Monday, June 30, 2008

Not the 11 o'clock news...

UPDATE, JULY 3: Just heard. Patti Smith, Opera House, October 15. Tickets on sale July 25.

Some news, some goss veloss, some shamelessly pillaged press realeases.

One million down, $700,000 to go...

First up, La Mama is past the half-way mark in its $1.7 million fund-raising quest thanks to donations of $350,000 from The Pratt Foundation and $250,000 from the Sidney Myer Fund.

Judgement day -- make that settlement day -- is September 2.

Liz Jones adds: "A lot of people in the community think that La Mama has already been saved but we unfortunately still have quite a way to go."

Insert your headline here...

If I was a bit more clever, or considerably less stuffed, I'd make a great headline out of Red Stitch performing Love-Lies-Bleeding as part of its all-sewn-up but still-to-be-revealed Season 2: 2008.

It should make a fascinating contrast to the STC's production. (For one, seeing it in a 100-seat theatre!)

New RS ensemble member Tim Potter (who will play Sean) joins Olivia Connolly (Lia) and guest actors Christine Mahoney (Toinette) and Kevin Summers (Alex). The production will be directed by Alice Bishop. It runs from July 18 to August 15.

Red Stitch's Season 2: 2008 will be announced next week.

Performance enhancing. Or 'Just call me Benedict...'

Helpmann Awards nominations were announced this evening in Melbourne and Sydney. Most of the nominations are up on the Helpmann Awards web site. (Click on Nominees.) They're as baffling as ever.

Hey, I can even reveal a couple of the winners!!! (Genevieve Picot for Rock 'n' Roll is one... elected unopposed!) (Unless, of course, LPA decides not to make an award in that cat... Boy, won't I have egg on my whiskers!) [Nothin' new there.]

I can also predict, with some confidence, that Company B Belvoir will do quite well this year. With 10 of the 13 nominations in drama cats, B is clearly doing something right. [UPDATE: Now 10 of 14, National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch appeared on the list after midnight.]

One of the multiply-nominated productions is Exit the King. Its Malthouse Theatre roots -- where it premiered -- are resolutely ignored. Barrie Kosky also gets a look in, for The Tell-Tale Heart. (Elsewhere he is nominated for best original score for the same show.)

Apart from Kosky and Gen Picot, the other obstacle to a clean 'B' sweep is When the Rain Stops Falling. Andrew Bovell's play premiered at this year's Adelaide Festival. (And, interestingly, only Brink Productions' input is credited there.)

Tour rumours and teasers... Or... 'fuck the pain away'.

Brisbane (Powerhouse, Friday 15 August) and Sydney (Opera House, Studio, August 29 & 30) dates have been announced for Robert Forster. Bloody inexpensive I must say. ($36/27 in Brisbane, $39/29 at the Opera House.)

The Sydney concerts, apparently, will be in two parts: Forster solo then with a band. The Powerhouse only mention Forster playing with usual suspects Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson. With a drummer still to be named.

I also have it on good authority (well, her web site!) that Peaches is comin' to our shores (Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney) in September-October for Parklife. (Woo hoo!) So too -- *drum roll* -- is Patti Smith. Only Sydney dates announced at this stage. (And, no, I don't have 'em yet!)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doing something right? Like BUYING nominations?

12:36 AM  
Blogger dri aquandrian said...

(Genevieve Picot for Rock 'n' Roll is one... elected unopposed!)

OOH! Yes yes! Oh god, I hope so!

3:48 AM  
Anonymous fanboyd said...

Alas, dri, three others have been added to that particular category overnight: Leah Purcell (for Griffin's Miracles at Cookie's Table), Catherine McClements (B's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf) and "Kate Dicki" [sic] for Aalst.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

Patti Smith. Hmm. You have those dates yet?

8:21 PM  
Blogger Chris Boyd said...

I know she's in the Lebanon Tuesday, and six more countries in the following ten days, but nothing as yet on her web site. I'm guessing October/November.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Chris Boyd said...

Just heard. Opera House, October 15. Tickets on sale July 25.

12:35 PM  

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