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:- http://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.
It’s hard to regain one’s voice after shocking adversity. William Shakespeare, of-course, well he had a saying for everything, had a phrase for it, “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”.
One only has to look at our Australian Of The Year Grace Tame. She suffered terrible abuse as a child at the hands of a schoolteacher. With the abuse, her voice was silenced.
On a torturous journey Grace found her voice again. To the point where, together with her colleague Nina Fennell, she started the ‘Let Her Speak’ campaign, resulting in survivors being able to find their voice, and tell their story, after their court case had been finalised.Continue reading JAIMEN HUDSON : A PASSION FOR THE POSSIBLE→
Launching this Saturday 27th March 2021, Silly Tart Kitchen presents an immersive theatre experience, BATTLE OF THE TARTS. Descend into Sydney’s underworld with a story of two deadly enemies, Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine, criminal matriarchs of the 1920s.
Guests will also meet Sydney’s most expensive sex worker, Nellie Cameron and be mesmerised by a Snowy Mackenzie who might just steal your beer if you’re not quick enough.
‘Battle of the Tarts’ is the tale of fabled vice queens Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine, at a time when inner Sydney was financed by the spoils of illegal drugs and alcohol, prostitution, gambling and extortion. Whereby some of the most terrifying criminals in Australia’s history waged war with razor and gun. As gang fought gang, the streets echoed with the sound of violence and ran with blood.1 With references to “the Battle of Kellett St” of which Silly Tart Kitchen calls home today, the story, written by performing cast member, Vashti Hughes takes historical references from award winning author, Larry Writer’s book – Razor. Continue reading SILLY TART KITCHEN PRESENTS ‘BATTLE OF THE TARTS’→
InTHE FATHER Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins (The Remains of the Day) plays the eponymous role of a mischievous and highly independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Academy Award winner Olivia Colman). Yet such help has become essential following Anne’s decision to move to Paris with her partner. As Anne’s father tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.Continue reading THE FATHER : STARRING ANTHONY HOPKINS : FIVE DOUBLE PASSES→
Dramatists, wherever they ply their trade, know that there is very fertile soil to be found when one digs around family reunions.
In Afro American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins play APPROPRIATE, Ray Lafayette has recently passed on, leaving a huge family country estate. Ray’s oldest sibling Toni has put the estate on the market, and her two siblings with families/partners in tow, return before the auction.
Ray has left his mansion in disarray, possessions are strewn everywhere. To tidy things up for the auction, everyone is busily going through stuff when one amongst them stumbles on a large photo album. The album depicts photos of the lynching of black slaves as well as pictures of black corpses. In his very backyard Ray made a large graveyard where his Afro American slaves were buried.
Vale Taryn Fiebig- February 1, 1972 – March 20, 2021
Multi award-winning Australian music theatre and opera star Taryn Fiebig, who made Prince Charles cry with her artistry, passed away in Sydney last night from ovarian cancer, aged 49. An outstanding human being, cherished colleague and sublime artist, has left the party.
Taryn Fiebig (born Perth, Western Australia, February 1st, 1972), was highly charismatic, vibrant and deeply social artist, whose background as a high-achieving academic student, cellist, actor and dancer at Churchlands Senior High School (Perth) set the framework for a stellar career as a major music theatre and opera star.
Taryn led the cello section of the Australian Youth Orchestra in her teens and graduated from the University of Western Australia with aspirations to be a professional instrumentalist and teacher, whilst stealing the show night after night in university plays, operas and musicals with her vivacious wit, comedic panache and increasingly powerful singing voice. Continue reading VALE TARYN FIEBIG : AUSTRALIAN MUSIC THEATRE AND OPERA LEGEND→
Dendy Newtown is thrilled to announce we will be hosting a special retrospective celebrating the expansive, bold, and daring career of acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar over three weeks, beginning March 18.
The PEDRO ALMODÓVAR RETROSPECTIVE features eight classic Almodóvar titles to satisfy your soul; All About My Mother, Broken Embraces, Julieta, Pain and Glory, The Skin I Live In, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Volver, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
To delight the cinephiles of Sydney, Dendy Newtown will be holding special 35mm screenings of All About My Mother on March 23 and Volver on April 6 to showcase both films in all their celluloid glory.
