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Six things to do around Canberra this weekend (15-17 July)

Paul Greene

This weekend there is a feast of music, from singer-songwriters and tribute acts, and those playing at both. Elsewhere the Brumbies will be aiming to clinch a Super Rugby play-off spot when they take on the Western Force at GIO Stadium.
Paul Greene
When 7-9pm | Where Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street, Weston
Singer songwriter Paul Greene (pictured above) [...]

Top seven things to do around Canberra this weekend (24-26 June)


This weekend you can watch the country’s best hoofers strut their stuff, have a chuckle listening to some of the finest comic talents to tour the land or show off your knowledge of all things Dr Who.
2016 DanceSport Australia National Championship
When Friday 6-10pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am-10pm | Where AIS Arena, Leverrier Crescent, Bruce
It used to [...]

Visiting director gives Playhouse top billing

Geordie Brookman at the Playhouse.

The artistic director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Geordie Brookman, reckons Canberra’s Playhouse is the best theatre of its size in Australia.
Brookman is in town for the Canberra season of the critically acclaimed new Andrew Bovell play Things I Know to be True, of which he is director (read our review of [...]

Poignant portrait of dilemmas of family life

The Price family around the dining table.

From the writer of Lantana and the stage adaptation of The Secret River, Things I Know to be True is a new play about a seemingly ordinary family that inspires laughter (at the universality of their minor spats) and heartache (at revelations that would devastate any of us).
At the Playhouse till Saturday, the high-energy production [...]

Top seven things to do around Canberra this weekend (20-22 May)

Roller derby

There is plenty of live music to be enjoyed around Canberra this weekend, with former farmhand and Australian Idol runner-up Shannon Noll’s gig at the Southern Cross Club in Woden tomorrow night among the highlights. And there will be more rock’n’roll at the Southern Cross Basketball Stadium on Saturday night when the Varsity Derby League presents another feast [...]

1200 crowd in for Canberra Theatre launch

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra Theatre

There’s something wrong with the picture below (taken at the 2016 season launch at the Canberra Theatre tonight).

Can you spot the problem?
I’ll give you a clue. I pushed my way through hundreds of people to grab a glass of champagne and a polystyrene cup filled with penne alla Norma, circling the room twice, yet I never [...]

Mother & Son – Canberra Theatre (review)

By 9 February 2015

From the grave to light-hearted cheer, the classic Australian TV series Mother & Son  found its way to the Canberra Theatre. The modernised adaptation of the six series, by the original writer Geoffrey Atherden, combines playful and poignant moments that all families experience with the inevitable deterioration of a loved one.
As twinkle-eyed mother Maggie, played by [...]

Canberra welcomes international sensation Angelique Kidjo

By 4 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 8 April 2015 at 7:30 pm; ]

Only days after her performance at Bluesfest 2015, the angelic voice of International sensation, Angelique Kidjo is coming to Canberra for the first time in April 2015. Angélique is one of the greatest forces in African music; her passion for her homeland and expressions of female empowerment comes through in her music through rich and [...]

The Wharf Revue “Open For Business” (Review)

By 2 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

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, [...]

Flying Bach coming to Canberra – your chance to win a double pass

By 13 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 13 September 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]

Red Bull Flying Bach is coming to Canberra in September following sell out shows in Sydney and Melbourne in 2013.

Removing boundaries between classical and urban art, Flying Bach fuse the music of 18th Century composer Johann Sabastian Bach with explosive moves thanks to world champion breakdance crew, Flying Steps who formed in 1993.

Red Bull Flying [...]

Is there a place for billboards in Canberra?

By 30 July 2014

As I navigate through the winding streets of Canberra, taking in the beautiful mountains and cityscape, I can’t help but be amused by the very rare billboard seeking my attention.
It’s usually the amusing ‘on-premise’ Canturf puns, pitched along the Monaro Highway coming past Fyshwick, which we’ve all grown to love, or the giant billboard on [...]

