This year’s Sydney Fringe Festival features the biggest line up of performances yet, with over 300 shows on offer in venues throughout the Inner West. Newtown’s New Theatre is just one of those venues, offering an eclectic selection of productions from one-person shows, to cabaret, story-telling and dance.
On September 23rd you can start early with a 6pm showing of Slutterati, which tells the story of an Olympic swimmer turned television presenter who is trapped in a world of inane lifestyle programs, shameless self-promotion and tragic Sydney parties. Or wait till 8pm for a performance of Jane Austen Is Dead – a show that asks the question: What do you do when your ideal man is Mr Darcy and the only man at the pub seems to be Mr Wickham?
On September 25th at 6pm, you can also check out the hilarious musical cabaret, The Hardest Part of Love. While Inspiration Porn (where three performers who have faced the challenge of disability share inspirational acts) and Fully Committed (where one actor performs over 40 characters!) take to the stage from September 26th to 28th.
• For a full program and bookings visit www.newtheatre.org.au.
Laughs for Lifestart
Come along for a good time while supporting a good cause at the Laughs for Lifestart comedy show, set to hit Bedlam Bar with big belly laughs next month…
Jump on board this great event featuring laugh master Gary Eck alongside MC Andrew Barnett as they come together to raise money for Lifestart. Tickets cost $25 and all funds from the show go directly back to the charity, which supports children living with disability.
Kicking off at 8pm on Wednesday 13th November, Gary – who is not only a stand up comedian, but also a talented actor, director and writer – is guaranteed to have you giggling the night away and having plenty of fun. Get in early if you’d like to enjoy a $15 burger and beer meal deal before the show too.
• To be held at Bedlam Bar: University Hall, 2-12 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, tickets are available at the door or from www.moshtix.com.au. For more information about Laughs for Lifestart, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9364 0111.
To win a double pass to the comedy show, see our Giveaways page.
Sunday 22nd September
Bike Week Family Fun Ride
Enjoy a family fun ride along the scenic Cooks River to Brighton Beach from 9am to 12pm on September 22nd in celebration of Bike Week! Organised by Marrickville Council, there are two rides to choose from: a 2-hour (16km) return ride to Brighton Beach or a 30-minute (5km) return easy ride to Tempe Reserve. Meet at Steel Park (next to Waterplay Area and car park), Illawarra Road, Marrickville South, for registration from 9am and a free information session and briefing at 9.30am. A light lunch will be provided after the ride but riders need to bring along their own bikes in good, roadworthy condition, a helmet and a water bottle. For pre-registration email email@example.com.
• For more information call Council on 9335 2191.
From Friday 27th September
A Murder is Announced
The Australian Tour of Agatha Christie’s ‘A Murder Is Announced’ will open in Sydney on September 27th, featuring Newtown local Jamie Kristian as Sergeant Mellors/Rudi Scherz, and Enmore resident, Nathaniel Middleton, as Patrick Simmons. We love to see our local talent out onstage and these rising young stars are ready to give it their all in this classic ‘whodunit’ theatre piece running until October 27th at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay. A Murder is Announced was the fourth of 12 novels to feature the “sensibly heeled” amateur detective, Miss Marple, and the first of Christie’s works featuring the famous character on stage or screen. Agatha Christie’s tales have thrilled audiences for generations and this is one of her most-loved mysteries, so don’t miss your chance to see what all the fuss is about.
• For more info and tickets visit www.amurderisannounced.com.au/cast.html.
Fri 27th September & Thurs 3rd October
If you’ve been feeling down lately, then Arnie Pie & Danny Giles’ comedic performance ‘Happy Pills’ at the Factory Theatre’s Bunker room is exactly what the doctor ordered. This split stand up show starring Danny Giles and Arnie Pie delves into the weird, the obscure and the in-your-face ranting that is bound to leave you laughing hysterically or at the very least grinning from ear to ear. With high energy and unnecessarily loud volume, Arnie Pie & Danny Giles will leave you feeling…medicated. This show is part of the Sydney Fringe Festival – tickets cost $13, show starts at 8.15pm on Friday 27th September and Thursday 3rd October.
• For tickets go to http://2013.sydneyfringe.com.
Saturday 28th September
Save the Date
Let’s face it – talking about prostate cancer isn’t the most popular topic of discussion, but you need to make a date to get the check up that could save your life. Join the fight against prostate cancer, get down to Club Five Dock RSL from 10am to 3pm for a free check up. The Prostate Foundation, founded by Arash Nanva, is hoping to reach men over 35 years old in an effort to raise awareness of the disease so bring your mates along too (the ones you know need a little encouragement). Plus ex-Wallabies player Glen Ella will be making a special appearance so bring your jersey along if you want to get it signed!
• Donations can be made at www.theprostatefoundation.org.au.
Friday 28th September
Hannaford Centre Open Day
Don’t miss the new Hannaford Community Centre’s Open Day this month – it’s your chance to find out about all the great programs and activities the centre runs from 10am to 2pm at the venue itself. The day will include performances, demonstrations by yoga, zumba and tai chi tutors, morning tea and a sausage sizzle upstair from 12pm. There will be information available for people looking to hire the venue as well as people looking for computer courses and other Hannaford programs. Plus the local handicraft group will be displaying items and selling hand-made pieces.
• Where: 608 Darling St, Rozelle.
Until Thurs 3rd October
Curiosities from the Cabinet
Cathy Weiszmann whose life-size bronze sculptures of sporting greats can be seen at the Sydney Cricket Ground, is about to open an exhibition of her smaller works in Newtown as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival. As well as portraying those who excelled in the sporting field, Cathy immortalised the iconic barracker, Stephen Harold Gascoine (more commonly known as Yabba), who inflicted his legendary wit on any sportsman of the day who was found wanting. Cathy has a similarly wry outlook and unique sense of humour, which can be seen in her smaller pieces including Smart as a Dog, Diver with Pet and TV Family. The exhibition ‘Curiosities from the Cabinet: bronzes by Cathy Weiszmann’ will be running Mondays through Saturdays from 10am to 5.30pm at the Kerrie Lowe Gallery.
• Where: 49 – 51 King St, Newtown.
Sunday 29th September
Make Your Own Bottle Lamp
Don’t miss the Make Your Own Bottle Lamp workshop at The Works in Glebe this month. Presented in partnership with Young Henry’s Brewery, this workshop will be hosted by steampunk electrician Juan and in one afternoon will teach attendees the skills to create a safe, sexy lamp out of any glass bottle they can get your hands on. The class will be using 2 litre growlers supplied by the Young Henry’s lads, which will be dressed with custom lamp shades and wire with heavy duty fittings so you’ll take home a light for life. Classes are $70 per person and include materials. Book at https://weteachme.com/theworksglebe/makeyourownbottlelamp.
• Where: 62 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. Call 9660 0606 for more info.