Moonah Arts Centre
03.03.13 7:04 am
Welcome to Glenorchy City Council’s regular arts e-news. Enjoy this update on activity at the Moonah Arts Centre, as well as a selection of arts and cultural news, activity and opportunities across the City.
Ed: There’s a permanent link to e-news in TT What’s On
Ten Days’ Artistic Director Jo Duffy
28.02.13 8:40 am
Internationally celebrated opera diva Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will be performing an eclectic selection of
music during her three concerts in Launceston, Burnie and Hobart as part of Ten Days on the Island.
Ten Days’ Artistic Director Jo Duffy said while tickets to Dame Kiri are now sold out in Hobart, there are a
limited number of seats available in Launceston and in Burnie – although she urged patrons to be quick.
“Tasmanians clearly recognise that seeing Dame Kiri perform live is probably a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity, and ticket sales to all three concerts have been extremely strong – even though the details
about the songs she has chosen to sing for us have been under wraps until now,” Ms Duffy said.
“Dame Kiri has indicated she may make some variation to the provided performance programme, and for
this reason we have decided to list the repertoire on our website in the coming days where we can easily
make any changes.
“However, I can assure her fans that all three performances will provide an unforgettable night of sublime
music that encompasses a wide range of composers from Mozart to Gershwin and incorporates classic
opera, folk and even a touch of cabaret.
“For those people who don’t want to miss Dame Kiri in person, this is an opportunity to visit Launceston or
Burnie to catch the show, and at the same time support Tasmanian tourism businesses, or other cultural
Ms Duffy also said getting out of Hobart would not mean missing out on other aspects of Ten Days on the
Island, as this year the festival will incorporate ten festival towns, with Hobart, Burnie, Launceston,
Swansea, St Helens, Queenstown, Launceston, Huonville, Campbell Town, Deloraine, Devonport and
Latrobe all hosting ten consecutive days of free and ticketed activities encompassing theatre, dance,
music, film, comedy, workshops and artist talks.
New Zealander Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s career spans 40 years in the major operatic houses and concert halls
in the United Kingdom, North America and Europe.
According to a recent review, “her voice is as remarkable as ever”.
Accompanied by her pianist, Terence Dennis, Dame Kiri will perform a rich programme of classic and
contemporary highlights from her famed repertoire.
Ten Days on the Island runs from 15 – 24 March 2013, and all programming, venue and ticketing
information is now available at tendaysontheisland.com
Briony Kidd & Rebecca Thomson Festival Directors
28.02.13 8:35 am
Tickets are now on sale for the niche genre festival, 7-10 March in Hobart
Hobart – 27 February— Highly regarded filmmaker Jennifer Lynch (daughter of iconic filmmaker David Lynch) will be a special guest at the Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival in Hobart next week.
Lynch will be present for the opening night film Despite the Gods, a documentary which details her difficult experiences while directing the feature film Hissss in India.
The film’s director, Australian Penny Vozniak, will also be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
“This is the ideal film to open the festival,” says Stranger With My Face’s Briony Kidd, “It’s not only a hugely entertaining doco, but it concerns the struggle of a female director making genre cinema, so will be of particular interest to our audience and the other visiting filmmakers.”
“We’re excited to have Jennifer at the festival, because she’s had a fascinating career to date and her work is so strong and original.”
The Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival focuses on female perspectives in the horror genre and highlights the work of women specifically, in an area of the film industry where they are greatly underrepresented behind the camera. It’s affiliated with an international movement, Women in Horror Month, and coincides with International Women’s Day on 8 March.
The festival’s aims are about increasing the quality and entertainment value of mainstream cinema by encouraging diversity.
Stranger With My Face will screen Lynch’s most recent film as director, Chained, on 9 March, with a post-screening Q&A.
Well received on the international festival circuit in recent times, it stars Vincent D’Onofrio as a serial killer. In addition,
Jennifer Lynch will introduce a screening of her 2008 thriller, Surveillance, at MONA Cinema on 9 March.
MONA will also host a short program of selected films from the festival on 10 March, with details to be announced soon.
For the full program of events and to book, visit http://www.strangerwithmyface.com.
A festival pass option is available for a limited time at: http://swmffestivalpass.eventbrite.com.au/
The MONA Cinema screenings must be booked via MONA Museum Reception on 03 62 779971.
Briony Kidd & Rebecca Thomson Festival Directors
27.02.13 5:41 am
Finally, tickets are on sale! So get booking and don’t forget to click on the FB button next to each event so you can invite all your friends.
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26.02.13 6:26 am
26.02.13 6:18 am
There have been many interpretations of Shakespeare’s great love tragedy Romeo and Juliet and the Theatre Royal will be host to a new fresh interpretation by the Expressions Dance Company (EDC) a company with a strong commitment to education and contemporary dance under the guidance of its artistic director Natalie Weir who oversees her spectacular six (3 boy and 3 girl) dancers.
I talk to one of the dancers, Samantha Mitchell recently. Samantha hasn’t been to Tasmania as yet but she is familiar with our famous gourmet farmer, Matthew Evans.
Expressions Dance Company’s production is divided into 3 separate parts, the first being a modern day interpretation involving as a background the story of Brisbane night life in the Fortitude Valley and a meeting occurring on a night out.
