Theatre

NEIL LABUTE EXPLORES SOME DARK MATTERS @ DARLO DRAMA THEATRE

In stunning companion pieces, we follow a day in the life of two couples in New York City facing unimaginable circumstances. As events unfold, we’re unable to look away when it becomes clear that this is no ordinary day…

Dark Matters Theatre Co are thrilled to present these two short plays by award winning playwright, screenwriter and film director Neil LaBute wsho wrote the stunning play  ‘The Shape Of Things’ which years ago was produced by the Sydney Theatre Company and starred Brendan Cowell.

Run time: 60 minutes with no interval.
Please note: This show contains strong adult themes for 18+.

The Program:

Land of the Dead directed by Mel Jensen
With David Hodgkins and Stephanie Reeves

Helter Skelter directed by Stephanie Reeves
With Mel Jensen and Mark J Wilson

15 – 19 December 2021
Darlo Drama Theatre,
Level 1, 16-18 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Stage Manager: Aaron Smith
Sound Design: Mark J Wilson
Publicity and Design: Mel Jensen
Production Photography: Matthew Venables

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2022 STREAMING FOR FREE

Mark these dates in your diary, because the Japanese Film Festival (JFF Online 2022) is presenting a FREE Film Festival in early 2022:  from 14 to 27 February.

Japanese Film Festival Director, Yurika Sugie said, “The international Festival program of hot new feature films and well-loved favourites direct from Japan, is being streamed to Australia, as part of a global initiative where 25 countries around the world will be able to see these great films at the same time.”

Japanese Film Festival Programmer, Susan Bui said, “Australians across the country can now enjoy some really cutting-edge cinema straight from Japan.  The program includes hair-raising thrillers, wholesome comedies, powerful dramas, insightful documentaries and more”

JFF Online 2022, marks the second time The Japan Foundation Sydney has presented a FREE Australia-wide film Festival, with the first offered in 2020 during the first year of the pandemic.

Sign up to be the first to see the program on the 13 January 2022 at  www.japanesefilmfestival.net

FESTIVAL DETAILS:
WHAT: Japanese Film Festival Online 2022
WHEN: 14 Feb – 27 Feb, 2022
WHERE: Streaming online in 25 countries including Australia
TICKETS: FREE, registration required
LANGUAGE(S): Japanese with English subtitles

Stay up to date with JFF:
JFF Australia website: www.japanesefilmfestival.net
Facebookwww.facebook.com/japanesefilmfest
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Twitterwww.twitter.com/japanfilmfest

ABOUT JFF

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) in Australia is an annual film festival that has been presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney since 1997. The first-ever Japanese Film Festival Online was held across five continents and 20 countries from November 2020 to March 2021.

2021 marked the 25th year of JFF Australia, offering newly-released Japanese titles along with rare 35 and 16mm film screenings.  The JFF Satellite Program also tours a hand-picked selection of Japanese films across Australia.

ABOUT THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, SYDNEY

The Japan Foundation, Sydney is the Australian arm of the Japan Foundation, which was established by the Japanese government to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between Japan and other nations. It runs a diverse range of programs and events, including exhibitions, talk events, grant programs and Japanese language courses for all levels from beginner to advanced. The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 with a global network of 25 offices in 24 countries. The Australian office was founded in 1978.

THE SILVER TUNNEL : A HELL OF A PLAY IN A HOLY PLACE

Performers Ric Herbert and Tim Matthews

The surprise theatre hit of 2020 is set to tour 12 NSW suburban and regional centres in early 2022 with free performances, carrying its inspiring message of ‘choosing life’.

The rollicking one-act thriller presented by legendary hero of the homeless, Rev Bill Crews, debuted in Covid-controlled conditions last year when lockdown saw him turn his inner west Sydney church into a theatre! 

Audiences and critics alike thrilled to The Silver Tunnel, when it was first performed at Crews’ Ashfield Uniting Church. Starring Ric Herbert and Tim Matthews (below right), the darkly comic play returns to Ashfield in January before touring from February to April 2022 – where it will be performed free – in churches, just like its original version – right across NSW. It visits Manly, Liverpool, Windsor, Katoomba, Wollongong, Berry, St Georges Basin, Adamstown, Bathurst, Parkes & Dubbo.  

Set in a graveyard, heaven and hell – yet performed in churches – this sparkling production confronts suicide by celebrating life – with lots of laughs along the way. The Silver Tunnel is indeed “a hell of a play in a holy place”.

Sydney’s oldest graveyard: seven tombstones…all suicides from the time of the First Fleet. Old Harry is their ‘keeper’. He’s tended their graves for 34 years. He talks to them. They talk back. Now, he’s digging an eighth grave… who is it for? Jason the suicidal apprentice gravedigger arrives – because the voices have called him in. Harry can’t hear them anymore. Why not? And who will end up in the eighth grave? Continue reading THE SILVER TUNNEL : A HELL OF A PLAY IN A HOLY PLACE

THE CLASSIC MUSICAL ‘A CHORUS LINE’ IS COMING TO THE HOUSE

Director Amy Campbell

Darlinghurst Theatre Company has announced that its long-awaited new production of A CHORUS LINE will open at the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House on 11 February 2022.

Featuring brand new choreography by Helpmann Award-nominated director and choreographer Amy Campbell, this legendary musical stars some of the country’s most talented triple threats, including Adam Jon Fiorentino as Zach, the director loosely based on the show’s creator Michael Bennett. Fiorentino has performed in Mary Poppins on Broadway; Follies and Saturday Night Fever in London’s West End; the Australian tour of Aladdin, and Kiss of the Spider Woman for Melbourne Theatre Company.

Angelique Cassimatis, (American Psycho, Pippin, Hair, Saturday Night Fever, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) returns as Cassie, a former star desperate to be part of the chorus in Zach’s new show. Artistic Director Amylia Harris is thrilled to welcome Cassimatis back and recalls the incredible audience reaction to her performance during the final preview in 2020. “After Angelique’s solo number halfway through the second act, the audience rose to its feet to give her a standing ovation. It was literally show stopping!”

