Long-time Canberra theatre teacher Peter Wilkins is running a series of acting courses throughout 2015.
Acting for the Fun of it courses
Acting for the Fun of it
Sunday February 15 – Sunday March 29
A course for beginners. Build confidence. Learn a variety of performance skills. Meet friends.
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Sunday May 10 – Sunday June 10
Practical performance [...]
After finishing college, most Canberra kids face the challenging decision to either head to university or start an entry-level position in the local career factory that is the public service.
For Alex Moffat, neither of these options seemed appealing. So, after enjoying a gap year in 2014, he set himself on a path to creative fulfilment [...]
[ 6 February 2015 8:00 pm to 21 February 2015 8:00 pm. ]
Nick Hornby’s book High Fidelity, and the subsequent John Cusack movie, became an instant classic for a generation that postponed entry into adulthood, or ‘coming-of-age’, from adolescence until middle age.
Local theatre company Phoenix Players is bringing Hornby’s timeless, witty story to the stage. High Fidelity is a rock musical unlike any other. With all-original music inspired by the [...]
[ 30 January 2015 at 7:30 pm; ]
RAW is an indie arts organisation for artists, by artists. Every second month it showcases around 30 artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and make up for what the organisers describe as a “one night creative explosion”.
When: Friday 30 January 2015
Time: From 7.30pm
Where: Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen
Canberra Youth Theatre’s Workshop Ensemble Program provides a place where young and emerging artists can be creative and actively develop fundamental theatre performance skills. It is a fun and engaging program all about process. Through participation in theatre games and exercises during weekly acting workshops, acting ensembles develop, extend and strengthen fundamental skills in improvisation, [...]
[ 10 January 2015 at 10:00 am; 10 January 2015 at 12:30 pm; 11 January 2015 at 10:00 am; 11 January 2015 at 12:30 pm; ] Charlie & Lola’s Extremely New Play is the sequel to Charlie & Lola’s Best Bestest Play, which sold out throughout Australia in 2012.
Enter a wonderful journey through the seasons as the stars of the hit ABC & BBC TV series and books by Lauren Child are brought to life by a magical mix of puppetry, [...]
Ex-Canberra theatre teacher’s Ernie Glass’ Tales of Ordinary Madness and T.S Eliot’s The Waste Land presented by Mad As Productions.
A young and vibrant Cassie Brizzi from country Victoria leapt lightly upon the stage of Canberra’s Smith’s Alternative for what was a great night of theatre. A monologue devised by well-known theatre teacher Ernie Glass, Brizzi [...]
[ 18 December 2014 at 8:00 pm; 19 December 2014 at 7:30 pm; 20 December 2014 at 2:00 pm; 20 December 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]
It’s well said that the true measure of a humane society is how well it treats its most vulnerable. For me, just as true is the idea that humanity’s narrative and values are central to the arts. After meeting with Canberra’s Kirsty Budding, it is clear that she not only combines these ideals in her [...]
[ 14 March 2015 at 7:30 pm; 15 March 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
Judith is back on stage with her first new solo show since 2012 and the good news is that her last year really sucked.
A truly awful year for Judith always leads to a great show for her fans and 2014 was magnificently terrible. Think death and early menopause and you’ll be in the ballpark. [...]
Canberra Youth Theatre offer a wide range of drama workshops for 7 – 12 years, including a summer holiday workshop, and drama in primary schools!
“The best way to understand and appreciate a Shakespeare play is to perform it.” With this philosophy in mind, Bell Shakespeare invited schools across Canberra to participate in its inaugural Schools Festival. Rather than just studying Macbeth in the classroom, the selected schools were challenged to perform it at The Playhouse at the Canberra Theatre [...]
What if Harry Potter went AWOL? “Where in the World is Frank Sparrow” takes all of the elements of chosen one stories and remixes them as satire. Frank Sparrow is running, hard, from a destiny he can’t understand – the world will just have to save itself. Canberra Youth Theatre’s interpretation of Angela Betzien’s theatrical [...]
August Osage County finishes with a whispered quotation from T.S. Eliot’s poem The Hollow Men: “This is the way the world ends.” We are invited to complete the quotation ourselves: “Not with a bang with a whimper.” But this isn’t a play of graceful endings, it’s a play of fighting desperately (and perhaps hopelessly) against [...]
NUTS (the ANU’s student theatre society) makes its best theatre when the material they have to work with is a little wild. Last year’s Catherine The Great was a perfect fit with the group’s energetic, irreverent style. A play about the invention of the vibrator (complete with lavish on-stage masturbation scenes) would seem to be [...]
Deep space private detective Whatshisname (Raoul Craemer) is on a case: he has to find a missing woman. Unfortunately, he’s also lost his client, so before he can even get started on his case he needs to find the person who hired him. Meanwhile far more practical private detective Polly (Kate Hosking) is on a case [...]