Session times and ticket sales for the PEDRO ALMODÓVAR RETROSPECTIVE can be found at the Dendy website:
Celebrate live music again at Peach Black Gallery with their Autumn Collective series on the weekend of March 26 – 28 2021. The events, curated by Cadencia Productions and supported by the City of Sydney and Art Month Sydney, will host three intimate, and diverse concerts over the three days. You can see 11 musicians bring their unique style to the stage framed by the artwork of gallery owner Matteo Bernasconi in a COVID-safe environment.
The event opens Friday 26 March with one of Australia’s most loved Flamenco ensembles with Arrebato Ensemble, featuring dancer Chachy Peñalver. This group returns to the gallery after selling out past events and is set to bring the house down yet again as they move between beautifully haunting compositions, to powerful flamenco rhythms.
Saturday night brings Declan Kelly to the stage, one week before he hits the main stage at the 2021 Byron Blues Fest. He is known as one of the most respected musicians in Australia, according to any of his esteemed colleagues–Katie Noonan, Alex Lloyd, Emma Donovan, Bernard Fanning–they all share the same account. His dynamic roots and Polynesian harmonies are heavily influenced by his mother’s Maori heritage, becoming his signature sound over the last decade.
Vazesh will close the weekend on Sunday 28th March with an afternoon concert, performing enlightening music improvisations inspired by the Persian Radif and renowned Iranian tar player Hamed Sadeghi’s of Eishan Ensemble. Featuring Sadeghi alongside award winning saxophonist-bass clarinettist Jeremy Rose (The Vampires, The Earshift Orchestra) and bassist Lloyd Swanton (The Necks, The Catholics) this is an exciting collaboration driven by an exploration of musical discovery. With inspiration from Anouar Brahem, Dhafer Youssef, Spiritual Jazz and The Necks, their music draws from many influences and yet sounds uniquely their own.
Following the sold-out Spring Collective series in 2020, Peach Black had planned a year of events that supported visual artists, musicians and dancers through exhibitions and events. Covid 19 saw the gallery’s doors close for 8 months and all events cancelled. Thanks to the City of Sydney, the gallery has been able to employ musicians and industry staff to bring a Covid – safe event to the gallery, in what will be a truly diverse weekend of music, art and food.
Opening in February 2019 Sydney artist Matteo Bernasconi has turned Peach Black into high-profile creative space for the community. Cadencia Productions is making a name for itself in Sydney as a leading world music producer and promoter – presenting sell out shows such as Ay Pachanga and Tango Poema.
Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to give away to the Autumn Collection. One double pass is to the Declan Kelly concert on Saturday 27th March and the other double pass is for the Vazesh concert on the afternoon of Sunday 28th March.
Email the editor on email@example.com with Autumn Collection in the subject heading. Please advise which of the two concerts you would like to go to. Winners will be advised by email.
The New Theatre’s new play is a revival of American playwright David Mamet’s 1984 Pulitzer Prize winning drama GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. In its critique of the great American Dream it has been described as a latter day ‘Death Of A Salesman’, Arthur Miller’s classic 1948 drama.
The plot revolves around a group of unscrupulous real estate agents ripping off unsuspecting clients by selling them worthless blocks of land. Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms are two real estate developments that the agents are trying to sell off during the play.
In Eugene Ionesco’s EXIT THE KING, King Berrenger has been in power for hundreds of years. His kingdom is crumbling all around him: there’s lightning stuck in the sky, the clouds are raining frogs, the sun doesn’t listen to him, and not to mention there’s a huge bloody crack in the wall. Yet despite all these warning signs, the stubborn monarch refuses to abdicate! Not even certain imminent death can convince the crown he’s no longer good for the job. But this will not do, Queen Marguerite knows that if the country is to be saved the king must die. There is no other way.
OLD FITZROY THEATRE & RED LINE PRODUCTIONS
Venue: Old Fitzroy Theatre, Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo
Season: 18 March – 10 April
Times: Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 5pm. There are select Saturday matinees at 2pm
THE SUNDAY STIR is a new initiative from the Australian National Maritime Museum that celebrates migration and our multicultural nation. Sunday, March 21 is Harmony Day and a fitting date to bring artists from a wide range of backgrounds together to celebrate.
From 12pm to 5pm, both inside and outside the museum artists will present an afternoon of intimate storytelling, music and sharing of culture.
Sydney based contemporary artists will bring their stories to life through a vibrant and interactive program, as they share their personal journeys of migration through drawing, poetry, story and song. Community groups will have information stands helping to spread their message to visitors. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM : THE SUNDAY STIR→
After a successful start to 2021 with a season at the Sydney Opera House with Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark by kid’s entertainment maestros The Listies, the company is looking forward to getting back on the road with another nine outstanding independent productions from Australia and New Zealand.
Highlights from the first half of the touring year include Jane Bodie’s poignant Lamb, a story of family, the land and being the one who stays. The story charts the history of one farming family over two generations, featuring original music and lyrics by Mark Seymour (Hunters and Collectors). The production kicked off an eight-city tour in Frankston VIC to a sold-out audience on 25th February.
Lamb will still be touring when the company’s biggest show of the year, I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You, produced in partnership with Australian Theatre for Young People, comes to Riverside Theatres from March 17th. The work, created by Brisbane’s The Good Room, features 18 local young people in a revealing one-hour tell-all, where adults take a backseat as this powerful group of 9 to 13-year-olds deliver answers to their burning questions in a joyous music and video-driven theatrical extravaganza.Continue reading CRITICAL STAGES DELIGHTED TO BE BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN→
Easter offers us an opportunity to both reflect and celebrate at this special time of year. In our first concert of 2021, we present a program of both reflection and celebration, starting with Bach’s early Easter cantata ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’ BWV 4.
For those who love the jubilant instrumental works of Bach, we present his lesser known reconstructed Triple Violin Concerto, a treat for lovers of the violin. The choir of Bach Akademie Australia will then shine in the vigorous energetic motet ‘Singet dem Herrn’ featuring a double choir. To crown our Easter celebration, we will perform Bach’s brilliant ‘Missa Brevis’ in A major, written in the last decade of his life. Containing only the Kyrie and Gloria, it is none the less a substantial work of genius meriting him with the title of one of the greatest composers who ever lived.
With THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS the Genesian Theatre Company (GTC) once again welcomes audiences into Agatha Christie’s world. This is one of Christie’s lesser known works. Christie wrote the play in 1931, an adaptation of her novel of the same name, published in 1925. The play didn’t have its world premiere until 2003 with the Canadian theatre company, Vertigo Mystery Theatre.
It’s a regular event that the GTC puts on a Christie murder mystery. The Christie shows bring in good houses for the Company. This again has proven to be the case with the season, already, almost sold out.
In THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS it is the 1920s in England. Aristocrat Lady Caterham agrees to host a weekend party at her stately home called Chimneys. A murder occurs in Lady Caterham’s council chamber room. The dark secret of Chimneys is that famous diamonds have been missing for years somewhere within the Chimneys estate. Chaos ensues with, of-course, police officers in tow.Continue reading THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS : A LITTLE KNOWN CHRISTIE→
“William Shakespeare was not of an age, but for all time”. Ben Jonson
John Bell in ‘One Man In His Time’ is Bell Shakespeare’s first production for the year.
It is fitting that it is starting its thirty first year with a show presented by its founder.
‘One Man In His Time’ is the most pared back of shows. John Bell walks on to the stage, with applause of-course, and at the centre of the stage is a chair and a side table with a bottle of water and a folder sitting on top.
Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry’s play OUTDATED is the Company’s first show since shows were cancelled as a result of Covid in March last year.
During lockdown, Kilmurry, ever resourceful, ran an entertaining, interesting weekly show, entitled Ensemble Conversations, in which he interviewed a wide range of theatre personalities. His guests were interviewed by video link, with Kilmurry in the theatre foyer and the guests seen on a large monitor. Theatre lovers were able to access the interviews from the Ensemble’s Facebook page.
