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Nicky-Lynne Hunter (as Sarah), Paul Ballenger (Norman) and Jen Seyderhelm (Annie) in “Table Manners”… Belconnen Community Theatre, October 20-28.

TEMPO Theatre is taking a break from murder with its coming production of “Table Manners”, the hilarious first play in Alan Ayckbourn’s British trilogy “The Norman Conquests”. At Belconnen Community Theatre, October 20-28. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

Pianist Mark Connors and Soprano Louise Keast… At the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, October 27 and 28.

SOPRANO Louise Keast’s Revival House Project will reach a new stage with a performance of Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” and Korngold’s “Unvergänglichkeit Op. 27” to film footage by Alex Hobba, shot during a recent residency in Germany. Keast will be joined by mezzo soprano Shikara Ringdahl and Mark Connors on piano. At the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Acton, 7pm, Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

“Goodbye Christopher Robin”, part of the British Film Festival… October 25-November 15.

REAL life is centre-screen in this year’s impressive British Film Festival. Opening night movie, “Breathe”, tells the true story of Robin Cavendish,  paralysed by polio at the age of 28; “6 Days” is a thriller from NZ filmmaker Toa Fraser telling the true story of gunmen invading the Iranian embassy in London in 1980 and “Goodbye Christopher Robin” looks at the relationship between “Winnie the Pooh” author AA Milne and his real-life son, Christopher Robin. At Palace Electric, October 25-November 15. Bookings to

Choreographer Padma Menon… at the Currie Crescent Community Centre, Kingston, October 27. Photo by Lorna Sim

IN “Dancing Stories” choreographer Padma Menon will recreate the atmosphere of traditional temple community performances as she portrays legendary Buddhist and Indian characters such as Kali, Green Tara and Siva. “I am trying to take this kind of work out of theatres, and out of the context of art for art’s sake,” she says. The ticket includes a vegetarian Indian dinner. At the Currie Crescent Community Centre, Kingston, 7pm, Friday, October 27. Bookings to or 0447 643646.

ANGELIC harp music from Meriel Owen is promised at the next “Sunday Afternoon Music by Lake Ginninderra”, at Belconnen Arts Centre, 2.30pm-3.30pm, October 22. A free event, families welcome.

THE Eighth annual “Come Alive Festival of Museum Theatre” features original Canberra plays by college and school students. This year the impressive line-up includes Lake Tuggeranong College’s “Jailbirds”, inspired by the Belconnen Remand Centre’s cell door in the collection of the Canberra Museum and Gallery and Canberra College’s dance piece inspired by Tom Bass’ statue of Ethos in front of the ACT Legislative Assembly. At the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, October 23-28. Lunchtime performances are free, but bookings advised to or 6275 2700.


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