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A STREETCAR NAMED HOT TIN MENAGERIE: IMPROV ON A THEME

 

A Streetcar Named Hot Tin Menagerie (photo credit: Benjamin Hasic)

Over four nights, Improv Theatre Sydney will create a new one-act play each night in the style of the great American playwright Tennessee Williams.

Based off a single audience suggestion, Sydney’s best comedy improvisers will weave a complex web of tragedy, intrigue and romance.

Characters will be driven to drink and doomed to make impossible choices they may regret for the rest of their days.

Sit back, relax, and be transported to the baking heat of a sultry Louisiana night.

Continue reading A STREETCAR NAMED HOT TIN MENAGERIE: IMPROV ON A THEME

COUP DE GRACE @ ARTS THEATRE CRONULLA

The Cannes Film Festival! Most glamorous of all cinema occasions. In a luxury Riviera hotel, the body of a beautiful film star, Grace Gervaise lies prostrate. A hooded jewel thief breaks in and discovers her. A man bursts in and assumes the thief is the murderer. Another man enters and assumes another story. The film star wakes from her blackout and assumes a third story. The hotel manager arrives and attempts to make sense of all the stories.

A huge film premiere is looming, a diamond necklace has gone missing, scandalous affairs are about to hit the headlines, everyone appears to be trying to murder someone, and everyone is blaming everyone else. Bodies and threats and alibis abound, and the plot thickens so fast it threatens to explode. Never has the Riviera seen such a dastardly sequence of events! Never has Hollywood created such a catalogue of criminal conspiracies! Has real life ever exceeded the concoctions of fiction to such a degree?

This play is Robin Hawdon’s latest play – in fact, it has not be published as yet. It had its premiere in Germany in July 2017 and come May 2018 will be its  2nd run. The Australian Premiere at the Art Theatre Cronulla. Continue reading COUP DE GRACE @ ARTS THEATRE CRONULLA

IO, MAMMETA ET TU : LIVING WITH DISABILITY

Theatregoers are welcome to attend the World Premiere of IO, MAMMETA ET TU, a play written by the youngest ever AWGIE winner, Andrea Dal Bosco, and presented by the Settlement Services International (SSI)- Future Ability Project.

With stories, song and dance, this drama production shares what it is to live a life less able. The contemporary interactive multi-media and live play experience enlightens audiences, helping Italo-Australians gain a clear understanding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the support available and how lives can be changed.

Writer/Director Andrea Dal Bosco was born and raised in Sydney’s Little Italy, Leichhardt. Andrea is still the youngest ever recipient of an Australian Writers Guild Award (AWGIE), through his work creating award-winning film and television in Australia and around the world for the past 30 years. Andrea has written two best selling books on the immigrant experience based on his groundbreaking SBS series TALES FROM A SUITCASE, and is well versed in all things Italian. Continue reading IO, MAMMETA ET TU : LIVING WITH DISABILITY

KINGS COLLECTIVE PRESENTS KATE TEMPEST’S ‘WASTED’

WASTED Cast (Left to Right) David Harrison, Eliza Scott and Jack Crumlin

The Kings Collective is a Sydney-based ensemble dedicated to
creating a space for change within the Australian arts
landscape by challenging audiences in content, form and
aesthetic and providing opportunities for artists. Since its
inception in 2014, The Collective has produced eight plays and
have created opportunities for over sixty young artists.
This December, The Kings Collective are proud to present the
Australian premiere of WASTED  by ground-breaking spokenword
artist Kate Tempest.

WASTED  is the first play from this critically acclaimed voice of
a generation, that blends traditional theatre with spoken-word
rhythm in an honest and refreshing way. Set in modern day
London, Tempest’s play speaks to a generation of young
people struggling to find their feet in a busy and unrelenting
world. They are confronted with the reality of wasting your
potential, wasting your life and getting wasted.

“Performance poetry’s appeal to the fringe, to youth and the
disenfranchised has extended into the mainstream, with
spoken word poet Kate Tempest its unrivalled star.” – The
Australian

The Kings Collective will be partnering with Word Travels, the
company behind the Australian Poetry Slam, to present a
spoken-word showcase on selected nights of the production.
This showcase will feature local spoken-word artists from the
Sydney area.

Directed by Elsie Edgerton-Till (The Plant – The Ensemble
Theatre, Phone A Friend – New Zealand Playhouse), WASTED
brings together an exciting young cast: Jack Crumlin, Eliza
Scott and David Harrison and features the innovative
production design of Tyler Ray Hawkins.

For information and bookings

https://tkcaus.com/

 

THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH : BLACK COMEDY AT ITS BEST

Featured image – Warren Ekermans as Bill, Brian May as Tom, and Michael Curnick as Bert

During the rough and tumble of childhood, most of us can recall a responsible adult saying something along the lines of “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” Usually this ends in a scratch or two, or maybe a bruise. But in the Sutherland Theatre Company’s latest production, the consequences of an innocent rough and tumble between a married couple results in something a lot more serious – and hilarity ensues.

