Town Hall Hobart, Sunday May 8, 6pm: Before The Flames Go Out ...

Konstantin Koukias
25.04.15 2:46 pm


Sunday, 8 May 2016 at 6pm – 7.15pm
Hobart Town Hall
Hobart, Tasmania 7000

For Soprano. Violin, Cello, Ondes Martenot, Piano & Tape

Dedicated to those whose names are remembered by the few ...

Featuring Nadia Ratsimandresy performing the Ondes Martenot (Paris)

Bookings: $25.50 & $20 Concession

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Entries Open in Premier’s Literary Prizes

Will Hodgman, Premier Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
24.04.15 6:36 pm


Today, we are pleased to announce that entries have opened in the 2015 Premier’s Literary Prizes, celebrating the richness of the Tasmanian literary community.

The 2015 Premier’s Literary Prizes include:

 Tasmania Book Prize – best book with Tasmanian content in any genre. This award of $25,000 recognises the influence Tasmania has had on content or perspective and is sponsored by the Government.

 Margaret Scott Prize – best book by a Tasmanian writer. This $5,000 award is sponsored by the University of Tasmania.

 University of Tasmania Prize – best unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian writer. This $5,000 award is sponsored by the University of Tasmania.

 Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship – recognising a young Tasmanian writer aged 35 or under. This $5,000 award is sponsored by private philanthropists.

Books entered for the Tasmania Book Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize must have been published between 1 August 2012 and 31 March 2015.

Entries for the 2015 Premier’s Literary Prizes close 22 May 2015.

The winners of the prizes and the People’s Choice Awards for the first three categories will be announced late this year.

Arts Tasmania delivers the prizes in partnership with the University of Tasmania and a private philanthropist.

For more information, eligibility criteria and entry forms visit:

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Reviewed! Seminar ... and The Black Rose ...

Amber Wilson
24.04.15 1:40 pm


How do you prove you’re good at something, without being a bit of a whore about it?

As Loud Mouth’s Seminar opened with its grating, wanky, opening drivel about “inner turmoil” and “externality” in fiction from Zachary Lennon’s character Douglas, I squirmed about in my seat. It was really pretty wanky stuff, and quite frankly I was embarrassed. Half of me was terribly fearful that I had booked myself in for two hours in the front row of a boring, wanky play where the self-aggrandising characters did little apart from disappear up their arses the whole time.

But I was experiencing something else too, another kind of discomfort. As someone who fancies themselves a writer, I was, well, a little ashamed of all the times I had spouted that kind of wanky crap in an attempt to sound intellectual. Oh yes, there have been many times I have done just that. And I’m sure (well, I hope) that I’m not alone in that regard.

Seminar is a Broadway play by Theresa Rebeck, which has found a very comfortable home in the newly-revitalised Moonah Arts Centre for the coming few weeks. It focuses on four young writers – Martin, Douglas, Kate and Izzy – and their brilliant but utterly offensive lecturer Leonard. They’ve all paid a small fortune to attend his seminars – easy for students like the “rich”, “overly-educated” Kate, with her own Upper West Side apartment in New York – but tricky for the fearful and financially downtrodden Martin.

It’s unbelievably witty and funny (don’t worry – it certainly isn’t a boring or wanky play by any stretch) and it covers a huge spectrum of issues writers face – jealousy, competitiveness, pride, male dominance, artistic futility – and the awareness that even if you’re ridiculously brilliant and create a literary masterpiece, you’re not going to end up as the next Salman Rushdie. In fact, you’ll most likely end up marking papers for snotty, rich kids who are “not without talent” at university writing courses.

Seminar skilfully addresses issues like talent and when it matters and doesn’t matter. It showcases the fact that brilliant people will often be left behind because of lack of wealth or a family name, while mediocre people will use sex or their connections to rise to the glitzy but utterly meaningless heights of mainstream pop culture.

Leonard nails the issue perfectly with Douglas. “You’re a name dropper, you’re a whore,” he says as he reads his work. “It’s perfect – in a whoreish kind of way.” It’s a pearler of a reminder for anyone involved in the arts – that being a wanker or a bit of a whore is not the road to excellence. It can get you far – and even make you a lot of money – but there will always be those who will know your fraudulence.

This play is superbly acted; in particular Jeff Keough’s performance as the exceptional but vitriolic and student-shagging Leonard is nothing short of sublime. And supporting actors Lennon, Jessica Davies, Bryony Geeves and Robert Maxwell really do the work justice.

Locating this excellent play at the redeveloped Moonah Arts Centre is a real coup for all of us who hail from “north of the flannel curtain”, such as yours truly. How wonderful to see theatre as good as anything you’d find in Melbourne or Sydney around the corner from your mum’s house.

Go and see this play. It’s really bloody good. And if you’re a wanky writer like me, book your tickets today.


And reviewed here by Richard Butler ...

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Entries open on Friday 24 April 2015 for one of Australia’s most reputed art awards

Emma Theyers
24.04.15 10:38 am

Entries open on Friday 24 April 2015 for one of Australia’s most reputed art awards
- the churchie national emerging art prize 2015. ‘the churchie’ is a non-acquisitive
emerging art competition with the overall winner receiving a cash prize of $15,000,
donated by the prize money sponsor, Brand+Slater Architects.

To be featured in this high profile, public contemporary art facility in Brisbane’s
cultural precinct offers professional development opportunities for emerging artists
by showcasing their practice to peers, collectors, art gallerists, museum curators,
the media and the community at large.

