All posts by Alan Hartstein

Alan has worked in the media business for nearly 20 years as an editor, writer and sub editor across a large number of newspaper, magazine and online newsletter titles. He has had a passion for stage and screen for as long as he can remember and has, he admits, never been backwards in coming forwards when it comes to having an opinion. His interest in the arts runs across the full spectrum, from opera, ballet and musicals, to symphony concerts to large music festivals, pub gigs and just about everything in between.

SYDNEY MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT

A concert in memory of the late Bruce Alcorn. Featuring Jocelyn Fazzone on flute. Conductor Werner Ruecker.

Including music by contemporary Australian and Japanese composers, as well as familiar classical pieces, and more!

The concert will take place at the Northen Beach Uniting Church Balgowlah, 122 Condamine Street, Balgowlah on 22nd September at 2pm

Tickets $20/$15/under 12 free, Tickets  ate available at the door.

 

THE STARS AT NOON : WOMEN REACHING FOR THE MOON

“I really would have liked to be the first woman in space… anyone who’s spent as much time in the air as I have is bound to yearn to go a little bit farther…”

Starring Emily Engeman, THE STARS AT NOON is a one-woman show that takes audiences back in time, to the Space Race, and tells the incredible true story of thirteen women pilots who gave everything for the dream of Spaceflight.

The Mercury 13 were a group of female pilots who passed the same series of astronaut tests as the Mercury 7, America’s first astronauts. They were intelligent, experienced, passionate. They had all the “right stuff”, but were the wrong sex.

Emily Engeman speaks for Jerrie Cobb, Jackie Cochran and Eileen Collins – the women who were there – and tells you what really happened, in a musical celebration of women who dared to reach for the stars.

The Stars At Noon is on for two nights only: the 12th of October at 9pm and 24th of October at 8:45pm, at the Bondi Pavilion, in association with Bondi Theatre Company.

AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE : HANDEL AND DELIRIOUS LOVE

Sara Macliver – Soprano
Benjamin Bayl – Guest Director and Harpsichord
Skye McIntosh – Artistic Director
Australian Haydn Ensemble

One of Australia’s most loved and acclaimed sopranos, Sara Macliver and Australian-born International conductor and harpsichord director Benjamin Bayl join the Australian Haydn Ensemble for a stunning program of Handel and Scarlatti.

The program centres around the theme of the Delirium of Love. Handel’s cantata Il Delirio Amoroso was written during Handel’s time in Italy and was first performed in 1707. It features a virtuosic soprano line that is beautifully balanced by solo writing for oboe, recorder and cello. Il Delirio is beautifully contrasted by Silete Venti, one of Handel’s most transcendent motets which traverses the boundaries of divine and mortal love. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE : HANDEL AND DELIRIOUS LOVE

KISS ME KATE @ HORNSBY RSL SHOWROOM

Hornsby Musical Society is proud to present ‘Kiss Me Kate’ later this year.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite one another in a new production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. The battle of the sexes continues onstage and off, as it becomes clear that, as much as this couple profess to hate each other, they are also still in love. Alongside their bickering liaison, the show’s supporting actress, Lois Lane, supports her gambling boyfriend, Bill, as he attempts to evade the clutches of local gangsters. Throw into the mix a number of cases of mistaken identity, the mob, and comedic routines, and you get Kiss Me, Kate – a dazzling Broadway classic that earned the very first Tony award for Best Musical. Featuring Cole Porter hits such as ‘Too Darn Hot’, “Another Opening, Another Show’, and ‘So In Love’, this show is not to be missed!

