The­atre

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

sim­plic­ity. With each stroke of the paint­brush, a nar­ra­tive un­folds: the story of the ever-chang­ing city of Syd­ney and our in­ter­ac­tion with it. This ex­hi­bi­tion demon­strates his per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with Syd­ney as well as his pas­sion for cap­tur­ing its rich surroundings. Aus­tralian Gal­leries, 15 Royl­ston Street, Padding­ton. Daily, 10am6pm. In­quiries: (02) 9360 5177 or on­line. Un­til June 18. Light­ing the Sails: Au­dio Creatures Ex­pe­ri­ence the vis­ual de­light of a whirl­wind of colour and light dur­ing Vivid Syd­ney as se­quences of mov­ing im­ages that evoke puls­ing sea creatures, vi­brant bird plumage and lus­trous plant life, sug­ges­tive of a fu­tur­is­tic hy­brid­ity be­tween the or­ganic and me­chan­i­cal worlds, are pro­jected on to the sails of the Syd­ney Opera House. Artis­tic in­spi­ra­tion and di­rec­tion come from Au­dio Creatures’ Ash Bol­land, with vis­ual con­tent and an­i­ma­tion by Olympic veter­ans Spinifex, all set to a sound­scape es­pe­cially com­posed by Brazil­ian mu­si­cian Amon Tobin. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. Free event. Daily, 6pm-11pm. In­quiries: (02) 9931 1111 or on­line. Un­til June 17. Wildlife Photographer of the Year The Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and ex­hi­bi­tion show­case not only the best of the nat­u­ral world, but the pa­tience, in­ge­nu­ity and tal­ent of the pho­tog­ra­phers who spend their time em­bed­ded within wildlife so that they can get that in­cred­i­ble, re­veal­ing shot. Judged by a panel of in­dus­try-recog­nised pro­fes­sion­als, this year’s 100 fi­nal­ist im­ages were taken by some of the world’s best na­ture pho­tog­ra­phers and se­lected for their creativ­ity, artistry and tech­ni­cal com­plex­ity. Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily, 9.30-5.30pm. In­quiries: (02) 9298 3777 or on­line. Un­til Oc­to­ber 9. Doubt: A Parable Truth and con­se­quences are ex­plored in the thrilling drama Doubt: A Parable. On sus­pect­ing an im­proper re­la­tion­ship be­tween Fa­ther Flynn and a male stu­dent at a Bronx school, a stern Catholic nun and school prin­ci­pal Sis­ter Aloy­sius Beau­vier (played by Belinda Gi­b­lin, pic­tured be­low) de­cides to take mat­ters into her Guru of Chai Ja­cob Ra­jan, play­ing the ti­tle char­ac­ter in this pro­duc­tion, tells us at the be­gin­ning that Belvoir’s peo­ple have in­vited him in be­cause their au­di­ences are over­weight, work in use­less jobs and drink too much, so they need cheer­ing up. This is played with such comic charm that the ef­fect is ut­terly dis­arm­ing. This is very eco­nom­i­cal the­atri­cal sto­ry­telling: a few props and cos­tumes, some shadow pup­petry, a sud­den stiff­en­ing or re­lax­ing of Ra­jan’s stance when he is switch­ing char­ac­ters. With these the whole world of the story is com­pleted by our imag­i­na­tion. The show is be­guil­ing and very funny un­til, at the end, a touch of dark­ness creeps in, as in all great fairy­tales. Belvoir The­atre, 25 Belvoir Street, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $32-$48. To­day, 2,15pm and 8.15pm; fi­nal show to­mor­row, 5.15pm. Book­ings: (02) 9699 3444 or on­line.

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