Giveaways

BONDI THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT ITS DEBUT SEASON @ THE BONDI PAVILION

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.

SPIN CLASS

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

Aug 19

CYCOLOGY

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

August 25.

PANDORA’S BAG

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.

DATE FOR THE DIARY

August 26.

All bookings www.bonditheatrecompany.com.au

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 editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com. The winners will be advised by email.

TEN DOUBLE PASSES TO FILM PREVIEW : A GHOST STORY @ PALACE VERONA

With A GHOST STORY acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, 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 editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.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.

 

BETWEEN WORLDS : CAPTAIN COOK’S FINAL JOURNEY CHARTED IN NEW SYDNEY MUSICAL

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.

Cook began immersing himself in the local Polynesian culture however he was tragically killed one month after his landing in a melee that broke out between the British and the Hawaiians at  Kealakekua Bay. Continue reading BETWEEN WORLDS : CAPTAIN COOK’S FINAL JOURNEY CHARTED IN NEW SYDNEY MUSICAL

ENSEMBLE VINIFERA : THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES @ THE INDEPENDENT THEATRE

Ensemble Vinifera – Ellie Brinch, John Lewis and Andrew Wilson

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- editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com The winner will be advised by email.

 

 

 

 

 

COMING SOON : QUEEN : IT’S A KINDA MAGIC @ THE STATE THEATRE

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

COMING SOON : SYDNEY PLAYWRIGHT CLARE HENNESSY’S ‘TONGUE TIED’ @ THE OLD FITZ

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 TIED  is 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 boxoffice@redlineproductions.com.auwith “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.

More info: http://bit.ly/TONGUETIED

 

TEN DOUBLE PASSES TO ‘WHITNEY : CAN I BE ME?’

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.

 

10 DOUBLE PASSES TO PREVIEW SCREENING OF ‘UNA’ @ PALACE NORTON STREET

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.

Ex-pat Australian director Benedict Andrews is the helmer and Ben Mendelsohn is in the cast playing Ray. Academy Award nominated actress Rooney Mara plays Una.                        Continue reading 10 DOUBLE PASSES TO PREVIEW SCREENING OF ‘UNA’ @ PALACE NORTON STREET

CD GIVEAWAY : FUNK ENGINE’S ‘TAKING A RIDE’

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 -editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with FUNK ENGINE CD GIVEAWAY in the subject heading. Please provide  your postal address. Winners will be advised by return email. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 DOUBLE PASSES TO MELBOURNE BALLET COMPANY’S ‘Archè’ @ THE CONCOURSE CHATSWOOD

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.

Based on the much loved age-old classic Swan Lake, the narrative-driven original ballet is taken from The Greek Myth – Leda and The Swan and The Dying Swan.
Continue reading 2 DOUBLE PASSES TO MELBOURNE BALLET COMPANY’S ‘Archè’ @ THE CONCOURSE CHATSWOOD

TEN DOUBLE PASSES TO THE AMERICAN ESSENTIALS FILM FESTIVAL

 

This May Palace Cinemas once again brings the best of American independent film to Australian screens with American Essentials.

Twenty films make their Australian premiere at the three-week festival, celebrating the latest indie treasures in narrative feature and documentary, together with newly restored American classics.

Thirty-one films curated by Artistic Director Richard Sowada reflects the remarkable breadth of contemporary independent cinema produced in the US, proving a richness far greater than the same old, same old studio pictures inherent in the Hollywood machine.

American Essentials kicks off with 20th CENTURY WOMEN. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay in this year’s Academy Awards, Mike Mill’s 20thCENTURY WOMEN resembles a ramshackle novel rather than a polished screenplay. Continue reading TEN DOUBLE PASSES TO THE AMERICAN ESSENTIALS FILM FESTIVAL

TEN DOUBLE PASSES: THE NEW FRENCH FILM ‘THE INNOCENTS’

The original title for Anne Fontaine’s THE INNOCENTS was Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God.The Holy Ovine who is supposed to take away the sins of the world, God’s gamboller who will grant peace and mitigate mercy.

