JENNY LU CONCERT: ONCE UPON A TIME NEW website review by Katherine Kelly photos: Stuart Buchanan
Once Upon a Time
Piano recital by Jenny Lu St Paul’s Anglican Church Canterbury Sunday 17 November, 2019.
Accomplished pianist Jenny Lu showcased some lesser known works in her recent performance.
She started with Empathy by Tony Gould, a piece with dreamy jazz chords depicting light and darkness.
Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song followed, which served as a musical ode to the Australian countryside.
Franz Liszt’s Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses VII Funerailes was an evocative and sombre work in memory of the 1849 executions by the Austrians of the Hungarian Prime Minister and thirteen generals in punishment for their bid for independence. Unlike his famous Tristesse, this work was pared down to illustrate his anger of the injustices meted out to his people and of his love for Hungary.
Russian Rag by Elena Kats Chernin, a very well-known composition and one of my favourite works, evoked street cafes with people mingling and perhaps dancing.
Kaija Saariaho’s Ballade (2005) was percussive in style and sounded quite frenzied and disturbing without a definable melody.
We then heard two works by Sergei Rachmaninov’s contemporary the lesser known Nikolai Medtner - Sontata-Skazka Op. 25 No. 1 (1910) and Skazki Op. 34 (1916-1917). These compositions differed in the style with the first being wild and tempestuous and the second depicting a fairytale like atmosphere.
The colour run of 5km was absolute fun and entertaining.
It brought an array of colours to Melbourne's life. People had a lot of laughs and plays with colours. There were lots of activities during the race too. ,
The whole set up that was so well organised. There was live musicians invited on stage who brought some much sound to the event apart from visual beauty. There were dances and colour throws added to excite the happy guests.
Some of the key features of the event were Massive Insta-worthy Color Throwsthat took place every 15 mins. Apart from that there were great DJs and amazing Dance Parties, 7-Eleven Playground with FREE Slurpees for all the runners, there were also fresh fruit, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Coffees to serve for the participants! There was an extra sponsor freebies from Voost, Subaru, Harvest Snaps and lots MORE to list here
Overall it was an superb experience that you would want to go for year after year. I love it and I will keep attending so I recommend the same to you too. Thank you to the organisers for doing such a wonderful and impressive job.
SANTA'S MAGICAL KINGDOM NEW website review by Nicole Stenton
If you love the magic of Christmas, you will be sure to love the excitement and atmosphere of Santa’s Magical Kingdom. The kids and I were ‘wowed’ from the moment we entered. The first attraction that caught our eye was a section towards the front, with Christmas trees, fairy lights and an abundance of foam like snow. The kids could have easily spent the whole session smothering each other with the foam, and given the laughter and smiles they had while doing this I wouldn’t have minded! There were plenty of photo opportunities, but if you’re kids are anything like mine they won’t be interested in posing for too many photos when there is so much for them to see and do. There were many different areas to entertain the family. Another favourite was the giant ball pit near the gingerbread stand. The rides had minimal wait time which is so important when you have over excited kids that want to see and experience everything quickly. Most of the rides seemed to be aimed at younger kids (7 and under) and this is probably the age I’d recommend to attend. You can’t have a day out at Santa’s Magical Kingdom without seeing the circus show. The whole family was in awe at the acrobatics and stunts on display. If the circus is of no interest to you, the rides remain open so there will be no wait times at all. The only thing I think I would have liked to experience was seeing Santa walking around, however as there is an opportunity for Santa photos in a controlled setting this was not an option. The kids did enjoy meeting Mrs. Claus though. Overall, it was a great and memorable day out that really brings alive the spirit of Christmas.
photography: Ashraf Da Rafsta
SONGS OF THE NORTHERN RIVER NEW website review by Katherine Kelly photography: Start Buchanan
Songs of the Northern River The MC Showroom, Level 1, 48 Clifton Street Prahran 20-24 November 2019.
Jess D’Souza director A.J. Ridefelt – Producer and writer Rachel Lewindon Musical director
Music arrangement and sound production by Craig Bryant of Paxus Productions.
Songs of the Northern River, written and produced by A.J. Ridefelt, is a collection of twelve stories told in song about life’s unforeseen events, which arrive to test us; how we deal with them; and then proceed with the newly-gained knowledge and experience.
An all-female cast of six delivered the stories with beautiful harmonies, humour and pathos. Sets were simple with wooden seats and quick costume changes.
Scenes included a daily commute on public transport, which was stymied by an all-too-common delay with both frustrating and hilarious consequences.
Another scene depicted a dancer with a fracture learning to take her first step post-injury. Recovery is very slow with just one step at a time - a reminder that life is a series of stepping stones.
Other stories include the quest for virtual love on the internet and the annoying experience of having a solo camping trip disrupted by a needy, unprepared girl scout.
This was a most enjoyable and engaging production. I will be looking forward to A.J. Ridefelt’s next creation.
MELBOURNE MUSICIANS PRESENTING: CLASSICAL MASTERS NEW website review and photos by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS (45thConcert Season) given at: James Tatoulis Auditorium, ‘MLC’ Barkers Road Kew on 15 November, 2019, titled ‘Classical Masters’. Artistic Director: Frank U. Pam. Soloists: Anne Gilby, oboe; Mia Yang, violin; David Soo, piano.
With great expectation, the audience was in for a treat with the first offering – namely the Oboe Concerto in C minor by Domenico Cimarosa – a most interesting piece which was derived from keyboard sonatas by Cimarosa. Right from the start, Anne Gilby connected with the music in a pure and melancholy manner flanked by some superb pizzicato from the orchestra. Enhanced by the clear acoustics, Anne continued with the crisp and lively ‘Allegro’ movement delivering fast and intricate passages, much appreciated by the audience. The slow, sweet and stately ‘Siciliana’ followed exploring the gentle sounds of the oboe with nurturing support from the orchestra. The flawless delivery continued with the ‘Allegro’ movement. Spritely and easy on the ears, the piece finished with flair, precision and dynamic flow, much to the delight of the enthusiastic audience – including yours truly!
