at the Seymour Centre 16-18 November. To be in the running to win one of 2 free double passes email your details to email@example.com using LOST SOULS COMP as the subject by 6pm Thursday November 2nd. Only winners will be notified.
“You’ll never make a living playing the viola da gamba in Australia!”
Jenny Eriksson can’t remember how many times she received this advice in the years after she gave up her career as a promising cellist and sold her two cellos to fund overseas’ studies on the viola da gamba.
Discarding all logical guidance, she caught a plane to Holland and stepped “into the abyss” to create a future for herself on an instrument few music lovers in her home country had heard of and ever fewer seemed to like.
“One of the most assured, fully-formed British debuts in recent years”
Sight & Sound
“A bold & brilliant drama…Josh O’Connor is a revelation”
The Film Stage
“A poised piece of filmmaking, and ‘God’s Own Country’ is broodingly beautiful”
“Tough, sensual, unsentimental, with excellent lead performances”
“God’s Own Country’ turns out to be a romance which soars…It should touch the hardest of hearts”
In Francis Lee’s GOD’S OWN COUNTRY Johnny Saxby works long hours in brutal isolation on his family’s remote farm in the north of England.
Johnny numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex.
When a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before.
An intense relationship forms between the two which changes Johnny’s life forever.
Sydney Arts Guide has ten in season double passes to give away to GOD’S OWN COUNTRY. Be one of the first to email the Editor on firstname.lastname@example.org with God’s Own Country in the subject heading. Please provide your postal address. Winners will be advised by email.
KILLING GROUND is an attempt at schlock horror channelling Wolf Creek and Deliverance. The deliverance is an ugly cry wolf experience.
A well heeled couple, Ian and Sam, who should be booking a holiday at the Hilton decide to go on a camping trip in a remote spot of the Australian wilderness. Passing through a one horse town, they ask directions to the secluded spot from a pair of suspiciously psycho locals. As you do in films of this genre.
Finally finding the secluded spot, the couple find it not so solitary, as a tent has already been pitched. But where are the happy campers?
Is that the faint twang of Duelling Banjos I hear on the soft, off shore breeze, rustling the leaves of the eerie eucalyptus?
Featured image – Director Carly Fisher. Pic by Ben Apfelbaum.
For its main production for 2017 New South Wales Theatrical Society (NUTS), now a proud 33 years old, is presenting THE ADDAMS FAMILY THE MUSICAL, a stage adaptation of the much loved television series which itself was a derivative of the original comic series.
I had a chat with Carly Fisher who is very excited to be directing this production, her second production for NUTS after directing their Arts Revue in 2015.
Carly describes herself as a theatre fanatic/tragic. She has been involved with theatre and performance from a very tender/young age – she started going to the Brent Street Studio when she was seven years old. Interestingly, she is the only one in her family who has chosen a career in the performing arts.Continue reading CARLY FISHER AND DIRECTING ‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY THE MUSICAL’→
Determined to gate-crash her ex-lover’s funeral, former Hollywood siren Helen, played by Joan Collins, escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla, played by Pauline Collins, a repressed English housewife stuck in a boring marriage.
Together they hit the road in a race to get to the funeral on time. On the way they become entangled in a love triangle with an Italian millionaire, played by Franco Nero, find true friendship in one another, and have the time of their lives.
David Wigg from Daily Mail described THE TIME OF OUR LIVES as ‘this year’s most hilarious feel good movie.’
Sydney Arts Guide has ten in season double passes to give away. Be on the first to email email@example.com. Winners will be advised by email.
THE TIME OF OUR LIVES opens in cinemas on Thursday 10th August.
Sharmill Films and Sonia Friedman Productions are presenting Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed production of the late Edward Albee’s landmark play, captured live for cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
Sydney Arts Guide has five double passes to give away to the preview screening at the Dendy Newtown on Wednesday 9th August at 6 pm.
The inaugural Bondi Theatre Company will present its debut season of musicals and cabaret takes places between August 17 and 26 and Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to offer to its main production.
MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL
In MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL Amy (Rebecca Spicer) is three weeks away from giving birth to her first baby and is on cloud nine. Her friends Barb – a stressed out mother of five (Christie Koppe), Brooke – a hard working lawyer (Manon Gunderson-Briggs) and Tasha – a single mother (Chloe Angel) call a surprise baby shower to set her straight about the challenges that lie ahead.
The musical comedy by Sue Fabisch was described by Arts Hub as “a hoot”, “laugh out loud funny” by Broadway World and “An entertaining night of chuckles and tears.” by Variety.
The songs include ‘Baby Weight Blues’, ‘In My Mini-van’ and “The Kids are Finally Asleep’ and ‘I’m a Costco Queen’.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL Plays between 17-26 August.
This musical is being staged alongside four cabaret acts.
Short and Sweet champion Sam Anderson takes you on an intimate journey to a “spin class” where the instructor “over shares” lost loves and confusion and green juice recipes.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
August 18 and 20.
DAY JOB DREAMING
Day Job Dreaming features an all-star cast of waiters, ushers and shop assistants sing their hearts out after eight years of classical ballet, six years of vocal training and a three year Bachelor’s Degree.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Cycology is a cabaret journey inside the mind of American composer Cy Coleman the man behind the music ofSweet Charity, City of Angels, Barnum and other Tony-winning musicals.Written by and starring Richard Woodhouse.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
This is cabaret artist, musical writer and songwriter Joanna Weinberg delightful cabaret dedicated to the love of handbags.