The film is based on a true story, on events that occurred at the end of World War II. As the Nazi’s were withdrawing from Poland, the Russians advanced and occupied and pillaged Poland. Rape was considered a reward and Soviet soldiers were responsible for the insemination of several nuns.

The convent closed ranks, Mother Superior deciding to conceal the atrocities. Within cloisters, the baby bumps mature, and the physical and psychological effects fit to burst.
Now is the winter of this convent from whence a maid becomes a glorious summoner. Continue reading TEN DOUBLE PASSES: THE NEW FRENCH FILM ‘THE INNOCENTS’

TEN DOUBLE PASSES TO THE NEW FRENCH FILM ‘THE INNOCENTS’

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker, Anne Fontaine (Coco Avant Chanel, Nathalie, Gemma Bovery), THE INNOCENTS is based on actual events and set in Poland at the end of World War 2.

The film chronicles a largely forgotten piece of history based on the astonishing true experiences of Madeleine Pauliac and deals with complex issues of war and faith.   

She is a young doctor at a Red Cross hospital who responds to a desperate plea from a nun and breaks protocol to visit a local Benedictine convent, where she is shocked to find a nun in the midst of a complicated labour and several more in various stages of pregnancy.

As she uncovers the truth of what happened, she begins the demanding task of caring for these women, whilst navigating the reluctance of the wary Mother Superior, who wants to keep the events that brought her charges to this situation, a secret from the outside world.

THE INNOCENTS will screen at selected arthouse cinemas from Thursday 27th April.

Sydney Arts Guide has ten in season double passes to give away. Be one of the first to email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com. Winners will be advised by return email. Please provide your postal address in your email.

TEN DOUBLE PASSES TO THE CONTROVERSIAL NEW FRENCH FILM ‘RAW’

This is a funny, sexy and scary new French film which has already won a slew of awards.

RAW tells the story of Justine (Garance Marillier), a brilliant 16-year-old whose admission to a prestigious veterinary school sparks a coming-of-age like no other. With her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) watching on, Justine partakes in a bizarre hazing ritual where she is forced to eat raw meat for the first time, defying her vegan upbringing and unleashing an insatiable desire for flesh.

Tapping into the violence of youthful rites of passage and the power of sisterly bonds, RAW is emotionally and physically visceral, and totally unforgettable. The film imaginatively and intelligently expands contemporary horror cinema, announcing French writer-director Julia Ducournau as a key figure in an exciting and bold new wave of female genre filmmakers.

A Monster Pictures film, RAW will release nationally on Thursday 20 April.  Here is the link to the trailer- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDiVGDmgsFY.

Sydney Arts Guide has ten double passes to give away. Be one of the first to email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com. 

Please put RAW competition in the subject line and provide your postal address. Winners will be advised by email and passes will be mailed out.

CONTROVERSIAL NEW PLAY COMING SOON TO THE ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE

Director Moira Blumenthal and producer Shalom, who have previously worked together on the plays My Name Is Ashur Lev and Coming to See Aunt Sophie. have announced that they will be presenting the World Premiere of Victor Gordon’s controversial new play YOU WILL NOT PLAY WAGNER at the Eternity Playhouse during the month of May.

The play’s subject matter is controversial. Ever since the Holocaust, performing works by the composer Richard Wagner has been taboo in Israel. Set in contemporary Tel Aviv, a young Israeli causes a storm by selecting to perform Wagner in the finals of an international competition for conductors.

His selection pushes the competition to the brink and sets Israeli society on edge. Should the politics of Wagner’s music interfere with the quality of his art? To what extent do we honour the memory of the Holocaust, its survivors and their descendants, without stifling the next generation? 

Moira Blumenthal will direct and the play will star Annie Annie Byron, Tim McGarry, Kate Skinner and Benedict Wall.

