24th – 30th August at the Malthouse Theatre

23 08 2009

Entrance_low_default-content_main-centre_columnEN TRANCE


Prices: $22.50 – $28.50



From her many performances of The Burlesque Hour around the globe, to Malthouse Theatre’s very own presentation of DasShoku Hora!!, Yumi Umiumare’s electrifying performance style is in demand the world over.

In this bold new work, Umiumare is set to detonate her extraordinary vision from the international to the other-worldy as she thrusts us into the twisted corridors of the un-living. At times brutally visceral, the performance is counterbalanced with the purity of digital painting produced live with her collaborating artists, Bambang Nurcahyadi and Naomi Ota.

EnTrance extends even further Umiumare’s diverse dance vocabulary, plummeting into the cracks where the spirit and the body are propelled into another existence. Umiumare takes us from unsettling moments of physical extremity to magical images of reflective serenity.


24th – 30th August at the MTC Theatre

23 08 2009


by Joanna Murray-Smith

Dates: 8 August 2009 – 20 September 2009

Venue: MTC Theatre, Sumner Theatre

Price:  $30 – $75.10

Murray-Smith has Oscar Wilde’s gift for one-liners.’ – Daily Mail

Sidney Jones was – briefly – a pop sensation in the 1980’s. Now, she’s forty, facing bankruptcy and heading towards pop oblivion. But armed with a promising new album and a household of flunkies, including her toy-boy, personal assistant and desparate manager, Sidney thinks she has one last chance at A-list glory … but she’s also attempting to adopt a baby from Africa to fulfil her passionate desire for motherhood.

Baby hunger. Returning to the feisty mood of her hit The Female of the Species, Joanna Murray-Smith in Rockabye gives our self-involved, celebrity-obsessed culture a satirical duff-up.

Kate Atkinson
Betty Bobbitt
Daniel Frederiksen
Zahra Newman
Richard Piper
Nicki Wendt
Pacharo Mzembe

DirectorSimon Phillips
Set DesignerBrian Thomson
Lighting DesignerPhilip Lethlean
Costume DesignerEsther Marie Hayes
Composer/Sound DesignerPeter Farnan

Link to my Event Calendar for Specific dates and time.


The-ColoursPGallThe Colours

Date: 26 August 2009 – 12 September 2009

Venue: MTC Theatre, Lawler Studio.

Prices: $20 – $35

written and performed by Peter Houghton

‘Houghton is pure theatrical genius and the funniest man alive’ – Joanna Murray-Smith

1946. Darkest Africa. Colour Sergeant Atkins – British Army – has been left to guard the barracks … alone. It’s time to pull down the flag (his beloved Colours) and the natives are getting restless for independence – but Atkins has other ideas!

From the creators of the award winning hit comedy The Pitch, comes a comic tale of one soldier’s steadfast refusal to accept change in a world that no longer wants him.


Peter Houghton


DirectorAnne Browning

Set & Costume DesignerShaun Gurton

Lighting DesignerRichard Vabre

ComposerDavid Chesworth

Testimonials for ‘The Pitch’
‘A perfectly observed, fast, furious, hip and hilarious bird’s eye view of the film industry. He’s pure theatrical genius and the funniest man alive.’– Joanna Murray-Smith, Playwright, author of Honour, Female of the Species, Rockabye

‘The Pitch is one of the cleverest and most entertaining pieces of theatre I have seen in years.’ – Julian Burnside QC

‘If I were Prime Minister Peter Houghton would have his own national TV series. The man is a comic genius.’ – Hannie Rayson, Playwright, author of Hotel Sorrento, Life After George, Inheritance

Reviews for ‘The Pitch’

Sell your granny to get a ticket – The West Australian

… stuffed full of running gags, one liners and great physical comedy. Houghton’s performance is a tour de force of acting technique… sure to be a sell out hit. – The Age

‘In it’s glorious entirety this play is and absolute treat’ – Skinny Mag UK

    Warning: The Colours contains occasional coarse language and smoke effect

    Link to my Event Calendar for Specific dates and time.


    24th – 30th August at the Melbourne Recital Centre

    23 08 2009

    PG052_ENSEMBLE_LIAISON2Ensemble Liaison – Musica Viva Coffee Concert

    25 August 2009, 11am at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.


    Ensemble Liaison was formed in 2006 to explore the beautiful and uncommon repertoire for piano, cello and clarinet. Timothy Young, Svetlana Bogosavljevic and David Griffiths, all highly praised solo and chamber musicians in their own right, bring a fresh and unique collaborative style to programming and performance. The group has quickly established a strong following through its own Melbourne series and concerts in major regional centres.
    Price: $38

    GLancaster02Geoffrey Lancaster – Haydn Sonatas No. 5

    25 August 2009, 7.30pm at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

    Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


    Geoffrey Lancaster, fortepiano


    –  Sonata in C, HobXVI:10
    –  Sonata in B flat, HobXVI:2
    –  Sonata in D, HobXVI:19
    –  Sonata in E minor, HobXVI:34
    –  Sonata in A, HobXVI:12
    –  Sonata in D, HobXVI:33

    The Australian pianist and conductor Geoffrey Lancaster, winner of an ARIA for Best Classical Album in 1991, is an internationally renowned exponent of the fortepiano, the modern piano’s more delicate and tonally refined predecessor. This is the fifth concert in a series featuring all Haydn’s piano sonatas.

