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.


I love shows like this where one gets to know some things about the person behind the work. Work wae there plenty of in Enright’s case. He left a large canon of work and his plays are still regularly performed on our stages.

These are just some of my jottings from the show.

Enright was born in Maitland  and went to school at Riverview where he was Drama Captain. He was obsessed with theatre from very early on. There’s a story of how he stood by the stage door at the Capitol theatre attired in his school uniform so he could meet Nancye Hayes.

He was a prolific poet with many of his poems having a light, comic touch.

With his film script Lorenzo’s Oil, which he co-wrote with George Miller, he was offered the chance to settle in Los Angeles but he rejected it, wanting to stay based in Australia. He was very patriotic and he wrote definitively Australian characters with Aussie vernacular.

There’s a lovely scene during the play where the Peter Allen song ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ is sung with audience participation. Some may not know that Enright wrote the book to the international hit that was The Boy From Oz. Continue reading ENRIGHT ON THE NIGHT @ THE GENESIAN THEATRE


Its Christmas and theatre director Will Drummond is having a huge mid life crisis.

Nothing is certain any more. His parents are suddenly old, his professional world is changing, everyone around him seems to be losing faith and losing the plot and it feels as if society had lost its soul.

For Will, it’s going to be a time of reckoning and a journey of discovery towards a deeper if not especially comfortable awareness of himself.

One of  Australia’s leading playwrights this Michael Gow play was first performed at Belvoir Street in 2014. with BHrendan Cowell in the lead role.

This is a dark play with Will dealing with his mother’s demise as a result of pancreatic cancer. I have to say that I found it particularly dark as I lost my own mother as a result of this very insidious and fast moving form of cancer. Continue reading ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID’S CITY @ THE NEW


In its 30th anniversary year, Bangarra Dance Theatre will travel to Canada and the United States to present the company’s 27th international tour.

Throughout October-November, Bangarra will deliver its first major national tour of Canada, presenting an ambitious five-city tour to Brantford, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as an inter-cultural residency at Six Nations of the Grand River; the country’s largest First Nations reserve. To complete the tour, the company will perform in Chicago for the first time at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, known for its world-class programming and work as a cultural anchor in the United States.

International touring is an essential part of Bangarra’s role as ambassadors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, underpinning the company’s commitment to sharing the strength and resilience of Australia’s First Peoples on the world stage.


The Sydney Chamber Choir has has a new Music Director Sam Allchurch. This is after the recent passing of its long time and much loved Music Director Richard Gill. Sam is picking up the baton with his debut concert Saturday week, 30th March at the Great Hall, Sydney University. Music lovers are in for a treat. Mr Allchurch  shared his thoughts about the first program he has curated.

Taking on the mantle of musical director of Sydney Chamber is a very exciting prospect for a choral conductor – something akin to be handed the keys to a Rolls-Royce!  

To begin our time together, for my first concert as Music Director, I was keen to perform one of the great motets of JS Bach, Singet dem Herren ‘Sing to the Lord a new song’. This is a tour de force of virtuoso choir writing and one of my favourite pieces: joyful and ebullient in its outer movements and beautifully reflective in the slow middle movement. I was also drawn to Singet by the skill of the singers in Sydney Chamber Choir, one of the few ensembles in Australia who can tackle music of this complexity.

I designed a program of music which is about music. In some cases this is obvious – from the Italian Renaissance, Palestrina’s Kyrie from Missa ut re mi fa so la is based on the major scale and Elliott Gyger’s ut queant laxis picks up on the same idea.

In other cases, the link is more subtle – Joseph Twist’s How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? and William Byrd’s Quomodo cantabimus set singing as a means of consolation in difficult times – Twist in contemporary Australia and Byrd in 16th century England. Twist’s piece combines the Latin psalm text with poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal to make us think about the relationship between what we are singing and where we are singing it. Continue reading SAM ALLCHURCH PICKS UP RICHARD GILL’S BATON WITH HIS DEBUT CONCERT


EXHIBITION ON SCREEN, the pioneering series of cinematic films about exhibitions, galleries and artists returns for a sixth season with Degas: Passion for Perfection, in cinemas across Australia from 6 June 2019. Directed by David Bickerstaff, the film journeys from a superb exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, where the UK’s most extensive Degas collection is held, to Paris and Italy, where Degas spent his formative years and taught himself to paint.