Sydney Arts Guide has one double pass to give away to the performance of YOU WILL NOT PLAY WAGNER at the Eternity Playhouse on Sunday 4th May at 8 pm. Email  editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com., The winner will be advised by email with the tickets to be collected from the Box Office.

Featured image – Cast members Annie Byron and Benedict Wall.

 

THE SALESMAN : BEST FOREIGN FILM 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS

 

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

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

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

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

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

The double passes offered with this post have been won.

5 DOUBLES TO THE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL @ EVENT CINEMAS GEORGE STREET

The JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL (JFF) is back in town for its 20th anniversary year and will screen at Event Cinemas George Street between the 14th November and the 4th December.

With each city’s program carefully curated by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the 2016 Festival will present exciting new films direct from Japan, including comedy, samurai and yakuza action, manga adaptations, high school romance and much more.

Highlights of the 2016 Festival include CREEPY, the latest film from Japan’s leading horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure) about a former detective who investigates the case of a missing family all the while obvious of the dangers close to home, CHIHAYAFURU PART I and II based on the popular manga series of the same name, and a fascinating documentary which captures the unique culture of the world’s largest seafood market, TSUKIJI WONDERLAND. Continue reading 5 DOUBLES TO THE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL @ EVENT CINEMAS GEORGE STREET

7 DOUBLES TO JACKIE LOEB AND GRETEL KILLEEN @ THE COMEDY STORE

Gretel Killeen and Jackie Loeb say to you :-

“Young people should be seen and not heard until they’re at least forty.

We don’t like young people, in particular we don’t like good looking, confident young people who are in love.

So, we’re starting a revolution! We’ve had enough of their clear-skinned selfie smiles and deluded optimism.

It’s time to set the record straight with our inspiring tales of the futility of life, the agony of love and the joys of being broke, old and sexless. Yay!.”

Join bitterly hilarious life warriors, Jackie Loeb and Gretel Killeen for a night that you will never forget… but they very well might.

“Must See!”  – LA Weekly

“Non Stop Funny” – The LA Examiner

“The Highlight…” – The Sydney Morning Herald

The giveaway offer made in regards to this post has now closed and the winners have been  advised by email.

EUGENE IONESCO’S THE BALD SOPRANO @ THE PACT ERSKINEVILLE

 

London's burning - would you like another drink?
London’s burning – would you like another drink?

 

It’s a proper British cocktail party, but nothing is going according to plan. Mrs and Mr Martin don’t recognise each other, the Smiths’ doorbell keeps ringing, and the maid mysteriously disappears. As London burns and the flames flicker higher, the ability to communicate and comprehend is crumbling too…

In equal parts witty and silly, with a splash of slapstick, this classic play from the Master of the Absurd is a dark, crackingly funny excursion into the limits and denial of language and logic.

Director –  Kara McLaughlin

Starring – Hannah Bath,Richard Cornally, Sarah Farmer,  Michael Gosden, Nell Nakkan and Liam Numan.

Sydney Arts Guide has 5 double passes to give away to the performance on Wednesday 9 November. Be one of the first to email the editor on editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with The Bald Soprano Competition in the subject heading. Winners will be advised by email.

SEASON

9-11 November, 11am and 8pm
12-13 November, 2pm and 8pm
PACT Theatre, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville NSW 2043
Adults $30, Concession $20, Groups of 6 $120.

Tickets available https://www.trybooking.com/MRFA

For more about The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco, visit http://www.twistedtreetheatre.com.au
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JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 26/10/16 – 23/11/16 @ EVENT CINEMAS BONDI JUNCTION

Featured pic – A scene from this year’s opening night film Denial.

Denial,  a gripping drama based on one of the most fascinating courtroom battles in modern history, has been selected to open the 2016 Jewish International Film Festival across Australia.

