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Puntila / Matti @ Kings Cross Theatre

Production photos by Rupert Reid.

“It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a clerk.” – Bertolt Brecht

This quote by German Modernist playwright Brecht is the opening description on MK Alpha’s page for Puntila/Matti, and perhaps the most apt and appropriate way to explain this show.

Set the audience up for an enjoyable, mindless night out in Sydney’s Kings Cross theatrical hub only to be immediately knocked down and disappointed. This show is not intended to be watched nor enjoyed like a regular performance.

Fourth-walls are broken, audience members personally called out, asked to perform on stage with the actors, coerced into very uncomfortable situations, and left unsure as to whether they are correctly following along. It’s a surprise if no one walks out during the show.

Puntila/Matti is an adaptation by Doppelgangster of Brecht’s play Mr Puntila and his Man Matti. Presented by MK-Alpha and Kings Cross Theatre, Puntila/Matti has been conceptualised by Tobias Manderson-Galvin, directing and performing alongside Grace Lauer and Antoniette Barbouttis.

The trio each have their own moments to bond with the audience but it is perhaps Manderson-Galvin that is trying to make the audience feel the least comfortable. Sitting next to, interrogating, and even kissing members of the audience, leaves an uneasy feeling throughout the entire show.

In Brecht’s eyes, this show would probably pass as using his famous styles and techniques common to his work. But would he enjoy it? For a play that was originally written in 1940 and first performed in 1948 probably not. However, this show is being performed in 2017 and is subverting the modern viewer. This is not a play designed to be enjoyed by all. It is experimental and aggressive, whilst maintaining a certain wit and comedic approach that will not be palatable to everyone.

Whether intentional or not, the fact that Puntila/Matti is being performed in Kings Cross is incredibly clever. An area once infamous for crime, drugs, and scandal, is slowly gentrifying. The environment is shifting from a once bustling nightlife hub to an expensive, high-rise area. The intersection between rich and poor is becoming more apparent in the suburb, particularly on the main strip. Puntila is an aristocratic land-owner and Matti is his servant. Theatre is more commonly enjoyed by those who can afford it, with Puntila/Matti attempting to shake all of us out of this bubble.

This is anti-theatre with a devilish comedic twist.

Puntila/Matti is on at The Kings Cross Theatre (inside The Kings Cross Hotel) from 25th September – 14th October on Monday – Saturday at 7:30pm. The show is approx 90 minutes with no interval.

Please note: Strong Language, Nudity, Loud Noises, Smoke. Over 18 is advised.

CALLUM MOONEY’S ‘WeAreSound’ @ ANNANDALE CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE

WeAreSOUND is an upcoming dance event which is the brainchild of Callum Mooney.

The performers will create visual representations of the stuff that goes around our brains as we encounter the machinations of public transport. I would imagine there will be a plenty of room to move with this concept!

The work fuses Physical Theatre, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Comedy.

PLAYING FOR THREE NIGHTS ONLY between November 17 and 19 @ the Annandale Creative Arts Centre, 81 Johnston Street, Annandale.

Tickets  http://www.trybooking.com/QQRM

For more about WeAreSound Dance Theatre, visit http://www.trybooking.com/QQRM
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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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HUNTERS HILL THEATRE PRESENTS ‘A LETTER FROM THE GENERAL’

In Maurice McLoughlin’s poignant play A LETTER FROM THE GENERAL, a revolution has taken place in the Far East in 1950 and the nuns who work at a mission for orphaned children are ordered to leave.

One of the nuns receives a letter from the General, who is the new Governor of the Province, which has a profound impact on the decision to stay or go.

CAST
Rev. Mother: Robyn Williams
Sister Henry: Linda Young
Sister Lucy: Courtney Gibson
Sister Bridget: Janet Shay
Sister Magdalen: Carole Grace
Ruth Stilton: Paula Searle
Arthur Stilton: Christopher Clark
Capt. Lee: Dan Ferris
Father Schiller: Michael Richmond

Director: Jennifer Willison. Lighting Design: Wayne Chee. Costume Design: Joanna Simpson & Rhonda Chapman

SEASON- 
8th to  17th September 2017 at Hunters Hill Theatre, 22 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill.

