BMEG actor Michael Beckley is currently in rehearsals for Australia’s new Musical, Melbaopens 11th August at Hayes Theatre, Elizabeth Bay.
A marriage, a scandal, a lost child.
“Dame Nellie Melba was the most celebrated singer of her generation. Lauded on more than three continents as a phenomenon, her life was the stuff that dreams are made of, but her journey to the top was not always untroubled.
From humble beginnings as Nellie Mitchell in Melbourne, to the stages of opera houses across Europe, Melba charts the life of a woman who was determined to be the best in a conservative world. Melba’s life was filled with triumph and tragedy, stardom and shame; a story that is little known beyond her stellar career.
Blending contemporary music theatre with operatic arias, Melba brings to life a woman we know so well, yet not at all.
Hayes Theatre Co and New Musicals Australia are thrilled to present this new Australian work, which was previously developed as part of the New Musicals Australia program. Directed by internationally acclaimed director, Wayne Harrison with musical direction by Michael Tyack and starring one of Australia’s most popular opera stars, Emma Matthews as Dame Nellie Melba.” – Hayes Theatre
Performances: From 11 August 2017
Mon 6.30pm | Tues – Sat 7.30pm | Wed & Sat 2.00pm
BMEG actor Monica Sayers appears as Myra Arundel in Melbourne Theatre Company’sHay Fever which will run 23rd September – 28th October 2017 at Southbank Theatre, The Sumner.
“Although Judith, a retired actress, tends towards melodrama in her everyday affairs, and her husband, David, a novelist, can be rather reclusive and foul tempered – the Bliss family can be perfectly charming when they want to be. Their grown-up children, Simon and Sorel, are quite capable of civility too – if it suits them. It is just that, on this blighted weekend, each has invited a guest to stay at their country house without telling any of the others. So dashed inconsiderate! And for their poor guests, perfect agony!
No Bright Young Thing ever burned brighter than Noël Coward in the Twenties, and his deliciously seductive comedy of bad manners, Hay Fever, has been raising scandalised laughter for almost a hundred years. – MTC
“This is the debut of a remarkable young Australian writer. Disapol Savetsila’s play is an investigation of the migrant experience from the inside out – a touching and humorous insight into identity and belonging.
A Thai family has uprooted its restaurant business one too many times. Being the only migrant household in a small country town turns out not to be a great idea. And when graffiti starts appearing, tensions quickly escalate. Should they go back to Sydney? Should they go back to Thailand? Or should they keep heading west?
After their brilliant turns in Chimerica, Gabrielle Chan and Monica Sayers return to STC as the powerful matriarchs of the family, with Kenneth Moraleda (Talk) and STC newcomers Mason Phoumirath and Srisacd Sacdpraseuth completing the family at the heart of this story. Joining them onstage are Airlie Dodds (The Bleeding Tree) and Peter Kowitz (Talk).
Developed by STC in partnership with Contemporary Asian Australian Performance and Playwriting Australia, Australian Graffiti is directed by Paige Rattray (Black is the New White), who has been part of the play’s evolution since its STC Rough Draft workshop in 2015.”- Taken from STC’s website
They have recently commenced rehearsals for the play opening 13th July. The season will run through until the 12 August at STC’s Warf 2 Theatre. Tickets available here
Screen Australia, SBS and Screen Australia’s new Matchbox Pictures series ‘Safe Harbour‘. The 4 x one hour drama, Safe Harbour, explores how a single action can have a ripple effect. BMEG Actors Callum Aston and Ella Macrokanis play siblings Lachlan and Maddie.
Directed by Glendyn Ivin, “The story begins when a group of six friends embark on a yacht trip from Brisbane to Indonesia, a chance for adventure and to enjoy a holiday at the same time. The group is just a day’s sail from their destination when something appears on the horizon. Another boat. The group come to the aid of a broken-down asylum seekers’ boat, leading to a tragic series of events that return to haunt them four years later.” –Match Box Pictures
Safe Harbour is currently shooting in Queensland and will be aired on SBS later this year.
“An insightful story about the personal side of globalisation”
“Everyone has problems to deal with – in the boardroom or the basement, global or local, business or personal. Two multicultural women making their way in modern Australia forge a powerful, if unlikely, friendship that gets results.
Working late, high up in a skyscraper, Nisha – at 28, a business prodigy and second-in-command of an Australian rice company – is closing a massive deal with the Indian government. Working later still is Yvette, who clears up her take-away.
