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Calendar, Comics, July 18, June 18, Visual arts

Visual arts: Comics West

29 June – 6 July @ Spectrum Project Space ·
Presented by Perth Comics Art Festival (PCAF) ·

Opening Friday, 29 June, 1:10pm – 2:10pm
Runs daily 30 June to 6 July 10am – 5pm

Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Spectrum Project Space proudly presents Comics West celebrating the last thirty years of comic making in Western Australia, including comics pages, illustrations, digital comics and augmented reality.

Making comics is a hidden activity, occurring in home studios as a side job for many of its makers. Comics artists spend many long hours perfecting their skillsets as makers of comics, be it writing, drawing with pencils and inks, painting with acrylics, gouache and watercolours, digital tablets and programs that end up in printed or online. There can be a considerable difference between the original work and what is seen as the end product.

This exhibition will feature 24 artists who employ a diverse range of tools and materials that go into making comics. Comics West organizer, Bruce Mutard says “from Shaun Tan’s versatility with traditional materials, Mel Tregonning’s facility with the graphite pencil, to Stuart Campbell’ scrolling digital comics and augmented reality (which viewers will be able to download the required apps to view), or Hien Pham’s choose-your-own-adventure queer love stories, you will see that comics are more than what Robert Crumb once described as ‘just lines on paper, folks’.”

Comics West has been created to showcase the comics that have been made and are being made throughout Western Australia. All the artists were either born in WA, resided here for some time, have moved here or have moved on. They all have a connection to WA.

“My hope is that viewers will see that there is a thriving hub of comics making in this state and that it’s not all just costumed superheroes” said Mr Mutard.

Comics West will be open to the public from Friday, 29 June to Friday, 6 July at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Exhibiting artists: Shaun Tan, Justin Randall, Emily Smith, Ben Templesmith, Ashley Wood, Bruce Mutard, Carol Wood & Susan Butcher, Gary Chaloner, Stuart Campbell, Aly Faye, Campbell Whyte, Andrei Buters, Alyce Sarich, Hien Pham, Leonie Brialey, Andrew Richardson, Shane Tholen, Aśka, Skye Odgen, Mel Tregonning, Stuart Medley, Nathan Viney and ECU Illustration students.

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Pictured: Small Things (excerpt), Mel Tregonning.

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Calendar, July 18, June 18, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Improvement Club

27 June – 7 July @ State Theatre Centre of Western Australia ·
Presented by The Last Great Hunt ·

Are you destined for greatness?

One day Adam comes up with an idea that he’s sure will change his life and the world: Improvement Club, an exclusive association with the singular goal of improving.

But as members join they begin to question him: What does improvement actually mean? Fitter bodies? Better brains? More dollars in the bank? A place for everyone at the table?

“Who cares,” Adam declares, “as long as the club is always heading towards the stars and I’m always in charge!”

But his unsatisfactory answers lead to the first vote for leadership, and soon Adam finds himself on the outside looking in.

From razor-sharp writer Jeffrey Jay Fowler (FAG/STAG, Second Hands, The One) comes IMPROVEMENT CLUB, a surreal comedy about our infinite pursuit of excellence.

Described as Being John Malkovich meets The Office, this is The Last Great Hunt’s second premiere work for 2018.

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Image by Cameron Etchells

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August 18, Calendar, July 18, June 18, September 18, Visual arts

Visual arts: Chinese Ceramics Revealed, 5th Century BC – 1983: Highlights from the Yuen Collection

16 June – 17 September @ Art Gallery of WA ·
Presented by various contributors, from WA private collector ·

The seventy-six objects on display comprise a selection from the extensive collection of Chinese ceramics belonging to Albert Yuen, a Perth-based Hong Kong native with a longstanding passion and knowledge for this particular aspect of Chinese art.

The works range from the 5th century BCE to the late 20th century, covering all important moments for Chinese ceramics under the Warring States, Han, Jin, Tang, Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as the People’s Republic of China.

