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This book is medium to large size in format and just on a hundred pages .It is beautifully illustrated and is both poignant , sad and a celebration.

It is thirty years since the establishment of Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image, (TOI) a majorly important company in the Australian theatre world, and it is a retrospective of all the past productions, some of which have toured internationally. It was founded originally as a Theatre in Education company but is by no means ‘just’ for children and has evolved to become Australia’s premier visual theatre company.                             Continue reading TOI TOI KIM CARPENTER’S THEATRE OF IMAGE :  30 YEARS IN 2019


Drumroll…… crash! Kim Carpenter has brought us a marvellous show about the life and times of controversial, larger than life famous Australian artist Brett Whiteley .I was fortunate enough to catch the last performance of the Riverside season . Brett was the bad boy genius of Australian art, Wendy his muse and wife. Together they dominated Sydney’s art world for over two decades.

They were charismatic,  convivial yet fractured and damaged. A Whiteley painting can fetch millions at auction but his life ended sadly in a cheap motel on the south coast.The pair’s legacy lives on in Brett’s work, his studio, and Wendy’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay. Whiteley would have celebrated his 80th birthday this year .This theatre piece is part of the retrospective, in conjunction with Brett Whiteley: Drawing is Everything, a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.

The show depicts their tumultuous relationship. Whiteley was just 17 when he first met Wendy Julius, then 15, the woman who would become his inspiration, wife, and the mother of their only child. Arkie Later in life she also became for a time his enemy when divorce , drugs and infidelity shattered their relationship. After Brett’s death, Wendy again emerged as his stalwart champion, honouring his creative genius and keeping his memory alive. Continue reading BRETT AND WENDY : A LOVE STORY BOUND BY ART


This image: Kim Carpenter
Featured image: Brett & Wendy in Bali 1980. Copyright Wendy Whiteley, The Brett Whiteley studio

As part of Sydney Festival 2019, the compelling new drama, BRETT & WENDY …A LOVE STORY BOUND BY ART, will bring to life the tumultuous world of iconic artist Brett Whiteley and his wife, muse, model and confidante, Wendy.

It has been written, directed and designed by Kim Carpenter who is the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre of Image – an Australian company producing works for the past 30 years.  The Guide had a very special opportunity to chat in depth about this upcoming production.  A very generous Kim shared his passionate vision for the project.

SAG:      Your media release says you were captivated by this iconic Australian couple and you were looking for a way to bring it to the stage. How did it occur to you to do it this way?
KIM:      I have done pieces about artists, in the past, quite some time ago. About Lloyd Rees and Arthur Boyd and a more generic piece about Australian artists which was called ‘Little Beauties’ which was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and had a return season this year. And it was originally done in, I think 2011, so it’s a subject that obsesses me and I guess because my own background.

When I decided to go into theatre, it was a choice between … would I become an independent artist and a painter or would I go into theatre as a designer and theatre maker?  So I decided, only through logistics.  A 5 year course at East Sydney Tech was far too long and two years at NIDA was better.  So go for two years. So it was all a bit accidental. Continue reading SUNDAY SERIES: WRITER, DIRECTOR, DESIGNER SPEAKS ABOUT ‘BRETT & WENDY’

Arts Fundraising Event to announce new Brett Whiteley theatre production

Painting by Brett Whiteley, one of the donated paintings for the Auction Event

A fundraiser event has been announced to help support an upcoming production about Brett Whiteley’s life and art.

Some last days tickets are still available!
$90 pp / Dress: smart casual

A fab night for art lovers, with special performance by acrobatics troupe, Dauntless Movement Crew. 

Two of Australia’s leading theatre companies, Legs On The Wall and Theatre Of Image, have announced a new project on which they’ll collaborate, bringing the life of artist Brett Whiteley to the stage in a new Kim Carpenter directed production called Brett And Wendy – A Love Story Bound By Art.

To accompany this is the announcement of a one-off Fundraising Event, wherein a fully endorsing Wendy Whiteley will be the Special Guest for a night of cocktails, canapés, and a silent auction.

The artworks of 20 artists include Brett Whiteley, Arthur Boyd, Lloyd Rees, Joanna Logue, Del Kathryn Barton, Tom Carment and more, have been donated for the auction, with luxury accommodation packages, tickets to Belvoir St Theatre, signed art books, and more available to help raise funds for the stage production.

The fundraiser is to be held this Wednesday May 11 in The Treasury Room at the Intercontinental Sydney, with tickets at $90. The stage production itself is still in development, with more details to be announced soon.

Some last days tickets are still available. Please visit the website to purchase, or call Neil Hunt at Theatre of Image on 02 9518 8458.

Wednesday 11 May from 6.30pm

For more about Arts Fundraising Event to announce new Brett Whiteley theatre production, visit http://www.theatreofimage.com.au
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Monkey…Journey to the West

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Aljin Abella and Darren Gilshenan in Monkey…Journey to The West

Hands up those who remember the iconic incredibly popular TV series Monkey of the 1970’s ?

Theatre of Image under the brilliantly inspired direction of Kim Carpenter, in combination with legendary John Bell of Bell Shakespeare and in collaboration with Team 9Lives have fashioned a magnificent, enthralling, visually stunning production based on a story originally from the 1500’s that enchants.

For those unfamiliar with Monkey it could perhaps be compared to a Buddhist style ‘ The Wizard of OZ’ with our heroes on a mission to rescue three holy scriptures and return them to the people of China. The fable with its moral and visual symbolism lends itself splendidly to this multi layered production.
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