Frank Pam followed up with a narrative praising the orchestra and soloists, emphasizing the need for financial support. Playing by heart, Mia Yang continued with her interpretation of Haydn’s Violin Concerto No.1 in C major. With a sparkly, crisp and lively ‘Allegro’ start, Mia impressed the crowd with energetic flow and well handled double stopping on the violin. Despite the numbers (13 in total), the orchestra provided a full well balanced sound to support the soloist who handled the complex cross bowing and the tricky upper register trills. Further enjoyment was created by the ‘cadenza’ – handled with virtuosity and flair! The slow and flowing ‘Adagio’ followed. Sweet, serene and smooth delivery packaged by a supportive orchestra brilliantly directed by Frank Pam ended the movement most peacefully. We were now ready for the ‘finale (presto)’. The energetic flair continued where Mia was exploiting the violin’s capabilities through this exciting composition. Applause from the audience was substantial!
An interesting short piece followed as the Yamaha grand was rolled into position. This was of course, Mozart’s Rondo in D major, K.382, about to be delivered by David Soo. It was clear that David was enjoying himself as he whipped into the piece with precise and tuneful clarity, exploring the many sweet Mozart themes with playful ease. Playing without music, he showed his attentiveness to the orchestra and the nurturing hands of Frank. Though intricate and complex, David found the delivery easy, showing impressive colour and contrast. Interval followed.
The buzz continued as the major work was about to enfold with David Soo! Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15. This special arrangement for small orchestra began with a crisp start from the ensemble, followed by a smooth and precise entry by David. Being about 2 metres from the piano, David’s superb execution and tonality was invigorating to say the least! His clever use of the pedals especially during the staccato passages exposed Beethoven’s intended passion in a flawless manner. Complimenting the piano, the orchestra revelled with harmony, supporting the soloist with some superb runs from the violins. The effortlessly executed cadenza wreaked of stylish passion and feeling – lapped up by yours truly! Moving onto the slow movement (‘Largo’), the gentle and soothing melodies massaged the swayed audience with exciting staccato passages and a bonded flowing orchestra nurtured by the maestro Frank Pam of course. We rubbed our hands
together in anticipation to welcome the ‘Allegro’ - last movement – crisp, bouncy and exciting treatment by all concerned. It was exhilarating to see David connecting with the conductor and the audience without even peeping at the keyboard. The intelligent, cohesive and energetic delivery embraced the receptive audience who responded with connected appreciation. After a big finish and bows with Frank, David treated us with an encore – ‘Fur Elise’. A memorable rendition that touched many, glowing with passionate colour and contrast – a fitting end to a fabulous musical evening.
Congratulations to Frank Pam (and a Happy Birthday for the 16th), the Orchestra, supporters and all the soloists for a delightfully stimulating, energetic and musically top class concert. We look forward to future events in 2020 and beyond. SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Musician - Bohemian Rhapsody Club). 19.11. 2019.
THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL FENCING: GUY WINDSOR WORKSHOP NEW website review by Sam Bell
It’s not easy to find, but for those who know the way, around the abandoned factories, through the smashed carpark, and down the dark concrete alley; there lies an unmarked building, seemingly crepuscular and neglected. For those brave enough to enter this foreboding quarter of Preston, you will find the Melbourne Salle and all the striking secrets it holds. Secrets on full display last weekend when the school of historical fencing (SHF) held their Guy Windsor workshop and generously opened their doors to let me join in. A bold choice considering I went in with only a passing knowledge of what HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) and WMA (Western Martial Arts) even are, let alone how to even hold a butter knife without cutting myself (I’m not a good cook). The thought of spending the day trying to master the arts and fighting styles of the 14th to 17th century with a full-sized blade slightly terrified me, but for posterity sake, I decided to take a stab at it. A decision I in no way regret, as the day turned out to be great fun and hugely rewarding.
Guy Windsor runs a tight ship, with little preamble or builds up. Within a minute of walking into the building, I was sat down and given the rundown by Guy and SHF head instructor Gindi Wauchope on what to expect and how to behave myself. Basically, while all martial arts are dangerous to an extent, sword fighting is a cut above the rest and all proper precautions must be taken. Hence why the day began with a full-body conditioning circuit, training the muscles and limbering up the body, before learning how to mitigate the damage if the worst should happen (all before a weapon has been seen). But eventually, we all knew how to fall, roll, dodge and generally make sure we didn’t accidentally stab ourselves. We then moved onto wrestling. How to disarm an opponent (sometimes literally), use their weight and momentum against them and generally make the best of a bad situation.
Once our bodies were tempered and our hands trained to deadly weapons, we moved onto knives and daggers. The lessons were balanced (as all things should be) well between attacking techniques and defensive techniques. Focusing mainly on a linear pattern, learning an attack, then how to defend against that attack, before learning how to counter that defence, then how to counter their counter and so and on and so forth. To no one’s great surprise I turned out to not be the most gifted of students and learning a five-part unarmed counter to a knife assault did not come naturally. However, Guy and Gindi were extremely patient and were willing to go through each and every step over and over, explaining the details of each action and why it is done the way it is, until I could finally get a handle on it.
Eventually, the build-up was over it was time to get the point, the swords. I’ll admit to a certain level of giddiness felt when holding a legitimate steel sword and swinging it around like an idiot. All good things must end though and soon it was time to train, after a brief lunch break, we were back to the strike, counter, counter-counter method of learning and I was back to making a fool of myself with a huge grin on my face and all the grace of maimed lemming. Hollywood has conditioned us to believe that swords are things that anyone can pick up and master with a short montage of swings and getting yelled at, but reality is rarely so kind. The truth is that any way you slice it, this stuff is hard and it takes years to master. But I can confirm that while I did endure some sharp stabbing pain in the learning, I now know how to properly parry a sword heading at my face with terminal velocity. A skill I hope to never need but will be extremely grateful for should it prove its worth. By this point, I and many others were basically human-shaped puddles of sweat so Guy decided to have mercy and move onto a theoretical lesson. Explaining the intricacies of clinched combat vs open combat as well as a variety of the nuances ingrained in battling someone of equal, greater or lesser strength. For the more historically minded he also covered the history of the style we were currently learning, covering its origins, background, and context surrounding its purpose. We also discussed the evolutions the style went through over the years as technology changed and bladed combat adapted to new social landscapes.
Once our brains were full to bursting it was time to put our muscles back to use. This time with spears and poleaxes. At this point, hoisting a two-meter long weapon of antiquity on my shoulder and preparing to learn how to use it I truly thought I was done. I was couldn’t hack it as a knight of old and training to become one was even harder than it was cut out to be. Sure enough though, before I could bow out, Guy and Gindi were back at my side, explaining how to use everything we had covered during the day and harness a new weapon using a similar style. Turns out, if you can dodge a knife, you can dodge a spear.
