SLY RAT THEATRE PRESET THE TEMPEST NEW website review by Max Davine
The Tempest - Sly Rat Theatre By Max Davine
A night of magical fantasy and open-air beauty by the Maribyrnong River. Sly Rat Theatre began back in 2012 as a guerilla-style theatre company seeking to introduce far-flung areas of Melbourne to the thrill of a live show. But the open-air performances of Shakespeare’s masterpieces began only last year when actor Alan Chambers, inspired by the concept of Shakespeare in the Park, sought to establish a free-entry, family-friendly event in order to bring the Bard of Avon’s beautiful works to a whole new audience. He, a cast of over twenty and innumerable crew have soared to heights I was not prepared for. The Tempest is amongst William Shakespeare’s most revered works. Though that is not exactly narrowing the scope of his bibliography, to emphasize my point Richard Burton, the greatest Shakespearean actor since Olivier who knew most of his works by memory, wrote but one line for his final diary entry, before dying in his sleep. It was from The Tempest – “Our revels now are ended.” Audience took to the grass with their picnic rugs and folding chairs before a set far more elaborate than anyone anticipated, and I slowly filled with quiet confidence as I noticed the name Katharine Innes in the bill. An actor I’ve had the pleasure of seeing multiple times, as well as the honor of working and studying with, and surely amongst Melbourne’s finest Shakespearean performers. One has lost count of the times one has sat before her in awe. I knew I was in for a treat. The rest of the cast delivered magnificently, with Brendan Ewing providing an altogether more malignant-seeming Prospero than I’ve previously seen, and The Shapes and Boatswains given exquisite life by beautifully choreographed dancers and performers. There were no standouts in the cast, all were magnificent, but special mention to the inspired performances of Katharine Moss as Stephano, Tara Haughton as Trinculo and Seton Pollock as Caliban must be accorded. The Tempest was a fine choice for a stage uninhibited by edges or wings, and the sense of magic and openness served the vision for the piece liberatingly. A Midsummer Night’s Dream would have been gorgeous as well. I’m sorry I missed it. I shall ensure not to miss any more.
GOLF CROQUET WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 AUSTRALIA NEW website
MEDIA MEETING WITH THE STARS AT THE BRUNSWICK CROQUET CLUB AHEAD OF THE UPCOMING CHAMPIONSHIP THURSDAY February 9 2017
"The Queen’s Croquet-Ground A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red. Alice thought this a very curious thing, and she went nearer to watch them, and just as she came up to them she heard one of them say, ‘Look out now, Five! Don’t go splashing paint over me like that!’" L. Carroll "Alice In The Wonderland"
February 9 morning was crispy fresh and slightly windy, just almost perfect for the game. If you ever visited the Brunswick Croquet Club it is a very green and tranquil place - just right for this graceful game (little I knew at the time of arrival about the game and even was questioning its existence on Earth or well, at least in this century... and apparently it comes to fashion again... although how can such peaceful and elegant game could not be fashionable for a while - that was another question) While we waited for the rest of the media crew to arrive we could watch the players and go inside the building to see all the prizes, cups, awards, old and cool looking mallets (this is the name of the bat that the ball is played with), very old and so gorgeous photographs of the women dressed in large skirts and holding the mallets)
Croquet is a sport (and it surprised me even more as firstly I thought it was like a BBQ and I knew from my own experience that BBQ was not a sport )well, it might be in Australia that it is a sport but not widely recongnised yet). Why I found out that the croquet was a sport - just because it is very hard to play but I will tell you about it later. Just trust me for now: IT IS a SPORT! Croquet involves hitting plastic or wooden balls with a mallet through hoops (often called "wickets" in the United States but we were in Brunswick so we called them hoops) embedded in a grass playing court. If you think this is all you need to know about the game you will be wrong. The history of the game is fascinating and you can read it at your spare time online. I only know that Croquet is secretly called QUEEN OF GAMES and I have my own mysterious ways to believe this statement. The game was extremely poplar in England in 1860s. After that the game was rapidly spread overseas.
