The power of the personal was how I ended up sitting in a Saturday afternoon matinee of THE CARETAKER at Riverside Theatres. Nicholas Papademetriou talked me into it; you can see the interview with him here. For me, Harold Pinter’s classic work comes with a certain amount of baggage … leftovers from the 1960s when it was new, when the ‘Pinter Pause’ dominated, when abstract work and non-sequiturs were not as common on the stage. Instead of baggage, this production has clutter, dirt and performances groomed into deterioration. It is an achievement of modern relevance in a rigorously truthful reflection of the play’s heritage. Continue reading THANK YOU NICHOLAS. ‘THE CARETAKER’
DESTROYER is a highly anticipated film which has been garnering huge attention overseas. Ahead of its Australian cinema release we have a giveaway competition to an advance screening.
In Karyn Kusama’s riveting new crime thriller DESTROYER, the receipt of an ink-marked bill in the office mail propels veteran LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) on a perilous journey to find the murderer and gang leader, Silas (Toby Kebbell), and perhaps to finally make peace with her tortured past.
Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (THE INVITATION, CRAZY/ BEAUTIFUL) who also produced the film alongside Fred Berger (LA LAND, OERATION FINALE), the richly complex odyssey through the underbelly of Los Angeles and nearby desert communities reunites Bell with members of the criminal gang she once joined as an undercover FBI agent; an assignment which ended disastrously and has taken a heavy emotional and physical toll on her life. Continue reading ‘DESTROYER’. BE THE FIRST TO SEE A POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCE FROM NICOLE KIDMAN
As they say in the play “it must be the magic of theatre or something”. Indeed it must to bring audiences out to this revisiting of a classic queer work which is run over 2 nights and in one of the smallest venues in town. The hours fly by though, on seraph wings, as director Dino Dimitriadis chips off the period redundancies of ANGELS IN AMERICA without disturbing the density and flights of filmy fabric which bring the age of AIDS to the Old Fitz Theatre.
Premiering in 1991, ANGELS IN AMERICA by Tony Kushner is set in 1985 and hindsight is unkind to the America that was. Is? This production foregrounds current issues which still demand action and due attention paid. Gay men might be on PrEP but infections are rising, Israel and Palestine remain flashpoints, Perestroika somehow gave us Putin and a Republican is again in the White House. Plus, fridge fluorocarbons have less chlorine but denial is not slowing the warmth. Having experienced the nearly 7 hours of this production, I can say that the themes are still relevant but more importantly, the storytelling is exciting, intimate and conceptualised to entertain and engage. It’s an achievement all round. Continue reading ANGELS IN AMERICA: ALOFT WITH THE LOST, EARTHBOUND WITH DESPAIR
The Royal Opera House 2018/19 Live Cinema Season will exclusively present world renowned composer Verdi’s stunning opera – LA TRAVIATA (16, 17 and 20 March 2019).
Set in three acts, Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA follows the whirlwind romance between Violetta and Alfredo, ending in a heartbreaking betrayal and a reconciliation that comes too late. One of the most popular operas ever, it features exceptional examples of Italian opera’s tunefulness and immediate lyrical appeal, including the famous Brindisi and the virtuoso aria ‘Sempre libera’. Continue reading ROMANCE AND RECONCILIATION, LIVE FROM LONDON’S ROYAL OPERA HOUSE. GIVEAWAY
99% of motocyclists are law-abiding citizens…
1% is a story of brotherhood, loyalty, ambition and betrayal, set within the world of Australian motorcycle gangs. This modern day Macbeth follows Paddo, heir to the throne of the Copperheads MC who must assume the mantle whilst club leader Knuck does time in jail. Paddo’s vision for the club’s future and compromises he must make for his mentally disabled brother sets the stage for the ultimate power play.
1% is now available for rent from iTunes or Googleplay and the DVD can be yours to own from March 6th.
To celebrate the film's release on home entertainment and with thanks to Icon Film Distribution, Sydney Arts Guide has a DVD of 1% to give away. Accompanying the DVD is a 1% stubby holder . To be in the running, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with ONE_PERCENT_DVD as the subject and your full name AND your mailing address. Competition closes Midnight on Friday March 1, 2019 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the DVD will be mailed by the distributor after March 4.
