All posts by David Kary

David Kary completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA) at Wollongong University between 1990 and 1992 majoring in Arts Journalism and Theatre Studies. Since completing his degree in 1992 he has been writing continuously about the performing arts. He has contributed to a number of publications including Stage Whispers (16 years), The Messenger, South Sydney Bulletin, Tharunka, Sydney Observer, Latte Life Double Bay, and the Australian Jewish News. Since 2005, he has been the publisher and editor of the online Arts magazine Sydney Arts Guide:- He is a member of the Australian Journalists Association (AJA) of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA), the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA), and is a member of the Helpmann Awards Voting Collegiate.


Celebrating 15 years as Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event, the Sydney Comedy Festival closed out another epic year of hilarity by announcing its 2019 award winners: Cassie Workman, Chris Ryan, Demi Lardner and Tom Walker.

This year the Festival’s prestigious Director’s Choice award went to Demi Lardner and Tom Walker for their uproarious and peculiar show about two young twin brothers, We Mustn’t.

Cassie Workman took out the Best of the Fest Award for her poetic and poignant, yet hilarious, show Giantess. Continue reading SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 AWARD WINNERS


A very light, entertaining night of theatre awaits you if you make your way across to Rockdale. This is one of the funniest plays in Williamson’s extensive oeuvre.

The scenario. David Williamson’s play takes us into the world of elite sport. Brent is an elite sportsman, an Aussie Rules football player who has won two Brownlow medals. As is well known, elite sportsman make a heap of money out of advertising, from putting their name to various products.

Brent is managed by leading sports agent Rohan. Rohan has been trying to get Brent some good deals but they kept on being unstuck by Brent’s complete lack of charisma. Brent is just so wooden that Rohan simply can’t clinch a deal.

Hard times call for desperate measures, after all Rohan knows that there is good money to be made out of Brent. Rohan calls in sports psychologist Jessica to see if she can get install some perkiness, some spunk into Brent’s character. He also wants Jessica to do some ‘digging’ to see if there’s anything troubling Brent. Continue reading MANAGING CARMEN : GREAT LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT


Mosman Musical Society proudly presents an original show about a TV talent quest, its contestants and the crazy world of high stakes television, set to glorious showstoppers from the full gamut of musical theatre. Great characters, wacky conflict, love and romance, and just plain goofiness, with music everyone will know and love.

Written by Clare Gerber, who has had plenty of experience of television, and directed by Nick Bone, A Night On Broadway is a hilarious spoof on the world of the television talent quest in the age of Instagram!

The show tells the story of the battling contestants, the frustrated tv executive, and the result of the ultimate showdown on prime time, with songs from a huge range of classic Broadway musicals.

This is a true homage to Broadway, and very, very funny. The show will include a talented array of community theatre performers from all over town, with musical direction by Dominique Parker and choreography by Chris Bamford, production design by Alex Cotton, and creative direction by Susan Boyle. Director Nick Bone brings a wealth of experience in musical theatre.

4 July 7.30pm, 5 July 7.30pm, 6 July 2pm, 6 July 7.30pm at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney

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Immerse yourself in the Sounds of the Australia at Sydney Opera House this July, as Australia’s leading choirs for young people come together to celebrate 30 years of Sydney Children’s Choir.

The one night only gala concert kicks off the week-long Gondwana World Choral Festival, which is set to be the greatest gathering of international choirs in Australia this century. More than one thousand young singers from some of the world’s finest choirs will converge on Sydney to join in song on 15 – 21 July 2019.

Described by ABC Classic as “a jewel in the crown of Australian music-making”, Sydney Children’s Choir is a national treasure. Gondwana Choirs’ Artistic Director Lyn Williams AM founded Sydney Children’s Choir in 1989 and gave life to a new and distinctly Australian genre of choral music. Continue reading SOUNDS OF AUSTRALIA @ CONCERT HALL SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE


Play On! tells the story of a plucky community theatre group trying desperately to produce a murder mystery play with a plot which doesn’t actually have a murder, an interfering playwright who keeps changing the script, and an increasingly disgruntled cast and crew.

All your typical ‘theatre types’ make an appearance in this hilarious romp. The Director (Susan Mozell) along with the Stage Manager (Carol Keeble) and Lighting and Sound Technician (Frances Etheridge) work furiously to keep on top of the Playwright’s (Anthea Brown) script changes and keep her out of the way of the bickering cast, which includes Character Actors (Michael Richmond and Lois Marsh), a Supporting Actor (Georgia Golledge), a Villain (Mark Massingham), a Juvenile (Blake Eaton) and an Ingenue (Prudence Foxe).

Presented in 3 acts, the audience is witness to a rehearsal of the dreadful show ‘Murder Most Foul’ (Act 1), a disastrous dress rehearsal (Act II), and the ‘Opening Night’ performance (Act 3), in which anything that can go wrong, does.

If you like Noises Off!, the Play That Goes Wrong, or have ever been a part of a community theatre production, then you’ll love Play on!

June 7: 7:30pm | June 8: 2pm & 7:30pm |June 9: 2pm | June 14: 7:30pm | June 15: 2pm & 7:30pm | June 16: 2pm at Hunters Hill Theatre, 22 Alexandra Street Hunters Hill 2110.

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Join mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong (Halcyon) and the Geist String Quartet for the world premiere of THE ART OF DISAPPEARING, a poignant new song cycle by Sydney composer Cameron Lam.