TICKETS
$30* Concession
$35* Adult
$30* Groups (10+ tickets)
(*plus $2 booking fee per ticket)

TO BOOK visit www.hornsbymusicalsociety.com.au or phone (02) 9477 7777

PERFORMANCE DATES
All performances will take place in the Hornsby RSL Showroom, 4 High Street, Hornsby

Thursday 10 October – 7:30pm
Friday 11 October– 7:30pm
Saturday 12 October – 1:00pm
Saturday 12 October– 7:30pm
Sunday 13 October – 1:00pm

For more about Kiss Me Kate, visit http://www.hornsbyrsl.com.au
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Alison Jiear – A Centenary Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald

“There’s hardly a bigger, better voice in all of London’s theatre land… She’s an unmissable marvel” THE STAGE

Following sell-out shows in London, Laurence Olivier Award nominated vocalist Alison Jiear returns to her home country with her phenomenal jazz quartet to perform music made famous by the “First Lady of Song” with a show packed full of iconic standards such as A Tisket A Tasket, Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye, Lady be Good, Hernando’s Hideaway and That ‘Ol Black Magic. One of the greatest voices in cabaret you’ll ever hear, Alison is a class act, and will move you to tears.

Additionally, Alison Jiear joins with musical director Michael Tyack to present their insights into creating and crafting a cabaret show. Working with two emerging cabaret artists on their act and the interpretation of material and patter, this is a behind the scenes look at how cabaret is created. More information on this masterclass on 11 July available at https://sydneycabaretfest.com/events/masterclass-alison-jier/

DATES
Friday 12 July 9:00pm-10:30pm, Saturday 13 July 8:30pm-10:00pm at  Chequers at the Seymour Centre

For more about Alison Jiear – A Centenary Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald, visit https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/alison-jiear/
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ENGADINE MUSICAL SOCIETY : CINDERELLA

Photography by Lukeography

The Prince is Giving a Ball and you’re invited! This May join Cinderella, her friends and not so friendly stepsisters as they take you back to the magical world of one of the most loved fairytales.

This May Engadine Musical Society is bringing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, Cinderella to the Engadine Community Centre.

Originally written for television, the show tells the tale a Cinderella, a young woman who is oppressed by her malicious and self-obsessed step mother and sisters. With the help of the Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a beautiful maiden and finds her prince.

President, Sue Bunt, says the show was the perfect choice for the company’s May 2019 production. “We wanted to do a show that parents and grandparents could share with their families and Cinderella seemed the perfect fit.” Continue reading ENGADINE MUSICAL SOCIETY : CINDERELLA

PopLab – Frisky and Mannish

10 years since they burst onto the scene with their wildly popular brand of musical infotainment, Frisky & Mannish are officially Pop PhDs, fully qualified to conduct scientific analyses of the molecular intersections between every pop song ever. For the first time, you are invited into their PopLab to peek down the microscope at all their latest research projects. Have they found an effective vaccine for the contagious Tropical House virus sweeping through the pop world? Who is the latest to benefit from their 80s RnB Conservation Program? Brush up on your Pop Periodic Table with the mad scientists themselves, and perhaps you too will be able to address problematic equations, like just how can Coldplay be so popular even though everyone you ask says they hate them? Science, people. Science.

Award-winners at Adelaide Fringe, sell-outs at Perth Fringe, specially invited artists at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and long-overdue a return to Sydney since their acclaimed debut at the Opera House in 2009. The British sensations are finally BACK to bring you their unique brand of popmusicy-seriocomic-mashparodic-stereophonic-LOUD-vaudevillian-sketch cabaret-throwback current-old fangled-new fashioned-bapsbotty-infotainment.

DATES
Saturday 6th July 8:00pm-9:30pm & Sunday 7th July 6:00pm-7:30pm at Chequers at the Seymour Centre.

For more about PopLab – Frisky and Mannish, visit https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/frisky-mannish/
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KWEENS OF COMEDY @ GINGERS, OXFORD HOTEL

Debuting Kweens of Comedy a brand new, regular night on Sydney’s iconic Oxford Street celebrating all types of comedians and all types of comedy.

Not only can you expect great stand-up but, whether it’s clowning, sketch, improv, drag, or any other unique style, this new night is guaranteed to have you laughing like the world isn’t doomed!

The line up for our premiere show includes:

Sienna Austin
Kento David
Jack Gow
Hey Puss Puss (Candice Gallimore + Laura Hart)
June Richards
Zoë Sitas
Kathryn Thomas
And, is of course hosted by the Kween herself, Cleo!

If you’re a performer keen to be a part of upcoming shows, click here for all the details on how to sign-up.