THE CRUCIBLE is Sport for Jove‘s first salvo of betrayal in a season that will include Othello, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Damien Ryan’s award-winning production of Arthur Miller’s classic work returns in a new version to Bella Vista Farm and the Seymour Centre for a limited season this March. The production played to rave reviews, sold out audiences and standing ovations in 2014-15. (SAG Review)
This revival offers audiences in either venue a rare, immersive and immensely detailed vision of this masterpiece of 20th-century theatre.
In the face of fear, they found each other.
March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches in northern France led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin). A German offensive is imminent, and the officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and their past lives. Stanhope, meanwhile, soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with his dread of the inevitable. A young new officer, Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), has just arrived, fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting – not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer…
JOURNEY’S END is available to rent or buy from March 6th.
To celebrate the film's release on home entertainment and with thanks to Icon Film Distribution, Sydney Arts Guide has a DVD of JOURNEY'S END to give away. To be in the running, email (email@example.com) with JOURNEYS_END_DVD as the subject and your full name AND your mailing address. Competition closes Midnight on Friday March 1, 2019 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the DVD will be mailed by the distributor after March 4.
The Guide had great fun reviewing ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE … “a Christmas cracker of great songs, engaging characters and way too many highly inappropriate laughs.” See our review here.
A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.
ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE is now available for rent from iTunes and the DVD can be yours to own from March 6th.
To celebrate the film's release on home entertainment and with thanks to Icon Film Distribution, Sydney Arts Guide has a DVD of ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE to give away. To be in the running, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with ANNA_APOCALYPSE_DVD as the subject and your full name AND your mailing address. Competition closes Midnight on Friday March 1, 2019 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the DVD will be mailed by the distributor after March 4.
Tired feet and rainbows everywhere that’s Mardi Gras FAIR DAY. With over 200 stalls, Fair Day is a free event spread out through Victoria Park and it is a joyous start to Mardi Gras Season. This year’s theme is ‘Fearless’ and there is so much to love about the day.
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Lane Cove Theatre Company are running a fun show at the moment. THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES is by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith and was a bit of a cause celebre when first produced in 2006 and it still manages to raise a few eyebrows with its blend of farce and feminism… and some every odd mansplaining. And an hilarious first line.
Fictionarily referencing an incident when Germaine Greer was held at gun point by a student who claimed her life had been ruined by feminism, we first meet celebrity feminist author Margot Mason. Margot is lying to her publisher, Theo, on the phone because she does not actually have any of her new book written. There’s some serious writer’s block happening. Molly arrives unknown and announced with a killer title for Margot’s new book. Not long after, her daughter, Tess, will unceremoniously hurl herself through the French doors. Following will be Tess’s husband, Bryan, and the taxi driver, Frank, who delivers the married couple at separate times. Continue reading THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES: COMIC FEMINIST ASSASSINATION AT LANE COVE THEATRE COMPANY
Salut! Baroque presents MELANCHOLY AND MIRTH.
Early baroque music, much of it composed for the church, was often melancholy in character and meditative by nature. The gradual increase of separation between sacred and secular music opened new opportunities for composers to write purely for entertainment – such as Thomas D’Urfey’s “pleasant and divertive” set of songs, “Wit and Mirth, or Pills to Purge Melancholy” (1698). Continue reading MELANCHOLY AND MIRTH FROM SALUTE! BAROQUE. A BAROQUE GIVEAWAY
Rockdale Musical Society is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and kicking of a special season of festivities and shows the society is presenting the magical musical THE WIZARD OF OZ.
This production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic developed from the ever-popular MGM movie of the same name, “which ironically was released the same year as Rockdale Musical Society was formed” says RMS President Fran Appleyard “This was one of the deciding facts for putting this show on”. Continue reading ROCKDALE MUSICAL SOCIETY TURNS 80 WITH THE WIZARD OF OZ. GIVEAWAY
On the 14th of February the Zela Margossian Quintet will be performing at Foundry616.
