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:- https://www.sydneyartsguide.com.au/ 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.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY : IT’S GOBSMACKINGLY GOOD FUN

This show is based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s show. The book has been written by playwright David Greig, with original score by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman

This show had a long history dating back to its premiere on the 25th July, 2013 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, the West End of London. The production, directed by Sam Mendes ran continuously till the 7th January, 2017.

A reworked production opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on the 23 April, 2017 with a new director Jack O’Brien, choreography by Josh Bergasse and a new set designer Mark Thomson. The production closed on 15th November 2017 after 305 performances.

Now it’s Sydney’s turn with the production opening last night on Friday 11th January  again directed by Jack O’Brien. The production is a replica of the Broadway production with an Australian cast except for the role of Willy Wonka which is played by U.S actor Paul Slade Smith who played Grandpa George in the original Broadway production. Paul Slade Smith gives an outstanding production in the role.  Continue reading CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY : IT’S GOBSMACKINGLY GOOD FUN

SYDNEY IMPROVISED MUSIC ASSOCIATION : JAZZ NOW SUMMER SESSIONS

The 2019 JAZZ:NOW summer season showcases an exciting line-up designed to expose audiences to the very best Australian creative music.
Presented in a number of fantastic venues across Sydney the offerings highlight the diversity that exists within the Australian Jazz landscape.
From the world premiere of Sandy Evans “Bridge of Dreams” at the City Recital Hall to Freedman Fellow Nick Garbett’s intimate club show at Venue 505 to Ellen Kirkwood’s infectious dance band Fat Yahoozah at the Bondi Pavilion, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Below is the full program of events.

JAZZ: NOW SUMMER SEASON 2019

Saturday

12 January 2019

SIRENS BIG BAND AND SANDY EVANS PRESENTS BRIDGE OF DREAMS

City Recital Hall

$50 | $40

https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/bridge-of-dreams?fbclid=IwAR0J9BIUvnSElFruN7oxSKiSQYTXIphrf7WnEXSCmmf-rc5Ga-64THB9U1M

In Bridge of Dreams, saxophonist, Sandy Evans leads a brilliant ensemble of Australian and Indian musicians.  Featuring 24 artists on stage, this is a glorious exchange between Australian jazz and the rich Indian musical palette.

This world-class collaboration features the sublime voice of Indian singer, Shubha Mudgal; the stellar 17-piece Sirens Big Band; renowned tabla players, Aneesh Pradhan and Bobby Singh and harmonium virtuoso, Sudhir Nayak.

BEN HAUPTMANN

Friday

18-Jan-19

Sound Lounge

$30 | $25

https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/jazznow-ben-hauptmann/

SIMA is back at the Sound Lounge in 2019 with the ‘JAZZ NOW’ Summer Series and a wonderful ‘guitar’ special to mark the occasion.

Winner of the 2010 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, guitarist Ben Hauptmann leads a stripped back, fully acoustic ensemble, playing music from his two albums and a collection of new material. Ben Hauptmann is a prestigious guitarist/composer based on the Central Coast in NSW.

Winner of the 2010 Freedman Jazz Fellowship and 2nd place winner in the 2007 National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. Ben has worked a diverse range of artists including Dr G Yunupingu, Bandaluzia Flamenco, Katie Noonan, Lior, Justine Clarke, Vince Jones, Dami Im, Jack Ladder, Bluejuice, Micheline Van Hautem, Bertie Blackman, Donny Benet, Meow Meow and Tal Wilkenfeld. Ben has contributed to many recordings including the 2015 ARIA winning ’The Gospel Album’ by Dr G Yunupingu, he has released two albums under his own name and has produced and co-produced multiple others.

BEN HAUPTMANN acoustic resonator guitar | FRANCO RAGGATT acoustic resonator guitar | ARNE HANNA acoustic guitar | HARRY SUTHERLAND piano | ZOE HAUPTMANN double bass | EVAN MANNELL percussion

SONIC FUTURES – JAZZ STARS OF TOMORROW- CHLOE KIM

9-Feb-19

Saturday

Sound Lounge

$25 | $20

https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/jazznow-chloe-kim/

Sonic Futures (previously Trigger) spotlights outstanding young jazz talents – someone on the brink of their professional career, whose calibre of improvisation and composition has set them apart.  This featured jazz star of tomorrow is Sydney Conservatorium student, drummer Chloe Kim.  Her Sound Lounge concert will be recorded live with the support of APRA/AMCOS.

