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Calendar, Classical music, May 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

3 & 4 May @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

Beauty and Passion.
Andreas Ottensamer has held the coveted position of Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2011. Through his orchestral work, concerto, recital and chamber music performances, he is now one of the most in-demand clarinettists on the planet. He brings his sensitive artistry and liquid tone to Mozart’s divine Clarinet Concerto.

English conductor Mark Wigglesworth has an enviable reputation as a musician of immense artistic integrity and is renowned for his masterly interpretations. His commanding control and passionate insight will bring Elgar’s dramatic First Symphony to life.

Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May at 7.30pm

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Pictured: Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

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April 19, Calendar, Classical music, Music, Performing arts

Music: Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody

5 & 6 April @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

On a Theme of Paganini.
In his WASO debut Jaime Martín conducts an all-Russian concert bursting with colour, imagination and devilish flair. Rachmaninov’s show-stopping Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is a concerto in all but name, its variations on Paganini’s Caprice No.24 full of scintillating and inventive detail. Behzod Abduraimov returns to Perth to dazzle you with this virtuosic showpiece. The enthralling symphonic journey of three fairground puppets comes to life in the second half with Stravinsky’s energetic and richly melodic Petrushka.

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April at 7.30pm

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Picutred: Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody

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April 19, Calendar, Musical theatre, Performing arts

Musical Theatre: Mimma: A musical of War and Friendship

April 9 – 22 @ Regal Theatre ·
Presented by Orana Productions ·

A West Australian original production, featuring Mirusia Louwerse as Mimma, Holly Meegan as Sarah and a wonderful interstate and local cast and crew. Directed by Adam Mitchell and featuring the Perth  Symphony Orchestra under musical direction of Sean O’Boyle. Blending jazz, opera and musical theatre,  ‘Mimma’ is a musical that bridges continents and cultures.

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Calendar, March 19, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: The Merchant of Venice

7 – 16 March @ New Fortune Theatre, University of WA ·
Presented by Graduate Dramatic Society ·

A contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is sure to resonate with modern audiences, in the light of today’s far-right extremist groups and recent anti-Semitic attacks. Presented by the Graduate Dramatic Society at UWA’s New Fortune Theatre, this version is set in 1938 and directed by Lucy Eyre.

The story follows Portia, heiress to a large fortune and forced into marriage by an unorthodox method, stipulated by her late father. This attracts suitors from all over the world, which sets in motion a fateful transaction. Merchant Antonio must default on a large loan from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender  he abused and, in turn, the vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment. The demand tests the laws of Venice at a time when the rise of fascism in Europe threatens to quash the Venetians’ bohemian lifestyle, while strengthening anti-Semitic attitudes.

“If I’m going to direct a play, I have to be passionate about its themes,” Eyre, who has a PhD in performing  in relation to understanding why people are racist or why they discriminate against others. The Merchant of Venice is known for the Jewish character Shylock and the play mentions the history of anti-Semitic insults and abuse he’s experienced in Venice. Various incidents occur during the play that accumulate and compel Shylock to seek revenge. Shakespeare has written some wonderful plays that deal with important, timeless issues – I directed Othello for the Hills Shakespeare Festival in 2014 for similar reasons, although the plays are very different.”

First performing in the UK, Eyre has been involved in theatre for more than 30 years and, after moving to WA, made her debut with Playlovers in The Pirates of Penzance in 1993 and went on to appear in numerous productions at KADS Theatre.

In recent years, she has performed at the Dolphin and Marloo Theatres, Kidogo Arthouse and Koorliny Arts Centre  in All My Sons, Gypsy, Never Give All of the Heart and Stepping Out. As a director, Eyre has several credits  including shows at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Blue Room and Regal Theatres. In 2004, she wrote her first full-length play Conundrum, then Three On, One Off which was nominated for best new play at  the 2010 Equity Awards. Eyre was also co-writer and co-performer in the cabaret Chicks and Flicks for a Downstairs at the Maj season.

“Each play has its own challenges, including the logistics of getting up to 20 people in the same room,” she said. “My main aim with The Merchant of Venice is to create a production that will resonate with audiences in 2019,  even though it’s set in 1938. With the rise of far-right extremist groups and recent anti-Semitic attacks in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world, The Merchant of Venice is still relevant andimportant.”

The Merchant of Venice plays at 7.30pm March 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15 and 16. Tickets are $35, $25 concession.  Book at or call 6488 2440 between 12pm and 4pm weekdays.

Please note: the play contains adult themes and anti-Semitic language and is recommended for ages 12 and up.

The New Fortune Theatre is located at the University of WA, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley.

