WHEN an uplifting musical about the late Nelson Mandela arrives at the Canberra Theatre later this month, the audience may well be jumping with joy. For “Madiba the Musical” has a heart-warming message of renewal […]
CANBERRA’S Pigeonhole Theatre troupe is taking its production of “Playhouse Creatures”, remounted for touring company HIT Productions, with three new local actresses and a new set by Christian Nowak. The tour begins in Port Macquarie and Brisbane during August, with more venues to follow across Victoria and NSW next year. Karen Vickery reprises her role as 18th century actress Mrs Betterton.
CHRIS Latham’s music project “Flowers of War” is coming to an end with its penultimate performance, “The Lost Jewels”, arranged by Latham for soprano Louise Page, pianist Edward Neeman, the Sculthorpe String Quartet and Luminescence Chamber Choir. Music by composers lost to war or disease is combined with the projected images of paintings by artists who died during World War I. At James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, 7.30pm, August 10 and 2pm, August 11. Bookings to theflowersofwar.org
THE M16 Drawing Prize for “all kinds of drawing that extends understanding of what drawing could be” is now open to entries. The judges are Alison Alder, head of Print Media and Drawing, Australian National University, and Christopher Chapman, from the National Portrait Gallery. Entries and details to m16artspace.com.au
ADHOC Baroque has chosen the dramatic title “The Cruel Game of Love” for its coming concert of music on that subject by Caldara, Steffani, Clari and Marcello. Clara Teniswood will perform on baroque cello. At St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka, 3pm, Sunday, August 5. Exit donations will be welcomed.
FORMER Canberrans continue to prosper in the arts. Soprano Lorina Gore won a Helpmann for her performance in Brett Dean’s opera “Hamlet”, while in the US actor Laurence Fuller plays an aspiring classical pianist in director Henry Quilici’s “Echoes of You”, screening at the Oscar-qualifying LA International Shorts Film Festival.
JACQUI Malins’ next Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry Night will be, she says, “a great opportunity to meet other writers who are interested in the power of words beyond the limits of English”. At Smith’s Alternative, 7pm-9pm, Monday, August 13. Tickets at the door.
SALUT! Baroque presents “Corelli & Friends”, music by Locatelli, Vivaldi, Bach, Telemann, Geminiani and Handel, and of course the enormously popular violinist and composer Arcangelo Corelli. At Albert Hall, 7.30pm, Friday, August 10. Bookings to trybooking.com