The second segment is a story closer to the traditional interpretation of the story of Romeo and Juliet, albeit the set is very abstract.
The third interpretation moves further from the original story and is set in suburbia.
I ask Samantha how a dance interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s plays, where the text is so important can be enacted without language at all.
Samantha says that Natalie Weir is able to install the movement of the dancers with such emotion and so true to the human relationship and what Shakespeare was attempting to achieve with the text in describing such a emotive love.
An advantage of the lack of language is, that the production which is popular with school children in Brisbane, is a wonderful introduction to the story of Romeo and Juliet without being put off by the difficult text.
Samantha has been doing classical ballet since she was 4 years old but has also trained in contemporary dance which she loves the freedom of in being able to introduce your own movements.
Dance can break down language barriers which is very important for a production that has a great belief in reaching other cultures. The company has performed in China and Switzerland.
A refreshing thing about this production is the ‘Community Engagement component ’ a commitment by the dance company to include some of the young local dancers in the production in this case polytechnic dance students in the first act as extras in the night club scene in the first act.
You can see R and J at the Theatre Royal on Friday 26th of April and Saturday 27th April at 8pm.
23.02.13 4:45 am
You are invited to An Evening of French Songs at a benefit concert for victims of the East Coast fires.
Patricia Dupont is French and will be singing in French. It all came about when she saw a * French documentary on our Glamorgan Spring Bay Mayor, Bertrand Cadart, and decided she would like to come to Tasmania to meet him. When she became aware of the fires in Tasmania, she emailed Bertrand offering to sing at a concert to raise funds for the bushfire recovery. She has a daughter who lives in Australia and is coming to visit her.
This concert is supported by Alliance Française.
* French documentary on our Glamorgan Spring Bay Mayor, visit http://www.gsbc.tas.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/SeaSpeak_Summer_12_13_lowres.pdf
An Evening of French Songs
at a Benefit Concert for victims of the East Coast fires
HOBART TOWN HALL
Thursday, 28th February at 7:00 pm (doors open 6.30)
will be singing favourite French songs: old and new by Piaf, Aznavour, Patricia Kaas
Adults : $10
Family : $25
23.02.13 4:40 am
Polish your brogues and un-fog your Ray Bans!
Theatre of the World is ending on April 8 and it’d be totally uncultured of you to see it less than five times - or even worse, not at all. In light of that - and because we’re totally on your level and understand how important live tunes from Cat Power & George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are to you - we’re giving you a present! Kinda.
Buy a ticket to Cat Power on March 10 or George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic on March 11 - and you’ll receive free Museum entry on the day, until noon. Yes! Or, even better still – buy a combined ticket and you can go for free twice! WOW! That includes you too, Tasmanians. “Thanks Mona!”
Briony Kidd & Rebecca Thomson Festival Directors
18.02.13 12:26 pm
... to present 2-hour masterclass Anatomy of a Monster: From Script to Screen
Hobart – 15 February— Steve Boyle, Australia’s leading effects and special makeup artist, will be in Hobart to present a workshop entitled Birth of a Monster: From Script to Screen on 9 March, 2013, as part of the Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival (SWMF).
Boyle recently worked on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and King Kong, as well as creating creature effects for Aussie horror flicks Undead, Daybreakers and Bait 3D.
He is currently in Melbourne working on pre-production for the science fiction film Predestination, which stars Ethan Hawke.
“This will be my first time to Tasmania,” says Steve, “And I’m really excited to be part of Stranger With My Face. I hear there’s quite a film scene down there now and looking forward to meeting some of Tassie’s local filmmakers.”
18.02.13 5:56 am
It’s no surprise that Tilly Cobham-Hervey lists Mona as the thing she is most looking forward to seeing when she visits Tasmania with her Adelaide fringe festival production of Freefall.
Nor is it a surprise that Tilly’s first name Tilda means heroine in some translations as she comes from a circus background, a place of heroes.
Tilly Cobham-Hervey is a young woman from an artistic family, her mum is a dancer and her dad works behind the scenes as a production manager and designer. Tilly grew up with the youth circus although she doesn’t like handstands!.
Tilly was recently in Tasmania running workshops for the circus festival just outside of Launceston.
I recently spoke to Tilly about returning soon to Tasmania to take part in ‘Freefall’ the term taken from physics and meaning falling without restraint. The production was conceived four years ago by Tilly and her band of actors and friends initially for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and explores issues of trust and facing fears, from actual physical danger to things like fear of ageing. Notably there is a broad age range of participants from Tilly at 18, the youngest to actors in their thirties.
Tilly says she does a monologue in the show written when she was 14 years old and this has now evolved to the perspective of the 18 year old she now is.
Away from Freefall Tilly has been doing some acting and finds it an excellent contrast to live theatre.
Her foray into acting includes two films, one called ‘52 Tuesday’ which follows every Tuesday in a year and is about a young girl whose father is in the process of, like his daughter, becoming a woman.
Tilly’s other movie ‘The Girl with one eye’ is also a very deep movie concerning a man involved in a cult and a meltdown from that.Tilly tells me the title is taken from the quote ‘In the land of the blind the one eyed girl is queen’.
Tilly says Whereas theatre involves a lot of rehearsals, film requires fronting up and doing what you are told, immediately.She finds film ‘bizarre, exciting and crazy’.
