NGV: FRIDAY NIGHTS WITH THE FAUVES NEW AND VAN GOGH THE SEASONS website press release by Veronika Chekmareva
On Friday Nights National Gallery of Victoria continues to amaze its visitors. Gathered from all over Melbourne, people come together to enjoy the evening filled with pleasing conversations and historical treasures presented by the museum. One of those evenings took place on the 9th of June, with the guest band The Fauves performing alongside Van Gogh and the Seasons display. The Fauves consist of four men who love to have a laugh and perform their music inspired by their travels and adventures. Engaging with the public, the singers did not only entertain everyone with their music, but with their unique sense of humour. They ranged from playful compositions to heartfelt songs, and the public took their enthusiasm with extreme ecstasy. The band members did not hesitate to mention how humbled yet satisfied they were with the turnout of the crowd in the NGV. In addition, the Van Gogh and the Seasons display was an emotional tribute to the artist's love for the seasons and their influence on the nature of his work. Portraying Van Gogh's unlimited ability to showcase his emotion and feeling in his artwork, the National Gallery of Victoria offered an insight into yet another one of his points of influence and his past inspirations. This time, the gallery displayed not only Vincent Van Gogh's work, but the work of the artists and magazines that were an inspiration in his early years, collecting the many pieces of work from different stages of his life. The NGV Fridays take place every Friday from the 28th of April to the 8th of July.
VELVET SHOW NEW website review by: Jessica- Lee Murphy
First class glamour entertainment….A must see to spice up those cold winter days! We were mesmerized by the music and the energetic talents on stage. From one excitement to the next! A truly spectacular display of fun, talent and energy with hits from yesteryear to today! Even if you are not much of a dancer this spectacular show will get your groove on! Cabaret, burlesque and circus are skilfully mixed together with a fantastic and talented cast! Do not miss out on seeing this amazing show! It will spice up your winter blues!
review by Glen Wilson
Velvet The Palms at Crown
Velvet is a spectacular hour and a half show featuring an amazing disco sound track and breathtaking acrobatics. The show includes some all time disco greats including You, Never knew love like this Before, Boogie Wonderland, No More tears, Its Raining Men and loads more classic hits to keep the audience dancing.
Marcia Hines is simply stunning, her amazing voice and personality shining throughout the entire performance. Music Director Joe Accaria, Gives a brilliant performance as DJ and Mixmaster along with some spectacular drumming to the song Turn the beat around. Tom Oliver brings humor and a great voice to his role, and teams up with Marcia for a stunning rendition of Donna Summers classic No More Tears.
Craig Reid in the roll of Hula Hoop Boy is an absolute show stopper, with incredible humor and amazing acrobatic skills.
Velvet is a brilliant production with an amazing cast of singers and acrobats. As the critics have already said “ Velvet redefines Cabaret”
The Palms at Crown is the perfect venue, adding to the overall atmosphere of the show.
TRIO ALBA FROM VIENNA NEW website press release by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY TRIO ALBA direct from Vienna. Given at: St Johns Southgate, Melbourne on 8/6/2017. Violin: Livia Sellin, Cello: Philipp Comploi, Piano: ChengCheng Zhao. Presented by the ‘Melbourne Musicians’. Set in the acoustically well balanced small modern church, Trio Alba had three works on offer; namely, ‘Piano Trio No 43 in C major’ by Joseph Haydn, ‘Give Me Phoenix Wings to Fly’ by Kelly-Marie Murphy and ‘Piano Trio No.2 in E flat major’ by Franz Schubert. Haydn’s Trio sparked off with confident precision, great teamwork and strong interaction between the members. Of immediate note was the well controlled light and shade, adding colour to the nimble piano passages, the vivacious violin and the soulful cello, ending the first movement with power and finesse. The expressive second movement led firstly by the piano showed clearly on the faces of the performers – a joy to watch and hear! Intensive cello passages combined skilful playing, blending the Trio’s alluring execution of the Andante movement. To conclude the impressive work, the Finale Presto fired up the lightning and lively piano that drew in the rest of the instruments in a colourful and highly energetic musical blend that excited the senses with passionate intensity. A great finish and well received by the appreciative audience. And now, the Phoenix was ready to fly! With a dramatic and tense start (almost reminiscent of Hitchcock’s Psycho); the piece developed a surge and eerie mood that crashed with a sudden stop at end the movement – extremely well handled by the Trio. A more cryptic and lyrical movement followed depicting the slowly rising Phoenix highlighted by excited tremolo passages decorated by trills and again finishing abruptly. The ‘pain filled’ last movement began with the violin, and then the cello followed with excited and intense pizzicato – closely echoing the sound of a bird calling out. With close concentration, the Trio finished with a flurry and a bang, delivering brilliance to this quite complex piece. Following the interval, we were treated to some fine Schubert, in parts reminiscent of his ‘Trout Quintet’ and even his ‘Ave Maria’, but performed coherently and lyrically sensitively. With a superb finish, it was a joy to watch and hear the Allegro. The Andante con moto (slow with motion) provided a tonally sweet combination flavoured with intensity and musical flavour, lulled by a beautiful and sensitive ending. To spice things up, the very brisk, light and bouncy Scherzo followed that stunned all of us! By this stage the Trio was in full swing to tackle the Allegro Moderato last section playfully while showing exciting syncopation and intensity. While complex and technically difficult, we experienced powerful drama through furious and fast runs, but with serene and calm fulfilment. An ecstatic audience demanded an encore, resulting in a memorable performance of the Hungarian Dance No.6 by Brahms! Congratulations to Trio Alba for a world class performance and wish them unlimited future success in their future endeavours. A most elevating, exciting and enriching concert – well done to the Melbourne Musicians, notably, Artistic Director Frank Pam! SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect) 13 June 2017.
TRAVELLING LONDON, UK
LONDON EVENING STANDARD NEW FOOD MONTH: NIGHT MARKET website
press release: Rouben Dickranian
The annual Evening Standard Month Night Market is usually being held near Kensington Palace. It has around 50 stalls serving several different style of drinks and foods. The operational hours are from 0500pm to 1100pm daily and the event ends on 18th of June. The ambience of this event changes as it goes from day to night. It can become very crowded, but the amazing smells of the food really makes up for any overcrowded place. There is a wide variety of foods on offer from ‘wood Pigeon Kebab’, pulled Pork, BBQ and to some really amazing Brownies; the Salted Caramel brownie is one to go for and it has a soft sensational taste. On the drink side there are cocktails, a variety of beers. Champagne is on offer as well. I feel what it offers can caters for everyone's taste, preference and need. There is live music being played throughout the night from pop to classical music to cheer up the visitors. I met a talented singer by the name of Bee Bakare and she performed the songs beautifully. She sang a couple of 1980’s songs which made my day for sure. The overall event was very pleasant and relaxing although security is high and visible at all times. The stall holders and workers are helpful and obliging so you will have a nice time eating your way though the rows of food and drinks. The food most of all is really amazing and good quality indeed. My suggestion is you should not eat for a few days before going to this event! LINK TO CHECK OUT
TRAVELLING WESTERN AUSTRALIA : MELBOURNE
BELGRAVE CFA ART SHOW NEW website review: Jeanette Russell photos: Max Davine (to come up soon)
I really appreciate the opportunity to attend and review this event. Friday night was the official opening. What a lovely night, great atmosphere, and sense of community spirit. The food was delicious, and. the art was breathtaking. We were even treated to a look at the wonderful fire engines. Members, of the brigade, were very friendly, helpful and great hosts of the show. Bohemian Rhapsody club's Max Divine, a volunteer at Belgrave was in attendance tonight.. Belgrave Fire brigade members are very thankful to their wonderful sponsors McDonalds - Tecoma, Stevensons Tax Consultants, Bell Real Estate, Insurance Made Easy - Upwey and Yellow Brick Road - Upwey. Glenda Wise did the judging.She is a well known victorian artist who has encompassed art for many years. She is a long standing member of the Sherbrooke Artists Society. Glenda has many awards to her name. She has been in several arts magazines, books and served on committees. A teacher for many years, and an author and illustrator, of children's books are other credits to her name. Glenda thanked the Fire Fighters who look after us and work so hard for the community etc, in her speech as well as awarding the prizes to the winning artists. The art at the exhibition was outstanding, so diverse and amazing. There were pictures, from many mediums including oils, acrylic, pastel, pencil, ink digital, as well as colors. Genres included portraiture, expressionism, impressionism, realism, and pop art, as well as traditional, landscapes and still life paintings. An impressive collection of photography was also on display. All art is for sale. The artworks were, I found, colourful, outstanding, and very engaging, showcasing some mighty talented artists. A visit this long weekend is recommended highly. The show runs Sat Sun and Mon, at 4 Bayview Rd, Belgrave. The home of the Belgrave Fire Brigade. Its open 10 am till 4.00 pm daily.