Born in Beirut of Armenian heritage, Zela’s music bears influences from the rich and colourful cultures that she represents. Zela’s passion for Armenian ethno-jazz grew while studying piano performance in Armenia where she experienced a lively local scene. After moving to Sydney, she embarked on a new journey of nurturing this passion and has been making her mark here as a blossoming composer and artist ever since.
The Zela Margossian Quintet participated in the Beirut International Jazz Festival in Beirut, Lebanon in April 2018. The Quintet has also participated in different festivals in Sydney such as the International Women’s Jazz Festival in 2017 and Sydney Improvised Music Association’s Winter Jazz Festival in June 2018 as a headline band.
Leading her multi-cultural quintet of talented musicians; Stuart Vandegraaff on reeds, Lesen Price on double bass, Adem Yilmaz on percussion and Alex Inman-Hislop on drums – Zela’s music is sure to take listeners on an exotic and vibrant musical journey.
TRANSITION , the band’s debut album was released digitally by Art As Catharsis record label on the 30th of November. After their album launch at Foundry616 in December 2018, the quintet has received positive reviews from different sources in Australia and overseas and currently have plans to perform in different locations nationwide.
THE CARETAKER, a classic of the English stage by Harold Pinter is coming to Riverside Theatres and Glen Street Theatre. The Guide had the opportunity to speak to Nicholas Papademetriou who is acting in a role he has played before but this time, co-directing the show with Alex Bryant-Smith. Continue reading THE CARETAKER. AN INTERVIEW WITH NICHOLAS PAPADEMETRIOU.
Stratford Players invite you to their latest show A BUNCH OF AMATEURS a fun new show at the Arts Theatre Cronulla.
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steel arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity, and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!
With thanks to Stratford Players, Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass giveaway to A BUNCH OF AMATEURS. The prize is available for any night of the season. Please advise your preferred attendance date on your entry. To be in the running, email (email@example.com) with BUNCH_OF_AMATEURS as the subject and your full name and the night you wish to attend. Competition closes Midnight on Thursday February 14, 2019 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be available at the box office on the evening of performance.
The Sydney Opera House today announced the program for Festival UnWrapped, a bi-annual celebration of diverse, new and risk-taking works from some of Australia’s most admired contemporary performance makers.
Originally launched in 2018 as part of the Sydney Opera House’s Artist and Sector Development initiative, this year’s first Festival UnWrapped features five critically acclaimed works from 3 – 19 May 2019.
Festival UnWrapped, May 2019 includes:
– The Sydney premiere of Ali McGregor’s Yma Sumac: The Peruvian Songbird. McGregor brings to life the fascinating story and exquisite music of legendary Peruvian soprano, Yma Sumac, famous for her five-octave range, mambo and exotica albums, and larger-than-life personality;
–My Urrwai, a deeply personal journey into the life stories, family and culture of Torres Strait Island dancer, comic, teacher, TV star and sometime guitarist, Ghenoa Gela. In this rare and intimate performance, My Urrwai explores the interplay of political, social and colonial expectations that Gela dances with daily; (You can read the SAG review here.) Continue reading FESTIVAL UNWRAPPED ANNOUNCES 2019 PROGRAM
It really isn’t going to be for everyone but I adored THE MOORS. The black humour grabbed my jaded funny bone and wrestled in into a very odd shape. Plus, weirdly, my typhus must have been acting up because I could hardly breathe in places. It is a deliciously detailed production which, despite being non-sequitur free, is alarmingly disorienting and it’s ferociously feminist and with some remarkably troubling hits over the head with a Bronte. And an easy to follow narrative … go figure.
It begins with a nunnunnunnah. And from there on Nate Edmondson’s audio design leaves no clichéd audio cue unreferenced. It takes the horrible from horror with a score which interlaces plunks and a distant pipe strike and swirls of strings and a contrapuntal discordancy in places. It never overwhelms and even has a bell motif that rings distant from a hillock through the fog! Continue reading THE MOORS: WELL, I LOVED IT!
