April 18, Calendar, May 18

Visual art: Recinder | an exhibition by Nigel Hewitt

30 April – 19 May @ Gallery Central ·
Presented by Nigel Hewitt ·

Senior visual artist Nigel Hewitt’s latest body of work Recinder is created from ash collected from bush fires across Tasmania. These natural monochromatic tones are layered on to the canvases to create a series of vulnerable and uneasy landscapes.

Collectively, these works speak about more than just a natural environment under threat; they address colonial attitudes which determine our ecological and social relationships. Destruction, rebirth, and forgotten histories are brought into light through Hewitt’s political portrait of contemporary Australia. Recinder is a personal reflection on a history, a land, and an identity contested.

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Photo: Reformation, 2018, ash, polymer, oils on canvas, 187x187cm. Photograph by Bewley Shaylor.

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April 18, Calendar, May 18

Visual art: Exhibition – Penumbra

27 April – 18 May @ Midland Junction Arts Centre ·
Presented by Mundaring Arts Centre ·

Artwork by Bina Butcher, 2018

Exhibition Opening 6:30pm, Friday 27 April
Viewing Times Wed-Fri 10am – 5pm, Saturday 29 April 9am – 1pm
Midland Junction Arts Centre is an event-based facility and open to the public during advertised exhibition hours, workshops and events only.

In an effort to create a context for contemplation, for their three-month residency at Midland Junction Arts Centre, Bina Butcher and Tessa Beale have gathered natural elements and documented interventions in the environment. This exhibition of the results of their explorations creates the conditions for a slower, quieter consideration of our surroundings.

Penumbra is the term for the partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object. Beale and Butcher explore these margins and communicate the effects of particular qualities found in the natural objects and materials they have collected.

Through observations of the movement of bodies of water, textures, shadows and sound re-contextualise our own sensory experiences and interactions in a new environment: the gallery.

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The Tribe
April 18, Calendar

Film: Opening Night – The Tribe – 2018 Spanish Film Festival Perth

26 April @ Cinema Paradiso ·
Presented by Luna Palace Cinema ·

Celebrate the opening night of the 21st Spanish Film Festival on Thursday April 26 with a glass of Freixenet Cava on arrival before the Australian premiere of the dance-floor comedy THE TRIBE, Spain’s answer to The Fully Monty. Then kick off your shoes at our famous after party at Connections Night Club with Torres wine, catering by Pinchos and

Spanish tunes from DJ Harvey Rae.
This female-driven story of family reconciliation is a sure-fire crowdpleaser packed with music and laughs. It doesn’t matter if you are out of shape, over the hill or underqualified, come join THE TRIBE and dance your troubles away!

Virginia (the fabulous Carmen Machi, Spanish Affair, SFF15) – who works as a cleaning lady but whose true calling is “street dance” – reunites with the son she gave up for adoption: Fidel (Paco León, Kiki, Love to Love SFF17), an executive who has lost it all, including his memory after a freak accident.Together with “The Mommies”, the outlandish dance group Virginia’s classmates have formed, mother and son will discover that they may come from very different worlds, but the same rhythm runs in their veins.

Inspired by the self-styled Las Mamis dance troupe who swept ‘Spain’s Got Talent’ in 2016, this joyous film from one of Spain’s most respected filmmakers and actors, Fernando Colomo (Isla Bonita, SFF16), is sure to get you into the groove! (Spanish with English subtitles)

WINNER: Best Film, Best Actress, Monte Carlo International Film Festival

Opening Night Gala
6pm Arrivals
6.30pm Film followed by fiesta at Connections Night Club

General admission: $55; Luna Privilege Card holder: $50

Showing exclusively at Cinema Paradiso, the 2018 Spanish Film Festival is back from 26 April to 16 May celebrating the culture, life and cinema of Spain.

