Arts in the City / Old habits die hard for Tempo Theatre

Helen, played by Kirsten Doyle, and Anya, played by Nikki-Lynne Hunter, in Agatha Christie’s “Verdict”. Photo by Andrew Wallace

“WE’RE up to our old tricks again with another Agatha Christie,” says Tempo Theatre director, Jon Elphick. Yes, it’s their ninth one. In “Verdict” we meet the Hendryks, refugees whose serenity is shattered when there’s a murder… and a verdict. Theatre@BCS, Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, June 2-10. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

Off to see the Wizard… London Palladium production coming to Australia. Photo by Daniel A Swalec

ANDREW Lloyd Webber’s London Palladium production of “The Wizard of Oz” is coming to Oz, with Anthony Warlow playing the Wizard and Professor Marvel. The promoters couldn’t resist billing it as “The World’s Favourite Musical”. It’s only a month since we heard the same words about “Les Mis”.

GREAT news that Canberra-born indigenous artist Andy Snelgar is a finalist for this year’s Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

Comedian Jasper Burfoot as Trump fan Agnes.

LOCAL comedian Jasper Burfoot has joined the long line of artists weighing into American politics by uploading a skit to YouTube where he plays Aussie housewife Agnes, who loves US president Donald Trump “because he’s multi-talented”.

WESLEY music scholars’ autumn concert “The Glistening Harvest”  takes place at Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National Circuit, Forrest, from 2pm on Sunday, May 21. Tickets at the door, children under 12 free.

Crooner Harrison Craig… at The Playhouse, May 26.

MELBOURNE crooner Harrison Craig is bringing a touch of Las Vegas to Canberra with his show “Kings of Vegas – The Lounge Sessions” at The Playhouse, Friday, May 26. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

ART Song Canberra’s next concert “The Voice of Heroic Love” features some of its most popular artists – soprano Louise Page, clarinettist Rachel Best-Allen and pianist Phillipa Candy. At Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, Sunday, May 21. Tickets at the door, no bookings required.

Canberra artist Solomon Grainger… showing at Aarwun Gallery.

AARWUN Gallery in Federation Square is turning the spotlight on young Canberra artist Solomon Grainger, whose series “Dragon and Boy” will be opened by the director of the NGA’s Scholarship Program, Adriane Boag, at 6pm on Saturday, May 27, all welcome. It runs until June 17.  

THE River of Art festival runs along the south coast from Durras to Bermagui, May 19-28. With more than 130 arts treats, a high point will be the River of Art 2017 Art Prize exhibition at the SoArt Gallery in Narooma from May 22. All program details at

KATHRYN Selby, pianist and director of Selby and Friends, joins violinist Andrew Haveron and cellist Timo-Veikko Valve in “By Arrangement”, which features piano trio versions of orchestral works by Beethoven, Ravel and Haydn. At the James O. Fairfax Theatre, NGA, 7.30pm, May 22. Bookings to

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