You can see Freefall with Tilly and her friends at the Theatre Royal on Tuesday the 30th of April, Wednesday 1 May and Thursday 2 May at 7.30 pm and if she has her wish, watch out for Tilly doing some of her circus know how at MONA sometime in the future.
18.02.13 5:43 am
To paraphrase, it was once said of Charley Boorman’s father, the film maker John Boorman, that ‘he made films set in alien environments about people who where stranded and desperate’. In a case of life imitating art, Charley, as well as careers as actor and writer, has found himself in many alien environments in his other career as intrepid motorcycle adventurer. Having driven in many places around the world he has on occasion felt a bit stranded and desperate, such as when he found himself feeling a bit desolate in the vast spaces of Mongolia. It was here that he became frustrated when his friend and adventurer companion, Ewan McGregor, whom he had met on a film set 15 years ago, reminded him that the life of adventurer and all that goes with it was his choice.
I was lucky enough to chat to Charley last week about his present Compass Expedition adventure in Australia, that will be focusing largely on Tasmania. He is thrilled to be visiting Tasmania for the first time. It’s a place he has been told is beautiful and is very much like England and there are a couple of Tassie guys in his travelling troupe.
It seems Charley was destined to be an adventurer from when he was a child and played a part in his Dad’s film ‘Deliverance’, a story about men on a wilderness adventure. Perhaps some of the spirit of that movie took hold of Charley as a young boy. He finds it more difficult to explain his love of motorcycles. He says it probably began with his love for horses and riding and his realisation that a motorised horse would require less care than the real thing.
I ask Charley how he manages to juggle all three of his careers which by his own admission, have an equal weight and relevance in his life. He says he manages to maintain all three careers by delegation, an ability he believes he owes to his dyslexia, which makes it easier to ask for help.
Charley has visited Australia many times, the first time being when he was invited to accompany his then girlfriend and now wife on a trip to Melbourne and Sydney. The love affair continues and Australia with it’s dangerous deserts is one of Charley’s favourite places to visit along with southern Africa, which he cites as not being as dangerous as is assumed.
I ask Charley about memorable characters he has met in his travels and he tells me about an Aussie character called Popeye who bore a resemblance to his burly,pipe smoking namesake. This Popeye was a grader ‘living in the shadow of Uluru’ and was an angel who would rescue bikers who encountered trouble in the desert and nursed them back to health.
Charley and his fellow riders are on the Tasmanian leg of the tour between February 25th and March 6. The tour starts with the ferry’s arrival in Tasmania and a ride to Freycinet National Park and Coles Bay after which they move on to Port Arthur and Hobart.
There will be a visit to the Franklin Gordon rivers and on to Strahan before heading back to Victoria. They will take in quiet roads,beautiful scenery and of course a pub or two or more!
For those who would like to experience more of Charley and his adventures. You can see a program on SBS airing soon called ‘Extreme Frontiers’ . Charley also has as a new book called ‘Extreme Frontiers Canada’.
Bett Gallery, http://www.bettgallery.com.au
15.02.13 6:03 am
‘Essence of Tasmania’ Short Film Competition.
14.02.13 7:36 am
2012 Winner: The Grim Experience
In conjunction with BOFA (The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival), Tourism Tasmania is pleased to be associated with the second season of the ‘Essence of Tasmania’ Short Film Competition.
Building on last year where remarkably (in its first year) over twenty entries were submitted, film makers – professional and amateur – are invited to submit a film story of up to three minutes duration which interprets Tasmania in new and different ways.
Last year’s judging panel were enticed by three minute stories in the form of drama, documentary, comedy, animation and other creative ways of expressing what is the essence of Tasmania. Filmmakers are encouraged to capture the essence of Tasmania in the form of a story rather than a travelogue of images. Entry is open worldwide. 2012 winners can be viewed at
Tourism Tasmania will contribute a prize pool of $20,000, with up to four winners receiving $5000 for their Essence of Tasmania short film.
The films are intended to join Tourism Tasmania’s promotional and Social Media suite and be exposed within the BOFA framework of events.
There will be a formal judging panel and a public vote for this year. Let’s hope that the results coincide!
The competition will open on 14 February 2013 and will close on COB 31 May 2013. Judging will be held during June and those chosen by the judges as winners will be notified by COB Monday 24th June. The People’s Choice vote will be open on the BOFA Facebook site from midnight Friday 21st June. The winners selected by the People’s Choice and by the judges will be announced on July 15th 2013.
For information on how to enter visit http://bofa.com.au/2013/home/prizes-awards/. Details will be stipulated within the forms making up the formal online entry process. Film makers should enter the competition with output recorded in Full HD.
The winning entries from our 2012 Essence of Tasmania Short Film Competition can be found here http://campaigns.discovertasmania.com/national/bofa2012
Ten Days’ Artistic Director Jo Duffy
13.02.13 11:09 am
Staff at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre are primping in the best artistic tradition to ensure the theatre,
foyers and art gallery are in dazzling shape for the full houses expected when some of the best international
artists in the world roll into town for Ten Days on the Island in March.
Director of the Centre Geoff Dobson said it is always a special day when international artists make their way
to Burnie, but Tasmania’s international arts festival Ten Days on the Island stands alone, as it involves
consecutive days of welcoming some of the world’s most acclaimed international artists.