Please note that this is a welcoming and inclusive event for all people. Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or discriminatory behaviour in any way will not be tolerated.

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Thursday 18 April – 7:30pm start (doors open 7pm)  at Gingers, Oxford Hotel, 1/134 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

For more about Kweens of Comedy, visit http://www.thekweens.com.au/kweens-of-comedy/?preview_id=1665&preview_nonce=10939dcb40&_thumbnail_id=-1&preview=true
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SCULPTURE @ SCENIC WORLD 2019

Experience art like never before at Sculpture at Scenic World 2019!

Set among the stunning Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World is Australia’s premier regional art exhibition which transforms the ancient rainforest into an outdoor gallery from April 12 – May 12.

Showcasing 25 thought provoking works along the Scenic Walkway that winds through the pristine Jamison Valley.

Sculpture at Scenic World provides a unique sensory experience with subtle artworks and interactive installations that appeal to families, couples and art lovers alike.

Once again Sculpture at Scenic World will feature an extensive free public program including daily guided tours, weekend workshops, heaps of activities for the kids and more.

This year’s exhibition extends to Sculpture Otherwise at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and TRACKS an outdoor exhibition of artworks at various locations throughout the upper mountains.

All Scenic World passes include unlimited travel on the Scenic Railway, Scenic Cableway and Scenic Skyway as well as entry into Sculpture at Scenic World and Sculpture Otherwise.

DATES FOR THE DIARY
April 12 – May 12, 9.00am – 5.00pm.at Scenic World Blue Mountains, 1 Violet Street, Katoomba.

For more about Sculpture at Scenic World 2019, visit https://www.sculptureatscenicworld.com.au/
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RUTHIE HENSHALL COMING TO SYDNEY TO PLAY THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Ruthie Henshall is one of the most celebrated performers in the history of London theatre. Ruthie Henshall: Live & Intimate, her first solo tour of Australia, will play in Sydney and Brisbane this June. Tickets are now on sale.

This new and intimate show is a rare opportunity to see this dazzling star up close and personal, reinterpreting highlights from her acclaimed career as well as exploring the work of other iconic artists including Stephen Sondheim and Carole King to The Beatles and Barbra Streisand.

Ruthie Henshall’s multi-award winning career has seen her star in the most popular musicals of the past thirty years in the West End and on Broadway, from her iconic appearance as Fantine in Les Misérables (including the tenth anniversary concert) to Cats, Miss Saigon, Crazy For You, She Loves Me (Olivier Award), Marguerite, Oliver!, A Chorus Line, Putting It Together, Billy Elliot (including the world-wide cinema release) and her legendary appearance as both Roxie and Velma in Chicago in the West End and on Broadway. She has also enjoyed tremendous success in plays, in concert and on television. Her recordings include four solo albums and numerous cast recordings.

Producer Enda Markey said, “For nearly thirty years, Ruthie has been performing at the top of her game in London’s West End and on Broadway. I’m thrilled that I get to showcase Ruthie’s phenomenal talents in this new show that will premiere in Australia. Ruthie is an artist of great taste and phenomenal talent and I’m so happy to be working with her again, and with her musical director Paul Schofield, on this special project.”

“I’ve only been to Australia once before and I had a great time singing some Sondheim, but now I’m especially thrilled for the world premiere of my new solo show at the Sydney Opera House and to visit Brisbane for the first time,” said Ruthie.

“A mega-watt talent shining in all its dazzling brilliance” – BBC
“She has style in spades” – Ben Brantley, New York Times
“A dazzling burst of star power!” – The Times (UK)
“[Ruthie Henshall] has the kind of brilliant, high-voltage stage personality that can light up whole cities” – The Scotsman

DATES
Thursday 13th June 8:00pm

For more about Ruthie Henshall, visit https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/cabaret/2019/ruthie-henshall.html
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ALICE IN SLASHERLAND @ THE OLD FITZ

 

A PORTAL TO HELL IS OPENING UP AT THE OLD FITZ THEATRE!