Following two postponements due to the pandemic, this brand-new production will finally lay bare the struggles performers face to be seen, heard, recognised and respected. The 20 roles are based on the real-life anecdotes of Broadway dancers interviewed by Michael Bennett in his East Side studio one weekend in January 1974. Rivalry and wine paved the way to a weekend of divulged secrets about their upbringing, coming-of-age, sexuality and careers.  Continue reading THE CLASSIC MUSICAL ‘A CHORUS LINE’ IS COMING TO THE HOUSE

BRAND NEW DAY : A SEASON OF NEW AUSSIE PLAYS @ THE NEW

New Theatre is thrilled that we are bringing to Sydney stages a new initiative:Brand New – a season of Australian plays. 

When our Sydney Fringe Festival season was cancelled this year, we didn’t want to lose the opportunity to present the two new Australian plays that we’d planned to premiere, and January has given us the perfect time to reschedule.

The season will consist of the World Premieres of The Park by Simon Thomson and The Chocolate Factory by Brooke Robinson.  Each play will have a short season of one week, with six performances from Monday – Saturday, 17 – 29 January 2022.

Both plays were originally entered in The Silver Gull Play Award in 2020, and bringing these two exciting examples of local contemporary playwriting to production is yet another step on New Theatre’s commitment to seeking out and encouraging new theatrical voices.

The productions mark the New Theatre debuts of directors Jess Davis andEmma Whitehead, set designer Verica Nikolic, sound designers Samantha Cheng, Jazz Chun and Nefarious, and we’re also excited to welcome multi-ARIA awarding winning composer Sally Whitwell who’s creating an original score for The Chocolate Roster.

THE PARK by Simon Thomson

“I like this place. It scares me as well. Weird energy.” Continue reading BRAND NEW DAY : A SEASON OF NEW AUSSIE PLAYS @ THE NEW

TRIPLE X : SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY STARTS 2022 WITH A THUD

Contessa Treffone

The highly-anticipated Triple X – a semi-autobiographical trans love story by two-time Griffin Award-winning playwright and trans performer Glace Chase – will finally have its Sydney Theatre Company premiere at the Wharf in January 2022 after being rescheduled twice due to the pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

A co-production between STC and Queensland Theatre Company, Triple X is a hysterically funny, wildly provocative and tender love story. Originally slated to premiere in both cities in 2020, the show finally opened to 5-star reviews in Brisbane March 2021 before the Sydney season was rescheduled again due to the Delta outbreak.

Triple X examines the relationship between straight ‘Wall Street banker bro’ Scotty – Josh McConville (Death of a Salesman) – and trans performer Dexie (Chase) who begin an affair, just a few months before Scotty is due to marry his ‘perfect’ fiancée. The entirety of the stellar supporting cast will also return in 2022, including Christen O’Leary, Contessa Treffone (Death of a Salesman) and Elijah Williams in his STC debut. Continue reading TRIPLE X : SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY STARTS 2022 WITH A THUD

JAGGED LITTLE PILL : A GREAT NIGHT OUT

JAGGED LITTLE PILL comes to Australia with stellar credentials having garnered fifteen Tony nominations and winning two awards for Best Book of a Musical for Diablo Cody and Best featured Actress in a Musical for Lauren Pattenand a Grammy for best Musical Theatre album. 

The production is a coup for Trafalgar Theatre Productions as this opening production for the Theatre royal is the first production of the show outside of Broadway.

Its creation is based on the angst ridden, psychologically insightful and semi autobiographical album of the same name by Alanis Morisette. Morisette recorded this album with her musical collaborator Glen Ballard when she was just nineteen years old.

The musical features music and lyrics by Morisette and the Book by Diablo Cody deals with issues such as alienation, rape, substance abuse, work/life balance, moral cowardice, marriage pressures, the earnestness and narcissism of youth, all leavened with a good deal of humour. Continue reading JAGGED LITTLE PILL : A GREAT NIGHT OUT

KXT SEASON FOR 2022 ANNOUNCED

It was a great atmosphere at the season  launch. Pic Clare Hawley

For 2022, managing company bAKEHOUSE has put together an equally exciting program blending the best work of our most talented emerging and experienced practitioners. The year gets going in January with Panimo Pandemonium, 8 weeks of kaleidoscopic fun brought together in a KXT Takeover by Panimo Creatives, with 16 works by early emerging artists and a broad program of workshops and developments. 

bAKEHOUSE Co-Artistic Director John Harrison said emerging artists were the most impacted by lockdowns and interruptions over the last two years. “It’s young graduates and theatre makers whose career progression has stalled. We’ve worked with Panimo to provide a bunch of new opportunities to showcase their work.”

Fulfilling commitments to companies programmed in 2021 means audiences will finally get to see the work of emerging companies Eye Contact Theatre (Breathing Corpses by Laura Wade), Sandpaperplane (Lilac by Jackson Used) and Akimbo & Co (Tongue Tied by Clare Hennessey and The Wasp by Morgan Lloyd Malcom). Indie mavericks Tooth and Sinew are back with an updated UBU by Richard Hilliar, transferring from the Popupstairs program in KX Hotel Bordello to the theatre, and Shopfront presents exciting new work Little Jokes in Times of War by Charlotte Salusinszky. 

Completing a packed year: Tell Me Before the Sun Explodes by KXT Step Up team member Jacob Parker, directed by KXT Associate Artist Hayden Tonazzi; Daddy Developed a Pill by Cassie Hamilton, nurtured through the Laboratory, KXT’s emerging writers program led by Saro Lusty-Cavallari; and Tom at the Farm by Michel Marc Bouchard, the directing debut of KXTeethcutting founder Danny Ball. Rounding things out is For the Grace of You Go I by Alan Harris from experienced indie producers Secret House + New Ghosts Theatre and Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp, presented by KXT resident company Montague Basement. 

KXT’s Summer Supper Club – a major investment in new writing – is programmed for January 2023, in partnership with Bontom and Periscope productions: a micro-season of 3 multi-playwright projects by 10 writers. 

Even more exciting is a new partnership with emerging company kwento: supporting the staging of 2 productions: The Marriage Agency by Saman Shad (transferring from the 2021 StoryLines season); and One Hour No Oil  by Kenneth Moraleda and Jordan Shea; along with a writers’ associate program, led by Shea, for emerging BIPOC practitioners – celebrating and crafting marginalised voices in theatre and performance.

