Tuesday, 27 January 2015


FRINGEWORLD festival launched on the weekend and Northbridge was buzzing like a carnival. The outdoor opera (In the Shadow of Venus) I went to attracted a crowd of passersby including a front row of children in a sandpit who paused in their play to watch the singers. There is so much on for kids and also the unexpected moments like the one I just described where children will just delight in the things happening around them.

Children transfixed by soprano Sara Macliver as Rose in the opera The Telephone

Here are a few suggestions to get you going. (My list is mostly for 0-5 or preschoolers as that is the age of my family. There is another whole realm you can check out for school aged children.)

Jan 31 Huggers - The Family Friendly Comedy and Cabaret Show - a line up of some of the best comedy circus and cabaret stars from the festival in a one-hour all-age show.

Jan 30-31, Feb 1 The Big Bubble Show - promises the biggest bubbles you have ever seen in WA! Fun and slightly educational

Feb 7-8 Lords of Strut: The Family Show -  Irish comedy, acrobatics and dance for the whole family.

Feb 7-8 BAM! A Superhero Circus - saving the entire planet with their secret weapons of circus and comedy

Feb 14/15, 21/22 Squisher and Squasher in the Great Bug Hunt - an interactive adventure including songs, dance and silliness.

For more shows go to http://www.fringeworld.com.au/
The festival runs until February 22nd.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Fringe Festival Fit List

Perth's Fringe World festival (Jan 23-Feb 22nd) is back bigger than ever and you will need to be fit to get through this marathon. There is so much on the question is how to fit it all in? It's enough to give you a fit!

OK enough puns on my blog title. Here is my Festival Fit List for art music lovers:

(dates listed are opening night)
Jan 23rd In the Shadow of Venus - Lost & Found opera company working their magic with 3 sopranos in 3 comic operas in various locations at PICA.
Jan 23rd Point and Shoot - returns from last year. Four performers rotate frantically through over fifty navigate the film industry in 2042.
Jan 23rd Threepenny Opera - Queens Hall Music presents Weill's Threepenny Opera.
Jan 25th Anna Bolena - presented by Operabox starring Jenna Robertson
Jan 29th Promise and Promiscuity Penny Ashton mashes up Bon Jovi, bonnets and big balls with alacrity!

Feb 1st Jack's Jazzy Bites - Jack Doepel's Jazz Quartet performing an original composition
 Jan 29th European Summers Cotton Club - an ambitious project by jazz singer Cathrine Summers recreating 1920's America
Feb 17th The Jazz Standard of Living - Mace Francis Orchestra giving jazz standards a modernist twist.

Feb 10th Duo Caliente - flute (Rebcca Guy) and guitar (Duncan Gardiner) duo playing South American dance music
Feb 12th Quo Tardis - Fiona Campbell cabaret-style
Feb 14th  Hey Music We [heart]You
Feb 29th Brothers and Sisters - 20 local musicians collaborate to recreate the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Jan 24th  percussionist Ron Reeves playing wind and guitar in a solo show

Jan 27th Through the Looping Glass - violinist Helen Bower use looping technology to create different sound worlds drawing on Australian and British compositions.
Jan 30th From a Small Distant World - song cycle by local composer Rachel Dease

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Opera Alert this weekend!

I have just returned from two weeks in south-west WA enjoying beach and books and summer leisure to discover there are 3 (three!!!) operas on this weekend in Perth as part of the Fringe World festival.  Time to get out the opera glasses!

1. Opera Box (grassroots company doing great community projects) are presenting the modern Australian premiere of Donizetti's Anna Bolena featuring Jenna Robertson in the title role.

2. Queen's Hall Music are putting on Weill's Threepenny Opera at the Perth Town Hall.

3. Lost & Found (producers of the amazing Emperor of Atlantis last year) have crafted an unusual evening called In the Shadow of Venus featuring three sopranos in three one-act comic operas at various locations around PICA. Sara Macliver,  Fiona McAndrew and Elisa Wilson will enact Menotti's The Telephone, Jake Heggie's At the State of Venus and an opera transcribed from a classic Julia Child TV broadcast. The audience is invited to drink at the bar, wander through the gallery and sample the cooking!

It all sounds sensational and there is more to come with two operas on the program at the Perth International Arts Festival in a few weeks time! More on that soon...