For more about A Letter from the General, visit http://www.huntershilltheatre.com.au/component/content/article/37-2017/100-a-letter-from-the-general
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USEFUL BOX PRESENTS ‘FROCKS, TALES AND TEA’ @ BORONIA TEA ROOMS MOSMAN

Following on from our successful Frocktails event in February, UsefulBox is inviting sewists and crafters to their newest event, FROCKS, TALES AND TEA in conjunction with Sydney Craft Week.

Wear one of their gorgeous Me Mades (if you sew) and join in a Q&A with Jennifer Irwin, the costumer designer for Bangarra Dance Theatre and Opera Australia, who will tell us about her career and her process for making costumes. Afterwards, it will be time to meet other sewists and crafters, plus Jennifer, over an afternoon tea.

Australian costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s career spans 36 years designing for drama, opera, dance & ballet as well as the largest spectacular events ever staged in Australia.
Jennifer was nominated for Best Costume Design 2016 AACTA Awards for her work on SPEAR the feature film.

Jenny designed the costumes for Dirty Dancing, the musical, still playing to packed audiences worldwide after 16 years. Dirty Dancing broke all pre box office records for any show ever staged on London’s West End.

Costume commissions in Australian include 36 ballets SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY, 26 years repertoire for BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE, multiple works for SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET, MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY, BELVOIR, ROYAL NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE, WEST AUSTRALIAN BALLET, QUEENSLAND BALLET & OPERA AUSTRALIA. Jennifer designed costumes for the AWAKENING segment of the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES, co-designed all the costumes for the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES Closing Ceremony & the official ceremony commemorating the FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA 2001.

The details
Date: 14th October 2017
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Boronia Tea Rooms, 624 Military Road, Mosman
Ticket price: $80, includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, our guest speaker and afternoon tea. Purchase from http://www.usefulbox.com.au

FAQ

Where is the venue?
Boronia Tea Rooms is located at 624 Military Road, Mosman.
Bus stop is right outside the door – routes include M30, 143, 183. Taxis will be easy to find on Military Road. Parking is at Bridgepoint shopping centre, via Brady Street, Mosman.

What does the ticket prize include?
You will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival, will hear from the amazing Jennifer Irwin and be treated to a scrumptious afternoon tea. PLUS the chance to win some great prizes, meet so many new friends and build your sewing community.

How many people will be there?
There will be at least 50-60  people and it will be a wonderful afternoon! Don’t be afraid to come by yourself, we are all very friendly and the aim of the night is to meet other sewists!

Is there a hashtag for this event?
Please use #sydneyfrockstalesandtea for all your pics on Instagram.

For more about Frocks, Tales and Tea, visit https://usefulbox.com.au/products/frocks-tales-and-tea-14th-october
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Featured Image- Jennifer Irwin’s design for ‘Snugglepot’.

ORBOTETSKI : A QUARTET OF SYDNEY’S BRIGHTEST IMPROVISERS

Great things come in fours: seasons, elements, the horsemen of the apocalypse and now Orbotetski–the all-star quartet of Sydney’s brightest young improvisers.

Larry Orkin (Or), Alex Boggie (Bo), Julien Perrottet (Tet) and John Brudreski (Ski) unite for Sydney Fringe Comedy on 30th August 2017 to perform a 50 minute entirely improvised show.

Steeped in the Chicago-style longform tradition, the improvised comedy will showcase Orbotetski’s unique brand of inspired ideas, fully realised characters and loads of heart.

Between them, Orbotetski have trained and performed at some of the finest improv schools around like iO and Second City in Chicago, Laugh Masters Academy, Improv Theatre Sydney and Impro Australia.

SHOW DETAILS:
The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville, NSW 2204
Dates: Wed 30th August 2017, Fri 1st September 2017, Sun 3rd September 2017
Times: Wed 9.30pm, Fri 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm
Tickets: $10

http://fringecomedy.com.au/single-event?show_id=61

For more about Orbotetski, visit http://fringecomedy.com.au/single-event?show_id=61
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You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid The Cheese @ the Factory Theatre

Do you have a family??? Then this is the show for you! (It’s a family show, not a show about families).

Bobbi & Wanda are your guides in the hunt for the cheese they hid. Did you know you can catch a bear with cheese? You can learn this, and other important facts at You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid The Cheese.

The “out-of-the-ordinary” (The Plus Ones) Debbie Zukerman, and “superb” (Adelaide Theatre Guide) Alicia Gonzalez have made a new family show. It’s so new, it’s like a tamagotchi in the summer of ’96. SCIENCE. There may be some in the show.