They are made of earthenware, stoneware, proto-porcelain and porcelain. They can be as elegant and understated as the cream- or celadon-glazed vessels of the Song Period; as flamboyant as the polychrome figurative vases of 18th-century Qing China; as striking and sophisticated as the blue-and-white objects, a legendary hallmark of Chinese porcelain production.

They were placed in tombs or in wealthy homes for decorative enjoyment but they were also functional objects such as weights, tea cups, pouring vessels, flower vases, and serving plates. Seen at a glance, they are testimony to one of the most accomplished continuous artistic creations the world has ever seen.

Perth is known to host several art collections of high quality in private hands. However, they are overwhelmingly limited to the past 150-200 years and geographically and culturally to Australia (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal), Europe and North America.

It is therefore with pride that AGWA includes in its program this collaboration with one of the very few collectors who look back at their own heritage at the same time being fully and proudly Australian. This is not only the first time that AGWA will display an exhibition of historical Chinese ceramics, but also one that is entirely sourced from Western Australia.

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Pictured: Unknown (China) Qing Chenlung Red glaze Famille Rose vases with white cranes (a pair) red vase with white crane On loan from Private Collection

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Meet at the top
Calendar, Film, July 18, June 18, Visual arts

Film: Meet at the Top

Screening daily on the Perth Cultural Centre screen from 28 June ·

Matt is a very creative soul. As well as being a talented and successful musician, parkour is a practice he loves, and brings his passion and creativity to.

For many people, parkour evokes notions of risk, action and spectacle – nameless athletes risking it all on Youtube. Matt came to me with an idea for a short film, focusing on the camaraderie and meditative discipline of a movement practice. Community and connectedness are two focuses of my own practice, so I was excited to explore these ideas with Matt.

Days before we were scheduled to shoot, Matt’s heart was abruptly and entirely broken. The experience left his mind and body in some shifted state – a state of frustration he couldn’t stand, but couldn’t stand to resolve.

In our planning and storyboarding, Matt was to complete the wall jump at the end of the film. He had never done it before, but we were going to capture his first successful jump on camera. He had trained specifically for the jump, and knew he had the ability to do it. But he just couldn’t commit. His head was somewhere else, with someone else.

– Fionn Mulholland

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Calendar, June 18, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Tissue

20-23 June @ Subiaco Arts Centre ·
Presented by Static Drive Co ·

We’re overstimulated, oversexed and oversexualised: We’re completely under prepared. From the minds of Timothy Green and Samantha Nerida comes this invitation to join two lovers as they navigate this fraught path of sex, lies and camera phones.

Tissue confronts secrecy vs privacy and intimacy vs entertainment with an explosive chorus of Perth actors and red-hot energy. It’s a love story, it’s a tragedy, it’s a challenge, and we’re not afraid to show a little skin.

But focus, folks. We want you to watch with your brains as well as your bits. This show is an interrogation of shame culture, intimacy and communication, questioning the effect porn has on young Australians. If we strip away stigma, does the ‘sin’ lie in the products themselves, or the way we talk about them?

Premiering at The Blue Room Theatre in 2016 to rave reviews, Tissue is back and bolder than ever. The latest work from Static Drive Co, Tissue is a sexy show with a spotlight pointed right at your browser history.

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Edward Pope and Asja Petrovski in Jack Whiter's Moonlight (1)
Calendar, Dance, June 18, Performing arts

Dance: West Australian Ballet’s Genesis

26 – 30 JUNE, West Australian Ballet Centre, 134 Whatley Crescent, Maylands·
Presented by West Australian Ballet ·

Pure imagination and raw talent comes to full fruition as our dancers release their creative flair and exceptional skill in our invigorating mini-season of short works. Be evoked. Be delighted. Be truly entertained during this rare opportunity to be up close and personal with the dancers in the intimate setting of the West Australian Ballet Centre.

