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THE POP­U­LAR MECHANICALS

THE­ATRE ROYAL, THURS­DAY AND FRI­DAY, 7.30PM This Aus­tralian play takes Shake­speare’s great­est clowns – the rude mechanicals from A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream – and puts them firmly centre stage in a wild reimag­in­ing of what might have hap­pened behind the scenes dur­ing per­for­mances of the Bard’s much-loved com­edy. Ex­pect clown­ing, vaude­ville, slap­stick and bad pup­petry glued to­gether with witty ban­ter. Tick­ets from $34. To book, visit the­atreroyal.com.au/shows/pop­u­larme­chan­i­cals

THE CHOKE

FULLERS BOOK­SHOP, FRI­DAY, 5.30PM Join au­thor Sofie La­guna, who won the 2015 Miles Franklin award for The Eye of the Sheep, for the launch of her lat­est novel. The Choke is a haunt­ing story about 10-year-old Jus­tine, a child nav­i­gat­ing an un­car­ing world in which her only com­forts are found in na­ture. This is a free event but book­ings are essential. To reg­is­ter, visit fullers­book­shop.com.au/event/the-choke

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