JADE OF DEATH: A STYLISH SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY

Bernie Van Tiel (Jade) and Jordan Cowan (Maya) promoting JADE OF DEATH at Fair Day

Stylish and supernaturally creepy, JADE OF DEATH, is making its public premiere at the Mardi Gras Film Festival on February 23rd.  Lucky me, I had a chance to see the series of 6 x 10 minute shows before it opens as a 60 minute offering.  And luckier still had the chance to speak with Erin Good (writer / director) and Taylor Litton-Strain (producer) of the show. Continue reading JADE OF DEATH: A STYLISH SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY

DAMIEN LEITH FOR LEADBELLY AND SPRINGWOOD

It’s been 11 years since Damien Leith caught the nation’s attention by performing on Australian Idol. Since then he has released 8 albums, 2 novels and has toured extensively; performing his own compositions and of course, his much-loved versions of classic songs.

As part of his 2018 tour schedule he will be at Leadbelly in Newtown, on the 3rd March  and Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub in Springwood on 17th March, performing solo hits, favourites, lost treasures and introducing new works.

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SEMELE: FIRST FOR THOROUGHBASS IN 2018

Semele

In its first concert for 2018, Thoroughbass presents SEMELE  on Sunday March 11 @ 3pm at Mosman Art Gallery.

Taking its title from the cantata by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, this all-French program features acclaimed soprano Anna Fraser with violinists Stephen Freeman and Shaun Warden, and continuo by Shaun Ng (viola da gamba) and Diana Weston (harpsichord). Continue reading SEMELE: FIRST FOR THOROUGHBASS IN 2018

TECHNICAL SKILL THE MAIN INGREDIENT FOR TROPJR FINALISTS

Image above from TropJr winning film: Outcasts Anonymous
Banner Image: Best Actor winner: Dad from Rainbow Chasers

It’s the urban noise we all recognise , a large group of teenagers excited about something.  Travelling up the escalator to the cinema for the TropJr judging, the noise is inescapable.  And it’s not just the competitors in the prestigious event who have a buzz about them.  Siblings and carers all gather to watch as we media take photos, chat with the young people and do on camera interviews. Continue reading TECHNICAL SKILL THE MAIN INGREDIENT FOR TROPJR FINALISTS

JOAN: A MUSE OF FIRE FOR MARDI GRAS

Lucy J Parkinson in JOAN.
Photos: Robert Day

Though it be not wooden, the O into which we are welcomed demands much from us.  For a scant hour …  our attention and our suspension of belief.  For here we will behold the vastly fields of France and carried here and there, jumping o’er times, we will witness this Joan of 1000 parts, the equal of warlike Harry.  JOAN is tour-de-theatre of great matter. Continue reading JOAN: A MUSE OF FIRE FOR MARDI GRAS

MAMMA MIA! THE MUSICAL @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

The Sydney season of  MAMMA MIA! THE MUSICAL opened in great style last night at the Capitol theatre with an all Australian cast and featured 22 of Abba’s best  hits.

Catherine Johnson’s 1999 jukebox musical, extrapolated from an original  idea by Judy Cramer, has gone on to become one of the most successful musicals ever produced.

The show’s irresistible premise allows for plenty of different comic and dramatic possibilities to be explored. On the Greek island of Kalokairi, 20-year-old Sophie is preparing to marry her fiancé, Sky. She wants her father to walk her down the aisle (‘Prologue’) but doesn’t know who he is. Sophie discovers her mother’s old diary and finds entries which describe intimate dates with three men (Sam Carmichael, Bill Austin [Anderson in the film version], and Harry Bright) (‘Honey, Honey’) some twenty years previously. Sophie believes one of these men is her father and, three months before her nuptials, sends each an invitation to her wedding, writing in her mother’s name, Donna, without letting her unsuspecting mother know. The action begins in the days coming up to her wedding.

Johnson’s quirky storyline plays out and her colourful characters come to life supported by a great soundtrack of Abba songs. Continue reading MAMMA MIA! THE MUSICAL @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

STRANGERS IN BETWEEN: STRANGERS WELL MET AND STRANGERS NO MORE

STRANGERS IN BETWEEN
Production images: Sarah Walker

STRANGERS IN BETWEEN… two strangers.  Strangers who are pulled into the life of a newcomer to the perilous city, a young man named Shane. Shane is in between boy and man, in between straight and gay and in between genetic family and adoptive family.  He is the lost boy, the wide eyed innocent, the guiltless seeker and he will meet these two strangers  as he emerges blinking to a new life.  This production, playing at the Seymour Centre as part of Mardi Gras, tells a story.  A human story, riddled with the laughter and with the fears.  The story for us of those who embrace us. Continue reading STRANGERS IN BETWEEN: STRANGERS WELL MET AND STRANGERS NO MORE

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: TOGNETTI TCHAIKOVSKY BRAHMS

ACO: Photo Julian Kingma

ACO: TOGNETTI TCHAIKOVSKY BRAHMS
This is a vibrant , electrifying concert that was superbly played and had the packed audience bursting with enthusiasm. The work of two masters was paired with that of two female composers born in 1980 and included an Australian and a world premiere.There was a rich lustrous sound throughout. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: TOGNETTI TCHAIKOVSKY BRAHMS

PASTORAL MELODIES: ARCO OPENS ITS 2018 SEASON

 

Australia’s bold and brilliant Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra opens its 2018 season next month with PASTORAL MELODIES , featuring much-loved idyllic and tempestuous works of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Beethoven. Continue reading PASTORAL MELODIES: ARCO OPENS ITS 2018 SEASON

SYDNEY THEATRE DISCUSSION GROUP @ DOUBLE BAY LIBRARY

Sydney Arts Guide has organised a Theatre Discussion Club to meet at Woollahra Library in the heart of Double Bay every second Saturday morning.