The award-winning drama explores how a group of Inuit high school students living in Kugluktuk, a small arctic town with the highest teen suicide rate in North America, transform their lives and community after their teacher starts a youth lacrosse team.
The film also delves into the effects of issues like intergenerational trauma on First Peoples communities, highlighting the adversities the real life Grizzlies and their community overcame to bring the teen suicide rate down to zero in Kugluktuk.
Treat yourself to a rare, intimate performance in a relaxed and artistic atmosphere!
Featuring internationally acclaimed violinist Daniel Röhn, concert pianist Vatche Jambazian, cellist Thomas Rann and soprano Eleanor Lyons – along with Clonakilla’s world renowned wines – this intimate recital in the whimsical Billich Gallery in Sydney’s historic Rocks district is a treat for all the senses!
The multi-sensory experience has been designed for the enjoyment of music lovers at the conclusion of the work-day.
Meander down to The Rocks be transported into the sound world of Shostakovich!
The program features the composer’s Piano trio no.1 op.8 (written at 16 years of age!) and his Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok (Op. 127) – one of his final works.
Australian husband and wife music power duo Vladimir Fanshil (piano) and Eleanor Lyons (soprano) usually reside in Vienna…but since Eleanor’s debut with Opera Australia in January 2020, they have been ‘stuck’ in Australia, due to COVID-19.
During lockdown – with concert halls all shut down – they prepared special music programs for small audiences in private homes. These were a huge hit… and so Live at Yours was born! Having awakened the very special experience of the salon-style concert, they toured regionally and rediscovered (and reinvented) the power of intimate concerts with Australian audiences.
Now a slew of Live at Yours collaborations are programmed for the CBD, where small audiences after work can thrill to the talents of the finest musicians and visual artists – with a glass of wine… and sometimes more!
Other upcoming Live at Yours collaborations coming to the Sydney CBD include virtuosic harp & flute duo Emily Granger and Joshua Batty at the Ken Done Gallery (31 March) and an intimate recital by acclaimed international violinist Daniel Röhn at the Billich gallery (15 April).
Live at Yours: Shostakovich, Art & Wine
Wednesday 17th March 2021 between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm at the Billich Art Gallery, 106 George Street, The Rocks Sydney
Award-winning composer and former Sydney Chamber Choir Music Director Paul Stanhope returns to lead the choir in the world premiere performance of his Requiem, the centrepiece of a program exploring themes of mortality, hope, ritual and commemoration.
The concert program is a conversation between old and new, featuring the sumptuous Spanish Renaissance polyphony of Tomás Luis de Victoria, with the contemporary Australian voices of Mary Finsterer and Indigenous composer Brenda Gifford. James MacMillan’s ‘Miserere’ is a choral tour de force, taking up dual notions of solemnity and virtuosity.Continue reading PAUL STANHOPE : A NEW REQUIEM @ CITY RECITAL HALL→
It is simply not possible to finish the week without making reference to Grace Tame’s appearance at the National Press Club Of Australia in Canberra last Wednesday afternoon.
Tame was invited to talk at the Press Club after being named 2021 Australian of the Year on 25 January 2021. A child sex abuse survivor she was awarded the prestigious honour for her advocacy work in the area. Tame worked alongside her friend and journalist Nina Fennell campaigned to repeal the clause in the legislation in her home state of Tasmania which stated that a child sex abuse survivor has to remain anonymous and is not allowed to talk after a court has decided on the case. The campaigned was titled simply ‘Let her speak’. Their campaign was successful, and the clause has been repealed.Continue reading GRACE TAME SPEECH : NATIONAL PRESS CLUB OF AUSTRALIA→
The international smash-hit, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is bringing laughs, mayhem and madness to the Sydney Opera House from 23rd March to 27th March.
Basil’s rude, Manuel’s confused and Sybil’s cracking the whip… all the while dishing up the laughs and a three-course meal. The world’s longest-running and most successful Fawlty Towers tribute, this unforgettable immersive show sees audiences become paying guests at the Faulty Towers hotel, ready for two hours of chaos, comedy and action.
