Great news everyone…it’s nearly the end of semester 2 which means that summer is around the corner and uni is out for the next 3 months! Now there is just one hurdle to overcome (unless you are a fellow arts student and have already submitted your assessments – congrats!), exams…the dreaded part of everyone’s semester! So rather than rubbing it in by telling you about shows you cant possibly separate yourself from studying to go and see, I thought I’d instead tell you about some of the amazing things you could go and see over the next 3 months.
Though I will of course focus on Sydney based shows, I have to point out that for anyone heading down to Melbourne in the coming months, there are some awesome shows ready for you to see down there! Currently showing and performing until January 15th, the Broadway and West End hit ‘Kinky Boots’ is one not to miss. The songs are catchy (particularly the finale song ‘Raise You Up’ – such a feel good song if anyone needs a new jam to study to), the message is pure, the costumes are awesome and all round, it’s just a fabulous night at the theatre.
3 days later, The Book of Mormon opens in Melbourne too (January 18th) but if you are hoping to catch this show, you will need to book soon as the first fortnight that it is open is nearly completely booked out already. This very satirical, quite crude show is packed with laughs from the creators of South Park. You definitely cant take yourself or religion too seriously at this show but if you are looking for a fun night out, this is a perfect pick!
2016 Show 28 – The Book of Mormon – Hawaii. Second time seeing this show and still a great laugh! Definitely not a show for the easily offended – but for those looking for a really funny night at the theatre, this is a great choice! Was great to see Honolulu's Blaisdell theatre too!! All in all, a great night #theatre #theatretravels #hawaii #bookofmormon #bookofmormonmusical #musical #broadway #touringcast #aloha
So that’s Melbourne but for all those staying in Sydney, don’t worry – there is plenty to look forward to here as well! November 8th sees the opening of ‘Speed-the-plow’ at the Sydney Theatre Company. Rose Byrne fans, get excited! This will be Byrne’s first time back on the Aussie stage since she was 21 and I for one cant wait to see her and her incredible talent take to the stage!! For tickets visit: https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2016/speed-the-plow
For those looking for something really different, there is Binge Fest – a brand new 24 hour festival of TV marathons, video game battles, performance art, podcasters and other popular internet sensations. There’s even a Rihanna v. Queen B(eyonce) dance class/battle! On at the Opera House from the 17th-18th of December, tickets to this new, one-of-a-kind event can be found at: http://bingefest.sydneyoperahouse.com
Those who are interested in ballet may enjoy the St Petersburg Ballet Company’s ‘Swan Lake’ on at the Lyric Theatre at the Star from the 19th-22nd of December. This is one of the world’s most beloved and famous ballets by one of the most critically acclaimed companies in the world – I for one am looking forward to it! For tickets click here: http://www.sydneylyric.com.au/st-petersburg-ballet-swan-lake/
If you haven’t yet seen the magic of Disney’s Aladdin come to life at the Capitol Theatre, you have most of the summer break to do so as the show has recently extended their run to the 19th of February. With bright costumes, big hit musical numbers, a bit of bewildering magic carpet flying and so much more, this is a show for all theatre-goers, young and old, regular theatergoers or not. Join Aladdin, Jasmin and the Genie for a night of magical adventure by buying your tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/artist/1858715
The Sydney Festival returns from the 7th-29th of January offering you a great variety of works and even of performance types. Whether you are a theatre lover like myself, or more of an artist or musician, a dancer or a comedian, there is something for everyone! The Sydney Festival takes place in venues across the city and there are even some free ones too! A great way to indulge in Sydney’s cultural scene this summer without breaking the bank! For a list of all events (including the free ones), click here: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2017/all
Good news for all those who missed out on tickets to Belvoir Street’s sell out run of Jasper Jones…it’s coming back for a return season! You’ll be able to catch the show from the 25th of January to the 15th of February. Jasper Jones has been deemed Australia’s answer to the literary classic ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ due to its thematic concerns of injustice, extreme racism and baseless prejudice. Told from the perspective of teenager’s tasked with solving the problems of an adult world they don’t yet understand, this is set to be a great show for sophisticated teens and up. Tickets are still available here: http://belvoir.com.au/productions/jasper-jones-2/
And that’s just scratching the surface! This summer break is riddled with great cultural events across Sydney, including but definitely not limited to theatre! So, whatever you like, make sure to catch some great performances over the next few months whilst relaxing before uni starts back. I’d recommend trying a new art type too at any of the festivals that are on over the summer (especially whilst some of the events are free – no risk!), you never know what you may discover that you really like!
Start booking tickets and have a great summer everyone!