Ultimately there is only so much one can cover in a single day and sooner or later the times comes to pack it in. so it was that we all had a bit of a cool down work out, for those with energy left to burn and the group headed off to go grab dinner together at a local pub and apologize to those thwacked over the head with a beer or two. Before the merrymaking could begin though, I decided to steal Gindi away for a chat and get some info for those of you who want nothing more than to learn how to take your Aragon cosplay to the next level.
To put it bluntly, Gindi Wauchope knows what he’s talking about. Coming from a family of historical re-enactors, Gindi took up weapons as a way to kill time and never put them down. As a certified personal trainer and with nearly ten years as a HEMA instructor under his belt, Gindi is the real deal. While he admits his favourite weapon is the rapier but he has the chops to teach a wide variety of weapons and styles. Ranging from the 14th to the 17th century Gindi is a master of all things Italian including but not limited to wrestling, dagger play, sword in one hand, in two hands, in armour and without, as well as spears, poleaxes, clubs, and even on horseback.
This means of course that the school has a variety of different members, learning a variety of different weapons. He did share with me that most of the school is mainly beginners as unsurprisingly, most people have never done this sort of thing before and it takes years to build up the skills. He does recommend classes to anyone with an interest in history or just looking for a fun way to get physical. As a personal trainer, he does put an emphasis on the physical aspect, as he believes that in order to understand the academic side of HEMA you must be able to do the physical stuff.
Classes run five days a week from Tuesday to Saturday and workshops run two to three times a year. With each class taking between an hour to an hour and a half, Gindi says that most of his students attend twice a week and spend around three hours honing their craft. Equipment is provided, but can also be purchased through the school or online. Prices vary depending on how many lessons a student wishes to attend, but a full break down of their prices can be found on their website. As an obese journalist I had my work cut out for me with this event, but I can honestly say I had the time of my life and can highly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in history, martial arts, swords, or even just people looking something fun to do to get some exercise. Follow the link to their website and have a look. In the meantime, though, while the pen may not be mightier than the sword, is significantly easier to write with. The School of Historical Fencing - https://historicalfencing.com.au/
photography: Kieran McNamaa
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: KIRIOS NEW website review by Ivan Lubkov
The world-famous entertainment troupe Cirque du soleil returns to Sydney in 2019 with the show Kurios. The artists have earned the glory of making luxurious and highly sought for circus-themed shows, which are considered to be best in the world.
Throughout my life I have heard countless stories about the colourful shows organised by Cirque du soleil. All photos of the shows bring out a sense of wonder. When I got a chance to attend the show in Entertainment Quarter in Sydney, I was excited too. The approach to the large tents was well decorated and all guests were greeted with happy and playfully dressed artists. While everyone was getting seated there was a constant scene played on the stage and after the first 5 minutes the show started. The futuristic fantasy theme coupled with constant cheerful music enlighten the mood. Even though the show had a plot, the acrobatic acts made the audience lose track of the playful adventure of the curious professor in the watery skies. The event is a must watch for anyone that has never attended Cirque du soleil, as for the ones that have seen similar shows in the past Kurios would give plenty of excitement.
#SafariNight was run yesterday, Saturday, November 2 2019 to support the charity created for Most Inspiring Women Of Australia 2019 Award Night and Induction Of Officers by The Women Association Inc. at the Melrose Melbourne Conference + Reception Centre https://www.facebook.com/TheWomen-Association-Inc-1190411561109979/ Bohemian Rhapsody Weekly Magazine was lucky enough not only to get the VIP invite to the evening but to judge the best dress competition won by gorgeous Analieze Bella Newton wearing amazing Kwacha Luka at #KwachaFashion outfit and to cover the event. Bohemian Rhapsody Weekly Magazine expresses its special thanks to the event managers and organisers and personally to Rowena Ann Hansen for the invite and opportunity to judge and cover the event
*** TheWomen Association Inc held their very first event on Saturday 2nd November 2019 at Melrose Conference and Reception Centre.
The newly established organisation is led by president - Rowena Hansen. In her opening speech, Hansen highlighted some alarming statistics concerning domestic violence in Australia and called attention to the organisation’s mission.
‘A survey of domestic violence data in Australia revealed that 1 in 3 women have experienced at least one incident of violence from a current or former partner since the age of 15.’ Hansen continued to state that ‘intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to illness, disability and premature death for women aged 15-44 than any other preventable risk factor.’
The organisation was created to support survivors of domestic violence and the funds raised from the event will go towards providing assistance to women in crisis in order for them to have a new start. They aim to set up a support line, where they will assist with finding crisis accommodation, in addition to providing referrals to appropriate services.
The master of ceremonies for the night, Andrea Smith warmly welcomed all guests, before introducing guest speaker Dale Cosgrove. Mr Cosgrove runs several projects aimed at improving mental wellbeing, and had the honour to formally induct the officers of the organisation.
The event celebrated the achievements of inspirational women who are leading the way and mentoring our women leaders of tomorrow. The 20 nominees were each presented with a certificate to recognise the positive contributions made within their community. The nominees were judged by the officers according to their community works. The main winner announced was Christina Chia, taking the title of the Most Inspirational Woman for 2019. Christina Chia has held a number of leadership roles within her community, notably her involvement with the Rotary District and is an ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation Australia.
Guests wore their very best khaki and animal print inspired outfits to fit the Safari theme. Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine had the task of judging the best dressed male and female, with the winning outfit worn by Analieze Bella Newton and designed by Kwacha Fashion.
The fun filled night was completed with live entertainment, dancing, a three course meal and drinks. Lora Love kicked off the entertainment and got the room shaking with her rendition of ‘Crazy in Love.’ Lora took the opportunity to acknowledge the strong presence of men at the event, and thanked them for coming to support the women in their life.
There was also the chance to win amazing raffle prizes – all generously donated by the sponsors.
Thank you to Rowena Hansen and to TheWomens Association Inc for the invitation to attend and congratulations on the success of your launch event.
For more information about the organisations events and projects, check out their Facebook page.
