The Kransky Sisters are back in Australia after an eccentric tour of the European continent, on which the unbalanced spinsters managed some rest and recuperation before launching into their brand new show Piece of Cake back in their homeland. That’s the fictional back-story at least. Sorry, I didn’t mean to break the forth wall.
Alexandra Spencer-Jones’ theatrical adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ ultra-violent A Clockwork Orange premiered at Sydney’s Seymour Centre on Tuesday night. The play received a standing ovation for its dramatic and emotionally charged portrayal of the violence and desire of the adolescent heart, set in a nightmarish dystopia.
Usually shows starring a mentalist divide people into two categories. Those who are completely amped up and ready to be wooed and those who bear a smarmy smirk and 'I'll be the judge of what's impressive' attitude. If my quasi theory is correct then Keith Barry had a great challenge of exceeding the expectations of one group and convincing another that he is indeed impressive.
Featuring as it does all the blood, familial conflict, madness and battles for succession of your average Game of Thrones episode, the time is ripe for Hamlet to rise again. Though Sport for Jove’s staging and costumes are more Marrickville than medieval, more Inner West than Westeros, this production makes the story of the mad Dane as accessible and engaging as George R.R. Martin.
After a long hiatus away from music Missy Higgins returns to the stage with a brand new album and tour. Our Photo Editor Johnny Au was there at Seymour Centre to capture Missy in action.
ANZAC day was a fitting day to see Henry Rollins do what he does best – Australia has been good to him, and he has been good to Australia. He has been part of the local artistic landscape for the better part of 25 years. The 2012 Long March tour marks the 30th trip Hank has made to our shores as, inter alia, a singer, orator, interviewee, producer, and citizen of the world.
Writer/performer/radio DJ and self-confessed “expert bedtime storyteller,” Adam Buxton is also the regular host of Bug. An audio-visual feast for the senses and a popular event at the British Film Institute in London, it made its Australian debut in Sydney on Australia Day no less. And really, what could be more Australian than cutting down some tall poppies and celebrating the efforts of others (especially if they’re from New Zealand, I mean, “Australia?”)
I really wasn’t quite sure what to expect from The Books on Friday night. Their newest release The Way Out was brilliant, but how they were going to translate that into an entertaining live set; I just couldn’t anticipate this happening successfully.
In my final "About an Hour' excursion for the Sydney Festival, last night I had the pleasure of attending Anthony Black's one man show Invisible Atom, a hit of the Edinburgh Fringe, and a production of the 2b theatre company (Nova Scotia).
Fleur Elise Nobel's stunning '2 Dimensional Life of Her' is a theatre-based visual performance that creates a unique atmosphere in which the audience experiences the birth of an artwork in real-time.