Since the prize was established by the Anglican Church Grammar School in
Brisbane in 1987, ‘the churchie’ has gained a reputation for talent-spotting
break through emerging artists.

In 2014 ‘the churchie’ attracted 578 entries from artists from across Australia.
The exhibition of 42 artworks, from 32 finalists included a range of painting,
sculpture, photography, mixed media installation and new media works.
Earlier this year, two of the finalists from 2014 were featured by one of Australia’s
leading art publications, Art Collector magazine, in the section “50 things collectors
need to know in 2015”.

The exhibition of all finalists runs for four weeks, from 31 July to 29 August at
the Griffith University Art Gallery (GUAG), at South Bank with the winner announced
at the Official Opening + Prize Announcement reception that evening between 6-8 pm.
Eligible entrants in ‘the churchie’ are emerging artists, with or without specialised
training in their field, who are at an early stage of their career. They must be an
Australian citizen or resident and aged 18 years and older.

For an entry fee of $50, entrants can submit up to three works completed in the
12 months prior to 24 April 2015.

Entries close on Friday 22 May 2015 and finalists will be advised in June of their
selection for the finalists’ exhibition.

Key Dates for ‘the chuchie’ 2015

Entries Open: 24 April 2015
Entries Close: 22 May 2015
Finalists Exhibition: 31 July to 29 August 2015
Official Opening + Prize Announcment: 31 July 6-8 pm
Exhibition Venue: Griffith University Art Gallery
Queensland College of Art
226 Grey Street, South Bank

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Theatre Royal News: Roald Dahl, Uni Review ...

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24.04.15 6:15 am


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PLONK Season Two ...

Jade Glashoff
23.04.15 2:55 pm


PLONK Season Two Trailer NOW live ahead of premiere on STAN in June 2015

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Starring The Chaser’s Chris Taylor, Joshua Tyler and Nathan Earl, PLONK takes a satirical look at the trials and tribulations that go into the making of a serious wine show. Returning for a new season, this is an opportunity to get a sneak peek at the team’s journey through South Australia.

Haven’t seen PLONK Season One yet? It’s live on STAN now ready for a catch up.

PLONK Season Two is a One Stone Pictures production made in association with ITV Studios Australia.

Plonk is proudly supported by Screen Australia, the South Australian Tourism Commission, Wine Selectors and the South Australian Film Corporation. Plonk’s second series was filmed in Adelaide and the South Australian wine regions of Barossa, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and the Adelaide Hills.

All episodes of PLONK Season Two will be available to stream in up to full HD, on multiple devices including TVs, smartphones, tablets and computers on STAN in June 2015.

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Humans As Animal’s announce the release of their new single, Bilack ...

Hugh Christie
23.04.15 2:33 pm


Humans As Animal’s are delighted to announce the release of their new single, Bilack (pronounced By-lack) on Friday May 15, out through True Music. Today they are celebrating with Bilack’s accompanying film clip, created by the band and filmed by Danielle Sexton (Pet Shop Girls, Factory X). The clip shows a theatrical version of a rehearsal and the aftermath, the feeding and the thrusting, the base urges and how they play out.

Known for their bombastic live shows, Humans as Animals are a house with many little rooms, presenting a patchwork scene of dramatic, visceral and blackly absurd observations in song. The five-piece band will be celebrating the release with a double single launch at 24 Moons on May 22 and a regional tour, taking in the Mornington Peninsula and the Great Ocean Rd. Joining them will be LAMA, a vivacious colourful outfit, whose debut single, Eat! will be out May 22.

Bilack is a monster, he enters when matters compound and he bursts from out of a self-medicated sadness and feeds. When full, a combination of hedonism and euphoric ecstasy force him to thrust, a rhythmic display of social dominance performed to clearly label him the inevitable achiever of an act of conjoined, sweaty gene procurement, and the ending is morose.

Self-produced, Bilack was mostly recorded at home at the band’s Onion Studios. Rhythm section tracking and mixing was done by Nick Herrera at The Grove Studios, who has worked with the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, and the whole beast was mastered by Jack the Bear at Jack the Bear’s Deluxe Studios (Nick Cave, Something For Kate).

Following Bilack, Humans As Animals will be creating work under their new concept, Character. The first piece of the musical puzzle will be released in September with an accompanying Fringe Festival show.


13/05/15 Espy Front Bar, St Kilda
  Free entry, 9pm

22/05/15 Double Single Launch!
  24 Moons, Arthurton Rd, Northcote
  with LAMA, The Cactus Channel and Dear Plastic
  Doors 9pm, $12 or $10 presale via

23/05/15 God’s Kitchen, Mornington
  with LAMA

27/05/15 Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy
  supporting StellaFauna, doors 7 pm, $10

11/06/15 The Farmer’s Place
  675 Anglesea Road, Mt Duneed
  with LAMA

18/06/15 The Retreat Hotel, Sydney Rd, Brunswick
  with The Dave Adams Trio, Willowdarling
  Free entry

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TODAY: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, Pop Up Theatre 3, 130 Murray Street

Katie Robertson
23.04.15 12:01 pm



Hobart Premiere, Pop Up Theatre 3, 130 Murray Street
Thursday, April 23 – May 9, 2015 | 8pm

With Gavin Baskerville, Anne Cordiner, Bryony Geeves, Ryk Goddard, Guy Hooper, Samuel Johnson, Mel King, Jane Longhurst, Hamish Michael, Kate Mulvany & Katie Robertson.

