Calendar, Comedy, Fringe World, Performing arts

Comedy: SHE WOLF

8 – 10 February @ Lady Beaufort ·
Presented by Gillian English ·

????? The Age. ????? The Coast.
Queen Margaret was the original Cersei Lannister. She was the model for
Claire Underwood. She was a woman so cutthroat and cold, she would give
Lady Macbeth a run for her money. Only, none of that is true. The way
we view women in positions of power hasn’t changed much.

People don’t tend to realize that Shakespeare’s histories are propaganda,
and even 500 years later, very little has changed: Artists need to appeal
to the government for funding, leaders and rulers want to be praised,
and women with power are more terrifying than the devil.

So here we are in the 21st century, and the question still begs to
be asked: If all history remembers of you are the lies, does the truth
even matter?

8, 9 and 10 February at 5pm and 9pm

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Pictured: SHE WOLF, photo by Dahlia Katz, design by Mikaela Dyke

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Ten Things I Hate about Taming of the Shrew
Calendar, Comedy, Fringe World, Performing arts

Comedy: 10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew

6 – 17 February @ Belgian Beer Cafe ·
Presented by Gillian English ·

10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew will take you back the
good old days, when we worried about Y2K, wore butterfly clips in
our hair, and became total babes the minute we took off our glasses.
And the even older days where we worried about the plague, wore
massive wigs, and women weren’t allowed to be on stage anyway.
★★★★★ The Age, 2018

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Pictured: Gillian English, photo by Dahlia Katz, design by Anna Piper Scott

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Sugar Blue Shakedown
Cabaret, Calendar, Fringe World, Performing arts

Cabaret: Sugar Blue Shakedown

11 – 16 February @ Connections Nightclub ·
Presented by Sugar Blue Burlesque ·

As part of the 2019 Fringe World Festival, Sugar Blue Burlesque are
joined by special guests for a sparkling shakedown like no other!
Hosted by the kaleidoscopic love child of burlesque and drag, let
Ruby Slippers [VIC] be your guide though a raucous evening of high
class tease and low brow sleaze. Expect stunning solo burlesque
artistes, shimmering showgirls and madcap circus in this hour of
Sugar Blue Shakedown power!

Connections Nightclub is at 81 James Street, Northbridge

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MC Ruby Slippers, credit: Joel Devereux

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News, Performing arts, Reviews, Theatre

A one-woman weaving

Review: Suzanne Ingelbrecht, PRESENTES! ·
Minnawarra Chapel, Armadale, November 28 ·
Review by Xan Ashbury ·

Like millions around the world in 1987, I listened to U2’s Joshua Tree on repeat. And its final track, the hauntingly beautiful and desperately sad “Mothers of the Disappeared” grabbed me by the throat (and led me to my school’s Amnesty group). A hymn to human rights, the song refers to the Madres de Plaza de Mayo, a group of women whose children had “forcibly disappeared” at the hands of the Argentine and Chilean dictatorships.

The mothers’ heart-breaking plight is a central thread in Suzanne Ingelbrecht’s one-woman play. Written and performed by Ingelbrecht, and directed by Igor Sas,  PRESENTES! weaves song, dance, film and storytelling to relay her physical and psychological journey through South America.

“Presentes” is Spanish for “here” or “present”. The mothers (now grandmothers) march every Thursday, 40 years after their children were taken off the streets. Their presence, their visibility, has spurred the ongoing search for truth and justice.

Footage from the weekly march and portraits of the disappeared, etched into glass at a memorial, are projected on a screen at the back of the stage (the work of filmmakers Belinda Thomas and Tina Aliedani).

A woman smiling, standing in front of a projection of film footage of women at a protest.
‘PRESENTES!’ weaves song, dance, film and storytelling to relay Suzanne Ingelbrecht’s physical and psychological journey through South America. Photo: Organic Productions.

Ingelbrecht also uses the word “presentes” to represent her own refusal “to go quietly into invisibility, shuffling off this mortal coil with an apologetic look back over my shoulder”. In 2016, she travelled from Buenos Aires, across the Andes to Chile, back to Argentina and down to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego.

One of the most dramatic episodes re-enacted during the show is a trek through ice and 80km/hour winds in Patagonia. I enjoyed the suspenseful story of a hairy bus ride a on dodgy road and the tale of a poignant encounter with a masked Airbnb host.

Ingelbrecht says she undertook the epic trip to connect with her childhood fantasies, stirred by her father’s fascination for the Incas and Andes. Vignettes about her relationship with her dad form a key part of the play. One relating to dashed expectations at a swimming carnival is particularly moving.