KXT also continues its significant investment in Artist Support programs, with: 

  • a renewed Storytellers season presented by Joanna Erskine, celebrating playwrights and their work; 
  • School Camp, a hotbed of creativity featuring play reads, panels and artist workshops, led by Rily Spadaro; 
  • The Lab Report, the annual showcase of work developed through the Laboratory; 
  • and Legit theatre Co’s program of play reads for KXTeethcutting

In other news: the 2021 Step Up team, KXT’s emerging artist mentoring program, extend their residency at KXT until July of 2022, to allow time for production placements and the staging of the annual Step Up festival. In 2021 KXT Assoc Artist Laneikka Denne launched the Monologue Collective, a program of mentorship for teenage writers developing monologues for teenage performers, and KXT is excited to continue its partnership with Laneikka, and support of the program in 2022.

 

BOKKIE ROBERTSON : WINNER OF THE SILVER GULL PLAY AWARD 2021

There was a huge response to The Silver Gull Play Award this year, with a record number of entries and scripts displaying a wide variety of subject matter and a high standard of writing.

The strong and varied shortlist was made up of six plays: Off The Record by Chris Aronsten, Sanctuary by Margaret Davis, Cloudsurfing by John AD Fraser,The Scammer by Wendy Lewis, Fitson and Dan by Mark O’Flynn, and The Other End of The Afternoon by Bokkie Robertson. Two other plays (Identity Games by Christopher Bryant and Television by James O’Loghlin) were ‘Highly Commended’ by the judges.

This evening, in front of an enthusiastic crowd, excerpts from the six shortlisted plays were presented by actors Matt Abotomy, Deng Deng, Sonya Kerr, Bill Jordan, Susan Jordan, Oghenero Ohwofa, Lachie Pringle and Hannah Zaslawski, under the direction of Mark G Nagle.

We’re thrilled to announce that the winner of The Silver Gull Play Award 2021 is The Other End of The Afternoon by Bokkie Robertson.

The winning playwright receives $5000 and the other shortlisted writers $500 each, thanks to the generous sponsorship of @thebuzzfromsydney.   Continue reading BOKKIE ROBERTSON : WINNER OF THE SILVER GULL PLAY AWARD 2021

BELVOIR AWARDS 2021 BALNAVES FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP TO THOMAS WEATHERALL

Thomas Weatherall. PIC by Kate Williams

Belvoir is pleased to announce Kamilaroi man Thomas Weatherall as the 2021 Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellow.

A $25,000 paid residency, the Balnaves Fellowship gives the Fellow the opportunity to work at Belvoir as a resident artist to create a work for the stage. It seeks to be deeply collaborative, offering an invitation to have a voice in Belvoir’s artistic decision-making processes and the opportunity to support other Indigenous artists through Belvoir’s creative development and programming.

The Fellowship (previously the Balnaves Award) has long been recognised as one of the most prestigious playwriting awards in Australia, attracting entrants of the highest calibre. Previous recipients (including Leah Purcell, Nakkiah Lui, Kodie Bedford and Nathan Maynard) have submitted exceptional works that consistently affirm the depth of talent amongst our nation’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre-makers.. Continue reading BELVOIR AWARDS 2021 BALNAVES FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP TO THOMAS WEATHERALL

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL COMING TO DARLING QUARTER THEATRE

The Mitchell Old Company presents, HEATHERS The Musical, a high-energy immersive theatre  experience based on the cult classic film of the same name that will have a limited season at ARA  Darling Quarter Theatre from 8 February to 5 March 2022.  

This heartfelt, hilarious and provocatively dark comedy features NEW SONGS and comes to Sydney  direct from the West End production.  

Set in Westerberg High School in 1989, Heathers is brought to you by the award-winning writing  team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Desperate Housewives”), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat  Boy, Legally Blonde) and Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man).  

HEATHERS The Musical, is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful  teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at  Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school  food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather  Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and  kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.  Continue reading HEATHERS THE MUSICAL COMING TO DARLING QUARTER THEATRE

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE ILLAWARRA 2021 WEEK TWO

Short+Sweet Theatre Illawarra 2021 – Wollongong’s delicious contribution to the world’s largest little-play festival. Perfectly presented with swift changeovers between each play, provided the unique and rewarding experience, from experiencing the best of the best, which is Short and Sweet Theatre.

A quick ninety minute express intercity KIAMA train trip, from Sydney Central to Coniston. Fabulous ten minute (or LESS) plays, that made the express train journey very very worthwhile.

In Wollongong, everyone in the audience were all correctly wearing their disposable face masks, and of course face masks were not misused, as the infamously useless “neck-nappy”.

TOP 20 SHORT+SWEET PLAYS, with a strong group of writers/directors, and with unique original scripts –
14 x Female Writers
15 x Female Directors
5 x Play casts are travelling to Wollongong from Sydney
1 x Play group is traveling from Brisbane
4 x First Time Directors
8 x Illawarra Writers
6 x Sydney Writers
5 x International Scripts (UK, USA)



 

SHORT SWEET THEATRE ILLAWARRA 2021 WEEK TWO
PROGRAMME DETAILS WEEK 2
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD

(1) DIARY OF MARILYN
Marilyn Monroe her life and times, quickly re-live her sensational journey, with fast costume changes too. Debbie Neilson delivers an award-worthy theatrical performance experience.
Written and directed by Debbie Neilson (Corrimal)
STARRING Debbie Neilson

(2) SPELL IT OUT
Soft comedy. Use your imagination, OCD trauma causes her compulsion to spell her words when stressed.
Written by Katrina Samaras (West Wollongong) *
Directed by Brittany Louise Pike
STARRING Sally Evans, Ihaka Jones, Barbara Weir and Gabriela Gonzalez

(3) TALK TO THE HAND
Dialogue Intensive dramedy, paranoid-schizoprenia fully revealed, when you talk to your hand, and then your hand talks back to you.
Written by Rodney Marsden (Corrimal) *
Directed by Gabriela Gonzalez STARRING Matt Bonnici and Michelle Phillips

