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Calendar, Literature, September 19, story telling

Lit Live: Behaving Badly

4 September @ Centre For Stories, Northbridge ·
Presented by Sarah McNeill ·

Australia’s finest storyteller, Humphrey Bower joins Lit Live this month to read provocative, moving and entertaining stories about the worst in us all. Humphrey has recorded numerous audio books by Bryce Courtenay, Tim Winton, Craig Silvey and more.

Lit Live brings together the best short fiction with the best storytellers.  Sarah McNeill is the producer of Lit Live.

The Centre for Stories is at 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge

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Pictured: Actor, writer and storyteller Humphrey Bower

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Calendar, July 19, Literature, story telling

Literature: Lit Live

3 July @ Centre for Stories, Northbridge ·
Presented by Sarah McNeill ·

Shaken not Stirred

A martini-dry collection of stories with a unique twist, ranging from a contemporary American horror story to an Aussie larrikin yarn. Featuring favourite storytellers Rebecca Davis and Greg McNeill.

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Calendar, June 19, Performing arts, story telling

Storytelling: Lit Live

5 June @ Centre for Stories, Northbridge ·
Presented Sarah McNeill ·

Sweet and Sour: A delicious collection of sweet stories with a sour twist read by master storytellers Andrea Gibbs and Luke Hewitt.

Produced and hosted by Sarah McNeill. The Centre for Stories is at 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge.

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Calendar, Literature, May 19, story telling

Literature: Lit Live: Strange Bedfellows

1 May @ Centre for Stories, Northbridge ·
Presented by Sarah McNeill ·

Weird, wonderful and strange stories read by professional actors with live music.
Lit Live: Strange Bedfellows commences at 7pm. Centre for Stories is at 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge.

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Pictured: Actor Sarah McNeill reads the greatest short fiction

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April 19, Calendar, July 19, Music, October 19, story telling

Children: Musical Tales in Willagee Community Centre

18 Apr, 11 Jul & 10 Oct @ Willagee Community Centre ·
Presented by Music Book Stories ·

School Holiday Fun for 2 – 9-year-olds with stories told as never before. Images are projected onto the screen and stories are accompanied by live music. BYO drinks & snacks. Teddy Bears Welcome!

Doors open at 10am, Concert starts at 10.15am.
Cost: $8 per child aged 2 +, Children under 2 years and adults are free.
Door Sales available – contact us to register.

The Community Centre is an accessible venue on the corner of Archibald and
Winnacott Streets, Willagee.

This concert is proudly supported by City of Melville, Forgotten Books & Cottage School of Music Jnr, and is part of the Community Centre Concerts series.

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Danielle Joynt -storytelling to music.

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News, Performing arts, Perth Festival, Reviews, story telling, Theatre

Treasure trove

Perth Festival review: Danny Braverman, Wot? No Fish!! ·
Studio Underground, February 20 ·
Review by David Zampatti ·

The stories of the great ones are carved in stone.

Around them teem millions of people with lives that pass unknown, their stories unnoticed and then forgotten – evidence of their joys and sorrows, their increase and decrease, the circumstances of their coming and their going reduced to a few dusty lines in government files, a photograph album soon to be discarded or fading from living memory.

Or left, forgotten, in a shoebox under a bed.

Which is where the English storyteller Danny Braverman and his mother found a treasure-trove of common life – and a long, ordinary love affair told in an extraordinary way – as they were clearing out her deceased cousin’s flat in Chelsea.

Since 1926 when he married his beautiful next-door neighbour Celie, Braverman’s great-uncle Ab Solomon had taken home his payslip from the shoe factory where he worked and given it to his wife with the housekeeping inside and a simple drawing or a painting on the outside.

When he retired he kept giving her an envelope with a painting on it every week until she died in 1982.

It’s the history of their marriage, from their ardent newlyweddedness through to ailing old age.

History – depression, wars, austerity, the exodus of the middle-class from old cities to new, milquetoast suburbia – comes and goes; Abe and Celie suffer hardships and personal tragedies, feel their ardour cool and, sometimes,  distances grow, but Abe’s little sketches tells the story of an enduring love that recalls John Donne’s great metaphor, “If they be two, they are two so, as stiff twin compasses are two”.

Braverman tells Ab and Celie’s story in the simplest possible way, projecting a selection of these little doodles on a screen while commentating – and often speculating – about what’s happening in them.