Let's get back from history to the reality and return to our Brunswick grounds. We were introduced to the stars of the game: Lester Hughes Claire Keating Terry Hopkins Gail Hopkins (Terry’s wife) and Lester started talking about croquet with such passion I trust everyone was thinking: "why did not we know about this game before, in the childhood ?"
We were all divided by small groups or four people each group having its own leader-star. Our group was headed by Terry Hopkins. The mallets we were given were a;; different material made: some weer wooden old and some were made out of modern metals alloys. the balls were quite impressive: all of assorted colors they felt quite heavy, bigger than you think and gosh they pay some $550 for four good set of balls.
That’s right!’ shouted the Queen. ‘Can you play croquet?’ The soldiers were silent, and looked at Alice, as the question was evidently meant for her. ‘Yes!’ shouted Alice/ ‘Come on, then!’ roared the Queen, and Alice joined the procession, wondering very much what would happen next.// ... ‘Get to your places!’ shouted the Queen in a voice of thunder, and people began running about in all directions, tumbling up against each other; however, they got settled down in a minute or two, and the game began. Alice thought she had never seen such a curious croquet-ground in her life; it was all ridges and furrows; the balls were live hedgehogs, the mallets live flamingoes, and the soldiers had to double themselves up and to stand on their hands and feet, to make the arches. You know the source by now...
The rules were explained to us. There are several variations of croquet currently played, differing in the scoring systems, order of shots, and layout (particularly in social games where play must be adapted to smaller-than-standard playing courts). Two forms of the game, association croquet and golf croquet, have rules that are agreed internationally and are played in many countries around the world. (I know one thing for sure now: I am buying the mallet next time I am at Rebel Sport).
As well as club-level games, there are regular world championships and international matches between croquet-playing countries. The sport has particularly strong followings in the UK, US, New Zealand and Australia; every four years, these countries play the MacRobertson Shield tournament. Many other countries also play. The current world rankings show England in top place for association croquet, followed by Australia and New Zealand sharing second place, with the United States in fourth position; the same four countries appear in the top six of the golf croquet league table, below Egypt in top position, and with South Africa at number five. In his story Lexter added that the Egypt is playing a leading roe in croquet at the moment and has very strong players.
As we started playing the so seemingly easy to play game appeared to be very viciously competitive with the combinations similar to a complex chess game. The game also requires certain skills and muscle power. It requires your ball to be set in the certain position and for it to go through the hoop on the field (it was a real pleasure to observe how our team leader Terry was professionally manipulating with the ball - even making it jump through the hoops. I also understood why this game was not so popular in Russia: you would never find a ball in the snow pile after your first shot. The aggressive game character may derive from the fact that (unlike in golf) players will often attempt to move their opponents' balls to unfavourable positions.
‘I don’t think they play at all fairly,’ Alice began, in rather a complaining tone, ‘and they all quarrel so dreadfully one can’t hear oneself speak — and they don’t seem to have any rules in particular; at least, if there are, nobody attends to them — and you’ve no idea how confusing it is all the things being alive; for instance, there’s the arch I’ve got to go through next walking about at the other end of the ground — and I should have croqueted the Queen’s hedgehog just now, only it ran away when it saw mine coming!’ The hedgehog was engaged in a fight with another hedgehog, which seemed to Alice an excellent opportunity for croqueting one of them with the other: the only difficulty was, that her flamingo was gone across to the other side of the garden, where Alice could see it trying in a helpless sort of way to fly up into a tree. well, the same source again...
The friendship of course won in our small tournament this time. We had only one hour together and the rendezvous was soon to be completed. A light but a delight-ful breakfast was served at the end of the game. I snapped some photos from this day out - never to be forgotten.
First time this year the Gold Croquet World Championship will be held in Australia. For more information we recommend you to check out this link or I am terribly sorry this link please.
BOHEMIAN BAR & RESTAURANT NEW PAELLA COOKING CLASSES website
press release by Jennifer Zaman (and Ashish Hussain as an assistant photographer)
Seafood Paella Cooking Class
Located in the beautiful South Wharf of Docklands, Melbourne, this Spanish restaurant is something to look out for. Apart from drawing food lovers to its exquisite cuisine prepared under the expertise of Chef Gerard and Sous-Chef Lorenzo Casu, it also attracts them to its special Paella cooking classes.
Organised twice a month during summer i.e. the first and last Saturdays and once a month during winter, these classes have become truly popular within its very first year. Paella lovers throng the restaurant on the scheduled date and time with a bid to learn how to cook this enchanting dish under the expert and friendly supervision of sous-chef Lorenzo.
Last week I was invited to participate in one such class at the restaurant and I could not be happier with the experience. The class was full with 12 participants including me (the maximum intake per class). As soon as we entered, the staff there made us feel welcome and offered coffee/tea/water. The cooking stations were already arranged with everything necessary in an absolutely neat order. Gradually, the staff began to bring in all the ingredients that we were going to use to cook our Paella. The restaurant provided for everything, so one can just walk into one of these classes (need to book earlier) with friends or family or both and share this relaxing along with a learning experience. The session runs for an hour and half, which includes cooking the dish and enjoying it later with a glass of wine.
It was a first of its kind to me and I would definitely love to do this again. I would highly recommend our readers to indulge in this fun-filled session with the very helpful and talented sous-chef Lorenzo. Hope the photographs would make you drool.
Paella tastes even better when you cook it yourself, trust me !
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L'AMANTE ANGLAISE NEW website review by Nadia Pleshkova
If you live in Melbourne, fourtyfivedownstairs gallery-theatre is the venue you must go to at least once every few years. It is surrounded by superb bars and the walking distance from the famous graffiti lanes such as AC/DC and Hosier. Grab your partner or a group of friends and embark on an adventurous city night and the brilliant art of "L'amante anglaise" with Jillian Murray and Robert Meldrum's duet performance. Both actors of a rich experience would assure all your attention and focus on them for 100 minutes with pure ease. The intimate environment of the venue between the actors and the audience makes it real jewel. You are simply for a mesmerized experience of watching every move of a finger, every change in emotion in great detail. The performers' beautiful, emotionally impactful and strong voices will embrace you with their every vibration. Based on real events, the show is set up in form of interviews where the answers of Claire, the murderer and her husband's, would open up their interior worlds and their visions of others. You'd be going through confusions of deciding wether it's Madness talking or Sanity. That's where your partner or friends become extremely useful to get into debate of finding the border between what is reasonable and what is not, why has Claire done such a thing, the effects of love and what intelligence or loneliness is. "L'amante anglaise" is the play of fascinating lyrics and is a true art to get to your heart and not to be dared to miss.
NGV: WHO'S AFRAID OF COLOUR? NEW (CURATED EXHIBITION) website press release by Lyudmila Vaisman
Who's Afraid of Colour? - 05/02/17
As multicultural Australian nation, we should acknowledge and cherish the roots of this wonderful country, its history and its vibrant indigenous culture and art.
Who's Afraid of Colour? exhibition at the NGV presents the work of talented indigenous women incorporating traditional styles they have inherited and modern techniques into a new cultural dialogue that demonstrates their strong creative powers and unique identity.
The key highlights of the exhibition for me were as follows (please see the photos):
1. Incredible paintings of cultural memories telling stories about the places where the artists grew up or lived
2. Skateboards painted in a splendid mixture of traditional colours demonstrating artist's connection to the ceremonies of her people
3. Beautifully woven 3 customary body adornments that combine reflections of cultural practices and contemporary fashion
Visiting Who's Afraid of Colour? exhibition was a fabulous experience and a great way to appreciate traditional indigenous art as well as it's contemporary transformation.
