Arts in the City / Blood, chaos and a burst of silliness

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Blood and chaos…”Oedipus Schmoedipus” at The Playhouse on March 14. Photo by Ellis Parrinder.

THE audience can expect blood and chaos when “Oedipus Schmoedipus” comes to The Playhouse for one night on March 14. The play takes great theatre classics, picks out the death scenes, mixes them together, grabs 25 helpers from the audience, then gives back something outrageously silly to in-the-know theatregoers. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6257 2700.

Local performer Billy Bourchier… featuring in “The Book of Mormon” at  the Lyric Theatre, Sydney until July.

THERE’s much excitement in local theatrical circles with news that Canberra-raised musical theatre star Billy Bourchier is featuring in “The Book of Mormon” musical, now running at the Lyric Theatre, Star City in Sydney until July.

THE 2018 exhibition of “Australian Plants as Bonsai” will show off more than 30 works by Canberra Bonsai Society’s artists and interstate contributors. Guided walks and demonstrations will be held as part of the event. At the Crosbie Morrison Building, National Botanic Gardens, 9.30am-4.30pm, Saturday, March 17, and 9.30am-4pm, Sunday, March 18.

THE Gungahlin Children’s Choir is another new venture for Canberra’s Young Music Society. The choir, to meet on Wednesday afternoons, 4.15pm-5.15pm during school terms, in the Gungahlin Uniting Church, is directed by Veronica Moore. Inquiries to 6258 0200.

THE Canberra Comedy Festival is on again at the Canberra Theatre, The Street Theatre and other city venues, March 19-25. The Doug Anthony All Stars head a line-up of stand-up superstars. Bookings to canberracomedyfestival.com.au

Alina Ibragimova… directing the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Llewellyn Hall, on March 17.

RUSSIAN-born violinist Alina Ibragimova directs the Australian Chamber Orchestra in the emotionally-charged “Death and the Maiden” tour, named after Schubert’s dark composition, now arranged for a string orchestra. At Llewellyn Hall on March 17. Bookings to aco.com.au

“SUITCASE Rummage” is a mini-scaled market supporting emerging artists, crafters and second-hand marketeers. Focused on handmade, recycled and upcycled products – sold from a suitcase – it will be at the Art, Not Apart Festival, NewActon, 1pm-7pm, on Saturday, March 17. Stallholder registrations to suitcaserummage.com.au/act

THE Song Company pays homage to a master of Renaissance music, William Byrd, who, on a round table in his country house, sang with friends from “partbooks” and created musical artistry. They’ll be performing “Byrd-Round-Table” at Wesley Uniting Church, 7pm, Friday, March 16. Bookings to song.company

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