In association with Midsumma
“Go and see this show.”
Peter Burdon, The Advertiser
“Griffiths is an incredibly skilled performer and an absolute charmer.”
Bobby Goudie, The Clothesline
“The show might be called Adolescent but there is nothing immature about this performance. Griffiths… is confident, experienced, appealing and 100% man.”
Ceri Horner, Glam Adelaide
Michael Griffiths isn’t going to let turning 40 stop his prolonged adolescence. His REALLY prolonged adolescence. In his new cabaret Griffiths recalls falling in love, why he can’t go ten pin bowling and how touring in jukebox musicals has happily kept him emotionally immature. Featuring songs he knows all too well from Jersey Boys, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and lots of his first love, 80s pop including Culture Club, A-ha, Duran Duran and Dusty Springfield.
A double bill ticket (available for performances on 21-25 January 2015) gains you entry to both Adolescent at 7pm and JIM MORRISON: KALEIDOSCOPE at 8.30pm for the special price of $65 per person for a VIP cabaret table seat, and $55 per person for a theatre seat.
PLEASE NOTE: The performance of Adolescent on Thursday 29th January will be an AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language) interpreted performance.
Image by Kurt Sneddon.
Kaff-eine is one of Australia’s premiere female street and contemporary artists. She paints her distinctive characters on walls around the globe, immersing herself in local communities and sharing their stories on their walls.
While painting street murals in Manila shantytowns in 2013, Kaff-eine learned that some of Manila’s most impoverished slum communities lived on Manila’s garbage dumps, scavenging wood to burn for charcoal, picking through the toxic garbage, selling recyclables or creating recycled products from waste. She was struck by the creativity, resilience, positivity and skill of these communities.
Kalabaw is the special prelude to two extraordinary collaborative projects Kaff-eine will soon undertake with Manila’s garbage-picking and charcoal-making communities. For Kalabaw, Kaff-eine has created a collection of powerful portraits combining her signature street-based style with intricate realism, her human and Kalabaw characters radiating the same resilience, tenderness and dignity that they do in reality.
All proceeds raised from Kalabaw will be dedicated to the creation of Kaff-eine’s two subsequent, related projects Phoenix and Happyland.
The Fifth Wall
Through the integration and collaboration of different artistic approaches The Fifth Wall derives its name from the projection screen used in a theatre or performance space. A suspended textile installation provides the backdrop to works on paper, collage and sculpture. Red hued dyed and printed curtains span the entire length, width and height of the small gallery. The curtains serve to expose the multifarious forms and functions that can both reveal and conceal personalities.
The Fifth Wall poses questions about interior and exterior, private and public. The Fifth Wall investigates the medium and materiality of silk fabric and thread in the form of a performance. The work simultaneously addresses the physicality of the participant while illumination, reflection and magnification play with the ephemerality of the material. Julia Boros creates works that explore the corporeality of art and its viewers. She asks the viewers to consider, reflect and observe their own perception of self.
Image: Julia Boros Curtain Collage (2014) 550 x 530mm
Image: Curtain Collage, 2014, 550 x 530mm.
The work in this exhibition represents both recent and older works from the extensive oeuvre of five artists all of whom have been practicing and regularly exhibiting for more than thirty years. They share their formative years in the Melbourne art world of the late 1970s and early 1980s. A turbulent time in our culture when traditional art forms jostled with the DIY aesthetics of punk, conceptualism and emerging new technologies. All five artists retain traces of this era in the striking individuality of their practices. This exhibition seeks to celebrate their individual achievements through their connections to each other, and by inference the interconnectedness of us all.
Presented by Hoy Polloy in association with Terra Incognita
Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas is an epic monologue with a cast of thousands packed with action, irreverent humour and frequent reversals of fortune. The play is an imaginative retelling of early encounters between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, Florida and Mexico.
Inspired by historical figures including Cabeza de Vaca and Guerriero, Johan Padanand the Discovery of the Americas was written by Dario Fo in 1992 as an alternative to the official commemorations of Columbus’ voyage of 1492.
A fugitive from the Inquisition, Johan Padan performs fantastical feats of surgery, prophecy and love after travelling with Columbus to the New World.
Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas is a fantastical adventure told by a loveable rogue. In a world where riding your luck might be the death of you, but riding a pig could save your life.
Written by Dario Fo
Translated by Mario Pirovano
Performed by Steve Gome
Directed by Wayne Pearn
Image: illustration by Richard Butler.