He has a broad, knowing East-End Jewishness that disarms you immediately. If you enjoy words starting with schm… you’ll have a ball; if you love fishballs dipped in chrain (the traditional relish made from beetroot and horseradish that Braverman hands around as an icebreaker)  you will be with him from the get-go.

As you should be, whatever your taste in dialects and finger-food, because the story of Ab and Celie that he tells with good humour, taste and emotional precision is a window into the world of real people that will survive, in our common humanity, when all the statues have crumbled and there’s nothing left of the great ones they memorialise but names.

Wot?  No Fish!!  is playing at Studio Underground until February 24,

Pictured top: Danny Braverman diving deep into his family history. Photo: Tony Lewis.

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Calendar, Fringe World, Music, Performing arts, story telling

Music: One Sky, Many Stories

9 & 10 February @ The Edith Spiegeltent, Yagan Square ·
Presented by Michael Sollis & The Griffyn Ensemble ·

‘Akin to a religious experience’ – The Australian

Take a spellbinding journey to the far reaches of the galaxy with one of Australia’s most prolific indigenous songwriters Warren H Williams and members of the acclaimed Griffyn Ensemble. Discover western and indigenous astronomy through a synthesis of masterful storytelling, music and short film.

What do the stars mean to you? Where do all we come from, and what will we all become? What is unique about our own Australian sky, and how does it reflect our landscape?

These are some of the thought-provoking questions that inspire audiences as they explore their relationship to the night sky, indigenous culture and the world around us. Enter our world for an evening of mystery and delight and emerge transformed. One Sky, Many Stories, developed in Tennant Creek, sparks conversation, creativity and inspiration long after the final curtain drops.

Appropriate for all ages and curious minds.

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Pictured: One Sky, Many Stories: Barkly Regional Arts

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Maximus Musicus
Calendar, Children, June 19, Music, Performing arts, story telling

Music: Children: Maximus Musicus Joins the Choir

15 June @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

The magic of a live symphony orchestra in a one-hour concert for families.

Join us for a musical adventure with Maximus Musicus, the musical mouse who finds himself at Perth Concert Hall surrounded by West Australian Symphony Orchestra musicians and a children’s choir. Based on the award-winning book series, this concert for families celebrates the joy of singing, and singing together. Featuring music by Mozart, Bizet, Fauré and a selection of folk songs, Maximus Musicus Joins the Choir is a magical musical story accompanied by beautiful illustrations on the big screen – a thrilling experience for the young music lovers in your life.

Suitable for 4 -12 year olds.
There are 2 performances at 1pm and 3 pm
All live action is projected onto a big screen above the stage.

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Pictured: Maximus Musicus Joins the Choir

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EChO Kids' Cushion Concert
Calendar, Children, May 19, Music, Performing arts, story telling

Music: Children: EChO Kids’ Cushion Concerts

18 May @ John Inverarity Music & Drama Centre, Hale School ·
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

Join us for our special Education Chamber Orchestra performances with guest composer and presenter, award-winning Paul Rissmann. Programs will explore children’s books including The Lion Who Wanted to Love by Giles Andreae in
highly interactive programs with illustrations projected onto a large screen.
Suitable for 2-6 year olds.

Performance times: 9.45am & 11.15am

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Pictured: EChO Kids’ Cushion Concerts

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Patti the Pig
Calendar, Children, Fringe World, Music, Performing arts, story telling

Children’s Events: Patti the Pig Story and Song Show

19, 20 & 27 January @ Fair Ground @ Ibis Hotel ·
Presented by Patti the Pig ·

What are those strange noises coming from the national park?

Join Patti the Pig and her friend Jenny, who’ve come to town from their farm in Serpentine Falls to share their adventures in this original children’s production!

Patti is a very creative, curious and enterprising pig, who lives on a property on the outskirts of Perth with her friend Jenny. She is always drawing, singing and dancing, and she loves to look afterthe beautiful environment and ensure that everyone can enjoy it… But one night, Patti started to hear strange sounds coming from the national park near their house. Through story and song, Patti and Jenny investigate, telling their story in a fun and charming way… with an environmental twist!

Stomp your feet, clap your hands… Patti and Jenny want to make the earth feel better!

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Pictured: Patti the Pig, credit Serena Chalker

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