Arts & Culture

Swan Festival of Lights - Celebrating Deepavali in Perth

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The Swan Festival of Lights is on again this year at Langley Park from the 22 to 26 October 2014 to celebrate Deepavali (Diwali) in Perth.

Wednesday 22 October 2014  - the day that the festival kicked off also happens to fall on the auspicious day of Deepavali – a special day when people from around the world celebrate the ancient Hindu festival of light triumphing darkness. Wishing all the local people who celebrate this festival in Perth a happy Deepavali.

 

As with previous years, attendees of the festival can look forward to scrumptious food put on by the Annalakshmi Cultural Centre of WA, along with a great line up of performers, consisting both local and international groups.

 

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Review of The Little Death at Luna

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The Little Death now showing at Luna Leederville and Luna SX in Freo is a cracker of a comedy about the sex lives of a cross section of Australian couples. Each of the couples has their own love and sex issues and as the movie unfolds we get a glimpse into their lives and the state of affairs of their relationships.

Director Josh Lawson takes us on a hilarious adventure as we meet Maureen as played by our own Perth born actress Lisa McClune, Kate Box as Rowena from the tv series Rake, along with many other familiar Australian actors and actresses.

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Black Swan State Theatre Company

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Black Swan State Theatre Company brings to Perth audiences Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

The play is set in the writers room for the Max Prince Show, located on the 23rd floor of New York's Rockefeller Plaza, way back in 1953.

The looming shadow of McCarthyism and the Hollywood blacklist bring an extra layer of dramatic tension to Max's struggles with his TV network bosses, who want to make cutbacks and dumb down the show for the masses.

They say that great tragedy makes for great comedy, and nothing is a better example of this than Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

 

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Review of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Perth Theatre Company

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To describe White Rabbit, Red Rabbit as a unique experience would be an understatement. More than just a play; it is a theatrical experiment by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour.

Soleimanpour was barred from leaving his country because he refused to take part in compulsory national service, and so his mysterious script travels the world in his place.

Every night, Soleimanpour’s play is performed by a different actor, who is not given the script until they step onto the stage.

 

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White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Perth Theatre Company

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Imagine being 29 and unable to leave your country.

An audacious theatrical experiment that will come as a shock – not least to the actor handed the script the moment they walk on stage.

Observe the improvisational skills of some of Perth's finest actors, and a powerful exploration of the positives of a globalised world. Actor and audience will journey into the unknown together, as they stumble upon the humorous, terrifying and utterly human towards a dissection of the limits of liberty and our own role in ensuring its sanctity.

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The Seagull by Black Swan State Theatre Company

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This month, Black Swan State Theatre Company brings to theatre goers in Perth their production of The Seagull. The play by Anton Chekhov is a classic, with this season’s production using a new adaptation by Hilary Bell.

There is more than meets the eye in this play, and although the lake setting is beautifully tranquil, the action on stage is passionate and dramatic, as the audience is quickly swept into the turmoil of the characters upon the curtain's rising.

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Improv Club in Perth by Just Improvise

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While my partner and I have seen our fair share of plays and performances in the last few years, there has been one area in which we haven't had much experience - that of improvisational theatre.  Our last contact with improv theatre was a couple of episodes of Theatresports on the ABC from way back in the late 80's or early 90's.

So we weren't exactly sure what to expect when arriving at the Bedford RSL Club to watch Improv Club conducted by Just Improvise. How entertaining are actors when they don't have a script to fall back on?

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