“Where I End And You Begin” opens next week at the Street Theatre. The work of local playwright, actor and musician Cathy Petocz, it’s been in development for three years and is finally ready for audiences. But audiences will have to make some hard choices to enjoy this play: “Where I End” is actually two [...]
Sunset Boulevard is a waste-heap of broken dreams and the wreckage is visible everywhere. The bric-a-brac backstage at Paramount Studios blends into the shabby luxury of faded star Norma Desmond’s mansion-mausoleum. Director Steven Pike’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful and gaudy musical is appropriately lavish and gritty, relishing every desperate moment in a story [...]
[ 30 October 2014 at 7:00 pm; ] The Sass and Tease Collective are putting on a special show on Halloween night. October 31st The Collective will be taking over Teatro Vivaldi at the ANU Arts Centre for the sexiest spooktacular in town!
Tickets through eventbrite: $30+bf (or $25+bf for concession card holders) http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sass-tease-halloween-tickets-13278334857
It opens with a grotesque crime: a teenage boy has gouged out the eyes of six horses. Child psychologist Martin Dysart (Jerry Hearn) is tasked with healing the boy… but also with finding the answer to a simple question. Why did he do it? Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play about love and worship thrills in a [...]
Two weary travelers stop at an inn. This is the “Canberra-berry Tales”, and these pilgrims to the nation’s capital are passing the time until daybreak by sharing their stories. Here the Miner and the Banker share the less-than-spiritual aims that have inspired their trek. Canberra, as the theme of this year’s Wharf Revue tells us, [...]
Whenever I told someone the theme for this improvised show the response was usually a mix of surprise and horror. “Well, you see, in the first half a group of improvisers study eight audience members and then in the second half they pretend to be them, improvising a short play.” Jaws would drop and eyes [...]
With Floriade in full swing and predictions for some pretty cracking weather for the Capital, we’ve got a few suggestions for weekend activities.
Add your own tips in the comments.
From our team:
Amy Birchall is off to Floriade on Saturday for one of Emma McMahon’s cake decorating demonstrations
Heather Lansdowne is going to check out the Roller [...]
Opera Australia’s Indiana Jones-themed production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” swaps the forest setting for a mysterious tomb in a kid-friendly, accessible staging with amazing singing.
The most striking thing about this production is the adventure serial styling. This was a savvy design choice: this is a smallish production (regional tours are planned) but the Egyptian [...]
Script submissions are invited for a season of short plays to be performed 13-17 December at the Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman House Arts Centre.
The Christmas-themed event is the fourth offering this year from Budding Theatre, a company founded by Kirsty Budding, 24, to stage new works with a focus on artistic collaboration, philanthropy, and accessibility for a range of [...]
CYT’s School Holiday Program for 7 – 12 year olds
Phoenix Players have announced auditions for their next show, the rock musical High Fidelity.
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby and the Touchstone Pictures Film, featuring original music by the composer of Next to Normal.
Rob, a slacker thirty-something record store owner, has just been dumped by his girlfriend Laura. In an attempt to figure out [...]
Appropriately enough for a night of secret theatre when I got my ticket I was also given a password that would grant me entrance to the performance: “poke, email, tweet.” So of course when I showed up and the clipboard-touting woman guarding the entrance asked me for my password, I replied: “Dangermouse.”
While Dangermouse is an [...]
[ 30 September 2014 at 8:00 pm; 1 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; 2 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; 3 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; 4 October 2014 at 2:00 pm; 4 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]
Everyone’s favourite lampoonists return for another annual instalment of The Wharf Revue packed full of their trademark irreverent, anarchic political satire. Amanda Bishop and newcomer Douglas Hansell join revue veterans Jonathan Biggins and Phillip Scott for more razor-sharp satire in Open for Business at Canberra Theatre Centre from 30 October to 4 September.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and a frequent presence on the stage. Only last year local group Centrepiece Theatre ran a well-received production at The Q. Now Bell Shakespeare is about the venture out into the thick forest of Midsummer Night’s Dream interpretations with their own take on the [...]
As we approach our penultimate Winter weekend, there is plenty going on in the Capital.
Suggestions from some of our team:
Amy Birchall is indulging her not-so-inner nerd to see astronaut Chris Hadfield speak at Llewellyn Hall for National Science week on Sunday 24th of August
Josh Mulrine is taking his daughter along to the Geoscience [...]
The Importance of Being Earnest can feel like fairy floss: sweet, yes, but when you start to pull it apart it becomes insubstantial. The play is an outright farce and this production by the State Theatre Company of South Australia emphasises the intrinsic silliness of the story. But if this is a farce, it is [...]