“There is always a lot of wonderful artistic activity in Burnie, but it’s not every day you get to welcome a
Dame into your theatre, and quite a few of the staff here are very excited at the thought of meeting Dame
Kiri Te Kanawa, one of the world’s esteemed soprano singers,” Mr Dobson said.
Ten Days’ Artistic Director Jo Duffy said for the first time the festival is working with the inaugural Social
Innovation Festival with a beautifully designed and welcoming conversation tent called THINKtent to be
installed on the Burnie foreshore.
12.02.13 6:40 pm
Just a quick email to let you know that we extended the start date of the 10 By 10 Script Challenge.
It now starts tonight at 12 am (Australian ESD time)—instead of last night as originally planned.
It’s not too late to sign up if you want to have a go at writing a 10 page (or less) horror script in 10 days. Registered participants will receive a special email advising them of the theme or ‘signature word’ for this year’s competition tonight.
It’s free. You’ll get invaluable feedback, and the chance to win prizes (and a trophy!) and hear a live reading of your script in front of our festival audience.
Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, thecultureconcept circle
12.02.13 12:34 pm
... to the famous Spiegeltent event @ Melbourne
A savvy team of Australian antique and art dealers, members of the AA&ADA; will assemble to assess your treasures at the Antique Treasure Trove event on Saturday February 16 and March 16, 2013 in The Famous Spiegeltent in the forecourt of the Arts Centre Melbourne 9:30am - 4pm.
Will they discover something out of the box?* Read More for Bookings & Details: Here
12.02.13 6:38 am
Aussie royalty, The Seekers, are back to celebrate their golden jubilee this year. The year sees two covers, The Beatles ‘In this life’ and ‘Silver threads and golden needles’ released, with accompanying film clips . The group will also tour around Australia. I spoke to Judith Durham, the Tassie member of the group, a little while ago. Judith was sad that the upcoming tour won’t include Tasmania even though she pushed for a Tasmanian date. Judith encourages fans from Tasmania to write to the promoters to say they would like to see the seekers visit Tasmania because Judith believes that even in this time of technology that allows you to see your favourite bands play on you-tube nothing can capture the magic and atmosphere of a live performance.
The name Durham originates from the word ‘dun’ which means ‘hill’ and ‘holme’ which means ‘island’ and it seems serendipitous for Judith Durham being a girl from an island home Judith is originally from Taroona, the suburb that was also home to the now Crown princess Mary of Denmark, it seems fitting that the royal princess and the original pop princess are both Taroona and especially Tassie girls.
Judith has commemorated her childhood in Tasmania with a song’ Happy Years I spent in Hobart’ on her ‘Australia suite’. Judith was travelling in the US when she became aware of the many songs written about US states, yet Australia did not share this practise. This set Judith off on a mission to honour in song the states of Australia.
The Tasmanian song ‘Happy Years I Spent In Hobart’ is full of nostalgia and encapsulates beautifully the accessibility in Tasmania of beach and bush where
“the summers there were fine and mild
the bush was right at our back door.”
“to farmer Dixons fields we’d go”
The farm she walked through is now the new Taroona high school and indeed walking these fields was an education in ideal freedom and beauty of her island home.
“but life can not be all so free
and time brings change and destiny
yet memories will never die
of blackberries and apple pie”
The recordings showed Judith’s caring side with the proceeds of the album contributed to the Lord Mayor’s charity fund.
Judith continues on her caring and creative quest. Just recently she was inspired by an advertisement asking for blood donations by the Red Cross and Judith wrote a poem addressing those sentiments.
As well as a songstress and composer in her own right Judith contributed immensely to The Seekers, and it’s fitting to remind ourselves of what this ground breaking band achieved including a number of firsts for an Australian band.
Among them, 3 number ones in the UK and one in the US. The largest crowd on record for an audience in the Southern hemisphere and an Academy Award nomination for their song ‘Georgy Girl’.
The Seekers also have the honour of being the only group in the world still retaining its the original members . Judith explains this longevity. There was no one like them before, innovative, they would gather peers in Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary. The Seekers surprised everyone with their niche markets music, the music has wide appeal to all age groups and all cultures. There was never any bickering between the band members and their aim was never fame as well as that they all had great respect for each other hence the fact they have stayed friends and band members.
The name The Seekers for the band, says Judith, was decided by a coin toss between Keith and Athol. They had been coming up with names and thought of calling the band ‘The Searchers’ but discovered there as a already a British group with that name. So the coin toss gave them a antidote and an antonym.
Whatever it was The Seekers were ‘searching’ for they have discovered gold as appropriately they celebrate their golden jubilee tour.
A third concert has already sold out in Melbourne for those who are interested in making the journey to celebrate with Judith and the guys.
You can see The Seekers on their Golden Jubilee tour at the following dates:
BRISBANE CONVENTION CENTRE 1 MAY & 7 JUNE
CANBERRA ROYAL THEATRE FRIDAY 3 MAY
SYDNEY STATE THEATRE 6, 7, 8 & 9 MAY
NEWCASTLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE SATURDAY 11 MAY
MELBOURNE HAMER HALL 14, 15 & 22 MAY
WOLLONGONG ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE SATURDAY 18 MAY
ADELAIDE AEC THEATRE 25 & 26 MAY
PERTH RIVERSIDE THEATRE 30 & 31 MAY
You can also keep up-to-date with the guys and with Judith at the following sites:
Steven Joyce Director, Despard
09.02.13 6:00 am
Summer Greetings from Despard Gallery!