(4) THE DATE
Speed dating drama, as each decade of time flies by, now dating, now together, now married, now separated, and much more.
Written by Chris Naylor (Balgowlah NSW)
Directed by Jasmin Shojai
STARRING Jasmin Shojai and Samuel Johnson

(5) SOCIALITE NETWORKING
Message play set in the 1930s, social-commentary comedy concerning the many perils, as caused by the multitude of awful unwanted features provided within our 2020s social-influencer culture.
Written by Nicky Denovan (Berkshire, UK)
Directed by Kelly-Maree Michael
STARRING Georgina Reed, Isabella Franklin and Tom Hadley

INTERVAL 15 MINUTES

(6) CLEAN SWAP
Comedy robbery, when threatened with a knife, expect those unexpected outcomes.
Written and directed by Brendan Bate (Thirroul) *
Produced by Bonnie Bate
STARRING Molly Turton and Johnny Chamberlain

(7) THE WRINKLE RANCH
Three female nursing-home residents, begin by playing russian-roulette sex-scrabble.
Written by Debra A. Cole (Kansas, USA) *
Directed by Karen Beavis
STARRING Barbara Weir, Patricia Cotter, Penelope Murray and Matt Bonnici

(8) PRESS PRAY
Church provides sanctuary. Comedy nightmare, because a woman is trying to talk with God, via the church’s awful Artificial Intelligence telephone call centre.
Written by Seth Freeman (California, USA)
Directed by Andrew Gobran
STARRING Jasmin Shojai and Toryn Biester (voiceover)

(9) YOU WON’T BELIEVE
Entertaining and very clever short-story comedy monologue in two voices. Debbie Neilson is quite superb as Grace, and also is splendid as her wheelchair bound mum. To finally find the love of her life, Grace uses an online dating app. Grace falls deeply in lust with the handsome alien-probed cat-fishing Marcel. Audience comedy favourite of the night.
Written and directed by Frank Leggett (Sydney)
STARRING Debbie Neilson

(10) DO NOT GO GENTLR
Comedy galore in Gotham City USA, as our older DC seniors, Bruce And Clark plan ahead.
Written by Graham Yates (Sydney)
Directed by Sara Nazemi
STARRING Ed Weich and Will Worthington

Venue – BRIDGE STREET THEATRE (Phoenix Theatre), 24 Bridge Street, Coniston (Wollongong) NSW

Two minutes easy walk, from Coniston Railway Station.
Four minutes easy walk, back to Coniston Railway Station.
F.Y.I. PLEASE DO NOT PANIC – despite the very misleading, multiple voice announcements, the weekdays 22:06 Coniston train back to Waterfall, IS ACTUALLY the 22:06 Coniston train back to Bondi Junction.

https://shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-theatre-illawarra-2021

SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA – Tickets WEEK ONE Theatre –
26, 27, 28 NOVEMBER 2021 – https://www.trybooking.com/BRNDW

SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA – Tickets WEEK TWO Theatre –
2, 3, 4 DECEMBER 2021 – https://www.trybooking.com/BRNEL

SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA PRODUCTION TEAM EXECUTIVE

Luke Berman | Executive Producer, Festival Director | luke.berman@shortandsweet.org

Elkie Chadwick | Production Manager, Associate Producer | elkie@blackboxtheatre.org

Tom Peach | Illawarra Literary Manager | literary@blackboxtheatre.org

Lisa Murray | Associate Producer, Business Development, Front of House | business@blackboxtheatre.org

SHORT+SWEET ILLAWARRA PRODUCTION TEAM

Phil Harris | Associate Producer, Publicist

Harry Burns | Theatre Stage Manager

Nick Lewis | Festival Lighting Designer

Stage Crew: Angélique Riou, Karen Illesca

SHORT+SWEET INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE

Mark Cleary | Artistic Director, Short+Sweet International

Alex Broun | International Literary Manager

THE OTHER ART SHOW @ THE CUTAWAY, BARANGAROO

The Other Art Fair the Cutaway. Pic Anton Rehrl
The Other Art Fair. Pic Anton Rehrl
Josh Dyksgraaf Pic by Carol Dance
Rae Freeman. Pic by Carol Dance

The wonderful vast space of the Cutaway at the Barangaroo Reserve is filled with over 100  artists exhibiting a great variety of styles, mediums and techniques. It is an inspiring show. The stalls are held by individual artists, not by galleries, giving visitors the opportunity to talk to the artists and find out about their work. The artists are all living in Australia but the show has an international feel. Participants include artists originally from Papua New Guinea, Spain, Zimbabwe, UK, and across Europe. 

There is nothing particularly pitched to the Christmas market. No straight-out-of the tube red Santas. No impasto-laden pine trees. But there are hundreds of paintings, photographs and prints that would suit as a Christmas present under the tree. There are a range of sizes and prices. There are abstracts, traditional paintings, expressionism, surrealism, digital art and more. There is encaustic art, resin paintings, paintings loaded with impasto, flat paintings, watercolours and paintings with the ash from the 2019 fires embedded in the work. Continue reading THE OTHER ART SHOW @ THE CUTAWAY, BARANGAROO

TREVOR ASHLEY IN ‘THE LYIN’ QUEEN’ @ THE STUDIO, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE


Above : Todd McKenney as Dr Richard Rabbitborough with Trevor Ashley as Gaye Wray.

‘Don’t dream it, be it’… that  classic line from The Rocky Horror Picture Show resonates so well with us as we can finally shake off lockdown sleep to take part in live theatre again, presented by talents such as Trevor Ashley in celebrated venues like the Sydney Opera House.

In this Rocky Horror vein one may well ask ‘Whatever Happened to Fay Wray?’ It appears her brave scream-queen spirit lives on in a maybe granddaughter, Gaye Wray, unstoppable and brilliantly reinvented in this latest version of theatrical blockbuster The Lyin Queen starring the equally unstoppable talent of Trevor Ashley and impressive ensemble.

Swinging back from pre-pandemic 2019, this savage romp through a quasi Jurassic Park setting (the troubled Isla Fisher) smashes back into our current fragile clearing, trampling over local identities, global stars, situations just screaming to be satirised and music from Madonna to ‘Moulin Rouge!’ . As well as super-quick-witted cutting comedy dialoguge, source songs are reworked with the trademark finesse of Trevor Ashley and co-writer Phil Scott.

