Arts in the City: Rain thunders into new blockbuster

FREE Rain Theatre, which scored a coup last year by staging “The Phantom of the Opera” at Canberra Theatre, is about to announce another blockbuster production. We’re not sure how they’ve snared the rights to this one, since nobody else knew they were on offer, but if you were to start memorising the word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, you’d be well prepared.

Jimeoin pics 2014 108STAND-UP comedian, Jimeoin, pictured, was born in England and raised in Northern Ireland, but became internationally famous in Australia. Known as the acknowledged master of the untranslatable Irish art of craic, he’ll be in town with his latest show, “Yes, Yes, Whatever?!” on May 9 at Erindale Vikings (bookings to 6121 2131) and at the Abbey Function Centre (bookings to

GOOD news that Wesley Music Centre has appointed Liz McKenzie as director of the centre after the retirement of its founder, Garth Mansfield. McKenzie is a powerhouse musical facilitator, known for her long championship of the Oriana Chorale and her tireless work with Pro Musica, which runs the Canberra International Music Festival.

WHILE we’re on Wesley, the Canberra-raised baroque oboist, Jane Downer, supported by Canberra composer Sally Greenaway on harpsichord, will conduct a demonstration and master class at the centre, 2pm-6pm, on Sunday, May 4. Members of the public are welcome. For priority seating visit

SYDNEY’S Elektra Ensemble will perform “Reflections on Life, Death and Transience”, European wartime commemorations, at St John’s Anglican Church, Reid, 3pm, on Sunday, May 4. Tickets at the door.

MORE than 45 well-known and emerging local artists and performers will be showcasing Canberra art at the second annual Art Market, a weekend program of music, performance art and exhibitions at the Yarralumla Woolshed, 10am-3pm, May 3-4.

IT’S time for the 2014 “ANU Medical Revue”, and this year’s is as outrageous as ever, with the title “Caecal Weapon 2: The Rise of Salmonella”. This annual non-profit musical production is created entirely by medical students and this year’s proceeds will go to the Children’s Medical Research Institute. ANU Arts Centre, bookings to or tickets at the door.

THE High Court’s free Sunday music program is proving hugely popular with 270 people turning up to the last one. The next up at 1pm on Sunday, May 4, is local jazz trio, Famous as the Moon – Dirk Zeylmans, Graham Monger, and Lachlan Coventry – presenting “The Great American Songbook”. Bookings not required.

“FIRST Seen”, where scripts workshopped as part of The Street Theatre’s “Hive” program are given a showing and feedback from an audience, runs on Sundays at 3pm, with “Psyche” by Lado Shay on May 11, “Untold” by Raoul Craemer and “Anthems and Angels” by Zsuzsi Soboslay on May 25 and “Grief Eaters” by Emma Gibson on June 8. Bookings to 6247 1223.


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