Ever felt you were being watched? 1984: A New Adaptation of a Classic by Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan. The play adaptation of Orwell’s classic novel stays true to the book, with its own revolutionary methods of bringing the story to life marvelously. The extraordinary acting performance by Tom Conroy (Winston) left many in the audience jumping in their seats or touching their faces, as his pain became the audiences. Terence Crawford (O’Brien) was the stuff of nightmares, embodying all the complexities of the character. I imagine many in the audience returned home to suspiciously investigated their own ‘telescreen’. The play was brave in its ability to utilize sound, and its own ‘tele-screen’ to convey the potent political messages which rang true to many situations today. Indeed, murmurs from the audience upon exiting the Comedy Theatre on Spring St in Melbourne referred to current surveillance issues and controversy over personal privacy still relevant today. Even 68 years after the book was first published in 1949. Not a play for the faint-hearted, as anyone who has read the book would expect. But a must see not only for fans of George Orwell’s work, but for anyone who is willing to be faced with the acceptance of human mortality and the politics of memory and news. And Remember, Big Brother is watching. 7.5/10
TRAVELLING WESTERN AUSTRALIA : PERTH
MISS WORLD AUSTRALIA WA STATE FINALS 2017 NEW website press release: Manish Bolla
There is a small brief on Miss World Australia 2017 WA Finals
Miss World event is one of the most prestigious events across the globe. Recently WA hosted 2017 Miss world Australia WA Finals at Pan Pacific Hotel one of the top venue in Perth. With more than 200 guests and patrons who witness the unfolding of finalists, they were entertained by runway shows and exotic canapés and drinks.
More then 25 beautiful contestants participated in the event which unfolded in some amazing question and an awesome session with varied topics.
Contestants participated were from varied background and ethnicity. To my surprise some were working as lawyers, doctors and in the field of science and technology who were ready to change the world through this prestigious platform.
Perth's some beautiful contestants and some amazing designer dresses were displayed on the runway. cuckoo
In the end 3 finalist taking - Michelle Lake-Amy-Lee Dixon -Venine Palm the spot to complete in national final. With Amy-Lee Dixon crowned Miss World Australia WA Finals winner for 2017 Finalists -Michelle Lake -Amy-Lee Dixon -Venine Palm Emcee -Courtney Thorpe Judging Panel -Deborah Miller – Miss World Australia Director -Megan Marx – The Bachelor 2016 -Bek Outred – My Kitchen Rules 2017 -Cameron Cranley – The Bachelorette 2016 Participants -25 Sponsors -Novo Shoes -Tourism Authority of Thailand -Phuket Pearl -Ozwear Australia -Sunescape Tan -J’adore Hair -Soap de Villa -Le Beau Clinic & Spa -Advanced Natural Skincare -Ice White Teeth -Crowe Horwath Accountants -Pan Pacific Perth -BYS Cosmetics Some beautiful preview from the event.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST NEW website photos: Glen Wilson review: Nadia Pleshkova
The moment you enter the theatre, you walk straight into the ward of the Mental Hospital, greeted by observing nurses and finding yourself next to disturbed patients. Straight to the point of the story "One flew over the cuckoo's nest"- are these patients as mentally unstable as we might expect them to be? It is a great experience to enter the performance as if you are part of it. I loved it. The effect created by Carl J.Sorheim, the director of the play, based on the book by Ken Kesey. Interestingly, the author of the book, at the time of writing it, was working at the Veterans hospital, while a student of the writing program at the Stanford university, voluntarily took part in CIA Secret Mind Control program of the effects of LCD and other drugs on human behavior and reported back on it. He spoke to the patients at work a lot, often being under the influence of the hallucinogenic drugs. It's known that it was this job and his disbelief that the patients were mentally ill that inspired Ken to write the book.The book took over the hearts of the readers immediately and brought a great success to the author. Back in Melbourne Lawler's theatre, sixteen vibrant, talented and intriguing actors (if you read their biography) portray dysfunctional humans possessed by a different type of fear, depression or anxiety. Nothing mental about their state but weakness, inability to think for themselves, frail and waisted. Full of life and energy Randle McMurphy steps into their lives, dragging them out of their fears and being successful in it for a while, only until he himself becomes a full victim of the mental health care policing, latter feeling the full right to bet with human lives. Heavy story and painfully relevant to the modern society of rejecting anyone who wouldn't match the expected behavior according to the set standards and regulations. "One flew over the cuckoo's nest" is presented by Monster Media at Lawler Theatre until 11th June 2017.
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: BEETHOVEN'S FIRST NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ‘Beethoven’s First’ Given at: Hawthorn Arts Centre, Hawthorn, on 27/5/2017. Guest Conductors: Ingrid Martin and Joseph Lallo; Soloist: Jack Schiller (Bassoon).
The buzzing audience welcomed young Ingrid to conduct the first three pieces, starting with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, (composed when he was 37). Although only about 6 minutes long, the orchestra demonstrated an immediate sense of confident drama with well balanced contrasts and fine control. To continue the bright and fresh start, Luke Hutton’s world premiere ‘Catching Trains of Thought’ followed. The intriguing palate of moods and emotions created a tapestry of crisp freshness, driven effectively by the orchestra with sweet interplay from the strings. Despite the short 10 minutes, it is a piece that can be listened to several times to explore its subtle complexities. Congratulations to young Luke whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the interval (a rising talent). The watchful, precise and respectful style of Ingrid followed with ‘Siegfried Idyll’ by Wagner. As a tribute to his young son, the richly emotional piece was serenely handled by the strings with sweet and sensitive playing from the woodwind section. The gentle moments, crescendos and contrasts were well received by the audience – a great credit to Ingrid Martin!