 This show’s package of pure entertainment sees triple threat talents Todd McKenney, Shannon Dooley, Brendan Irving and Shauntelle Benjamin joining intrepid and proven success Ashley, a local legend of stage parody.

Our story is set off the coast of Maroochydore, where an island has appeared. We witness a troupe of varying glamour and humours battle terrifying parklife scenes, sex, drugs and musical  genres to tell a busy tale not quite like the classic Jurassic blockbuster. The story of celebrity good and scientific evil unfolds with elevated humour and a stunning evolution of familiar music.

This show’s savage, fast-paced irreverence is just want we all need right now, even or especially when it feels like a slap across the face with a huge primate’s Christmas cracker. Silly has never been so clever and slick nor has it often been given such a makeover with such infectious comic timing and vibrant staging.

Costume design for this paleo-panto by Angela White plays savagely and subtly with the DNA of established movielot ot musical theatre imagery and textures. Stereotypes from The Lion King, Jurassic Park and other assorted examples from the adventure movie canon are well referenced and reinvented.

Inflatables of all hues unwravel around and above the stage. They jut out and wrap themselves about the very suitable Opera House Studio space. Puppetry including an alarmingly en pointe step-touching T-Rex will melt your doubly-vaxxed heart in an instant.

It is no shock that Todd McKenney, swathed in white scientist outfit, with a shock of white hair and beard excels in creating  the evil Dr Richard Rabbitborough, capable of mutating dinosaurs and viruses alike.

Challenges of characterisation including quick-change tender to tyrannical vocal moments with fluid movement and creation of authentic voice and body accent are facilely devoured by this popular star.

Support acts in the prehistoric theme park for Ashley’s Gaye Wray, the glittering once Home and Away star persona are equally as dazzling.

Shannon  Dooley’s botanist Flora Fern with laconic American twang, a dubious pleasure and pain approach to science as well as a penetrating ensemble singing voice is a joy to journey with.

Believable, buff Brendan Irving (Garrison Fjord) exudes Scandinavian charm and fragility in buckets. His moments exploring internet posting and the quicksand demands of celebrity life in duet with Gay Wray from Home and Away are priceless, perfectly vain vignettes. He amazes as he covers the stage on ground and aerialist levels. His talents and excellence as a stage and movement professional stand out on this anything goes island home.

As refugee African, and as repressed, unfortunate doctor’s assistant, or as a Karen with an airport Covid safety plan, Shauntelle Benjamin is an animated, spot on tour-de-force caricature creator. Hers is a fine presence for narrative enhancement in both ensemble and solo  moments.

This show’s success owes much to this cast and the obvious plethora solid preparation preceding this new season of the concept. Its gifted creative team bring us colourful, nicely lit scenes with exacting delivery of dialogue style from many eras of quality comedy writing practice. They all ensure the new look Lyin Queen fits so well into the chosen venue and our current place in history.

Get to the Opera House before the last show on December 12, before any more lockdown theatre closures or a natural disaster off the mysterious QLD coast. And when you visit this theme park, buy the show bag. You will need it to carry your way broad smiles and excess laughter home in.

 

 

 

A NEW BEGINNING FOR THE THEATRE ROYAL

Allen Madden, Gadigal Elder
Don Harwin, Minister for the Arts
Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Emily Nkomo – Jagged Little Pill Actors
Penelope Seidler & The Mercator
Sir Howard Panter – Impressario
The Mercator and patterned ceiling from below
Sir Howard Panter, Tim McFarlane, Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Emily Nkomo, Don Harwin

There has been some form of the Theatre Royal on or near its current site since 1833. There have been four iterations of the Theatre Royal including the rebuilding from a fire and the current theatre which rose from the ashes of a demolition in 1971 to make way for the MLC centre.  In fact from the original plan the MLC had no provision for a replacement theatre. However, union and public agitation caused Lend Lease, the developer of the MLC Tower, to reverse its decision such that it requested the architect of the Tower to incorporate a theatre near its base which Mr Seidler was very happy to do. 

Over the years the purity of his design was compromised and the fourth iteration lasted from 1976 to 2016. As a result it lay dark for five years. During this time period the New South Wales Government decided to recreate the tower base including the Theatre Royal to conform more strictly to Harry Seidler’s original design. Unfortunately Harry Seidler did not live to see this as he died in 2006.

The New South Wales Government obtained a long term lease and undertook a worldwide search  to find a production company which would provide a continuous stream of commercially viable shows. They settled on the Trafalgar Group of Companies headed by Sir Howard Panter and his wife Lady Dorothy Squire.  Continue reading A NEW BEGINNING FOR THE THEATRE ROYAL

WIL AND GRACE – A HAPPY START UP

WIL AND GRACE. This little start up comedy was a welcome first, at least personally, for attendance and review, post Covid Lockdown. It was also good to see it at the old 505 space in Newtown, where Friday night jazz (with considerably shrunk audiences) began as the first Sydney performance night post lockdown 2020. The current show proved a worthy tonic for throwing off the stymied interior world of the past months – although that was not it actual intention.

The show was one of many slated for mid 2021, and deferred until now. Its story, of a summoning of a deceased person (following advice from “Wikiworks”!), who turned out to be William Shakespeare, was far fetched and may or may not be original. It did not matter – the narrative was a string on which to thread an abundance of quick one liners and dialogic flourishes. It was well structured and assured, with lots of audience responses, and the author Madeleine Wirthington (also also played the lead Grace) is encouraged to continue writing for comedy on stage – she certainly has a flair, something confirmed by her biographical note in the program.

The first ten minutes could resemble a good “Short and Sweet” show – how was the show extended to over an hour, and can seem to be longer than that? The narrative has to do with the unpicking of the first plot and its restitching and extension by two characters (Suz Mawer as Vayra and Joshua Shediak as as Wil) in order to maintain the illusion of Shakespeare for Grace. The narrative becomes more and more far fetched (seizing and withholding a passport in order to detain someone, for heaven’s sake) – but entertainment value overrides mere realism, and besides Grace’s motivation as an aspiring actress to believe Shakespeare is who he says he is explains quite a lot. Jokes about lines from the bard and a visit to Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet provide a source of much of the comedy. We also glimpse a sincere side of Grace as a young actress, with some lovely passages about the pleasures of theatre acting.