A loving homage to the smash hit BBC TV series written by John Cleese and Connie Booth, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience uses a supreme blend of top-flight improvisation, audience participation, and a completely original theatrical script to create a night perfect for absolutely anyone ready to laugh. Continue reading FAULTY TOWERS THE DINING EXPERIENCE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE→
“The point is that when you’ve got a dull, boring life and something comes along that gives you a moment of happiness, you cling onto it. That’s what all of the characters in the play are looking for – some beautiful thing to cling on to. All those characters have that beautiful thing at some point in the play and that’s why it’s so cosy. Also, I wanted to write a story in which being gay was about falling in love and about emotions and having a laugh and finding your soul mate”. British playwright Jonathon Harvey ‘Beautiful Thing’ (1993)
Harvey sets his play in a government housing estate in South East London. It’s a tough world; people are living too close to each other, tempers are frayed, there’s alcoholism, domestic violence, drugs…In this world two young people find love.
In the central role, Will Manton plays teenager Jamie who going through his internal processes is coming to terms with being gay. Jamie is also having to deal with his loud, overbearing mother, Sandra, which takes up a lot of his energy. Trying to get his schoolmate and neighbour Stephen to be his boyfriend would be a beautiful thing.
Bayley Prendergast plays Stephen. He also has an Everest to deal with; an alcoholic father and a drug taking brother. One night he comes over to visit Jamie with welts on his back. He is invited to stay the night, They sleep toe to toe in Jamie’s single bed. The start of things to come.Continue reading BEAUTIFUL THING : LOVE COMES THROUGH DARK CLOUDS→
Shows can’t go on forever, especially ones that maintain through their run a consistently high quality. At some point one has to ‘pull the plug’.
And such is the case now with the final season of The Wharf Revue which has been nothing short of a cultural institution for many Sydney theatregoers over the past twenty years.
Where, exactly, does the time go?
I remember back in 1999, my God we are talking the last century, being invited to the Sydney Theatre Company’s (STC) launch of their 2000 season. Robyn Nevin was the then Artistic Director of the Company.
The Phoenix Collective is returning with Maggie Ferguson (OzTango), PCQ, Dan Russell and Dr Edward Neeman (Juilliard/ ANU) and super star Jacqueline Dark (Helpmann Award winning internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano, principal with Opera Australia and cabaret artist). Also worth noting, two new Sydney venues on the bill; Christ Church St Laurence and Mosman Art Gallery plus two new concert series: eight lunchtime concerts at the wonderful Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross and four concerts at Tattersalls Club, Sydney.
The Collective’s first concert of 2021, ‘Knife in the Boot’, features Maggie Ferguson, founder of TangoOz and a legend in her own right. With Maggie on bandoneon, Edward Neeman on piano, Isabella Brown on Double Bass and PC director & violinist Dan Russell. The Ensemble will explore early and traditional works from the birthplace of Tango, Buenos Aires and works by the father of Nuevo Tango, Astor Piazzolla.
Performances will take place in the following venues :-
5th March, Canberra: 6pm and 7:30pm, Wesley Music Centre
6th March, Sydney: 2:30pm, Hunter Baillie in Annandale
7th March, Central Coast: 2:30pm and 4pm, Greenway Chapel
The concert series is the initiative of Artistic Director, Dan Russell, and have also been made possible and funded by Judith Neilson AM (White Rabbit / Phoenix Central Park).
A bit about The Phoenix Collective:
PC began in 2018 as an initiative of well-known violinist, Dan Russell. A means to play high art music with exceptional musicians that share similar views musically, artistically and emotionally. In just 3 years we are playing concerts in 3 cities, unique core venues and several additional projects, recordings, music society performances and workshop engagements.
With two new live concert series soon to be announced and an ever-increasing recording and external project workload, Phoenix is rising. Programs include the virtuosic flair of Italian Baroque, the simplicity of Folk Music, French Impressionism, the intense emotions of Romanticism, Contemporary, Classical, Experimental, Jazz crossover and the meditative calm of Minimalism.