NORTH BY NORTH­WEST

JUNE 1-JULY 4, MEL­BOURNE THEATRE COM­PANY, ARTS CEN­TRE MEL­BOURNE

The Australian - Wish Magazine - - Arts -

01 How, you are al­ready won­der­ing, is it pos­si­ble to recre­ate on stage the crop­duster and Mount Rush­more se­quences from Hitch­cock’s clas­sic thriller? Fear not, says direc­tor and set designer Simon Phillips. “Let me as­sure you: the­atri­cal magic that you’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced in your en­tire paltry lives will be be­fore you,” the MTC artis­tic direc­tor de­clared at the 2015 sea­son launch. Matt Day stars as Cary Grant’s char­ac­ter Roger O. Thorn­hill, the ad ex­ec­u­tive caught up in a deadly de­coy spy game.

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Me­trop­o­lis New Mu­sic Fes­ti­val May 4-16, Mel­bourne Recital Cen­tre

“Mu­sic writ­ten for, and in­spired by, the mov­ing im­age” is the theme in 2015 for this col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the MRC and Mel­bourne Sym­phony Orches­tra. Jonny Green­wood’s There Will Be Blood suite will re­ceive its Aus­tralian pre­miere; Ben Walsh and the Orkestra of the Un­der­ground will com­bine live scores with film and im­agery from Shaun Tan’s haunt­ing The Ar­rival (pic­tured); other con­certs fea­ture mu­sic by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Philip Glass, Steve Re­ich, Nico Muhly, Ju­lia Wolfe and more.

03 SYD­NEY WRIT­ERS’ FES­TI­VAL

May 18-24

“How to Live” is the ex­pan­sive theme of this year’s fes­ti­val. Cabaret and pol­i­tics fea­ture, separately, in the form of Alan Cum­ming, John Howard and Ju­lia Gil­lard. Vis­i­tors in­clude Cloud At­las au­thor David Mitchell; Nige­rian Booker-win­ner Ben Okri; Austen and Dick­ens bi­og­ra­pher Claire Toma­lin; play­wright Michael Frayn; block­buster nov­el­ist James Pat­ter­son; and Mohsin Hamid (pic­tured), Pak­istani au­thor of How to Get Filthy Rich in Ris­ing Asia and The Re­luc­tant Fun­da­men­tal­ist. Pro­gram at swf.org.au.

04 FLY AWAY PETER May 2-9, Car­riage­works, Syd­ney

A new opera takes ev­ery­one out of their com­fort zone; a new Aus­tralian opera even more so. Good, says David Malouf, who be­lieves au­di­ences have been let down by opera com­pa­nies that stick to a safe reper­toire of “a dozen guar­an­teed mon­eyspin­ners”. “That’s so bor­ing to most so­phis­ti­cated oper­a­go­ers,” the nov­el­ist told The Aus­tralian last month. His much-loved novel Fly Away Peter, about a Queens­land bird­watcher who en­lists to fight in World War I, has been turned into an opera with a li­bretto by Pierce Wil­cox and mu­sic by El­liott Gyger. The Syd­ney Cham­ber Opera presents the world pre­miere this month at Car­riage­works, di­rected by Imara Sav­age.

05 GOULD GAL­LERIES’ 35TH AN­NIVER­SARY EX­HI­BI­TION

May 1-June 13, Gould Gal­leries, South Yarra The Toorak Road gallery is cel­e­brat­ing its 35th birth­day with a rare of­fer­ing that no se­ri­ous col­lec­tor of Aus­tralian art will want to miss. Among more than 65 paint­ings and sculp­tures are works by some of our great­est pain­ters: Brett White­ley’s Galah (1988) is full of rest­less move­ment and colour; Robert Dick­er­son’s The Late Shop­per (1959) is an ar­rest­ing and bleak im­age of ur­ban life; The Friends (1953) by Charles Black­man is from his school­girls se­ries that fea­tured in his very first solo show; and Sid­ney Nolan’s Head (Ned Kelly) from 1947 is one of the few works from the first Kelly se­ries still in pri­vate hands. Howard Arkley’s 1994 pointil­list work Ac­tual Frac­tual is re­served for the Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria; the oth­ers will be for sale. Rob Gould, who opened the gallery in 1980 with his mother, says Aus­tralian art is un­der­val­ued and due for a cor­rec­tion.

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