The problem is, by the end of the play the prime motivation for Grace has become her relationship with her father, and finally as it plays out and ends with his death. This second motivation for her belief in the presence of Shakespeare is not well developed or convincing in the play as a whole – anymore than are depictions of mental health, anxiety, excessive drinking and nudity, as contained in warning at the stage door and in an otherwise handsome program. The show is light comedy. There seems no need for show stopping seriousness at the end of what is already very successful melodramatic and quite unrealistic living room situation comedy. The last scenes change a lot in style, theme, character and staging, and help quell the audience when their warmth for the remaining 50 or more minutes deserves a comic denouement.

If this is the debut play by its author, it is possible that narrative elements are not fully in control.
Having said that, the play proved robust, well directed and acted, and staged, and seemed very popular with its first night audiences. The actors and director (Erica Lovell) did justice to fast details and dialogue of the busy script. The stage management device of using wall storage on stage as a bin for props to be put and taken, by the actors, in dimmed light transitions, worked well. The set (Anna Gardiner) used bookcases and display units as cyclorama walls – its used cluttered feel might have been distracting in a drama piece but worked well in this comedy. The lighting (Jasmin Borsovszky) was up to task, although on several occasions orange light, transition pace, and intensity, distracted.

The three actors in particular had lots to do, and were on point throughout. Suz Mawer portrayed the zany friend of Grace with consistent energy – although the call sex scene seemed an over-reach, the show accomplished so much without killed sexuality (this was an issue for the script, not the acting). The two female characters complemented well, and their portrayal keep a dynamic and pace throughout. Joshua Shediak was just right for a mannered, somewhat Anglophile imitation of the bard. Author Madeleine Wirthington shined in the main role of her play, always on pace and with the flow of action and dialogue, with a pitch of youthful enthusiasm to make her character’s nativity and passion believable.

The play resembles and has probably learned from many American TV situation comedy series. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and also not necessarily easy to do. The title of course is a nice twist on one of the most prominent American series. I’m not sure how easy it is to resemble by name an already established commercial show, although in the laneways of Newtown this cute literary signing for a start up independent venture is to be enjoyed.

WIL AND GRACE
Written by Madeleine Withington
Directed by Erica Lovell
Produced by Rogue Projects
Fringe HQ Newtown
November 2021

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE – 2021 SYDNEY WEEK SIX @ AMPA TOM MANN THEATRE

 

Finally and just amazing that during November, that SHORT AND SWEET is now back in Sydney, to be followed during February 2022 by the SHORT AND SWEET finals series. Everyone in the audience were all correctly wearing their disposable face masks, and of course face masks were not misused, as the infamously useless “neck-nappy”.

S+S Festival Producer, Belinda Ling, warmly welcomed the huge audience attending on Thursday Night.

SHORT+SWEET WEEK 6
MALABAR/BALMORAL

25 26 27 NOVEMBER 2021
PROGRAM and PROGRAM ORDER SUBJECT TO CHANGE

(1) I AM NOT A CUP OF TEA
Use your imagination, comedy nightmare of team building as lead by Sylvia.
Written by Elspeth Tilley
Directed by Jonathan Solomon
STARRING
Sylvia – Krassy Nova
Derek – Matt Bonnici
Martha – Stephanie Latin
Graeme – Jonathan Pacchiarotta

(2) I0U1
Solid drama with monologue, delivered in one voice, as son reflects upon, living with his dad.
Written and Performed by Giani Fenech

(3) BURIED TREASURE
Excellent drama as siblings are packing storage boxes, and discuss their memories of their grand-mothers house.
Written by Jacqui Duncan and David Allsopp
Directed by James Brettell
ITC = Think With Your Feet Productions
STARRING
Natalie – Jacqui Duncan
Daniel – David Allsopp

(4) MEMORIAL
Interesting monologue with music, vivid memories about Brazil and the deadly dictatorships.
Written by Diones Camargo
ITC= CBA (Connection Brazil Australia)
Performed by Cris Bocchi

(5) TWO PARTIES, ONE STOR(E)Y
Strange and unexpected direction of this unique “meet the parents” dating comedy, with two families experiencing almost the exact same conflicts.
Written by Virat Nehru
Directed by Taufeeq Ahmed Sheikh
ITC = WAACI (We Australians Are Creative Inc)
STARRING
Vikram – Nisar Sirguroh
Roshni – Suman Mathur
AJ – Kashyap Acharya
Grace – Giulia Fabbri
Peter – Darron Nicholls
Mary – Laura M Hefer
Will – Austin Waterson
Helen – Kate Smytheman

(6) ROSE
Award-worthy Leukemia drama. Rosie is Rose, and she wants for a husband to keep her initials as RED.
Written by Ruth Gilmour
Directed by Andrew Cremen
CAST
Rose – Rachel Zeng
Teacher/Bus Driver – Sagar Aadarsh
Jon – Samuel Herzog
Doctor – Jonathan Pacchiarotta

(7) SWEET, SHE
Dialogue Intensive dramedy, as two women fall into lust and then love. Audience comedy favourite on Thursday Night.
Written by Jeff Locker
Directed by Tabatha Lionheart
STARRING
Boo – Olivia Aleksoski
Caroline – Shannon Ryan

(8) A PERIOD PLAY
Not reviewed as the cast was unavailable on Thursday Night. “Jane Austen-esque comedy”.
Written and Directed by Joss Chalmers
ITC = Chalming Collective
STARRING
Rosamund – Anthea Agoratsios
Violet – Zoe Arden
Harry – Monica Chalmers
Tom – Sam Flack
Aunt Florence – Cathy Friend

*** If you are unable to use the STAGECENTA app, then please see the SHORT + SWEET staff, so that they can accept your vote for your favourite shows. SHORT AND SWEET 2021 has electronic VOTING available on your mobile telephone. If you own a brand new 2021/2020 mobile telephone, then download and use the STAGECENTA app. The Apple iPhone STAGECENTA app requires you to use an Apple iPhone X (and newer models), and will refuse to work if you are unable to install the September 2020 Apple iPhone ios 14 operating system. ***

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE – 2021 SYDNEY WEEK SIX @ AMPA TOM MANN THEATRE – – –

SHORT + SWEET ‘The Biggest Little Festival in the World!’ –

Short+Sweet Theatre (@ Tom Mann Theatre) Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) 136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills, NSW

SHORT + SWEET THEATRE – SYDNEY WEEK SIX – from 25th November 2021 until 27th November 2021

TICKETS: https://www.stagecenta.com/BkShowBooking.aspx?showid=6166

WEBSITE: https://shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-theatre-sydney-2021

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/shortsweetsydney/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/shortsweetfest/

Production Pix by Jim Crew.

