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WICKED presented by MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY @ GLEN STREET THEATRE

 

WICKED is a kid friendly musical that takes place in the Land of Oz, but this untold “true” story of The Witches Of Oz and The Wizard Of Oz, is set during the years before Dorothy brings the house down with her arrival in Oz. The citizens of The Land Of Oz are celebrating the death of The Wicked Witch, when Glinda appears. The musical then continues as an extended flashback of the early lives of these two young women, from their first meeting as sorcery students at the Shiz University. Continue reading WICKED presented by MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY @ GLEN STREET THEATRE

5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE @ GLEN STREET : A FLUFFY CONFECTION

5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE … good title! As they say. And truth in advertising. There are lesbians, five in fact, and there is a quiche. More than one actually. Plus there is a disturbingly excitable female cast, a ludicrous number of egg references and some extraordinarily silly language- reclamation of the ‘L’ word.

The Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is a group of mid 1950s widows who meet to honour their founder who was lost, hungry and butch when she stumbled into a bunch of wild chickens whose eggs sustained her in some peculiar ritualistic, emotive, gynocentric kind of way.

Yeah, even typing that is weird. So … anyway: they have an annual sacred quiche competition to honour the egg, the ovum, the pre-chicken dinner. Apparently we, the audience, have submitted a quiche for judgement too. But the threat of nuclear war is putting a damper on the hijinks. The red menace looms like against- the-rules meat in a quiche. Continue reading 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE @ GLEN STREET : A FLUFFY CONFECTION

BROADWAY BARD @ Glen Street Theatre BELROSE

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The versatile and very talented Julian Kuo starred in Melvyn Morrow’s BROADWAY BARD

BROADWAY BARD created by Melvyn Morrow, was an inspired and very fast ninety minutes of the best of Shakespeare’s magnificent words lovingly put to fine music.

The show starred cabaret artist Julian Kuo along  with Mark Chamberlain on the piano with with Musical Direction by Mark Chamberlain and Choreography by Daniele Clements.

Julian Kuo is an exceptionally talented actor and singer with a great range. Some will know him from his appearance in He Said She Said at the Sydney Fringe Festival in September 2012 and 2013.

Kuo touched the audience with his individualised delivery of each musical number specific to each different character. Playing both roles, he is both Romeo and Juliet. His bogan strine character, with a can of VB in hand, was a favourite with the audience and generated plenty of laughter.

The show was wonderful ear-candy, and you were left wanting more. With one encore, a total of seventeen musical numbers were presented, with some fast dance moves and tap-dancing.

One could well surmise that if Shakespeare was born at this time in history he would have been writing some musicals.

Running time 105 minutes including one interval.

BROADWAY BARD played the Glen Street Theatre, corner of Glen Street and Blackbutts Road, Belrose on the 28th and 29th August.

The Fabulous Singlettes @ Glen Street

The Singlettes doing their shtick
The Singlettes doing their shtick

THE FABULOUS SINGLETTES show is a really fun night out, singing and dancing to the great female pop songs.

Naomi Eyers, Melissa Langton and Diane Dixon make up the group and from their opening number, a tight and harmonious rendition of The Shoop Shoop song, they entertained the crowd at the Glen St Theatre.

It is very hard to resist catchy pop songs from the sixties and seventies; beehives, pink stilettos and very retro choreography!

Heat Wave, My Guy and Be My Baby brought some joyous Motown sounds to the outer northern suburbs of Belrose. Continue reading The Fabulous Singlettes @ Glen Street

GO YOUR OWN WAY

Catherine Alcorn delivers a very convincing performance as the great Christine McVie
Catherine Alcorn delivers a very convincing performance as the great Christine McVie

GO YOUR OWN WAY- THE STORY OF CHRISTINE McVIE has returned to Sydney, now at the beautifully refurbished Glen Street Theatre up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

In front of a very appreciative audience, the life and many loves of Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie came vividly to life. We were given interesting and sometimes humorous backgrounds to many of the songs.

Catherine Alcorn expertly delivers a wonderful impersonation of the legendary singer, and has a powerful voice featuring a superb range. Alcorn was supported by great backing singer Kirby Burgess as Stevie Nicks and a good three piece band.