“Indian princess” (Kristy Best) and “Chinese cleaner” (Hsiao-Ling Tang) is all they see when they face each other across the desk. They’re from different cultures, different generations – but as the nights wear on, they discover the many ties that bind them, and help each other navigate their complex lives.
Brimming with sharp observations on globalisation, power, politics and migration as well as plenty of wicked humour, Rice won Michele Lee the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016-2017, and will be directed by Griffin Theatre’s Helpmann Award winning director Lee Lewis.” – Queensland Theatre
Eric Scott of Absolute Theatre writes “Three women, played by three top class actors, are strangers who live in a block of flats and each is broken in her own way and cannot break the past that has hurt them….They are strangers who find each other in different ways and find a way, after a tortuous passage, to helping each other.
Swallow is a study of survival that explores the complexity of the age of technology. It emphasises the loneliness of city living as these three strangers overhear one another’s lives and struggles, only having conversations through a letter box, by text message, and rarely face to face.”
Review by Kiesten McCauley on Weekend Notes“What really stands out about Swallow is the acting. Julie Cotterell, Elise Greig and Helen O’Leary tackle this tricky script with its overlapping dialogue and constantly challenging cues with the skill and professionalism one comes to expect of actresses of their calibre. Their timing and pacing was exemplary. Elise Greig as ‘Anna’ was just brilliant. Her character’s descent into madness was so convincingly played and didn’t slip into the territory of hamming or self-indulgence. Julie Cotterell as ‘Rebecca’ was excellent at hitting her tricky cues and portraying the self-doubt and low self-esteem”
“Based on true events that changed the law. This is the story of a survivor, Lyndal, a young woman sexually abused as an 11 year old while attending a prestigious school. Her courage to fight for justice is entrusted to a local lawyer determined to build a case and give Lyndal peace from her torment. With the help of his aspiring young associate and an enigmatic barrister, the lawyer and Lyndal find their way together.” IMDB
Part of Vivid Music, Hidden Sydney is an immersive cabaret that celebrates Kings Cross in the 50s, 60s and 70’s.
“Quick-witted bouncers, madams of the night, drag queens, crooks, entertainers and eccentrics alike relive the world of the Cross during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s….Immerse yourself in the stories of Bea Miles, Abe Saffron, Roie The Witch, Standover Jim and the iconic Les Girls. Rub shoulders with the crims and crooks of the day, finishing up with last drinks at the Chevron Silver Spade.”
Australian Stage wrote that Hidden Sydney is “Historically fascinating, mysterious and magnificent, Hidden Sydney – The Glittering Mile holds stories every Sydneysider should know and every outsider should seek out. A real glittering gem.”
Hidden Sydney is running at “The Nevada” in The World Bar in Kings cross until 18 June. For tickets and more information, visit Hidden Sydney’s website.
Conceptualised and written by the very talented Candy Bowers, One the Bear opens at Campbelltown Arts Centre on Saturday May 27th.
“Set in a garbage tip, this is the story of a young female bear that wants more for her tribe. Garbage sparkles and catches on beams from broken streetlights as One and her best friend Ursula get up to mischief and mourn the dank life they lead. The two spit rhymes on living under Human Hunter law and dream of the days when bears were free; eating fresh fish rather than packaged fish fingers. But what happens when One is given the opportunity to speak for her community? What happens when fame knocks at the door?
Written wholly in rhyme and created by an extraordinary cross disciplinary team including the notorious Busty Beatz, award winning visual artist Jason Wing and the radical costume designer Sarah Seahorse, Candy Bowers delivers a stunning dystopic world guaranteed to burst your senses and expand your mind.”
Candy Bowers is a passionate writer/performer whose fearless sticky work encompasses theatre, burlesque, spoken word, hip hop and comedy. A graduate of NIDA, Candy has worked for theatre companies and festivals across the country. In 2012 she created Black Honey Company with her sister and long-time musical collaborator Kim Busty Beatz Bowers.
Catch Candy in One The Bear until Saturday June 3rd. For more information, visit the Campbelltown Arts Centre Website.
Returning to his role of King Ben, Mitchell Hope will star in Descendants 2. The sequel to the popular 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants 2 revisits the children of our favourite heroes and villains.
Mitchell speaks fondly of his character, telling Lynn Baker “Ben, in my opinion, is a well-rounded character. He has a very strong sense of morality and has a foresight into human interaction and emotion and empathy. He kind of gets things. Ben is very much trying to make the world a better place.”
Mitchell’s cast mates were excited to announce that Descendants 2 will premiere on Friday July 21st.
You can see Mitchell as King Ben in Descendants 2, premiering July 21st at 8pm on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Lifetime and Freeform.