THE WINNERS for WEEK SIX are –
MALABAR/BALMORAL Semi Finalists
Peoples Choice – to be announced.
Judge’s Choice – to be announced.
Crew Cut – to be announced.

Restrictions/Warnings – Some plays may contain adult themes and course language, offensive material and issues relating to trauma. Parental guidance is recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

This year all the S+S plays have been programmed into groups, with each group named after one of Sydney’s iconic beaches including Bondi, Manly, Coogee etc.

SHORT+SWEET SYDNEY 2021 CREATIVE TEAM
Founder/Artistic Director – Mark Cleary Ÿ
Festival Director – Nick Hardcastle
Festival Producer – Belinda Ling Ÿ
Production Manager – Karen Ways
Technical Director – Addie Fowler Ÿ
Stage Management – Alex Liang
Publicity – Geoff Sirmai

Short+Sweet also wishes to thank their wonderful volunteers for their time and effort during this festival. Short+Sweet takes place on Gadigal Land. Short+Sweet acknowledge elders past, present, and emerging.


 

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE – 2021 SYDNEY WEEK SIX @ AMPA TOM MANN THEATRE

THE BOOMKAK PANTO : UPSTAIRS @ BELVOIR STREET

A scene from ‘The Boomkak Opera’ Photo Brett Boardman

Belvoir has sprung back to life from the lockdowns with a lively, mostly fun show that is a pantomime within a pantomime. It’s not for children however. THE BOOMKAK PANTO includes strong language and sexual references. ‘Boomkak’ is listed in the Urban Dictionary as an occasion ‘where you talk about really random things, but make it sound spiritual or philosophical’. The term was created by theatre students at a high school in America. Belvoir’s Boomkak is a small town somewhere in the outback that represents a microcosm of Australia.

As one of the opening dialogues tells us, the real purpose of a pantomime is to gather unconnected bits of classic stories and fairy tales randomly so that the show doesn’t make any sense. From then on we know we’re in for some fun, lots of confusion and some jabs at Australian political madness.

Boomkak residents decide to put on a ‘panto’ to raise money to prevent the evil developer from doing his worst in the quiet little town. Two and a half hours later we finally get to see the show we know from the beginning is going to happen and is going to thwart the evil developer. In between, there is dancing, singing, and the wonderful Hamed Sadeghi playing the guitar and the oud. Continue reading THE BOOMKAK PANTO : UPSTAIRS @ BELVOIR STREET

JULIUS CAESAR : AN INVENTIVE, UNIQUE NIGHT OF THEATRE

Geraldine Haekwill, Ewen Leslie and Zahra Newman. Photo Daniel Boud
Zahra Newman in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of ‘Julius Ceasar’ Photo Daniel Boud
Zahra Newman in Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Julius Caesar. Photo Daniel Boud
Geraldine Hakewill, Zahra Newman and Ewen Leslie in the Sydney Theatre Company production of J’ulius Caesar’. Photo Daniel Boud

Please, don’t read reviews that explain how Sydney Theatre Company has staged ‘Julius Caesar’. Please, don’t let people who have seen it tell you what happens. It would be better to enter the Wharf Theatre knowing very little so that you will enjoy the surprises and immerse yourself in the creativity of director Kim Williams and his team. This is a creative, sometimes funny, often inventive, unique night of theatre.

For the Shakespeare purists, you, too, will probably immerse yourself in the magic of STC’s rendition of Shakespeare’s take on power, moral corruption and democracy. It would be a very closed-minded purist who would object to this production, because this ‘Julius Caesar’ is true to of the text (albeit truncated), powerfully acted and deeply connected to the here and now.

For those who may dread a Shakespearean tragedy’s murders, blood and angst, and therefore decide not to go, please fear not. Yes, there is blood, but it is soon vanquished by surprising theatrical techniques that make the audience forget the gore. This ‘Julius Caesar’ includes humour that sometimes provokes laughter from the audience. Continue reading JULIUS CAESAR : AN INVENTIVE, UNIQUE NIGHT OF THEATRE

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE – 2021 SYDNEY WEEK FIVE @ AMPA TOM MANN THEATRE

Finally and just amazing that until the end of  November, that SHORT AND SWEET is back in Sydney, to be followed during February 2022 by the SHORT AND SWEET finals series. With everyone in the audience all correctly wearing their disposable face masks, and of course the infamously useless “neck-nappy” was not seen anywhere.

Unique storytelling, provided only for the double-vaccinated and triple-vaccinated. All of the audience completely unwilling to breathe in the air expelled from an asymptomatic person – unknowingly infectious in the community. No fear of experiencing either long-covid OR break-through-covid OR experiencing the new for November the  Omicron (B.1.1.529)  SARS-CoV-2 Variant.   with the audience all correctly wearing their face mask when in the foyer and in the auditorium.

Despite waning covid-19 WUHAN vaccine immunity, all those second WUHAN vaccinated in late June 2021, will get their third WUHAN booster vaccine in December 2021.

S+S Festival Producer, Belinda Ling, warmly welcomed the huge audience attending on Friday Night.