We invite you to attend our first solo show for 2013.
Eva Schultz - Platforms
Eva’s paintings are finely crafted with a fine eye for detail and surface texture, perhaps ‘film noir’ in terms of light and tone,
as her subjects appear to be lit under a full moon rather than daylight.
The show will be opened by fellow painter Wayne Brookes.
This Thursday evening the 14th February from 6 pm.
Preview online here: http://www.despard-gallery.com.au/artists/schultz13/index.html
15 Castray Esplanade
Hobart Tasmania Australia 7000
ph +61 3 62238266
fax +61 3 62236496
08.02.13 5:58 am
Young Irishman Gary Gamble was experiencing the heat of 41 degree Perth this Christmas while enjoying a reunion with his sister who works in a Perth mining office and his brother. Both siblings with sponsorship are now fully fledged Aussie citizens.
Gary is still based in Ireland where he has a growing career as a singer.
Although Gary has his own career as a country artist it is his other career as a tribute artist that gains him international recognition, because Gary is well known Irish entertainer Daniel O’Donnell’s tribute artist!
Gary was recruited for the role when he auditioned for a TV talent show that deemed you impersonate a singer (he chose Daniel). He was so masterful in his impersonation and well received that he was asked to form a tribute band. Gary does look uncannily like a younger Daniel O’Donnell and, in strange coincidence, lives in the same County of Ireland as Daniel, Donegal, although he’s quick to add that his part of Donegal is very different. The original Daniel possesses a west Donegal accent which is softer and even sounds a little Scottish. Gary is much more Northern Irish but he has managed to get Daniel’s soft and slow accent down pat.
And the accent is not the only thing he’s got down pat, pardon the pun but he also ‘pats’ down a wig which is the replica of Daniel’s ‘do’. The wig was purchased online from New York and Gary sent various views of Daniel’s hair to get it perfectly realised. Gary also studies the suits Daniel wears in performance and has them replicated too. He is so convincing that people who come to see him often confuse or blend his and Daniels name so he can be called ‘Daniel Gamble’, or’ Garry O’ Donnell’! As they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Daniel and his wife Majella have said that Gary is ‘more Daniel than Daniel himself’,
Because Daniel himself is a very prized commodity in Ireland and internationally, and is not always available for the myriad of occasions and charity events that want his services, sometimes Gary will be invited to fill a gig that Daniel was unable to do. Gary considers this delegation a great privilege and has visited people in hospitals dressed as Daniel!
Gary has also done much work for charity such as for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Donegal Hospice as well as cancer charities.
When I spoke to Gary he was talking about the great opportunity fellow Irish singer Louise Morrisey has afforded him by asking him to gig with her. He was on his way for a tour of Scotland followed by some dates in England.
Gary hopes to visit Australia later this year, this time as performer, which will be a treat for the many Daniel O’Donnell fans out there, indeed he may help tide them over in between visits from the real Daniel, who tours every two years or so.
While waiting for Gary to tour you can listen to his new album of Irish favourites available soon.
Keep in touch with what is happening at Gary’s site http://www.garygambleband.com/
Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, thecultureconcept circle
06.02.13 1:18 pm
Anya Sarre (above) named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, is the go-to fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities and we welcome her guest Spotlight Story - A New Year, A New Look, A New You!
Taking The Plunge, Navigating The Tricky World Of Swimwear
Jo Bayley our Fashion Editor notes in Fashion Elixir today, that long before the 1977 suspense thriller movie “Jaws”, something else made us scared to go in the water, shopping for swimwear! She also advised if you are taking a quick dip, between enjoying something cold and refreshing while reading a good book then The JM Barrie Ladies Swimming Society is probably a better novel choice than “Jaws”!
06.02.13 5:46 am
It’s been some time since Jacques Renay has been to Tasmania. It was in the early 90’s that Jacques visited the Wrest Point Casino were he did a mammoth 3 month winter run. Jacques is a bit of a jacques of all trades (pardon the pun) and included in his act some comedy, singing, acting and was accompanied by dancing girls.
Jacques never really considered being a Tom Jones tribute artist. It was only due to serendipity that a Sydney agent was looking for a ‘Tom Jones’ and Jacques name was suggested. On consultation it was enquired of him what he would need to create a viable Tom Jones tribute act and Jacques said a 12 piece band which he got , a band which included Danielle Spencer!
Since those early days Jacques has seen the man himself in action at Newcastle and has gained an appreciation for his amazing voice and talent. Of course having a career that celebrates Tom has helped in that appreciation! Now Jacques is a firm fan of his doppelganger!
The similarities between Jacques and Tom are uncanny, not only do they look alike and sing alike, but Jacques in spite of his French sounding moniker was born in Cardiff like Tom Jones or Tom Woodward as he was known then.