Following the interval, we had the pleasure of welcoming the other budding young conductor, Joseph Lallo along with bassoon virtuoso Jack Schiller in a performance of ‘Weber’s Bassoon Concerto’, composed when he was 25. The smooth, flowing and swaying action of Jack was a joy to watch and to hear. His lyrical tonality was bathed and complimented by the power and subtlety of the orchestra, flowing into the tuneful and gentle second movement that highlighted a beautifully delivered cadenza from Jack, while Joseph guided the Orchestra with great care. Although technically quite difficult, the last movement raced along with great flair and playfulness, displaying Jack’s phenomenal breath control and technical ability. The audience was ecstatic and roared with enthusiasm – rightly so!! ‘Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1’ followed in four movements. He showcased this at the age of 30, which also lasts about 30 minutes. With a sensitive start, the orchestra developed into crisp intensity, conducted elegantly by Joseph, bringing out a commanding drive from the strings and finishing brightly. The second slow movement was well blended by the strings and the woodwind with overtones of Haydn’s Clock Symphony, but overall, well balanced. An exuberant and fast tempo driven third movement followed that displayed well controlled crescendos with a crisp ending. Overall, the showpiece finale was exciting with good strings cohesion and colourful contrasts blended with neat accuracy and tonality – hailed by the audience!!
Although the auditorium has no dais (which is a drawback) and the acoustics are inferior compared to Xavier College, the Concert was recorded on the night.
Congratulations to the two guest conductors, Jack Schiller and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, as we look forward to future events in 2017. A most enjoyable, exciting and enriching concert – well done everyone, including all the volunteers! SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect) 2 June 2017.
DIALOGUE IN THE DARK NEW website press release by Kieran McNamara
Dialogue in the Darkness
This was an experience that I was initially nervous about. Not because I was concerned with being injured, but to surrender control that my eye sight has provided me for my whole life. I arrived slightly nervous but excited at the prospect of trusting in someone I didn't know and having a completely different experience that would last longer than finding my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
The first step was putting my backpack and anything that lights or glows such as mobile phone and even my watch that has hands that glow in the dark into a locker. I surrendered my glasses and as another person in the group said, the first thought when you hand your glasses over is "But, how will I be able to see?" but heading into complete darkness would make glasses pointless anyway.
There were six of us in the group and we were briefed on what was going to happen and provided with white canes corresponding to our height with some simple instructions on keeping them on the floor. The next step was to head into the darkness using our canes and holding onto a railing. Once I'd entered the darkness, my eyes and brain kept struggling to see but it only took a few moments to let that go, it's going to be pitch black, nothing to see, just embrace the darkness and experience.
A voice came to us from the darkness, it was our guide who was going to lead us through the experience. We were provided with some more instructions and were given some directions for the first stage. We introduced ourselves so the guide knew how many of there were and could familiarise ourselves with the others. It's amazing how comforting a voice, even that of a stranger is in complete darkness.
The slow shuffle and feeling around with our canes and at some points, hands began. There were different surfaces on the walls and floors to experience, rooms to explore and a trip around Melbourne. We were expertly helped by our guide and as we developed trust amongst ourselves, discovered we could explore and share our experiences with each other. I'll leave the details of the various experiences as a surprise, but I will say it was interesting and provided a good cross section of experiences in Melbourne that most people will be familiar with.
I was pleasantly surprised at how focused I became on the sound of the guides voice, and any instructions amongst the group. There weren’t the distractions of things flashing by, shops, people, vehicles, etc so we're relying on our ears to provide us with distance and direction along with our canes to avoid stepping on each other and to find objects in the dark. Our guide was wonderful and he added to an incredible experience with his calmness, clear instructions and encouragement. We also had a question and answer session with our guide during the experience where he explained his personal situation and provided background information on his guide dog and the work of Guide Dogs Victoria in providing confidence and assistance in his daily life. Dialogue in the Dark is a wonderful and powerful experience that provides an opportunity to learn, experience and develop confidence and trust in a situation that so many of us have never experienced. I highly recommend that you go along and enjoy the experience and wonderful staff. It's an experience I want to try again to explore more.
SUTHERLAND TRIO CONCERT: TRANSCENDENCE NEW website review by Nadia Pleshkova
The Sutherland trio captures your heart with the first notes playing. Named after the Australian composer, teacher and the Ambassador of the promotion of the new and particularly Australian music, Margaret Sutherland. The trio consists of equally astounding and distinguished musicians. The international prize winners - violinist Elizabeth Sellars, cellist Molly Kadarauch and pianist Caroline Almonte bring the most stimulating and magnificent unison of their instruments. The trio's repertoire consists of classical as well as international modern composers. Clearly through shared love and passion towards the literature, each peace is introduced with the story of its inspiration and creation. The Sutherland trio's welcoming manner and effortless play take you away from everyday issues of life without you even realizing it until they stop. Since establishing itself in 2011, the trio performs regularly at the Melbourne Recital Centre; the most stunning Salon with the amazing accoustics. You can also follow the trio at various music festivals and other numerous concerts.
THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS NEW website review by Rachel Sandey
The Fairytale Lives Of Russian Girls is a play written by Meg Miroshnik, young American author. It's a bizarre and mysterious cocktail of old Russian folk and fairy tales with contemporary real life stories of young Russian women (and girls).
The director of the production is Elizabeth Millington, who cleverly created an extremely engaging, mesmerising, humorous and somewhat scary spectacle on stage. In Elizabeth's note of introduction she writes: "It's been such a pleasure working on a production brimming with strong , hilarious and slightly crazy personalities ..."
There is some very brief words on the synopsis. The first scene starts with the Russian words: " Zhili bili" to be translated "Once upon a time" like all fairy tales begin . It's all about a 20 years old Annie (Erica Field), who was sent by her mother Olga (Linda Cookson) from USA back to Moscow to find some business opportunities and to polish up her Russian. Annie was invited to stay with the old friend of her mother, Yaroslava Yanovna (Felicity Steel), who appeared to be " Baba Yaga" whose favorite food was young girls (!). But before she ate them she would have fed them a lot in order to make them tastier. Annie meets the other girls ere, Masha ( Cazz Bainbridge), who was kept in captivity by vicious Bear (Misha), then Katya (Laila Thaker), poor, but very smart girl, whose aim was to find a rich husband, and Nastya, a prostitute. They all had different destinies, but their life paths were somehow interconnected.
While the story was unfolding it was getting very hard to separate the reality from fiction especially for some people from Australian audience, who are not familiar with fairy tales involved in the play although us, who know the tales very well is was a real delight to follow.
I must mention the musical effects used during the performance, which gave this Russian aroma to over the whole impression from the play. The first song was famous "Katyusha", then " Kalinka" and in the end the beloved Russian anthem.
I believe it's an interesting, original and very creative masterpiece, the work of all participants of this production.
I also hope there will be the opportunity for the public to see it in the near future, as it was showing for just 8 days.
SHRINE BY TIM WINTON NEW website photos and pre-show dress rehearsal review: Glen Wilson
In a world where the road toll is simply a part of life, Shrine brings home the reality on a personal level. The title Shrine is taken from the roadside memorials left by family’s and friends at accident scenes.
Shrine gives us a very personal insight to the effects on a family loosing their only child to a road accident. The play takes the audience through a journey of loss, anger and denial, from the perspective of the parents, the mates involved in the accident and the girl was a special part of his life.
Shrine isn’t a play to be enjoyed or make you feel good. It will upset and disturb. It will take you deep inside every parents worst nightmare – that late night phone call or knock at the door.
Shrine is a must see for every parent with a young driver, and all young drivers it will bring home the reality of road deaths.
The play is brilliantly written and acted. Sets are simple with dark dramatic lighting.
Don’t miss this extraordinary play, it will make you rethink every time you pass one of those roadside Shrine`s and wonder........ what if this happened to my family.
review and the photo below: by Genie Koulaeva
Tim Winton – Shrine
It has often been said that the western world is inept at dealing with death. Grief comes in many forms, true, yet our grief often seems to involve anger, denial, questioning, self-pity, tears and silence. Shrine, Tim Winton’s third foray into the world of theatre (heralding from a background as an award-winning novelist), plunges the characters and audience into an exploration of heartache and what it means to grieve after an unexpected road tragedy.