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Spanish Film Festival
April 18, Calendar, Film, May 18, Visual arts

Film: 2018 Spanish Film Festival Perth

26 April – 16 May @ Cinema Paradiso ·
Presented by Luna Palace Cinemas ·

Showing exclusively at Cinema Paradiso, the 2018 Spanish Film Festival is back from 26 April to 16 May celebrating the culture, life and cinema of Spain. The festival invites audiences to indulge in almost three weeks of Spanish culture on the big screen including opening night dance floor comedy, THE TRIBE (La Tribe). MIST & THE MAIDEN (La niebla y la doncella), adapted from Lorenzo Silva’s best-selling novel about the gripping mystery that follows a cold case investigation on the Spanish Canary Islands and DYING (Morir) from breakout director Fernando Franco – a follow-up to his Goya Award winning debut Wounded.

Special Events include:
Opening Night Gala – April 26th
Special Event – May 2nd
Closing Night – May 16th

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Hold Your Breath (Count to Ten)
April 18, Calendar, May 18, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Hold Your Breath (Count To Ten)

23 – 28 April – 7:00pm; 1 – 12 May – 8:30pm @ The Blue Room Theatre ·
Presented by Antifragile ·

Hold Your Breath (Count To Ten) delves deep into the mind and methods of local theatre-maker Daley King, as he sets out on a mission to bring to life his experience of making art while dealing with his own physical, emotional, and mental debilitation. In this extremely personal and revealing work, Daley attacks the idea behind the ‘broken artist’, and what we might do to fix ourselves, or just to keep our heads above the water. With the darkest of humour, and brutal honesty, he twists and turns the idea of ‘performance’. Working closely with local performer Amy Murray, and local director Susie Conte, this important new work is a unique perspective on what it means to bare yourself, your ideas, and your traumas to an audience.

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Photo: Marshall Stay

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Frank Enstein
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Dance: Frank Enstein

11 – 15 April @ State Theatre Centre of WA , Heath Ledger Theatre ·
Presented by Co3 Australia ·

School Matinees: Thu 12 and Fri 13 April
Evening Performances: Wed 11 – Sat 14 April, 7.30pm and Sun 15 April, 5pm

Made by The Farm in collaboration with Co3 Australia

Frank could be a genius. Just one more ‘i’ and he’d be an Einstein!

Frank’s a lonely guy who wants to make his imaginary friends real. Harnessing electricity from a storm he creates his world from nothing but his imagination and the garbage in his lab. Battling a physical impairment, Frank creates monsters to fulfill his desire to be normal and to be accepted by others. Can he control what he creates? And who is the real monster anyway? Frank Enstein is a retelling of the classic tale for children and adults – magical dance-theatre illuminating a path to self-acceptance.

The Farm’s wicked sense of humour together with the extreme physicality of Co3 Australia’s dancers combines magic and dance to create a show for the child in all of us.

Suitable for all ages: recommended Ages 8+ (when accompanied by an adult)

Duration: 60 minutes (no interval)

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Top: The monsters Frank brings to life. Photo: Stefan Gosatti.

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The Anniversary
April 18, Calendar, May 18

Theatre: The Anniversary

27-28 April, 8pm, 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18 and 19 May with 2pm matinees 29 April, 6 & 13 May @ Marloo Theatre, 20 Marloo Road, Greenmount ·
Presented by Marloo Theatre ·

EVER had a mother-in-law from hell? Or been part of a dysfunctional family?

Marloo Theatre’s latest offering is The Anniversary, a black comedy where a mother binds her three sons to her with gifts, threats and ruthless exploitation of their weaknesses.

Written by Bill MacIlwraith and directed by Rob Warner, the show sees revolt in the air as they come to celebrate their parents’ wedding anniversary (despite dad being dead for years).

One son gathers the courage to tell his mother he’s taking his wife and family to Canada while another breaks the news of his impending marriage – but is it enough to stop their mother ruling the roost?

A long-time audience favourite, The Anniversary was adapted into a 1968 film with Bette Davis in the central mother role.