YAK ALES MELBOURNE BBQ FESTIVAL 2017 NEW website press release by Yafei Dong
Outdoor barbecues are a great Australian tradition among others and it is celebrated in style and perfection. This tradition is revered by holding BBQ Festivals all over the countr: the meat is smoking and the ovens are hot! Melbourne BBQ Festival is an amazing exampple of sucg tradition and celebration of summer and warm weather. The incredible array of ribs, pork, beef, chicken and more is desplayed by many masters of the BBQ art. The chefs arer experimenting with spice rubs, slathering meats in thick chops, glazing them with sweet sauces or dressing shredded tendrils of pork with a tart vinegar-based dip. It is all about the fantasy, experience and skills. It doesn’t matter which style of meat cooking you prefer, this festival is where you can find it all – it is Melbourne BBQ festival! If you’re able to snag your tickets to a barbecue competition, you’ll be able to get your hands on some mouth-watering, award-winning creations. Melbourne BBQ Festival is a must to visit while you are down under.
THE BOOK OF MORMON RED CARPET NEW website press release; Max Davine and Glen and Brodie Wilson
Book of Mormon Red Carpet By Max Davine
It was a sweltering day in which the affluence of Melbourne and their keen band of camera-brandishing jackals chose to cram themselves into the tiny reception area of the Princess Theatre, beneath the great banner which announced the much-anticipated Book of Mormon. It was a fine turn-out, early on, with scores of Melbourne’s finest taking to the outdoor bar and keenly awaiting the arrival of their famous “celebrity” guests. Four of their number even managed to smile. They were greeted by a large canvas which both spared them from looking up, as well as inform them as to what show they were attending of the evening. We applaud multi-purpose appliances. It began, then, with the arrival of Rob Mills and his date, who came dressed in costume, perhaps protesting that their lack of talent should inhibit them from being cast in the actual show. They were joined by Jennifer Hansen, who some might remember as a newsreader, before the unforgivable crime of showing the odd wrinkle got her summarily dismissed. We elected not to photograph Hamish Blake, preferring to preserve his legacy as a radio host, while his wife Zoe Foster-Blake, whose public accordance of the professional title “author” shows Melbourne’s truly generous spirit, smiled serenely a the sky. John Foreman and Trevor Ashley looked suave and indicated that they had seen the show before. It was all getting too exciting. The bachelorettes graced us with their acquired sense of glamor, Sam Frost having indulged too enthusiastically in a make-out session with her date, who’d evidently been sculpted out of fake tan, on the way over; and Georgia Love with her hand planted firmly on the buttocks of the winner of the glorified competition of prostitution for fame. Bronwyn Bishop arrived by car, evidently she does that sometimes, and Rhonda Burchmore demonstrated how she has remained relevant by not singing a single note. It was not all a frivolous display of Melbourne’s “aptitude” when it comes to entertainment. We were also graced by fine departures from the status quo with rock legend and loved personality Red Symons, acting great Rachel Griffiths, comedian Joel Creasy, Australian screen royalty George Miller and the enchantingly beautiful, razor-witted and effortlessly elegant Julia Zemiro and Gorgi Coghlan in attendance. Like the breaths of fresh air they are to our industries, they brought their intelligence, skill and professional finesse to a red carpet otherwise devoid of culture or substance. If the aim was to bring out our best and fairest, and put them next to reality stars, soapbox political commentators and so-called personalities known best for their ability to wear a great hairdo, shove all of them in front of a salivating, sweating press pit jostling in over thirty-five degrees heat, then mission accomplished, my fair city.
FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NGV: OLYMPIA NEW website review by Lyudmila Vaisman
NGV Friday Nights - 03/02/17
For anyone who loves fashion, art, music and good food and drinks, Friday Nights at National Gallery of Victoria is a perfect place to be. Friday Nights ticket holders enjoy exclusive after hours access to the major summer exhibitions David Hockney: Current and Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists as well as DJ music and live performances. Starting with the Fashion exhibition, I was impressed with Viktor&Rolf originality of ideas and technics and amazing attention to details. The workmanship of their garments was second to none. I admired uniqueness of every collection. There were several amazing garments that I would have loved to wear for a special occasion.
Following this inspiration, I moved into the next exhibition of David Hockney just to be further inspired by David's spectacular work represented in various ways, some using current technology. What I liked the most is animated images of David's paintings of nature presented across a large number of monitors taking entire wall. There was a fair bit of animation gradually adding sketches and details in real time in the front of the viewers. This provided an incredible feeling of being part of the mystery of art creation.