Tom and Annabel are a reasonably happy married couple. One evening they have an argument as to who loves the other most. A rough and tumble follows, and Tom discovers to his horror that Annabel is dead.

So starts a hectic evening of black farce which also involves Tom’s policeman friend and his literary agent. It seems no woman can enter the house without rapidly becoming deceased. Annabel’s mother and Tom’s appalling landlady follow and disposal of bodies becomes an acute problem. The arrival of a grim police inspector complicates matters until a further corpse involves him too. The hysterical ending finds the stage littered with female corpses, frantic males and a potential fifth victim banging on the door. Continue reading THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH : BLACK COMEDY AT ITS BEST

Puntila / Matti @ Kings Cross Theatre

Production photos by Rupert Reid.

“It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a clerk.” – Bertolt Brecht

This quote by German Modernist playwright Brecht is the opening description on MK Alpha’s page for Puntila/Matti, and perhaps the most apt and appropriate way to explain this show.

Set the audience up for an enjoyable, mindless night out in Sydney’s Kings Cross theatrical hub only to be immediately knocked down and disappointed. This show is not intended to be watched nor enjoyed like a regular performance.

Fourth-walls are broken, audience members personally called out, asked to perform on stage with the actors, coerced into very uncomfortable situations, and left unsure as to whether they are correctly following along. It’s a surprise if no one walks out during the show.

Puntila/Matti is an adaptation by Doppelgangster of Brecht’s play Mr Puntila and his Man Matti. Presented by MK-Alpha and Kings Cross Theatre, Puntila/Matti has been conceptualised by Tobias Manderson-Galvin, directing and performing alongside Grace Lauer and Antoniette Barbouttis.

The trio each have their own moments to bond with the audience but it is perhaps Manderson-Galvin that is trying to make the audience feel the least comfortable. Sitting next to, interrogating, and even kissing members of the audience, leaves an uneasy feeling throughout the entire show.

In Brecht’s eyes, this show would probably pass as using his famous styles and techniques common to his work. But would he enjoy it? For a play that was originally written in 1940 and first performed in 1948 probably not. However, this show is being performed in 2017 and is subverting the modern viewer. This is not a play designed to be enjoyed by all. It is experimental and aggressive, whilst maintaining a certain wit and comedic approach that will not be palatable to everyone.

Whether intentional or not, the fact that Puntila/Matti is being performed in Kings Cross is incredibly clever. An area once infamous for crime, drugs, and scandal, is slowly gentrifying. The environment is shifting from a once bustling nightlife hub to an expensive, high-rise area. The intersection between rich and poor is becoming more apparent in the suburb, particularly on the main strip. Puntila is an aristocratic land-owner and Matti is his servant. Theatre is more commonly enjoyed by those who can afford it, with Puntila/Matti attempting to shake all of us out of this bubble.

This is anti-theatre with a devilish comedic twist.

Puntila/Matti is on at The Kings Cross Theatre (inside The Kings Cross Hotel) from 25th September – 14th October on Monday – Saturday at 7:30pm. The show is approx 90 minutes with no interval.

Please note: Strong Language, Nudity, Loud Noises, Smoke. Over 18 is advised.

CALLUM MOONEY’S ‘WeAreSound’ @ ANNANDALE CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE

WeAreSOUND is an upcoming dance event which is the brainchild of Callum Mooney.

The performers will create visual representations of the stuff that goes around our brains as we encounter the machinations of public transport. I would imagine there will be a plenty of room to move with this concept!

The work fuses Physical Theatre, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Comedy.

PLAYING FOR THREE NIGHTS ONLY between November 17 and 19 @ the Annandale Creative Arts Centre, 81 Johnston Street, Annandale.

Tickets  http://www.trybooking.com/QQRM

For more about WeAreSound Dance Theatre, visit http://www.trybooking.com/QQRM
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Operantics presents ‘La Finta Giardiniera’

Independent young artist opera company, Operantics, presents Mozart’s ‘La Finta Giardiniera’ this October for a limited season at the Independent Theatre.

Sandrina (aka Marchioness Violante Onesti) is La Finta Giardiniera: betrayed and abandoned by her lover, Count Belfiore, and now courted by the local Mayor who believes her to be one of his gardeners. His maid, Serpetta, strings along Sandrina’s manservant, Nardo, while ambitiously pursuing her boss. Meanwhile, the Mayor’s niece, Arminda, has left her suitor, Don Ramiro, and arrives at her uncle’s house to marry none other than Belfiore…

Nothing is as it seems in this opera full of love triangles, disguises, intrigue and emotional upheaval – complemented with beautiful music performed by the next generation of Australia’s operatic artists.

Where:
The Independent Theatre
269 Miller St, North Sydney

Performance dates:
Friday, October 6th at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 7th at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 8th at 7:30pm

Tickets:
Children: $15, Students: $25, Concession: $35, Adults: $45

Bookings:
www.operantics.com.au
www.theindependent.org.au

DATES
Friday October 6th at 7:30pm, Saturday October 7th at 7:30pm, Sunday October 8th at 4:30pm

For more about Operantics presents ‘La Finta Giardiniera’, visit http://www.operantics.com.au
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HUNTERS HILL THEATRE PRESENTS ‘A LETTER FROM THE GENERAL’

In Maurice McLoughlin’s poignant play A LETTER FROM THE GENERAL, a revolution has taken place in the Far East in 1950 and the nuns who work at a mission for orphaned children are ordered to leave.

