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A girl floats through the air, her flowing white skirt billowing behind Launching bravely into 2021
Features

Launching bravely into 2021

27 November 2020

Nobody knows what 2021 will hold but as Western Australia’s major arts organisations launch their programmes for next year David Zampatti discovers a mix of bravery and caution that bodes well for our artists and their audiences.

Reading time • 9 minutesMulti-arts
A pianist watches attentively as a bass player leans over her instrument Stars align for jazz festival finale
Reviews

Stars align for jazz festival finale

11 November 2020

Two stellar groups perform for the closing night of the Perth International Jazz Festival. Rosalind Appleby observes the rich contrasts between the two.

Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
a crowd wearing sun hats watch a singer and her band on a stage in a park Jazz weekend sets Perth swinging
Features

Jazz weekend sets Perth swinging

9 November 2020

Huge numbers turned out for the Perth International Jazz Festival over the weekend. Rosalind Appleby captures the atmosphere with a photo essay.

Reading time • 4 minutesMusic
A woman of Asian origin stands holding a string bass, spotlit with a dark backdrop COVID brings jazz festival closer to home
Q&A

COVID brings jazz festival closer to home

2 November 2020

Expect a bumper line up of home-grown talent at the Perth International Jazz Festival this weekend, including some local internationals! Rosalind Appleby talks with headline act Linda May Han Oh.

Reading time • 7 minutesMusic
A little puppet man stands on a book, and around him hang stories, tied onto balloons, operated by three people. A special kind of heart-wrenching
Kids

A special kind of heart-wrenching

2 November 2020

A compelling cast bring to life one of Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s most popular productions. Rosalind Appleby and junior reviewer Bethany Stopher discuss what makes this show so special.

Reading time • 8 minutesTheatre
The sordid and the sublime
Reviews

The sordid and the sublime

1 November 2020

The Perth Symphony Orchestra took over the Concert Hall in an eye opening concert which Rosalind Appleby says revealed more than just the naughty side of Mozart.

Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
a man leans over a woman trapped on a day bed A beautiful but chilling return to live opera
Reviews

A beautiful but chilling return to live opera

23 October 2020

The West Australian Opera has returned to the stage with a stellar local cast but Rosalind Appleby says the beauty doesn’t mask the darkness in ‘Cosi fan tutte’.

Reading time • 6 minutesMusic
100 orchestral musicians on stage and 100 choristers in the choir stalls Orchestra returns in full force
Reviews

Orchestra returns in full force

5 October 2020

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra has returned to the stage, bringing the blast of sunshine we needed after a long dark year. Rosalind Appleby reviews the first concert back at the Perth Concert Hall.

Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
Reading time • 6 minutesMusic
children sit on cushions watching six musicians and a narrator tell a story Baroque splendour makes a fun adventure
Reviews

Baroque splendour makes a fun adventure

30 September 2020

What do birds, ancient music and children have in common? Rosalind Appleby and junior reviewer Isabel Greentree find out in this resplendent AWESOME Festival show.

Reading time • 6 minutesMusic

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio