For someone who likes words, spent great swathes of his life reading, and works in a bookshop, I don’t get to literary events and evenings as much as I would like.
The Cockatoos is the latest work from writer and director Andrew Hale of Happy Dagger Theatre. Adapted from Nobel Prize winning author Patrick White’s short story The Cockatoos follows the goings on a suburban street in Australia; where under the surface of respectability there are plenty of secrets and dark goings on. Hale and company have delivered a work that is at times poetic, intimate and confronting, but always captivating.
Benjamin & Me is the latest work from writer, director, performer and purveyor of the ukulele, Mark Storen. It’s also the debut show for his new production company Whiskey + Boots. Benjamin & Me is quite simply a feat of storytelling and imagination. A show that is quirky, a little bit silly, but packed full of heart.
Yesterday in Perth, I got to have breakfast with musician, activist and former government minister Peter Garrett as part of a tour to launch his newly released autobiography Big Blue Sky. OK so technically there was a room full of other people there as well... but still...
The Aesthesis tour rolled into Fremantle where Dead Letter Circus put in a solid performance. They were supported by Guards of May and Graphic Characters. Our photographer Stuart Sevastos was there to capture the action of the night.
Perth was a hive of activity this weekend past. There were two football finals; two festivals, Wave Rock Weekender and Listen Out Festival, plus the usual selection of weekend gigs. Saturday night also saw Icelandic techno duo Kiasmos play their first West Australian show at The Rosemount Hotel.
The sun was out for the Perth leg of EDM boutique festival Listen Out this weekend, and with a long weekend on and a lineup that made it the first city to sell out it seemed as if everything had aligned.
‘The Beautiful Game’ is a well worn cliché that is off trotted out when talking about football. It seems to be the best you need to not only have tactical know how; but also have some fleet and fancy footwork and an array of tricks to outwit the opposing team’s defenders – I’m thinking your Christiano Ronaldos and your Lionel Messis. It is from this that former professional footballer and performance artists Ahilan Ratnamohan’s derived his piece SDS1, or so I thought.
After a couple of regional shows down in Western Australia’s South West, The Rubens national tour, in support of their new record Hoops, hit Perth over the weekend for a sold out show at the Astor Theatre.
Finally back from their adventure overseas, The Smith Street Band left their trusty place at The Rosemount to play a massive show in Fremantle on Friday night. Joined with an ever interesting and spot on support line up as always, there was nothing held back. Spitting out that loveable intensity across the crowd there wasn’t a punter in the place not yelling the songs right back.
After exploding onto every festival for the past year Tkay Maidza has kicked of her own national tour, getting down to Perth on Saturday night with a slew of supports all showing off new songs. Although the night started extremely early, the young crowd were more than happy to start partying with most flashing their fresh merch (Tkay has socks guys) and enough energy to keep the acts smiling.
The Rubens play at the Astor Theatre in Perth where they put on excellent performance. Joining them were the energetic Saskwatch and Winterbourne. Our photographer Stuart Sevastos was to capture the highlights of the night.
Perth Concert Hall, normally home to the likes of Schubert and Beethoven, was transformed into Perth’s largest and grandest folk club on Tuesday night for the return of hometown favourites The Waifs as they continued the West Coast leg of their national tour in support of new record Beautiful You. There was wolf whistling, mass sing-alongs and I’m pretty sure I spied some dancing in the aisles – not your typical concert hall crowd at all.
Between Solar Systems is the latest work from emerging Perth theatre group Second Chance Theatre. Written and directed by Scott McArdle the play centres on the actions of Vincent, the sole survivor of Earth’s cataclysmic sea level rise, or is he? I’m going to try and get through this review without giving away too many spoilers; but there’s no guarantees so read ahead at your peril.
Pictured: GRRL PAL
Gang of Youths played an awesome show to a sold out crowd at Capitol. Supporting them were GRRL PAL and Fait. Stuart Sevastos was there to capture the highlights of the night.