“GLEEFULLY SILLY! ACTION-PACKED! A SLY, SELF-REFERENTIAL COMEDY!” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

Lewis Diaz is in love with his best friend, which would be fine if he didn’t accidentally open a ​literal ​gateway to hell while trying to chat her up at a party… Now, with every imaginable kind of demon, monster, and killer ravaging his small town, it’s up to Lewis and his newly undead companion to save the day and protect his classmates from becoming freshly slaughtered carcasses.

For fans of all things involving jump-scares, fight scenes, fake blood, creepy puppets and self-referential comedy.

Rachel Kerry​ directs an ensemble cast of incredible young actors (and puppets) featuring ​Justin Amankwah​ ​(The Flick, 2018 Sydney Theatre Award Winner for Best Actor & Best Newcomer)​, ​Jack Angwin​ ​(Youth + Destination, Friday On My Mind)​, ​Josh McElroy​ ​(Osama The Hero, Spring Awakening)​,​ Bardiya McKinnon ​(Metamorphoses, DNA),​ ​Mia Morrissey ​(Harrow, Molly)​, ​Laura Murphy​ ​(Muriel’s Wedding, Cry Baby)​, and introducing ​Stella Ye​,​ ​in the Australian Premiere of Vietnamese-American playwright – and Marvel writer – ​Qui Nguyen​’s ​bloody​ hilarious play.

“THEATRICAL BRILLIANCE!” ​★★★★ – TIME OUT NEW YORK

DATES FOR THE DIARY 
April 18 – May 11 at the Old Fitz

For more about Alice In Slasherland, visit http://www.redlineproductions.com.au/alice-in-slasherland
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SUICIDE, INCORPORATED : THE RETURN SEASON

Knock and Run Theatre is set to spark conversation about men’s mental health in the return season of their award-winning production “Suicide, Incorporated” in late March 2019. After an outstanding reception to the company’s first production of the dark comedy in 2016, Knock and Run are collaborating with Newcastle Theatre Company to re-stage the show as a part of their Indie Season, in hopes of reigniting the discussion about suicide prevention.

The play “Suicide, Incorporated”, by American playwright Andrew Hinteraker, follows Jason who lands a job at Legacy Letters, a company that specialises in writing suicide notes. Unbeknownst to his employer, Jason has a secret agenda to get their clients to reconsider taking their own lives, however he must do so without losing his job.

Cast members James Chapman, Phillip Ross, Carl Gregory and Cooper McDonald are all returning to their roles, with newcomer Ned Keogh entering the role of Tommy.

Director Patrick Campbell, who was nominated for a CONDA for his direction of the 2016 production, says “It’s been fantastic to reunite with the team on a play that’s very dear to all of us. A great opportunity to further develop the production, with four fifths of the original cast, and we’re excited to have Ned on board to bring a new life to that role.”

After the return Newcastle season, Knock andRun hope to tour the work around regional New South Wales. Producer James Chapman says “Suicide is a real problem in Australia, particularly in regional communities. It’s the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44, and men and Indigenous people in particular are at a greater risk. We want this play to open up the conversation about mental health and reduce the stigma around getting help.”

Knock and Run’s first run of “Suicide, Incorporated” won Best Dramatic Production at the 2016 CONDA awards, and received nominations for Excellence by a Director (in Drama or Comedy) and Excellence in Lighting Design.

The return season of “Suicide, Incorporated” will mark Knock and Run Theatre’s sixth production, with more 2019 productions to be announced soon.

DATES FOR THE DIARY  
28th March 7pm, 29th March 7pm, 12pm 30th March, 8pm 30 March.

Tickets are $20 and available online via NTC’s website or at the Box Office.

For more about Suicide, Incorporated (Return Season), visit https://newcastletheatrecompany.com.au/
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AVENUE Q! A PUPPET MUSICAL FOR ADULTS

North Shore Theatre Company (NSTC) is ready to send its loyal audience into side-splitting laughter when it brings puppet musical comedy Avenue Q to The Independent Theatre, North Sydney from 26 April to 4 May.

Winner of the Tony Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, the hilarious Avenue Q tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate trying to find his way in the world in New York.