Officers: Rowena Hansen – President Elgen Shannon – Vice President Heidi burns – Secretary Choy Symes – Adviser Andrea Smith – Public Relations Lisa Eugenio – Public Relations Anilyn Clemens – Treasurer Emilita Gerella – Assistant Treasurer Felina Fyfe – Auditor Emily Reis – Assistant Auditor
Most Inspiring Women of Australia Nominees: Amy Haywood Lyn Barnard Jacqui Dunn Erin Giblin-Lloyd Analieze Bella Newton Jinky Paulino Diosa Nicholls Hazel Lowe Christina Chia Lora Anacan Anna Sola Solmeo Lynn White Joy De Joya Marites Idea Novis Lorna Ramirez Lucy Laurita Nelia San Jose Ramirez Jaina Imdani Aiza Borrel Molina Nelda Orodio-Estores
Most Inspirational Woman 2019: Christina Chia
People’s Choice Award: Lyn Barnard
Safari Themed Best Dressed: Judged by Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Magazine
Best Dressed Female – Analieze Bella Newton Best Dressed Male – Barry Fyfe
Media: Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Magazine – Natasha Marchev, Elena Tretiakova, Anthony Wayne
photography: Elena Tretiakova
BTS photos; Natash aMarchev
video: Hakam Soufan
COOK AND CO : MOONSCAPE website photography: Stuart Buchanan
review: Katherine Kelly
Moonscape Cook & Co. David Williamson Theatre, Prahran Thursday 17 October 2019
Soloists:Janis Cook – Piano Jeff McGann – French Horn Rada Tochalna – Soprano
The second performance in the Flip’d series centred around the moon. The moon is the closest heavenly body to Earth and its gravitational forces causes the rise and fall of the ocean tides. It has signified many things to Earthlings such as the enormous moon which appears at Easter, bringing a sense of new life and hope. In another milieu, the moon’s gravitational force has inspired composers throughout the ages. Cook and Co very splendidly took us on a journey through each phase of the moon as it moves in its circular fashion from new moon to Darkness.
David Keeffe’s World premiere prelude Moonscape Framed (offstage horn) very effectively started our lunar journey.
The New Moon phase represents youth and young love. Alexandre Desplat’s very evocative New Moon, Twilight Theme (Piano) displayed a sense of romance and dreaminess. Bart Howard’s Jazz Standard Fly Me to The Moon (Trumpet/piano) and the Ukranian folk song medley (Soprano) represented young love and a sense of expectancy.
The Waxing moon, the moon of growth and hope were well described by Radiohead’s Sail to the Moon (Piano), Jeanne Vignery’s sonata for Horn and Piano (2nd movement). This was followed by Rada Tochalna’s exquisite performance of Dvorak’s Song to the Moon from Rusalka
During the full moon phase – a period of creativity and wisdom, we heard another of Desplat’s compositions as a piano solo from the Twilight movie series – Full Moon. This was followed by Julian Yu’s Two Swans under Two Moons for piano. This was a “medley” of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Saint Sean’s The Swan. During this piece, the screen displayed two white swans under a full moon. It was such a treat.
The next phase – the eclipse represented by a blood red moon – is a time to let go and make those fearful decisions. Nixe Binsefuss, Morike Lieder by Hugo Wolf is a great example. Sung by Rada Tochalna and accompanied by Janis Cook we hear that “The water spirit’s little daughter dances on the ice in the full moon, singing and laughing without fear past the fisherman's house.” Gilbert Vintner’s Hunter’s Moon (1942) for piano and French horn followed. I interpreted this as a hunt with the French horn resembling the horn calls as participants ride out in search of the elusive fox. A very jaunty and jazzy composition.
The Blue Moon phase known as the second full moon in a calendar month is a reminder to be present in your journey. It featured popular standards such as the 1934 song of the same name and Moon River. The trio performed this medley exquisitely topped by Rada’s beautiful voice.
We then enter into a more reflective, sombre setting as the moon begins to wane. To illustrate this phase, we heard Debussy’s Beau Soir (soprano/piano) where the words describe a beautiful evening at sunset. His piano solo Nocturne typifies night time with an abundance of arpeggio runs and chords which lead me to imagine sitting by a river in the evening.
Old moon - the phase of the moon in its last quarter, before the new moon. Strauss Nocturne (horn/piano was a horn and piano combination by Franz Strauss. The arpeggios of the piano effectively blended with the melodious sounds of the horn.
Schubert’s Night & Dreams (soprano/piano is a piece where “dreams float down”. The work is asking for the “fair dreams to return”.
Darkness – end of lunar cycle before the new moon
The auditorium is in darkness as we hear a horn offstage playing David Keeffe’s Postlude – another World premiere.
Congratulations again to Janis Cook for yet another great performance and her organisation of this program, to Rada Tochalna for her beautiful interpretations of the challenging vocal works; and to Jeff McGann for his expertise with the trumpet and horn.
photo: Katherine Kelly
BRIEFS: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS website review by Kieran McNamara
Here's the review from Briefs: Close Encounters from last night. Briefs: Close Encounters Prior to the show, the performers were walking around the foyer of the Playhouse Theatre selling raffle tickets wearing matching costumes carrying lighted buckets and greeting the audience with smiling faces. Once the audience was allowed into the theatre, a quick sale of raffle tickets continued in a relaxed and friendly way just while the audience was taking their seats.
The show began with great music, lighting and incredible costumes. Throughout the show, the music, lighting and costumes remained excellent and added to the experience. There was a variety of costumes from space suits to g-strings with plenty of sparkle, colour, motion and even flashing lights.
The performance includes contemporary dance, ballet, circus, acrobatics, hula hoops, bounce juggling, club juggling, clowning and death-defying acts. It was a great mix and provided all the entertainers with an opportunity to showcase their individual skills. All the performers were brilliant and contributed with high energy and skills to keep the audience entertained and focused on what they were doing. The group dance routines were tight and well-choreographed and took advantage of various props. Even while the stage was being setup for the next act, the Bunny drew the audience focus away from the stage in a clever and light-hearted way. The audience was a part of the show with opportunities to join in with clapping and other light hearted participation.
The raffle was drawn and won by a pregnant woman who joined in the spirit of the prize with fun and comedy that ensured the awarding of the prize was just as entertaining as the show. Credit to her for adding to the night by getting into the spirit while on stage and the audience appreciated what she did.
