Calendar, Dance, December 18, November 18, Performing arts

Dance: In SITU

29 Nov – 1 Dec @ Girls School Creative Precinct ·
Presented by Tura New Music & Strut Dance ·

In SITU – A Dance Platform is an annual season of original site-specific works from WA independent dance artists. This year, In SITU is staged in the hidden corners of the Girls School Creative Precinct. A blend of sound, dance & architecture, come along on a journey of discovery in this historic site. This is an intimate and roaming show, with only 30 audience members at a time.

Curated and presented by Emma Fishwick and Kynan Hughes in association with Strut Dance, Tura New Music & Artrage, In SITU is part of an ongoing commitment to nurture the development of local artists.

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At Eternity's Gate
Calendar, December 18, February 19, Film, January 19, March 19, November 18, Perth Festival

Film: Lotterywest Films

26 Nov – Sun 7 Apr @ UWA Somerville & ECU Joondalup Pines ·
Presented by Perth Festival ·

What better way to spend a beautiful evening than enjoying a picnic with
friends before sitting back as the silver screen lights up the Festival’s
two beautiful outdoor cinemas at UWA Somerville and ECU Joondalup Pines.

One crowd-pleaser will be Sink or Swim, the quirky Cannes Film Festival hit
comedy about a group of middle-aged Frenchmen who form a synchronized swimming
team to ease their stress-filled lives. Other highlights include include South
Korean thriller Burning, which is an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story
‘Barn Burning’; Woman at War, a comedic Icelandic film about a middle-aged
eco-warrior; Cold War, Polish Oscar-winner Pawel Palikowski’s stylish mid-century
romantic saga; and Japanese drama Shoplifters, the winner of this year’s
Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival.


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Pictured: At Eternity’s Gate

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Midlands Exhibitions
Calendar, December 18, November 18, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Exhibitions at Midland Junction Arts Centre

24 Nov – 21 December @ Midland Junction Arts Centre ·
Presented by Mundaring Arts Centre ·

Louise Wells: ‘Of Our Time – Ordinary Lives’ | East Gallery
‘Of Our Time – Ordinary Lives’ investigates the lives of maternal women in artist  Louise Wells’ family over three generations through contemporary textiles.

Claire Davenhall: ‘Lost Soles’ | The Store
International artist Claire Davenhall presents ‘Lost Soles’, a new solo exhibition of sculptural work exploring the multicultural migration of people to Australia.

Act-Belong-Commit Elevate Arts ‘Worn Out Worn Art’ | West Gallery
‘Worn Out Worn Art’ celebrates creative thinking and environmental consciousness with an exhibition of wearable art from eleven local artists and designers.

Andrea Day, Angela Ferolla, Charlene O’Brien, Katrina Virgona, Louise Wells, Lyndell Darch, Mary Ann Dawson, Minaxi May, Sarah Zel Chescoe, Susie Vickery and Trish Bygott.

The exhibition is complimented by the Worn Out Worn Art – Wearable Art Parade held during the opening celebration from 7pm.

Official opening Saturday 24 November 6.30pm – 8pm
Exhibition continues until 21 December,  Wednesday – Fri 10am-5pm

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Pictured: Louise Wells, ‘Days’, 2018, silks, satin, organza, and cotton and polyester threads. Photo Josh Wells

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Arts Hum
Calendar, Creative, December 18, Exhibitions, November 18, Visual arts

Exhibitions: ArtsHum 2018

29 Nov – 6 Dec @ Edith Cowan University
Presented by School of Arts & Humanities ·

ECU’s annual graduate exhibition, ArtsHum 2018, will open on Thursday, 29 November at the Mount Lawley campus, showcasing the best of graduating student work from
The School of Arts and Humanities.

ArtsHum 2018 will feature a series of simultaneous displays from across the creative disciplines, celebrating the talent and vision of students who are on the cusp of entering their respective industries.

The exhibition not only allows for students to liaise with professionals in their industry, but also to celebrate the culmination of years of hard work with family, friends, arts and humanities professionals, and wider community.

Highlights include a live fashion show in The Edith Spiegeltent, visual art and photography in Spectrum Project Space, live and interactive broadcasts from the new Broadcasting Facilities, and the Alumni Walk of Fame, featuring SAH’s successful graduates from years past.

Via the various galleries, display spaces and walkways centred around the art studios at the heart of ECU’s Mount Lawley campus, attendees to the free event will experience an array of visual art, fashion, design, photography, film, animation, games, writing, advertising, broadcasting, and journalism.

Henry Boston, former Executive Director of the Chamber of Arts and Culture, WA, will officially open the exhibition alongside Professor Clive Barstow, Dean of Arts and Humanities, ECU. “These amazing graduates will make a major contribution  to improving the qualityof life for everyone. As we move into a more automated
and data driven future,creative graduates will offer a life balance that will  redefine what it means to be human”, says Professor Barstow.