Accidents can take lives, but also change lives, both for those immediately involved in the crash as well as those left behind, loved ones and friends. Winton no doubt drew heavily from his own experience as a teenager in a car accident, and has previously said that crash shaped his life, goading him to pursue his dreams of becoming a writer and never giving up. Perhaps he wondered “what if…” and perhaps “Shrine” is that “what if” brought to life through 18 year-old Jack Mansfield’s death.
Leon Salom’s abstract and minimalist set is an evocative and well thought out design, playing with light and shadows and breaking down the wall between cast and audience. Sound design (Marcel Dorney) complemented the production very well, though lighting was hit and miss at times. Though overall the cast gave strong performances, some, especially that of June Fenton (Tenielle Thompson) and Mary Mansfield (Ally Fowler) were limited severely by Winton’s script and understanding of female psyche, and from a likely lack of direction on the part of Thompson. At times the play felt superficial and cliché almost in its portrayal of the grief-stricken mother, the stoic father, the spoilt preppy private school boys pretending to be “best mates” (Keith Brockett, Nick Clark) yet there were some poignant and well delivered scenes, though they were few.
What this play did well, in spite of its often two-dimensional characters and patchy performances, was to give a voice to the internal and frequently silent struggle of losing someone so young. Having lost a friend on the road at a similar age to Jack, I acutely remember the pain and senselessness of that unexpected tragedy, and of a life not lived. Winton and KIN Collective explore this in a new and provocative way and for that they should be congratulated.
An interesting production, worth a visit, especially for those that have enjoyed Tim Winton’s other works.
Reviewed by Genie Koulaeva exclusively for Bohemian Rhapsody Online Magazine
DIAMONDS ARE FOR TREVOR NEW 80TH BIRTHDAY EDITION website review by Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: Diamonds Are For Trevor
"Its the type of entertainment you could watch for hours upon hours"
Hamer Hall was filled to capacity for Trevor Ashley's 80th Birthday Edition tribute performance to Dame Shirley Bassey.
From the moment you walked in the doors of the the Arts Centre in Melbourne you knew you were in for a night of luxury, entertainment and laughs.
Trevor Ashley is an Australian entertainment and drag performance artist. It was straight off the back of his performance of the same tribute show to Dame Shirley Bassey in the Sydney Opera House that Melbournians were able to embrace such a glorious show.
On stage is a 24 piece classical orchestra conducted by the legendary John Foreman, whom also plays the piano throughout and embraces comedic moments with 'Bassey'.
Imagine you are in a glamorous casino and all of a sudden you are caught up in an absolutely glittzy musical number with James Bond music playing and Dame Shirley Bassey breaks out into hits like Goldfinger, Big Spender & Diamond's are Forever to name a few. Bassey even broke into some aussie hits in the latest act!
The costumes are dazzling and that is all thanks to Academy Award Winner Tim Chappel who created the specialised sparkling beauties. Imagine being decked out in sequins and diamonds from head to toe, every girls dream come true!
Trevor performed comedy acts throughout the night whilst it was split into 2 acts there was monologue between each song where an appropriate amount of Champagne would be poured and a funny skit would play out between the orchestra on stage, the audience and John Foreman. It was perfectly timed the whole night, I just wish it was longer.
You are guaranteed to leave the show walking away with a slight groove in your walk performing 'Big Spender' yourself. I would love to see this again and can't wait to see what Trevor Ashley does next!
MULTICULTURAL GALA CONCERT BY SHALOM ASSOCIATION MELBOURNE NEW website press release by Glen Wilson
Shalom Association Multicultural Gala Concert. Glen Eira Arts Complex Sunday 21st May
The Shalom Association hosted a spectacular concert, showcasing some of Melbourne’s finest musicians and performers. Opening the performance was the stunning vocals of Vered Harnell. Vered teamed up with Brett Kaye for some brilliant duets.
Rada Tochalina - my first real introduction to opera was courtesy of Rada`s outstanding Soprano vocals. Rada`s performance was incredible as always , Rada teamed up with Brett Kaye for some beautiful duets.
Richard Thomas gave an outstanding rendition of ‘The Prayer” – one of the finest I’ve heard of this classic piece. The Jewish choir “Zemer” under the direction of Brett Kaye performed one of my all time favourites ‘Hallelujah' along with Hebrew and a song in Zulu.
The Melbourne Chinese choir – Melbourne Sound of music Ensemble performed as the Ladies group followed by Men’s Group and finished off with a group performance – Highlighted by a selection from Verdi`s Ill Traviata. The evening also featured 2 incredible young performers Antony Feldman – Violin and Inessa Tan – Bollywood Dancer .
Also performing were pianists, Tamara Vasilevitsky & Iouna Mashlak, Saxophonist Alex Medved and Julian Vilsten whos spinning lights routine gave some incredible photo opportunities.
This was a stunning evening of fine music and performances, one which equally rivals the best of the best. The concert featured a rich combination of traditional Jewish along with Russian & western music.
The evening concluded with plenty of dancing with the whole audience invited to join in.
Keep an eye out for their next performance and go along for an exceptional evening that will not disappoint.
Glen, GW Photography
DOG LOVERS SHOW MELBOURNE 2017 NEW website photography: Kieran McNamara
Dog Lovers Show was run for there days 5-7 May at the Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building. For many people like ourselves who own dogs their lovely four legged family members are not only pets, they are friends who know,understand and feel us, who trust us and love us unconditionally. They are the creatures the whole household is rotating around. This is true - just forget to not go for a walk twice a day - they will remind you as well as they will remind you when is the best time of the day to play, to sleep, to caress, to get naughty and to dream. Their eyes tell you more than any other eyes in the world. They stare at you with so much passion you can only reply to such love with hugs and kisses. Once my husband said: "if I only knew the love from I can get from my puppies I would never get married" - but such expressions can be very dangerous especially if they are said in front of a good wife like myself :) although I understand these words. Our pets are reflections of us. They are trusting and kind, tender and considerate to the other humans apart from their owners following their upraising. They never forget their first owner as they will always consider him/her to be their most loving parent. If you want to learn what your dog think just connect and turn into their consciousness. You might also find out in some situations they are smarter than us, have better skills in certain and they are telepathic of course. One of our dogs reads our minds easily. We call him silently from the other room and he runs. Our other dog is way young to use this trick yet. I can write a whole book about our two four legged kids but we talk about the Dog Lovers Show - just reminding you (and myself) this too...
Cutting the long story short: the exhibition was better than ever! Is was so full of very generous exhibitors and assorted activities. We learnt a lot in one day at the exhibition about new products, new tricks with the dogs and much more. This year more charities and dogs related organisation were present at the exhibition and it was very pleasant to see. I loved the most when you walk freely at the exhibition and suddenly you feel someone's cold nose in your palms - she/he is saying hello and tells us: "I know you have puppies too and I think I love them too" - the dogs smile at you on every corner of the Show. Melbourne is so rich and diverse on breeds and passionate people who adore their "besties".
While I tell you this let's remember that having a dog at home is theraputic: they care about you the same way you care about them - this care that we get back is priceless. They save human lives, they work in the fields, they play parts in most famous movies, they are most significant parts of our lives.
I now understand why when I was small (and more close to the source, to god) I asked my parents for a brother or a sister and I would always add to my question: "if you do not want to gibe a birth to a child at least give a birth to a dog or a cat". I felt very lonely in my childhood as most of the time I had to spend with myself. Now when I have Dasha and Tosha , our puppies at home I understand what I was lacking. I am happy that my grandchildren will have pets: both cats and dogs at the houses of our two human kids.
