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HOT MESS: FOR FLEABAGGERS

Here’s a hot tip – HOT MESS is a genuine hidden gem.

Fans of Fleabag should flock to this frank, funky and funny depiction of life’s priorities for a 25 year old antsy artsy woman, Loz, played with appreciable aplomb by brilliant newcomer Sarah Gaul.

The future looks bleaker than a pandemic for Loz, 25-years-old and striving to make it as a playwright. She’s aiming to become writer in residence at a theatre but her style and content is proving too confrontational for the committee.

Her love life is stalling too, in free fall for some time, her persona a bit too full on for many blokes.

When she meets Dave, a seemingly sensitive guy, Loz thinks she’s finally been cut a break: a guy with a paying job and he loves to spoon. But will Dave be able to fill her yawning existential void? Or will he throw her over the edge, back into the abyss of goon-filled lonely Fridays, desperate girlfriends and endless episodes of reality TV?

HOT MESS is the first feature film by Australian writer and director Lucy Coleman and it’s a blitzer, hysterical and heartfelt, with zinger dialogue and relatable characters and situations.

Shot around Sydney’s inner west including Newtown’s iconic New Theatre, HOT MESS boasts a couple of terrific cameos from Terry Serio and Zoe Carrides as the theatre’s artistic director and Loz’s mum respectively.

A chuffed little charmer to while away your current self isolation.

HOT MESS is available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Fetch TV, Google Play and YouTube. MA 15+

JETPACK PRESENTS EUGENE IONESCO’S RHINOCEROS @ KINGS CROSS THEATRE

Jetpack presents Rhinoceros (image by Patrick Moran Photography)
You hear something rumbling and thundering in nearby alleyway. It’s getting closer, it seems to be… trumpeting. You could have sworn it was a person just a moment ago. It charges past you, large, raucous, grey. You jump out of the way, and watch it fade it into the distance. If it weren’t such a silly idea, you would have said it looked not unlike a Rhinoceros. No-one else seems to think so. But then again, everyone else is also a rhinoceros. What would they know?

Ready for a wild night out? Join the award-winning Jetpack Theatre Collective for a breathtaking night of Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece.

With Jade Alex, Madeline Baghurst, Robert Boddington, Rebecca Day, Emilia Higgs, Johnathan Lo, Madeline Parker, Kay Pengelly, Alexander Richmond, Julia Robertson, Cheng Tang and Luke Tisher

Written by Eugène Ionesco
Directed by Jim Fishwick
Produced by Aaron Cornelius
Sound design by Bryce Halliday
Set design by Kirsty McGuire
Dramaturgy by Clemence Williams

Tickets:
$25 General Admission
$18 Concession
$40 Rich Person
$15 Stampede! (Group tickets)
$15 Early Bird (Book by July 1)

DATES
7.30pm, 26-31 July 2016 at Kings Cross theatre, 244-248 William Street, Kings Cross.

For more about Jetpack presents: Rhinoceros, visit http://www.jetpacktheatre.com
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A Little Night Music @ The Seymour Centre

Louise Flynn as Desiree and Stuart Bryan as Fredrik in the Sydney University Music Ensemble's production of Stephen Sondheim's classic, A LITTLE  NIGHT MUSIC
Inset pic- Louise Flynn as Desiree and Stuart Bryan as Fredrik . Featured pic- The cast of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC in the Sydney University Music Ensemble’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

The setting for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Everest Theatre is simple. Black risers upstage on the right. On the left, a large, bare branch artfully suspended parallel to the floor above a grand piano. But this is not indicative of stripped back production. There are rich and detailed aspects to this The University Of Sydney Musical Theatre Ensemble (MUSE) production of the Sondheim classic.

Rather, the branch is just a branch. Recognizable for what it is despite its lack of leaves. What lies under what the world sees, is the metaphor.

Fredrik Egerman, a middle aged lawyer, in Sweden in the early 1900s appears to have exactly what other men desire. But he has a reluctant 18 year old bride on his hands. Anne remains a virgin eleven months after their marriage and Fredrik is drawn back to a former lover, Desiree Armfield, formerly a noted actress who is reduced to playing small towns in rep. Continue reading A Little Night Music @ The Seymour Centre

Anyone Can Whistle

 

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Production photos care of nickandnickphotography

Sydney University Musical Theatre Ensemble’s (MUSE) production of Stephen Sondheim’s ANYONE CAN WHISTLE is performed by a group of talented and highly energetic and committed performers. The show is, in part, a social satire and a sharp critique of modern society, breaking the fourth wall, acknowledging itself as theatre and sometimes not following a logical, linear structure.

This Sondheim play is also partly a musical romantic comedy, complete with love songs and happily ever after scenarios for the hero, the heroine and even the villains.

The town in ANYONE CAN WHISTLE is in serious financial trouble and needs a miracle. The scheming Comptroller has a solution and supported by Mayoress Cora creates a water spouting rock and calls it a miracle. Yet when Nurse Fay Apple brings her ‘cookies’ from the local mental institution, the Cookie Jar, to cure themselves, chaos ensues as patients and residents become mixed up. From there the plot twists and turns till all is well – well almost – at the end. Continue reading Anyone Can Whistle