“Henry V” – Bell Shakespeare (Review)


“In little room confining mighty men” – Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Henry V (helmed by Damien Ryan as director) presents us with a classroom of energetic students performing the play to each other and challenges us to engage our imaginations to make the play come to life.  As the Chorus (presented here as the [...]

Warts and All by Bruce Hoogendoorn

By 7 February 2014

[ 7 February 2014 at 1:00 pm; ] Ever wanted to prune your family Tree? this Play’s for you!

Star Wars Burlesque returns to the Canberra Theatre

By 9 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 14 March 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]

Because so many of you are dirty nerds who like to be exploited (and there’s nothing wrong with that) it’s worth mentioning that the Canberra Theatre has a listing for The Empire Strips Back:

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away….

Finally returning to Canberra after two years, THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK: A Star [...]

Hindmarsh Group sponsoring the Canberra Theatre

By 26 September 2013

The Hindmarsh Group have announced their patronage of the Canberra Theatre Centre for the next three years:
Hindmarsh, one of Australia’s leading property and construction companies, will become a principal sponsor of the Canberra Theatre Centre in 2014 with a three year commitment to help kick-start the Centre’s vocational education and training program.
ACT Arts Minister Joy [...]

Catalogue of Dreams at the Canberra Theatre Centre


[ 17 July 2013 to 27 July 2013. ]

Opening next week is a new piece of theatre, created by award winning professionals in collaboration with local artists, telling stories relevant to Canberra.

It sounds pretty wonderful actually.

Catalogue of Dreams is a charismatic and compelling new work created by the award winning Urban Theatre Projects.

Bold, evocative images collide as wannabe kings and make-believe queens jostle [...]

ACT coat of arms in Canberran hands


In a ceremony at Canberra Theatre today, the ACT coat of arms was handed over from the federal government to the ACT. The handover was a culmination of many years work, and is somewhat of a fitting birthday present to our Capital.
Representatives from both sides of the Government as well as several of Canberra’s cultural [...]

Review of Ngapartji, Ngapartji

By 26 July 2012

Although Canberra’s wintery night lured us towards hot chocolate and early night, we managed to locate our thermal vests, leggings and socks, and set out across the deserted streets.  We were surprised to find the car park of the Canberra theatre full.   After much deliberation as to whether we should park in a permit zone, [...]

Mothers Day concert from the Canberra City Band

By 3 May 2012

[ 13 May 2012 at 2:30 pm; ]

If you’re wondering what to do this mother’s day this looks worth a guernsey.

Captions for theatre goers? There’s an app for that

By 7 February 2012

CityNews brings word that deaf patrons of the Canberra Theatre can now get captions on their phones via the Go Theatrical app.
The application will be available for the first time on the March 17 matinee performance of “Summer of the Seventeenth Doll”.
The application can be downloaded to from the App Store for $1.99, with all [...]

Mugged after leaving Mooseheads at 5am

By 26 January 2012

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the robbery and assault of a man in Civic earlier this morning (Thursday, January 26).
About midday police were on foot patrol and located the man lying in some bushes in the laneway behind the Canberra Theatre.
The man has what appears to be minor injuries and was missing his wallet [...]

Government and Developers ever closer intertwined. John Hindmarsh to chair the Cultural Facilities Corporation.

By 27 December 2011

Joy Burch has announced into the silly season that the Executive Chairman of the Hindmarsh Group (“A leader in construction, development and property, Hindmarsh draws upon this expertise to deliver specialist services in retirement, parking operations and capital management.” According to their website), John Hindmarsh, is giving of himself to chair the Cultural Facilities Corporation:

Namatjira at the Playhouse, a review

By 15 September 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 14 September 2011 to 17 September 2011. ]

Running late as usual, my co-writer and I raced to the theatre to find ourselves in unfortunate seating, which will probably leave us with aching necks for weeks. However, despite the rocky start the set caught our attention and drew our focus back to the impending production.

