Twenty-Ten: A User Guide

04/01/2010 at 2:21 pm 7 comments

Taking a tip from Dylan I’m not looking back at the year past but only ahead at the many exciting things to take in over the next one. Ten is upon us and I’ve put together a little A-Z of what’s to come. That’s twenty six events I’m psyched about- one every two weeks! Plus all the things I haven’t even heard about yet. Woah.

Adelaide
This wall’s scrimping everywhere to try and get to the Festival and Fringe, but after a massive January I might only make a few nights. With APAM and a multitude of events it might just be worth a few extra nights of beans and rice between now & then.

Biennale of Sydney
Open from May, this largely free event should inspire and engage. If you aren’t going, I would seriously reconsider whether you define yourself as an artist (or arts worker, or arts patron, or whatever it is you do).

Cleveland St Theatre
This is a great space, versatile and historic, with rehearsal rooms, courtyard and a large stage area. I hear they are already planning for the next Imagine Festival too. Join their fanclub here.

Diary of a Madman
My early pick for hottest ticket of the year in Sydney. It’s a big call but who can pass it up? Go on, I dare you.

Each and every one of you
If as reported, at the Philip Parsons memorial lecture, there is any truth in the rumour of a “dangerous rise” in theatre blogging across Australia (I hope I was included in that gross generalisation!); I’m really looking forward to hearing more from the great unwashed. Not just here at 5th Wall, but on all the interesting blogs floating around. Why not start your own? After all, despite concerted efforts by evil government councils and those who set ticket prices – theatre is and always will be for the masses. Those who feel it should be exclusive or elite can take a large wooden stick and go fuck themselves.

FIFA World Cup
It’s no longer just a choice between sport and art in this country – this sport is an art. For once the commentariat won’t be able to give away the twists and turns of the greatest show on earth, just straight, honest analysis of the beautiful game. You won’t find a bigger stage in the world, or higher stakes at play. The drama. The majesty – where will you be?

Green Zone
I’m not usually a fan of Matt Damon movies but this looks like it might have some know-how behind it. Plugged as an intelligent thriller; this war movie goes behind the scenes of what happens when you send a shitload of soldiers to a foreign country to find something that’s simply not there.

Hobbit (the)
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Mordor… No, really, it’s coming out in 2010. I’m serious! But I read in Empire that Guillermo del Toro is still casting, so we’ll just have to see. I don’t care how long it takes, despite legal and other production difficulties; the man behind Pan’s Labrynth and Kronos is at the reins. And that’s all there is to say on the matter.

Imperial Panda
I don’t know how much it counts for impromptu if you make plans for this stuff but at the Very Christmas Cab Sav, I popped in hung-over, scheduled to work at six the next morning, thinking quick looksee… I was most definitely not meant to be there but everything so wrong turned out just exactly right. Had a gay old romp with the weird and wonderful folk that populate this aptly named collective, with a show of short sketch theatre and massive drink-up at the pub afterwards. The sight of four women dressed as elves quite literally pissing themselves laughing will not curtail the imagination anytime soon.

Jane’s Addiction
Memo to Generation Y: You think you’re pretty cool, but when Ponynose Perry Farrell was tearing up crowds with Dave Navarro et al you were still in Kindy. So it’s understandable if you go through life thinking Pink is the pinnacle of rock. Hailed as one of the greatest live acts of the 90’s Janes will pwn the stage at Soundwave. And I absolutely NEVER use that word.

Kitagawa Utamaro
I’m a fan of art from the far East and this should be a great exhibit. Check out some Japanese art history in the first person at the AGNSW.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night
With William Hurt and Robyn Nevin this promises to be a tremendous production of the classic Eugene O’Neill play.

Measure for Measure
I always forget if this is one of the ‘problem plays’- but Benedict Andrews’ last crack at Shakespeare was so colossal I can only guess as to the format of this. And guess I will: I’m thinking this one’s to be set backstage of a production of La Boheme in Milan circa 16th Century AD. Am I close? God I hope not. Whatever happens, this is one of the diamonds of the Belvoir Season to come.