The night was concluded by beautiful Olympia presenting songs from her latest album "Self Talk" that received warm applause.
The food at the NGV was also delicious. I truly enjoyed my meal artistically created and full of well selected flavours.
Friday Nights at NGV is definitely a great place for the entire family for a perfect start of a weekend!
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SPASA POOL AND SPAS EXPO 2017 website press release (review and photos) Anna Berger
SPASA Pool & Spa Expo 2017
For anyone still contemplating adding value to their home by incorporating a swimming pool or an outdoor spa, this show is not to be missed! This is simply the best spot to get expert advice or simply secure the best deals on swimming pools, spas, swim spas, pool equipment, heaters, automated cleaning systems, saunas, accessories as well as landscaping and furnishing ideas!
From massive custom-made luxuries to small and funky portables - there is something there for everyone!
What impressed me most about the show however is that even with a small backyard- where normally you wouldn’t think of being able to put in a swimming pool- there are so many clever options for converting your space into an absolute divine private sanctuary. If you are still contemplating - don’t! Just go and check out the show- it might be the best investment you make this year!
NATIONAL GALLERY VICTORIA: TEENS ART PARTY website review by Veronika Chekmareva (17 years old)
The National Gallery of Victoria offers a wide range of activities for families and youth, and the Teen Art Party is the one you do not want to miss out on. For teenagers from 13 to 17 years old, the Teen Art Party offers a wide range of activities and entertainment, from fashion exhibitions to stand up comedy. The 2017 Art Party introduced us to David Hockney: Current and Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibitions, that all held place whilst accompanied by amazing music from popular DJ's, on-stage interactions and various craft stalls, where you could even make your own masquerade mask! From 6-10pm teens from all over Melbourne enjoyed socialising and taking a part in very well thought through activities, including a fun prize draw which involved you answering questions about several artists and the exhibitions, where you could win your very own Viktor&Rold garment! With colourful food stalls and a pink-styled setting, the young visitors could take a break from exploring the exhibitions and have a seat in the NGV Gardens, enjoying the beautiful sunny weather and popular tunes from Melbourne DJ’s, making this a perfect place for the visitors to express their individuality and appreciation for the artists. The NGV never fails to succeed at making an event with a fun way to explore and learn, and for only $15 ($12 for NGV members) teens could enjoy dressing up and having a safe and educational night out.
PURPLE REFLECTION: PRINCE TRIBUTE CONCERT website review by Max Davine photos: Kieran McNamara
Purple Reflection by Max Davine
Last year, the musical world was robbed of possibly the longest list of brilliant and widely loved creatives than any other before it. Roll over 1980! 2016 will forever be remembered as the year in which the greatest number of pioneers of the creative arts left us. One can only hope that there are no coming years seeking to claim that title. The world was still suffering the aftershocks of David Bowie’s loss when news broke that the great Prince had died mysteriously in his Minnesota home. A life cut tragically short did not stop this dynamic and powerful songwriter, however, from creating a musical canon as unique as it is varied, as lovingly crafted as it is diverse. Like Bowie, Prince was an artist who knew his craft so well, and carried it so close to his heart, that he could bend and shape it into new forms and give it a whole new voice for generations to come. The man and his music also gave inspiration to cabaret-style performer Tanya di Vella, and as she strutted onto the stage full of a special kind of confidence which comes only from truly loving where one is and what one is doing, dressed in beautiful purple velvet and standing in front of the Symbol, breaking immediately into “Raspberry Beret”, we knew we were in for a special treat. Tanya defied an overenthusiastic smoke machine and slight electrical troubles early on to perform for us a stripped-back, intimate and technically as fine-tuned as the purple telecaster itself. The author wondered how a collection of anthems written for the arena spectaculars Prince was best known for would translate to a single singer on a tiny stage, but in her hands, and with her sultry voice, Tanya gives us Prince in lounge lizard format. She’d to give us snapshots of Prince’s life, and what went into his music. Crooning some of Prince’s best loved tracks, and just enough of his more obscure numbers, she connected to the motif and relayed it to us all over again. It felt like our own personal memorial to him. So, if you’ve ever wanted to hear what Prince might sound like sung by a woman, if you’re a lover of his music or if you just enjoy a show crafted and performed with love, check Tanya di Vella’s next two shows at Speakeasy HQ. Loved it!