The composer writes, “Written for and dedicated to mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong after years of mentorship and friendship, THE ART OF DISAPPEARING is a hour-long song cycle for voice and string quartet. I was drawn to the poetry of Queensland writer, Sarah Holland-Batt for its intimacy, musicality, and immense sense of self. The striking thing about Sarah’s poetry for me, was that it was arresting, it stopped me in my tracks – it sang all by itself and I just wanted to add to that.”

Limelight Magazine describes Cameron’s music as “a fantastical world in which mythological stories comes to life”. But drawn to the raw and profound poetry of Sarah’s award-winning collection Aria, in this new work he has delved deep into the traditions of art song and string quartet repertoire in search of a work of intimate connections. Songs and instrumentals are interwoven to tell stories of reminiscence, loss and grief through time. The cycle doesn’t present loss as something to solve; instead, it paints the inexorable journey from stasis, as we learn to move again… Continue reading THE ART OF DISAPPEARING : A POIGNANT NEW SONG CYCLE


“I didn’t think we would last 12 months, let alone two decades”, says Jenny Eriksson, founder of The Marais Project, one of the few Australian ensembles built around the viola da gamba, a rare 7 string cello-like instrument with frets, interest in which peaked in France around the time of King Louis XIV. The Marais Project’s output over the past 20 years has been impressive: 6 CDs and a 7th recording with Eriksson’s electric viola da gamba group, Elysian Fields. There have also been appearances at festivals, a tour to New Zealand and numerous media interviews and studio performances. Along the way Jenny has commissioned and premiered more than 25 new Australian compositions and given some 3000 performances with Musica Viva in Schools.

As the name implies, the 20th Anniversary CD has a festive theme and includes several world premieres, not the least of which is Eriksson’s own composition, The Garden Party. In addition, there is a superb arrangement of a Marais suite for viola da gamba and piano accordion by Emily-Rose Šárkova. As well as playing the piano accordion on the recording Šárkova also arranged the two extroverted South American songs which close the recording. Continue reading MARAIS PROJECT 20TH ANNIVERSARY CD LAUNCH : GIVEAWAYS


Be part of a MASSIVE exhibition launch on Saturday 18 May as two new exhibitions come to our galleries. Admission is free. All are welcome.

IN-Formalism witnesses the evolution of abstract non-objective art in Australia from 1968. The exhibition surveys the key generations of artists who have contributed to the ongoing language of abstract art. The exhibition presents these art works alongside a chain of references to the Liverpool area, revealing the influences of abstract non-objective art as broad and still constantly evolving. IN-Formalism launches Saturday 18 May.

Drawing from iconic and classical images of the Madonna and Child (created mostly by men), artists in Everyday Madonna respond to the ideas of motherhood from their own perspective. They respond to societal and cultural expectations of motherhood to create an expanded definitions of mothers: real, imperfect, resilient, vulnerable, leaders of resistance, fierce protectors and artists. Everyday Madonna launches Saturday 18 May. Continue reading EXHIBITION LAUNCH: IN-FORMALISM AND EVERYDAY MADONNA


I spoke with Phil Grabsky over a coffee at the lovely Kawa cafe in Surry Hills. Grabsky is the producer of the excellent documentary series. Exhibition on Screen.

This year Exhibition on Screen is in its sixth season and features Degas- Passion for Perfection from 6th June, Young Picasso from the 1st of August, Rembrandt from the National Gallery London and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam  from 26th September, and Van Gogh in Japan from 21st November. The Rembrandt film is coming back by popular demand, bearing in mind this year is the 350th anniversary of his death.

In previous years Grabsky has covered many of the great artists. Season  One featured Monet, Munch, Vermeer and Leonardo. Season Two featured Matisse, Rembrandt, Girl with a Pearl Earring and other treasures from the Mauritshuis, Vincent Van Gogh: A new way of Seeing and The Impressionists and the Man Who Made Them. Season Three featured Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood, Renoir- Revered and Reviled, and Painting the Modern Garden; Monet to Matisse. Season Four- The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch, I, Claude Monet, the Artist’s Garden- American Impressionism and Michelangelo: Love and Death. Season Five: Canaletto and the Art Of Venice, David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts and Cezanne- Portraits Of A Life. Continue reading PHIL GRABSKY AND EXHIBITION ON SCREEN


Lose yourself in the mesmerising Sounds of the World gala concert, as the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall plays host in July to the greatest variety of children’s choirs ever heard under one roof.

The one-time-only concert is part of the Gondwana World Choral Festival, which is set to be the greatest gathering of international choirs in Australia this century. More than one thousand young singers from some of the world’s finest choirs will converge on Sydney from 15-21 July to sing together in celebration of the 30-year anniversary of Gondwana Choirs.

Extraordinary young singers from Canada, China (including Inner Mongolia), Estonia, France, Japan, Latvia, the USA, and around Australia will perform the most exciting choral music ever heard in Australia. Continue reading SOUNDS OF THE WORLD GALA CONCERT : CHILDREN’S CHOIRS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Keeley Connolly and Lilia National Tour

Keeley Connolly and Lilia are heading solo on a National Tour this may to celebrate the release of their latest singles ‘Old Bottles’ and ‘Outside Lane’.

Leaving the bands back in Perth the two artists are stripping back their shows to create a more intimate and personal set.

Both artists have sold out venues around Perth and successfully sold out their Airlie Beach show at the beginning of this tour, with Gold Coast and Adelaide on their last tickets.

With special guest and local support, Jason Cole.


23rd May at the Oxford Arts Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

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