Set in the beautiful heritage precinct of Talbot, the Farmer’s Market is just 40 minutes north of Ballarat. It was one of regional Victoria’s earliest farmers’ markets, beginning in 2004 and remains proudly community-based. It draws over 2000 visitors to town each month. Featuring a display of more than 80 stalls of regional produce including seasonal fruit and vegetables, organic produce, freshly baked bread, gourmet cheese and meats, local wines, organic oils, artisan and gourmet delicacies, livestock, plants, live music and much more.
As a huge George Orwell fan, it is safe to say I was very interested how the dystopian novel would translate to the stage, and I was by no means disappointed. Shake and Stir’s Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij have successfully adapted Orwell’s tale of Big Brother’s hold on fictitious state of Oceania and are also part of the incredible cast of five which also includes Ross Balbuziente, Hugh Parker and star Bryan Probets, who is mesmerising as the heartbroken dreamer Winston Smith.
An exploration of the physical transitions of nature and the artist’s connection to her local environment. These works focus on the changes that occur throughout the season of Winter. Tiel Seivl-Keevers is a painter and illustrator with a background in design. Her work evolves from her natural surroundings. Winter Harvest reflect the concepts of death, dormancy and new beginnings in nature.
Peter Dinklage is playing the bad guy in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and he wants you to know he had a good time being bad. “He’s a fun character to dig into,” he says, referring to the habit his character – Bolivar Trask, creator of the mutant-killing robots the Sentinels – has of not so much lurking in the shadows as cosying up to power right out in the open. “Usually with these superhero villain roles, they work on the fringes like the superheroes do, they’re considered a bit mad and they want to lock them up. But this guy is right there with all the politicians and seated there next to the President being a big influence.
The critically acclaimed production that stunned audiences in Brisbane in 2012 hits the road for a four-month National Tour and arrives in town for a strictly limited season. George Orwell wrote 1984 in 1948 as a prediction of our future and 66 years on the themes resonate deeply, making the novel a reappearing title on many “must read” book lists.
“The idea came to me when I woke up one morning in Ecuador. I was doing a bit of soul searching and thought wouldn’t it be a great idea to start a market,” she says. “Then I came back and saw that there was a gap in the market. There was no platform for our creatives to get their work out.”
We feel pretty busy of late. Besides our normal stuff of running and doing gigs, I have also been involved in three separate art exhibitions – two at Outré Galleries (Sydney and Melbourne) and this one coming up at Boom Gallery in Geelong. Besides all that, we have also been spending a lot of time working on our O/S tour which starts this June.
Starting work in an unfamiliar city may be daunting for some but for Jamie Smith, the new general manager at Courthouse ARTS, it’s a welcome change. “I love the fact that I know a little bit about Geelong but not too much. It’s like an adventure, and that’s why I love travelling so much,” Jamie says. “I’ve moved to cities that I’ve known nothing about, so this feels like another adventure.”
After travelling the world, Kirsty Mac has come back to her hometown of Geelong for her new show Feminazi, which she performs at GAPA as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Kirsty first left Geelong when she was 18 but has since toured around Canada and the UK – and become a fully qualified dog trainer. Feminazi is a project Kirsty has worked on and nurtured for the last several years, waiting for the moment when she was happy to share it with the world.
“I was always the one out of my friends to have a camera, but I never thought about it as a career. Now I look back it was always on my radar. I purchased my first SLR camera five years ago for my final year as a graphic design student, and then it sat in my cupboard for about a year until I started experimenting one day – and I haven’t looked back since.”