LEGENDS IN CONCERT website press release by Genie Koulaeva
Legends in Concert, review
The warm, and intimate, almost cabaret atmosphere of The Palms is one of the reasons why I have seen so many shows there, and continue to go back. However, on this occasion, there was something else that drew my attention and imagination in – it was the stars of the Legends themselves.
It truly is uncanny seeing the smooth and funky moves and hearing the distinct powerful vocals of Prince onstage, not even a year after his death. I remember the bitter disappointment of missing out on tickets to his intimate performance in Melbourne last year, and the sadness after his passing, especially at the realisation that I would never see him live onstage. And yet there he was, resplendent in his signature purple coat and ruffle shirt, belting out ‘1999’, ‘I would die 4 U’ and serenading us with ‘Purple Rain’.
Add to this the talent of Olivia Newton-John, David Bowie and spunk and sass of Madonna and the show continued to impress and enthral. I have to say that I am most definitely not a singer, and loathe singing in public, but I simply couldn’t resist, and found myself singing along with the stars on stage. With the addition of a troop of sexy dancers and a talented live band, I felt like I was actually at one of the concerts of the very artists the Legends stars impersonate. It’s no small wonder that this is the longest running tribute show in Las Vegas and the highest ranked one as well.
I had read that several stars had come to watch their dopplegangers perform on stage in Vegas, and one of those was the late Michael Jackson. And so the stakes were high when Damian Brantley walked on stage to fill MJ’s iconic shoes and moves. And boy did he deliver! Though some of the moves were not true MJ as such, they were definitely the style and performed better by Damian than even Michael Jackson could have done himself. The vocals were spot on, and I caught myself midway through this performance thinking how wonderful it was to see THE Michael Jackson onstage, and how much I would like my family to share in this experience.
He was just that good.
The back up dancers complemented Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, as well as Prince’s and David Bowie’s sets extremely well. However I did find them somewhat superfluous in Adele’s set. Jennifer Clinton as Adele delivered an astounding performance, both vocally and theatrically, and captivated the audience with nothing except her magical voice and Adele’s words. I was soon lost in thoughts of past loves and heartache. Yet Jennifer’s personality, charisma and humour soon brought me back to the performance and out of the potentially gloomy depths of Adele’s breakup songs.
And once Adele had left the stage, I thought well surely that’s it, there couldn’t be anyone else, who could possibly follow? The one and only King of Rock and Roll of course, Elvis, with his gyrating pelvis and smooth talking, we were back in the Vegas of old. One last thing that I would like to praise the performers on is that they truly interacted with their audience, including a young man with a disability, who was having the time of his life dancing by the side of the stage. Multiple performers acknowledged and danced with him, without skipping a beat, and kept the rest of the audience engaged and either singing, clapping or dancing along, even at the back of the room.
Legends in Concert is a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and one that I highly recommend! The Legends in Concert have returned to Melbourne in their only Australian show, on nightly and for a matinee on Saturdays, until the 29th January, at The Palms, Crown Casino, Melbourne.
MUSEUMS VICTORIA: IMMIGRATION MUSEUM website press release by Glen and Camilla Wilson
Immigration Museum Melbourne
400 Flinders St Melbourne
The Melbourne Immigration Museum is a fascinating look at Australia’s past and the story’s of the people who migrated here. The museum tells of the journeys of various cultures to Australia from all over the world. Explore what it was like to leave your home country and family and journey to a new land.
The story’s cover a vast timeline from before the 1830s through to the present day. Passports from all decade’s, clothing and hundreds of pictures fill the gallery.
Take plenty of time for your visit, there is a lot to read and see with plenty of interactive displays. The Melbourne immigration museum is a fascinating place and well worth a visit.