Less successful, for me, are the stories about the fraught relationship with her travelling companion, Sarah. Some jokes landed (such as Sarah’s criticism, over breakfast in Chile, of Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize). But I found Ingelbrecht’s unflattering imitations of her frenemy mean spirited; an airing of dirty laundry. Why do some friends “disappear from your life”, she asks. Linking the women’s “breakup” to the disappearance theme also seemed distasteful, given the seemingly petty nature of the women’s dispute and the unspeakable tragedy faced by the mothers of the disappeared.

The tango, which embraces both passion and cruelty, becomes an effective motif in the show and fabulous footage of a social tango dance evokes a sense of place.

Ingelbrecht is a multi-skilled performer. My favourite scenes in PRESENTES! comprise Ingelbrecht dancing by herself, with just a chair on stage, to piano accordion music composed and played by Cathie Travers (choreography by Li-anne Carroll).

“PRESENTES!” will be performed again outside the Artists’ Retail Collective (ARC) Building in Jull Street Mall, Armadale on Thursday, December 13 at 8pm.

Pictured top is Suzanne Ingelbrecht in “PRESENTES!” Photo: Organic Productions.

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Fully Sikh
Calendar, October 19, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Fully Sikh

10 – 27 October @ The State Theatre Centre of WA ·
Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company
and Barking Gecko Theatre Company ·

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa shot to fame in Australia and around the world
with her poetry on Australia’s Got Talent. But before she went viral,
Sukhjit was a brown, hairy Sikh girl growing up in the suburbs of Perth.
Fully Sikh is her story. The show is a hilarious and heartfelt poetic
procession through Sukhjit’s life, her family and her faith, all told
with her trademark lyrical flow. Fully Sikh will be a sensory feast for
audiences, full of music, dance, poetry and food. As the first Aussie
Sikh story to hit our stages, this is unique and unmissable.

Suitability: 12+

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Black is the New White
Calendar, Performing arts, September 19, Theatre

Theatre: Black is the New White

11 – 22 September @ The State Theatre Centre of WA ·
Black Swan presents A Sydney Theatre Company Production ·

Black is The New White by Nakkiah Lui

Prepare to be enthralled by a razor sharp romantic comedy that blends
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with Meet the Fockers. At the centre is
Charlotte Gibson, a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her
father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly.
But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of
all, she’s in love. The thing is, her fiancé, Francis Smith, is not
what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer
… and he’s white! Inviting him and his conservative parents to Christmas
is a bold move that has all sorts of unintended consequences.

Adult themes, nudity
Suitability: 16+

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Children, News, Performing arts, Visual arts

Summer Gig Guide for Kids

Wondering what to do with the kids this summer? Seesaw co-editor and mum-at-large Rosalind Appleby has compiled a gig guide that will kindle creativity!

The summer holidays are here with long weeks of sunshine, rest and play for children. How will you fill your child’s summer? I’m reluctant to schedule events into the wonderful hours of unstructured play that my children relish, but I also know that things deteriorate when we stay home for too long.

My favourite thing to do is head out to art events.  The American writer Dorothea Brande said “A child’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.”

I find that going to arts events as a family stimulates so much creativity when we return home. And there is plenty to choose from this summer with a host of family-friendly events plus the Fringe World starting in January.

Opening this week at the State Theatre Centre is the 91-Storey Treehouse. The team behind the 13-, 26-, 52- and 78-Storey Treehouses are back with another trip into this weird and fantastical world. The play by Richard Tulloch is adapted from the books by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton and aimed at children aged 6-12.

Also on this weekend is Symphony in the City. On Saturday night the West Australian Symphony Orchestra is joining forces with Lotterywest, the City of Perth and Variety for what will be Perth’s largest outdoor Christmas concert. Sing-along to Jingle Bells and Silent Night while also enjoying the sparkling Overture to Bernstein’s Candide, Jupiter from Holst’s The Planets and Tchaikovsky’s popular 1812 Overture, featuring a spectacular fireworks-filled finale.

In the lead up to Christmas there are some lovely themed events for children. The immersive theatre show Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe runs from 14-25th December at Claremont Showgrounds. This imaginative mix of the Narnia and Santa stories involves the Wardrobe, Enchanted Forests, Ice Caves and wonderful creatures waiting to help or hinder you on your epic adventure to meet a real Santa! Perfect for ages 2-16.

The City of Perth has curated a Christmas Lights Trail.  Select from two mapped out journeys or go your own way as you marvel at the stunning animated lights, street decorations and projections across the CBD.

