September is full of theatre options all across Australia. Here are a few Spring highlights:
Caroline O’Connor leads the all-star cast as evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney. Set aboard an ocean liner traveling from New York to London you’ll laugh, cry and sing along to the madcap antics of the brilliant cast. Featuring the familiar songs ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’ and ‘De-lovely’ Anything Goes is the toe-tapping musical of the year.
Anything Goes is on at The Sydney Opera House until 31st October. Tickets available:
I May Take My Shirt Off
Actor Dash Kruck brings his debut cabaret to Sydney. Featuring a suite of original cabaret tunes and accompanied by a live band it follows the story of a seemingly unremarkable gay man suffering the after-effects of a break-up.
I May Take My Shirt Off is on at The Hayes Theatre in Sydney from 20th September – 11 October. Tickets available: www.hayestheatre.com.au
A Steady Rain
A dark duologue filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, A Steady Rain explores the complexities of a lifelong bond tainted by domestic affairs, violence, and the rough streets of Chicago. It is a harrowing journey into a moral grey area where trust and loyalty struggle for survival against a sobering backdrop of pimps, prostitutes, and criminal lowlifes.
A Steady Rain is on at The Old Fitz Theatre in Sydney from 22nd September – 17th October. Tickets available:
Ride and Fourplay
In Ride, two strangers wake up in bed together, naked and hung over, with no idea how they got there. Through hazily reconstructed memories, they begin to make sense of what may – or may not – have happened between them.
Fourplay is a serendipitous story about four city dwellers finding intimacy, friendship and love in unlikely places.
Ride and Fourplay are on at the Eternity Playhouse in Darlington, Sydney from 9th September – 4th October. Tickets available:
A Property of the Clan
A disturbing tale inspired by real events, A Property of the Clan tells the story of the sexual assault and murder of a 14-year-old girl at a party. It examines a culture of boys and girls lost in the misrepresentation of one another, the ugliness of victim blaming and the emotional and social effects the unexpected death of a peer has on young people.
A Property of the Clan is on at Blood Moon Theatre in Sydney from 29th September – 17th October.
Between Solar Systems
As a child, Vincent was the only survivor of the catastrophic drowning of the Earth, and was launched into space to preserve the human race.
Between Solar Systems is on at The Blue Room Theatre in Perth until 26th September. Tickets available:
A futuristic retrospective looking back on the events surrounding the bee’s disappearance, set in a hive undergoing the final stages of collapse.
Two Bees is on at The Blue Room Theatre in Perth from 15th September – 3rd October. Tickets available:
Former footballer Ahilan Ratnamohan performs SDS1, a thrilling dance-inspired work derived entirely from the physicality of ‘the beautiful game’. Exploring football (or soccer) as an art form, this physically charged performance has the audience living the surreal, visceral yet poetic experience of a football match.
SDS1 is playing at PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art) in Perth from 22nd – 26th September. Tickets available:
The death of an endangered tiger quoll is the critical backdrop to an Australian story about our very survival. Andy Dixon is a vet who believes strongly in preserving the environment and our natural resources. When his lover, the determined conservation biologist Dr Piper Ross, agrees to undertake research paid for by the CEO of a mining company, he begins to question her methods and his feelings toward her. Little does she know that Andy has been diagnosed with a rare illness, and his life is in as much danger as the species she is trying to save.
Extinction is playing at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia from 19th September – 4th October. Tickets available:
This riveting fable will take you on a journey through scorched scrubland and ochre deserts to discover the meaning of loyalty, companionship and betrayal. Told through a fusion of puppetry and dance, Fox highlights the constant battle between remaining faithful and falling for temptation, and reminds us that the strength of friendship can give us the courage to get through difficult times.
Fox is on at the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle, Perth from 26th September – 4th October. Tickets available:
Carnival of Animals
Carnival of the Animals whisks you away on a thrilling circus escapade inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns delightful salute to feathers, fur and fins. Circa’s acrobats bring this classical music suite to life for a whole new generation of circus, music and animal lovers.
Carnival of the Animals is on at the Arts Centre Melbourne from 28th September – 4th October. Tickets available:
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Melbourne Fringe develops, champions and celebrates the independent arts. We present the annual Melbourne Fringe Festival, and we work year-round to provide artists with the tools to create, present and promote their work, building a vibrant community of artists audiences and artists devoted to artistic discovery.
Melbourne Fringe has grown and evolved over 33 years and is now one of Australia’s largest multi-artform festivals, each year featuring 400+ events by 6000+ artists in 160+ venues across Melbourne and regional Victoria to audiences of over 300 000 people.
Melbourne Fringe occurs from 16th September – 4th October 2015