The premise of the show is that a spaceship has come from the future to the current time period to encourage humans to be kind, accepting and supportive of each other. The Captain of the spaceship acted as an MC and was brilliant. His dialog, acting and performing was wonderful and a lot of very small details could have been missed in his performance. The Captain entertained with his dialog which was funny, clever and always felt like it belonged in the show.
The performance consisted of two 45-minute acts and a 20 minute intermission and is advertised as 18+ with some adult language and very brief male nudity. Neither the language or blink and you’ll miss it nudity detracted from the show. The audience seemed to be about 50/50 on first time attendees and those who have seen the show previously. The show ended with a standing ovation and plenty of cheers, whistles and applause for an extremely entertaining and well performed show. Worth going along to have a fun night out and I’d be happy to see it again as I believe it would be just as entertaining.
Over one hundred years ago in 1901 a teenager named Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin AKA Miles Franklin wrote a romance to amuse her friends and called it My Brilliant Career. Not only did the novel end up launching her career, but over one hundred years later, her heartfelt honesty about her situation and the general circumstances of women in the area during the period still rings true, inspiring not only a movie adaption but also a new stage musical. Written by Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank, the new musical adaption is part of the Jeanne Pratt Musical Theatre Artists in Residence program, in collaboration with Monash University.
The story follows and is at times told by the protagonist Sybylla Melvyn, a thoughtful and determined young woman making the best of her life in rural Australia during the 1890s. A feat made even more impressive by the current draught and her fathers' complete lack of business acumen. The consequences of which lead her family to poverty and her father to alcoholic depression.
Thankfully after a relatively brief period of mind-numbing day to day living, she is sent to live with her grandmother. A fate she revels in, especially she meets a handsome young suitor by the name of Harold Beecham. While it doesn’t hurt that Beecham comes from money, this is where the mindsets of the time and crushing power of patriarchal upbringing rears its ugly head. Due to her circumstances, Sybylla is lead to believe that not only is she unattractive to look at, but her practical “tomboyish” attitude is unladylike and unbecoming. She, therefore, comes to the conclusion that she is thoroughly unlovable and rejects her would-be-fiancé.
At which point things take a dark turn, as her fathers' unsustainable drinking has driven the family even further into debt and Sybylla is forced to work as a housekeeper to a family of illiterate and utterly unlikable neighbors to pay off the family debt. The stubborn and assumptious neighbors even drive our poor heroine to the point of despair and soon enough, she is forced to return home, incapable of continuing her role.
In a final ray of hope, Beecham returns, having only grown fonder for their parting and asks her to marry him. A safety cord, to pull her out of her dreary life, offered out of love. An offer rejected out of hand as life has convinced Sybylla that she is undeserving of love and would only ruin his life if she were to join it. Instead, she chooses to focus on herself, never marry and rely on another, but attempt to carve out her life as a writer on her own terms or die trying. A bittersweet reflection of the hardships she has and will continue to face in the future, but a moving message of independence and empowerment.
A coming of age tale, as relevant now as it was when it was written. My Brilliant Career stands as a towering, moving artifact of feminism and as a roadmap for young Australian women. Unceasingly showcasing the many difficulties they can and may face, as well as the pitfalls that can befall even the most determined of spirits. While some see the ending as overly bleak and some as unrealistically optimistic, the wide spectrum of responses in themselves exemplify cultural mindsets that inspired the novel originally and continue to persist in today's world. My Brilliant Career is a must-see and I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone with even a passing interest in Australian history/culture, feminism, musicals or even just a good yarn to pull the heartstrings. My Brilliant Career will be performed as part of MLive at Monash University from October 18th – 25th, anyone who can physically see it, should definitely do so, lest they miss out.
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf, 3006.
Event Review: By Maxwell M. Lyons
Melbourne is home to an abundance of festivals and conventions year-round. From general pop-culture and anime, to magic, tattoos, board games, and even drag (queens), no matter your fancy chances are there is an event to wet your hobbyist appetite. Even amongst the largest of these, however, few stand up against the prodigious PAX AUS.
For the uninitiated, PAX (originally Penny Arcade Expo) is a series of gaming culture festivals involving tabletop, arcade, and video gaming. Celebrating 15-years since its inception, PAX now boasts six massive annual events, with PAX AUS (Melbourne) being the sole exception to its American-centric locale; the others emanating from Washington, Massachusetts, Texas, & Pennsylvania.
PAX AUS is touted as Australia’s biggest video gaming event and it’s hard to argue the contrary, taking over the entire Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, including the wharf stretching its riverfront. For three days straight the centre is transformed into a glistening hub of all things gaming culture, featuring concerts, panels, tournaments, cosplayers, exhibitor booths, brand showcases, game demos, Freeplay spaces (tabletop, PC, console/handheld, and VR inclusive), and merchandise stores. There is so much to see and do it is impossible to fit it into a single day.
What sets PAX apart from other similar-natured events is its emphasis on being community-focused, with nothing on the show floor restricted to media-only access; everything must be playable, interactable, and/or accessible to all who attend. In the same vein, this year’s event dedicated an entire showroom to PAX RISING, an enormous showcase of some of Australia’s best indie game developers and projects.
Of course, every major gaming platform still had a notable presence. Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo all showed off some of their respective up and coming titles, including MediEvil (PlayStation), Gears 5 (Xbox, PC), Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch), and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Cross-Platform). Likewise, on the hardware side was all the leading brands you’d come to expect (Intel, AMD, Logitech, SteelSeries, Corsair, etc.) showing off their monitors, peripherals, accessories, and technologies.
Some of my personal highlights from the event include getting to play a handful of some of the latest and best AAA and indie titles (namely ‘Biomutant’, ‘Unpacking’, & ‘God of War’), the presence of THQNordic advertising their soon to be released ‘Destroy All Humans’ reboot (unfortunately, there was no playable demo), and the retailer ZQRacing with their incredible comfortable gaming/office chairs; an investment I imagine I’ll be making soon before long.
PAX AUS 2019 was incredible! It truly is an event like no other and I’m already elated at the prospect of returning next year. Highly recommended!
Catherine McClintock: Please and Thank Yous website review by Katherine Kelly photos: Stuart Buchanan
“Please and Thank Yous” – Melbourne Fringe Festival Catherine McClintock The Rattlesnake Saloon Sunday 15 September 2019
As women, we were brought up to be nice and polite; to never swear; speak when we are spoken to – and all the rest. Catherine McClintock, originally from Winnipeg, Canada, was definitely was raised in the art of “Please and Thank Yous” - being “nice in the Canadian way”. She devised this show to dispel these myths once and for all.