One of the nuns receives a letter from the General, who is the new Governor of the Province, which has a profound impact on the decision to stay or go.

CAST
Rev. Mother: Robyn Williams
Sister Henry: Linda Young
Sister Lucy: Courtney Gibson
Sister Bridget: Janet Shay
Sister Magdalen: Carole Grace
Ruth Stilton: Paula Searle
Arthur Stilton: Christopher Clark
Capt. Lee: Dan Ferris
Father Schiller: Michael Richmond

Director: Jennifer Willison. Lighting Design: Wayne Chee. Costume Design: Joanna Simpson & Rhonda Chapman

SEASON- 
8th to  17th September 2017 at Hunters Hill Theatre, 22 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill.

For more about A Letter from the General, visit http://www.huntershilltheatre.com.au/component/content/article/37-2017/100-a-letter-from-the-general
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USEFUL BOX PRESENTS ‘FROCKS, TALES AND TEA’ @ BORONIA TEA ROOMS MOSMAN

Following on from our successful Frocktails event in February, UsefulBox is inviting sewists and crafters to their newest event, FROCKS, TALES AND TEA in conjunction with Sydney Craft Week.

Wear one of their gorgeous Me Mades (if you sew) and join in a Q&A with Jennifer Irwin, the costumer designer for Bangarra Dance Theatre and Opera Australia, who will tell us about her career and her process for making costumes. Afterwards, it will be time to meet other sewists and crafters, plus Jennifer, over an afternoon tea.

Australian costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s career spans 36 years designing for drama, opera, dance & ballet as well as the largest spectacular events ever staged in Australia.
Jennifer was nominated for Best Costume Design 2016 AACTA Awards for her work on SPEAR the feature film.

Jenny designed the costumes for Dirty Dancing, the musical, still playing to packed audiences worldwide after 16 years. Dirty Dancing broke all pre box office records for any show ever staged on London’s West End.

Costume commissions in Australian include 36 ballets SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY, 26 years repertoire for BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE, multiple works for SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET, MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY, BELVOIR, ROYAL NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE, WEST AUSTRALIAN BALLET, QUEENSLAND BALLET & OPERA AUSTRALIA. Jennifer designed costumes for the AWAKENING segment of the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES, co-designed all the costumes for the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES Closing Ceremony & the official ceremony commemorating the FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA 2001.

The details
Date: 14th October 2017
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Boronia Tea Rooms, 624 Military Road, Mosman
Ticket price: $80, includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, our guest speaker and afternoon tea. Purchase from http://www.usefulbox.com.au

FAQ

Where is the venue?
Boronia Tea Rooms is located at 624 Military Road, Mosman.
Bus stop is right outside the door – routes include M30, 143, 183. Taxis will be easy to find on Military Road. Parking is at Bridgepoint shopping centre, via Brady Street, Mosman.

What does the ticket prize include?
You will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival, will hear from the amazing Jennifer Irwin and be treated to a scrumptious afternoon tea. PLUS the chance to win some great prizes, meet so many new friends and build your sewing community.

How many people will be there?
There will be at least 50-60  people and it will be a wonderful afternoon! Don’t be afraid to come by yourself, we are all very friendly and the aim of the night is to meet other sewists!

Is there a hashtag for this event?
Please use #sydneyfrockstalesandtea for all your pics on Instagram.

For more about Frocks, Tales and Tea, visit https://usefulbox.com.au/products/frocks-tales-and-tea-14th-october
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Featured Image- Jennifer Irwin’s design for ‘Snugglepot’.

ORBOTETSKI : A QUARTET OF SYDNEY’S BRIGHTEST IMPROVISERS

Great things come in fours: seasons, elements, the horsemen of the apocalypse and now Orbotetski–the all-star quartet of Sydney’s brightest young improvisers.

Larry Orkin (Or), Alex Boggie (Bo), Julien Perrottet (Tet) and John Brudreski (Ski) unite for Sydney Fringe Comedy on 30th August 2017 to perform a 50 minute entirely improvised show.

Steeped in the Chicago-style longform tradition, the improvised comedy will showcase Orbotetski’s unique brand of inspired ideas, fully realised characters and loads of heart.

Between them, Orbotetski have trained and performed at some of the finest improv schools around like iO and Second City in Chicago, Laugh Masters Academy, Improv Theatre Sydney and Impro Australia.

SHOW DETAILS:
The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville, NSW 2204
Dates: Wed 30th August 2017, Fri 1st September 2017, Sun 3rd September 2017
Times: Wed 9.30pm, Fri 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm
Tickets: $10

http://fringecomedy.com.au/single-event?show_id=61

For more about Orbotetski, visit http://fringecomedy.com.au/single-event?show_id=61
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