This critically-acclaimed musical is strictly for adults only despite featuring puppets and is R-rated, containing adult topics, offensive language, and an onstage portrayal of puppet sex.

Here are three words to set the scene for you: rude Sesame Street!”

DATES FOR THE DIARY
26 April to 4 May 2019 at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney

For more about Avenue Q! Puppet musical for adults, visit http://www.northshoretheatrecompany.org
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CHICAGO COMING TO THE CAPITOL IN AUGUST

Sydney has secured the 2019 premiere of the multi-award winning, record breaking musical CHICAGO. Produced in Australia by John Frost and Suzanne Jones, this Australian production will premiere from August 20 at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.

The sassy musical will star some of Australia’s most talented performers. Starring as the irreverent and determined Roxie Hart, is one of our most versatile entertainers, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and joining her as the empowered and glamorous Velma Kelly is musical theatre star Alinta Chidzey. Much adored Casey Donovan joins the duo as the tough and sassy prison warden Matron ‘Mama’ Morton.

“We are so thrilled to have this incredible Australian cast join us in bringing this New York institution back to Australia. CHICAGO has everything that people love about Broadway, a story of fame, fortune and all that jazz, one show-stopping number after another and the most amazing dancing you’ve ever seen as well as the most sizzling score” said producer John Frost.

Producer Suzanne Jones added, “We cannot wait to see Natalie, Alinta and Casey make these iconic roles their own whilst supported by a slick ensemble cast. We are so privileged to have the most exceptional performers joining us on this production who are sure to bring the razzle dazzle!”

The Kander & Ebb musical has been seen by over 31 million people worldwide in 36 countries and is the winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy Award. CHICAGO continues to play on Broadway and around the world in multiple languages and is the longest running American musical in Broadway and West End history.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer Billy Flynn to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®- winning film and want to experience the show live on stage, whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic or whether you are after a perfect night of pure entertainment, CHICAGO always delivers.

https://chicagothemusical.com.au/

DATES
Season: From August 20th (performance times vary – see Ticketmaster for specific shows)

For more about Chicago, visit https://www.capitoltheatre.com.au/chicago/
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TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL COMING TO SYDNEY

The Transitions Film Festival returns to Sydney this April with another enthralling line-up of cutting-edge documentaries about the existential challenges, mega-trends, game-changing technologies and creative visions that are redefining what it means to be human.

The festival focuses on sharing inspirational stories about the solutions to society’s greatest challenges and showcases the local heroes and changemakers who are building a better world.

Covering a huge range of mind-expanding themes, including: climate change, regenerative agriculture, artificial intelligence, innovation and youth activism, this year’s festival will change the way you look at the world.

Featuring a stellar line-up of powerful films and inspirational guest speakers, the Transitions Film Festival runs from the 1st until the 4th of April at Dendy Cinemas Newtown.

For more about Transitions Film Festival Sydney tour, visit https://www.transitionsfilmfestival.com/sydney-program–2019
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BABES ABLAZE @ RED RATTLER THEATRE

Australia’s only fire cabaret returns to Sydney after a blazing debut in April 2018, with more spellbinding fire fusion acts featuring the cream of Sydney’s fire performance crop!

Produced and hosted by Melbourne cabaret powerhouse Sophie deLightful, this edition of Babes Ablaze will try to connect with your deepest desires – a truly unique spectacle of talent, creativity and daring feats. Stay tuned for performer announcements featuring burlesque, lollipop pole dancing, Cosplay, cabaret singing and more…

Set your night on fire this April and support one of Marrickville’s most iconic warehouse venues. Please note there is limited parking on weekends.