“Please and Thank Yous” commenced with a recorded introduction by one of her children, which sounded cute. Catherine appeared as a warm and bubbly person dressed in trakkies and pink trainers.
She gave an honest and raw account of herself and how she viewed the world.
Her husband and children were part of the narrative where she described her husband as hairy - but she still loves him.
Food was another topic with definition of a deconstructed sandwich being a salad.
Other topics were her masturbating dog and accidently “breastfeeding” her father.
She mentioned social media and countless articles such as “You are cleaning your house the wrong way”, or “10 steps to do things right” all designed to induce readers to conform to impossible standards.
It was a very unique show which I feel will do very well at The Adelaide Fringe in March 2020.
INTERNATIONAL CHARITY BALL BY SHARE ME A DREAM website review by Anthony Wayne
Building upon the success of their annual Rio Carnival Ball, Share Me A Dream Australia held their very first International Charity Ball on Saturday 5th October 2019. A spectacular night of colour and fun celebrating culture and diversity – it was everything I have come to expect from attending the organisations many events!
Share Me A Dream Australia are a not-for-profit organisation based in Melbourne, dedicated to raising money through their many local charity events to fund community projects in the Philippines. Since being founded in 2011, they have raised in excess of $50,000 Australian dollars. Definitely no small feat! The funds raised are allocated to various medical, educational and emergency relief missions in the Philippines.
For the past two years, I have been supporting the events organised by Share Me A Dream Australia. What stands out the most is the wonderful culture and hospitality from the diverse community who attends – the event organisers, the venue staff, the photographers, and all of the guests. The event brings together so many beautiful people for the common purpose of raising money for charity and making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Upon entering the Melrose Reception Centre, I was instantly flooded with the biggest welcome from the ushers and other guests arriving. But the hospitality received goes beyond all the friendly smiles I received. The community who attend openly welcome you to become one of them, and I never feel like a guest, but rather a part of the family. Just like the theme of the event, the culture is about belonging and celebrating diversity. I have always been made to feel like I belong and treated with respect. Absolutely everyone is welcomed and made to feel at home regardless of differences. The event attracted approximately 200 people and whilst notably smaller than their main Rio charity ball, it certainly did not dampen the spirits of the passionate crowd.
The fun filled night featured dancing, live entertainment, a full three course dinner and unlimited drinks. The hosts on stage - John Cubelo and Bernadette Galbally (Rio Queen of the Night 2019) were a fantastic duo who kept me entertained throughout the night. DJ Pros provided the great music and lighting that got the crowd on the dance floor. A conga line even formed on the dance floor at one point in the night! The highlight of the event was the international parade competition where both females and males wore outfits inspired by their favourite country. There was also the chance to win amazing raffle prizes – all generously donated by the sponsors. The major prize was a return trip to the Phillipines.
Thank you to the Terry Kane – President of Share Me A Dream Australia for the invitation to attend and congratulations to the team on the debut of your new event.
For more information about the organisations events and projects, check out its Facebook page or website www.sharemeadream.com.
Major sponsors: My Travel Solution LK Travel David Pleydell Photography
Other sponsors: Happy Hut Restaurant Jane Costales Tayler Auto Services John Cubelo
Performers: Dazzling dancers with their Interpretative Dance - choreographed by Lalaine Diez, Lilly Nerido Menzie, Suzette Vergara, Paping Hitchcock, Annie Butler, Elna Deocampo and Ben Hitchcock. African Dance - Gracieuse (Grace) Amah Caribbean Carnival Vibes - Bernadette Galbally and Dianne Latin Dance - by Melvin Diez Production
Media to cover the event Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Magazine team: Natasha Marchev Marchev, Robert Wilson and Anthony Wayne
Philippine Times - Jason Cordi
Photographers: David Pleydell Photography Happy Medium Midel Santos
Trophy Sponsors: Mayanne Pritchard Elvie Mills Lee Leng Kon
Cultural Costume Judges: Lynn Banson Florida Bridgman Mike Honey Roy Carbungco Rogen Eulatic
Female Cultural costume competition: Kyla Brack - Winner Wendy Toring - 1st runner up Rose Chen - 2nd runner up
Male Cultural costume competition: Winner - Ivan Paul Demavibas
photos: Robert Wilson
BTS photos: Natasha aMarchev
MRS ASIAN PETITE AND GRANDMA AND KIDS SUPERMODEL GRAND CORONATION BY THE FACE OF AUSTRALIA PAGEANTRY website review by Max Lyons / Sam Bell photos: Max Lyons BTS: Natasha Marchev / Misha Marchev video: Misha Marchev/ Natasha Marchev / Hakam Soufan
Event Review: By Maxwell M. Lyons
On Saturday, September 28th, Bohemian Rhapsody were graciously invited to attend and cover the luxurious showcase of Mrs Asian Petite & Grandma & Kids Supermodel Grand Coronation at the lavish Melrose Melbourne Conference & Reception Centre, run by The Face Australia Pageantry.
With the mission statement “Where Beauty Begins and Dreams Come True”, The Face Australia continues to exemplify their growing commitment to motivate, cultivate, and inspire everyone to be the best version of themselves, providing tools, resources, encouragement, and motivation to help them reach their full potential in modelling and the world of International Beauty Pageants. This event was no exception.
The event as a whole was sophisticated, well-executed, and highly enjoyable. Every last detail had been scrupulously planned, leaving but minor uncontrollable blemishes on an otherwise spectacular experience. Once the show began, it was a non-stop frenzy of beauty, elegance, and luxury radiated from the lush models and accompanying showrunners. Glitz, glam, and class abound the stage as contestants donned thematic outfits of ‘Havana Costume’, ‘National Costume’, ‘Resort Wear’, and ‘Evening Gown’, with categories for each titular demographic; Mrs Petite 2019, Grandma Supermodel of The Year 2019, and Kids Supermodel of The Year 2019. Complementing the programme was a delectable four-course meal serving only to add to the already palpable satisfaction of all in attendance.