“Choo Choo Troupe is … a force for good” – Sydney Arts Guide

DATES FOR THE DIARY-
Sat Sept 2, 5:45 & Sun Sept 3, 4:45 at the Factory Theatre.

For more about You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid The Cheese, visit http://fringecomedy.com.au/single-event?show_id=103
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SUTHERLAND THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS ‘A GOOD MAN’ @ THE SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Benjamin Franklin once wrote that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. With death comes a funeral, and The Sutherland Theatre Company’s upcoming production of the entertaining play A GOOD MAN shows what can happen when an everyday funeral goes horribly, hilariously wrong.

Written by American playwright Frederick Stroppel, A GOOD MAN opens on a hot summer day at The Good Shepherd Funeral Parlour, where funeral director Martin Lamb (played by Tony Girdler) is presiding over the wake of the late Walter Porteus. His dream of the perfect wake is undermined by his son Jimmy (Nathan Steel), whose interests are more romantic than funereal, and by the scheming Porteus family members who are already clashing over the will.

To further complicate the situation, the air-conditioning breaks down and the wrong body turns up in the casket, then a mysterious mourner turns up and a valuable piece of jewellery disappears. When the air-conditioning repairman pulls a gun and decides to hold them all hostage, things start to get really interesting.

Director Colleen Boyle has a wealth of experience directing comedies, and was attracted to the wonderful brand of black humour which is prominent in this show.

“The cast have perfectly captured the mood and are creating a zany, manic atmosphere at every rehearsal. We are lucky to have many experienced actors who are well versed in this style of play and know how to handle a farce. It’s also exciting to work with the younger performers, who are learning from the old pros and bringing a fresh angle to the production.”

Boyle can’t wait for audiences to see this amusing production.

“Old and young will love this play and will enjoy the chance to relax, laugh and forget their worries. And you can’t help feeling good about yourself when you see the absolutely appalling ways in which these crazy characters behave. Sit back and enjoy the hilarity!”

A GOOD MAN  features a cast of experienced local performers including Nathan Steel, Tony Girdler, Christiane Brawley, Brian May, Sean Bermingham, Pauline Gardner, Laura Bailey Sarah Loxley, and David Delaney.

The show will play the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from July 28 till August 6.

Tickets can be booked online via Try Booking- http://bit.ly/stcagoodman or by calling 9150 7574.

DATES
Dates: Friday 28 July @ 8pm, Saturday 29 July @ 2pm, Sunday 30 July @ 2pm, Thursday 3 August @ 8pm, Friday 4 August @ 8pm, Saturday 5 August @ 8pm, Sunday 6 August @ 2pm

For more about A Good Man, visit http://www.thesutherlandtheatrecompany.com.au/page2.htm
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SYDNEY UNIVERSITY DRAMATIC SOCIETY PRESENTS A NEW WORK : IN TWO CIRCLES

“It beckoned to me, and I couldn’t help but follow”

A series of disappeared persons line 100 years of Herald obituary sections. Despite the best efforts of the authorities, each search has proved fruitless.

As history begins to forget these lost souls, three social pariahs have come forward with a crazy theory they say links them all. So close to finding the answers and forever changing history, one of the group has mysteriously vanished seemingly into thin air.

From the team behind the sold out ‘Weathervane’ and ‘a menagerie’, comes the immersive production ‘In Two Circles’. Enter their world, be bold, and find your truth.

DETAILS :
02-05 August & 09-12 August: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm at the Annandale Hotel, 17 Parramatta Road, Annandale.

For more about In Two Circles, visit http://intwocircles.eventbrite.com.au
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WAITING FOR MANOT : PART OF SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL2017

This production has been described as, ‘A dis-quietening tragicomedy on female existence…An absurdist play that can be enjoyed by anyone.,..A bit madcap with shades of Caryl Churchil and a touch of Ad Fab.

“If only they raped me in the morning, I’d get some sleep”.

Maebh and Gráinne wait in a bar for the mysterious Manot. The question is, if he comes, which of them will he choose.

DATES :- 19th until 23rd September between 8.30pm and 9.30pm at the Blood Moon Theatre, Kings Cross.

For more about Waiting for Manot – Sydney Fringe Festival, visit
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UNSW MTS PRESENTS JASON ROBERT BROWN’S ‘THE LAST 5 YEARS!’ @ STUDIO ONE UNSW

The University of New South Wales Musical Theatre Society (MTS) is presenting the show THE LAST 5 YEARS! at Studio One on campus from the 1st – 5th of August.

