Live mu­sic

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton Iain Shed­den Deborah Jones

(M) Mag­gie Smith has a field day as Miss Smith, the ec­cen­tric, smelly old bag lady who lives in the van she parks in the drive­way of play­wright Alan Ben­nett’s North Lon­don house for 15 years. The film, scripted by Ben­nett from his play and di­rected by Ni­cholas Hyt­ner, is very light­weight, but it’s be­guil­ing en­ter­tain­ment while Smith is around as the in­fu­ri­at­ing yet en­dear­ing pro­tag­o­nist.

13 Hours: The Se­cret Sol­diers of Beng­hazi The Necks To forge a ca­reer last­ing 30 years is a great achieve­ment for any band, but to do so by never play­ing the same show twice makes the Necks a rar­ity in Aus­tralian mu­sic. The im­pro­vi­sa­tional trio has carved an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion across the past three decades by let­ting the mood, the mu­sic and the em­pa­thy be­tween them dic­tate how their live per­for­mances tran­spire. Their most re­cent of­fer­ing, last year’s Ver­tigo, earned crit­i­cal ac­claim here and over­seas and has led to a heavy tour­ing sched­ule dur­ing the next few months. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Mon­day, 7pm and 9.15pm. Tick­ets: $49-$59. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Ek­man’s Cacti, first danced by SDC in 2013. It’s a laugh-aloud funny jeu d’esprit that fizzes with en­ergy, par­tic­u­larly in the goofy open­ing in which a string quar­tet wan­ders around play­ing Schu­bert amid clown­ing and com­pli­cated ma­nip­u­la­tions of small plat­forms. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. Tonight, 8pm. Tick­ets: $30-$89. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1999 or on­line. Un­til March 12. de­li­cious mon­ster. The nine­mem­ber cast is an all-singing, all-danc­ing knock­out. Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Potts Point. To­day, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $80. Book­ings: (02) 8065 7337 or on­line. Un­til March 19.

Romeo & Juliet In­cludes con­tem­po­rary artist Anne Za­halka tak­ing over New­town Art Seat, live draw­ing at Chrissie Cot­ter Gallery, a kids hub at Cam­per­down Park, and ex­hi­bi­tion Let­ter­heads Un­cov­ered at the Mar­rickville Li­brary.

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