“the first percussionist I’ve heard forge an approach drawing on the innovations of Australia’s master-drummer, Simon Barker.” John Shand, SMH

JAZZ AT THE PAV : FAT YAHOOZAH

Friday

8-Mar-19

Bondi Pavillion

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jazz-the-pav-fat-yahoozah-tickets-53569721479

A series of concerts at Bondi Pavillion co-presented by SIMA and Waverley Council

Unabashedly blending beats and grooves from around the world into boisterous horn-powered party tunes, Fat Yahoozah’s sound is as big and bold as their name suggests. This 7 piece group draws its music from styles such as Klezmer, Ethiopian, Balkan and Afro-Cuban, melded into creative concoctions. Led by award-winning composer and trumpeter Ellen Kirkwood, this band boasts some of Sydney’s finest and diversely skilled musicians. Fat Yahoozah are a loveable fun-bunch who will make you feel like dancing!

ELLEN KIRKWOOD trumpet, bandleader | RUTH WELLS saxophone | NICK POLOVINEO trombone | SERGE STANLEY baritone sax, accordion | HILARY GEDDES guitar | JESS DUNN double bass | EVAN MCGREGOR drums

JAZZ AT THE PAV : MARTHA MARLOW

Friday

15-Mar-19

Bondi Pavillion

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jazz-the-pav-martha-marlow-tickets-53569953172

A series of concerts at Bondi Pavilion co-presented by SIMA and Waverley Council

From an early age, songwriter Martha Marlow began writing and performing on the guitar. Her open tunings, intricate arrangements and pure voice are trademarks of her unique sound.  At just 24, she has already played alongside Clare Bowditch, Angie Heart (Frente) and Matt Corby and toured with Katie Noonan.

“Martha Marlow is a raw and untapped talent with songs that surpass most of what we’re introduced to in today’s music”” themusic.com

Jazz at the Pav: Red Hands

Friday

22-Mar-19

Bondi PavillionHttps://www.facebook.com/events/347415646034908/

A series of concerts at Bondi Pavillion co-presented by SIMA and Waverley Council

Drawn together via a shared love of some of the same records, the band take their cues from the likes of Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Ernest Ranglin.

High energy, exciting performance that showcases the exceptional musicianship this band is known for – this is a rare chance to catch the Red Hands riding high once again.

RAY BEADLE guitar/vocals | KARL LASKOWSKI tenor saxophone | ZOE HAUPTMANN bass | EVAN MANNELL drums | CLAYTON DOLEY organ

Tickets for events can be purchased HERE. 

THE ILLUSIONISTS : DIRECT FROM BROADWAY : GREAT ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

This was a great family show perfect for this time of year and a great, night in the theatre.  There is so much to enjoy. One is constantly astonished. The main discussion point after the show is- how did they do such and such, and of-course it does one’s head in trying to figure things out!

There was plenty of sharp repartee through the night. Some examples- ‘There’s no need to read everyone’s mind. There’s Facebook’…’I can’t touch you all. I’m not Adele’s music.’

Many of the routines saw audience members being picked out and brought up on stage which was a huge, fun part of the show.  Their reactions were priceless. Kevin James aka the Inventor brought up a band of young kids onto the stage to join him and  out of  tissue paper made a magical snowball effect which had the kids enthralled.

Jeff Hobson aka The Trickster had a young woman in stitches on stage as she tried to get one of his simple tricks right; an egg in a bag disappears and then returns.

Chris Cox aka The Mentalist brings a young woman on stage and predicts the word she has in her mind and the clothes she will choose from a rack on stage. Cox’s acts are fascinating.

Jonathon Goodwin’s daredevil acts are intrepid.  The acts are great examples of escape artistry.  He is wrapped in a straitjacket and then balls of fire sound him and he is given precious little time to get himself out of the straitjacket before he will be engulfed in flames. Spine chilling stuff.

There are plenty of disappearing tricks which leave one perplexed. A woman. Jinger Lee aka the Conjuress is put in a barrel that is set alight and then shortly after we see her reappear in the audience.

An Ha Lim’s aka the Manipulator’s card tricks are stunning, showing a great deal of skill and dexterity.

Really there is something for everyone to enjoy in this show. Highly recommended, THE ILLUSIONISTS : DIRECT FROM BROADWAY is well worth a visit playing at the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House.

http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com

 

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR SYDNEY THEATRE CRITICS CIRCLE 2018 AWARDS

Nominations were announced today for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2018, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday 21 January 2019 at 6pm at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre.