The ArtsHum 2018 opening is a licenced event, with refreshments provided, commencing at 6pm.

After opening night, the ArtsHum exhibition will be open to the public from Friday, 30 November to Thursday, 6 December between 9 am and 4 pm, excluding the weekend.

Fashion’s Graduate Show, TACK, will open on Friday, 14 December and is a ticketed event at $20 via Sticky Tickets.

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The Art of Eli Zagoria
Calendar, December 18, November 18, Visual arts

Visual Arts: The Art of Eli Zagoria

17 Nov – 15 Dec @  Wanneroo Library & Cultural Centre ·
Presented by The City of Wanneroo & David Solly Sander ·

In Arcadia I once asked Eli in which language did he think in, to which he
cleverly replied “I think in pictures” – Michael Perry Kotzen quoted in
‘100 Years of ARC Memories: Arcadia-South African Jewish Orphanage,
1906-2006, by David Solly Sander.

The City of Wanneroo and local collector David Solly Sandler are proud to present
an exhibition of original works by the late Eli Zagoria, a prolific local artist
with a fascinating life story. Eli, with his portrait stand became a fixture at
the Wanneroo Markets in the 1990s. Come along and be captivated at how Eli
Zagoria’s past influenced and shaped his work.

The Wanneroo Library & Cultural Centre is at 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo

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Pictured: The Art of Eli Zagoria , Hero image

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Romeo and Juliet
Calendar, December 18, November 18, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Shakespeare gender swap for Romeo and Juliet

28 Nov – 1 Dec @ The Actors’ Hub ·
Presented by the Actors’ Hub ·

One of Shakespeare’s most popular and well-known plays will soon come
alive at The Actors’ Hub – with a twist.

Directed by Amanda Crewes, Romeo and Juliet is regarded as the most famous
lovestory in English literary history. “Romeo and Juliet explores the theme of
love, so I wanted to look at the text in terms of what’s still often considered
forbidden love today,” Crewes said. “That brought me to our current,
very cloudy view on same sex relationships. I wanted to determine whether
changing the gender changed our view on this love story.”

In this version, there are two casts with Romeo and Juliet played by women one
night, followed by men the next. “We want to honour what it universally means
to be in love and explore the dangers of extremist views,” Crewes said.

She said this interpretation of Romeo and Juliet offered a whole new perspective
but was also grounded in an existing awareness. “We know this story, we know
how it ends, we know what the lessons are and yet when presented with the
situation today we still, more often than not, withhold our tolerance and
forbearance,” Crewes said. “This is an issue we need to start talking about
because stories of forbidden love are still ending in death.”

Romeo and Juliet plays 7pm November 28, 29, 30 and December 1.
Tickets are $30, $25 concession – book at

The Actors’ Hub is at 129 Kensington Street, East Perth.

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Pictured: Love under watch in Romeo and Juliet, featuring Jared Stephenson,
Stephanie Bedford, Tia Rose and Quintus Olsthoorn.

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The Envelope Please
Calendar, December 18, Musical theatre, November 18

Musical Theatre: The Envelope Please

22 Nov – 8 Dec @ Limelight Theatre ·
Presented by Limelight Theatre ·

A Celebration of Academy Award-winning songs is set to hit the right note for
Limelight Theatre’s last season of the year. Devised and directed by Gillian Binks, The Envelope Please pays homage to the best  original song category first introduced to the Oscars in 1934. While the movies weren’t always winners, songs that came from them proved to be and many have gone on to become classics. The Envelope Please presents some of the best from the past 84 years through song and dance, including Over the Rainbow, White Christmas, The Way We Were, Fame,Arthur’s Theme, Up Where We Belong, What A Feeling, (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, Beauty and the Beast, My Heart Will Go On and Let It Go, among others.

Binks described the show as a colourful, musical tribute.“I was keen to do a true theatre Christmas show, which gave opportunities to inexperienced and young performers alongside the more seasoned players,” she said. “But it is challenging getting more than 30 people together all at the same time.”

First performing in Godspell in 1986, Binks has gone on to direct and choreograph
shows for Limelight, Playlovers and Yellow Glass Theatres and the Goldfields
Repertory Club over the years. She directed The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 1998 and choreographed Cabaret in 2000, both winners of best musical at the annual Finley Awards.

“The Envelope Please is the result of me wanting to do something fun and colourful in honour of my dear friend Terry McAuley, a Playlovers stalwart whom we lost this year,” Binks said.

The Envelope Please plays at 8pm on 22, 23, 24, 29 , 30 November and on 1, 6 , 7 , 8 December and at 2pm on 25 November.

Tickets are $21, $18 concession and $15 children under 13 – 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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Rats' Tales
Calendar, November 18, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Rats’ Tales

21 – 24 November @ The Actors’ Hub ·
Presented by The Actors’ Hub ·

A hugely entertaining, dark and magical cycle of folk tales from around the world
is taking centre stage at The Actors’ Hub this November.