50,000 visitors went to the show this year; we look forward to the Cat Lovers Show and to the next year Dog Lovers Show 2018: the event fill of education, lovely interactions and entertainment.
sneak peek photos by NM
YANDELL WALTON EXHIBITION AT ROBIN BOYD FOUNDATION website review and interview: Irina Ivanova photography: Anne Berger at Anna Bereger Shoots
‘Resonance’ Launch Night at Robin Boyd’s House with Artwork by Yandell Walton – Tuesday 25th April
Designed in 1957 the Robin Boyd’s House is a beautiful example of modernist Australian architecture. The famous architect Boyd created it for his family as the representation of their socialite life style and needs of their family. Back then it was a sought-after venue to be invited to for dinner. It comprised all the glamour of that era. Bought by Robin Boyd’s foundation in 2005 the site continues to serve for the educational traditions for future generations of architects and designers. It participates in the Open House Melbourne program, providing the visitors with the opportunity to experience the design qualities of this outstanding building. It is also open for collaborations with cinematographic and artistic projects, like the one we were privileged to attend to.
From Tuesday April 25th until Saturday April 29th the remarkable house welcomed the creations of the talented projection artist Yandell Walton, who presented eight artworks spread out around the rooms and the courtyard of this original space. This was a site-responsive project, exploring the ideas of impermanence, fragility and the otherworldly.
Yandell is a well-known projection artist, whose works are regularly exhibited nationally and internationally in art galleries and non-conventional sites. Recently she was a participant of the prestigious Light City Baltimore (2016), and received the ‘Best Of Show’ Award at Digital Graffiti Florida (2015). In 2013 and 2015 her works were exhibited during White Night Festival in Melbourne.
In the following interview Yandell (YW) talks about inspiration for her artworks, the process of their creation, the ideas behind them and her future projects.
Irina Ivanova (II): Projection installation is rather a unique form of art – how did you discover it for yourself at the first place?
YW: I have been working with the medium of projection for over 10 years and really I originally was a print maker. I did my undergraduate in printmaking, but I used a lot of photographic techniques, so naturally I started just to work with photo media, which progressed very naturally into owning my first, video camera and doing video installations which then just progressed to working with projection. But for me the time-based medium of video really resonates with what appears in my work – about impermanence, duration, and time. And other than sort of video projection itself I'm really interested in how pulling it away from screen-based medium and how projection can work with architecture or object as you can see. All my work is a blur between the actual and the virtual, between the material and immaterial, between the architecture and the projection. I mean for me it's a no-brainer; it fits within what I'm interested in.
II: You have a big collection of old monitors at your workplace (KARMA office/warehouse) – do they serve as an inspiration to you? What other objects get you into the mood of creating?
YW: I don't anymore – I’ve got rid of them, because I needed room. But at some point I was collecting them, there was like 58! I was so interested… I collected them through driving around during hard rubbish collection. They were in working order and they have just been thrown out because the technology was moving so rapidly. There was so many everywhere – it was like 10 years ago. And I wanted to do a big project with them. But never actually did. Definitely I have used them for some projects, but not all that massive amount of monitors.
I am mainly interested in the intersection between projection and object so I'm really interested in the projecting onto objects. And you will see in this exhibition that there is a hand printed black-and-white photograph with the projection on it; there's a sculptural object [hands] with a projection onto it.
II: Most recently you have done a few public engagement projects [Transition (2014), When You Were Here (2016), Departed (2016)] – which one correlates better with your own interests? What topics interest you the most?
YW: I have been doing more public engagement projects and using different technology I find technology to be a really amazing way to engage audience. There's a work called Human Effect that is showing for Art Plus Climate Equals Change festival for the 1st week in May, on the north-facing wall of the Art Centre. And that is an interactive public artwork and it's not trying to provoke playfulness – it is actually trying to make people aware of their impact on the environment.
The other one I would like to talk about is Departed. That was the work that I did for Wagga Wagga, and I chose to have conversations with the public, with strangers whoever would come into my studio and talk to me when I was there, with what they thought what death looked like visually. I wanted them to visually explain a visual representation. Then I would create the work around their descriptions. And I would also scan their heads in 3D, which to me was a really interesting way of capturing them in data at that point at that time. It was a really interesting project and was also about the process of these conversations and talking about a taboo subject in our culture. So the process was for me as just as important as the outcome.
II: How long does it take to put together a project like the one, which will be presented at the Robin Boyd House?
A long time… I was privileged to do residency here for 3 days. So I let the space sort of talk to me. It was a site-responsive project. I wanted to be living here and see what features and parts of architecture spoke to me. It was pretty amazing how the light moved through the space and how the sound travelled through the space. So all these projects were highly considered. Then over quite a few months I had the opportunity to come back and do some testing. I was working in my studio to redevelop six existing works and create two new works for this space. So quite a few months – from the start of the year.
II: What are your prospective endeavours? What projects would you be working on in the future?
YW: I’m always doing a thousand projects. I’m doing Human Effect, which is being installed this week. I am doing a residency at substation in Newport, which is an amazing space. And I will be developing new works that hopefully will be exhibited the following year. I’m heavily involved in the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, so I will be presenting one of these works at the festival, which happens in July. So there is quite a list.
COOK AND CO CONCERT: SHAKESPEARE MASTER OF METER website review an photos by Irina Ivanova
Connections 1 Shakespeare: Master of Meter – 27th of April 2017
The evening of the 27th of April was spent beautifully. We were invited to share the magical connection created between Shakespeare’s poetry and classical music. This program was presented by Cook and Co company, and held under the magnificent dome of Richmond Uniting Church.
The sound the building created was exquisite. The singer’s soprano floated gently then stroke powerfully with some brave notes. First act was devoted to six Shakespeare songs that sounded divine performed by Theresa Borg, the renowned singer, actor, writer and director.
Theresa is famous for singing the parts of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Cosette in Les Miserables, Jellylorum/Griddlebone in Cats and Hope in Anything Goes! She also performed numerous roles for the Opera Australia and Victorian Opera, and toured internationally with over 20 family musicals that she had directed and written. In 2016 Theresa directed Disney Under the Stars at the Sydney Mayer Music Bowl and the Sydney Opera House.
In the Act 2 of the concert the audience was carried away with the sounds of the romantic dialogue between violin and piano. Two very skillful artists – Janis Cook (piano) and Markiyan Melnychenko (violin) performed four pieces from Much Ado About Nothing by outstanding Austrian composer of the XXth century Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Markiyan is a prized violinist, who gives lectures of Violin at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. In 2013 he performed at the Luncheon of Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration. Janis Cook is an honored pianist, concert curator and music educator. Janis collaborated with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for two decades as regular principal pianist; she also worked with Orchestra Victoria and other leading community orchestras. She traveled to Japan, Europe and Russia, and for several years toured with the Australian Ballet Company.
The unusual and intriguing part of the program was the inclusion of poetic interventions performed by Hunter Perske. These literature improvisations, inspired by Romeo and Juliet’s theme, were a wonderful addition to the amorous mood created by music. Hunter is a professional actor who has played various Shakespearean roles in the past, including Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rosencrantz in Hamlet.
In the last part of the concert we were presented with the excerpts from Romeo and Juliet’s interpretations by the composers of different epochs and nationalities. There was the dramatic theme by Nino Rota used for the 1968’s British-Italian film, classic ballet by Russian composer Serge Prokofiev (1935), French opera by Charles Gounod (1867) and Leonard Bernstein’s overture (mid-1950s, America). The music touched every soul – the audience was applauding wholeheartedly.