Leading the list with 11 nominations is The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two, produced by the Sydney Theatre Company, followed by Cry-Baby from LPD and Hayes Theatre Co and Sydney Theatre Company’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, both on nine nominations. In the Heights, produced by Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co, was awarded eight nominations, while The Flick from Outhouse Theatre Company and Seymour Centre received seven nominations.

Nominations in the 33 categories were spread across 49 productions which played on Sydney stages during 2018. Sydney Theatre Company has a clean sweep in the Best Mainstage Production category with Blackie Blackie Brown, The Harp In The South, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Saint Joan all vying for the award, the first time one theatre company has dominated all nominations in this category. The nominees for Best Independent Production are The Flick (Outhouse Theatre Company in association with Seymour Centre), Metamorphoses (Apocalypse Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions), Stupid Fucking Bird (New Theatre) and There Will Be A Climax (Red Line Productions in partnership with NIDA).

The Sydney Theatre Awards are presented annually by a group of leading theatre critics to celebrate the strength, quality and diversity of theatre in Sydney. The panel consist of Elissa Blake (Audrey Journal), Jason Blake (Audrey Journal), Deborah Jones (The Australian), Jo Litson (Limelight), John McCallum (The Australian), Joyce Morgan (The Sydney Morning Herald), Ben Neutze (Time Out), John Shand (The Sydney Morning Herald) Diana Simmonds (Stagenoise), Cassie Tongue (Time Out) and Suzy Wrong (Suzy Goes See).

The reviewers all felt 2018 was a very strong year for Sydney theatre. Ben Neutze said, “It’s always a huge privilege to witness the work of our city’s talented, devoted and often criminally underappreciated theatre makers. This has been an outstanding year in a number of ways, particularly with new plays at mainstage companies. We’ve seen outstanding productions that grapple with Australia’s position in the world, take outsider perspectives on our society, and dig into our history to imagine a way forward.

“It’s unusual that one company has dominated the Best Mainstage Production category – and we hope for more equitable representation in future – but it must be said that Sydney Theatre Company’s season was packed with highlights. Similarly, Griffin Theatre Company and Hayes Theatre Co continue to punch well above their weight, as is reflected in the nominations.”

Diana Simmonds agreed, saying, “It’s hard to believe this is the 14th year of the Awards, but wonderful to be able to say it was a vintage year, from mainstage to independent. The quality and ambition are thrilling, particularly in new Australian works, and the participation of women of all ages is growing and we want to see no going back on that.”

NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS

BEST MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Blackie Blackie Brown (Sydney Theatre Company)

The Harp in the South (Sydney Theatre Company)

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Sydney Theatre Company)

Saint Joan (Sydney Theatre Company)

BEST INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

The Flick (Outhouse Theatre Company in association with Seymour Centre)

Metamorphoses (Apocalypse Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions)

Stupid Fucking Bird (New Theatre)

There Will Be a Climax (Red Line Productions in partnership with NIDA)

BEST DIRECTION OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Leticia Cáceres (random)

Imara Savage (Saint Joan)

Kip Williams (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

Kip Williams (The Harp in the South)

BEST DIRECTION OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Craig Baldwin (The Flick)

Alexander Berlage (There Will Be a Climax)

Dino Dimitriadis (Metamorphoses)

Warwick Doddrell (Stupid Fucking Bird)

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Claire Lovering (The Feather in the Web)

Zahra Newman (random)

Sarah Snook (Saint Joan)

Megan Wilding (Blackie Blackie Brown)

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Jimi Bani (My Name is Jimi)

Jack Finsterer (The Harp in the South)

Yalin Ozucelik (The Norman Conquests)

Hugo Weaving (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Gabrielle Scawthorn (Ironbound)

Ella Scott-Lynch (King of Pigs)

Nikki Shiels (They Divided the Sky)

Bishanyia Vincent (Nell Gwynn)

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Justin Amankwah (The Flick)

Mansoor Noor (Stupid Fucking Bird)

Jeremy Waters (The Flick)

Elijah Williams (The Rolling Stone)

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Kate Box (Top Girls)

Julie Forsyth (Accidental Death of an Anarchist)

Michelle Lim Davidson (The Feather in the Web)

Contessa Treffone (The Harp in the South)

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Mitchell Butel (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

Ash Flanders (Blackie Blackie Brown)

Colin Moody (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

Guy Simon (The Harp in the South)

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Morgan Maguire (Home Invasion)

Wendy Mocke (Moby Dick)

