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Vis­ual art: There are more than 400 pho­to­graphs in A Cen­tury in Fo­cus: South Aus­tralian Pho­tog­ra­phy. Art critic Wendy Walker iden­ti­fies some high­lights: Townsend Duryea’s im­pres­sive panora­mas, Samuel Sweet’s un­con­ven­tional por­traits, Ge­orge Free­man’s 1880 pho­to­graph of squarerigged sail­ing ships and Charles Mount­ford’s re­mark­able 1940 images, Ja­le­rina Hold­ing a Per­en­tie and Girl Twist­ing her Hair . Art Gallery of South Aus­tralia un­til Jan­uary 28.


Theatre: Queens­land Theatre Com­pany has as­sem­bled the best cast in Bris­bane this year for He­roes , writes Linda Has­sall. Barry Otto, Robert Coleby and Max Gillies are three World War I sol­diers who plan a heroic es­cape from a vet­er­ans’ home in this sen­si­tively staged com­edy by Ger­ald Si­b­leyras, trans­lated by Tom Stop­pard. Cremorne Theatre, Queens­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, un­til De­cem­ber 15. Book­ings: 136 246.


Theatre: Un­mar­ried women of a cer­tain age brought out a cruel streak of car­i­ca­ture in Charles Dick­ens, writes theatre critic Alison Crog­gon. In her onewoman show Dick­ens’ Women, Miriam Mar­golyes de­liv­ers a the­atri­cal es­say on some of the au­thor’s char­ac­ters and the women who in­spired them. It’s a fond read­ing and never less than vir­tu­osic. Can­berra Theatre Cen­tre, ends to­mor­row. Book­ings: ( 02) 6275 2700.


Opera: Di­rec­tor Stu­art Maun­der un­cov­ers the heart of dark­ness in Of­fen­bach’s Tales of Hoff­mann , writes Murray Black. While tenor Rosario La Spina makes a valiant ef­fort as Hoff­mann, so­prano Emma Matthews — singing all the hero­ine roles, as Joan Suther­land did — is out­stand­ing. As the bad guys, John Weg­ner sings with smoky- toned malev­o­lence. State Theatre. In reper­tory un­til De­cem­ber 13. Book­ings: 1300 136 166.


Ex­hi­bi­tion: Ja­panese cou­turier Yo­hji Ya­mamoto gave women’s bod­ies sculp­tural form through his in­no­va­tive sil­hou­ettes and fab­rics. The Art Gallery of West­ern Aus­tralia is host­ing the first Aus­tralian ret­ro­spec­tive of Ya­mamoto’s women’s wear, with 40 gar­ments from his 25- year ca­reer. Un­til Fe­bru­ary 17.


Theatre: Richard Roxburgh is stun­ning — fever­ish, dis­turbed and then sud­denly ra­di­ant — as a play­wright trou­bled by the con­nec­tion be­tween life and art, writes theatre critic John McCal­lum. If Michael Gow’s Toy Sym­phony is a self- por­trait, then it is sear­ingly hon­est. Neil Arm­field di­rects this great pro­duc­tion for Com­pany B at Belvoir St Theatre. Un­til De­cem­ber 22. Book­ings: ( 02) 9699 3444.

Sculp­tural: Clothes by Yo­hji Ya­mamoto

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