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Pictured: Edward Pope and Asja Petrovski in Jack Whiter’s ‘Moonlight’.

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narrative threads
August 18, Calendar, July 18, June 18, Visual arts

Visual arts: Narrative Threads

30 June – 11 August @ The Gallery, Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo 6065 ·
Presented by City of Wanneroo ·

Narrative Threads explores place, history and identity. The artists involved are all women with an interest in history and place and how these relate to their own identity. Among them are collectors, re-users of other people’s discards, explorers of everyday life and domestic traditions; those who draw on family stories and memory; and migrants whose work investigates the divide between different landscapes and cultures.

The exhibition features artwork by Wendy Lugg, who has lived a lifetime in Western Australia, and invited artists Helena Bogucki, Trish Little, Elisa Markes-Young and Janie Matthews, who were all born elsewhere.

They come together to exhibit textiles, jewellery, installation and photography, alongside artefacts, tools and samples that give insight into their inspiration, ideas and processes.

The themes being explored by the artists closely align with the history of Wanneroo, which has strong elements of migration, maintaining cultural and domestic traditions, adjusting to new landscapes and creatively using and repurposing available resources.

Open Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm
Closed Sundays and Public Holidays.

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Fairytale of Sorts
Calendar, July 18, June 18, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Fairytale of Sorts

28, 29, 30 June, 4, 5, 6 and 7 July, 8pm, with a 2pm matinee July 1 @ Limelight Theatre, Civic Drive, Wanneroo ·
Presented by Limelight Theatre ·

ONCE upon a time Perth playwright John Grimshaw had an idea – to stage a madcap fairytale that adults would enjoy.

The writer and director is presenting Fairytale of Sorts at Limelight Theatre, partly inspired by the films A Knight’s Tale and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

“Fairytale of Sorts harks back to those medieval times, as we join the good folk of Partridgedale and meet with a host of lovable misfit characters,” Grimshaw said.

It’s the second time Grimshaw has mounted the show – but this version has several key differences to the debut production six years ago.

“After that first show, I was encouraged by my publisher to re-write the final third of the play to make it easier to stage,” he said.

“It differs in that several madcap characters from version one have been omitted and their places taken by new madcap characters.

“The final scenes differ greatly from the original but great care has been taken to ensure the new version retains the fun and lunacy of its predecessor.

“I also had a hunch that Limelight Theatre’s ex-pat English theatre community may be receptive to a fun story set in medieval England – proof will be in the telling.”

The main challenge, according to Grimshaw, is for the cast members playing more than one character.

“Some characters are very different, in terms of accents and mannerisms, and some are in quick succession, requiring swift costume changes,” he said.

Performing at a variety of venues, including the Old Mill, Phoenix and Camelot Theatres and Midland Junction and Don Russell Performing Arts Centres, Grimshaw was named best new writer at the 2009 and 2010 Dramafests, the annual state drama festival.

He also staged 14 productions with his own company A lad in sane productions before its closure and has several plays listed with South Australia’s Moore Books and Lazy Bee Scripts in England.

Grimshaw said audiences should expect nothing but pure fun from Fairytale of Sorts.

“It may differ from many plays in that there’s no ‘take-home’ message,” he said. “It’s a play for those who adhere to the old saying laughter is the best medicine.”

Fairytale of Sorts plays at 8pm June 28, 29, 30, July 4, 5, 6 and 7 with a 2pm matinee July 1. Tickets are $21, $18 concession – book at or on 0499 954 016 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday.

Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.

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Pictured: Fairytale of Sorts features Regan Agostini as King Percival and Tori Brown as Queen Bodecia.

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The Farmer's Daughter
Calendar, Children, July 18, June 18, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: The Farmer’s Daughter

30 June – 20 July @ Spare Parts Puppet Theatre ·
Presented by: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre ·

The Farmer’s Daughter

The Farmer’s Daughter explores the bond between a girl and her grandfather. Audiences will experience a visual celebration of a family’s connection and powerful relationship to their environment.