Annie Stafford (Stupid Fucking Bird)

Kaitlyn Thor (Stupid Fucking Bird)

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Simon Burke (Strangers in Between)

Damon Manns (The Rolling Stone)

Mandela Mathia (The Rolling Stone)

Christopher Stollery (Ear to the Edge of Time)

BEST STAGE DESIGN OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Robert Cousins (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

David Fleischer (The Harp in the South)

Elizabeth Gadsby, Oh Yeah Wow and Verity Hampson (Blackie Blackie Brown)

Jonathon Oxlade (Accidental Death of an Anarchist)

BEST STAGE DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Jonathan Hindmarsh (Metamorphoses)

Isabel Hudson (Cry-Baby)

Isabel Hudson (The View UpStairs)

Maya Keys (The Wolves)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Alice Babidge (A Cheery Soul)

James Browne (Josephine Wants to Dance)

Renée Mulder (The Harp in the South)

Renée Mulder (Top Girls)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Mason Browne (Cry-Baby)

Elizabeth Franklin (In the Heights)

Nicholas Fry (There Will Be a Climax)

Jonathan Hindmarsh (Metamorphoses)

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Damien Cooper (Top Girls)

Verity Hampson (Blackie Blackie Brown)

Nick Schlieper (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

Nick Schlieper (The Harp in the South)

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Benjamin Brockman (Metamorphoses)

Martin Kinnane (The Flick)

Trent Suidgeest (Darlinghurst Nights)

Trent Suidgeest (The View UpStairs)

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Nate Edmondson (The Harp in the South)

Stefan Gregory (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

Max Lyandvert (Saint Joan)

Jethro Woodward (Sami in Paradise)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

William Barton (The Long Forgotten Dream)

Stefan Gregory (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

The Sweats (The Harp in the South)

Clemence Williams (A Cheery Soul)

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Nate Edmondson (The Flick)

Ben Pierpoint (Metamorphoses)

Ben Pierpont and Mary Rapp (Stupid Fucking Bird)

Clemence Williams (The Wolves)

BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK

The Almighty Sometimes (Kendall Feaver)

Blackie Blackie Brown (Nakkiah Lui)

The Feather in the Web (Nick Coyle)

The Harp in the South (Kate Mulvany)

Kill Climate Deniers (David Finnigan)

The Sugar House (Alana Valentine)

BEST NEWCOMER

Marty Alix (In the Heights)

Justin Amankwah (The Flick)

Damon Manns (The Rolling Stone)

Grace Truman (Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam)

Nadia Zwecker (The Wolves)

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

The Book of Mormon (Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and John Frost)

Cry-Baby (LPD in association with Hayes Theatre Co)

In the Heights (Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co)

The View UpStairs (Invisible Wall Productions and Sugary Rum productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co)

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Alexander Berlage (Cry-Baby)

Luke Joslin (In the Heights)

Lee Lewis (Darlinghurst Nights)

Shaun Rennie (The View UpStairs)

 

JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Tina Arena (Evita)

Caitlin Berry (She Loves Me)

Loren Hunter (Evie May)

Ashleigh Rubenach (Cry-Baby)

JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Ryan Gonzalez (In the Heights)

Ryan Gonzalez (Jersey Boys)

Justin Smith (Darlinghurst Nights)

Rowan Witt (She Loves Me)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Beth Daly (Cry-Baby)

Laura Murphy (Cry-Baby)

Zahra Newman (The Book of Mormon)

Bishanyia Vincent (Evie May)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Marty Alix (In the Heights)

Joel Granger (She Loves Me)

Jay James-Moody (She Loves Me)

Rowan Witt (The Book of Mormon)

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Lucy Bermingham (In the Heights)

Geoffrey Castles (Aspects of Love)

Nicholas Griffin (Cry-Baby)

Max Lambert (Darlinghurst Nights)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A MUSICAL

Leslie Bell (She Loves Me)

Amy Campbell (In the Heights)

Madison Lee (The Wild Party)

Cameron Mitchell (Cry-Baby)

BEST CABARET PRODUCTION

Bosom Buddies (Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney)

Meow Meow’s Pandemonium

Since Ali Died (Omar Musa)

BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN OR YOUNG PEOPLE

Alice in Wonderland (Sydney Festival)

Charlie Pilgrim (atyp)

Josephine Wants to Dance (Monkey Baa)

The Wider Earth (Queensland Theatre and Dead Puppet Society)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

To be announced at the Awards ceremony

Featured image – Harp  Of The South. Pic Daniel Boud.

