Sydney Festival: Past Years

MAGGOT AT THE SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL

MAGGOT is funny, silly, full of energy and definitely worth catching.

Performers Angela Fouhy, Elle Wootton and Freya Finch are playing characters that were ostensibly  the international pop sensation The Baby Girls. They explain they are moving away from pop and into art, possibly to talk about the stock market but possibly to talk about themselves. MAGGOT is part comedy sketch show, part musical cabaret and part circus. The artists’ clowning background shows in their dance routines, fight scenes and being lost in the desert but surreal dialogue and eclectic music choices has the audience laughing, cheering and clapping. It is such a fun show that the audience eagerly participates when requested. Continue reading MAGGOT AT THE SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL

SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2018 : HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FREE EVENTS

It is a convention  of the Sydney Festival, in conjunction with the traditional paid for performances, to stage a number of free events.

Fortunately some of the big events such as Opera In The Park and Symphony Under The Stars have been with the Festival since its inception  and have remained. The latter, however, has a new home, no longer in the Domain but in The Crescent at Parramatta Park. One need not worry as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with fireworks was still performed.

The Meriton Festival Village was present yet again in Hyde Park. However this year it had transformed into a Sideshow Alley.

Across the city, at Carriageworks in Newtown, German artist Katharina Grosse draped the entire front atrium in tie-dyed fabric in an immersive work entitled THE HORSE TROTTED ANOTHER COUPLE OF METRES. THEN IT STOPPED.

Aboriginal history was not forgotten with a performance entitled At Nawi Cove, Barangaroo. The performance commemorates the 4000 or so fish plundered by the early colonists thereby depriving the local Aboriginals of a vital part of their staple diet.

Let’s hope next year’s Festival, both paid for and free, is even bigger and better.

Pics by Ben Apfelbaum.

WILD BORE: WHAT ARE WE GAME TO SAY?

WILD BORE
Production images: Tim Grey

WILD BORE playing as part of The Sydney Festival at Carriageworks has some very clever design and tech.

Beginning with 3 superbly sewn pants.  My favourite was the plaid, checked ones.  Were those straight lines in the black fabric green?  It certainly looked like that.   Anyway.  All three pair were sewn so that the artists had ease of use and yet the audience was able to get the full picture, especially for the opening ‘Full Moon Rising’ sequence.  The trousers were cut to enable moon rising without impeding the full-dress requirement for later in the show.  I was eyeing off the very nice leather jacket as well. Continue reading WILD BORE: WHAT ARE WE GAME TO SAY?

NAUTILUS IS A TEN: HOW WILL YOU SCORE?

Production Images: Jamie Williams

It is simply not going to pass with the editor if this is a one-sentence review.  Like …

You really should see Trygve Wakenshaw’s NAUTILUS playing as part of the Sydney festival because it is hilarious, clever, artful and probably the funniest thing you will see all year.
Continue reading NAUTILUS IS A TEN: HOW WILL YOU SCORE?

MY URRWAI : GOING HER WAY @ BELVOIR STREET THEATRE

Photos by  David Charles Collins.

Mime, dance, song and stand-up comedy make up MY URRWAI a soulful, mostly sunny sixty minute solo show by Torres Strait Islander dynamo, Ghenoa Gela.

In wordless depiction that becomes clear by repetition and the inclusion of simple English, we learn Ghenoa’s place in her family’s hierarchy. Fourth child, second daughter.

A Torres Island family living in Rockhampton, Ghenoa’s parents are determined to keep their culture alive and impress a strict regime of daily dance practice. Perceived as a chore between chores and school and prayers, it becomes a passion.

Like most adolescent girls, she dreams of breaking away from her small town and making a bid for some kind of stardom in the big city. Away from her family and roots, she embraces independence but also grapples with identity – racial, sexual, and cultural. Continue reading MY URRWAI : GOING HER WAY @ BELVOIR STREET THEATRE

SEA SICK: THOUGHT PROVOKING AND INFORMATIVE

SEA SICK.   A solitary woman stands within a chalk drawn circle on a sparsely set stage. The stage contains a chalkboard, chalk, a shell and a table. On the table sits a glass of water and a jug containing clear liquid, piquing the audience’s curiosity as to their purpose. The performer begins her one woman, non-fiction play by introducing herself through personal anecdotes, sharing snippets of her early family life and career, which led her to travel the world researching for her novel. Continue reading SEA SICK: THOUGHT PROVOKING AND INFORMATIVE

BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES: UNIVERSAL MASCULINITY

BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES.  Stunning, vibrant, dazzling, electric, sublime and sensational barely begin to describe this wonderful experience of drama and music. Continue reading BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES: UNIVERSAL MASCULINITY

BACKBONE: RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

Adelaide-based Gravity & Other Myths is directed by Darcy Grant and stuns in their new show BACKBONE at Riverside Theatres Parramatta, a mesmerizing blend of physical theatre/circus /acrobatics . It is a virtuoso performance of rigorous discipline , super-elite physical acrobatics . The company has been previously nominated for Helpmann awards. Continue reading BACKBONE: RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

THE BACKSTORIES: MOYA DODD IN FOCUS

BACKSTORIES: Moya Dodd
Images courtesy Fairfax

THE BACKSTORIES  is a rare glimpse behind the public persona of one of the most influential Australians in women’s football, Moya Dodd, as she shares the experiences that have shaped her life. Originally commissioned and presented by Adelaide Festival, THE BACKSTORIES comes to Carriageworks for three performances in February. Friday 2 February 8pm and Saturday 3 February 2pm, 8pm Continue reading THE BACKSTORIES: MOYA DODD IN FOCUS

WORLD WITHOUT US:TIME MEASURED BY DECAY

This image: of THE HORSE TROTTED ANOTHER COUPLE OF METRES, THEN IT STOPPED by Nic Tenwiggenhorn Banner Photo of THE WORLD WITHOUT US BY Mirjam Devriendt

WORLD WITHOUT US

Greetings to the inhabitants of the universe from the third planet Earth of the star Sun.
Greetings to you, whoever you are; we have good will towards you and bring peace across space.
Friends of space, how are you all? Have you eaten yet? Come visit us if you have time.
Greetings to all peoples of the universe. God give you peace always.

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MY NAME IS JIMI: A GIFT OF CULTURE

MY NAME IS JIMI
Photos: Daniel Boud

By chance, my companion to the show last night was friend and Indigenous educator, Natalie.  Larrakia woman, Saltwater woman.  Which was handy because myself, 6 generations here, and the British woman and the Nigerian woman in front of us needed some help during the pop quiz!    Yep, there’s a few audience tests in MY NAME IS JIMI! House lights up and a chance to enjoy the reactions of the people near me.  It’s just part of a gift from the Bani Family to me and I accept with open heart and joy in the receiving.  After experiencing this brilliant theatrical event how could I not?  Continue reading MY NAME IS JIMI: A GIFT OF CULTURE