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit has been celebrated worldwide as one of the most astonishing evenings in a theatre where both audience and performer as a whole create a performance about the ties and tensions between freedom and conformity. The play has been performed around the world, including in Edinburgh, Cairo, Melbourne, Toronto, London, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, Boston and Chicago.

Now eight Tasmanian performers are joined by three high profile mainland actors including ex pat Tasmanian Hamish Michael (star of TV’s Janet King and Crownies and the Baz Luhrman film The Great Gatsby) and Samuel Johnson (best known as Evan in The Secret Life of Us) who is playing Molly Meldrum in the upcoming TV telemovie, Molly.

Each performance is a world premiere. No rehearsals. No director. No set. A different actor reads the script cold for the first time at each performance. A thrilling, informative, highly individual and extremely entertaining encounter with a young writer who has more questions to his (fictional) audience than answers emerges, almost like magic.

Imagine being 29 and unable to leave your country. Having refused military duty as a conscientious objector, Iranian Nassim Soleimanpour had no passport to travel the world. He was unable to experience the success celebrated by White Rabbit, Red Rabbit around the globe until the beginning of 2013 in Australia. Having been retroactively discharged from service, Soleimanpour finally was able to receive a passport.

Instead, he has distilled the experience of an entire generation in this wild, utterly original play. He turns his isolation to his advantage. The playwright becomes his own global instrument of communication.

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is a unique theatrical experience and has been celebrated worldwide as one of the most astonishing evenings in a theatre where both audience and performer as a whole create a performance about the ties and tensions between freedom and conformity.

“The playwright slyly examines the desire to submit to authority and the ways in which that impulse can be exploited by the clever and the charismatic. Soleimanpour, who was 29 when he wrote the play, translates these dark and disturbing themes into an outrageous parable involving vials of poison, rabbits and cheetahs, oh my. It’s an intoxicating stream of consciousness from the heart of Iran that will leave you at once amused and alarmed.” (San Jose Mercury News)

Presented by the Tasmanian Theatre Company in association with Aurora Nova.

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Be-ing the Bee Gees!

Paula Xiberras
23.04.15 7:40 am


The Gibb name means ‘bright youth’  and ‘famous’ and one could pluralise that to encompass bright youths, three young brothers who achieved fame for their extraordinary song writing ability for themselves and other performers, for their musical harmonies, disco dancing hits and Barry’s falsetto!

I recently caught up with Michael Clift for a chat recently. Michael and his tribute group ‘The Australian Bee Gees’ bring back the echo of the Bee Gees to Tasmania this May. The guys are regular visitors to Tasmania. For over 18 years they have been performing at the Launceston Country Club, theatres around Devonport, Burnie and Hobart with their Bee Gees tribute show. They love performing in Tasmania and in their off time particularly enjoy the driving around Launceston.

This year the guys bring a brand new show to Tassie that has evolved from their successful Las Vegas show. The new show, which has seen much change since their visit last March. This time the show will be split into two halves, both a retro nostalgic 70s half, complete with costumes, sans the white suits, Michael is quick to add!, and a modern section.  The Guys have also devised a way of quick costume changes during the 83 minute show.

The impetus behind the new look show found its foundation in feedback from audiences at the Vegas show who indicated that the two things Bee Gees fans wanted in the tribute were attention to detail and nostalgia.

It wasn’t always easy for the guys in researching for the shows in the early days. when there wasn’t a compilation album available so they would find themselves sifting through second hand book and music shops for LP’s and cassettes.  With the advent of the internet and a surprise discovery in Hong Kong of a huge store that offered a range of Bee Gees CD’s and DVD’s the boys were on their way.

It’s a busy year ahead with US commitments (now having signed a contract for their Las Vegas show until 2017), an Australian tour and performances in Europe.

Michael who performs the role of Barry in the production says he hasn’t met the man himself as yet and perhaps needs to be a bit more proactive about doing that!

You can see The Australian Bee Gees:

8pm Thursday April 30: Burnie Arts Theatre, Burnie, TAS
8pm Friday May 1: Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS
8pm Saturday May 2: Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS

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Art Gallery of South Australia: The Black Rose Reviewed ...

Richard Butler
23.04.15 6:03 am


Richard Butler. Review of The Black Rose exhibition at AGSA. Monday April 20, 2015 © Richard Butler 2015

A video recording of Trent Parke greets all people descending the long staircase to the dark basement of the Art Gallery of South Australia. This is the place where Trent Parke welcomes us to his monumental exhibition The Black Rose. “Dear all, I am not a writer ...”

With the catastrophic end of his mother’s life, the universe profoundly deceived Trent Parke and denied him a maternally nurtured future. In order to survive the little boy in traumatic stress, expelled memory. Just as a lizard drops its tail.

I wondered how I would have survived if my mother died when I was ten. What worldly assumptions would I not be able to make. What separateness would I have needed to endure, and how hard would I have interrogated the Roman god Chaos (whose father was Chronos - Time) to find answers. Chaos is appropriately described as a dark formless mass, before the birth of the earth, oceans and heaven. At 10, particularly to a sensitive and creative child - Mother is all of those.

So here I was in this lower ground floor space and the beginning of The Black Rose. The gallery walls in this space not hanging the exhibition but becoming it. They are covered from ceiling to skirting board with a vast image meters long, and the often over used descriptor ‘immersive’ is well used selected.

My first circumnavigation of the show was one where I read all the artist’s exhibited words.