Following its premiere nearly 60 years ago, THE CARETAKER remains as relevant today as ever with issues of identity, power, family and mental illness. It will be presented by Throwing Shade Theatre Company (Metamorphosis, Vincent River) in association with theatrongroup (Anna in the Tropics, Greek Tragedy and The Importance of Being Earnest). Continue reading THE CARETAKER. NEARLY 60 YEARS ON – EVEN MORE RELEVANT. GIVEAWAY
See VOX LUX in a cinema. One with the best sound system you can find. Beginning with a voice over a black screen, the stage is set for an audio treat of a film. Not just the music but in a sudden hit of flocking wings which extends the mystery of the opening or in the superb rendering of mood, aspect, and point of view through mixing of the performance sequence at the end of the film.
After a horrifying and violent incident, 14 year old Celeste comes to national attention for her humility and sweet singing voice. She will be adopted by the masses and co-opted by the music industry. Some 18 years later, still with the same producer though both have changed, she is beloved by fans and betrayed by most of those around her. Except the sister, Eleanor, who has stuck by her, and her legacy, through it all. The next big concert looms but so does personal scandal and international concerns. Continue reading VOX LUX. STYLED AND STYLISH YET SURPRISINGLY NARRATIVE
LEONARD THE LYREBIRD – A MUSICAL STORY, will be onstage for the first time ever in the exciting and beautiful surrounds of Scenic World in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.
LEONARD THE LYREBIRD – A MUSICAL STORY is an
original composition by acclaimed composer Ian Munro based on the children’s book, Leonard the Lyrebird. Written by Jodie McLeod and illustrated by Eloise Short, both Blue Mountains locals, Leonard the Lyrebird is a popular Australian bush animal story about friendship and bravery that connects children and their families with the Blue Mountains. Continue reading LEONARD THE LYREBIRD- A MUSICAL STORY AT SCENIC WORLD. GIVEAWAY WITH RIDES!.
KING OF THIEVES is based on an incredible true story.
A famous thief in his younger years, 77 year old widower Brian Reader pulls together a band of misfit criminals to plot an unprecedented burglary at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit.
The thieves, all in their 60s and 70s except for one, employ their old-school thieving skills to plan the heist over the Easter holiday weekend. Posing as servicemen, they enter the deposit, neutralise the alarms, and proceed to drill a hole into the wall of the safe. Two days later, they manage to escape with allegedly over £200 million worth of stolen jewels and money. Continue reading KING OF THIEVES: THE AGELESS VILLAINS OF THE HATTON GARDEN HEIST. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY
Bearfoot Theatre, based in Newcastle, will begin 2019 with Tyler Atcheson‘s quirky, science fiction comedy and playwriting debut- HERMIT CRABS AND METEORS.
Bearfoot’s first family friendly production delivers positive lessons, including the importance of appreciating our friends, following our dreams and protecting the environment- especially creatures smaller than ourselves.
Eugene’s lonely existence is turned on its head when a
meteor crashes through his roof and a gaggle of strange
visitors come knocking. Could this mysterious space-rock
have anything to do with a missing hermit crab and the
whispering in the walls?
Continue reading HERMIT CRABS AND METEORS. 2019 BEGINS WITH DEBUT WORK FOR BEARFOOT. GIVEAWAY
The Sydney premiere of THE MOORS by Jen Silverman and directed by Kate Gaul, looms darkly through the fog before its opening to previews on February 7.
After being lured by mysterious letters, Emilie takes the position of governess in a household on the forbidding moors. Upon arriving, she finds two sisters – the stern and domineering Agatha, and the needy and flighty Hudley – a dog, and a glowering maid who isn’t always who or what she seems. Emilie’s arrival sets this odd assembly on a strange and increasingly bizarre path.
Inspired by the lives of the Brontë sisters, THE MOORS is a black comedy about love, desperation, and the way women are seen.
We had the opportunity to annoy cast member Brielle Flynn, who plays the hapless Emilie, while she was fog-deep in production week.
SAG: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions. So, there are 4 women and a dog in the cast? I’m assuming The Moors passes the Bechdel test?
BRIELLE: Make that 4 women, a dog and a moor-hen! I think the great thing about this play is that it highlights a universal need for connection, happiness, independence and visibility – a need that goes beyond human relationships, but also one’s connection to their sense of place. Continue reading BRIELLE FLYNN INTERVIEWED ABOUT THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED PRODUCTION ‘THE MOORS’