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THE OMEGA ENSEMBLE PRESENTS ‘HAYDN AND MOZART’ @ THE UTZON ROOM

The Omega Ensemble’s upcoming concert features this tantalising program : –

Debussy – String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Ben Hoadley – Clarinet Quintet World Premiere
Haydn – String Quartet Op. 64, No. 5 ‘The Lark’
Mozart – Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581

Of Haydn’s eighty-three string quartets The Lark is a perfect representative of the entire genre. Like the majority of string quartets throughout the history of the form, its four movements provide a superior entertainment in four acts, aptly described as ‘a story, a song, a dance and a party.’ Continue reading THE OMEGA ENSEMBLE PRESENTS ‘HAYDN AND MOZART’ @ THE UTZON ROOM

TIME TO EXPLORE THE IRRATIONAL FEAR FACTOR @ THE GIANT DWARF REDFERN

For something very different, it could well be time to join  the live studio audience for the 1637th episode of IRRATIONAL FEAR FACTOR – the game show where your greatest fears become your reality (but you win money and kitchen appliances so it’s totally worth it).

In this episode, office assistant Paige Hally has been nominated to overcome her crippling social anxiety and fear of public speaking to compete for the grand prize in one of our craziest challenges yet – a solo comedy show.

We’ve already had two accidental deaths this season so come along and let’s see if we can make it a third!

DETAILS FOR THE DIARY:-

Saturday 27 August  between 7 pm and 8 pm at the Giant Dwarf theatre, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern.

For more about Irrational Fear Factor, visit http://giantdwarf.com.au/events/paige-hally/
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SARAH RUHL’S ‘LATE : A COWBOY SONG’ @ ERSKINEVILLE TOWN HALL

Sarah Ruhl, one of America's finest contemporary playwrights.
Sarah Ruhl, one of America’s finest contemporary playwrights.

“This play is for all the lady cowboys of heart and mind who ride outside the city limits of convention.” – Sarah Ruhl.

This beautiful play, in its Australian debut, asks big questions about how gender defines who and how we love. Sarah Ruhl’s LATE : a COWBOY SONG follows Mary, an endless worrier, as she reconnects with her lady cowboy friend, Red, whose forehead has no worry lines at all. Crick, Mary’s husband, buys a painting with all her savings. Red teaches Mary how to ride a horse and to enjoy the silence. Crick and Mary, who have been in love since the second grade, can’t decide on their newborn’s name or gender. The three sing songs, celebrate holidays, and and try to navigate their way through the blurred lines of love and relationships. A story of one woman’s education and her search to find true love outside the box…

It looks like it will be quite a journey, especially considering that Sarah Ruhl sure knows how to give an audience a stimulating, entertaining night in the theatre. I have great memories of two of her plays that the Sydney Theatre Company have produced- In  The Next Room of the Vibrator Play  and Orlando (an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel).

LATE : A COWBOY SONG is playing at the Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville between the 27th September and the 1st October. Performance times are-
27th September @ 8:30pm
28th September  @ 8:30pm
29th September @ 8:30pm
30th September @ 8:30pm
1st October @ 8:30pm

CAST AND CREATIVES
Starring– Andreas Lohmeyer, Annabel Matheson and Eliza Oliver
Set and Costumes by Annabel Matheson
Sound Design by Sarah Dunn

Produced by  Annabel Matheson and Eliza Oliver

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END TIMES VARIETY RETURNS WITH AN ELECTION SPECIAL @ GIANT DWARF THEATRE REDFERN

Chris Endrey

End Times Variety is back with all the wonderful things you didn’t even know you needed! Likely because you don’t.

End Times Variety presents an election special. Obviously, the election is mostly gross and horrible. But we certainly don’t have to be. It’s a good time to look and laugh at the way we choose to run our society, while taking in some brilliant minds along the way. Also music. Also dancing? It looks like it will be great.

Razor sharp comedian CHRIS ENDREY will host the event. The panelists are :-

ELEANOR ROBERTSON (Brilliant who Writes)
FRAN MIDDLETON (Comedian)
RICHARD DENNISS (Australia Institute Economist)
STEPHEN OWEN (@Rudd2000 genius)
QUENTIN DEMPSTER (Journalist Extraordinaire)
JULIA JOHNSON (incredible-voice)

Put the date in your diary- 30th June. The bar will open at 7pm. The show will start at 8. Venue is the Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern.

For more about End Times Variety, visit http://giantdwarf.com.au/events/end-times-variety/
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END TIMES VARIETY @ GIANT DWARF THEATRE REDFERN

End Times Variety is a new Sydney tonight show bringing together everything you ever wanted, plus less.

Interviews, performances, stories, play and really anything that’s fun from our favourite citizens. A space ripped open to share quality, uncensored and independent ideas. With one of the best MCs around, comedian Chris Endrey.