Written by Carol Ann Duffy and adapted by Melly Still, Rats’ Tales deliciously
confronts the dark side of the imagination which makes the tales all the more

“It’s supposedly the case that you’re never more than 10 feet away from a rat,”
director Amanda Crewes said. “With Rats’ Tales, you’re certainly never far from a fiendish plot twist, a thrilling metaphor or a dazzling feat of theatrical invention.”

The latest production comes in the wake of Crewes previously directing Duffy’s
Grimm Tales, dramatised by Tim Supple.

“These productions are so much fun – great ensemble pieces,” she said. “They
challenge the actor’s ability to create and imbue character. The stories are so fun for the audience, too, and they allow a director to really step into their imagination.”

The main challenge, according to Crewes, is trying to re-create the magic the
stories bring to the imagination for stage.“It requires strong characterisations and is physically demanding,” she said. “They’re vivid characters and the actors have to push themselves both vocally and physically with their choices.From an audience perspective, it’s exciting to see an actor transform into different characters – they love that sort of thing and wonder ‘How did they do that?’ It’s wonderfully creative with the actors on stage the entire time. The show is good old-fashioned fun and pure entertainment, as the actors embody these larger-than-life characters.”

Rats’ Tales plays at 7pm on 21, 22, 23 November and 2pm and 7pm on 24 November.
Tickets are $30, $25 concession – book at
The Actors’ Hub is at 129 Kensington Street, East Perth.

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Wonderful World
Calendar, December 18, November 18, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Wonderful World

23 Nov – 8 Dec @ Melville Theatre ·
Presented by Melville Theatre ·

WHAT happens when you take a Friends-like sitcom and juxtapose it with a dark, comedic sub-text?

The answer lies in the WA premiere of Wonderful World, written by Richard Dresser and directed by Geoffrey Leeder at Melville Theatre. A close-knit New England family in the US is shaken to its core when a minor misunderstanding spirals out of control.

Brothers Max and Barry find themselves at odds when Barry’s wife misinterprets a dinner invitation, feeling she was deliberately excluded, and then embarks on a full-scale policy of truth-telling.  Max’s fiancée and mother are drawn into the fray as loyalties shift and relationships are ruthlessly examined.

“It’s a quirky, playful script that’s not to be missed,” Leeder said. “Wonderful World is a play in two acts with eight scenes in different locations in the first act and then three different locations in the second act.  The challenge is staging the play and ensuring the audience understands when we have moved on in time and place. This is achieved using minimal or no furniture, complemented by the lighting design.”

Involved in theatre for more than 30 years, Leeder has worked either as an actor or director with Rockingham, Kwinana, Melville, Harbour, KADS, 9 Lives and Turquoise Theatres, the Graduate Dramatic Society and Koorliny and Mandurah Performing Arts Centres.  In 2000, his production of Too Far to Walk was named best play at the annual Finley Awards – and he’s also a life member of the Independent Theatre Association.

“I was introduced to Wonderful World some years ago by my daughter while she was working at the WA Academy of Performing Arts,” Leeder said. ”’Dad,’ she said, ‘You would love this play’. I read it and she was right – I did love it. Since then it has been on my list of plays to do.”

Wonderful World plays at 8pm November 23, 24, 29, 30, December 1, 6, 7 and 8 with a 2pm matinee December 2. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on 9330 4565 or at

Melville Theatre is on the corner of Stock Road and Canning Highway, Palmyra.

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Wonderful World features Jethro Pidd, left, Natalie Burbage, Valerie Henry and Madelaine Jones. Picture: Lyn Leeder

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Alana Marshall
Calendar, Literature, November 18

Literature: The Library Within: shared reading

13 & 18 November @ Mt Claremont and Nedlands Libraries ·
Presented by Nedlands Library Service ·

Biblio-enthusiast Alana Marshall is back!

She will be facilitating insightful, interactive and inclusive shared reading sessions at Mt Claremont Library from 10.30am-11.30am, November 13, and Nedlands Library from 2pm-3pm, November 18.

It’s an opportunity to explore the benefits of reading aloud for all ages as Marshall reads from novels, stories and poems.
Participants then come together to read aloud from works chosen for their literary value and ability to promote meaningful discussion.

Between readings, there is time for discourse and reflection on the prose to see how it connects with people’s experience.
The floor is then opened up and participants have the opportunity to read aloud to the group. People interested in taking part are free to bring their own material or pick from a selection provided.

Marshall’s passion for everything biblio-related led her to begin writing her blog The Library Within, an expression of her enchantment with literature, libraries, lifelong learning and the engagement provided by the insight and words of others.

Book for the free events at
Nedlands Library is at 60-64 Stirling Highway and Mt Claremont Library is at 105 Montgomery Avenue.

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Alana Marshall

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