By Caleb Lewis
Directed by Ali Gordon
When Aleksander journeys to the hallowed city of Robotika he is captivated by the technological marvels of the Steam Age. Lured by the promise of a life of leisure, the people have been liberated from work by the box-headed Industrials.
But all is not as it seems.
Join Drop Bear Theatre for this original steam-punk adventure where childhood curiosity and friendship prevail in a troubling world. On stage, history is fused with futuristic fantasy to explore issues of trust, racism, globalisation and humanity.
Directed by Luke Rogers
A fresh and contemporary musical from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years is the story of the rise and fall of a young couple’s relationship told from both sides. Her story starts at the end of their relationship while his begins on the day they met.
Raw, enchanting and bittersweet, this show captures some of the most heartbreaking and uplifting moments of modern romance. With Marika Aubrey and Rob Mills. Directed by Luke Rogers.
Written by James Millar and Alexis Fishman
Directed by Tanya Goldberg
It is 1933, in divinely decadent Berlin. Alexis Fishman (Dusty, Kiss of the Spiderwoman) is Erika Stern, darling of the Weimar cabaret scene. Feisty, sassy and always provocative, her show embodies the excess and daring of her time. For two weeks only we transform the Reginald Theatre into a German underground bar for Erika Stern’s rousing cabaret performance. But as the Nazis rise to power, tonight’s performance will be her last. The lights go down and the audience holds their breath.
Unit 4 (World Premiere Season)
Full of delicate whimsy, scintillating circus skills and black comedy, Unit 4 is a highly physical work set in an apartment block on the eve of demolition. Performed by renowned ensemble Dislocate, Unit 4 travels across decades as we experience the stories and memories of those who lived (and died) in the building. Humorous, boldly demanding, moving and entertaining, Dislocate inhabit the curious world of Unit 4, where we discover that memories within a building live on.
City Jungle: Syd vs Melb
By New Music Network
Two of Australia’s super-percussion outfits come together to present their double vision of UK breakbeats 2011. Sydney’s Synergy has been at the cutting edge of music making since 1974, and Melbourne’s Speak Percussion have just celebrated an action-packed first 10 years.
Over two distinctive sets, virtuosic live percussion and digital programming will thrash it out on stage. The dark, brooding sounds of Terminal Sound System fuse with the darting rhythmic complexities and timbral explosions from Speak Percussion. Synergy’s lush sound-world of marimbas, vibraphones, vocals, gongs, and futuristic electronic gadgets will be pitted against the raw power of the Jungle aesthetic. Those who know their subgenres can expect sounds from Futurist and Autonomic through to Doom n Bass – plus a couple of Rollers thrown in for good measure.
Sydney’s freshest taiko players mix with Melbourne’s funkiest DJ to create new sounds steaming with explosive energy to salivating audiences.
Once again, TaikOz – Australia’s premier taiko drumming group – push the boundaries to produce new work with traditional instruments. In perhaps the most unique collaboration of 2011 to hit the scene, TaikoDeck features the TaikOz Quartet paired with prominent Melbourne DJ and producer, DJ M-Royce.
Be seduced by the soulful sounds of traditional Japanese bamboo flutes and the rhythmic heart-pumping beats of taiko drums, as you’ve never heard them before.
Written by Jenny Schwartz
Directed by Jonathan Wald
A darkly funny and profoundly moving theatrical vision by a brilliant new American playwright. When Mel and Ted’s son dies, the couple discover their usual language isn’t adequate to deal with the loss. Routine conversations become a springboard for a whip-smart indictment of cliche, while everyday interactions turn thrillingly surreal, peopled by a transvestite stewardess, GI Joe, and a woman in an airport bar who’s allergic to anything organic.
God’s Ear finds black humour in tragedy and transforms linguistic gamesmanship and crackling repartee into startling poetry: a love song to the way words can tear us apart and ultimately bring us back together. This Australian premiere, directed by Jonathan Wald and produced by Jocelyn Brewer, features a world-premiere Australian score for the play’s magnetic songs.