*** CASH BAR ***

“Hot Seat” VIP: $40 (limited)
Includes priority couch seating, fire cabaret show and fire fairy usher
** THESE SEATS SOLD OUT LAST YEAR, SO DON’T DELAY **

General Admission presale: $30
Includes fire cabaret show (seating not guaranteed – arrive early to get the best view)
Door price: $35 (subject to availability)

DATE- 
12 April, 9-10:30pm Doors open at 8pm. Red Rattler Theatre 6 Favisham Street, Marrickville Tickets can be purchased via Sticky Tickets

For more about Babes Ablaze Sydney II, visit http://www.redrattler.org/
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CHAMBER POT OPERA RETURNS TO SYDNEY AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Following seasons in Adelaide, Edinburgh and St Petersburg, Russia, CHAMBER POT OPERA returns to Sydney to play in Australia’s foremost Opera venue, the Sydney Opera House for its final season, commencing 11 April 2019. Tickets go on sale on Friday 22 February.

CHAMBER POT OPERA tells the story of three women who meet for the first time in a public bathroom. One is in an abusive relationship, another is terrified that she has come on too strong on a date, and the third has been promoted through the glass ceiling to land her dream job. Together they sing of shared histories, traumas and fantasies using a catalogue of popular music from the operas of Puccini, Mozart and Bizet.

A uniquely intimate production, CHAMBER POT OPERA will be performed for only 42 audience members at a time in the elegant Playhouse Ladies Bathroom at the Sydney Opera House. The three performers will utilise the entirety of the splendid and intimate space from the bathroom sinks and decorative mirrors to the hand dryers and toilet stalls to weave together a story in a setting where women can safely express themselves.

Originally performed in November 2016, this new season of CHAMBER POT OPERA Is due in no small part to the Sydney Opera House’s commitment to creating new operas for contemporary audiences as well as its commitment to fostering new, young, and exciting artistic talent.

CHAMBER POT OPERA features a talented team of singers and creatives from NIDA and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Created by director Clemence Williams (Banging Denmark), musical director Keiren Brandt-Sawdy (Mansfield Park) and dramaturg Thomas De Angelis (Unfinished Works) and with a cast including Sally Alrich-Smythe (The Phantom of the Opera), Britt Lewis (Rent) and Jessica Westcott (La Boheme), this production brings together Australia’s next generation of opera performers and creators.

Director and co-creator Clemence Williams says that this season “is the culmination of three years of touring the world and bringing our message of the timelessness and beauty of opera to the masses, one bathroom at a time!” The idea for the show came from Williams’ own experience being a performer confined to the ‘bitches, witches and breeches’ roles in opera.

Dramaturg and co-creator Thomas De Angelis says, “It seemed like the right time to bring Chamber Pot Opera home, and particularly to stage it in Australia’s most recognisable cultural institution, the Sydney Opera House. We’ve made some changes to the show and added some new material – and crucially, we’ve tried to keep the ticket prices as low as possible to maximise the accessibility of the show.”

CHAMBER POT OPERA is the only opera written and designed specifically for publicly accessible women’s bathrooms. It’s sure to delight opera novices and aficionados alike.

“Chamber Pot Opera makes opera accessible, celebrates the power women can have when they choose to support each other, and forces audiences to rethink their opinions of performance spaces.” – Broadway World

“Don’t be surprised to see these singers on great operatic stages in the future. In the meantime, go along and see this great little show — it’s a gem.” – Adelaide Advertiser

“For those who love Opera you must see this, for those who are novices, you also must see this.” – Stage Whispers

CHAMBER POT OPERA
Presented by Bontom Productions and Sydney Opera House
Created by Keiren Brandt-Sawdy, Thomas De Angelis and Clemence Williams
Directed by Clemence Williams
Musical Direction by Keiren Brandt-Sawdy
Dramaturgy by Thomas De Angelis
With Sally Alrich-Smythe, Britt Lewis and Jessica Westcott

DATES 
11 April – 28 April (7pm and 8:30pm) at the  Playhouse Ladies Bathroom at the Sydney Opera House

For more about Chamber Pot Opera, visit https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/opera/2019/chamber-pot-opera.html
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Bach Akademie Australia brings the joy of J.S. Bach to Parramatta

The music of J.S. Bach will come alive in March in Parramatta at a very special concert by Bach Akademie Australia, performing two of his greatest Cantatas and the rarely performed Ascension.

Founder of Bach Akademie Australia, Madeleine Easton, is an internationally acclaimed Australian violinist, director and concertmaster who works with some of the most respected ensembles and orchestras around the world.