In the end of the musical performance the audience was welcomed at the gallery belonging to the church where the viewing of original artworks by Debra Luccio was taken place. The paintings were inspired by the Queensland Ballet production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, thus they beautifully interlaced with the Shakesperean theme of the evening.
COOK AND CO CONCERT: SHAKESPEARE MASTER OF METER website review by Lyudmila Vaisman
Shakespeare: Master of Meter THURSDAY 27 APRIL 2017, 7:30PM.
SOPRANO - THERESA BORG VIOLINIST - MARKIYAN MELNYCHENKO PIANIST - JANIS COOK NARRATOR - HUNTER PERSKE My favourite part of the evening was Romeo and Juliet compilation including music by Prokofiev, Rota, Gounod and Bernstein. The combination of amazing soprano voice, superb piano performance, enormous violinist's talent and glorious music created unforgettable impression in my heart. The flow of the passionate story created for this performance from the classical Romeo and Juliet story inspired the audience to look beyond the undying true love. The ending of the performance promoted further thoughts about timeless themes and the place of such special connection and commitment in our lives... Lyudmila
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL: TRYGVE WAKENSHAW WITH NAUTILUS website review by Rouben Dickranian
Trygve Wakenshaw: I found the comedy by Trygve Wakenshaw very strange and the humour was very different. The comedy is very planned and composed. It is original, however, not really my cup of tea, but there again most of the audience really enjoyed it. Ultimately everyone has there own sense of humour.
SHANGHAI BALLET WITH SWAN LAKE website short review and photos: Glen Wilson
The Shanghai Ballet brings to the stage the worlds grandest production of swan lake.
Derek Deane`s production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake comprises a dance company of 80 Dancers. With the Corps de ballet of 48 swans, this is the world’s largest production of Swan Lake. Lead by Prima Ballerina Qi Bingxue & Wu Husheng this production has received world wide acclaim.
I was fortunate to attend a media call today and from seeing 48 Swans grace the stage is a unforgettable experience. Make sure you get a ticket for what will be an unforgettable experience.
Shanghai Ballet Swan Lake The Regent Theatre Melbourne Directed by Xin Lili Choreography by Derek Deane
Shanghai Ballets performance of Swan Lake is simply stunning.
Wu Husheng in the leading roll of Siegfried gives a commanding performance. Wu`s stage presence is incredible, With brilliant acting , facial expressions and body language he brings his character to life in a way reminiscent of some of the great silent movie actors.
Wu`s dancing is impeccable, displaying grace, power & incredible skill.
Ako Kondo commands the stage with her portrayal of Odette/Odile. Ako is a member of the Australian Ballet and guest dancer in this production.
Wu & Ako have a special chemistry happening on the stage and bring an incredible amount of passion and intimacy to the title roles.
The production features a huge Corpse de Ballet of 48 swans. This gives an amazing element of fluidity to the lake scenes with endless movement across the stage. The Corpse de Ballet is absolute perfection, with stunning visuals and perfect synchronicity from fingertip to toe.
The addition of smoke to the second act lake scene gives a whole new dimension to the swans – giving an illusion of effortless gliding across the stage. Stage scenery and costumes are stunning.
ZHOU Haibo portrays Rothbart superbly – simply the best Rothbart iv seen.
Act 3 – The Great Hall, Brings to the stage the absolute best from the cast and leads,
Wu`s combinations of endless pirouette`s & Tour en l`air is simply breathtaking with perfect landings. Ako absolutely shines at this point with a stunning rendition of Odie displaying incredible agility and grace.
My biggest complaint with this production is that the 2 and a half hours on stage is all too short – another 2 hours would have been perfect. I had a chance to chat to a few other audience members during the break and the overall consensus was - this is a brilliant production.
Derek Deane & Xin Lili have take this classic ballet to a whole new level of excellence.
Do not miss this one……
A huge thank you to Michael @ MAD PR for this incredible opportunity.
review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF ‘SWAN LAKE’ BY THE SHANGHAI BALLET
Given at: The Regent Theatre, Collins St. Melbourne on 21/4/2017.
In brief terms, this production in four acts may be described as follows: Engaging from the start with excellent animation. Incredible, colourful and dynamically powerful sets, including special effects. Well orchestrated recorded music – well timed but credits not given to the orchestra and conductor. Superlative and highly artistic choreography, ensuring sheer brilliance. Formations of swans displayed tremendous discipline, beauty and grace. The effortless elegance and finesse of the leading pair (WU Husheng and Ako Kondo) captivated the audience with their sheer brilliance. The intensity and colourful segments of the four national dances was simply spectacular. Special attention and fine detailing given to quality costumes. The dance of the four little swans was absolutely captivating and beautiful. The sorcerer Rothbart (ZHOU Haibo) showed dynamic energy with a clever costume that was not easy to dance with but very effective. A warm and engaging atmosphere, much appreciated by the full house. Overall, this was a tremendously spectacular, disciplined, lavish, elegant and artistic production, peppered with imagination and embraced by Tchaikovsky’s uplifting and tuneful music. Full marks!!!
Sylvester Kroyherr (Musician/Singer) 24/4/2017.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL: DAMIEN VOSK AND ROSS PURDY IN SAFARI PSYCHOSIS website review by Emmylou MacCarthy
Damien Vosk's new stand up act along side Ross Purdy was interesting to say the least. The late night show played out in one of The Tuxedo Cats small performance rooms and the show was definitely an intimate one. With references to Beyonce, Everybody Loves Raymond and a sound track that highlighted some early 2000 musical classics we found our selves laughing and not really knowing why. When asked about the random fits of laughter that were clearly heard in the small room Damien replied with that was a very common reaction and was also his goal of the show. He wanted the audience to laugh and not really know why. Drawing towards the end of the show Ross Purdy’s behind does become exposed with a very close encounter to Damien’s face and I have to admit, there wasn’t exactly laughter but more shock trickling through the crowd.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL: JUST LIKE BUDDHA BY ANTHONY JEANNOT website review by Jeanette Russell
Just like Buddha was a comedy show delivered by Anthony Jeannot. It runs for just under an hour. During the show Anthony explained about his life in detail especially the last 10 years. He was quite a presence, very enthusiastic and animated. He gives us an insight into his life work and relationships mainly from the age of 21 to 29 . He did not use a microphone having a voice that could deliver the comedy, and that carried very well. The audience were lead on a journey with Jeannot through his life focusing mainly on more recent times. Topics ranged from advertising work that he engages in to his comedy routine, and his brush with Buddhism, to experiences with magic mushrooms. Other varying subjects were his participation in internet dating, meditation and even his struggles with anxiety, identity and existential crisis. During the show there was many comedic moments, and parts of the stories as they were conveyed. I found the time to be for the most part, entertaining and enjoyable. Thank you for the opportunity to critique the show. Appreciate the opportunity. I would like to give it 3 stars.
FUN FOR KIDS website press release by Emmylou MacCarthy
Fun 4 Kids Festival held a very fun pirate themed media launch at Polly Woodside in South Wharf today, announcing Jimmy Giggle & his much loved sidekick Hoot will be headlining this years much anticipated event held in Warrnambool.
Fun 4 Kids Festival is the perfect school holiday event for children aged 2-12yrs and boasts a huge line up of children entertainment which will span across 10 000sqm of a dedicated undercover village in Warrnambools city centre. Lah Lah’s Big Live Band, Trolls, The Snors Travelling Circus, The Spicy Girls, Frank & Woodly are just some of the acts set to entertain the children for the first week of the winter holidays from July 5-9th 2017 !