Camilla GW Photography
MUSEUMS VICTORIA: MELBOURNE MUSEUM website press release by Glen and Camilla Wilson
Melbourne Museum 11 Nicholson St Carlton
The Melbourne Museum is a fascinating place to lose yourself in. From Dinosaurs to Australian History and the human body, the Melbourne Museum has something to interest everyone.
The Dinosaur walk, a huge favorite of my 10 year old son, features skeletons of 17 dinosaurs along with a fascinating look at the flora and landscape of prehistoric times. There are interactive displays and the opportunity to touch dinosaur teeth and bones.
The First People Exhibit takes you on a journey through the Aboriginal story of creation through to today.
The wild exhibit features over 600 birds and animals from around the world.
There is a fascinating and beautiful butterfly and bugs exhibit and the human body exhibit.
Melbourne Museum can easily fill a full day with its exhibits and children’s activities. There is a café with a wide range of food to choose from and a fantastic children’s play area.
Spend a day at the museum and lose yourself in rainforests, dinosaurs and fascinating history… And don’t forget Australia’s most famous icon – Phar Lap.
Camilla GW Photography
MUSEUMS VICTORIA: SCIENCEWORKS website press release by Glen Wilson
2 Booker St Spotswood
Scienceworks is an amazing interactive museum located just over the Westgate bridge in Spotswood.
Lego Robotics workshop
Lego Robotics workshop is a fun and fascinating workshop, where participants learn to program Lego robots. The workshops are suitable for children 6 to 9 years and must have a parent assisting. The robots are programmed via ipad to perform simple commands and then more complex tasks like color recognition and obstacle avoidance.
A highlight of the sessions is a demonstration of the museums humanoid robot ``NAO``.
The museum is an interactive playground with all displays being hands on and heaps of fun as well as educational.
The museum is geared more towards primary school children with displays including sports, space and how recycling works.
This was my first visit to Scienceworks and I was very impressed. A second visit is now coming up soon to see the Lightning room – featuring a giant tesla coil, And the Planetarium – an indoor simulation of the night sky.
Tivoli Theatre Productions has been running for over forty years, bringing fun pantomimes to children and providing for many a first theatrical experience to start them on their way. Interactive performances and fairy bread at interval add to the family feel of the performances, but whether for children or adults, one can never stress enough the importance of hard work, careful planning and strong discipline from the performers.
The audience entered the space to the tune of Disney classics, “Someday my Prince Will Come” from Snow White played as we took to our restaurant seating at St. John’s Hall in East Malvern. An odd choice, one would think, given the departure from the Disney-version of Aladdin. Indeed, character names and locations were truer to Sir Richard Burton’s translation of one of the thousand and one nights than the key renaissance piece in the Disney cannon. While Tivoli gave us a refreshing take on the story, this was not the only odd choice which sprung up during the show.
Pianist, and entire orchestra, David Robinson did a fantastic job providing musical score for the songs which sprung up along the way, however the author will leave it up to you who reads this whether the music of Randy Edelman and ABBA make fine substitutes for what most children are accustomed to in viewing Aladdin, particularly given Edelman’s “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” featured in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story.
Performances and costumes were lovely for a children’s pantomime, with our hero Aladdin and princess Jasmine both adept at singing and dancing, as well as their interactions with the children of the audience. However, again, their costumes were reminiscent of Disney’s vision. The notable departures were evil magician Abaenazzi and the Genie of the Lamp.
Creating a villain is a serious business. A villain is always more effective the less we see of them. After all, we want our hero to win the hearts of the audience, however pantomimic and playful they may be. With this in mind, it came as no surprise to me that Clinton Barker, who played the villain of the piece, was the also the director of the show. Using the piece as a platform for his magic, he dominated the audience interactions and majority of the scenes, playing far more to the children than either Aladdin or Jasmine ever had a chance to. While a competent actor, one questions the merits of this choice, and would have thought Aladdin himself would have had a greater turn at charming and interacting with the audience.
