Tag Archives: Sydney festival 2018

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

IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE @ CARRIAGEWORKS

Production photos by Prudence Upton.

It’s not for everyone, but maybe it should be. This chow is a symphony of sophisticated naivety, slapstick with a bitch slap, a carnival of two, the accomplished performance artists, Jo-Ann Lancaster and Simon Yates.

These two are the founders of Acrobat, pioneers of circus performance for the past score years and more, and IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE is their latest offering for everyone, even though it’s not for them. Continue reading IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE @ CARRIAGEWORKS

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.

Continue reading WORLD WITHOUT US:TIME MEASURED BY DECAY

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

MODEL CITIZENS: CIRCUS OZ UNDER THE BIG TOP PARRAMATTA

MODEL CITIZENS: The latest wonderful production from Circus Oz, the first production for the company by new artistic director Rob Tannion and celebrating 40 marvellous years, started the 2018 Sydney Festival with a bang. Continue reading MODEL CITIZENS: CIRCUS OZ UNDER THE BIG TOP PARRAMATTA

ALICE IN WONDERLAND: CURIOUSER AND WONDERFULLER

“Alice is Awesome” said Alice.  “Alice, you’re awesome” said I to Alice.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND is intergenerational theatre crafted with care and performed with joy.   It is an offering received with the love of immersion and the thrill of total involvement in a world of imagination.   And wonderfullest of all, it’s home-grown. Continue reading ALICE IN WONDERLAND: CURIOUSER AND WONDERFULLER

THIS IS AUSTRALIA: AT BARANGAROO

THIS IS AUSTRALIA includes a live performance by Casey Donovan and Sydney Festival’s Four Thousand Fish

THIS IS AUSTRALIA
26 January, 2018 from sunrise to sunset

THIS IS AUSTRALIA invites you to relax, eat, listen, play and laugh. Join us at Barangaroo to share in our collective story through food, music and art. Continue reading THIS IS AUSTRALIA: AT BARANGAROO