Jimmy Giggle will perform a new interactive magic show over two days of the five day festival which is also right in the middle of Warrnambool’s famous whale watching season ! “I am thrilled to be apart of such a great kids festival and looking forward to entertaining and having fun in Warrnambool” said Jimmy.
“In between shows I might see if I can spot a whale, check out some wildlife in Tower Hill and go for a stroll along Breakwater!”
Each pass gives you access to the entire festival site and all of the fun goes from 10am-7pm !
Connect with Fun 4 Kids on Facebook and instagram and look out for special offers for great local accommodation and event updates !
MICF 2017: GEORGE DIMARELOS WITH SELF-SABOTAGE NEW website review and interview by Irina Ivanova Interview with George Dimarelos – Self-Sabotage @ MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017
The Self Sabotage, written and performed by wonderful George Dimarelos, is a part of Melbourne Comedy Festival this year. It is a very vibrant and engaging show, touching base on basic human emotions and warming up the audience quickly within the first few minutes of the show. It is all due to the positive George’s energy that charges the spectators immediately and nobody can resist the charms of this young and talented comedian. Below is my interview taken with George for the Bohemian Rhapsody Club.
II: Tell us a bit about yourself, please?
GD: I am a Melbourne-based comic, started a few years ago, when I had my 1st experience to do a full show. As a hobby I did it for three years, not so often – maybe once a month, and full time – just started my 3d year. I had a show last year, now it’s my 2nd show. I’ve done Adelaide and Perth and after Melbourne I’ll be travelling with the show to Sydney and Edinburgh (Scotland) in August [it’s the biggest fringe festival in the world. It is great fun and excellent learning experience. I get to meet different people and set up contacts]. My position is still developing, I am trying to grow network and build a fan base. I start to branch out doing video sketches.
II: Do you take acting or public speaking classes?
GD: Yes, I do take acting classes. The other one [public speaking] comes natural. I know it sounds cocky. I was doing acting before I started standups. Someone actually said to me: “You have a nice energy – you should go and start comedy”. And I like writing, so I combined the two, and thought: this is actually really fun. That’s how I did that. I see that a lot of people can relate to it.
II: It is lovely how you engage people into the show.
GD: I like acting and trying to get people involved, but not like singing and dancing – just saying hi, engaging in a conversation, because the energy becomes completely different: then everyone gets onboard, it becomes more of a chat.
II: Do you change your topics depending on people’s response?
GD: Slightly, because it all ties back together, there’s a little core base of things. Not overly, but definitely if I notice they are liking something, maybe focus a bit more energy in this and maybe take away something which is not so viably. But because it is quite fixed I don’t do too much, especially that there’s a story that has a beginning, middle and end, so I can’t do that much.
II: How do you come up with your stories?
GD: It’s a true story… I know it doesn’t sound like one. Generally comedians – they use their life experience or maybe someone else’s experience. I have that ridiculous life story that is just perfect to use for the show ‘Self Sabotage’. Funny is that when you are a good comedian you can use the smallest story and look at it from three different angles and turn it into something more.
II: Who are you looking up to? Who are your favourite comedians?
GD: There’s so many… The biggest name right now is Louis C.K., which everyone looks up to.
II: But he’s so sad all the time?..
GD: That’s what I like. I like that kind of darkness side of it. It’s kind of interesting. Also the classic one is a comedian called Stewart Lee, an English comedian; then Daniel Kitson, another English guy who’s here right now – that’s why he’s in my head. He’s got a show here, he is just brilliant! Big names are funny but also there is a lot of smaller ones. It’s great to listen to them, because it gives you the idea of how good people are. You can see where you are at in comparison, you can even try and learn the craft skills.
II: How do you see yourself in the future?
GD: It’s an interesting question. You just need to get better, right? You need to be good, so the goal right now is just to be good, be great everywhere you go, just do well. I need to force myself to write more of the new material, and get better as a comedian. That’s the goal right now, as well as to slowly start to make money from it eventually – that’ll be nice. I’m going to do another run next year. And I will do online stuff, maybe videos…
II: Do you have your own website? GD: Yes, www.georgedima.com. I’ve shortened my surname for easier spelling.
There’s all sort of useful information on George’s past and future gigs, his witty blog and some pretty pictures, so don’t miss out!
MICF 2017: RICHARD STUBBS IN FULL FLIGHT website review by Bryanna Reynolds
Richard Stubbs is a well known Australian media personality starring in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017.
His show 'In Full Flight' delivered a range of jokes ranging from his unemployment break after quitting his job in 2016 and having a lot more time on his hands to spend with his family and think about life's happenings.
If you enjoy humour to do with American v Australian politics and love to talk Trump the first 5 minutes will be for you.
The show goes through the ins and outs of Keeping up with the Kardashians and some reference to news and wild weather.
The comedy throughout the show is definitely suited to an older age group 40 plus but anyone would be able to see the show and understand most references made.
I did laugh out loud when he mentioned how nowadays we communicate on our phones, even if we are in the same house as someone.
I look forward to seeing what Richard Stubbs does next in his career.
MICF 2017: SHIRLEY GNOME - TAKING UP THE NOTCH website press release: review and photos by Irina Ivanova
Shirley Gnome – Taking Up the Notch @ MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017
My Tuesday night was spent lovely and quite unusually – in the city. While Melbourne Comedy Festival is blossoming with witty talents, there is an abundance of fun-lovers everywhere.
The beautiful Shirley Gnome’s show was held in the Butterfly Club, which provides a perfect cozy disposition for sex-related performances. And SEX was the main and definitely the most important topic of this show. Sex-sex-sex! It sounded like a woman’s liberation, her choice to choose, her way to go… With a wonderful angelic voice of hers and equipped with a sparkly guitar and a cowboy hat and boots, Shirley was entertaining the audience with her open-minded (sometimes a little bit too open even) takes on relationships between men and women. The crowds were cheering with excitement and admiration.
Great show, positive emotions, happy audience, beautiful and smart artist – we greatly enjoyed! And the special prize goes to…. Tada! Shirley’s red costume and all the things that found room underneath it.
DAMIEN VOSK ROUGH SHOW website press release bu Ina Parakhina
The hour went so quickly as we watched Damien's new show. It was a real pleasure to be part of his audience. His listeners were very responsive and had a good giggle all the way throughout Damien's entire show. their reaction was remarkable. Damien touched very common topics from our day to day life. The comedian seemed so grounded and very close to all of us in the audience. He talked about finding a job, finding himself in this life , He talked about his relationship with his friends and relatives as well as shared his personal funny experiences. Although the stories were quite funny you could feel a bit of sadness in them. The stories were sounding so similar to the ones many us have experienced. Damien's interpretation of the simple life situations is close to none It shows in such funny way an incredible talent of the young comedian We highly recommend everyone to visit Damien's stand-ups that are taking pace as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival The shows run till April 9
LOUISA WALL: A DINGO ATE MY BABY website review by Nadia Pleshkova
Looking for love, laugh and magic? The super talented and clever Louisa Wall has it all in her "Dingo ate my baby" performance as part of comedy festival. One person's show, you might think? Wrong. Just like her multiple skills of musician, dancer, singer, rapper you will face her various characters of different ages, genders and natures on the stage. Just like the transformation of her characters your imagination will be diving and flying from Earth to moon, to the sea of stars and back to Earth, to the outback of AUZ:) Transformation, in fact is a crucial factor of the show with a simple message: stop living by stereotypes and don't be judgmental. Totally engaging, completely comfortable with audience I want to see you again next year- Louisa Wall.
