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?→
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.
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, 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.
“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.“
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→