Sixty people on stage: 30 physical performers and 30 choristers. It sounds like the stuff of lockdown dreams, but it’s happening at this year’s Adelaide Festival when Australian circus company Gravity & Other Myths combines forces with Aurora – Young Adelaide Voices to premiere The Pulse. Gravity & Other Myths have been described by Limelight as “masters of the astonishing”. Here they form a single organism with the choir to create an intricate synchronicity of movement and sound. Watch as a mountain of bodies crumble into an ocean of voice, and towering human structures move with precision through five kilometres of pulsing computer-controlled web – all to the beat of your own pounding pulse.
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Benjamin Britten's musical transformation of Shakespeare's most loved comedy is something of a miracle: apart from a single short sentence, every word is that of England's finest poet; every fibre and comic nuance of the play is preserved. And while a lesser composer might have merely adorned a masterpiece, he created a new one of his own: with its graceful haunting melodies, iridescent orchestration, headily perfumed harmony, and filigree-like vocal textures - there's nothing in the repertoire like it.
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.
Join Melbourne’s premier vocal ensemble the Consort of Melbourne for Elysium, a concert of a cappella music that opens a window on worlds beyond our own. Featuring transcendent choral gems by Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Orlande de Lassus, Hildegard von Bingen and others, be transported by the beauty of voices in perfect harmony.
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.
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.
Black Swan opens its 2021 season with an Aussie take on Chekhov’s final masterpiece, presented in association with Perth Festival. Adapted by Adriane Daff and Katherine Tonkin, the play is now set in Manjimup in WA, where the BBQ is firing, the champagne flowing, and the debts mounting. The only thing to be done is to sell the estate. The production will be staged at the Sunset Heritage Precinct where audiences will move from the grand hall to the gumtrees and onto a party in the courtyard, equipped with a vodka bar. Ypa! Or should we say cheers!
See an exciting revisioning of the much-loved story from the off-Broadway hit and award-winning film The Sum of Us with an all First Nations cast. How’s a guy supposed to find Mr. Right when his father is always up in his business? That’s the premise of this warm comedy that revolves around the comfortable relationship between widower Harry and his son Jeff. A beautiful tale of a strong family bond, ageing, queerness and the dance we all do when searching for love, this is Yirra Yaakin’s first queer work. Performed by an Australian First Nations cast, it is a story that no culture is exempt from. Balancing humour and pathos, The Sum of Us remains as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.
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.
Sydney Theatre Company's long-awaited return home to The Wharf will be marked by this historic event in Australian theatre. From playwright Kate Mulvany and Artistic Director Kip Williams, the team that created the epic, multi-award-winning world of The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two, comes a new adaptation of one of Ruth Park's most beloved Australian stories which is sure to delight audiences of all generations. Abigail (Catherine Văn-Davies), a teenager dealing with her parents' messy separation, follows the mysterious young girl Beatie Bow (Sofia Nolan) back through time - from the hustle and bustle of Sydney's The Rocks in the present day to the year 1873, when the suburb was full of struggling immigrant families, gangsters and a whole host of larger-than-life characters. With the help of Beatie, her wise grandmother, and the whole Bow family, Abigail goes on a wild adventure through twisting alleyways of history in a race to find her way home. This moving human story is set in and around the real-life suburb that STC calls home and will overflow with history, song and sparkling humour. Grandparents, parents and teenagers will all find something to love in this family story - a...
The Macbeth's are back with their unparalleled thrust for the ultimate power of the throne. A stunning mix of minds games and manipulation, sparked by the prophesies of three witches that Macbeth encounters on the heath as he returns from war, triggers his burning ambition which in turn ignites an inferno in his wife to inspire him to kill for the crown.
Ursula Yovich sings the American Song Book Actor, playwright, songwriter, storyteller and, above all, singer: there is nothing Ursula Yovich can’t do. For one night only, this four-time Helpmann award-winner sings Gershwin, Rogers & Hart and Burt Bacharach, accompanied on piano by musical director Max Lambert.