A new children’s show Maisie will be premiering at the Subiaco Arts Centre on Jan 18-19. Maisie is a princess who doesn’t want to be a princess. She’d much prefer to play video games or go exploring! The production features professional and emerging young artists, and is also part of the Fringe Perth program. For more Fringe events stay tuned for Seesaw’s Fringe Kids Guide.

Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice in Wonderland comes to life at the State Theatre Centre from 22-23 January. A cast of actors and puppeteers fresh from performances in Victoria will bring to life this madcap story.

Another classic book has been adapted to the stage by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. They are reprising their 2015 production Moominpappa at Sea based on the series of Moomin books by Tove Jansson. The season runs from Jan 14 to Feb 2 for children aged 5+. Spare Parts will also be running a pop up puppet making station on Saturdays in the park directly in front of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Experienced tutors will help children make their own hand puppets.

If your children like to get involved in the action you could also enrol them in NIDA’s Screen Acting Boot Camp for kids which runs 7-13th Jan. The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts also offers a range of theatre, musical theatre and music courses for young people ages 9-18 at WAAPA’s Summer School. These courses run on various dates throughout the summer holidays, starting Monday 19 December.

For kids who love to dance, Co3 Australia is running contemporary dance workshops January 14-18 (7-12 years), focusing on developing creativity, imagination and team work through dance. For teens, the senior workshop runs January 29 – February 1 (13-18 years) and includes daily contemporary technique classes, workshops in improvisation and choreography, and a taste of the Co3 repertoire.

An absolute must-see is the Fremantle Art Centre’s first curated exhibition for children running throughout the holidays. Animaze: Amazing Animals for Kids is a visual and sensory delight. You can read the Seesaw review here. FAC also run a plethora of art classes for all age ranges during the holidays including pottery, 3D animation, digital game development, craft, film-making, stencil, clowning, mosaic, drawing and tie dying.

Speaking of art classes, there are plenty on offer over summer. In Fremantle Inkling (a studio next to Paper Bird) will be running Christmas art classes from the 17-21st December plus holiday classes in January. Themes include clay, watercolour, selfies, rock art and Christmas! Other options are Quirky Cactus in Subiaco, the Children’s School of Contemporary Art in Applecross, Galleria Art Studio in Morley, Creative Kids Art Club at various locations and Jackie Peach in Queens Park runs paint pouring classes for children 10+.

Dive in and kindle your child’s creativity this summer!

Pictured Top: Alice in Wonderland by Boyd Productions

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Stick Em Up
Cabaret, Calendar, Fringe World, Performing arts

Cabaret: Stick ‘Em Up: Back In The Saddle!

1 – 16 February @ Casa Mondo, Yagan Square ·
Presented by Les Sataniques ·

This is not a sequel. There has never been anything like it!
Join Les Sataniques in the Wild Wild West (of Australia) as
they return from their sell-out 2018 show, Stick ‘Em Up!

The burlesque bandits and gold diggin’ gogo dancers are back
with a brand new show that’s badder than ever! Get down and
dirty with your favourite rhinestone cowgirls and remember –
don’t squat with your spurs on!

“The show is an entertaining ride and a mesmerising experience
visually and aurally, the acts exude stage presence and the
theme is kitsch and cute.” — Fringe Feed

“It’s like the Spice Girls… only with guns” — Urban List

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August 19, Calendar, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Medea

8 – 25 August @ The State Theatre Centre of WA ·
Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company &
WA Youth Theatre Company ·

This new adaptation of Medea, co-written by Anne Sarks and WA’s
own Kate Mulvany, puts one of history’s most notorious family
breakdowns under the microscope. Locked in their bedroom, two
brothers play games to pass the time, as siblings do. Off-stage,
their parents are having a very famous showdown. At an inevitable
moment, the children will be drawn away from their games and into
their parents’ bitter argument. From there, they will enter
mythology as the most tragic siblings of all time.

Adult themes

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The Torrents
Calendar, June 19, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: The Torrents

15 – 30 June @ The State Theatre Centre of WA ·
Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company & Sydney Theatre Company ·

t’s the 1890s in the Goldfelds. J.G. Milford has hopped off the train
in the small town of Koolgalla to take on a job at the local paper.
She’s smart, she’s savvy, she’s incredibly qualified, but nobody knew
the J stood for Jenny! Oriel Gray’s The Torrents is a newsroom comedy
that rivals George Bernard Shaw. Jenny’s arrival coincides with a
trailblazing engineer’s outrageous idea to bring irrigation to the
community and debate rages about whether the town should give up
mining for a more sustainable economic future.

Adult themes: Suitability 12+

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