ANDRE RIEU’S SYDNEY TOWN HALL CONCERT ON THE BIG SCREEN

 ‘The King of Waltz’ – André Rieu – with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos and tenors, recently filmed a special one-off concert at the magnificent Sydney Town Hall during his Australian tour.  André Rieu’s Sydney Town Hall Concert – An Australian Celebration will be André’s next concert for cinemas worldwide. Australia (& NZ) will be first in the world to see it on the big screen – this weekend December 15 & 16 at 1pm at selected cinemas.

André brought 100+ people on his recent three-city, five sell-out show Oz tour – orchestra, performers, technical & production crew, costumiers, make-up artists as well as his  photographer, Marcel van Hoorn.

The 135-minute concert in cinemas features  extras  André and his orchestra filmed in Sydney – including a BBQ on Shark Island and a twilight cruise on Sydney Harbour.

FLICKERFEST ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 PROGRAM

The 28th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival is thrilled to announce the full list of short films officially selected into the Academy® Accredited and BAFTA recognised competitions for 2019. Over 10 thrilling days, Flickerfest, a beloved Sydney summer institution will once again delight audiences with the very best in short films from Australia and around the world, screened under the stars at the iconic Bondi Pavilion in January.

2700 entries from over 100 countries have been received for Flickerfest 2019; a testimony to the fact that Flickerfest is one of the world’s leading and most respected platforms for short film. From this large entry field only around 200 of the very best most creative and inspiring shorts will be screened at the Festival, across 16 competitive programmes and four showcase programmes. In 2019, over 47% of films screening at Flickerfest 2019 have been directed by women.

Always an audience favourite, the Australian program includes some brilliant entries in 2019. Key highlights include the Australian premieres of DESERT DASH, written, directed and starring Gracie Otto, which takes a fun and slightly twisted look at what life would be life in the Aussie outback if it was all just a game, and the Australian premiere of GHOST BEAR, a moving and though-provoking animation for kids by the legendary Actor/Comedian Paul McDermott a Flickerfest veteran whose previous animations have featured and won at Flickerfest and have gone on to win awards internationally.

The international program will feature the Australian Premiere of French film, RISE OF A STAR, starring legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve, which explores the life of a new Ballerina who’s dark secret threatens to undermine what she has spent a whole life on, and Norwegian comedy, TO PLANT A FLAG, starring Jason Schwartzman, known for his frequent collaborations with Wes Anderson, such as Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Flickerfest screens a vast array of film styles and genres and is proud to be bringing back beloved showcase categories such as FlickerKids – a full day of delightful family programming, Rainbow Shorts, featuring the highest quality LGBTIQ+ shorts from around the world, Short Laughs – a program of pure joy and side-splitting laughs, Love Bites – juicy stories about relationships, as well as the special FlickerUp National Youth Competitions for talented Australian filmmakers under 18. All films officially selected at Flickerfest are competing for a number of awards across various areas of the filmmaking craft, including the Flickerfest Award for Best International Film, the Yoram Gross Award For Best Animation, and the Flickerfest Award For Best Australian Film.

Each year Flickerfest drops an irreverent and hilarious Official Trailer, and 2019 is no different! The classic 1960’s dynamic duo themselves, Batman and Robin team up with the equally super Batgirl as they try to defeat The Joker who wants to destroy the Flickerfest Gala! starring Tai Hara, James Fraser, Chantelle Jamieson and Marcus Graham as the Joker, the official Flickerfest trailer can be seen here

Following the Bondi season, Flickerfest hits the road for a massive, 4-month, national tour of the very best films from the festival. The tour will reach 50+ metro and regional venues across all states, bringing the joy of Flickerfest to the rest of the country!

For full details of January’s  program http://www.flickerfest.com.au

THE CLUB : THE FEMALE VERSION

 

There has been a female version of  Neil Simon’s THE ODD COUPLE but I have to admit to never expecting there would be a female version of David Williamson’s THE CLUB, the last show for the year in Belvoir’s 25A season of plays.

The world of THE CLUB, the inside workings of a major Aussie Rules team, is very much a macho, male dominated world. It was exciting to see just three talented actresses satirise and parody traditional male roles with the associated posturing and mannerisms.

Jude Henshall played the characters club president Ted and ex champion player and former coach Jock, Louisa Mignone played administrator Gerry and new team recruit Geoff, and Ellen Steele was embattled team coach Laurie and captain and veteran of the team Danny.