    Prices: $25 – $50


    freshwatersmallFreshwater Trio Play Beethoven

    26 August 2009, 6pm at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon.

    Presented By Melbourne Recital Centre



    LISZT –  Orpheus Symphonic Poem No.4 Arranged for Piano Trio by Keith Humble
    BACH –  Arias arranged for piano trio by Adam Yee
    MENDELSSOHN –  Songs Without Words arranged for piano trio by Adam Yee
    BEETHOVEN –  Piano Trio in E flat, Op 70 No 2

    The Freshwater Trio are renowned for their adventurous approach to chamber music, an attitude revealed in their performance of arrangements of Bach’s Arias and Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words for piano trio. The Freshwater Trio also perform Beethoven’s symphonic Piano Trio in E flat.
    Prices: $20 – $30

    Jonathan BissJonathan Biss Recital

    26 August 2009, 7.30pm at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

    Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


    Jonathan Biss, Piano


    MOZART –  Sonata in C minor, KV457
    JANÁCEK –  Piano Sonata
    BEETHOVEN –  Sonata in E flat, Op 81a Les Adieux
    SCHUMANN –  Kreisleriana, Op 16

    American pianist Jonathan Biss is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented and imaginative pianists of his generation. Here he takes us on a journey from the domestic intimacy and intensity of Mozart’s Sonata in C minor, through Beethoven’s portrait of the emotions that accompany the farewell, absence and return of a beloved friend, to the luxuriant and lofty Romantic visions of Janácek and Schumann.
    Prices: $35 – $60

    Australian Art Orchestra – Crossing Roper Bar

    28 August 2009, 7.30pm at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

    Presented by the Melbourne Recital Centre and Australian Art Orchestra


    Australian Art Orchestra


    –  Crossing Roper Bar

    The Roper River is a magnificent waterway flowing from Mataranka, 100 kms south of Katherine. Before it reaches the Gulf of Carpentaria it passes the remote town of Ngukurr which is isolated by the Wet for several months of each year. In 2004, the artistic director of the Australian Art Orchestra, Paul Grabowsky, made the journey across Roper Bar. Ngukurr is an ideal place to learn about Aboriginal music because it is the cultural gathering point for outlying peoples of the Wagilak, Ngalmi, Murrungun, Nunthirrbala, Mungurra, Lalara and Wurramurra nations, who come together under the name Yugul Mangi. Crossing Roper Bar is a collaboration based on an equal exchange of knowledge through a dialogue centred on music. Watch the video of Crossing Roper Bar here
    1 hour 30mins concert duration (no interval) —A reserve $50 ($35 concession) —B reserve $40 ($25 concession)

    GLancaster03Geoffrey Lancaster – Haydn Sonatas No. 6

    29 August 2009, 7.30pm at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

    Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


    Geoffrey Lancaster, fortepiano


    –  Sonata in E flat, HobXVI: Es 3
    –  Sonata in G, HobXVI:G1
    –  Sonata in F, HobXVI:23
    –  Sonata in E flat, Hob XVI:25
    –  Sonata in G, HobXVI:6
    –  Sonata in A, Hob XVI:26

    This program shows reasons why Haydn’s keyboard music occupies such a pivotal position within the context of 18th century Viennese keyboard repertoire. Haydn’s galant style early sonata in E flat opens the way for his insinuatingly brilliant G major sonata. The calm and gentle F major sonata is a popular work, stamped with the rarest originality through its constant whispering of complex emotional subtexts.
    Prices: $20 – $50

    Mozart’s voice in Melbourne

    30 August 2009, 2.30pm at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

    Presented by Melbourne Chamber Orchestra


    Benjamin Northey , Principal conductor
    Igor Machlak , piano
    Olga Kharatanova , piano
    Rebecca Chan , violin
    Stefanie Farrands, viola


    Mozart –  Masonic Funeral Music K 477
    Mozart –  Symphonie Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra K 364
    Mozart –  Concerto in E flat for two pianos and orchestra K 365
    Mozart –  Symphony NO. 25 in G minor K 183
    Mozart –  Symphonie Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra K 364

    Mozart, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Recital Centre — mmm! A Mozart tour de force, featuring two double concertos performed by four exceptional Australian soloists and symphony No. 25, one of his most searching, under the baton of Principal Conductor, Benjamin Northey. Benjamin Northey’s performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra was acclaimed as, “engrossing and revealing … [it] could not have been followed.” Igor Machlak and Olga Kharatanova, Russia’s gift to Melbourne, bring outstanding talent and international experience to our stage.
    Prices: $20 – $89