ABR Arts

The Update - March 28, 2017

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 14 March 2017

In this fortnight's Update: Ian Potter Museum of Art, Adelaide Festival ends with a bang, Christoph von Dohnányi, ACMI’s new $240,000 VR program, Armando Iannucci, The 2017 National Folk Festival, Shona Martyn, R&R in Melbourne, Yirramboi (Tomorrow) Festival ...

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'The Copyright of Albert Namatjira'

Colin Golvan
Tuesday, 14 March 2017

You see them driving from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs, the majestic ghost white river gums depicted so faithfully in the paintings of Albert Namatjira. You would think you were looking at a Namatjira painting. And then there is the vista of the craggy hills of the West McDonnell ...

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The Bleeding Tree (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★★

Ian Dickson
Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Three women are staring into space. They are dazed, in shock, not yet believing that what has just happened has actually occurred. Beneath them is the body of a man, husband and father, whom they have just murdered. So begins the wild, darkly lyrical nightmare ride that is Australian ...

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Ladies in Black (Queensland Theatre) ★★★

Stephanie Van Schilt
Friday, 10 March 2017

On a balmy night in Melbourne this week, large numbers of well-dressed women descended on the Regent Theatre for the opening night performance of Ladies in Black. The blockbuster production from Australian screenwriter writer Carolyn Burns and director Simon Phillips, with original ...

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Along with the spectacular offerings at this year’s Adelaide Festival, there are a number of small-scale, one-person shows which, in their concentration on the essence of theatre – what Eric Bentley describes as ‘A impersonates B while C looks on’ – can, perhaps, engage the audience’s imagination ...

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Saul (Adelaide Festival) ★★★★★

Michael Morley
Monday, 06 March 2017

If one accepts the aptness of the old adage ‘one picture is worth a thousand words’, the range of pictorial delights offered by Barrie Kosky’s production of Handel’s oratorio Saul (1739) would test my editor’s word limit – generous though they always are ...

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Mark Colvin's Kidney (Belvoir St Theatre) ★★★1/2

Ian Dickson
Monday, 06 March 2017

The theatre has given us mutilation, Titus Andronicus comes to mind, and cannibalism in Thyestes and Sweeney Todd, but as far as I am aware there is no dramatic genre based on organ donorship. After Tommy Murphy’s Mark Colvin’s Kidney, this may well change ...

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Chimerica (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★★1/2

Ian Dickson
Monday, 06 March 2017

Lucy Kirkwood, the present darling of the British critics, is a playwright who is not afraid of tackling momentous subjects. Her most recent play, The Children (2016), is a post-nuclear apocalyptic chamber piece which explores the responsibility of the baby boomer generation to those who ...

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Richard 3 (Bell Shakespeare) ★★★★★

Susan Lever
Friday, 03 March 2017

The stage is open – a glossy art deco drawing room with plush velvet chairs and a chaise longue, cocktail glasses, and champagne, ready for a party. An engaging young man, dressed formally in a three-piece suit steps onstage and begins the famous speech: ‘Now is the winter of our discontent ...

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Russian-born violinist Maxim Vengerov – still in his early forties and long recovered from a shoulder injury that stopped him from playing for five years – has been a welcome visitor to Australia since 1999. That year, in Melbourne, he gave a brilliant recital and also performed the Beethoven ...

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