Continue reading GO YOUR OWN WAY

THE TABLE OF KNOWLEDGE

Arky Michael, Jane Phegan and Kym Vercoe. Pic Heidrun Lohr
Arky Michael, Jane Phegan and Kym Vercoe. Pic Heidrun Lohr

Using actual transcripts and wiretaps from the ICAC hearings into Wollongong Council lends THE TABLE OF KNOWLEDGE a gripping sense of immediacy. The corruption saga had a heady mix of bribes, sex, developers, ICAC impersonators and threats of violence. We are voyeuristically entertained with numerous scenarios from this tawdry media sensation.

This innovative production by Version 1.0 and Merrigong Theatre Company makes use of a wonderful set and video presentations. The audience is greeted by large blocks of colour dominating the rear of the stage and during the play these alternate between actual video footage and cartoon like representations of Wollongong streetscapes, greenfield sites and proposed developments. Sean Bacon’s visuals are quite stunning. The use of large plastic toy blocks is a colourful and clever device.

The actors play various characters and as they are often reciting ICAC transcripts it is very clear who they are portraying. “Mr Vellar, can you explain to the court…..etc”. There are also video screens further explaining who is speaking and in what particular context. Occasionally the actors will address the audience.

There is an opening address by Russell Kiefel explaining that these type of events could only happen in Wollongong, until the other actors, Angela Bauer, Jane Phegan, Kym Vercoe and Arky Michael chime in with “or Port MacQuarie, or (very topically) Ryde, or Randwick, or Burwood.” It is tacitly conceded that corruption in local government is widespread.

The performances are consistently strong and engaging. Kym Vercoe’s performance as Beth Morgan, the town planner who had sexual relations with two of the developers, starts out as confident and enjoying the expensive gifts she receives for assisting with planning applications before deteriorating into a scared and nervous wreck. Arky Michael’s performance as corrupt developer Frank Vellar captures the hubris and confidence of such a colourful character. Russell Kiefel’s Rod Oxley, General Manager of Council, has the audience almost believing that his unlawful practices were really in the best interests of Wollongong.

There are many laughs in this play, mostly from the outrageous behaviour of the main protagonists. At other times the mood is dark and threatening as the criminals exert menace and pressure on the corrupt and vulnerable.

THE TABLE OF KNOWLEDGE runs until July 21 at Glen Street Theatre, Belrose.

 

JACK CHARLES VERSUS THE CROWN

Jack Charles and his Band. Pic Bindi Cole
Jack Charles and his Band. Pic Bindi Cole

Uncle Jack Charles, 70 year old pioneer of Australia’s first Aboriginal theatre company, Ilbijerri and repeated sufferer of drug addiction and incarceration tells the tale of his life once again, this time, at Glen Street theatre in JACK VERSUS THE CROWN.

Jack brings all of his usual warmth and charm as he relays his story, which began in neglect as one of the stolen generation in the 1940s. This piece of documentary theatre uses a combination of raw video footage and Jack Charles’ live storytelling on stage. Told mostly while sitting behind a pottery wheel and supported by a three-piece band, Jack Charles’ rather dark history is made to feel light and hopeful.

The piece begins with a montage of close ups showing Jack injecting heroin into his arm on screen. The rest of the show is no less confronting, yet Jack remains light-hearted in his performance. As an audience member, you know that many of Jack’s life choices were affected by white racial prejudice, yet in Jack’s telling of his own story, race is just a matter of fact.

The story, for him, is more focused on his battle in court to clear his criminal record to enable him to help others. The conclusions you may come to about racism take place in your own reflection – could you have a trace of inherent racism that is leading you to judge Jack for his past lifestyle? Jack himself is benevolent – he has long since forgiven our society for the atrocities committed against him.

Towards the conclusion of the show, Jack tells us, “I always wanted to be white, but I’m only just starting to understand what it is to be black.” He has rediscovered himself, come clean of heroin and succeeded in clearing his criminal record. Jack’s life story concludes with a celebration, and the whole audience is brought alongside him as he leads us to sing along with him to ‘Love Letters in the Sand”.

This is a powerful piece of theatre which personalises the stolen generation, and is not to be missed if you are Australian or want to understand the fabric of our society.

JACK CHARLES VERSUS THE CROWN started playing the Glen Street Theatre on Wednesday 5th June and runs until Saturday 8th June, 2013.