Arts & Culture

Calvary at Luna

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Calvary is a suspense filled dramatic dark comedy set in Ireland, now showing at Luna Palace - Luna Leederville and SX in Fremantle.

It is brought to us by John Michael McDonagh, maker of The Guard.

The story revolves around the priest Father James.  Called to the church late in life following the death of his wife, we follow Father James as he attempts to minister to his flock after being given one week to live by one of his parishioners during confession.

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Review Eight Gigabytes by Perth Theatre Company

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With a title like Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography, and a warning in the program that the play contains adult themes, sexual scenes and nudity, it was with some relief that my partner and I found ourselves walking into the Studio Underground to find a minimalist set of neutral coloured venetian blinds, two chairs and a luxurious looking carpet.

Performers Andrea Gibbs and Steve Rodgers were fully clothed and pacing around the stage as the audience filed in.

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Dust by Black Swan State Theatre Company

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It was a cold winter’s evening as we stepped out the door to watch Dust by Black Swan State Theatre Company at the State Theatre Centre of WA.

Dust is Suzie Miller’s new play which is being shown to Perth audiences for the very first time.

A strange, huge, wind storm of red dust hits Perth….the city is forced to shut down, and the locals grapple with what is happening.
Is it an apocalypse or a major environment disaster? The end of the world, or a chance for new beginnings?

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Shadowland at Regal Theatre Subiaco

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While sitting in our seats at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco waiting for the start of Shadowland, my partner and I perused the objects on stage and speculated about what sort of experience we were in for. From the brief teaser trailer we had seen, it looked like we were going to witness a night of shadow puppetry with a bit of a twist.

And then the performance was suddenly over, and we found ourselves clapping madly for the cast and crew, who had blown us away with their performance.

Shadowland involves silhouettes on a screen, but it's a long way from mere shadow puppets.

 

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Eight Gigabytes by Perth Theatre Company

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Did someone mention hardcore pornography and theatre in the same sentence?!

As we waited for the gong to ring before entering the Studio Underground to watch a play, the billboard for the production of Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography caught my attention.

The Perth Winter Arts season will be serving up an action packed month of entertainment for arts and theatre goers. As part of the festivities for July, the Perth Theatre Company and the Griffin Theatre Company have joined forces to bring to audiences a night of comedy with their upcoming show Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography.

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The House on the Lake by Black Swan State Theatre Company

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Black Swan State Theatre Company does it again with their latest production - The House on the Lake at the Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA. Playwright Aidan Fennessy has put together a taut psychological thriller that will keep you riveted right up to the dramatic conclusion.

Imagine waking in a hospital room with no memory of how you got there – your last memory is being at work.

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As You Like It by Black Swan State Theatre Company

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After the tense, dramatic tragedy of A Streetcar Named Desire, my partner and I were looking forward to some comic relief in the form of William Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It by the Black Swan State Theatre Company.

As somebody whose main exposure to Shakespeare involves suffering through a tedious high school analysis of Macbeth, I was a little concerned that a production that stayed faithful to the original text could make for a night of impenetrable viewing as I attempted to decipher the old style English, but a comedy that has lasted for over 400 years must have something going for it, wouldn't you think?

As it turned out, I needn't have worried.

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