Not only that but Jacques the Welsh immigrant can also claim a kinship with Prime Minister Julia Gillard having been born, like she, in Barry, Cardiff. He remarks on Julia’s lack of Welsh accent which he by the way, still has in abundance, so much so, you occasionally think you are talking to Mr Jones.!
Tom Woodward’s rise to fame was just as serendipitous as the discovery of Jacques Renay. Tom was part of the band ‘Tommy Scott and the senators’ One evening when the band leader was engrossed in a game of cards he beckoned young Tommy Woodward to take his place. Tommy Jones was spotted by his soon to be manager Gordon Mills, also from South Wales. It was he that chose the name Tom Jones to capitalise on the movie with the same name, doing a great trade at that time. Tom began to mirror the fictional Tom in more ways than one to the extent of wearing some of the frilly shirts that the film made popular.
Jacques has occasionally found people that do not approve of his tribute show such as a person in Sri Lanka who questioned his making a living on his physical likeness to Tom Jones. Jacques explained it like this, that the man himself would not be able to tour everywhere, so he is fulfilling a need in bringing his interpretation of Tom to a wider audience so they at least can sample live, some of the magic of a Tom Jones live performance.
Jacques will be performing alongside Sheena Crouch’s Dusty Springfield, as the real Tom and Dusty did during their career and shared similarities such as their love of big bands and soul music . This partnership in pop promises to be an amazing evening. As well as duets together Jacques will be performing all of Toms great hits.
Jacques hopes his appearance in Tasmania after a long absence might see him return with his full Tom Jones experience concept show in the not too distant future.
Sheena and Jacques as Dusty and Tom will be performing at the Theatre Royal on Saturday, 2nd March at 8:00pm and will be returning in April to tour Launceston and Burnie.
06.02.13 5:40 am
It’s been 2 years since Tassie has been dazzled by the sequinned, striped gowned and big ,bold, blonde mane of Dusty Springfield tribute artist Sheena Crouch. Sheena, as her alias Dusty, is certainly not one to ‘crouch’ away in the shadows instead preferring to take her place in the stage light of the Theatre Royal with her new show ‘Dusty and Tom’. This time we get to see how Dusty reacts when joined on stage by the sexy Mr Tom Jones played by Jacques Renay.
Since she has been away Sheena has been performing on the ‘Rock the boat’ cruises which has been made up of a number of tribute artists including a tribute Chubby Checker who, Sheena tells me, took a liking to the delightful Miss Dusty! However, away from the water Sheena is keen to get back on the road touring and it seems Tassie will be a favourite place after friends of Sheenas recently moved over here. An Adelaide girl now living in Sydney, Sheena talks about the cosmopolitan nature of a lot of Australian cities and how she finds Tassie so refreshing in that it has retained its original appearance to a degree ,with lots of the heritage buildings still standing. She is excited about getting back to Salamanca for some new trinkets and bling (although she doesn’t really need it) for Dusty.
Having Tom Jones along will be a change from her previous tour with the much more strait laced Cliff Richard, but as Sheena says Tom and Dusty would have a lot more in common, whereas the other concept show was about what would have been if Dusty and Cliff had performed together, which they never did, Dusty and Tom did perform together and there was much in common with both having a love of the big bands and being practitioners of soul music.
An interesting piece of trivia Sheena relates to me is the almost supernatural synchronisity revolving around Dusty’s first great hit, ‘I only want to be with you’, which incidentally has its 50th anniversary this year and is celebrated in this tribute show. When Dusty sang it, it made no 4 on the UK charts, some years later the ‘Bay City Rollers’ also took it to no 4 on the UK charts and then ‘The Tourists’ with Annie Lennox again took it to no 4. After a lapse of years Samantha Fox also charted with the song, this time taking it to no 16 which is divisable by 4!
Dusty and Tom will be performing at the Theatre Royal on Saturday, 2nd March at 8:00pm and will be returning in April to tour Launceston and Burnie.
Astrid Joyce Education and Public Programs Officer | Devonport Regional Gallery
06.02.13 5:22 am
LIVE MUSIC @ THE GALLERY
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10TH,6PM
‘Dynamic melodies with hang-your-hat-on grooves…’
Coming to Australia for the first time in 2013, Edinburgh-based Modhan are excited to present their new album; ‘The Admiral’s Fireworks’, the latest showcase of the band’s stylish compositions. With a live show renowned for its taut ensemble and high energy, Modhan will captivate audiences of all backgrounds.
The Devonport Regional Gallery is hosting a live concert from Scottish band Modhan this Sunday 10th of February at 6pm. Modhan are currently touring Australia’s summer festival circuit. So, if you love a bit of jazz and funk in an amazing atmosphere, get along to the Gallery this Sunday at 6pm.
Modhan’s music is boldly infectious. With a sound born from a synthesis of jazz, folk, rock and funk, Modhan mould fresh grooves and sophisticated melodies while upholding a respect for their Scottish roots. The result is a contemporary sound, upbeat and refreshingly original.
The doors open at 6pm. The bar will be open to purchase beer and wine.
Concession(under 16) $15
‘…the superb Edinburgh-based band Modhan have created a fascinating blend of traditional Scottish music married with splashes of jazz and funk. The result is constantly surprising world music that charms and engages…’ – Press and Journal 2012
Check out their website for more info.
Tickets are available for purchase from the Gallery, you can also purchase over the phone if you have a credit card.