Inspired by real-life stories from rural Australia, The Farmer’s Daughter tackles themes of change and resilience while celebrating the lives of the people who live and work on the land. Puppets, performers, lights and sound vividly recreate rural Australia and invite a deeper understanding of the families who call it home.

Duration: 50 mins (+10 min Q&A)
Perfect for ages 8 and above (Suitable for 5+)
June 30 – July 20
10am & 1pm daily
Plus 6.30pm performance on July 13, 18, 19 & 20.
No performances Sundays or public holidays.
Booking Essential
Please visit or telephone 9335 5044
Ticket Prices
General Admission: $25.00
Groups of 4 or more: $24.00
Groups of 10 or more: $23.00
$3. 95 booking fee applies to all bookings
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
1 Short Street, Fremantle
(opposite Fremantle Train Station)

Unbreakable bonds of life on the land

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will present its acclaimed five-star production celebrating the iconic Australian spirit of life on the land at its home theatre in Fremantle from June 30 for the school holidays and the first week of Term 3.

The Farmer’s Daughter was developed through a unique collaboration between the Merredin farming community and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre during a series of residencies in 2014 that saw the creative team immersed in the daily of lives of a classic wheatbelt town.

Inspired by real life stories, The Farmer’s Daughter explores themes of survival and resilience while celebrating the lives of the people who live and work on the land. The humorous and dramatic story is told through voice over of a CB radio conversation between a grandfather and a granddaughter, who share an unbreakable bond of connection to the land they love.

Through an innovative set, large scale puppetry, a superb soundscape, and vivid lighting, the production captures the atmosphere of the rural lifestyle. Knockabout physical performances by five performers transport you to farming life amid the hilarity of a sheep muster gone wrong or the beauty of a kangaroo in motion. The production was nominated for six Performing Arts WA Awards following its world premiere in 2014.

Artistic Director of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Philip Mitchell said that The Farmer’s Daughter is a dramatic and humorous story based on real Australian stories and characters.

“The Farmer’s Daughter takes us on an epic journey through the lives of a family – the good times and the bad – with the tears and the laughter,” he said. “At its heart is a tribute to the human spirit that rises above adversity to find the joy in life, the humour in any situation, the beauty of the land, and the strength to go on. The emotional truth of this show will touch every member of your family and remain with you long after you leave the theatre.”

Perfect for ages 8 and above (Suitable for 5+), The Farmer’s Daughter is a special and very Australian experience for the whole family to share. The 50-minute performance (plus a 10 minute Q&A) is presented daily at 10am and 1pm, Monday to Saturday (no shows on Sundays or public holidays). There will also be special 6:30pm twilight performances throughout the season. For details and bookings 24/7 visit or call 9335 5044 during business hours.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is one of the longest running theatre companies in Western Australia and is Australia’s flagship puppetry company. Its extensive annual program includes four metropolitan performance seasons, industry training and puppetry workshops, and an extensive touring program across regional WA and the nation.

The Farmer’s Daughter is proudly presented in partnership with Cash Converters.

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Michael Bolton
Calendar, June 18, Music, Performing arts, Pop

Music: Michael Bolton

24 June @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by Tim Woods & Dale Harrison and Zaccaria ·

Multiple Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist, Michael Bolton has announced he will be touring Australia in June 2018.

Michael Bolton Symphony Tour will feature Michael performing with a full orchestra as he takes fans on a musical journey of the Greatest Hits – those he has released himself and those he has written for others.

Known for his soulful voice and touching lyrics, Michael will deliver his catalogue of hits accompanied by the Perth Symphony Orchestra and joined by special guest singer Silvie Paladino. Led by Conductor Jessica Gethin, the orchestra will deliver the soulful classics with rich grandeur as Michael brings his own energy and passion to make for a truly extraordinary evening.

Don’t miss the chance to see one of music’s most successful and loved performers in this spectacular production.

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