Trent’s writing is considerable, mounted onto large panels and its inclusion is the antithesis of the last great Australian photographic exhibition event in my memory. The Bill Henson retrospective was bereft of text, and whilst everything was shown, nothing was ever said.

The text on large panels is essential. It provides the keel upon which many seemingly disparate images can be successfully connected, and arguably without the text the context of the show might be rendered without access or clarity. Even so, some people went from image title to image title reading each and perhaps missing the bigger point.

So I wonder how we begin to accommodate and assimilate the various aspects of The Black Rose. Before Trent was 8 and nearly 40 years ago the late American author Susan Sontag wrote ‘On Photography’ . It was then a ground-breaking critique on the issues affecting the ways we approach photographs. Photography then, as if we now needed reminding, was about preserving things vanishing, creating a record of an event, a person or thing. Sontag is frequently used today as a lazy crutch within essays. Photography has shifted seismically since then and so has the way we reference ourselves to it.

The massive kicker in the Parke show is that many of the images were made as a result of no experience and of no memory, but as part of his interrogation of Chaos and his attempt to uncover truth. As Trent himself says with regard to his engagement with the world - “I am continually asking Why”. Many of the images feel as if they have been made from that uneasy unquenchable sense of enquiry. The dead, the mummified, dehydrated and broken. Wrecked houses, broken portraits, and a rabbit in a spotlight, near a moon-drenched road that goes up a hill and into nowhere towards anywhere, but anywhere from here.

Even if the photographic exposure was made with steely conscious intent - many images are not about an affirmative statement to preserve. Instead they are made about the absence of memory and record.

Curators report the work took 7 years to assemble. I submit it has taken every year since he was 10, and that the images latent and undeveloped have swirled around the artists internal universe in chaos, since then. Even the early use of his Mother’s Pentax seems an essential part of his being in contact with, and seeing the world through her.

That the work is both as much about things seen and as metaphor is of significance. The Black Rose has confused many photographers and frustrated some. I have had many uneasy discussions. I think the source of this is our prejudice towards what Photography is. The way photography is taught in this shallow regional euro-centric culture is still largely modernist. Photographers should see The Black Rose both in and outside the prison of its medium. If these were all etchings, I submit there would be less of an issue.

Trent has prosecuted images to backlit vinyl, to gelatin silver and as inkjet or pigment. As explained before, there are also video recordings played from DVD, and there may be other processes used. A vast 3 sided wall receives the projected video recording of the surface of a squid. Mottled and amorphous, changing - just as the 365 sunsets taken cross a year and sent by email daily to colleagues describing a universal beginning and ending and a connection from shared experience. Had she been alive, he could have shown her.

Showing you his soul

Parke is showing you his soul. Don’t go looking for it with your head.

I also spoke to many non photographers. None of them were confused.

I stood next to a young woman with 2 boys. In front of us, in the great white and second gallery hung a beautiful triptych. The first and left image was of a single strand of his mother’s hair, revealed as finely as a Harry Callahan or Emmet Gowin print. The next - his fathers watch without an hour or minute hand; and the third an image of tadpoles circling a round shape that could be an egg. Love. Time. Creation.

I asked her what she felt. “I am a mother (pointing) and they’re my 2 boys. I feel two things here - his search for answers, and her loss.”

The 3 images connected us. We stood there for a long time.

The Black Rose is mostly devoid of pathos or sentimentality, and given the underlying thematic material and context - this is a superb achievement and testament to the integrity of the artist and the Gallery. I saw many people understanding. I didn’t see anyone cry.

I was transported in that first great darkened hall, because it was like lying in the dry gravel river bed at Christmas Creek in the Kimberley looking up into the night sky, with my dear friend Lloyd Kwilla explaining the aboriginal meaning of the black areas. “you white fella see only the white ... we black fella - we see only the dark.” Trent Parke has seen both and he can take you there.

I returned on 3 occasions. There is a book and you should get it. It presents most certainly another view. Neither the exhibit or the book should be compared, but each serve to support The Black Rose. The book provides an instant intimacy not easily possible from the grand celebration of this most worthy body of work. The book also provides a view of the images possibly closer to the way they were seen at the time they were first made. I am referring now to the extreme level of enlargement, from the diminutive 35mm negative (or tiny pieces thereof) through to wall-sized images. At times this works. Some of the subtle sensitivities and tonalities have been lost and although the tonal register of Parkes’ images does not appear to be a dominant imperative for the artist, I think some are extraordinarily finely balanced between the referential and the totally disintegrated.

The Black Rose isn’t an easy subject, and the context behind it unfathomable. It is ringfenced with the sense of awe we have for one of the revered Magnum Agency’s most prolific and visually interesting. A perfect storm. But if you have a heart and it still beats and if you take time, and sit in the spaces and be very very quiet. It will come to you ...

And you will be blown away.

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Morgan’s Music ... WIN a double pass

Paula Xiberras
22.04.15 5:53 am


• WIN ... a double pass to both of Morgan’s gigs in Hobart and Launceston. Simply write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . First in, Best dressed ...

Morgan Bain is looking forward to the Tassie dates of his national ‘Why Don’t You Stay’ tour because as he tells me ‘he loves Tasmania’ that it is ‘amazing and one of his favourite parts of Australia’. Prompting him for his favourite place he says ‘all of it’ although he does have a particular affinity for ‘the beach hills of Launceston’.