Humbly thrilled to announce guests:

BEC SHAW (writer brilliant)
BETTY GRUMBLE (sex clown genius)
ELLIOTT DUNN (RN’s Drive producer)
HANNAH REILLY (JJJ’s ‘The Hook Up’ host)
JAY SULLIVAN (dire comedian)
PENNY GREENHALGH (cheek comedian)
PAINTonPAINT (dream pop)

The theme for the first one is obviously ‘Beginning of the End’.

We’ve also asked TANYA PLIBERSEK to come on. She’s yet to say no, but is also probably busy doing something else at this time of the year. Yawn.

Eff yes. See youse there.

Doors at 7:00PM for a 7:30PM performance

DATES
26 May 2016, Doors at 7.30pm.

For more about End Times Variety, visit http://giantdwarf.com.au/events/end-times-variety/
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CROSS POLLINATE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS KAYAK @ THE OLD FITZ

“TIDES FLUSH EVERYTHING OUT. EVEN CRAZY CHICKS LIKE YOU”

In Sydney playwright Katherine Thomson’s KAYAK, all Ruth wants to do is be out on the harbour with her kayak and enjoy the quiet. She’s in Heaven. “I’m nestled in the meniscus, as secure as a duck.”

Just as Ruth gets lost in the serenity, her floating universe is destroyed by a perilous encounter with teenage hoons in a tinnie. Ruth seeks revenge and tracks down Luke Continue reading CROSS POLLINATE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS KAYAK @ THE OLD FITZ

ACT IV THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT THE NAKED TRUTH @ BLOOD MOON THEATRE

Naked Truth

Act IV Theatre Company have announced that in early April they will be presenting the the Australian premiere of Dave Simpson’s THE NAKED TRUTH.

Act IV describe the show as Coronation Street meets The Full Monty as five women struggle hilariously to conquer pole dancing in a bid to raise money for breast cancer research.

Then show will be directed by Ruth Fingret with assistant direction by Julia McNamara. Continue reading ACT IV THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT THE NAKED TRUTH @ BLOOD MOON THEATRE

SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK 4 @ NEW THEATRE

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This is the final week of Sydney’s Biggest Little Cabaret Festival, with a brand new round of performances. The winners will go on to perform in the Gala Final to be held at 7pm on Sunday 7th February at the inner city venue Slide Lounge located at 41 Oxford Street.

Week 4 saw a great assortment of talent on stage. Emcee was the witty Cruello De Vil. In under 95 minutes, six superb ten minute performances were presented, with it being very difficult to pick the performance that will go through.

There was a good array of cabaret styles on display including female burlesque, cover songs, and songs with new comic lyrics.

1. DIRTY MARTINI

This starred Miss Bellissima who first appeared wearing a beautiful black mirror-sequined gown, delivered a classic burlesque routine that showed her flexibility as slowly layer upon layer of clothing was peeled away from her slender body. Performed to Shirley Bassey singing Diamonds Are Forever from The Remix Album. Next she swam and danced on top of a gigantic martini glass, followed by opening a bottle of champagne, gently poured all over her body. A dripping wet crowd pleaser.                         Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK 4 @ NEW THEATRE

SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK 3 @ NEW THEATRE

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Short and Sweet Cabaret week three had a superb assortment of talent on stage, including emcee, Miss Brandy Alexander.

This week had a huge range of cabaret style songs, including female burlesque, cabaret pole-dancing, farce, comic puppetry, and cover songs with brand new lyrics.

In under 110 minutes, seven superb ten minute performances were presented from Wednesday night, and with all this impressive talent, every performer could have been a winner.

 1.  I Just Want to be a Woman 

This starred Ebony performing cabaret styled pole dancing. Very flexible and high energy too. Her spectacular choreographed routines were a crowd pleaser. Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK 3 @ NEW THEATRE

SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK 2 @ NEW THEATRE

Inset pic- Angela Lumicisi sings the songs of Karen Carpenter in WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN. Featured pic- Ben Palumbo sings a collection of French songs accompanied by his accordion. Pics by Slyvi Soe.
Inset pic- Angela Lumicisi sings the songs of Karen Carpenter in WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN. Featured pic- Ben Palumbo sings a collection of French songs accompanied by his accordion. Pics by Slyvi Soe.

Sydney’s Biggest Little Cabaret Festival is back, with a brand new round of performers every week, for four weeks during January, and ending with a Gala Final on 7th February.

Short and Sweet Cabaret Week Two had a superb assortment of talent on stage, with a huge range of cabaret style songs, including female burlesque, farce and comedy, dance and musical theatre. In under 100 minutes, seven superb ten minute performances were presented and with all the impressive talent, it was almost impossible to pick the winner.

(1) DRAG IN THE FOLK- starring Daniele Gianotti and the Dusha Balkana Dance Ensemble. Well costumed extravaganza as a bearded drag queen lip-synced an amazing octave range of songs, with comedic support by the one person dance ensemble.

