The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - John McCal­lum

An Aus­tralian bal­lad blown up for the stage, Grif­fin Theatre Com­pany’s ac­claimed pro­duc­tion The Bleed­ing Tree comes to the Wharf. This shock­ing and ex­hil­a­rat­ing play is about a beau­ti­ful mur­der. It opens just af­ter the event, as an abused mother and her two daugh­ters stand over the body of the man, their hus­band and fa­ther, whom they have just killed af­ter he came home, drunk again, vi­o­lent again, to beat them up. It is beau­ti­ful, and chal­leng­ing be­cause this killing feels so right. An­gus Cerini’s won­der­ful script is pow­er­fully lyri­cal. Lee Lewis’s great and com­plex pro­duc­tion has the women strug­gling to own the act that has lib­er­ated them. Paula Arun­dell, as the mother, and Air­lie Dodds and Shari Sebbens, as the daugh­ters, play all this su­perbly. Wharf 1 Theatre, The Wharf, 4 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay, Dawes Point, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $39-$55. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777 or on­line. Un­til April 8. By­ron Bay Blues­fest The By­ron Bay Blues­fest, now in its 17th year, has so­lid­i­fied it­self as Aus­tralia’s premier con­tem­po­rary blues and roots mu­sic fes­ti­val. Blues­fest will present a plethora of per­for­mances on seven stages across five days. There is camp­ing pro­vided for 6000 pun­ters, five li­censed bars, more than 100 food and mar­ket stalls, un­der­cover food courts, beer gar­dens and chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment. With per­for­mances by Patti Smith, San­tana (pic­tured), Nas, the Moun­tain Goats, Kasey Cham­bers and many more.

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