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Pictured: Melissa Merchant, left, as Nerissa is a loyal friend to Portia (Grace Edwards).
Photo credit: Myles Wright, costumes: Merri Ford

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Calendar, Jazz, March 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Perth Jazz Society Double Album Launch: MEJADRA and MARC OSBORNE

26 March @ Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Perth Jazz Society ·

The Perth Jazz Society are proud to host a double album launch event, featuring debut albums by Imogen Thomson and Austin Salisbury (MEJADRA) and Marc Osborne (People). In 2018, PJS sponsored the recording projects of these up and coming musicians. Through our relationship with recording studio Procopy, PJS provided free studio hire, engineering time and access to a grant writer to 2 deserving artists – Imogen Thomson and Austin Salisbury (MEJADRA) and Marc Osborne.

Imogen Thomson/Austin Salisbury – MEJADRA

Imogen Thomson/Austin Salisbury – This newly formed group combines the improvisation and harmonic intricacies of Jazz with the primal groove and percussive sounds of Afro-Cuban music. Leading the band is Imogen Thomson on percussion and Austin Salisbury on piano. Inspired by the likes of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lionel Loueke and Pedrito Martinez, they  have enlisted the help of Alex Reid (drums), Jeremy Thomson (guitar) and Alistair Peel (double bass). The group released their debut album “Mejadra” in November of 2018 at the Perth International Jazz Festival.


Marc Osborne has been on the jazz scene for over 10 years, playing as a sideman and musical director in many of Western Australia’s most acclaimed ensembles. His debut album ‘People’ is his first official documentation as a band leader with his quartet, featuring the formidable young talents of Jacob Mitchell (guitar), Alistair Peel (bass) and Daniel  Harrison (drums).

With the birth of his first son this year, Marc has written a collection of musical reflections on the people that have shaped him over the course of the last 10 years and continue to influence and inspire him, personally and musically.

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Calendar, March 19, Musical theatre, Performing arts

Musical Theatre: Ladies in Black

1 – 17 March @ Stirling Theatre, Innaloo ·
Presented by Playlovers ·

An Australian musical with a warm heart.

Playlovers present Ladies in Black, a new Australian Musical with a book by Carolyn Burns and music and lyrics by Tim Finn. Popularised by the recent Australian feature film, it is based on the novel  The Women in Black by Madeleine St John.

Set in Sydney in the 1959, bookish school leaver Lisa joins the sales staff in fashionable department  store, F.G. Goodes. Over a summer that changes her life, she befriends the colourful characters of the women’s clothing department. Each is on the precipice of change – facing independence, working for a living and discovering what it means to be a woman.

Described by The Age as “a unicorn of the stage: a full-blown, home grown musical that actually works” and “probably the best Aussie musical since Priscilla went global.”

“Tim Finn’s songs range from Broadway-inspired numbers to true blue ballads, from witty patter songs to shares of blues and jazz standards. They’re beautifully integrated with the dramatic action, and the comic lyrics are priceless.” (The Age) Directed by Kimberley Shaw (Bickley), director of multiple prestigious Finley Award Winning Musicals, it features Musical Direction by Tyler Eldridge (Pickering Brook), and choreography by Madeleine Shaw (Bickley), and has an outstanding highly renowned cast.

Playlovers, are being hosted by Stirling Players, while they await re-entry to their traditional home at Hackett Hall, Floreat, with this production being performed at Stirling Theatre, Morris Place, Innaloo.

“Ladies in Black” plays at 8pm Mar 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 with 2pm matinees on Mar 3 and 10. Tickets are  $25 (Adult), $20 concession and group bookings – book now at or or 0415 777 173

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Pictured: The Ladies of Goodes Department Store

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April 19, Calendar, Choral, Classical music, Music, Performing arts

Music: Bach’s St Matthew Passion

16 April @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by St George’s Concert Series and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

The greatest story ever told is retold by one of the world’s greatest composers in Bach’s  St Matthew Passion, conducted by Joseph Nolan. The St George’s Concert Series sell-out performance five years ago was described by the West Australian as “Passion matched with perfection”. Now, thanks to partnership with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, more music lovers can experience the Passion this Easter.

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Calendar, Family Fest, Festivals, March 19, Performing arts

Music: Collision Festival

3 March @ YMCA HQ, Leederville ·
Presented by YMCA HQ ·

Collision Festival is coming to the heart of Leederville! 🙌🏻
We’re ready to tear the roof off, so save the date on Sunday 3 March 2019!
(Labour Day long weekend). Did we mention entry it’s 100% FREE!? 🤩

✅ 3 Stages – Featuring 💥💥 ☄☄
Spacey Jane / Arno Faraji / Superego FKA POW Negro / Bace Kadet / Demon Days / Young Robin / Greesy & DJ Bee-Ray / Your Girl Pho / IZZAR / Calm Collected / Homebrand / Grace Armstrong / Jamilla / Dan Howls / MALi JO$E / Butter / Hearts Apart / King Mantis / METAXIS / Sowdy / Kahali & Jipp/ S6ixpencesoko / Talking Trash / Superhighway / Escapist / Knomad & 0.212 / Lucid Reality / Scorc/ MYZPHYT/ Young Dersch / Shenae / Jasper

✅ Dance battles
✅ Street Performers
✅ Speakers & Workshops
✅ Skate Comps & Demos
✅ Market Stalls
✅ Food Trucks

12pm to 10pm

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Further updates to be posted as they come!

