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The Update - January 30, 2019

ABR Arts 30 January 2019

The Update - January 30, 2019

ABR Arts 30 January 2019

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Recent ABR Arts reviews:

Loro ★★1/2
Green Book ★★★
Edward Burne-Jones: Pre-Raphaelite Visionary (Tate Britain)
Wozzeck (Opera Australia) ★★★★
Beware of Pity (Sydney Festival) ★★★★★


• Two double passes to the opening night (February 3) of The Flying Dutchman at the Reagant Theatre, Melbourne. 
• One double pass to the opening night (February 6) of Merciless Gods, a play staged at the Arts Centre Melbourne based on Christos Tsiolkas's book of the same name.
• Ten double passes to Green Book, directed by Peter Farrelly and starring Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali.

See below on how to win the free tickets.

Coming up in ABR Arts?

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There’s plenty of quality ahead in ABR Arts.
• Ian Dickson reviews Mary Stuart (Sydney Theatre Company)
• Patricia Maunders reviews On the Basis of Sex
• Bronwyn Lea reviews Death of a Salesman (Queensland Theatre)

Australian Book Review and arts journalism

ABR’s arts coverage continues to expand all the time, with a number of new arts contributors and regular reviews from around the world. ABR – as with all its writers – is committed to paying arts journalists appropriately. We look for support from readers and donors as we continue to increase our payments and to offer paid work to professional journalists – not just media tickets and a by-line. If you don’t subscribe to ABR already, please consider doing so.

Henceforth, ABR arts reviews will be open-access for one week then available behind the ABR paywall, as with all our other content.

Melbourne Opera's The Flying Dutchman

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Melbourne continues its season of Wagner operas with a new production of The Flying Dutchman, at the Regent Theatre. Maestro Anthony Negus, who led Melbourne Opera’s production of Tristan und Isolde in 2018, will again conduct. Darren Jeffery is the Dutchman, Lee Abrahmsen is Senta. There are three performances: February 3, 5, and 7. 

Giveaway: Thanks to Melbourne Opera, two new or renewing ABR subscribers will win a double pass to the opening night on Feb 3 of The Flying Dutchman. See the giveaway section below on how to enter. 

For more information on The Flying Dutchman, click here.

The Highly Strung Players return to Perth

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Calling all absurdists! Peter Rose and artist Francesca Sasnaitis – founding members of the Highly Strung Players – continue their series of performances of Rose’s The Ones, which concerns a married couple who work in publishing. This follows successful performances in Melbourne and Perth. During this year’s Perth Writers’ Festival, the duo will perform two of the duologues.

The event (called Publish & Be Damned) will take place on Saturday, February 23 at 3.30 pm at the Callaway Music Auditorium.This is a free event. To register, and for more information about Publish & Be Damned, click here.

Sydney Theatre Company cleans up Sydney Theatre Awards

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Sydney Theatre Company has dominated the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards, which were announced at a ceremony on 21 January at Sydney’s Seymour Centre. STC won Best Mainstage Production for The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two (reviewed by ABR, August 2018) , having also been nominated for the award for Blackie Blackie Brown, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, and Saint Joan. The production also saw its director Kip Williams win Best Direction of a Mainstage Production, and Kate Mulvany win Best New Australian Work for her adaptation of Ruth Park’s original trilogy.

The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (reviewed by ABR, March 2018), also directed by Kip Williams, won Best Male Actor in a Leading Role (Hugo Weaving) and Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Mitchell Butel), as well as Best Sound Design (Stefan Gregory) and Best Stage Design (Robert Cousins).

For a full list of the Sydney Theatre Awards winners, click here.

New contemporary dance festival hits Sydney

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March Dance, scheduled for March, is a new month-long festival celebrating contemporary dance. Alongside a range of public performances, March Dance will feature workshops, forums, and residencies for dance practitioners. Festival manager Anthea Doropoulos said, ‘Our aim is to increase the awareness of contemporary dance in Sydney, and to share the amazing work being done by Sydney artists.’ The Independent Dance Alliance, founders of the festival, comprises the choreographic centre Critical Path, the dance organisations DirtyFeet, and ReadyMade. 

For more information about March Dance, click here. 

Next Wave Festival 2020 looking for artists

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Applications for artists of all kinds – musicians, poets, dancers, writers, curators, producers and thinkers – are now open for Next Wave Festival 2020: A Government of Artists. Artists interested in applying are invited to submit a critical and ambitious artistic project, one that will be developed and presented at the Next Wave Festival in 2020. In the twelve months lead-up to the presentation, selected applicants will have their works developed with help from the Festival. The development of the winning artistic projects will culminate in a presentation during the Next Wave Festival 2020, which will take place in Melbourne over three weeks in May 2020. 

For more information on the Next Wave Festival 2020, click here.

Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2019

The Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowships for 2019 are currently open for applications. The Hot Desk Fellowships offer twenty-four writers a stipend and a personal workspace at The Wheeler Centre office over a ten-week period. The Fellowships also include a single Playwright Hot Desk Fellowship available for a female playwright. This year, the Wheeler Centre are also offering an additional three regional or interstate Fellowships. These will provide accommodation for five weeks at the Norma Redpath Studio in Carlton for writers who, because of their location, are unable to participate in the regular Fellowships.

For information about the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships for 2019, click here.



The Flying Dutchman
Thanks to the Melbourne Opera, two new or renewing subscribers will win a double pass to the opening night of The Flying Dutchman on February 3 at the Regeant Theatre. 





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Thanks to the Arts Centre of Melbourne, one new or renewing subscriber will win a double pass to the opening night (February 6) of Merciless Gods, a play based on the novel of the same name by Christos Tsiolkas.




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And thanks to Entertainment One, ten new or renewing subscribers will win a double pass to Green Book, directed by Peter Farrelly and starring Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali (in cinemas 20 December).



How to enter: To be in the running please email Grace Chang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your full name and contact details. Preference is given to subscribers who have not received a giveaway in recent months. To be eligible for these giveaways, you must be a current or new paid subscriber to the print edition of ABR or to ABR Online.

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