SHORT+SWEET WEEK 5
CLOVELLY/PALM BEACH
19 20 21 NOVEMBER 2021

(1) JUDGEMENT DAY
Dead Kate with an angel at the gates of heaven, delightful clever comedy about decision making, as we meet her seven deadly sins and her cat.
Written by Katrina Samaras
Directed by Clare Burgess
STARRING
Angel – Geoff Cordner
Kate – Sarah Marie Reynolds
Pride – Tahlia Ransley
Greed – Elizabeth Newman
Envy – Patrick Wells
Mr Fluffy (Kate’s Cat) – Patrick Wells

(2) CODE
“I know what happens” so never ever believe your boss, 1984ish big brother controlling the office rules.
Written by Andrea Clardy
Directed by Kristina Ingegneri
STARRING
Smithson – Lainey Baldwin
Evans – Rachel Seeto

(3) HOMAGE TO EDITH COWAN
A famous life well lived, movement and dance, all beautifully choreographed.
Choreographed by Mira Mansell
Performed by Anna Querin

(4) HEARTLAND
Excellent drama set in an airport lounge, and Margaret is far from Australia, on a mission to find her son David, suddenly in the correct place to meet the correct person.
Written by Andrea Clardy
Directed by Gregory Dolgopolov
STARRING
Margaret Seymour – Elizabeth Newman
Helani – Eliane Morel

(5) WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT
SLIDING DOORS millennials drama, a loving couple are both doing all the RUN LOLA RUN possibilities.
Written and Directed by Eric Jiang
ITC = Slanted Theatre
STARRING
Robin – Rachel Seeto
Charlie – Mason Phoumirath

(6) AS NICE AS PIE
Modern day slavery comedy, and a Thanksgiving Pie. Alice Furze is amazing as the wife with a mission to succeed, well not quite that mission. Perfect Script. Audience favourite comedy of the night.
Written by Barry Wood
Directed by Lachlan McWilliam
STARRING
Adam – Don Ferguson
Claire – Alice Furze
Emily – Rebekah Dove

*** If you are unable to use the STAGECENTA app, then please see the SHORT + SWEET staff, so that they can accept your vote for your favourite shows. SHORT AND SWEET 2021 has electronic VOTING available on your mobile telephone. If you own a brand new 2021/2020 mobile telephone, then download and use the STAGECENTA app. The Apple iPhone STAGECENTA app requires you to use an Apple iPhone X (and newer models), and will refuse to work if you are unable to install the September 2020 Apple iPhone ios 14 operating system. ***

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE – 2021 SYDNEY WEEK FIVE @ AMPA TOM MANN THEATRE – – –

SHORT + SWEET ‘The Biggest Little Festival in the World!’ –

Short+Sweet Theatre (@ Tom Mann Theatre) Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) 136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills, NSW

SHORT + SWEET THEATRE – SYDNEY WEEK FIVE – from 19th November 2021 until 21st November 2021

TICKETS: https://www.stagecenta.com/BkShowBooking.aspx?showid=6166

WEBSITE: https://shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-theatre-sydney-2021

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/shortsweetsydney/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/shortsweetfest/

Production Pix by Jim Crew.

THE WINNERS for WEEK FIVE are –
CLOVELLY/PALM BEACH Semi Finalists
Peoples Choice – to be announced.
Judge’s Choice – to be announced.
Crew Cut – to be announced.

Restrictions/Warnings – Some plays may contain adult themes and course language. Parental guidance is recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

This year all the S+S plays have been programmed into groups, with each group named after one of Sydney’s iconic beaches including Bondi, Manly, Coogee etc.

SHORT+SWEET – NEXT WEEK –
Thursday 25 Nov 2021 – 7.30pm MALABAR/BALMORAL
Friday 26 Nov 2021 – 7.30pm MALABAR/BALMORAL
Saturday 27 Nov 2021 – 11am MALABAR/BALMORAL
Saturday 27 Nov 2021 – 2pm MALABAR/BALMORAL
Saturday 27 Nov 2021 – 5pm MALABAR/BALMORAL
Saturday 27 Nov 2021 – 8pm MALABAR/BALMORAL

SHORT+SWEET SYDNEY 2021 CREATIVE TEAM
Founder/Artistic Director – Mark Cleary Ÿ
Festival Director – Nick Hardcastle
Festival Producer – Belinda Ling Ÿ
Production Manager – Karen Ways
Technical Director – Addie Fowler Ÿ
Stage Management – Alex Liang
Publicity – Geoff Sirmai

Short+Sweet also wishes to thank their wonderful volunteers for their time and effort during this festival. Short+Sweet takes place on Gadigal Land. Short+Sweet acknowledge elders past, present, and emerging.

 

44 SEX ACTS IN ONE WEEK RETURNS FOR SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2022

Following a sold-out season at Belvoir’s Downstairs Theatre in 2020, 44 Sex Acts in One Week will return to  Sydney – bigger and (if it’s actually possible) even better, for a revamped and reimagined season from 12th to  16th January at the Seymour Centre, as part of Sydney Festival’s 2022 program. 

A show unlike anything else on stage this summer, 44 Sex Acts in One Week is part gig, part radio play, an  apocalyptic rom-com created by an exciting new company, Club House Productions in extraordinary times as a  joyful response to the madness of these past two years. 

Celina is a journalist stuck writing clickbait for a lifestyle blog. It falls to her to road test a new book, The 44 Sex  Acts that Will Change your Life. All she has to do is experience 44 different kinds of sex, across the full spectrum  of kink by Friday. Problem is: she needs a partner. And the only person available is her nemesis, brooding animal  activist/office mail boy Alab Delusa. Sworn enemies, they now have one week to explore the endlessly  undulating terrain of sex, from BDSM to role-play, from polyamory to exhibitionism. And with no time to recover.  Can all this extra friction between them strike real sparks?  Continue reading 44 SEX ACTS IN ONE WEEK RETURNS FOR SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2022

SYDNEY EISTEDDFOD TO HAVE NEW GENERAL MANAGER

Annette Brown

The Sydney Eisteddfod will have a new General Manager as of the beginning of 2022.

Annette Brown, former Orchestra Manager with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, is to take the new role of General Manager at Sydney Eisteddfod in January 2022.

Annette is to replace Piroozi Desai-Keane OAM, who is the current CEO. Piroozi has decided to retire from her CEO position at the end of this year which will also bring to an end her 40 year career with Sydney Eisteddfod. Piroozi will continue working with Sydney Eisteddfod as a part-time Artistic Advisor.

http://www.sydneyeisteddfod.com.au