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West Australian Symphony Orchestra: Asher Fisch Conducts Elgar

Perth Concert Hall Perth

One of the greatest of all English orchestral works, Elgar's captivating variations are touching and nostalgic musical portraits of friends and family. WASO open the concert with the shimmering atmospherics of Olivia Davies' new work Stratus. Olivia Davies' Stratus commissioned by Prue Ashurst.

Adelaide Festival: Fangirls

Ridley Centre Wayville

As Hamilton proved, in a world where new musicals are often focus-grouped into blandness, fabulous butterflies can still emerge from the chrysalis of a single brilliant mind. Such is FANGIRLS, whose book, music and lyrics are by young Sydney-born writer Yve Blake. Fascinated by the way that society can see a mob of screaming fans as "embarrassing" (if female, and at a pop concert) - but "passionate" (if male at a footy match), Yve set out to write the show she wished her 14-year-old self could have seen: a comedy all about the ways that the world tries to convince young women that they're not as worthy as their brothers. It follows Edna, a plucky misfit scholarship girl who believes that she alone can win the heart of the world's biggest pop star; Harry. Sure, he has 38 million other fans, but for Edna, that's merely a hurdle. Because there's nothing she won't do to meet Harry. No really, nothing.

Adelaide Festival: The Boy Who Talked to Dogs

Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio Wayville

Marty is the runt of a litter of three. His family lives on the wrong side of County Limerick's tracks in the 1970's. He's been hard to train and is regularly clipped behind the ear by his dad. When he's really naughty, he gets locked in the coal shed. Nights would get cold if he couldn't snuggle up to his German Shepherd mates Major and Rex. One day when they get vicious in defence of their little mate, the authorities step in and Marty bolts. Marty thinks he's a dog. Marty is a boy.

Hayes Theatre Co: Young Frankenstein

Hayes Theatre Co 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Elizabeth Bay

Hayes Theatre Co presents the Australian premiere of this brilliantly kooky musical comedy, adapted by comic genius Mel Brooks (The Producers, Blazing Saddles) from his 1974 American comedy horror film. Scientist Frederick Frankenstein (it’s pronounced Fronk-en-steen) – grandson of the infamous scientist – travels reluctantly to Transylvania where he has inherited his family estate. Before long, he finds himself back in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestor, and with the help of hunchbacked sidekick Igor and yodelling lab assistant Inga, he brings to life a new creature to rival his grandfather’s. But this time, when the monster escapes – absolute hilarity ensues. Young Frankenstein has all the panache and quick-fire humour of the screen sensation, with a little extra theatrical flair. Featuring songs like “The Transylvania Mania” and the immortal “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment. Directed by Alexander Berlage (Cry-Baby, American Psycho), get ready for an electrifying camp gothic spectacular that will leave you in stitches.

Melbourne Recital Centre: The Spirited Life

Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne

Melbourne chamber music group Six Degrees Ensemble specialises in Australian, contemporary and lesser-known works. Its invigorating concerts typically feature six or more artists that includes a rotating line-up of guests and the expectation that you may see an exciting variety of instruments in the spotlight, from trombone to timpani. About the concert Composers Olivier Messiaen, John Cage and Anne Norman have all been fascinated by the power of music to express spirituality. Six Degrees Ensemble journeys through deep and inspired works, by these artists and more, exploring how music through the ages has sought to convey worship and divine belief in all its forms. Anne Norman’s performance of her mystical music for shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) inspired by Zen traditions is among the highlights.

Branch Nebula: High Performance Packing Tape

Adelaide Festival Centre Adelaide

In High Performance Packing Tape, award-winning, cutting-edge performance company Branch Nebula has forged a performance that dares to ask “is a life without danger worth living?”  It’s messy, terrifying, deeply challenging to accepted notions of comfort and safety, and incredible fun. You’ll peer through parted fingers, thrill to his successes, wince at his failures and try hard to contain your uproarious laughter. 

Adelaide Festival: The Boy Who Talked to Dogs

Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio Wayville

Marty is the runt of a litter of three. His family lives on the wrong side of County Limerick's tracks in the 1970's. He's been hard to train and is regularly clipped behind the ear by his dad. When he's really naughty, he gets locked in the coal shed. Nights would get cold if he couldn't snuggle up to his German Shepherd mates Major and Rex. One day when they get vicious in defence of their little mate, the authorities step in and Marty bolts. Marty thinks he's a dog. Marty is a boy.

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall: Greta Bradman and Calvin Bowman 

Athenaeum Theatre 188 Collins Street, Melbourne

Greta Bradman and Calvin Bowman perform a selection of Lieder gems from Vienna’s Golden Age including Berg’s ‘Sieben Frühe Lieder’ and songs by Alma Mahler, Zemlinsky, and Wagner. Tickets to this concert are also available as a Livestream.

A Moveable Theatre: This Wide Night

BackDock Arts 103 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

A Tender Portrayal of Two Women Trying to Start Again The friendship that once protected them now threatens to smother the fragile freedom they have found.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Andrew Haveron performs Bach

City Recital Hall Sydney

Exquisite, serene, daunting, brilliant. Are there even enough adjectives to describe Bach's music? Here, the SSO revels in some of his greatest works, Orchestral Suites No.2 and No.3, and the intricately beautiful Concerto for Two Violins. Concertmaster Andrew Haveron leads as soloist along with Fiona Ziegler and Emma Sholl.