Directed by Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard, L.A. Story) with a screenplay by David Hare (The Reader, The Hours), Denial stars Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz as Professor Deborah Lipstadt who was sued for defamation by author and self-proclaimed historian, David Irving, played by Timothy Spall,  for being referenced as a ‘denier’ in Lipstadt’s book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. Aided by a first-class legal team, helmed by a brilliant, yet maverick barrister, Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson), Lipstadt was tasked with proving that the Holocaust did happen in order to discredit Irving and clear her name.  Denial, which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, will screen courtesy of Entertainment One.

Approaching the Holocaust from a different perspective is The Last Laugh, a provocative documentary that will screen on Closing Night.  Director Fearne Pearlstein looks at taboos and comedy and in doing so asks ‘how far’ comedy should go when delving into tragedy.  Acknowledging that comedy can play a cathartic and ultimately healing role, this insightful film examines the issue via comedic titans such as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Larry Charles, Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Chris Rock and the late Joan Rivers, along with survivors of the Holocaust including 91-year-old, Auschwitz survivor, Renee Firestone.

Complementing these two remarkable films will be 66 international premiere features and documentaries showcasing the cinema of 19 countries, including the globally fêted Israeli drama, Sand Storm, winner of Best Film and Best Director at the recent 2016 Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards). This Ophir triumph automatically qualifies Sand Storm to be Israel’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards® and marks the first time that a film entirely in Arabic, rather than Hebrew, will represent Israel.

The Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) will take place between Thursday 27 October and Wednesday 16 November at Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction.

Sydney Arts Guide has ten in season double passes to giveaway to the Festival. Be one of the first to email the Editor on editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with JIFF competition in the subject heading.  Winners will be advised by email. Passes will be sent in the post so please provide a postal address. 

 

DREAM LOVER : THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL @ THE LYRIC

David Campbell with the talented young actors who will play the young Bobby Darin during the show's premiere Sydney season.
David Campbell with the talented young actors who will alternate playing the young Bobby Darin during the show’s premiere Sydney season. Photo by Brian Geach.

One of Sydney’s most anticipated musicals, DREAM  LOVER : THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL, directed by one of Australia’s leading music theatre director Simon  Phillips and starring David Campbell as the late, great Bobby Darin, will start previews at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre next Thursday.

The show will present many of the great hits from the 1950s and 1960s including  Mac The Knife, Beyond The Sea and the title song. The stage will be filled by a cast of over 40  performers including an 18 piece big band. As well as David Campbell, the principal cast will also include Caroline O’Connor, Hannah Fredericksen, Bert LaBonte, Martin Crewes and Marney McQueen.

Sydney Arts Guide is delighted to announce that it has two double A Reserve passes to give away to the evening performance – 8 pm -performance on Saturday September 24. Be one of the first to email the Editor on editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com. with Dream Lover : The Bobby Darin Musical competition in the subject heading. The two winners will be advised by return email. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED.

http://dreamlover.com.au/

 

 

PREPOSTEROUS SAINTS : THE SAINTS THE CHURCH WANTS TO HIDE

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Featured photo – Artist Chaia Fein.

Just sometimes, the world seems like a far too serious place. And what one craves for is some fun, a bit of good old fashioned satire…

Sydney born artist Chaia Fein touches this need with her refreshing new publication PREPOSTEROUS SAINTS : THE SAINTS THE CHURCH WANTS TO HIDE.

With this lavishly presented coffee table book Chaia  has come up with 366 Preposterous Saints for our daily nourishment, featuring bold, wildly imaginative illustrations accompanied  by ‘historical’ notes. With rich, absurdist humour, Chaia portrays a colourful cavalcade of sanctified misfits, felons and misunderstood  characters and gives us  an imaginative counterpoint to accepted notions of human piety. Continue reading PREPOSTEROUS SAINTS : THE SAINTS THE CHURCH WANTS TO HIDE

WINDMILL THEATRE COMPANY’S ‘GIRL ASLEEP’ COMES TO THE BIG SCREEN

Bethany Whitmore plays the lead in this new Australian film. Photos by Andrew Commis.

