Marrugeku: Telling That Story Launch | Marrugeku & Performance Research Books

This year marks 25 years since Mimi was commissioned by Festival of Perth and the trans-Indigenous and intercultural performance company Marrugeku was born. In celebration, performance practise publisher Performance Research Books has collaborated with the company to bring a comprehensive history of their performances and practises to print.

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Kid Stakes | Les Soloman & Lambert House Enterprises

Years before the internationally acclaimed story of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Olive and Nancy and Roo and Barney were just kids coming out of the roughest years of the Great Depression. The future for themselves and the nation was unknown, only the summer stretched before them. In celebration of Ray Lawler’s 100th year, Lambert House Enterprises brings that summer to the Zoom stage for a staged reading of a blossoming love rectangle.

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Emerald City | Riverside Theatres Digital

Image by Brett Boardman

Melbourne and Sydney, art and commercialism, love and money; whether it’s the 1980s, 2014, or 2021, the battle is the same with each side deeply entrenched in their beliefs about success and happiness. In David Williamson’s 1987 play, artists butt up against producers, funding bodies, and even the audiences all for the integrity of the art. But what’s really at stake?

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A Migrant’s Son | Riverside Theatres Digital

Image by Anne-Laure Marie

Australia as we currently know it was built on the backs of wave after wave of immigrants; people who came to this newly colonised land for opportunities that often took the form of hard and thankless work. In A Migrant’s Son, performer Michaela Burger immortalises her immigrant family’s experience through songs that span countries, decades, and generations.

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Morning Star: First Horn | Flight Path Theatre

Image by Kate Wooden

Hannah Arendt’s theory on the banality of evil has become part of the common vernacular when considering the darker side of humanity; the way the whispers of cruelty seep into people undetected until the unthinkable happens. In the two-part production Morning Star, a group of writers imagine the consequences of pernicious ideas infiltrating otherwise unremarkable narratives.

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Caldera 360° | Caldera Festival

After a very successful festival in 2018, the team behind Caldera Festival have returned with another unusual, immersive arts experience. This time Caldera 360° is entirely online with three performances and two installations to explore from within your own four walls.

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Lunch with Bernays | 180 Collective

Edward “Eddie” Bernays made a name for himself in the 20th century as the “father of public relations” by mastering the art of propaganda. As he nears the end of his life, an interview for a forthcoming biography of his wife sends Eddie deep into his memories and the ghosts of his past make their grievances known.

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The Obbligato Sonatas | Bach Akademie Australia

Image courtesy of Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Obbligato Sonatas are an exploration of the various styles of Baroque music and the emotional resonances of genres from joyful to melancholic. In this concert series, a trio of performers reawakened five of the six sonatas for an easy-listening afternoon.

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Double Trouble | Endangered Productions

Image by Marion Wheeler

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach are two of the most grand, well-known composers of the 18th century but they also had frivolous, comic sides. In Double Trouble, Endangered Productions brings together two short operas to laugh at some of the unchanged tropes of humour and human nature.

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The Woman in Black | Ensemble Theatre

Image by Daniel Boud

Mr Kipps has a story he must tell. It’s a story of horror and misery and death. He has recruited an actor to help him translate this story from his memories so he can finally explain to his family their history. Neither man is aware, however, of just how long the ghosts of Mr Kipps’s past will linger.

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