Sure to be one of the big hits of the Sydney Festival, SHANGHAI MIMI is a lush, well- conceptualised production. It has terrific attention to detail in the creation of the space and artists of considerable skill and charisma. If I wasn’t the best audience for the work, it’s apparent that the show has wide appeal and the power to draw a diverse viewership. The cast introduces themselves at one stage and they are certainly from all over. And I think the lady of Asian descent who was sobbing with recognition as we left the auditorium, would take me to task for my lack of appreciation. What this lady understood was the importance of this work in reclamation of a period of time and the presentation of it to a new audience. Continue reading SHANGHAI MIMI. LUSH PRODUCTION AT RIVERSIDE PARRAMATTA FOR THE SYDNEY FESTIVAL
DUNGEONS AND DRAG KWEENS – SEE YOU IN HELL regards itself as ” The Gayest and Nerdiest show in Sydney!”
Join the comedy Kweens as they navigate their way through the camp and mythical city of Xan’moxie. This month they’re working nine to five and learning the real definition of hot seating as they go to hell … corporate style!
DUNGEONS AND DRAG KWEENS is completely improvised and no prior knowledge of Dungeons and Dragons is required! Continue reading DUNGEONS AND DRAG KWEENS – SEE YOU IN HELL. GIVEAWAY
With garbage cans and fruit crates, mirror balls galore and a popping neon sign, PIGALLE, playing at the Spiegeltent for the Sydney Festival, is a magnificent seat boppin’ reminder of why disco lives. Heartbeats pound in rhythm with the bliss of remembering and re-living. It was always going to be a crowd pleaser with this talent line-up but what we are treated to is a memorable night of variety, excellence and smart direction that leaves you wanting more as you tumble out with ‘Disco Inferno’ firmly earwormed.
As the crowd excitably buzzes waiting for the show to start, there’s a terrific music mix to begin that physical electricity that beloved music pulses in the veins. The cast appear as ‘Street Life’ struts and frets upon the catwalk stage and feet begin the unstoppable tap. Costumed with a period flair that keeps on coming, these artists thrill with sexy poses and sashayed peacockery. Continue reading PIGALLE – FUNK ME IT’S A GREAT NIGHT
The Newsagency doesn’t waste time when it comes to entertainment. THE SIDESHOW FESTIVAL is setting up stall for 2019, beginning the year with a grab bag of variety.
The Newsagency, called “a charming little live music venue” by SAG reviewer Mark Pigott, has assembled an eclectic bunch of artists offering a unique view of life and indie arts in Sydney… opening Jan 5 with an out-of-towner.
River Matthews is one of the most loved new songwriters to come out of the UK. The Woodford Folk Festival team have brought him to Australia to introduce him to Australian audiences. He is joined by the mad Scotsman from Alice Springs, Colin Lillie, in an intimate night of great original music.
SIDESHOW will then present music and comedy including ‘The Songs that Got Away‘ when the NIDA 2018 Music Theatre Cohort present a night of cabaret full of the solos they never got to sing! The Festival ends with the traditional Summer Mixtape on January 25. This is how we saw it last year.
Tickets are now selling for all events and you can see THE SIDESHOW FESTIVAL lineup here and you can find out more about The Newsagency at their website and Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Camperdown NSW 2038
Usually when one goes to a magic show you usually see only one magician performing. At the ILLUSIONISTS : DIRECT FROM BROADWAY you get to see eight magicians
Although the majority of the magicians are American this multi magician show had its world premiere in the Sydney Opera House in 2012. Since then the show has toured 25 countries and has returned regularly to Sydney at this time of year. To maintain variety and surprise the show has returned in various guises commencing with the Illusionists 2012 and thereafter the illusionists 2.0, The Illusionists 2014, The Illusionists 1903, and this year the show is entitled the Illusionists: Direct from Broadway.
One of the principal illusionists Kevin James, known as the Inventor, in a surprise revelation, stated the Illusionists was only meant to be a three week show at the Opera House. He is as delighted with the continued success of the show after six years in its various iterations.
Despite its short seasons the shown has created box office records with over 85,000 Sydney Opera House audiences alone having witnessed the non stop spectacle and wonderment of these shows. Continue reading THE ILLUSIONISTS : DIRECT FROM BROADWAY : MEDIA CALL
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.
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
Old Hollywood’s biggest secret will be exposed in the acclaimed cabaret, THE VOICE BEHIND THE STARS. After a sell-out run at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe home grown talent Eliza Jackson will play in Sydney in January.
THE VOICE BEHIND THE STARS tells the story of the most prolific ghost singer of all time, Marni Nixon, and reveals the truth behind some of the world’s most loved movie musicals. Continue reading THE VOICE BEHIND THE STARS: ONE WOMAN CABARET ABOUT GHOST SINGER MARNI NIXON
THE CHOIR OF MAN is a new touring concert show that features some of the best voices in the UK and some of the most fun guys to hang out with.
A runaway hit from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, THE CHOIR OF MAN is “the ultimate feel-good show”. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a show you’ll ever see!
20 March – 7 April (Tuesday – Sunday 7pm, Saturday – Sunday 3pm)
For over thirty years, the start of the Sydney summer has been marked by the biggest improvised comedy show in Australia. Six teams of the fastest, finest and funniest improvisers in the country, pit their wits against each other to get their hands on the biggest, ugliest, most prized trophy in competitive comedy… the two metre-high Cranston Cup. Continue reading THEATRESPORTS CRANSTON CUP GRAND FINAL
CALDERA is a night of fire and art in an industrial cathedral: burlesque performances, experimental music, cocktails and an art exhibition in a reactivated blacksmiths’ forge.
Electrified anvils, smoke, danger, colour – CALDERA will feature captivating performances from Australia’s hottest underground artists. Featuring performances by burlesque performer Zelia Rose, Melbourne songstress Tanzer, and compositions using the industrial machinery by Bree van Reyk and Alon Ilsar CALDERA happens over four nights.
Bree van Reyk
Anji Brice, OneJessa, Cyma Hibri, Harry Hock, Ben Lang, Brooke Ellen Louttit, Duncan Maclean, Alireza Mirzaeisabet, Emily Parsons-Lord, Gwen Taualai, Meng-Yu Yan
With thanks to the CALDERA , Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass giveaway for 10pm Saturday December 1. To be in the running, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with CALDERA as the subject and your full name. Competition closes Midnight on Tuesday November 27, 2018 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and tickets will be emailed by the promoter.