The fact Morgan mentions beaches aligns appropriately with the meaning of the name ‘Morgan’ ‘to live or dwell by the sea’. Morgan’s surname the Celtic ‘Bain’ also suits him well too, meaning as it does’ fair-haired’ which Morgan extensively is with his long blonde locks.

Morgan’s name may be Celtic in origin but perhaps it is one genre of music he hasn’t tried yet. Morgan has musical pedigree, with his Gran an opera singer! However Morgan’s music is eclectic and he writes many different genres including country, blues, pop and rock. Morgan is a three time WAMI (Western Australian Music industry) Award winner, including this year, as well as other accolades such as making the final of the International Song writing Competition (US) and the final of the John Lennon Song writing Competition (also in the US), accolades which reassure him that it was the right choice to be a musician. Much of Morgan’s music is based on personal experience and he says writing on personal issues is ‘very healing’.

For Morgan the writing process is never the same, sometimes the ideas come quickly, even in a few minutes other times they may take ‘months to mature’ and will be left to ‘simmer’ until the’ fine details are added in the studio.  The eclecticism continues to how Morgan gets his ideas down, from paper to lap top, whenever the creativity claws at his conscience.

A multi- instrumental talent, Morgan learnt to play guitar at 10 years of age but also is adapt at the keyboard, harmonica and of course he is blessed with that beautiful voice.

Morgan also takes a hand in the realisation of his videos and brings his ideas to his producer who collaborates with him to expand on them.

Morgan’s single ‘Why Don’t You Stay’ and EP ‘What You Believe’ are out now and you can check them out on the following link ...

Watch the video clip for: Why Don’t You Stay:

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Launch of Joseph Tawadros’ New much anticipated CD Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors

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21.04.15 4:56 pm

Official Launch of Joseph Tawadros’ New much anticipated CD Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors

Venue 505 - 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills
6th May, 2015. 8pm
Tickets: $40 / $30


Triple ARIA winner, oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros has continued his innovation with his latest album, Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors which is being launched at Sydney’s Venue 505, Wednesday 6 May.

Joseph’s 12th album showcases his musical and compositional prowess with his Oud, alongside Matt McMahon on piano, James Greening on trombone, James Crabb on accordion, and Joseph’s long-standing collaborator and brother James Tawadros on the req and bendir. All will join Tawadros at the official launch performance.

The title of the album is taken from the American novelist Hunter S. Thompson: “Walk tall, kick ass, learn to speak Arabic, love music and never forget that you come from a long line of Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors”.

Tickets are now on sale for the Official Launch Performance at Venue 505, 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills.

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DEC, Dec 10: Cats

Julie Cavanagh
21.04.15 8:37 am


Acclaimed West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking
musical CATS comes to Australia for a strictly limited season

Sydney, Capitol Theatre from 30 October, 2015
Hobart,  Derwent Entertainment Centre from 10 December, 2015
Melbourne, Regent Theatre from 18 December, 2015
Brisbane, Lyric Theatre from 29 January, 2016


Following its triumphant season in London’s West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd
Webber’s record-breaking musical CATS comes to Australia for a strictly limited season, opening
in Sydney on 30 October 2015 then touring to Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane. Tickets go on
sale on Friday 24 April. CATS is touring to Adelaide and Perth in 2016 with dates and booking
information to be released at a later date.

The hit revival, which was reworked for the most recent season in the West End by the original
creative team - Director Trevor Nunn, Choreographer & Associate Director Gillian Lynne, Set
Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – received excellent reviews and
extended its season due to overwhelming demand.

The 2015 Olivier Award-nominated CATS introduces a rapping ‘street cat’ in the famous Rum
Tum Tugger role, who performs some serious breakdancing moves.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that having read Eliot again, maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap”,
says Lloyd Webber.

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is set amongst a largerthan-
life junkyard playground and is alive with our favourite feline characters including Rum Tum
Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and

The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball.
One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and
benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be
reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

CATS, one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, received its world
premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and
almost 9,000 performances. The ground-breaking production was the winner of the Olivier and
Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the
recipient of seven Tony awards including Best Musical, and ran for 18 years.

Since its world premiere, CATS has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into
15 languages and has been seen by more than 73 million people worldwide. Both the original
London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album.

The magnificent musical score composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, includes the
poignant hit song ‘Memory’, which has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand
and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.

CATS is quite simply a phenomenon. Featuring a fantastical oversized set, a superb score,
inspired choreography and mischievous costumes, CATS is a brilliant song and dance
spectacular not to be missed.

“ . . slick and polished . . . great fun.” – The Sunday Telegraph
“ . . enduring appeal . . . sing-along melodies you’ll be humming for days” – The Age
“Reigning moggies . . . it must rank on the must-see list” – The West Australian
“A must see.” – Adelaide Review
“Cats will leave you feline groovy” – The Guardian, UK
“ . . left the audience standing for the ovation.” – Perth Weekend Courier @CatsMusical

Cats was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited.