DEGAS : PASSION FOR PERFECTION offers a unique insight into Degas’ personal and creative life, looking at his relationship with the impressionist movement, fascination with dance, and struggle with his eyesight, which in time would prevent him from making art altogether. Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : DEGAS : PASSION FOR PERFECTION


Monkey Baa, the award-winning theatre company for young people, is proud to present a brand new stage adaptation of POSSUM MAGIC, based on the picture book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas.

The show will premiere at the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre on 30 th March before embarking on a national tour of 62 venues throughout 2019.

POSSUM MAGIC has captivated and enchanted young readers for generations and this magical new production promises an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.

Lovingly adapted by Monkey Baa creative directors Eva Di Cesare and Sandra Eldridge, the show is directed by Eldridge and stars Claudette Clarke, Sarah Greenwood, Alex Packard and Michael Yore.

Monkey Baa has assembled an astounding team of creatives to help bring the book to life including production designer Emma Vine, Sydney Theatre Award-winning composer and sound designer Nate
Edmondson, and magic and illusion designer Adam Mada .

Director Sandra Eldridge said, “It’s tremendously exciting to bring one of Australia’s most loved iconic stories to the stage, and we are honoured to have the support of Mem and Julie. With this
show, we really wanted to highlight how important it is for young people to find their own voice and visibility, and for those who are older to encourage and support their journey because it leads us
somewhere new too.”

Author Mem Fox said, “Back in 1978, when I wrote a children’s story as a university assignment, I’d have died of joy if I’d known it would eventually become POSSUM MAGIC. In 2019, the magic goes on.
POSSUM MAGIC is a now play! And although I’m as old as Grandma Poss, I’m as excited as a child.”


Family-friendly venue, Lazybones Lounge is hosting an exciting double bill of new Afro-Peruvian Jazz group ALLY performing with well-established Jazz trio Polymorphic Orkestra on Sunday April 14th, 2019.

ALLY will kick off the evening in style at 6.30pm. Ally uses a blend of Afro-Peruvian music and jazz to create a rich fusion of African rhythms, Latin melodies and modern jazz harmony. Their music explores the meeting point of ancient and new cultures and the polyrhythmic tension that rises from overlaying contrasting music structures.

Afro-Peruvian Ensemble ALLY are:
Eamon Dilworth: Trumpet Gai Bryant: Saxophones and Flute
Jonathan Cohen: Piano Stamatis Valacos: Double Bass
Giorgio Rojas and Steve Marin: percussion

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“There are plenty of fine trumpeters in the world, but Eamon Dilworth’s own place in it stands distinctive ” — Barry O’Sullivan Presenter of A Jazz Hour – Fine Music 102.5fm

Polymorphic Orkestra will then hit the stage. Each Polymorphic performance is unique however some do share themes. They play freely but there is always melodic and harmonic interplay with a large dash of rhythmic invention.

Polymorphic Orkestra are:
Lee McIver: Trumpet / Flugelhorn / Laptop /
Ed Goyer:Vibraphone / Mallet Kat / Samples
Ed Rodrigues: Drums / Percussion / Samples

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“[Polymorphic Orkestra] creates contemporary improvisation of a very high order-not only does the listener experience the joy of spontaneous creation by the players but also, and this is I think pretty unusual, you are left with memorable snippets of tunes and melodies that stay with you long after the music ends.” — Chris Baber, Jazz Views

All are welcome to come along and enjoy fabulous artists performing culturally diverse Australian original music. Doors are open from 5.30pm with food, including a Sunday roast, available from the restaurant.

Tickets are on sale now through and available at the door. If you have questions, please contact the venue on 0450 008 563. For more information contact Gai Bryant on 0415 063 662 or email:

The price is $15 Full and $10 Concessions & Students.

Sunday April 14th 6.30pm-9.30pm at Lazybones, 294 Marrickville Road, Marrickville. The entrance to Lazybones is on Illawarra Road.