Another strange aspect was our Genie. While a female Genie, dressed in gold, was a delight to see, we were left puzzled by her indistinct accent and Barbara Eden-esque movements. With such opportunity to create an inspired new take on a beloved character, it seems odd to undermine it with a vocal pattern which wavered between backyard Aussie and Fran Drescher and a manner lifted from another place entirely.
Pantomimes are supposed to be over the top, and played with light hearts and bubbly joy, and the performers one and all did a wonderful job. However acknowledgement of the simple rules of storytelling could improve their show immensely. All in all, Tivoli offers a fantastic way to spend part of your afternoon, and a wonderful introduction for your children to the thrill of live theatre. I thank the lovely Alta Truden for inviting us, and providing extra information for my piece, and hope to see her and the crew again very soon.
There is only one word which describes the new Melbourne show - Circus 1903 - and the word is simply “WOW”. I was a little puzzled when I found out I will be going to see a circus at the most glamorous of Melbourne’s theatres, The Regent. After all, aren’t they normally played in oversized tents? It soon became clear what the producer, Tim Lawson had in mind: The setting was absolutely perfect for this incredible old-fashioned turn of the century circus - the extravagant old theatre just complemented the show’s golden age charm.
The Circus 1903 had all the thrilling acts you could think of; from knife throwers, extraordinarily strong men, contortionists, incredible acrobats, arial ballet to death defying high wire acts with absolutely no safety nets or wires… But wait, there is more! So much more! What makes Circus 1903 SO different to anything I have ever seen are the incredible LIFE-SIZE puppets - a seriously clever and super fun way of re-introducing elephants into the circus. Both kids and adults were absolutely mesmerised by the size and beauty of these creatures and the fun characters they were portraying.
The whole show; with it’s masterful combination of amazing acts, splendid music, superb life-sized puppets, humour and fun interaction with the audience created spectacular entertainment for the whole family. A must see show - an absolute 10/10 from us!!
If you are into Fashion this exhibition which is an epatagical expression of self through fashion will blow your mind away. If you are into Art you will be double impressed. If you are into both than consider the day of the visit to this exhibition is your celebration of your ultimate desire. If you are not in Art and not in Fashion than there is an opportunity for your to seek a creativity inside your soul and experience how these new forms reflect in your soul, Anyway, one or another: you will have a ball watching these museum de art beauties. Neglecting the fact that the date is January 1 the exhibition is full of visitors, mainly overseas tourists. there is a queue to get the tickets even in the morning when the town has to sleep after a big night out yesterday. As you progress from one exhibition hall to another the displays change revealing the secrets two designers were hiding from us... But let's start from the very beginning... Both fashion designers have Dutch background. They became good friends first year at the Arnhem Academy Of Arts And Designs. The fashion was not in picture at that time - it was all about art which was unconventional and brought the artists more critics than appraisal. The works suited art more than fashion at that time and were museum suitable more than anything else including the fussy fashion world. Year 1998 brought the artists success in Paris and starting from year 2000 it was a rocket-sky growth, triumph and flourishing. Haute couture because the main focus of both designers. The collection after collection were one better than the other and simply spectacular! I found their creations more avant-garde than shocking. There is no one work I would not accept. They are unpredictable, they are unique, they are standing out but never they are revolting or vulgar. Please note the display is open till end of February at NGV International St Kilda Street. The halls of displays of all kinds flow into the rooms where you can experience a top end fashion show in sound and vision with the moving doll on the podium. The exhibition continues with a couple of halls where you can sit down and enjoy watching the V&R fashion shows on multiple screens. The display ends in the small shop where you can buy the V&R signed items and souvenirs including books and prints. For the note, the exhibition is a luxury world premiere of this kind for Viktor and Rolf. The due is cellebrating a 24-th anniversary of their collaborative work.
If you are down that end do not miss another sensational exhibition at level 3 of NGV called Italian Jewels Bulgari Style. I bet your eyes will pop out seeing these absolutuly beauty in gems, gold, silver and diamonds. Unmissable art creatins suitable for the queens and kings.