For the first time, Bach Akademie Australia will perform with a full choir of hand-picked singers from around Australia including four internationally regarded vocal soloists.

DATE FOR THE DIARY 
Saturday 30 March 8pm-9.30pm at St Patricks Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta

For more about Bach Akademie Australia brings the joy of J.S. Bach to Parramatta, visit https://www.bachakademieaustralia.com.au
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BLAK MARKETS @ BARE ISLAND LA PEROUSE

Join Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artisans at the iconic Blak Markets at Bare Island La Perouse Sunday, February 24 from 9:30am to 3pm.

Arts and Craft have always been a focus at the Blak Markets and this market will have the famous shellworkers from La Perouse, Auntie Esme Timbery and Marilyn Russell doing a shellwork workshop and selling their art.

This market will also feature Native plants including bushfoods, which are being developed by Indigigrow, the other social enterprise arm of the charity who runs the Blak Markets.

The Blak Markets are a great chance to buy authentic unique gifts knowing that 100% of the profits go back into Aboriginal communities. The Blak Markets feature authentic, original and affordable Aboriginal artworks, beauty products and one-of-a-kind homewares and jewellery as well as Indigenous inspired food and refreshments.

Along with a dance performance, Aboriginal singer/songwriter, Maddi Lyn who has a deep passion for Country Music will be singing on the day, along with a interactive session for the kids with Larry Brandy Storytellers.

DATES
24 February, 12 May, 29 September, 15 December Bare Island La Perouse

For more about Blak Markets, visit https://blakmarkets.com/
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COMING SOON : RICK STEIN – LIVE ON STAGE

Rick Stein, one of the world’s most highly respected chefs, brings a perfect fusion of travel and food to the stage at Sydney’s State Theatre for one night only on Thursday 4 April. Tickets to RICK STEIN – LIVE ON STAGE go on sale on 7 February from Ticketmaster.

In conversation with Richard Glover, Stein will discuss his stellar career while taking us on a journey of discovery, meandering through the world’s greatest culinary regions, bringing to life the people and the places, and sharing his experiences of travelling in search of the extraordinary.

Rick Stein is an English chef, restaurateur and TV presenter who owns world renowned restaurants in Cornwall, England as well as being head chef and co-owner of the newly opened Rick Stein at Bannisters at Port Stephens, sister property to the immensely popular Bannisters by the Sea at Mollymook.

Best known for his many BBC TV series that have kept him perpetually globetrotting since his first appearance in 1985, Rick Stein has twenty-seven books to his name, each bringing the world’s most wonderful dishes to our kitchens at home.

DATE FOR THE DIARY 
Thursday 4th April 2019 @ 7:30pm at the State Theatre

For more about Rick Stein – Live on Stage, visit https://www.statetheatre.com.au/show-calendar/rick-stein/
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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER COMING SOON TO THE LYRIC THEATRE

Based on the 1977 movie starring John Travolta, this is the story of 19-year-old Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the local discotheque, where life lights up on the disco floor. There, Tony luxuriates in the admiration of the crowd and a growing relationship with Stephanie Mangano, and where he can temporarily forget the realities of his life, including a dead-end job in a paint store and his gang of deadbeat friends.

The coveted lead role of Tony Manero has gone to rising star Euan Doidge, Helpmann Award nominated for his role in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, after performing in Les Miserables, A Chorus Line and the Gordon Frost Organisation’s Grease and Legally Blonde. As Stephanie Mangano, the best dancer at the nightclub, will be Melanie Hawkins. Melanie has previously appeared in Singin’ In The Rain, Strictly Ballroom the Musical, King Kong Live on Stage and Rock of Ages.

Tim “Timomatic” Omaji will join the cast of Saturday Night Fever as Monty, the MC at Disco Odyssey 2001, the nightclub where Tony Manero dances every Saturday night. Tim has starred in the musicals Fame, In the Heights and Madiba the Musical. Tony’s older brother, Frank Jr., will be played by Stephen Mahy, recently seen in Mamma Mia!, as well as in Miss Saigon and as Kenicke in Grease. Angelique Cassimatis (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mack & Mabel, Strictly Ballroom) will play Annette, a neighbourhood girl who longs for a closer relationship with Tony. The troubled Bobby C will be played by Ryan Morgan, a recent NIDA graduate who has appeared on stage in A Town Named War Boy and Ironbound.