New Work
Sydney is full of surprises, every year there’s a tonne of new work in the form of premieres, readings and revisitations of old stories. The independent sector is where it’s at but occasionally the bigger companies will commission a play that reaches beyond the domestic and mundane. Stay tuned, it’s possible that the best show of the year will be something no one has ever heard of.

Orestes 2.0
Cry Havoc have made a few waves with an ever-so-cool marketing effort, riding the success of last year’s Julius Caesar. I could point out that the nature of revolution is to end up back where you started (hence the term), but that would be cynical and unnecessary. Beyond the hype, it is a bold choice for their follow up production at the Stables next month, the dark, dense, difficult (and frequently hilarious) Orestes 2.0 by Charles Mee. Let’s hope the relatively young cast can find the balance needed to pull off the complex and moody characters in a play that most definitely does not pull any punches.

Pirandello (Luigi)
I actually have a spare ticket to the preview for Six Characters In Search of an Author on the 19th. Going once to anyone who can come up with an acceptable name for the decade to come. And no, ‘Teenies’ is not acceptable.

Quack
So yeah, it’s hard to think of stuff that begins with Q. I know nothing about this play, but the premise is hot. Griffin Theatre. Opens August ’010.

Residents (The)
Thanks to the STC for taking a chance on some relatively unknown actors with serious talent to run with the developmental arm of the company. But I’d like to see some directors step in who also aren’t a part of establishment. Whatever will they come up with next?

Sydney Fringe Festival
I performed at the last Sydney Fringe in Bondi 2001 – and it was hell fun! Since then I always wondered what happened? And now it’s back. Yes!

This Is Not Art
There were some adolescent growing pains for this extravaganza of music, theatre, poetry, performance and new writing last year, not to mention a bit of post festival soul-searching for the crew. But the vibe as always is awesome and to miss out on this is to risk not knowing what’s really happening nationwide. For some reason Sydney artists are under-represented, so if you’re into performance keep an eye out for the submission deadlines (usually around April-May) and get on up there! TINA has become an iconic fixture on the edge of the cultural landscape.

Underbelly
Not the festival of T & A on channel nine, but the much, much cooler cross-media event at Carriageworks coming up in June. Get there.

Vivid Sydney
Well, at least the state government got one thing right. The crew at Vivid and the sibling festival Creative Sydney have been a little quiet lately – I hope they come back!

Wrong Prom
Last Wrong Prom the massive Carriageworks foyer was transformed into the world’s daggiest roller-disco and I bought a pair of leather pants. Nothing was ever the same again. Rumour has it there will be a Wrong Prom this year with the theme of ‘Thriller’. Terror looks you right between the eyes…

the eXperiment
Working title for a little project I have in development. Can’t wait!

Yet another …
Hot young actor gets flung into the spotlight as the “next big thing”, complete with predictable posed publicity shots where they look so cool it’s actually funny. After getting put in one or two shows at Belvoir they go back to working like every other actor in this city does: for free, in co-op productions with little or no media coverage at all.

Zero
As in the quarter I plan on giving my creative pursuits in 2010. See you then.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alison Croggon  |  04/01/2010 at 3:07 pm

    Those who feel it should be exclusive or elite can take a large wooden stick and go fuck themselves.

    Thanks for a big New Year laugh! Absolutely!

    Hope I can afford some of those fares up to Sydney, too…

    Reply
    • 2. anvildrops  |  06/01/2010 at 10:34 am

      🙂 thanks for stopping by Ms TN- i’m looking forward to comparing notes interstate in the coming months!

      Reply
  • 3. Twitted by whatsonadelaide  |  04/01/2010 at 3:09 pm

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    Reply
  • 4. George  |  09/01/2010 at 12:03 pm

    How about just calling this decade the “Tens” since it’s short, sharp and everyone knows what you’re talking about.

    Reply
    • 5. anvildrops  |  10/01/2010 at 12:01 pm

      thanks George, I’ll take that under advisement. for now I am going to stick with “the troubled adolescence of 21C”

      it’s long winded, abstract and no-one knows what the hell i mean!

      Reply
      • 6. George  |  10/01/2010 at 6:29 pm

        It made me laugh, so you may be onto a winner.

  • 7. atics  |  09/01/2010 at 10:59 pm

    yes no longer FIFA 2010 : ) thanks

    Reply

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