Noreen Le Mottee
05.02.13 6:13 am
A wonderful Opera Gala at the Town Hall - Sunday 24th February at 4pm with all proceeds going to the Gwyneth Dixon Memorial Award Fund.
The balance of the fund will be handed over to the City of Hobart Eisteddfod next month and the annual perpetual memorial award will be inaugurated at this year’s eisteddfod.
04.02.13 7:30 pm
The name Segal translates into something like ‘assistant to the priest’. In the case of this Segal it is something of an irony, because at this moment in time Shelley Segal is a young Melbourne singer whose world view happens to profess atheism and Humanism. I spoke to Shelley earlier this week.
Shelley Segal visited Tasmania when she was 12 years old and has a Tassie connection with her partner’s sister once living in Launceston. Shelley had planned to discover some of Tasmania with them both but this visit won’t allow much time for extra curricular activities not even a much desired visit to Tasmania’s forests and to MONA, although Shelley would love to perform at the latter sometime soon.
Shelley grew up in a Jewish home in a musical family. Her dad is the president of a local synagogue and often at home, as an eleven year old, between doing her homework; Shelly would be involved in singing in preparation for Jewish celebrations that the family would perform at. Her brother also sings, her dad plays the violin and her grandfather, the cello. Mum was manager of the troupe.
Shelley, in spite of losing her religion, at this point in her life, still enjoys being part of these celebrations because she realises the profound meaning to those involved.
It was as a 16 year old, in biology class and learning about evolution that developed Shelley’s present world view.
Shelley filmed her video clip of her single ‘saved’, referring ironically in this case to not being religiously ‘saved’, but saved from religion, at some beautiful churches in Camden, England. Dressed as an angel Shelley explores her way around the church, guitar in hand. The church becomes a personification as she questions, to her, its seemingly archaic beliefs, rules and regulations.
Shelley said there was ‘strong anger’ when she did this song after a preacher who should have known better, inappropriately and very unchristian-like told her she ‘would go to hell’ for her beliefs.
Shelley is above all a young woman with an open mind and with respect for other peoples beliefs and just wants to represent like-minded individuals, giving them a voice and at the same time maybe shaking up believers to question their faiths and encourage critical thinking.
Shelley believes sometimes people look to an otherworldly source when we can learn much about morality in our interaction with others.
Shelley still has a sense of wonder for the world but she just has a different explanation for that wonder. She knows that some of the subject matter of her music might alienate some people but Shelley is prepared to take that risk.
Shelley’s family now accept her present beliefs and although arguments do ensue they are friendly or fun ones. She tells me that it’s probably her dad’s wish would be that she marry a good Jewish boy! Shelley remains open to continue to grow in her knowledge and understanding of the world and to the evidence of a supreme being. As a friend said Shelley is ‘spiritual beside herself’.
Shelley’s music doesn’t totally revolve around her world view. The second part of her dual release is her recently completed jazz album with Adam Levy in LA. Adam has worked with among others, Tracy Chapman and Norah Jones. Shelley says working with Adam has improved her guitar playing immeasurably. Shelley is ultimately a storyteller and the songs on the album include love songs and songs about her strong relationship with her father.
Shelley will be performing at Irish Murphys on February 1st and will return in June to play a date at The Royal Oak Launceston (the venue was too heavily booked out for inclusion this tour), ironically one side of The Royal Oak building has emblazoned on it the words ‘communications and spirit!’ maybe Shelley might smile at that! Don’t be surprised either if you see this secular angel appearing at Mona in the not too distant future.
Shelley’s dual album release, her humanist album ‘An Atheist Album’ and her jazz one ‘Little March’ will both be out on February 22
04.02.13 7:23 pm
Last week I spoke to Anica Boulanger-Mashberg director of this year’s Shakespeare In The Gardens production of ‘As You Like It’. The play is well suited to a garden environment being mainly played out in the Forest of Arden where Arden-t lovers arrive to woo and win their loves.
Anica is a talent soon to be lost to Tasmania as she relocates to Brisbane with her theatre expertise, degree in performing arts from the school of performing arts in Launceston and a degree in psychology.
Anica has an excellent and memorable name for an actor/director and tells me it is of French (Boulanger) and Russian Jewish (Mashberg) (way back) origin. It’s an exotic name but also a bit of a bother when it comes to continuously having to spell it out!
Anica actually starred as shepherdess Phoebe in a previous production of ‘As You Like It’ and is glad to revisit as a director this time.
Which has both benefits and drawbacks, the benefits especially from someone who is an actor, is the panoramic view it allows you to have of the characters and as an actor herself Anica is generous in her encouragement of the actors to question and interpret the text, and is happy to take some of their ideas on board. Anica believes in a production being a collaboration between the actors and director.
The advertisement for ‘As You Like It’ features a carousel and it seems appropriate in that the characters are involved in a metaphorical merry-go-round with the ups and downs of their relationships the reference to a merry-go-round is also appropriate with the actual physical fixture of the carousel in residence at The Royal Botanical Gardens. Although the carousel is not utilised in the production, it provides a beautiful close by prop, fitting in nicely with the circus and playful theme of this production. With recent discussions about the possibility of the carousel leaving the gardens it’s hoped that its relevance to the community will see it remain at the Botanical gardens in the future.