My only gripe with the evening was its runtime. Though advertised for a 7pm start, the show commenced shortly after 8pm; an irritably common trend for events of this nature. Whilst minor, it was one only exacerbated by the extensive length of the evening’s proceeding; an extra hour would have been a valuable asset with the show running close to midnight, especially when children are a requisite inclusion.
Noteworthy appearances and roles were those of the vivacious MCs, Rowena Hansen and Lora Love, helping to carry the show, and judges Paul Hickman (contemporary dancer/choreographer), Victoria Vezzzano (renowned designer), Lucy Lurita (boutique garment designer), Celeste Billinge (international model & TV personality), and Maurice Rinaldi (international fashion/celebrity photographer) who had the extraordinarily challenging task of narrowing down and crowning the very best amongst the night’s talent.
And the winners are… *drumroll*…
Mrs Asian Petite 2019 – Hazel Lowe Grandma Supermodel of The Year 2019 – Cecilia Byrne Kids Supermodel of The Year 2019 – Gwen Ashley Patiag
A massive congratulations from all of us here at Bohemian Rhapsody.
Overall, it was a lavish and enjoyable event for all in attendance, fashion guru or otherwise. A special thanks to Choy Symes and her team for their dedication and professionalism, and for welcoming us to celebrate such a monumental occasion. Further adulation goes to each and every participating contestant for their efforts.
Photos from this glamorous event can be found on our website or via our Facebook page.
WONDERLAND THEATER PINOCCHIO website review: Nicole Stenton photos: Glen Wilson
Earlier this week my kids and I watched the Pinocchio pantomime. My kids had been to a pantomime earlier this year, so knew what to expect whereas this was my first time but definitely won’t be my last. It was nice to treat the kids to something a little different on the holidays.
When the curtains first opened, you were drawn to the set, that, while nothing over the top was bright and inviting and the cast had the kid’s attention right from the beginning. All of the actors played their parts well, however a special mention needs to be given to the characters of Foxy & Kitty Meow. They were a huge hit with the crowd and kept us captivated and laughing in all of their scenes. My son was lucky enough to be chosen to go on stage to help with one of their tricks and thought it was the best thing ever. It was also great when all of the children in attendance were invited on to the stage to help sing the Alphabet song. Speaking for my own children, they said it was the best part of the show, although my daughter then changed her mind and said the best part was after the show when she got a hug from Kitty Meow.
I can’t finish this review without giving a special mention to the talented gentlemen who was responsible for the music and sound effects. One person being responsible for all of this would have to be extremely good at what they do. Overall, it was an enjoyable day out. I wouldn’t recommend it for children under 5 as it was a little long, even with an interval. Primary school aged kids though would be sure to enjoy it.
ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW website review by Nicole Stenton
The Royal Melbourne Show or as we call it in my house ‘Show Day’ is a fun, jam packed day out for the whole family. This year our family of three went with two other families, so with three adults and seven kids in tow off we went.
Upon arriving at the show, there was a mix up with our entry tickets however the staff at the gates were extremely helpful and quick to solve the issue which was a positive start to our day. There is so much to see and do at the show and it caters for all ages and budgets, so our goal for the day was to see and do as much as possible and we exceeded that goal.
We started at the car park entrance and slowly worked our way through ride areas, Jurassic World, multiple pavilions, wood chopping, show bags, more rides, animals and free entertainment until we reached the other side.
The rides are positioned perfectly throughout the show. Closest to the entrance we used, were all the rides for the younger kids, this area is jam packed in the morning, however on our way back to the car it was almost empty so where possible I’d recommend visiting after the fireworks. More in the middle of the show grounds, were rides suitable for the older kids who were still too small for the thrill seeker rides. This is where we spent a good portion of our day as there were rides and carnival games that catered to all of the children in our group who ranged from 5 to 12 years old.
One massive and positive change this year was the show bag pavilion has been moved to a more central location. We walked in without the long walk and barriers they’d had in previous years and could move around stands with ease. It actually made what has previously been a stressful time trying to keep your kids close by while having to battle the crowds a smooth experience.
If you are on a strict budget, there is still plenty of free activities for the whole family. There was a Jurassic Adventure with a pavilion full of life sized, moving dinosaurs that was extremely popular with the kids. The animal displays, especially the pig petting although it had a long line were also one of our favourites on the day. The channel 7 main stage drew big crowds throughout the day, with Consentino being a big hit, amongst many other acts and performances. And who can look past the fireworks display? The seating fills up pretty quickly so get there early if you’d rather not stand.
Overall, it was a tiring (we spent over 10 there) but fun filled day that will be talked about for weeks to come. Anyone thinking of going, I highly recommend it. If you prefer to stick to the cheaper alternatives of workshops, entertainment and hands on activities, jump online before you go so you can plan your day in advance.
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne.
Website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/kaws/ Event/Experience Review: By Maxwell M. Lyons
The National Gallery of Victoria has been home to some of the world’s greatest exhibitions as of late, from the breathtaking showcase of M.C. Escher’s works in collaboration with Nendo Design (ESCHER X NENDO), to the life’s work of innovative pioneer Alexander Calder and his iconic mobile sculptures. The most recent exhibition on display, KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, continues to uphold this standard, showcasing over 100 works by contemporary American artist Brian Donnelly — aka: KAWS.
KAWS is one of the most prolific artists of his generation and has taken the world by storm with his playfully sombre style. Encompassing an adept multi-disciplinary skillset, his body of work encompasses an expansive range of creative facets from the worlds of art, fashion, and design. KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness showcases this magnificent and diverse oeuvre with an extensive array of KAWS’ works from the last 25-years, plus a selection of newly commissioned works; including a 7-metre bronze COMPANION sculpture entitled ‘GONE’ (2019). This exhibition is the first of its kind in Australia for KAWS and historically one of only a few exhibits of this magnitude worldwide.
KAWS’ artworks are characterised by an emphasis on vibrant colour and strong linework, often subverting cultural motifs through the reappropriation of pop culture icons, such as Mickey Mouse, The Simpsons, The Smurfs, Snoopy, and SpongeBob SquarePants; the emblematic ‘X’s inscribed on the hands and eyes are key marks of KAWS’ aesthetic. From paintings to murals, sculptures, street art, and design work, KAWS infuses each artwork with a lively palette and form, juxtaposing themes of fragility and darkness with a playful aesthetic full of humour, hope, and benevolent optimism.
