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.