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THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH : BLACK COMEDY AT ITS BEST

Featured image – Warren Ekermans as Bill, Brian May as Tom, and Michael Curnick as Bert

During the rough and tumble of childhood, most of us can recall a responsible adult saying something along the lines of “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” Usually this ends in a scratch or two, or maybe a bruise. But in the Sutherland Theatre Company’s latest production, the consequences of an innocent rough and tumble between a married couple results in something a lot more serious – and hilarity ensues.

Tom and Annabel are a reasonably happy married couple. One evening they have an argument as to who loves the other most. A rough and tumble follows, and Tom discovers to his horror that Annabel is dead.

So starts a hectic evening of black farce which also involves Tom’s policeman friend and his literary agent. It seems no woman can enter the house without rapidly becoming deceased. Annabel’s mother and Tom’s appalling landlady follow and disposal of bodies becomes an acute problem. The arrival of a grim police inspector complicates matters until a further corpse involves him too. The hysterical ending finds the stage littered with female corpses, frantic males and a potential fifth victim banging on the door. Continue reading THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH : BLACK COMEDY AT ITS BEST

Operantics presents ‘La Finta Giardiniera’

Independent young artist opera company, Operantics, presents Mozart’s ‘La Finta Giardiniera’ this October for a limited season at the Independent Theatre.

Sandrina (aka Marchioness Violante Onesti) is La Finta Giardiniera: betrayed and abandoned by her lover, Count Belfiore, and now courted by the local Mayor who believes her to be one of his gardeners. His maid, Serpetta, strings along Sandrina’s manservant, Nardo, while ambitiously pursuing her boss. Meanwhile, the Mayor’s niece, Arminda, has left her suitor, Don Ramiro, and arrives at her uncle’s house to marry none other than Belfiore…

Nothing is as it seems in this opera full of love triangles, disguises, intrigue and emotional upheaval – complemented with beautiful music performed by the next generation of Australia’s operatic artists.

Where:
The Independent Theatre
269 Miller St, North Sydney

Performance dates:
Friday, October 6th at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 7th at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 8th at 7:30pm

Tickets:
Children: $15, Students: $25, Concession: $35, Adults: $45

Bookings:
www.operantics.com.au
www.theindependent.org.au

DATES
Friday October 6th at 7:30pm, Saturday October 7th at 7:30pm, Sunday October 8th at 4:30pm

For more about Operantics presents ‘La Finta Giardiniera’, visit http://www.operantics.com.au
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SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE — THE OPERA (THE EIGHTH WONDER)

This Opera was composed by Alan John and  with co- librettist  Dennis Watkins has been renamed for its twentieth anniversary performance. It was first staged in 1996 and televised by ABC tv.

As part of the Handa Productions’ outdoor spectacles the Opera was performed on the Opera House steps by a dozen of Australia’s finest singers who played forty different characters. Giant screens  display historic photos of the Houses’ construction and platforms glide across the hundred metre wide steps to ensure that there are expeditious scene changes. Gerry Connolly reprises his role as the Queen who opened the Opera House.

It tells the history of the Opera House from its genesis through its troubled construction period including the Architects’ resignation, the cost blow-outs, and its opening against all odds. It also shows the behind the scenes political jostling which threatened its existence as well as the cultural milieu wherein discussions about the Opera House took place (including a backyard barbie complete with hills hoist).

However the truly unique aspect of this performance is that it is the first time Australian Opera has staged a silent Opera. The chorus and orchestra performed live in the Opera House interior whilst the soloists on the steps are miked and the combined sound transmitted to  state of the art  Audio  Technica headphones which achieved the perfect balance between vocals and orchestra. It  runs till November 5.

All images by Ben Apfelbaum.

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AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY saw its world premiere in 2013 and since then has played to packed theatres and thunderous applause throughout Australia and New Zealand. Having recently completed a sell-out season at Arts Centre Melbourne this incredible show returns once more to The Sydney Opera House – for one week only!

Starring the sensational Vika Bull the show tells the story of soul legend Etta James turbulent life and features some of her most beloved songs including Tell MamaI’d Rather Go Blind, her iconic signature song At Last and more.

Vika puts her heart and soul into this unforgettable show and is joined on stage by some Australia’s nest and funkiest musicians.
During a long career that saw her win six Grammy Awards and a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Etta James has influenced a vast array of artists. Sadly, her frantic recording and touring schedule coincided with her ever-growing addiction problems and over time she not only sang the blues…she lived the blues.

Mercifully, her passion for life and strength of character saw her conquer her demons and she continued to record and perform into her seventies.

This is her story.

AT LAST : THE ETTA JAMES STORY will play the Drama Theatre at the Sydney Opera House between July 12 and July 17.

For more about At Last – The Etta James Story, visit http://room8.com.au/events/134/
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