It was fun watching the actors change characters at high speed by donning wigs that came down from cables in the ceiling. The wigs had clips stuck to them to allow for easy uptake and removal.  

The costumes were true to the period,  the 1970’s. The set comprised a coat stand, a table and five chairs, 2 black folders, a trolley with a football and some glasses, six photos of players/club identities on the wall, a stool and a chair on castors.

The show, well directed by Tessa Leong, was played out at a very quick pace. Act 1  zings along as does the shorter Act 2 which has more than a few surprises. The humour that was in the original script is still there with added colour and vibrancy.

Well worth seeing, a isthisyours? theatre company production, THE CLUB  is playing downstairs at Belvoir Street Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills until 22 December 2018. THE CLUB will be receiving a mainstream production mid next year via the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

www.belvoir.com.au

THE SMALLEST HOUR : ONE SPECIAL NIGHT IN THE CITY

THE SMALLEST HOUR has been written and is performed by Phil Spencer and Susie Youssef. The play sees them play two characters, Chris and Shelly, as  they negotiate a special night in the city. 

Chris and Shelly haven’t seen each other since high school. Now both 30, neither of them is leading the life they thought that they would have. Shelly’s a bit lost; having spent a decade floating down a path she no longer wants to follow. She’s in charge of the quiz at tonight’s Hens’ Party, but no amount of Pimm’s or penis-shaped cake is going to make this feeling of angst and disappointment disappear.

Chris likes to think of himself as an “entrepreneur” but he’s recently had to resort to some very self conscious stripping work just to make ends meet. Something that isn’t helping him  is that he has a Phil Collins song that he can’t get out of his head! Continue reading THE SMALLEST HOUR : ONE SPECIAL NIGHT IN THE CITY

SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL 2019 SECOND BUMPER LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

Sydney Comedy Festival has released a second bumper line-up of international and local comedians who will take to stages across the city and beyond from 22nd April to 19th May 2019.

Leading the second announcement is a raft of the UK’s most side-splitting comedians including effortlessly funny storyteller Joe Lycett, eccentric comedy genius Paul Foot, the charming Mark
Watson, cheeky Scot Larry Dean and the delightful Jeff Green.

They will be joined by New Zealand favourites Angella Dravid, Cal Wilson and Guy Montgomery, the uproarious Des Bishop (IRE/USA), and rising sketch comedy stars Foil, Arms and Hog (IRE) who have over 35 million views on YouTube and coming off the back of a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe.

Australian comedy legends added to the line-up include the multi-award winning Felicity Ward, the witty and relatable Dave Hughes, the no-nonsense Luke Heggie, the red-bearded wonder Nick
Cody, TV’s The Project’s Tommy Little, the sharp-witted snappy dresser Rhys Nicholson, and 2018 winner of TV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Fiona O’Loughlin. Continue reading SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL 2019 SECOND BUMPER LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

MARBLES : WHEN A FAMILY’S LOVE IS PUT TO THE TEST

Marbles or more to the point losing one’s marbles is what has happened to poor Stanley. The play starts on Stanley’s 77th birthday. Stanley has Alzheimer’s. Natasha, his oldest daughter, has invited his two other daughters over to honour his birthday. The youngest daughter Amelia lives locally and has just had to leave her husband Rod and family for the day but Frances the middle daughter has travelled in from overseas for the celebration, if it can be called that.

The plot hinges on the fact that three years previously Stanley made, or more to the point, got his daughters to agree to signing a letter saying that if he lost his independence and became a ‘vegetable’ that they would find a way to put him out of his misery. Continue reading MARBLES : WHEN A FAMILY’S LOVE IS PUT TO THE TEST

ASPECTS OF LOVE @ THE HAYES THEATRE

Featured image – Caitlin Berry and Jonathan Hickey Pics David Hooley

This show looks like it will be a another hit for the Hayes Theatre. The book and music for the show are by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the lyrics are by Don Black and Charles Hart and the play is adapted from  the novella of the same name by David Garnett.

The musical focuses on the romantic entanglements of actress Rose Vibert, her admiring fan Alex Dillingham, his underage cousin Jenny, his uncle George, and George’s mistress, sculptor Giulietta Trapani, over a period of 17 years.

The aspects of the the title  refers to the many forms that love takes in the show; love between couples, both as romantic infatuation and as married people; children and their parents, and even hints of same sex attraction.(Giulietta and Rose). Continue reading ASPECTS OF LOVE @ THE HAYES THEATRE