Arts in the City / Women, God, science and… Dr Frankenstein!

JORDAN Best is staging the Australian premiere of Selma Dimitrijevic’s “Dr Frankenstein” for Canberra Rep. It’s a play about women and their place in the world; about God, or His absence; about science and about the ramifications of our actions. At Theatre 3, April 6 (education preview) to 23. Bookings to canberrarep.org.au

“GEOMETRY is everywhere we look: inscribed on the earth, in our buildings and our city’s plan,” says Craft ACT in announcing that the theme for November’s Design Canberra festival will be “the shape of things to come”. Submissions to designcanberrafestival.com.au

Canberra Youth Theatre’s “Filtered”… Ralph Wilson Theatre, April 8.

CANBERRA Youth Theatre is presenting “Filtered”, a physical theatre work tackling big questions (such as “are monsters real?”) of the kind asked by young people aged seven to 12. The guest artist will be physical theatre performer Pablo Latona. At Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 2.45pm and 3.30pm, Sunday, April 8. Bookings to cytc.net

Adam Spreadbury-Maher… up for an Oliver award.

DIRECTOR Adam Spreadbury-Maher has emailed from London to say that his newest production of “La Boheme” for the King’s Head Theatre has been nominated for the Olivier Awards. As well, he says, the latest winners of the Stella Wilkie Award, named after the late Canberra theatre identity, will stage a show at the King’s Head in July.

“A CAPITAL Evening with The Spooky Men’s Chorale” is coming to Canberra, promising “the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male, armed only with their voices”. At the Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, Saturday, April 14. Bookings to trybooking.com or at the door.

GOOD news that “Country, for Nation”, the War Memorial’s first exhibition dedicated exclusively to exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service, will tour nationally until 2021. The exhibition features 60 works of art by 32 artists.

Caroline Stacey… directing Handel in the Theatre.

TOBY Cole says that this year’s Handel in the Theatre opera will be “Susanna”, to be staged in September by The Street Theatre director, Caroline Stacey, who is working with the company for the first time. Cole promises “an array of delicious characters, from virtuous to villainous, and sumptuous music”. Details at handelinthetheatre.com.au

WE hear that Chris Latham is heading to France for a month in mid-April as part of “Flowers of War”, with a visit to Amiens to showcase the much-awaited “Diggers Requiem”.

Soprano Susannah Lawergren… Wesley Music Centre, April 8.

ART Song Canberra’s next concert, “Songs of Solitude”, will see soprano Susannah Lawergren accompanied by pianist Benjamin Burton explore three facets of being alone. At Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, Sunday, April 8. No bookings, tickets at the door.

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