MonthJuly 2019


The Street Theatre
17 to 31 August 2019

Steven Berkoff’s stage play adapted from Franz Kafka’s surrealist tale about alienation, is directed by Adam Broinowski with an ensemble of  Dylan Van Den Berg as Gregor Samsa, Christopher Samuel Carroll and Ruth Pieloor as parents, Mr S and Mrs S and introduces Stefanie Lekkas as sister Greta in her debut on The Street stage.

An interview with director Adam Broinowski
Barbie speaks with actor Ruth Pieloor
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Jacob Boehme: Blood on the Dance Floor

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
5pm Saturday 24 August 2019

This one-man show explores the legacies and memories of our bloodlines, our need for community, and what blood means to each of us .

Richard speaks with Jacob Boehme

A choreographer, dancer and writer from the Narangga and Kaurna nations of South Australia, Boehme was diagnosed with HIV in 1998.

In search of answers, he reached out to his ancestors. Through theatre, image, text and choreography, Boehme pays homage to their ceremonies whilst dissecting the politics of gay, Blak and poz identities.

Blood on the Dance Floor is an unapologetic, passionate and visceral narrative that traverses time, space and characters. A story of our need to love and be loved, Boehme’s monologue reveals our secret identities and our deepest fears, seeking to invoke ancestral lineage in a contemporary quest for courage and hope.

Boehme is also working with Tuggeranong Arts Centre and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as part of a longer project called The Blood Library.

Blood on the Dance Floor debuted at Arts House Melbourne in 2016 before going on to Carriageworks for Sydney Festival in 2017 and has since toured both nationally and internationally. It is showing in Canberra for the first time.

The production is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Australian Government Indigenous Culture Support, and City of Melbourne.


John Blay – On Track: Searching out the Bundian Way

Newsouth Australia  2015

This lyrically written account of John Blay’s quest to find the ancient Aboriginal path from Kosciuszko to Eden, The Bundian Way, is at once a history of the lands and people, a study of geography and botany and a love story with country.

Barbie speaks with John Blay about On Track
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Stronger than Fiction Film Festival -encore screenings

Dendy Cinemas Canberra
9,10,11,16,17 and 18 August 2019

Details at

Encore screenings from this year’s festival includes first-time directors like Midnight Family’s Luke Lorentzen and Honeyland’s Tamara Kotevska, only 25 years old and already stunning international festival audiences with her fresh talent.

Richard’s interview with Festival director Deborah Kingsland
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Exhibition on Screen – Young Picasso

Greater Union Manuka 8 to 11 August 2019

The latest in the Exhibition on Screen films to come to Canberra explores the life of Picasso, the childhood and family influences that equipped him from a young age to create such competent works and the drive that led him to study and work in Barcelona and Paris, producing an enormous body of work and changing the face of modern art.

Barbie talks to Phil Grabsky, Director ofYoung Picasso
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Joanna Nell – The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

Hachette Australia 2018

In a culture like ours where youth in all its facets  is worshipped, writing about our elders is often twee and nearly always patronising. One is frequently irritated by depictions in the media and especially in advertising, of older people as cranky, doddering, cute, inept, foolish or humorous.

It is therefore particularly pleasurable to find in Joanna Nell’s The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village  a simultaneously sympathetic yet realistic portrayal of ageing and the older individual.

Barbie speaks with Joanna Nell about The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village
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Brooke Jarvis – For Laos

Belconnen Community Gallery ‘Springboard’ series
23 July to 9 August 2019
Opening celebration Wednesday 24 July at 5.30pm – all welcome

A fundraiser exhibition of oil mono-prints and watercolour paintings that depict the people and culture of Laos. All profits from sales will go towards sponsorship programs to support quality and access of education for children in Laos.

BCS is in Swanson Court Belconnen and opens Mon – Fri 9am-5:00pm

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Tuggeranong Arts Centre – August Exhibitions

Macro Organic, Diverse Perspectives andReclaimed Vintage
All exhibitions open Thursday 1 August 2019 at 6pm

Macro Organic is a group exhibition curated by Karena Keys, featuring Harry Boyd, Shannon Donahue, Melinda Heal, Elisabeth Kruger, Hayley Lander, Rosalind Lemoh, Clare Poppi, Chris Sutevski, Lia Tajcner.

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Australian Haydn Ensemble -Beethoven Four

Skye McIntosh – Artistic Director
Thursday 8 August 2019 at 7pm
Albert Hall Yarralumla ACT

The Ensemble continues its performance of previously unknown historical chamber versions of Beethoven’s symphonies with an Australian premiere of his Symphony No. 4 arranged by Watts for flute and string sextet.

Barbie speaks with AHE Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh
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The Australian World Orchestra – Janáček and Westlake

Saturday 27 July 2019 at 7.30pm
Llewellyn Hall ANU

There is no orchestra quite like the Australian World Orchestra –  they have promised us a unique and unforgettable experience. Once a year the AWO assembles Australia’s finest musicians from the world’s great orchestra to present exhilarating classical concerts.

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National Capital Orchestra – Pines of Rome

Conductor Leonard Weiss
Llewellyn Hall ANU
Saturday 3 August 2019 at 7.30pm
Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm

NCO presents the world premiere of a new Australian composition and two Italian-themed works The concert opens with Images of Obsession: 0236 by talented emerging Canberra composer Dante Clavijo.

Barbie talks to Lenny Weiss about the Pines of Rome concert
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Meg Keneally – Fled

Echo Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Books UK, 2019

Based on the life of Cornish convict Mary Bryant, Fled is the story of a remarkable sea voyage, a daring escape from the colony of NSW by a group of convicts in a small open boat over thousands of sea miles, much of it uncharted.

Meg Keneally joins a number of earlier writers in bringing this tale to us with her fictitious character Jenny Gwyn nee Trelawney. As much as it is an adventure on the seas story, this is a character driven tale, delving deeply into the nature of Jenny and her skill in reading and manipulating those around her.

Barbie talks to Meg Keneally about Fled
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The Choir of King’s College Cambridge – Musica Viva

Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Thursday 25 July 2019 at 7pm
Pre-concert talk at 6.15pm with Mark Shepherd

Directed by newly appointed Daniel Hyde, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge comes to us in Canberra with a glorious program on 25 July.

Founded in the 15th century, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is the pre-eminent representative of the British church music tradition.

Barbie speaks with Musica Viva’s ACT manager, Christina Cook
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