The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Emily Ritchie

Bri­tish theatre com­pany 1927 con­jures a “graphic novel come to life” in this mul­ti­me­dia pro­duc­tion com­bin­ing hand­made an­i­ma­tion, clay­ma­tion, live mu­sic and per­for­mance. The dark, dystopian tale fol­lows Robert, a bi­nary coder by day and punk rocker by night. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. Opens Wed­nes­day. Tick­ets: $40$55. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777 or on­line. Un­til March 26. The Blind Gi­ant is Danc­ing It is good to see again this great clas­sic of the Aus­tralian stage, in such an ex­cel­lent pro­duc­tion by Ea­mon Flack. It is epic, wild, para­noid and pas­sion­ate, full of per­sonal and political hope and de­spair. Writer Stephen Sewell takes a long time to set up the rich nar­ra­tives, the arcs of his char­ac­ters and the events of the time he is writ­ing about, the early 1980s. The pay-off, by the end of this pro­duc­tion, is well worth the in­vest­ment. We watch in fas­ci­nated hor­ror as Red­lands Kon­ica Mi­nolta Art Prize Cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary, this an­nual award dis­plays con­tem­po­rary works by Aus­tralian and New Zealand artists, plac­ing no lim­i­ta­tions on medium or sub­ject mat­ter. This year’s guest cu­ra­tor is Mikala Dwyer, who won the prize last year for her “empty sculp­tures” con­cep­tual work. She se­lected the 22 fi­nal­ists, which in­clude Daniel Boyd, Pat Brass­ing­ton and Sarah Goff­man. Th­ese es­tab­lished artists have then cho­sen one emerg­ing artist each to dis­play work along­side them, en­abling a di­a­logue be­tween dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions of prac­ti­tion­ers. Na­tional Art School Gallery, Forbes Street, Dar­linghurst. Opens Mon­day. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 9908 6484 or on­line. Un­til May 14.

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