Program One: Love & Loss
SHORTS@45 is a new series of readings by authors and actors held every two months, celebrating the best short story writing at home and overseas.
We kick off in February 2015 with Love and Loss and contributors include Carrie Tiffany, Arnold Zable and Toni Jordan.
Renowned actor, Paul English, will also read a short story by the late Liam Davison, a tribute to a great Australian writer.
SHORTS@45 is curated by Dina Ross, and presented in association with Reader’s Feast Bookstore and the Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin.
Images: Arnold Zable – photo by Damon Young, Toni Jordan – photo by Darren James, Carrie Tiffany – photo by Sydney Morning Herald.
David Hirst’s practice explores the emotional events that he has experienced during his travels through life and as a research scientist. Hirst seeks to explore the parallels between both fields, ultimately striving to capture emotion and memory so that the experience can be shared with others, and to present an observation for contemplation.
Image credit: Nevada (2014), oil on canvas
Secrets and Shadows
Mel Kerr’s practice examines the way in which childhood impacts on our adult life, and how the restrictions in the childhood domestic environment play significant roles in our adult subconscious. The metaphorical cages that we hold onto as a child often become real, tangible cages. In her current body of work, Kerr uses an archetypal symbol of the bird cage, directly representing the artist’s own childhood differences; the shadow the desire to be free of the restrictive cage.
Image credit: Long shadows of things left unsaid (2014), ink, guache and coloured pencil, 625mm x 505mm
The Rolling Wave is a recital of music performed by Matthew Horsley on the complex, evocative and eccentric uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes), as the culmination of his JUMP mentorship with renowned Irish musician Mikie Smyth.
The program will include Matthew’s interpretations of the jigs, reels, hornpipes and slow airs that comprise the traditional Irish piping repertoire as well as world premieres by Luke Paulding, Jeanette Little and Matthew Horsley.
The Rolling Wave will offer a glimpse into the rich history of the piping tradition while simultaneously exploring new possibilities for this rarely-heard instrument in the twenty-first century.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Image: Matthew Horsley, photo by Nicholas Walton-Healey.
Ensemble Offspring & Ironwood
Surprise meetings, unexpected vistas, unusual sounds.
Ensemble Offspring & Ironwood bring their unique sounds together in this program of mix n match, old meets new.
The seventeenth century consort of viols could be ‘broken’ and played by any instrument at hand. Hear what happens when Ensemble Offspring & Ironwood use this idea in a delicious mix of old and new sounds, with works by Australian composers Mary Finsterer, Damien Ricketson, with 17th century English works by William Lawes, Matthew Locke and a world premiere by Australian Felicity Wilcox.
Image by Samuel Hodge.
Brahms- Sonata No. 3 Op. 5
Tristan Lee is an Australian pianist rapidly gaining international recognition for his distinctive style and musicianship. Widely sought as a chamber musician and associate artist he has appeared twice at the Wigmore Hall to critical acclaim.
This program places head to head the two largest solo piano works of Brahms and Liszt. Composed in the same year but in many ways the antithesis of one another, Brahms’ youthful sonata and Liszt’s mature creation represent the opposing styles of Romanticism. Described by Robert Schumann as a ‘veiled symphony’ Brahms’ 5 movement masterpiece was written when the composer was only 20 years old.
If the Brahms is the closest thing to a symphony for the piano, Liszt’s Sonata is the solo version of a symphonic poem. This is a one movement work of around 30 minutes duration that shows Liszt at his most expressive and sophisticated.
This is an epic program that will push the performer to the limits and keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
Images: Tristan Lee plays in the fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 2009, photo by fortyfivedownstairs. Tristan Lee – image by Gintaute Gataveckaite.
A new play about old ways by Don Reid
“They wouldn’t be dead for quids…”
It’s August 1945, the last weeks of the war, but they don’t know it. They just hope it will be all over soon, the Yanks will go home and all their probable futures will be made possible. They’re three young Navy boys on leave and a girl called Lorna Jackson.
But right now there’s the high life to live before they call time in the main bar of Young and Jackson’s, that iconic Melbourne pub, where the young, and Jackson, will climb the stairs to Room 24, sip a black market sherry and begin a story that will take half a century to complete…
Wayne Harrison directs the world premiere of this tender, mischievous prequel to Don Reid’s award-winning Codgers.
Charlie Cousins, Sam Duncan, Jacob Machin, Gabrielle Scawthorne
Dann Barber & Michael Hili
Presented as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program’s Project Series 2015
Image: Clothes for Chloe – design and artwork by Michael Hili.