‘As You Like It’ is not without controversy in being considered one of Shakespeare’s lesser known and admired plays, partly because the loose ends and arguments seem to be so neatly resolved.
However, this is also the play where Shakespeare writes one of his most quoted phrases
‘All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts’
Indeed in this play, like in other Shakespeare plays some characters do have more than one character to play.
Anica has taken part in 5 previous Botanic Garden productions , the ‘As You Like It’ (the first) as actor and ‘Loves Labour Lost’, ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘The Comedy of Errors’.
Although playing in the gardens is an exciting experience it can be taxing for actors and directors because unlike a conventional stage play, working in the gardens environment means being tired in traversing distances and logistically working over a large area. Actors also need to be vocally strong so as to be heard from further a field.
This production has some unique features apart from the carousel, with Tasmanian’s own Monique Brumby writing original music.
I ask Anica if, like so many directors, does she reach an epiphany during the rehearsal process when everything seems to fall into place. Anica says that she doesn’t feel that epiphany and keeps working on things right up to opening night and beyond!
The play opens on Friday, 8 February and soon after Anica makes her move to Brisbane. I think on behalf of all theatre loves we wish her well and hope she carousels her way back to Tasmania from time to time.
‘As You Like It’ plays at the Royal Botanic Gardens from February 8 to March 2 at 7pm.
Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
04.02.13 12:11 pm
Despard Gallery & Dale Richards- Twenty years together - 1993-2013
We are very pleased to invite you to a celebratory exhibitions of new paintings by Dale Richards
World By Water
Opening Wednesday evening the 6Th March 2013 from 6pm
Full catalogue online Tuesday 5Th ...
... including essay by Steven Joyce
15 Castray Esplanade
Hobart Tasmania Australia 7000
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04.02.13 10:05 am
The Playhouse Theatre is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and to celebrate will revisit some much loved plays of previous years. The play that kicks off the season is ‘The Fiddler on the Roof’. I had the chance to speak to the director Don Gay recently.
Don has a Tasmanian pedigree, although his parents were living in Melbourne before his birth his grandmother was living in Tasmania and when Don’s mum suffered from ill health she returned to Tasmania and so Don was born here, later he would return to Melbourne and then finally settle back in Tasmania.
‘The Fiddler on the Roof’ is the story of a milkman and his daughters, the big themes of love; love for God, love for family and faith are here; and added to the mix is the question of how traditions survive and are not displaced in changing times. Mirroring this we have the Jewish people who are displaced and must find a home outside of Russia taking their precious traditions with them. In the context of the play that new home is America but Don reminds me that many Jewish people from Russia settled in Australia and there are large populations in Sydney and Melbourne, and of course also some Jewish people settled in Tasmania, of particular prominence were the Solomon family who were involved in the establishment of The Mercury and ironically The Theatre Royal. The Solomon’s also helped build a temple in Hobart Which is located at 59 Argyle Street it’s a building that’s design, Don says, looks, like it has been transported from Egypt. Within it are housed ancient scrolls and wedding canopies, manifestations of a faith and tradition preserved. This temple is very unique and special being the oldest in the southern hemisphere.
The Tasmanian Solomons also have a link which stretches to a rich literary association with Charles Dickens and his character of Fagin. The character of Fagin was based on Ike Solomon however, the Solomon’s of Hobart didn’t emphasise the link because of Ike’s criminal nature. Ike, like Fagin was transported to Van Diemen ’s Land for forming a gang of petty criminals.
Don’s career is no less interesting, having worked in theatre both as actor and director in a career that spans 45 years. Don began in theatre in the early days in Devonport, then the hub of Tasmania’s theatre scene. He went on to do an apprenticeship through the Elizabethan theatre trust with The Theatre Royal and took part in the weekend( Friday to Sunday)presentation of ‘The Wakefield Cycle’, which included the cream of Australian performers. Don also worked in the US. After an accident which left him with limitations Don didn’t pursue his move to the mainland for a career in film and TV.
Don continued his theatre career in Tasmania and this year he is a guest director for a play that resonates with him. Just as many directors have an epiphany when the play comes together, Don believes too, that sometimes a play speaks to you and this one about the triumph of the human spirit and love spoke to him many years ago so much so it was the logical choice to perform in this anniversary year of the Playhouse theatre.
Although the play has a sadness and as one patron said they didn’t want to see it because of this, Don reminds us that it also has a lot of humour which is paramount and the celebrations including energetic dancing makes the characters laugh through the sadness and celebrates the triumph of the human spirit, in this case the Jewish people being ousted from Russia. Don believes the human spirit manages to surmount whatever difficulties are put in front of it and something kicks in, and so with the Jewish people made ‘countries within the countries’ they resettled in.
Don has tried to resist seeing too much of the screen adaptation to allow him to make this version of the story as original as possible and leave us with the image of the fiddler precariously perched on a roof the metaphor of survival of tradition in uncertain times.
‘The Fiddler on the Roof’ plays at the Playhouse Theatre on Friday 22 February 2013 to Saturday 9 March 2013.
29.01.13 2:39 pm
Sunday March 10, Monday March 11: Read all about it: HERE
Briony Kidd & Rebecca Thomson Festival Directors
26.01.13 3:34 pm
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