ASSISTED SUICIDE THE MUSICAL BY LIZ CARR AT THE MALTHOUSE THEATRE website press release by Irina Ivanova
Assisted Suicide @ MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017
Assisted Suicide is a part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year. It originates from England with all the cast being British. Oh my, this means they all have this British pronunciation of words, that some people (like myself) cannot just go past, but want to listen and savour!
Directed as a musical, the piece delivers many controversial topics at ease of light-hearted singing and dancing. Liz Carr, the playwright and the main character, performing alongside not only live actors, but also her own alter ego appearing in the form of TV translation, had the audience bursting with laughs. The crowd could not get enough of the wit and frankness of Liz’s story.
Miss Carr is known for her political activism and disability rights campaigning in the United Kingdom for the past 20 years. She is also a member of a prominent disability rights group in the United States. ‘In 2011, Carr was part of a Newsnight debate on assisted suicide, following the screening on the BBC of Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die.’ [Wikipedia]. She’s travelled to 5 countries providing facilities for people deciding to commit so called ‘dignicide’. In this show she presents her perspective on the idea of euthanasia for terminally ill people.
Supported by a talented cast, director Mark Whitelaw, and composer Ian Hill, Liz created an eye-opening experience for the inspective audience, which by the way was abundant. It was great to see so many people open to such a taboo topic. And also I was impressed by the quality of the show – attention to each and every detail. I could smell a lot of rehearsing there! J It was definitely a good start to go a bigger stage, in my opinion. Best of luck and a huge Thank You!
IIVOLU THEATRE OF PANTOMIME: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS website press release by Glen Wilson
Tivoli Theatre Pantomimes Goldilocks and The Three Bears St John’s Church Hall 5 Finch St Malvern
Yet another brilliant production in classic pantomime format . Their modern take on the classic children’s book Goldilocks and the three bears is a wonderful mix of humor & Songs- from classic show tunes to modern hits.
Sets are simple yet colorful and spectacular & along with the costumes compliment the performers.
Ellie Hannah Carol in her 4th year performing with Tivoli is fantastic as Goldilocks. Ellie`s voice is amazing – A hidden talent that will have a brilliant career on the stage.
Valentina Liuzzi is a young and very talented performer (another rising star ), and gives a great performance as Wee Bear.
Clinton Barker who has performed with Tivoli for over a decade is as brilliant as always bring plenty of humor to the production.
Julie Arnold who has been part of Tivoli for over 20 years, gives her best in the role of Mama Bear. ( Julie is also the winner of The Victorian Drama League Perpetual Trophy for BEST ACTRESS in a COMEDY - 'Bette and Joan' Brighton Theatre Co). As always a fantastic performance from the whole cast and everyone behind the scenes that make this production possible.
Whether your 6 or 60 go along and have a ball – this is a great production with plenty to keep both the adults and kids smiling.
Glen GW Photography
Below is a brief Bio on Ellie courtesy of Alta @ Tivoli theater – once again a name to remember…. Ellie Hannah has been an avid theatre enthusiast for her whole life. She has studied various styles of dancing, singing and drama at Ballarat Centre of Music and the Arts (BCMA) since 2005. She now takes singing lessons with Maxine Montgomery. Ellie has performed in many local productions with BCMA and BLOC Music Theatre, receiving a Victorian Theatre Guild Award in 2010 for her portrayal of Jojo in BLOC jr’s production of Seussical the Musical. Ellie also works professionally in Melbourne with “The Tivoli Theatre Pantomimes” performing regularly in school holiday seasons. Ellie has been seen most recently onstage as "Frenchy" in Grease, "Hope Cladwell" in Urinetown and as "Jellylorum" in Ballarat Lyric Theatre’s production of CATS.
RAW ARTISTS PERTH website press release by Jane Maringka
The RAW Event Perth titled "Verse" took place on Thursday, 30th March 2017 at Rosemount Hotel in North Perth, WA. The door was opened at 18:30.
Considering many people would have to go to work the next day, I didn't expect the event to be as packed. Yet, the long queue suggested otherwise.
My first impression of the event was that it was eclectic with overall good feel. The exhibition was divided into 3 different sections with the light in the main stage area dimmed to set a tone for the evening. There were a variety of art forms available for purchase, which included but was not limited to jewelry, photography, painting, make-up artistry, fashion, boho boards, graffiti and terrariums. There were few band performances and the fashion show took place at the end of the evening.
Initially, I planned to do a style review and was going to pick my top 5. I started by taking pics of few stylish attendees and models with glittery make-up and cool updos . While gathering materials for my behind the scene clip, I spotted the MC - in her iridescent gown by a local designer - referred to the crowd as a family. She then called out each visual artist and asked them to go on the stage and walk the runway with their masterpieces. The crowd cheered loudly and gave their no d of appreciation. Feeling inspired by the moment, I filmed the "artist's show "Suddenly, it hit me that I was missing the point and decided to change the direction of my bts clip to highlight what the event was really about. Perth local creatives are part of one close-knit family and everyone was there to have fun and support each other. It was a celebration of talents & creative expression and what one wears to the event is secondary.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW website press release by Anna Berger
The annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show never disappoints!
From the magnificent floral creations through to exquisite outdoor gardens; complete with incredible sculptures, colourful plants and outdoor furniture.
The art, the workshops and competitions as well as the green retail therapy is sure to satisfy the fussiest of garden enthusiast. As usual, an absolute delight!
SELBY AND FRIENDS 9 MARCH 2017 website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
“Youth and the Dance”
A concert given by Selby & Friends at the Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square on 9 March 2017.
ARTISTS: Grace Clifford (violin) – Sweet, intensely dynamic and sensitive performance. Clancy Newman (cello) – Richly smooth, beautiful and full of flavour. (occasionally, playing by heart). Kathryn Selby (piano) – Passionate, engaging, exacting and simply brilliant.
The first offering was Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E-flat major Op. 1 No.1. The youthful and dynamic energy of the 22 year old composer was evident from the start with good colour and ‘light and shade’ provided by the trio. The piano led the gentle second movement with a delightful interplay of rich but precise playing, followed by the bouncy and cheerful third movement. Awaiting us was the powerful and fast third movement that displayed the trios’ great skill and versatility – with some furious piano runs and gutsy ending.
Our next piece was Saint-Saens’ Piano Trio No. 1 in F major, Op.18, composed when he was 28. A preamble by Grace set the youthful mood. Delivery by the trio was firm and powerful, showing exceptional interplay, leading us to a sensitively handled second movement that displayed a sublime mood. Excitement mounted in the third movement with some quite complex pizzicato passages and some incredible dueling between the instruments bouncing off each other. The audience lapped up the last movement that displayed a bright and breezy feel mixed with a great deal of complexity. Saint-Saens would have given that a standing ovation.
Following the interval, the trio regrouped and after a preamble by Clancy that highlighted the composer’s connection with ordinary people, Dvorak’s Piano Trio No.4 in E minor, “Dumky”, Op.90 took the stage. With a dramatic start and melancholy contrasts, the ‘folkie’ feel of the piece was established with dignity and power. In the second movement, the cello’s rich beauty excelled through somber overtones. The slow and dreamy third movement displayed great sensitivity and beautiful interplay, while the short next segment showed the trio’s exactness and strong musical sense. Moving to the fifth movement, the dance type themes continued, showing off the trio’s expressive qualities and drama. In conclusion, the last movement sported a great deal of interest and intensity with a spectacular finale.
A TRULY WORLD CLASS CONCERT WITH TERRIFIC ACOUSTICS AND A PACKED HOUSE! Sylvester Kroyherr (Musician/Architect)