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July this year will herald the inaugural Sydney Cabaret Festival, celebrating both international and Australian cabaret stars. Tickets are on sale as from today, 

The 2019 Sydney Cabaret Festival features the legendary Tony Award-winning Jennifer Holliday, appearing for the first time on Australian soil, alongside local legends like Phil Scott and Jonathan Biggins, to New York downtown darling Natalie Joy Johnson.

UK’s most famous duo Frisky and Mannish return after a ten year hiatus, as does the thrilling diva Alison Jiear, described as having a “bring down the house voice” by the New York Times

. Sydney favourite Tim Draxl will appear in a world premiere of his new show, along with Kim David SmithReuben Kaye and Brian Nash, plus circus and variety show Cheeky Cabaret, direct from their home in Brunswick Heads.

Australian pop culture fan Tim Benzie returns to Sydney with the hilarious Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote. The Festival also includes a cabaret for children, Petit Cabaret, and masterclasses with Jennifer Holliday and Alison Jiear, as well as the Grand Final of the restored Sydney Cabaret Competition.

 Festival Artistic Director Trevor Ashley is thrilled with the program he has assembled. “I have loved Cabaret as long as I can remember. As a confused child growing up I discovered this incredible artform that celebrated unique personalities, and more than that, an irreplaceable bond between artist and audience. Seeing artists like Lorrae Desmond, Julie Anthony and Geraldine Turner live, made me believe I could be anyone I wanted to be. It changed my life.

 I have long dreamed that we could bring cabaret home to Sydney so I am immensely proud to present the inaugural Sydney Cabaret Festival, which in its first outing brings together some of my favourite artists from around Australia and the globe. From our headliner, the legendary Jennifer Holliday, through to Alison Jiear, Kim David Smith and Reuben Kaye – three artists at the top of their game, who were born here, but now call London and New York home, there is something for everyone. Variety, comedy, jazz, and more belting than you could poke a stick at, we are coming out with a bang.

 I invite you to celebrate this truly life changing artform, and hope that you’ll join not only artists you know and love, but take a chance on someone you’ve never heard of before. Every single one of these acts is at the top of their game, and I can’t believe we will have them all in one place at the same time.”

 In the immortal words of Fred Ebb: What good is sitting alone in your room? Come to the Cabaret, playing between the 5th and 14th July, 2019.




Rockdale Opera Company presents: REFLECTIONS OF OPERA IN CINEMA, A CABARET.  This will be a cabaret celebration of musical highlights of Opera in Cinema Featuring Megan Chalmers, Nik Roglich, Julie Paik and many more, accompanied by the Rockdale Opera Company ensemble.

Saturday 13th April 2019 at 2pm and 7.30pm at Rockdale Town HalL, 448 Princess Highway, Rockdale.

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photo credit Raphael Neal

PIANO EX MACHINA is the latest mind-bending piano and multimedia international tour by award-winning London-based pianist, Zubin Kanga. Kanga returns to Australia this April to perform newly commissioned ground-breaking works exploring video games, internet culture, 80s action cinema, sci-fi, 3D motion sensors, interactive visuals, analogue synths, stop-motion animation and Artificial Intelligence.

Following his acclaimed 2015 DARK TWIN and 2016 CYBORG PIANIST tour, Zubin Kanga returns in a program of ground-breaking works for piano and multimedia by some of the hottest composers from around the world.

13 April 2019 7.30pm-9.30pm at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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Australia’s live performance industry has welcomed today’s announcement of an agreement to secure the future of Sydney’s iconic Theatre Royal.

Live Performance Australia Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson, said “We’re very pleased to see that our call for this theatre to be reopened has been heeded by the NSW Government and Dexus in the form of a long-term lease agreement.

The future of the purpose-built venue at the MLC Centre in the CBD has been shrouded in uncertainty since it was closed in 2016.

Last year an alliance of producers, actors, creatives and crew rallied to save the Theatre Royal. A petition signed by almost 10,000 people demanded the Government ensure the Royal is reopened. Live Performance Australia lobbied the site’s owners, Dexus and The GPT Group, the NSW Government and the City of Sydney on the future of the venue. Continue reading THEATRE ROYAL SURVIVES THE AXE