Australia’s original disco diva, Marcia Hines, will play the role of The Diva, who performs at Disco Odyssey 2001. Bobby Fox joins the cast as part of the star vocalists alongside Paulini, Natalie Conway and Nana Matapule. Together they will give voice to the much-loved disco Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

The cast also includes the best dancers working in Australia today – Justin Anderson, Giuliana Carniato, Lachlan Dearing, Lauren Elton, Mitchell Fistrovic, Gaynor Hicks, Elysha Manik, Kiara McGowan, Coby Njoroge, Maddie Peat, Stephen Perez, Erica Stubbs, Lola Thompson, Benjamin Turland and Chris Van Doren.

Saturday Night Fever is based on the Paramount/RSO movie and the story by Nik Cohn, adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood and Bill Oakes, while the new version has been arranged and edited by Ryan McBryde. Music and lyrics are by artists including the Bee Gees.

DATES
Wed-Thurs 7.30pm, Fri-Sat 8pm, Matinees Wed 1pm & Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Street, Pyrmont, from the 27th March, 2019.

For more about Saturday Night Fever, visit https://saturdaynightfever.com.au/
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SENIOR MOMENTS : COMING SOON TO THE CONCOURSE

After sell-out shows around the country, the hilarious comedy revue Senior Moments is back by popular demand for a new national tour from February, with the legendary John Wood, Max Gillies, Benita Collings and Geoff Harvey returning with a cast of young and old in this senior theatrical smash-hit.

Return Fire Productions is thrilled to announce this hugely popular comedy sensation will be touring the nation from February, to theatres in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart and Canberra, and regionally to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Newcastle, Wollongong, Caloundra, Port Macquarie and more. Tickets are on sale now!

SENIOR M OMENTS is a comedy revue about old people and the young people they have to deal with, with sketches and songs and performers who are old enough to know better, all making wicked fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully.

It’s a seriously silly show for otherwise sensible seniors.

Gold Logie winner and veteran actor John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules) joins master satirist Max Gillies (The Gillies Report), Play School icon Benita Collings, Kim Lewis (Sons and Daughters, The Restless Years) and Russell Newman (A Country Practice, Underbelly), with Midday Show Maestro Geoff Harvey on piano.

The show  is a deliciously funny and fresh collection of comic senior moments, scenes and songs, with hilarious sketches and wonderfully witty songs performed by some legendary show business seniors, coming to a theatre near you.

SENIOR MOMENTS is  a seriously funny revue for slightly old people.

DATES FOR THE DIARY: 
Wednesday 20 February, 2pm Thursday 21 February, 2pm Friday 22 February, 11:30am Friday 22 February, 7:30pm Saturday 23 February, 2pm Saturday 23 February, 7:30pm Sunday 24 February, 12:30pm Sunday 24 February, 4:30pm at the Concourse, Chatswood

For more about Senior Moments, visit https://theconcourse.com.au/senior-moments-comedy-revue/
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METAMORPHOSIS : A NEW ADAPTATION : COMING SOON

Following Clock and Spiel Productions’ sell-out tour of The Screwtape Letters in 2016/17, and critically acclaimed production of Freud’s Last Session; the company returns with a new take on Kafka’s candid and cautionary tale.

The Samsa family have their ordinary, everyday lives turned upside down when their son Gregor wakes up transformed into a monstrous insect. Revulsion turns to resentment as they contemplate continuing to recognise Gregor as part of their family. A new adaptation of the iconic Kafka tale; Metamorphosis is going to be theatrical, terrifying and bizarrely comic. As the ordinary and everyday become unusual and hostile, what would it be like to be completely transformed and yet still desperately need to belong? Continue reading METAMORPHOSIS : A NEW ADAPTATION : COMING SOON