The new Australian film  GIRL ASLEEP has been  billed as, ‘a journey into the absurd, scary and beautiful heart of the teenage mind.’

Bethany Whitmore plays the lead character Greta Driscoll who is about to turn fifteen. Greta  is fearful of leaving her childhood behind, it contained all the things that gave her comfort.

Greta is living in a world of boredom with her only friend Elliott, played by Harrison Feldman, until her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and she is flung into a parallel place, a place a little violent and ludicrous, which propels her out of her comfort zone.
Continue reading WINDMILL THEATRE COMPANY’S ‘GIRL ASLEEP’ COMES TO THE BIG SCREEN

CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD BY PAUL GILCHRIST @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

Cristina in the Cupboard - photography by Katy Green Loughrey

A spellbinding experiment in comic magic realism by critically acclaimed Australian writer Paul Gilchrist, CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD comes to The Depot Theatre in Marrickville for a three week season in July. This story of an unusual retreat, and a remarkable victory plays 8pm Wed to Sat and 5pm Sun, 13 – 30 July 2016. Playful and provocative, CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD tells of one woman’s quest to live life entirely on her own terms.

Everyone needs time out. Not everyone does it like this. Cristina is a contemporary woman. Intelligent. Capable. But she’s not satisfied with what’s on offer. Life seems too small. So she takes the extraordinary step of withdrawing from society. Join Cristina on a breathtaking inner journey as she meets a host of fantastic, hyperbolic characters, navigates illusion, weathers dismay, and discovers wonder.

Paul Gilchrist is a Sydney-based writer and director. His work has been produced locally, interstate and overseas. He is the co-founder of subtlenuance, a company dedicated solely to the production of original Australian work. Originally produced by subtlenuance in 2013, this production is directed by Julie Baz (co-artistic director of The Depot Theatre) and designed by David Jeffrey (also co-artistic director), with assistant director, Lillian Silk and sound designer Thomas Moore. It features a terrific line up of some of Sydney’s indie theatre talent: Nyssa Hamilton, Teale Howie, David Jeffrey, Emily McGowan, Tasha O’Brien, Sarah Plummer, Lucy Quill and Rachael Williams.

The Depot Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre situated within and supported by the historic Addison Road Centre, a thriving inner west hub for culture, arts and the environment visited by over 200,000 people annually. The Depot Theatre challenges and entertains its audiences with theatre that is accessible, affordable and – most importantly – a really fun night out. Coming up next after CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD in their 2016 Season is the new Australian play, A NEST OF SKUNKS by James Balian & Roger Vickery and presented by Collaborations Theatre Group, followed by BIJOU – A CABARET OF SECRETS and Seduction, written and performed by Chrissie Shaw, presented by Small Shows Productions.

“The Depot Theatre punches well above its weight, presenting well-produced, confidently performed shows that both entertain and inspire.” WEEKEND NOTES

DATES
13-30 July – 8pm Wed-Sat, 5pm Sun

For more about Cristina in the Cupboard by Paul Gilchrist, visit http://thedepottheatre.com/cristina-in-the-cupboard
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Giveaway offer – The Depot Theatre is giving away two double passes to the 8pm Thurs 21 July performance of CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD. Email: –SAG CRISTINA to info@thedepottheatre.com to win.

THE COMEDY CIRCUIT COMES TO THE BAYVIEW HOTEL GLADESVILLE

Bayview June (1)

See three of the best comedians the last Wednesday of each month at The Bayview in Gladesville – Comedy Legend Peter Berner, Justin Hamilton and emcee Rebecca DeUnamuno.

Dinner is available from 6pm with the show starting at 8pm.

Sydney Arts Guide has 3 double passes to give away to tomorrow night’s show. Be one of the first to email- editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com.  Winners will be advised by return email.