This musical by Jason Robert Brown tells a story of shattered love, time and dreams , depicting the fragility of relationships and love over its  unique timeline.

MTS says that it has come up with a great cast which will do the show justice. The production will star Lily Stokes as Cathy Hyatt and Jack Dawson as Jamie Wellerstein.

Tickets can be booked at  https://www.trybooking.com/QRKF

Producer: Tash Atkins
Director: Kate Cameron
Musical Directors: Yasmin Stelling and Alexander Mau

For more about UNSW MTS Presents: The Last 5 Years, visit https://www.trybooking.com/QRKF
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AN OFFER TOO GOOD TO REFUSE – HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO MEET THE ADDAMS FAMILY

With music and lyrics by renowned musical composer Andrew Lippa, this Tony nominated musical follows the iconic spooky family – The Addams Family.

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met.

If that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE MUSICAL   promises to be a fun, kooky night at the theatre for all ages. For those who grew up with the wonderful characters created by Charles Addams, this is a great new take on the beloved family whilst offering plenty of nostalgia.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

NUTS will put on performances on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August at 7pm and Saturday 19th at 5pm at the Science Theatre, UNSW Campus.

For more about The Addams Family, The Musical, visit http://www.nuts.org.au/addams-family.html
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GINA SCHIEN’S ‘MORGAN STERN’ : COMING TO BELVOIR STREET AND THEN GOING TO EDINBURGH

Sydney theatre lovers will get a brief window of opportunity to see Australian playwright Gina Shien’s poignant play MORGAN STERN based on her brother’s battle with schizophrenia.

In Schien’s quirky play, a character named only as The Gent, part ghost, part protector, has been assigned from the other side of the planet to help Morgan, a young Sydneysider afflicted with schizophrenia.

The play shifts  between centuries and across hemispheres but remains primarily set in a still difficult to know corner of the universe – the human brain.

The production, mounted by Company of Rogues, will play Belvoir Street downstairs for two performances only in early July.  Then in August the Company are very excited to announce that it will have its international debut at the Edinburgh Festival which turns 70 this year.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: 

MORGAN STERN will play downstairs at Belvoir Street on July 1 at 7.30 pm and July 2 at 5.30 pm.

For more about this production visit https://belvoir.com.au/events/morgan-stern/#performance-times
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BODY MAP @ GIANT DWARF THEATRE REDFERN

Is the road to self discovery still on the map?

“The artists red light surrealism broke new ground, Body Maps socio political commentary on objectification and the beauty myth pulled no punches” – Otago Daily Times

“Original, Outlandish, provocative & not to be missed” Macandmae.com

Navigating who we are has never been tougher. Access is blocked with the promise of beauty & perfection. The personal highway to our soul is in a multi lane gridlock with diversions from the self at every exit.

Psychedelic, Satirical, Personal & Political storytelling that’s packed to the rafters with puns, punches & possibilities. BODY MAP is deep dive across the consumer bordered planet and into our inner being, highlighting our capacity to transform despite the odds.

Cult Pioneer of Australian performance art, Glitta Supernova brings her multi award winning show BODYMAP direct from the Dunedin Fringe Festival;

 

“BODYMAP exuded both vulnerability and subterranean glamarama” – Alt Media

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY :-

BODY MAP will take place on Saturday 27th May at the Giant Dwarf Theatre. Doors will open at 7.30 pm for an 8 pm performance.

For more about Body Map, visit https://giantdwarf.com.au/events/the-glitta-supernova-experience-body-map/
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THE WOMAN IN BLACK @ SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL SCHOOL OF ARTS

Do you believe in ghosts?

Regardless of your opinions on the paranormal, you’ll be glancing over your shoulder as you leave the theatre after The Sutherland Theatre Company’s upcoming production of the classic ghost story THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

Based on Susan Hill’s gothic horror novel of the same name, The Woman in Black is a gripping ghost story set in a dusty old theatre.

Arthur Kipps, a middle-aged solicitor, engages the services of a professional actor to help him re-enact a ghostly event that he experienced many years before at a deceased client’s old manor house in the English countryside. From the cluttered stage, Kipps begins to read his story: painfully, self-consciously and hesitantly at first, but gradually increasing in confidence.

