‘The Secret Garden’ is an English classic, considered one of the greatest books ever written for children. Penned by Frances Hodgson Burnett (who also wrote ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’), it was published in America, initially in serial form in 1910, and then as a book in 1911.
The Graduate Dramatic Society celebrated in the outdoor New Fortune Theatre at UWA with a fine performance of Dorothy Hewett’s play/musical The Man from Mukinupin. This play was originally produced by the National Theatre at the Playhouse for Western Australia’s 150th celebrations in 1979.
What a start to Lent! The Perth Fringe festival with a healthy dollop of Irish arts mixed in.
Perth local, interstate and overseas artists brought comedy, drama, music, nudity, humour and circus to town. The Wau Wau Sisters from the US were a highlight for me but the taste of Ireland was sweeter.
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46 year old Pat Kinevane is from Cobh in County Cork. On a hot sweaty night in De Parade Theatro 1 (in the courtyard of the Perth State Theatre Centre) Pat performed his own show Silent which comprises movement, monologue and sound. “Tino” Mc Goldrig is homeless with no belongings and possibly losing his mind too. Through the romance of his silent film idol Rudolph Valentino (he was named Tino in honour of Valentino) he takes the audience with him on his journey. Pat Kinevane is a great storyteller who uses humour and the wide stage to full effect. His scant belongings serve as props to add effect to his words. His old blanket drapes from his outstretched hand then is pulled closely to his body. He used his blanket very effectively to demonstrate how he danced with his new bride on their wedding day.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – the real version - is being boldly presented by Upstart Theatre Company, in association with PS Art Space and is produced by Tom Mueller for the Fringeworld Festival. This is very much an adult’s version of Shakespeare’s fun play.
One Act play competition attracting theatre groups from all over South-East Queensland.