Proudly Supported By
Lotterywest Murdoch Uni YMCA WA Drug Aware City of Vincent

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Calendar, Fringe World, Music, Performing arts

Music: The Freaky Funkathon 1970s Funky Disco Party

15 February @ Bar 1 Nightclub, Hillarys ·
Presented by  Paul Cozens ·

Royal Badness – The Prince Tribute Band at the Fringe World Freaky Funkathon

Fancy dressing up and enjoying some 1970s funky-disco dancing with Utopian Funk and Groove Disciples?  Two LIVE bands, DJ Upfront (RTR FM) and a burlesque performance by Parisian Pin Up Miss Moo Di’ Bleu.

8pm to 12am at Bar 1 Nightclub, Hillarys.

May the FUNK be with you!

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Pictured: Royal Badness: The Prince Tribute Band LIVE

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Choral, Fringe World, Music, News, Performing arts

For the love of indie tunes

With over 100 members, Perth indie-pop choir Menagerie has no trouble filling an auditorium with harmonies. But what does it take to muster so many voices into a cohesive whole?

Ahead of the choir’s sixth Fringe World show, Odes to the (In)significant, Seesaw chatted to Menagerie director Sally Banyard, AKA Zookeeper 3.0, to find out.

Sally Banyard. Photo: Ian Crimp Photography.

Seesaw: Tell us about Menagerie choir
Sally Banyard: Menagerie was created by our legendary original Zookeeper Claire Coleman in mid 2013.  Anyone was (and still is) welcome – no auditions and no experience necessary – just a love for singing indie tunes! Our philosophy is more-or-less centred around loving indie songs, being enthusiastic, being supportive of one another… and cake! (We do quite like cake.)

One of the best things about Menagerie is that we write our own arrangements, which means we can basically sing whatever we want to sing, and tailor it to suit the choir.  (It also leads to some very amusing score instructions!)

S: How did you come to be the director of Menagerie?
SB: I joined the choir in mid-2015 as a humble alto, after being super-jealous of my friends who had joined the previous season and completely regretting my decision not to join when they did! After my first season, I started writing arrangements – Silverchair’s “Freak” and Supertramp’s “The Logical Song” from for 2016 Fringe show Sounds Like Teen Spirit were my arranging debuts. In my third season I picked up a little conducting, and then when the time came  for Zookeeper 2.0, Kate Newell, to have baby 2.0, I was chosen by the choir and its “control panel” (committee) to be Zookeeper 3.0!

S: What is involved in being the director of Menagerie?
SB: Quite a lot… but I love it! It’s a couple of roles in one – musical director plus administrator – I run rehearsals, conduct, write and edit arrangements, organise stuff and keep the choir informed about what’s happening, amongst other bits and pieces.

Fortunately (and necessarily) I have a lot of help! Throughout the year I work with our “control panel” to run the choir – this group manages the day-to-day choir operations (like money, membership, media and parties…) and plans our non-Fringe shows. From about July to February of each year I work with an additional “creative panel” who create our Fringe show.

S: What do you like most about directing Menagerie?
SB: Rehearsals are always very fun, and satisfying – everyone is there to sing, learn and have a good time,  and I love working together with the choir to make progress on our songs and sound each week. Gigs are also exciting – having it all come together and seeing the thrill of performing on everyone’s faces! Also, as a musician I feel very lucky to have a job where I have a lot of control over the music!

S: And what’s the biggest challenge?
SB: Balancing Menagerie and life… and sometimes remembering that Menagerie is not life! (Hm, who am I kidding?!)

S: Funniest moment?
SB: When I manage to find the worst way to express myself during rehearsal, for example, “Finish loud with a short man!”

S: What is the theme of your 2019 Fringe show Odes to the (In)significant?
SB: Menagerie Choir’s Odes to the (In)significant celebrates tiny things that have a big impact on our lives. From small decisions made decades ago, to everyday subversions, these little things tend to accumulate and reverberate throughout our lives – often giving us courage, or speaking to who we are. For this show we have collected eight songs and paired them with little stories from within the choir – each exploring this idea in different ways.

S: Can you give us any hints about the set list?
SB: Maybe I should say different things each time I am interviewed and make this a “collect all eight”! Our set list is jam-packed  with indie goodness, including favourites from Ben Folds Five, Regina Spektor and The Whitlams. In terms of the original recordings, there are five songs sung by female vocalists and at least four different nationalities, including 2.5 Australian artists… we’re slightly claiming Ben Folds but I’m not sure how he’d feel about that!

S: What is your favourite part of the playground?
SB: The slide (because we like glissandi).

Menagerie Choir’s Odes to the (In)significant plays at Teatro at the Woodside Pleasure Garden from 11 – 16 February.

Want to join Menagerie? There is a wait list – to add your name, use the website contact form

Pictured top: Sally Banyard conducting Menagerie Choir at Fringe World in 2018. Photo: Anthony Tran.


















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