In the centre, the main prop a [...]

Who wants double passes for The Sum of Us at the Canberra Theatre?


We’ve got 10 double passes to give away to RiotACT Premium Members this Saturday night at the Canberra Theatre for The Sum of Us (starring Wolf Creek’s John Jarratt).
They’re worth $119 each and will get you a night at the theatre. If you’re not already a premium member it’s not too late to upgrade and [...]

Turns at the Canberra Theatre. A review.

By 23 June 2011

The turning of the few.
A flock of grey hair eagerly poured into the theatre, much to this young single girl’s dismay.
The set dripped with old advertisements of vegemite and aeroplane jelly creating a light atmosphere, joyful whispering and excitement among the audience.
Unfortunately, and much to the disappointment of many, the over the top slap-stick comedic [...]

Where was Canberra? (for the Chris Botti Concert)

By 20 June 2011

I attended a phenomenal concert by Chris Botti and Co. a week ago at the Canberra Theater. 
As a jazz enthusiast, I have had the pleasure and good luck of watching many a legend. 
This concert was mind blowing and mind boggling. 
Superb jazz performed to a lackluster few. 
Half the seats were empty. 
Has [...]

Much Ado About Nothing – Free tickets for opening night tonight!


Experience Shakespeare’s most loved romantic comedy. With its unique charm and quick wit, Bell Shakespeare’s production of Much Ado About Nothing takes place in Sicily in the 1950’s against a backdrop of iron rules of behavior, family pride, vendettas and the notion of male honour.
Claudio and Hero are deeply in love. Beatrice and Benedick are [...]

Look Back In Anger comes to the Courtyard Studio

By 19 January 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 17 February 2011 to 26 February 2011. ]

The very talented Naomi Milthorpe sent the below media release in, it’s fair to say if she’s involved it’s likely to be pretty good.



It’s one of the twentieth century’s most magnificent plays – a work that opened the doors [...]

Outstanding theatre – The Laramie Project

By 19 May 2010

[ 20 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 20 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 21 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 21 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 22 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 22 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 26 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 26 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 27 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 27 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 28 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 28 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 29 May 2010 at 2:00 pm; 29 May 2010 at 2:00 pm; 29 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; 29 May 2010 at 8:00 pm; ] Everyman Theatre presents The Laramie Project

In 1998, on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming,  21-year-old gay university student Matthew Shepherd was tied to a fence, savagely beaten, and left to die. In the attack’s aftermath, Laramie became the centre of a media storm.

New York’s Tectonic Theatre Company, under the direction of Moises Kaufman, conducted extensive interviews with [...]

National Arab Film Festival comes to Canberra!

By 12 November 2009

[ 13 November 2009 at 7:00 pm; 14 November 2009 at 4:30 pm; ] Arab Films Touring Australia 1-29 November

This November, the Arab Film Festival is travelling across Australia for the first time. The national tour kicks off in Sydney before heading to Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Experience the diversity, complexity and beauty of the Arab world through its film.

This special touring program features the most entertaining, moving and [...]

Canberra Repertory Studio 2008 Duologue Competition

By 12 May 2008

The Canberra Repertory
finals of the Duologue Competition is on this Friday and Saturday.
Why do you want to go to this?
1) It’s now your chance to take part. Come along to one of the finals
shows, and you will be given a program that doubles as a voting slip.
Cast your votes as you go along – give [...]

Ross Noble @ the Canberra Theatre TONIGHT!

By 2 May 2008

[ 2 May 2008 at 8:00 pm; 3 May 2008 at 8:00 pm; ] It’s probably sold out by now – although it may be an empty Canberra Theatre if the Facebook events page is anything to go by but… (cut and pasted from facebook)

He’s back! Following a massive sold out tour of the UK, Ross returns to the nation’s capital with more first class nonsense. Voted one of [...]

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