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How to stop nagging your child to practise their musical instrument

  Nagging can make learning music a misery for everyone. But there are better ways to encourage your child to play.  www.shutterstock.com It’s 4pm on a Thursday, and your child is on the couch with the iPad. You need to leave for the weekly music lesson in half an hour. You can see dust has gathered on the piano (or...

Listen To Older Voices : David Pepperell – Part 1

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the...

When Trump comes to Australia, let’s hope protesters get more creative than the baby blimp

Trump Baby flies over Parliament Square in July during President Trump’s visit to the UK. Andy Rain/EPA Trump Baby is President Donald Trump’s highest-profile troll. During his recent UK visit, the airborne infant protested alongside tens of thousands of marchers against current US policies. While Trump’s itinerary was carefully choreographed to avoid protesters, his nappy-clad inflatable caricature was embraced by crowds...

Nocturnal Fever: Women of Sin

I am always excited before I go to see a show at the Butterfly Club and tonight was no different. I know the artist’s other work in music and I was very interested to see how the Lady Fox performed in a theatrical setting. Such a wonderful voice she has and that rang as clear as a bell throughout the whole...

From child stars to lost theatres: capturing our ephemeral history of live performance

Ivy Emms with the man she married, Jack Bent, on a music catalogue for the song Just a Ray of Sunlight. After performing patriotic songs as a child in popular pantomimes, Emms later worked as a choreographer at Melbourne’s Tivoli Theatre. In 1825, Reverend Lancelot Threlkeld watched an Aboriginal Dance of Welcome at Newcastle’s East End Settlement. From the...

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW COMES HOME TO MELBOURNE

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW COMES HOME TO MELBOURNE AUSTRALIAN STARS INCLUDE TODD MCKENNEY AND SHANE JACOBSON   [ngg_images source="galleries" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_mosaic" row_height="180" margins="5" last_row="justify" lazy_load_enable="1" lazy_load_initial="35" lazy_load_batch="15" display_type_view="default" ngg_proofing_display="0" captions_enabled="0" captions_display_sharing="1" captions_display_title="1" captions_display_description="1" captions_animation="slideup" order_by="imagedate" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]   In electrifying news for the Rocky Horror Show, it was revealed that theatre, film and television stars Todd McKenney and Shane Jacobson have joined the cast for the current Melbourne season at Her Majesty’s Theatre which opened on 12 July 2018. Australia’s favourite multi-award winning triple threat Todd McKenney stars as Frank N’ Furter, a role he has wanted to perform since commencing his career. “I have dreamt of playing this role ever since I first saw the stage show in Perth in the 80’s, it is one of those rare beauties that gives an actor the opportunity to put their personal stamp on one of the most fun characters in musical theatre. I’ve been offered the role in the past but the timing has never been right so now I finally get to live out my dream, I can’t wait to get my corset, pearls, fishnets and high heels on to give Melbourne audiences the night of their lives!” McKenney said. Shane Jacobson performs the role of the Narrator, a Rocky Horror Show role traditionally performed by major stars across the globe. Shane is one of Australia’s most loved, award-winning actors, presenters and entertainers, he said “I am thrilled to be involved in one of the most iconic productions in musical theatre history.” Joining Todd and Shane on stage is Kristian Lavercombe who astounded audiences in the 2015 tour as Riff Raff, musical theatre favourites Amanda Harrison (Wicked, We Will Rock You) as Magenta, Nadia Komazec (Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera) as Columbia, Brendan Irving (The Bodyguard, An Officer and A Gentleman) as Rocky and James Bryers (Matilda The Musical, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancin’) as Eddie/Dr Scott. Playing the roles of Brad and Janet, the naïve young couple caught up in a situation they don’t understand, are Rob Mallett (Les Misérables, Singin’ In The Rain) and Michelle Smitheram (Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, Georgy Girl). The ensemble cast includes Bianca Baykara (The King & I, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Ross Chisari (Aladdin, Man of La Mancha), Hollie James (My Fair Lady, Carrie The Musical), Hayley Martin (Anything Goes, Singin’ In The Rain), Stephen McDowell (Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary Poppins) and Geoffrey Winter (The Bodyguard, Into The Woods).   The Rocky Horror Show is a true classic and one of theatre’s most endearing and outrageously fun shows. It opened at London’s Royal Court Theatre on June 19, 1973, quickly developing a cult following, and was adapted into the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which has the longest- running release in film history. This iconic brand holds a unique place in theatre history, a show which has defied the decades and continued to grow in popularity. The Rocky Horror Show is currently playing in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Argentina, Romania and Slovenia, and about to open in Belgium, Tokyo and other cities in Japan. It has recently closed in Korea and Brazil, and in 2018 will open in Israel, Canada, Iceland and the UK. Millions of people all over the world have and continue to see productions of The Rocky Horror Show and sing along to classics like Sweet Transvestite, Dammit Janet, I Can Make You A Man, Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me, Over At The Frankenstein Place and of course, The Time Warp. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketek, so give yourself over to absolute pleasure, and let’s do the Time Warp again. Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne Season: From 12 July 2018 (Opening night was July 18) Performance Times: Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday 2.00pm, Sunday 1.30 & 5.30pm Price: From $55.00* * An additional transaction fee and/or a credit/debit payment processing fee may apply www.rockyhorror.com.au

School of Hard Knocks presents Street Requiem & Tattoo for Homelessness Week

Don't miss this special concert on Sunday 5th August, 3pm at Deakin Edge. Presented by the School of Hard Knocks, this concert includes Street Requiem for those who have died on the street by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne & Jonathon Welch … AND the premiere of Tattoo, a new musical, written by the Choir of Hard Knocks in collaboration with...

The Legend of Dunhuang

About the Show China’s highly-acclaimed dance spectacular makes its Australian debut The classic Chinese dance story The Legend of Dunhuang promises to thrill Australian audiences with colourful pageantry, stunning choreography and an unforgettable tale of honour, love and hope. Hailed as “The Oriental Swan Lake”, The Legend of Dunhuang is an enthralling blend of Chinese classical dance with other modern...

Six in the City

Happy hour is 6 comedians in 60 minutes The Comedy Lounge version of a happy hour is giving you six comedians to enjoy in a fast-paced and value-packed one hour show. About the Venue Perth is now home to an entertainment destination designed and custom built entirely for the ultimate enjoyment of live comedy: Comedy Lounge Perth City. Located within...

Glow Winter Arts Festival to light up Malvern East

The winter night skies will shine with a spectacular world of light and colour in immersive outdoor installations in Malvern East’s beautifully historic Central Park. Returning for a fifth year, The Glow Winter Arts Festival will run from 16–19 August 2018, 6pm-10pm each night in Central Park, Malvern East. The magic of larger than life installations; forests of colour; music of...

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