Venue: Capitol Theatre
Dates: From Friday 30 October 2015
Times: Wednesday 1pm & 8pm; Thursday 8pm; Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8 pm; Sunday 1pm & 6pm
Prices: from $74.90 (transaction fees may apply)
Bookings: Ticketmaster 136 100 or
Groups 12+ SAVE! Call Group Bookings on 1300 889 278

Venue: Derwent Entertainment Centre
Dates: From Thursday 10 December – Sunday 13 December 2015
6 performances only!
Times: Thursday 8pm; Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8 pm; Sunday 1pm & 6pm
Prices: from $79.90 (transaction fees may apply)
Bookings: Ticketmaster 136 100 or
Groups 12+ SAVE! Call Group Bookings on 1300 889 278

Venue: Regent Theatre
Dates: From Friday 18 December 2015
Times: Wednesday 1pm & 8pm; Thursday 8pm; Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8 pm; Sunday 1pm & 6pm
Please note that there will be no performances on Friday, 25 December 2015
and Friday, 1 January 2016.
Please go to Ticketmaster for special holiday week schedules.
Prices: from $74.90 (transaction fees may apply)
Bookings: Ticketmaster 136 100 or
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Venue: Lyric Theatre, QPAC
Dates: From Friday 29 January 2016
Times: Wednesday 1pm & 8pm; Thursday 8pm; Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8 pm; Sunday 1pm & 6pm
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Bookings: QPAC 136 246 or
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Scrap for the future: “Art from Trash” Exhibition May 2015

Matthew Allen, Lisa Flack
20.04.15 2:49 pm


The annual Resource Work Cooperative’s, ” Art from Trash” exhibition, is coming around soon ...

Resource has been hosting this event for over 15 years, the longevity & success of the event, has seen our participation expand to include in 2014, 161 works of art, with over 4000 visitors enjoying the exhibition.

The Artists come from a diverse cross-section of the community, including Schools, Disability/Recreational groups to emerging & established Artists. The underlying message of the event, is to creatively Re-Think waste & discarded materials & transform into works of art.

A noticeable & exciting aspect to the growing popularity of the exhibition is the quality of the work we are now seeing, where the artists are transcending the trash materials being utilized, so that the overall standard of work is amazing. We love it & hope you will too.

The Opening Night celebration is a much anticipated event, to gather & be inspired by a highly imaginative visual showcase of artworks.

Entertainment will be provided by the “Scrap Metal Dogs”, a band of Cosmos participants, on instruments created from discarded metals objects.

Without the assistance of our kind Sponsors, this event would not be the success that it is.Media coverage, allows us to publicly acknowledge & thank them. On behalf of Resource Work Cooperative [better known as the South Hobart Tip-Shop], we express our warm thanks to the following:

Tasmanian Early Year’s Foundation.
Bendigo Bank
Southern Waste Strategy Authority
Hobart City Council
Sims Metal Management &
Colour Copy Print Centre.

Exhibition Information:

Entries to the exhibition are still open until May 2nd. Available at South Hobart Resource Tip-shop, or online,

Dates: Opening Night Celebration: 22nd May 6-9pm, Long Gallery, Salamanca Art Centre. Hobart.

Exhibition open daily: 10-5pm, 23rd May-3rd June 2015.

To follow updates:

Scrap.. stands for… Sustainable creative resourceful arts practice.

Art from Trash has been expanding every year, in participation from
schools & community groups along with emerging & established

Scrap…was introduced this year, for a few reasons, space
limitations & expansion potentials in the area which it is of great
benefit, that being Schools & Community Group participation. [Along
with the opportunity for emerging Artists to show & sell their work
in a premium Gallery space for low cost entry & commission fees]

The vision is to provide a framework for Teachers & Service
providers to legitimately incorporate, sustainable creative
resourceful arts practice into their core sustainability/environmental
curriculum programs.

We have encouraged all to take up the mission by promoting
maximum school/community group participation, with an in-house
mini Art from Trash Exhibition, where one work is chosen by popular
vote to platform into the annual Community Art from Trash
exhibition. All participation from these groups will be rewarded with
a Resource “SCRAP” award Tip-shop Voucher, to enable gathering
of resources/materials for further creative activities.

In a time of many Arts budget cuts, we see that choices for
Teachers, to engage with their students in creative processes are
being diminished. Yet one of the greatest moments of the event is
seeing all the passionate & proud Teachers curate their students
work & bring their students to the show. The inclusive nature of the
event creates a magic mixture of inspiring confidence in our
younger & emerging artists to share the space with established
artists & work.

As the issues facing all people are greatly influenced by resources
& waste management, it is now more than ever, that as a
community we need to establish access to creative & resourceful
practices to firmly establish a way of RE-thinking waste in our

If our children are not encouraged to think resourcefully & make
creatively, I believe we are reducing our potentials for future
solutions to many of the issues we face in our lives.

Besides that…it’s just fun, beautiful & empowering…that’s why we
all keep doing it.

The success of promoting this vision would be to see a state-wide
exhibition/s from schools & community groups that tackle different
waste or sustainability issues every year, of course through making
Art from Trash!

Resource Work Cooperative is currently working hard to develop an
Education/Arts Up-cycle Hub. The future vision is, open access to a
space for all community members to engage on a broader level with
waste minimization practices, educational resources & hands-on
creative practice workshops. If you wish to find out more about the
Upcycle Hub Proposal, please contact:

Matthew Allen
Resource Coordinator
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Office: 62233891 or,
Lisa Flack
Art from Trash Coordinator
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We are happy to send you a brief on the project. We are looking for
community support & potential partnerships to make this vision
become a reality.

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Dark Mofo 2015: 12-22 June

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Ellie Ray Director
17.04.15 3:27 pm

Sawtooth ARI board members (L-R), Patrick Sutczak, David Hamilton, Gillian Marsden, Samantha Dennis with their exhibition in The Little Gallery, Board(rs) and Surface, March 2015
Exhibition and project submissions for 2016 are now open for The Little Gallery Project Space in Devonport Regional Gallery.