The actor is enthusiastic and passionate, taking on the role of a young Kipps for the purpose of the performance. But as the two men delve deeper into the spine-chilling events that befell Kipps during his time at Eel Marsh House, the actor gradually realises that not all ghost stories are works of fiction.

In his second show with The Sutherland Theatre Company, Anthony White will play the reluctant storyteller Arthur Kipps.

Dirk Strachan-Thornton is to play the self-assured actor whom he hires to help bring his story to the stage.

Mallatratt’s adaption has been seen by millions of people worldwide and has been running on the West End for 27 years.

Director Belinda Balhatchet was drawn to the play’s use of simple theatrical techniques, rather than a detailed set, to bring the story to life.

“Nowadays, big budget productions can create almost anything on stage. Audiences don’t have to use their imagination as much as they used to because everything is created before them through lavish sets and huge casts. This show is the complete opposite. With a cast of two and an incredibly simple set, The Woman in Black relies on the talent of the cast and the imagination of the audience to create an atmosphere of tension and horror.”

Belinda knew that the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts was the perfect venue for the show.

“The School of Arts is a relatively small theatre in an old building. It fits the theme of the show perfectly, and the small size of the theatre puts the audience right in the middle of the action.”

THE WOMAN IN BLACK will be playing for a strictly limited season at the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from May 26-28. Performance times are Friday 26 May @ 8pm, Saturday 27 May @ 2pm, Saturday 27 May @ 8pm, Sunday 28 May @ 2pm.

Tickets can be booked online via TryBooking: http://bit.ly/stcwomaninblack. Alternatively phone bookings can be made on 91507574.

For more about The Woman in Black, visit http://www.thesutherlandtheatrecompany.com.au/index.htm
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L’enfant prodigue by Claude Debussy @ Backyard Opera

Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue is a staged cantata by Claude Debussy with text by Édouard Guinand that runs approximately 45 minutes.

This classic parable still resonates with us today. In an increasingly isolating and individualistic society, we are confronted by our own passive vilification of people who have fallen through the cracks. The drive to succeed and express our identity comes at a cost. Humanisation and community are the remedy,

The cantata is to be directed by Lucy Scott and conducted by Luke Spicer. The work will be played by a chamber orchestra accompanied by soprano Ayşe Göknur Shanal, tenor  Joel Scott and baritone Andrew Williams. The piece runs for forty five minutes.

SEASON

May 5th: 7:30PM
May 6th: 5:30 + 7:30PM
May 7th: 5:30 + 7:30PM

VENUE

Backyard Opera –  a new  multi-use arts space a five minute walk from Tempe Station : http://www.backyardopera.com/contact

For more about L’enfant prodigue by Claude Debussy, visit https://www.trybooking.com/PTCM

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STUDENT TROUPE IN GOOD COMPANY WITH SONDHEIM

Timeless and evocative, Stephen Sondheim’s 7 time Tony Award Winner COMPANY is regarded as one of the great modern musicals.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends force the habitually single Robert to question his rigid bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

COMPANY features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Sondheim’s best known songs including the renowned finale Being Alive. With discussions about marriage, divorce, homosexuality and commitment, COMPANY is a sophisticated and honest look at modern adult relationships.

COMPANY will be playing between Tuesday 4th April and Saturday 8 April at STUDIO ONE, UNSW : Tuesday to Friday at 7.30 pm and a Saturday matinee at 2 pm.

Book tickets at http://bit.ly/MTSCompany

For more about UNSW MTS Presents: Company, visit https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=256429&embed=256429
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SUTHERLAND THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT ANDREW MORTON’S ‘BLOOM’ IN MARCH

The Sutherland Theatre Company is proudly presenting Andrew Morton’s heart-warming play, Bloom, at the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from March 3-12.

Following the death of his father, 15-year-old Daniel and his mother Lisa are forced to move to an unfamiliar town. After a violent outburst at his new school, Daniel’s social worker Michelle suggests that he spend a week working with her father, Bobby, an urban gardener of several abandoned lots in the middle in the city.

A week soon turns into a few months and, as the two men spend the summer tending the gardens, they begin planting some much-needed hope in a neighbourhood plagued by blight and help each other heal old wounds.

A finalist at the Write Now festival and a winner of the Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award, Bloom is a coming-of-age story about grief, growth and gardening.

Director Christiane Brawley chose the play because of its simple and relatable story about the power of human connection.