Accompanying the main exhibition is KAWS: PLAYTIME, a convivial interactive exhibit for kids (or even young at heart) that brings KAWS’ characters to life, introducing young audiences to concepts of friendship and compassion. Through the creation of unique characters (guided by KAWS’ own creative approach), each child’s artwork can be incorporated into the exhibit’s overarching narrative and shared online, proliferating the core message of companionship through social media engagement.
For those looking to delve deeper into KAWS as an artist, come December, an accompanying publication will be made available for purchase. This book will feature an overview of KAWS’ diverse career and detailed documentation of his intricate and ever-evolving artistic practices. Additional installation documentation of the NGV exhibition will also feature, including a situating essay by exhibition curator Dr Simon Maidment and a specially commissioned essay by renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood.
KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness will be on display from September 2019 – April 2020 at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This is an exhibition worth experiencing.
COOK AND CO CONCERT: SARNIA DREAMING website review by Katherine Kelly
Sarnia Dreaming Cook & Co. David Williamson Theatre, Prahran Thursday 12 September 2019
Cook and Co, a Chamber trio, specialises in “turning traditional chamber music upside down”. The trio’s aim is to bring chamber music to audiences in a more relaxed, informal setting. Unlike conventional chamber music concerts, no programs were available until the end of the performance. The business model differed in that there was no charge to the audience, who were free to pay what they wanted to.
“Sarnia Dreaming” featured well renowned pianist Janis Cook, previous principal pianist with the MSO; MSO Principal piccolo player Andrew Macleod; and MSO Principal Contrabassoon Brock Imison.
Sarnia, the Latin name for the Channel Island Guernsey, was the theme for this performance. Guernsey which possesses a French influence, is situated off the coast of Normandy, and enjoys a temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers.
Bernard Blestel, a former “Sarnian”, described the Island’s history and features, including the German occupation and the 1940 evacuation of the Guernsey children to England on the “Batavia” – a journey which took 24 hours on very rough waters. Changing images of Island depicted numerous scenes covering the wartime occupation and peacetime. Other images such as colourful fishing boats, cornflower blue skies and dramatic seascapes effectively blended with the music.
Throughout the war years, food was an extremely scarce commodity causing inhabitants to rely on innovative means of sourcing food, including the use of potato skins.
The Island was host to many renowned visitors over the years including Maria Callas, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
Guernsey also attracted composers - some whose work was showcased in this concert. British composer, John Ireland (1879-1962), a regular visitor to Guernsey, was inspired by Guernsey and his compositions reflected the Island’s uniqueness. His “Piano Sonata (c1920), 2nd movement – Non Troppo Lento”, began with a series of chords, increasing in intensity. It possessed a dreamlike quality with some parts being reminiscent of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune”.
His “Island Spell (1912)” contained a series of arpeggios creating a rippling waterlike effect either from a brook or the lapping of water by the shore at low tide. It increased in tone and intensity at high tide followed by the fade at low tide.
“Sarnia: In a May morning (St Peter Port, May 1940)” was sublime with some parts resembling the wartime hit “I’ll be seeing you” - a dreamy counteraction to war.
Canadian composer Robert Farnon (1917 – 2005) was a long-time resident on the Island. He composed “Journey into Melody” (1948) a well-known jazzy, evocative piece, beautifully performed by Cook, Imison and Macleod.
The program ended with the “Piccolo concerto (1998) 2nd movement – Air” by the prolific Melbourne composer Barry McKimm – an aficionado of Sarnia. McKimm, a jazz and classical trumpet player with over thirty years with the MSO, has composed a diverse range of music over many years. The second movement of the Piccolo Concerto had a beautiful haunting “Celtic” sound, enhanced by the superb playing of Andrew Macleod. Cook’s exquisite piano performance gave a supportive base like sound.
Congratulations to Janis Cook for her performance, compilation and organisation of this program; to performers Brock Imison and Andrew Macleod; and to narrator Bernard Blestel.
photographer, Alex Colcheedas
Moira Finucane's Rapture: Art vs Extinction website review by Max Lyons
Website: https://www.fortyfivedownstairs.com/wp2016/event/the-rapture-chapter-ii/ Event/Experience Review: By Maxwell M. Lyons
The next chapter of Moira Finucane’s The Rapture brings with it the fierce theatrics of its predecessor, infused with an alluringly provocative yet confronting reflection of humanity and its self-destructive environmental practices. The Rapture Chapter II: Art vs Extinction (90-minutes, plus intermission) takes the viewer on a journey interwoven between a harsh dystopia and an even harsher reality, though where these two landscapes cease to overlap is deliberately veiled. Whilst a memorable experience, be forewarned: this is not a show for the faint of heart or theatrically uninclined.
From its harrowing overture to convivial closure, the show progresses in waves of elaborate character portrayal; an endless flurry of juxtaposing personalities from half-naked punk warrior to maleficent ice queen, with the occasional interject by Finucane herself. Each persona brings with them their own stories and experiences from which their performance emanates, be it the enduring gender inequality of the modern world, the pervasive damage of artic climates and ecosystems (heaven forbid we forget the KRILL), or the eradication of historical cultures and sacred land through unsustainable practices (notable the Northern Territory’s abundance of fracking procedures).
True to her background, Finucane expertly blends a cornucopia of genres and mediums, including but not limited to comedy, drama, burlesque, opera, and cabaret. Accompanying her throughout are singers Mama Alto and Piera Dennerstein, pianist Rachel Lewindon, and the honourable singer/songwriter and water protector Ray Dimakarri Dixon (a Mudburra man from central Australia who is both witness and victim of said aforementioned cultural loss); all commendable in their own right.
Though somewhat confronting at times, the intimate theatre environment in which the show takes place adds to the experience, with velvet draped cabaret tables surrounding a crucifix catwalk stage, tied together with an overhang of installations and a subtle atmospheric fog. The in-house bar (open prior-to and following the performance, plus intermission) adds a nice amenity as well.
To its fault, the show’s enigmatic nature makes for a memorable night of theatre, though ultimately at some expense of the dialectic discourse it attempts to cultivate; it is all about truth. Finucane’s fervour is commanding and at close the pieces of her performance come to reveal an enveloping motif, though unfortunately, the journey to get there is shrouded in undue artistic veil. An enjoyable performance, nonetheless.
Photos from this event can be found on our website.