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SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2016 TOP 80 WEEK 1 @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

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All pics by Stephen Favaloro and in the correct sequence of the ten plays. 

The biggest little play festival in the world is back for its fifteenth year, and now also has free car parking. Expect to see up to 160 ten minute plays across the eight weeks, with a Gala Final in March. SHORT+SWEET THEATRE SYDNEY this year, runs Wednesdays to Sundays, from 6 January 2016 to 13 March 2016.  This is a very entertaining week, with ten wonderful plays, and very hard to pick the winner this week.

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SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK ONE SYDNEY

Kay Armstrong

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One of the highlights between each ten minute cabaret act, was the gorgeous Kay Armstrong as the MC. Armstrong contributed plenty of audience participation, great one liners, and some corny jokes, plus one crazy ballet number. All very entertaining and well worth seeing. Later in January, Kay Armstrong is also bringing her one woman show to Short and Sweet Cabaret 2016.

Sydney’s Biggest Little Cabaret Festival is back, with a brand new round of performers every week, for four weeks during January. Short and Sweet Cabaret has a new festival director this year, James Taylor (Royal Ballet London, The Magician’s Cabaret, El Circo, Risque Revue).

In under ninety minutes, six superb ten minute performances were presented from 7:30pm on Tuesday night. This week a unique and very entertaining evening of brand new cabaret was experienced, with a huge range of cabaret style songs, including comedy, dance and musical theatre. With so much talent on stage this week, very very hard to pick the winner.   Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK ONE SYDNEY

JET PACK THEATRE COLLECTIVE PRESENTS PEA GREEN BOAT

Hannah Cox as the Owl

If you do it properly, life is one big adventure. Or, I suppose, technically, a series of adventures. Like being rowed around Iron Cove with the sunset behind you… and with a bewildered owl in front of you. Jetpack Theatre Collective is an inspired and inspiring group of artists setting out to have some interesting adventure and PEA GREEN BOAT- producer Kenny Murphy, director- Jim Fishwick, cast- Hannah Cox and Alexander Richmond– is their latest foray into immersive, boutique performance. It is nonsense. Pure, breathtaking, exciting nonsense.

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT was written nearly 150 years ago by painter, illustrator and limerick writer Edward Lear and was included in his collection Nonsense Songs (1870). It has been popular with children ever since. An owl and a pussycat set to sea in a beautiful pea green boat and their love develops on the year long journey until they are married by a turkey in the land where the Bong Trees grow. (Not that kind of bong!) Continue reading JET PACK THEATRE COLLECTIVE PRESENTS PEA GREEN BOAT

Chain Play @ Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Theatre Company

One of the doyens of Australian playwriting David Williamson has contributed to Playwriting Australia's group play fundraiser
One of the doyennes of Australian playwriting David Williamson has contributed to Playwriting Australia’s group play experiment

Playwriting Australia, the national organisation supporting new writing for the stage, is presenting the inaugural Chain Play, a celebrity fundraising gala crammed with the best playwrights and theatre artists from around the country.

Twenty of Australia’s most exciting and celebrated playwrights will join forces to offer Sydney audiences a raucous night of group creativity.

The way that CHAIN PLAY works is that each writer has been asked to contribute a scene of a brand new play. Once the nominated playwright has written the opening scene then he/she passes the play onto the next playwright to write their scene and so it goes until the play has been completed. Continue reading Chain Play @ Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Theatre Company

SHORT+SWEET SYDNEY 2015 GALA FINAL

SHORT+SWEET SYDNEY 2015 GALA FINAL

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This year Short+Sweet Sydney staged 156 ten minute plays, during January and February. This year I had the opportunity to see almost every play. Wow an almost perfect selection of the best of the best winners from each week of the festival, and these thirteen wonderful plays were the Gala Finalists for Short+Sweet Sydney 20th March 2015 at the Factory Theatre, Marrickville.

The Gala Final presented a very entertaining evening with minimalist sets/staging. Rapid paced delivery of each of those very clever scripts, provided a full and quite varied range of believable performances from a superb cast of great actors, all directed with unique visions. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET SYDNEY 2015 GALA FINAL

MASQUERADE @ the Drama Theatre

“Fifty is my first, Nothing is my second, Five just makes my third, My fourth a vowel is reckoned.”

Bring your children to Sydney Opera House to see this world  premiere production delivered in a manner that is well beyond the world of the armchair treasure hunt, with its beautiful illustrations, provided by the book.

Local playwright Kate Mulvany has lovingly adapted British author Kit Williams’ children’s book, first published in January, 1987.

Jack Hare takes us all on a fast-paced 120 minute journey, departing from his mistress, The Moon and then setting out on a mission to deliver both her message of love (a deep and meaningful riddle) and her jeweled gift, to her male paramour, The Sun. Continue reading MASQUERADE @ the Drama Theatre