Arts & Culture

Cathartic at Downstairs at The Maj

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Head down the staircase to the right of His Majesty's Theatre main doors, and you'll enter Downstairs at the Maj, an intimate venue bringing the best of cabaret to Perth.

This time it was the turn of Catherine Alcorn, who along with her three-piece band was bringing her new show, Cathartic, to Perth audiences.

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Turner's Turn at Downstairs at The Maj

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Little beknownst to some of us in Perth, tucked away downstairs at His Majesty’s Theatre in the CBD is a cosy, cabaret style setting that makes for a perfect evening of entertainment.

On this particular Friday evening, we headed out on a balmy summer’s night to watch Turner’s Turn by Geraldine Turner at Downstairs at The Maj.

Geraldine Turner is a name that is synonymous with Australian musical theatre – her career spans over four decades, with stage performances in many musicals including Chicago, Wicked, Oliver, Guys and Dolls, and Into the Woods.

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Once We Lived Here at The Blue Room Theatre

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On the surface, Once We Lived Here is the quintessential Aussie story, the stoic farming family (the McPhersons) doing it tough on their drought stricken property. A previous family tragedy has led to the family falling apart, but now a fast approaching crisis has brought them back to the homestead for what might be their last reunion.

Set in the not too distant past, Once We Lived Here can be viewed as a microcosm of Australian life.

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Swan Festival of Lights celebrates Deepavali

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It’s that time of the year again as the annual Swan Festival of Lights comes alive to celebrate Deepavali. This year, the event will be held at the scenic riverside location of the Supreme Court Gardens.

Deepavali is a world-wide celebration of the Inner Light that resides in all of us – that of the positive qualities of hope, peace, harmony, knowledge, joy and truth. This year also marks a rather special one being the 10th year anniversary of the festival!

The weekend’s festivities over the weekend will provide an extravaganza of dance, music, painting, rhythms, and Indian folklore on offer, from both local and international artists.

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Black Swan State Theatre Company 2018 Season Launch

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On a balmy Monday evening in Perth, The State Theatre Centre of WA was abuzz with much excitement, festivities and champagne as the Black Swan State Theatre Company unveiled its line-up of plays for the 2018 Season.

The Company have crafted a superb line up of plays and festivities for all in Perth to enjoy in 2018.

Artistic Director Clare Watson of Black Swan State Theatre Company said:

"Curating the 2018 season we began by asking the question: "What should we be talking about right now, as citizens of the world, as Western Australians, as humans? We wanted the theatre that you see at Black Swan to catalyse and contribute to the big conversations."

"Our season in 2018 is designed to encourage compassion and extend empathy and most importantly, to entertain."

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Downstairs at The Maj - Cabaret, Music & Comedy

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Perth’s finest in cabaret entertainment has kicked off this month for another season at Downstairs at The Maj.

Last week, cabaret duo Amelia Ryan and Michael Griffiths performed together in the Perth premiere of Livvy & Pete, singing renditions of songs by Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen.

The line-up will include a diverse mix of cabaret, music and comedy to be performed by artists including jazz musicians, pop impersonators and seasoned cabaret performers.

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Switzerland by Black Swan State Theatre Company

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Joanna Murray-Smith is the Australian playwright of this chilling production which is based on the life and times of famous suspense novelist Patricia Highsmith (played by Jenny Davis). Highsmith is famous for her psychological crime thriller titles including The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train.

Set in the Swiss alps, Highsmith's reclusive existence is intruded upon by the young and vapid New Yorker Edward Ridgeway (played by Giuseppe Rotondella), who has been sent by his publishing company to get her to sign up for a final last masterpiece in her Ripley saga.

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