“uplifting, musically funky and totally enjoyable.” Bronwyn Fullerton- Sydney Arts Guide 2016.
Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to give away to the preview performance of MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL on 17th August at 7pm. Email the editor on firstname.lastname@example.org. The winners will be advised by email.
With A GHOST STORY acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them BodiesSaints, Pete’s Dragon) returns with an exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection.
Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away.
Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.
Described as an unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A GHOST STORY emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.
Sydney Arts Guide has ten double passes to give away to a preview screening of A GHOST STORY to take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 25th July at the Palace Verona cinema, 17 Oxford Street, Paddington. Email email@example.com with A Ghost Story competition in the subject heading. Competition winners will be advised by email.
A GHOST STORY opens in cinemas on Thursday 27th July.
Featured photo – Blake Erickson and Nic Starte in Between Worlds.
Sydney theatre lovers will have the chance in July to see the first public staged workshop presentation of an exciting new Australian musical, BETWEEN WORLDS.
BETWEEN WORLDS is the creation of award winning Sydney theatre-makers Jason Langley and Michael Tyack, composer Gareth Hudson and writer Nick Higginbotham.
The musical tells a fascinating, little known story, the last journey of the founder of our country, Captain James Cook. The time is 1779 and Cook has sailed to Hawaii where he was received as a returning God named Lono.
The myth of ‘no female composers’ will be exploded – in style! – in a wonderful winter afternoon concert on Sunday 30 July when Ensemble Vinifera makes its appearance in the popular Prelude in Tea series at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney.
The monthly concerts featuring outstanding chamber musicians include refreshments – and a delectable selection of cakes!
“Why are there so few female composers?” It’s a question that resurfaces regularly and yet, there are in fact many first-rate female composers; this concert will feature works from several, spanning the early 19th century through to the present day. The feature work is Ensemble Vinifera’s first commissioned work from Sydney composer Jessica Wells.
Vinifera will also be performing works by contemporary American composer Libby Larsen as well as Nadia Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Clara Schumann (student and wife of Robert) and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (brother of Felix and considered a child prodigy of similar stature).
Ensemble Vinifera features Andrew Wilson (cello), Ella Brinch (viola) and John Lewis (clarinet). The group was created in 2013 by several Sydney musicians who regularly perform together in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
Based around i ts core group, Vinifera metamorphoses as required to perform anything from solo Bach to octets for mixed winds and strings. The ensemble is inherently flexible, playing music from a wide variety of eras, genres and national backgrounds across a broad palette of instrumental combinations.
The musicians particularly enjoy bringing less frequently seen groupings, composers and works to Australian audiences. The founding members have studied and performed throughout Australia, the UK, Europe and North America covering the broad spectrum of chamber, symphonic and operatic repertoire.
As well as a love for great music, the ensemble members share a love for good food and wine in the company of good friends – hence their choice of name!
Guest artists for the concert will include Christina Wilson (mezzo-soprano), Ewan Foster (violin), Lisa Osmialowski (flute) and Azumi Lehmann (harp) with Alan Hicks (piano).
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Ensemble Vinifera’s THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES will play the Independent Theatre, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney on Sunday 30 July from 2.30 (afternoon tea) for a 3.30 pm concert.
Sydney Arts Guide has one double pass to offer- firstname.lastname@example.org The winner will be advised by email.
The world’s premier Queen tribute show, Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic, will complete a 15-stop national tour from May – taking fans back to the glory days of Freddie Mercury and his iconic band Queen.
Capturing the imagination of Queen fans both locally and internationally, Director Johnny Van Grinsven attributes the show’s continued success to the attention-to-detail; everything from the costumes, instruments and even the lighting cues have been designed to replicate those seen in real Queen concerts.
Making QUEEN : IT’S A KINDA MAGIC extraordinarily authentic is the close consultation of Peter Freestone, Freddie Mercury’s best friend, biographer, assistant and constant companion for the final 12 years of his life. Freestone has schooled the cast and producers on the characteristics and nuances of the original band in order to perfect the performance.Continue reading COMING SOON : QUEEN : IT’S A KINDA MAGIC @ THE STATE THEATRE→
Red Line Productions at The Old Fitz Theatre will shortly be presenting a brand spanking new Australian work, TONGUE TIED by Clare Hennessy, part of the New Fitz 2017 program.
Mia loves two things: feminism, and journalism. She’s landed the scoop of a lifetime, and she’s not going to let anything stand in her way.
Parker loves one thing: his job at Sunday Juice. They’ve landed in a PR nightmare, and he has every intention to pull them out of it.
Neither Mia or Parker planned on falling into each others laps.
Passion has a tendency to ruin even the best of intentions and the most perfectly pronounced of political dispositions. When so many things in her life have to be black or white, Mia finds herself falling, spectacularly, into the grey areas.
TONGUE TIEDis an exploration of ethics, integrity and how passion can fuck up even the best laid plans and features Jessica Arthur is in the director’s chair and the play stars Gary Clementson (Hidden Sydney, Caress/Ache) and Contessa Treffione (Mystery of Love & Sex, STC’s All My Sons).
TONGUE TIED is being proudly presented by Poor Tom’s Gin & Mark Blumer with the support of of Playwriting Australia and ambassador Louis Nowra.
Email email@example.com “TONGUE ARTS” in the subject line for your chance to win a double pass to the Tuesday 4 July performance at 6:15 PM.
Clare Hennessy’s TONGUE TIED will play the Old Fitz theatre between the 27th June and the 8th July, 2017.
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.