In 1988, playwright Billy Aronson wanted to create a musical based on Puccini’s La Bohème, in which 1890s Paris would be replaced with the rawness and street vibe of 1990s New York. Jonathan Larson, a 29-year-old composer, began collaborating with Aronson on this project. Larson’s inspiration for Rent’s characters and plot elements are drawn directly from La Bohème, the world premiere of which was in 1896, a century before Rent’s premiere in New York. Tuberculosis, the plague of Puccini’s opera, is replaced by HIV/AIDS in Rent.
Saturday 21 June will kick off the weekend celebrations with a street parade in Bannockburn High Street, and free live music and displays for a couple of hours and will conclude with a free movie night at our new hall showing the movie Braveheart. Sunday 22 June will celebrate the 700th anniversary in a big way at the Bannockburn Golf Club. There will be an abundance of entertainment on the day including the showcase event – a re-enactment of the 1314 battle in period costume including armour and battle horses.
Brent Lyall is at the top of his game: captain of the footy team, with two Brownlows and a beautiful girlfriend… but he has a penchant for designer dresses and his alter ego ‘Carmen’ is about to go public. Acclaimed Australian playwright and National Living Treasure David Williamson delivers another hilarious football story – this time, with a twist. In spectacular form, Managing Carmen takes a satirical look at the characters behind the nation’s favourite sport: greedy sports managers, champion footballers, bimbo girlfriends and notorious tabloid writers.
Come along to the Seven Wonders Silent Film Festival featuring silent films by aspiring and professional filmmakers, vloggers, YouTubers, artists, media students and school kids. All films are 100% silent and under seven minutes long, with the festival theme being ‘Seven’ including; “Seven days, hours or moments in your life, your story told in seven minutes, is the number seven really lucky? Your seven favourite things about Geelong, seven awesome things you can do that nobody else can…. Short-listed films are screening from 16 May – 27 July at the National Wool Museum.
Since 1986, Richard Szymczuk has been documenting Geelong’s roadside vernacular. He photographs abandoned petrol stations, milkbars, shops, fading advertising signs, vacant old houses, etc. The passing traffic has forgotten these once busy and productive businesses, with the imminent reality of demolition being their fate. At night, these abandoned locations transform into places of dark melancholy and a sinister nature. Richard’s images are a mixture of dread and beauty, lit by the ambient light sources of streetlights, car lights, moonlight, or with flash.
This unique workshop is an exciting introduction to Japanese Mokuhanga printmaking. Design – transfer your design to a wooden block. Carve – learn safe, ergonomic and effective carving techniques. Print – make a finished colour print from a wooden block.
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.