There is always so much happening on the Sydney theatre scene. it seems like the right time to set something like this up. 

Everyone is welcome and there are no charges.

We will simply sit around in a large circle – old style-  and discuss all things theatre, not just the mainstream. There are also plenty of riches to be enjoyed on the independent and community theatre scenes.

I am also hoping to sometimes have guest speakers come along to chat about their work.

The first meeting of the Sydney Theatre Club is this Saturday 17th February in the main library. The groups will run about an hour.

Please come along and join  the discussion.

https://www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/library

TWENTY DOUBLE PASSES TO ‘THE DEATH OF STALIN’

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 editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.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.

Banned in Russia, and loosely based on true events, THE DEATH OF STALIN will open in cinemas on the 29th March.

A FLARE UP AT THE HAYES: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS

This image: Henry Brett and Stephen Madsen
Banner Image: Cast of The View UpStairs AUS
Production Photography: John McCrae

Playing during Mardi Gras and within walking distance of the Museum of Love and Protest, THE VIEW UpSTAIRS (Book, Music and Lyrics by Max Vernon) is set in a skilfully created seedy New Orleans drag bar of the 1970’s.  Here the characters lead lives in fear of a persecution which new- to- the- 70’s Wes initially finds impossible to understand.   But his awakening to the struggles past will waken in him  resolutions toward  the struggle both now and still to come. Continue reading A FLARE UP AT THE HAYES: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS

ART MONTH SYDNEY RETURNS IN MARCH

Art Month Sydney returns in March for a massive city-wide celebration of contemporary art and artists, with a diverse program of unique exhibitions, workshops, talks, tours, studio visits, precinct nights, family fun and more.

The month-long festival transforms the city, as galleries and creative spaces throw open their doors and stay open late every Thursday in honour of Sydney’s thriving arts ecology. Continue reading ART MONTH SYDNEY RETURNS IN MARCH

CHARM AND TRADITION: PHOENIX COLLECTIVE

 

The Phoenix Collective will present Concert #1, CHARM AND TRADITION  in March.

This concert features Carl Schmidt on piano and Dan Russell on violin. They will be performing a stunning program of meditative, wholesome, romantic and virtuosic chamber music  which includes music by Pärt, Mozart, Brahms and FranckContinue reading CHARM AND TRADITION: PHOENIX COLLECTIVE

Coming up at the Purple Noon Gallery : Helen in Wonderland and Inked Wings

It is with great pleasure that Purple Noon Gallery presents concurrent exhibitions ‘Helen in Wonderland’ and ‘Inked Wings’ as its first show for 2018, opening on Saturday 24th February at 6:00pm. Ross Wellings will officially open the show and there will also be an address by guest speaker Emeritus Professor Col Jordan. The exhibition will run until April 8. Continue reading Coming up at the Purple Noon Gallery : Helen in Wonderland and Inked Wings

RODIN: PART OF THE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

Izïa Higelin as Camille Claudel in Rodin

For me, clay comes first.”

While yes perhaps this is a little slow and ponderous at times it is full of fascinating detail, beautifully photographed and examines how artists can be visionary and struggling (sound familiar?) and, focusing on Camille Claudel , Rodin’s mistress and muse, also the problems of being a female artist , especially at that time but also still very relevant today , as embodied by Claudel . Continue reading RODIN: PART OF THE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

ROCKDALE OPERA COMPANY SHOUTOUT FOR MEMORABILIA

Calling out to all past and present members of Rockdale Opera Company!  [Facebook] The company is seeking photos and memories of past productions from anyone who has shared time with them over the last 70 years.

The memorabilia drive is towards a 70th Anniversary Book as a record of the company’s history.

Hope Sydney Arts Guide’s search can help too.

Send your photos and written memories via email only to
rocopinfo@tpg.com.au

BOOK OF MORMON $20 : PRAYERS ANSWERED

An additional preview was announced today for the upcoming Sydney production of The Book of Mormon, on Tuesday 27 February at 7pm at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. This will be the first chance for fans to see the much-anticipated Broadway smash hit in Sydney. All tickets for this special preview will cost only $20.00 and go on sale at 9am on Monday 19 February. Continue reading BOOK OF MORMON $20 : PRAYERS ANSWERED

TEN DOUBLE PASSES TO THE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2018

The 29th Annual Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is due to begin soon. The Festival will run from the 27th February to the 27th March. As usual, the films will screen at Sydney’s Palace Cinemas; Norton Cinema, Verona Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Central and the Hayden Orpheum in Cremorne. Continue reading TEN DOUBLE PASSES TO THE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2018

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