“The media is so full of material telling us of our cruelty and indifference to each other, but this story is about the positive ways that human interaction can enrich and revitalise us. I don’t think we can ever have too many reminders about the importance of kindness and family and friendship.”

The heart-warming story at the centre of the show has broad appeal.

“It is gently humorous and reminds us why it is good to be alive. It has characters and situations that everyone will recognise and a story which will make the audience smile and feel good.”

The multi-generational cast of talented local performers includes Graham Yates, Ben Moss, Mel Day, Grace Fabris and Emma Dalton.

PERFORMANCE TIMES –

Friday 3rd March @ 8pm Saturday 4th March @ 2pm Sunday 5th March @ 2pm Thursday 9th March @ 8pm Friday 10th March @ 8pm Saturday 11th March @ 8pm Sunday 12th March @ 2pm

Tickets are available from http://www.thesutherlandtheatrecompany.com.au or by calling (02) 9150 7574.

For more about Bloom, visit http://www.thesutherlandtheatrecompany.com.au
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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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MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY LAUNCHES ITS 2017 SEASON

THE FATHER
John Bell AO will play the lead role in Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’, one of the featured productions in the MTC’s 2017 season.

The Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC)  is to premiere 3 new Australian plays in it’s 12 part 2017 season.

Launched on the weekend by Artistic Director Brett Sheehy in Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, the 3 plays – written by Melbourne’s own Joanna Murray-Smith, Eddie Perfect and Lally Katz – sparked a special kind of excitement in event attendees.

Alongside them is an exciting selection of local and international work that is sure to delight an array of both new and continuing theatregoers.

There were, of course, a few standouts presented in this weekend’s launch.

According to Sheehy, Michael Frayn‘s Noises Off  is “considered by many to be the funniest play ever written”.  Actor Louise Siverson presented the play to subscribers, in a depiction that was nothing short of hilarious. Noises Off will be playing mid year, throughout July and August and will definitely be the comedic relief of next years cohort.

The Father by Florian Zeller is also a promising standout. The intriguing french play has garnered world wide acclaim, and the MTC is rightly bringing it to Australian shores. With John Bell AO playing the lead, it is an understatement to say that audiences are in for a treat – with Sheehy suggesting this could be the performance of Bell’s lifetime. This performance will be co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company. Not to be missed, The Father will premiere in November of 2017.

For the first time in 5 years, the MTC will be showing a Shakespearean tragedy. Sheehy, who has been directing the company in this time, said “In my view you never tackle Shakespeare lightly.” Therefore, Macbeth will be directed by Simon Phillips, who has allegedly waited  5 years for the “planets to align” in anticipation of this play. Phillip’s is remembered as directing Richard III and Hamlet in previous MTC seasons. Although the full casting announcement is still to come, audiences can gear up for the June/July when this mammoth of a play will be presented.

In addition to this weekend’s season launch, the MTC also announced a few major successes in their social justice projects. They were proud to announce that in accordance to their Women In Theatre motion, 7 of the 12 plays in the 2017 season are written by women, and 5 are to be directed by women.

The 2017 Season will bring something fresh and dramatic to audiences, and is definitely worth travelling to Melbourne for!

Subscribers can access tickets now, however ticketing for the general public will be available in early March and can be booked through the MTC website.

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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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MOZART AND SALIERI – A TRIPLE BILL @ AUSTRALIAN PERFORMING ARTS GRAMMAR SCHOOL GLEBE

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THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY
You know the story of the infamous (albeit highly fictionalised) rivalry between Mozart and Salieri. No doubt you have seen the late Peter Shaffer’s film adaptation of his own play, “Amadeus”, greatly inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s “little tragedy”, the dramatic poem “Mozart and Salieri”.

Let us take you a little closer to the source material.

We are excited to present a triple-bill including Rimsky-Korsakov’s almost verbatim operatic adaptation of Pushkin’s tale, alongside two of Mozart and Salieri’s own farcical works; Der Schauspieldirektor (Mozart) and Prima la Musica, Poi le Parole (Salieri). These pieces were interestingly composed for the same competition and debuted at the same time, in the same room!

As a special treat, it is also our utmost privilege to present, likely for the first time EVER here in Sydney, “Per la ricuperata salute di Ofelia”; a piece of music composed by Mozart AND Salieri, with libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte of Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan Tutte fame (to name just a few). Discovered only this year in the depths of the Czech National Museum, this piece was thought to be lost to the ages. We are delighted to be able to give it’s modern-day, Sydney debut.

