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Kirrah Amosa… understudying in “Hamilton”, Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in March.

CANBERRA-raised singer Kirrah Amosa will be understudying the roles of Eliza Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler, Peggy/Maria in the musical “Hamilton”, coming to Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in March. Tickets are now on sale for performances until August at

Patron Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, “BOLD 21”, March 3-7.

FORMER “CityNews” Artist of the Year, Liz Lea, will be running a third “BOLD” dance festival from March 3-7 to take a look at how the dance and wider arts worlds are coping with the current climate. “BOLD 21” will feature a two-day conference at the National Library and performances at QL2 Dance and the National Portrait Gallery. Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, another former “CityNews” Artist of the Year, returns as patron.

PUBLICIST Coralie Wood now has her own segment on ArtSound Radio every Thursday at 12.30pm. “Coralie’s Capers” will be full of titbits about coming theatre shows, theatre gossip and funny things that happen backstage. Anyone with news should call her on 0418 249658.

ConneXion Big Band… Harmonie German Club, November 22.

CONNEXION Big Band, directed by Justin Buckingham, is swinging back into action with its first event of the year, featuring Neille Williams and Tony Haley singing songs from the big band era, at the Harmonie German Club from 12.30-3.30pm, on Sunday, November 22. Details at

SInger-songwriter Dorothy-Jane, Smith’s, November 29. Photo: Geoffrey Dunn.

“THE Witness” is the ninth release by Canberra singer-songwriter Dorothy-Jane and her most important work yet, she believes, dealing with child abuse, family betrayal and marriage breakdown in a raw, bluesy style. “DJ” sings and Mike Dooley plays keyboard at Smith’s Alternative, Alinga St, Civic, 4pm and 5.30pm, November 29.

Sydney writer Peter Polites… ACT Writers Centre and UNSW Canberra writer-in-residence. Photo: Stelios Papadakis.

WESTERN Sydney writer Peter Polites will be the next ACT Writers Centre and UNSW Canberra writer-in-residence. He will spend his time in Canberra from March next year exploring the Greek Civil War and the history of engineering, particularly hydroelectricity, while working on a new novel and delivering a public lecture.

CANBERRA’S “other” orchestra, the National Capital Orchestra, resumed rehearsals for the first time since early in the year recently under the baton of conductor Louis Sharpe, to play a program of works by Brahms and Australian composer Percy Grainger. Back in March, their celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday was cancelled because of the pandemic but the committee now has a covid-safe plan for rehearsals. Information at

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