Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 18/04/2021
Watch, don’t learn.
10) Frozen the Musical
18th April onwards
What: From the producers of Aladdin and The Lion King, Disney’s new hit musical Frozen is storming Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Adapted from the Oscar-winning film, Frozen the Musical is expertly brought to the stage by acclaimed Director Michael Grandage, giving life to this beloved story in an all new, unforgettable theatrical experience. An inspiring tale of sisterhood and true love, it features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. With gorgeous sets and costumes as well as sensational special effects, Frozen is everything a Broadway musical should be – moving, spectacular and pure joy.
Why: Just in case you thought Disney was done harvesting every part of this dead horse.
9) Australian Poetry Slam
What: It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first-time performer or a spoken word aficionado – just rock up, ready to write down your name and give a breath-taking performance.
Why: Forget the Sydney Comedy Festival. This is going to be hilarious.
What: ‘Abstraction’ is a group exhibition and a homage to the artist who dares to embrace the journey of abstraction. Discover 5 female artists.
Why: Abstract work? In 2021? How ballsy.
7) Stop Girl
What: Susie’s at the top of her game. She’s devoted the best years of her life to reporting from the dangerous frontlines all over the world. But even the most resilient foreign correspondents need to come home one day. What happened to Australia while she was away? And what happened to her?
Why: See an incredible story of journalistic resilience and passion ruined by the tedious format of experimental theatre.
6) Artist Talks: Dobell Drawing Prize
What: Catch in-depth talks with Dobell Drawing Prize #22 finalists with their work in the NAS Gallery.
Why: Ever think back to a time in which someone told you you had true talent and lament your current position in life as a shift worker? Listening to these a***holes drone on will make you feel better.
What: Curatorial+Co. will present an exhibition of sculptures and paintings by Kerrie Oliver, Leonie Barton and Emily Hamann. Bound by themes of texture, form and colour, all three artists have created bodies of work that weave together stories of identity and connection.
Why: Artists bound by themes of texture, form and colour? So what exactly are the themes they’re missing out?
4) Poetry & Song: Tug Dumbly
What: Experience an evening of live poetry and music. This event will feature poet Tug Dumbly. Tug Dumbly is the pen and stage name, and sometimes Albatross, of Geoff Forrester. He is a poet/performer/satirist/songwriter, etc, who has worked widely in live venues, schools, and radio.
Why: The second sexiest Tug Dumbly you’ll watch moan continuously for thirty minutes this week.
18th April onwards
What: Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre – a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography.
Why: If you are at all underwhelmed, for god’s sake keep your damn mouth shut. Of all the ways to die, being lynched by a theatre mob is one of the most pathetic.
2) Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: La Traviata
What: La Traviata on Sydney Harbour will finally take the harbour stage in 2021. Fireworks light up the sky. A giant chandelier shimmers over the harbour stage. The music sparkles with joy and heartache. Enjoy drinks or dinner at one of the five pop-up bars and restaurants as the setting sun glimmers over the city skyline. Then take your seats to enjoy “a ravishing visual spectacle” (Huffington Post). The story that inspired Moulin Rouge and Pretty Woman is on.
Why: Opera, but tolerable because of the booze, fried stuff and fireworks.
1) Screenwave International Film Festival
18th April onwards
What: Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) is the premier film and screen culture festival of Northern New South Wales, hosted in the beautiful Coffs Coast – where the Great Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean. This 16-day film festival includes over 100 feature film screenings in beach-side Coffs Harbour and the creative mountain town of Bellingen, including Q and A sessions with filmmaker guests, live soundtrack events, projection art exhibitions, networking events for filmmakers, and a film exhibition program that focuses on award-winning world cinema, new Australian films, compelling documentaries – and Australia’s largest regional youth film competition, the new Nextwave Youth Film Awards.
Why: A night on the town in which the majority of the time you don’t have to talk or look at the person or people you came with.