Thursday, 4 August 2016 (PIANO PREVIEW) – 7:00PM
Tickets $20

ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES:
Saturday, 6 August 2016 – 3:00PM
Sunday, 7 August 2016 – 3:00PM
Tickets $35 – includes complimentary afternoon tea

EVENT ORGANISERS:
Christopher Curcuruto – Bass-Baritone (PRODUCER)
Laura King Soprano (PRODUCTION MANAGER) + Photo Credit

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Jonathan Wilson

DIRECTORS:
Henry Shaw
Alex Robson
Rebecca Anne Coe

CAST:
Eugene Raggio
Joshua Oxley
Laura King
Zoe Drummond- Soprano
Imogen Faith Malfitano
Elizabeth Smalley
Jared David Lillehagen
Josh Rogers

ORCHESTRA:
Geist String Quartet
Sonia Wilson – Violin
Meg Cohen – Violin
Hayasa Tanaka – Viola
James Larsen – Vello
Jonathan Wilson – Piano and Spinet

This event is presented as a profit-share joint venture; by artists, for artists.

Special thanks to the Academy of Music and Performing Arts – AMPA and Felt Tip Theatre Company for their support.

DATES
4 August 2016 at 7:00PM, 6 and 7 August 2016 at 3:00pm

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RUMOURS OF POLAR BEARS @ BLACK BOX THEATRE NEWCASTLE

 

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In a shattered world ravaged by war, a ragtag band of teenagers struggle for survival. Their leader, Deme, dreams of a world that is safe – a utopia filled with polar bears…

For more information head to:

http://www.trybooking.com/LVXB

Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/224271657966289/

Promotional Video:

https://www.facebook.com/EclecticProductionsNewcastle/videos

For more about the cast and their characters:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOFHDqM89wcW1tERaXKYlRA

DATES
July 20th – July 23rd. 7PM every night, 2PM Saturday matinee

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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE @ GREEK THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

“All that glisters is not gold.”

Following the Company’s compelling production of Hamlet in April this year, Bard on the Beach returns to The Greek Theatre in Marrickville this month with its presentation of The Merchant of Venice.

Supported by the directorial guidance of Patricia Rowling, Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach, this Shakespeare play explores prejudice, human relationships and social boundaries in 16th Century Venice. Continue reading THE MERCHANT OF VENICE @ GREEK THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

LIES, LIES AND PROPOGANDA PRESENTS BICYCLE BY DANIELLE BAYNES @ THE OLD FITZ

Photo by Matt Ralph

Above photo by Matt Ralph. Featured photo by Sasha Cohen.

Following a critically acclaimed sell out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Lies, Lies and Propaganda bring BICYCLE, written by Danielle Baynes, starring Danielle Baynes and Pip Dracakis, and directed by Michael Dean,  to the Old Fitz.

Upon meeting an enigmatic Transylvanian Count, a Victorian Englishwoman is given a bicycle. But this gift comes with a price: midnight supper at his place. This invitation proves too tempting to resist and her mortal life is changed forever. Bicycle is a one-woman play about conquering fears, parting legs and the unexpected turns life can take after dining with a monster.

The reviews interstate have been outstanding:-

★★★★ ‘Danielle Baynes is a supernatural force to be reckoned with in this fanciful, original dramatic comedy-thriller.’ – THE ADVERTISER
★★★★ ‘This show is utterly surprising: edgy theatre, bold and fierce, especially for feisty women.’ – INDAILY
★★★★ ‘An indisputably modern work jam-packed with ideas about female liberty…’ Great Scott
★★★★1/2 ‘Baynes is spellbindingly captivating in her storytelling…Adding to the beauty is the luscious voice and virtuoso violin playing of Pip Dracakis.’ – GLAM Adelaide
★★★★ ‘The audience is captured with every movement and every word…definitely one to put on the list.’ – Adelaide theatre guide

Lies, Lies and Propoganda’s production of Danielle Baynes’ BICYCLE is playing the Old Fitz from 21 June to 2 July.

All tickets $25 including booking fee.

Performance times Tuesdays to Saturdays at 9.30pm and Sundays at 7.30pm.

For more about Bicycle by Danielle Baynes, visit http://www.oldfitztheatre.com/bicycle/

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