“The suggestion for the play came from my wife Jacqui, who plays the mother in this production,” Warner said.

“I really enjoyed reading it and realised the show would be suitable for the Marloo Theatre stage.

“It’s set the in the 1960s, which is an era I like, while the toxic relationship between the mum and her sons makes it an interesting and challenging play to direct.”

Joining Marloo Theatre in 1993, initially just to keep an eye on his kids, Warner has been involved ever since and has spent the past 12 years as president.

He mainly works as a stage manager and has branched out with other companies including the Old Mill, KADS, Regal, Rechabites and Stirling Theatres and the Graduate Dramatic Society.

Warner made his directing debut with The Foreigner at Marloo Theatre in 2016, picking up the Yvonne Lynch Breakthrough Award, David Crewes Award for best set and nominations for best director and best play, at the annual Finley Awards.

More recently, he directed a sell-out season of Wife After Death for Serial Productions.

“Although The Anniversary is a dark comedy, the challenge is to make it believable and the relationships real, rather than playing it for laughs,” Warner said.

The Anniversary plays at 8pm April 27, 28, May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18 and 19 with 2pm matinees April 29, May 6 and 13. Tickets are $22, $20 concession, $18 members – book on 6270 1465 or at

Marloo Theatre is at 20 Marloo Road, Greenmount (off Innamincka Road).

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Pictured: Jacqui Warner, right, is the overbearing mother in The Anniversary with Benedict Chau as her youngest son Tom.

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Mr Bailey's minder
April 18, Calendar, May 18

Theatre: Mr Bailey’s Minder: a play from the creator of Offspring

26-27 April, 3-5, 10-12 May, 8pm, 6 May, 2pm matinee @ Melville Theatre, cnr Stock Rd & Canning Hwy, Palmyra ·
Presented by Melville Theatre ·

A play from the pen of Offspring creator and head writer Debra Oswald comes to Melville Theatre this autumn, focusing on friendship, ego and the secret longing for a better life.

Directed by Vanessa Jensen, Mr Bailey’s Minder is the story of Leo Bailey, one of Australia’s greatest living artists, whose genius battles to survive the effects of alcohol, cynicism and self-loathing.

Only one of his many children, Margo, is prepared to help but only at arm’s length – she finds live-in-minder Therese, fresh out of prison and desperate for a home.

Added to the mix is handyman Karl who has the job of removing a valuable mural but keeps returning with offers of practical friendship.

Oswald is an award-winning writer for film, television, stage, radio and children’s fiction with credits including Police Rescue, Bananas in Pyjamas,  Wildside and The Secret Life of Us.

Mr Bailey’s Minder plays at 8pm April 26, 27, May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 with a 2pm matinee May 6. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on 9330 4565 or at Please note: the play has some coarse language.

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Pictured: Alan Kennedy is Leo Bailey, one of Australia’s greatest living artists, in Mr Bailey’s Minder.

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Physical Mindfulness of Painting
April 18, Calendar, May 18, Visual arts

Visual arts: ‘Physical Mindfulness of Painting’ Residency – Harrison See

Exhibition Opening 6 Apr, 7PM, Gallery Open 7 Apr – 27 May @ Mundaring Arts Centre, open The to Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat to Sun 11am – 3pm ·
Presented by Harrison See ·

Working in residence in Galley 2 at MAC, emerging WA artist Harrison See will explore the project Physical Mindfulness of Painting.

With a background in manufacturing and industrial design, See uses paint and sculpture to construct scenes rich in narrative and symbolism with a focus on bodies within natural landscapes. After an extended period practicing in Asia, he has returned to Perth to experiment with the act of painting by attaching weights to his body to exaggerate creative decisions.

Saturdays 11am -3pm during the exhibition period, See invites visitors to watch him at work. He will also host an oil painting workshop in the gallery on Sunday 27 May, bookings required, see for more details.

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Pictured: Harrison See in his studio

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