Submissions close 5 pm, 1 June 2015

The Little Gallery is available to emerging and early career contemporary Tasmanian artists and promotes experimentation in 2D and 3D art, critical thinking and engaging concepts.

Exhibitions run alongside those presented in the Main Gallery and may run from 2 weeks to 8 weeks depending on the exhibition scheduled in the Main Gallery. It is preferable that projects have not been shown before and have been made within the past twelve months.

Artists are expected to present a floor talk while their exhibition is open.
Unless prior arrangements are made between the Artist and the Gallery, Gallery staff will act as mentors to emerging artists and will advise and assist with the installation of their exhibition.
DRG promotes and supports professionalism and equity in the arts and pays artists fees regardless of an artists’ status or stage of their career.

Visit for further information and to download the application form, or contact the Gallery on 6424 8296 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Devonport Regional Art Gallery: April 2015 Newsletter

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17.04.15 11:50 am


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Junction Arts Festival: Donations Will Be Matched Up To $50,000

Junction Arts Festival
17.04.15 10:25 am


We’re thrilled to announce Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 Program will match all donations to Launceston’s own annual participatory live arts festival dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 until May 20, 2015.


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Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre: Mud & Ink, Kudelka and Foale

Maggie Kudelka
17.04.15 8:07 am


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KELLY ... the mystery of Dan ... and Ned

Paula Xiberras
17.04.15 7:31 am


A rooke is the chess piece sometimes referred to as a chariot and the Queensland Theatre Company will be charioting around Australia for some time with their present production. The rooke in question is actor Steven Rooke, in the midst of starring as Kelly in the play of the same name by Matthew Ryan.

This will be the Queensland Theatre Company’s biggest tour since 2012, a massive project and ‘a massive blessing’, says Steven who is ‘touched’ by the subject matter.

With each performance he has come to know Ned very well, developing a certain liking for him and sees Ned as ‘a man with his own opinions, who stood up for what he believed in for the right reasons’.

Steven says he believes it is right to never judge a character and be positive in portrayal. Perhaps the meaning of Ned Kelly’s name is telling. ‘Ned’ meaning’ wealthy protector’, Ned was certainly the latter and ‘Kelly’ meaning ‘strife’ which he certainly encountered.

I recently spoke to Steven who has never visited Tasmania before but says he ‘cannot wait for the performance at The Theatre Royal because of its history and how ‘incredibly beautiful’ it is. As well as Hobart the production will also visit Launceston and Burnie.

The premise of the play is fascinating with just three cast members. It explores what might have happened if Dan Kelly, Ned’s brother had survived his (possible) demise at Glenrowan in 1880 … and what would happen if the two brothers had met for a final chat as Ned awaited his fate in prison; taking into account that on their last meeting Dan had attempted to shoot Ned!

At the heart of the mystery surrounding Dan Kelly’s demise, or not, are the historical records of four men who claim to be Dan, with James Ryan, who sported tattoos that are consistent with Dan, the most convincing. It’s believed that Ned himself, even with the discovery of unidentifiable bodies in the ruins of Glenrowan didn’t believe his brother had lost his life there.

To make up your own mind get along to see Kelly when it tours Tassie at the end of April.

Oh, and for those wondering Steven says he’ll hang on to Ned’s ‘hipster’ beard of which he has become quite fond … for a while yet anyway!

You can see ‘Kelly’ at the Theatre Royal on the following dates …

Thursday, 30th April 2015 - 7:30pm
Friday, 1st May 2015 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 2nd May 2015 - 7:30pm

and also on …

5 May - Theatre North Inc, Launceston 8pm
7 May - Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie 8pm

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COOEE - Sweetheart Jewels & Phryne’s Fab Costume Show

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, The Culture Concept Circle
15.04.15 1:30 pm


COO-EE: an exhibition showcasing patriotic Federation and World War I sweetheart jewellery is at Anne Schofield Antiques in Sydney 23 April to 2nd May, 2015, a poignant, commemorative celebration of life. Read More | Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition returns to National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Rippon Lea Estate 1 May to 20 Sept 2015.

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Carmen Stephens, Fesitval of Voices
15.04.15 10:07 am


The Festival of Voices, Australia’s premier celebration of the human voice, will once again transform Hobart into a glorious singing city for ten days this July. The Festival has announced the first major highlight of the 2015 program: international singing sensation and heroes of the European festival circuit, Van Canto will make their Australian debut in a widely anticipated one-night only performance in Hobart on Saturday 11 July.

Blending the thrill and controversy of heavy metal with the melodic seduction of a cappella, this music super group has attracted popular and critical acclaim and enchanted packed stadiums around the world. Unlike any a cappella group before, these German music super-stars must be seen to be believed.

Moving into its eleventh year, Festival of Voices is proud to bring one of the world’s most lauded bands to Australia for the first time.

VAN CANTO are quite simply…unique. The have melded the oldest and simplest form of music, the voice, with hard-wired heavy metal and the result is heart-stopping and instantly infectious. Their vocal talent and ear for harmonies is impeccable and their approach to a cappella seems heaven-sent. Their music is powerful, anthemic and contemporary with a richness and depth that blends the ancient with the modern and sets them apart from their contemporaries.

Five singers, one drummer, no guitars, no bass, no keyboards: expect a truly unbelievable and remarkable metal experience.

VAN CANTO began their careers as a conventional metal band, but their desire to do something more vocal orientated inspired their transformation into the world’s first a cappella metal band.

“When we started Van Canto in 2006 we never thought that singing a cappella would bring us to the other side of the world. We are thrilled to be bringing our sound to Australia and we are sure this will be another highlight in the band’s extraordinary story. We encourage all Festival visitors to come along and experience for themselves our unique sound in this magnificent setting of picturesque Hobart,” said band member Stefan Schmidt.

As well as the one-off concert, the Festival of Voices is delighted to offer a limited number of places to attend a very special artist workshop, providing the chance for singers to work with the music stars on developing their own a cappella talents. Singers of all ages and abilities will have the rare opportunity to work, learn and perform with VAN CANTO over six incredible days of workshop and take part in the one-night only concert for a singing experience that will stay with them forever.

The VAN CANTO concert is the first of many music highlights to be announced in the 2015 Festival of Voices program. The full program will be unveiled in Hobart on 6 May.

Thousands of music lovers will once again descend on Hobart, Tasmania to perform and participate in the 2015 festival. Expect a magnificent 10-day program of performances, community events and – uniquely – workshops run by the artists. A melting pot of music talent, the Festival has developed an international reputation for presenting a stunning line-up of global musicians. Creating a festival experience like no other, they welcome individual singers, choirs and music lovers from across Australia, as Hobart comes to life with the sound of music. Australia’s premier celebration of the human voice, the Festival transforms Hobart into a Singing City.

Date: Van Canto Concert - Saturday 11 July, 2015
Location: MAC2, Hobart
Van Canto Tickets on Sale: Friday 1 May, 9am
Festival of Voices 2015 Program: Launching Wednesday 6 May, 12noon
Festival of Voices 2015 Tickets: On Sale Wednesday 6 May, 12noon

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Despard: The Weather

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
14.04.15 5:30 pm


Tony Barron, Peter Hjort, Andrew McIlroy, Dale Richards, Mike Singe & Catherine Woo

You are invited to the opening of THE WEATHER a group exhibition of new work that explores various states of weather….
The exhibition will be opened by local weatherman Simon McCulloch from the Bureau of Meteorology and ABC Weather. Please join the artists and friends for a celebratory drink on Wednesday 15 April from 5:30pm.

Exhibition dates: 15 April - 10 May 2015

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LA SOIRÉE Celebrates the Weird and Wonderful at QPAC ...

Inga Tracey, Publicity Manager QPAC
14.04.15 4:53 pm


... New Seats on Sale Monday 20 April

LA SOIRÉE, the award-winning theatrical phenomenon that has won devotees around the world, brings its mesmerizing hybrid of a show to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) for a strictly limited season in the Playhouse, from 7 to 24 May 2015. 

Following on from sell out seasons at the Brisbane Festival, LA SOIRÉE celebrates the tenyear anniversary of the troupe’s first show by bringing to QPAC its heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety that has left audiences around the world spellbound, titillated and amazed. 

Transformed into an intimate salon-style circus space, with the audience seated entirely on stage in a variety of ‘posh’, ringside and stalls seating surrounding the action, this is the Playhouse like you’ve never seen it before. 

Leave your troubles at the door and be prepared for a night of thrills, shocks, laugher and disbelief as the crème de la crème of the cabaret world take to the stage.  LA SOIRÉE will feature a blistering line-up of new acts making their Brisbane debuts, as well as a number of old favourites returning to celebrate the show’s ten-year anniversary. 

This Brisbane season cast includes the awe-inspiring aerial gymnast Bath Boy, the leatherbursting reincarnation of Freddie Mercury Mario Queen of the Circus, the tap dancing, roller skating, razor sharp machete juggling Nate Cooper, the sassy physical comedienne with a cute-as-a-button demeanour Jess Love, the delightfully devilish and cordial English Gents whose inconceivable feats of acrobatic skill, strength and balance will leave you speechless and the sexual gentleman and overall bon vivant Asher Treleaven. 

But the line up does not stop there, the Brisbane season will also feature the dynamic Swedish duo David and Fofo who are on a mission to change the world with a ping pong ball, Captain Frodo; the son of a famous Norse magician and famed the world over for bending, contorting and manipulating his body into shapes that are as astonishing as they are unnatural, and finally Montreal’s rollicking, sexy and hilarious puppet feast for adults, Cabaret Decadanse. 

Brett Haylock, Creative Producer said that he is truly proud of what an international phenomenon LA SOIRÉE has become. 

“Ten years ago when we assembled this rag tag group of fabulous and freaky artists from the edges of society, vaudeville and variety were dirty words. 

“Entertainment guides didn’t even have cabaret sections back then. Now you can’t swing a leopard-print bra in London’s West End or Downtown Manhattan without hitting a cabaret artiste who’s at the very top of their game. 

“It’s been an incredible experience for our international family of performers to see audiences flock back to the genre and I’m more than a little proud of the role LA SOIRÉE has had in that. 

“In excess of 10 million people have seen our show around the globe and it would appear that the general public’s desire for old fashioned entertainment where the performers are working harder than the lights, is stronger than ever”, he said. 

Join us on stage in the Playhouse QPAC for a night of delicious, deviant and delirious entertainment, a night unlike anything you have seen before. Tickets on sale now via or call 136 246. 

QPAC and LA SOIRÉE Australia Pty Ltd present LA SOIRÉE  

Dates:  7 to 24 May 2015 Venue:  Playhouse, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane Tickets:  Please refer to for current pricing Bookings:  Go to or phone 136 246

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