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    Re: Theatre Thread!

    I'm interested in getting into the theatre scene, I went once and I really want to go again, but I don't really know how.

    So, any tips? (That is besides joining the YAP group etc)

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    So, any tips? (That is besides joining the YAP group etc)
    *Subscriptions are a good way to start. Check out season tickets for STC.

    *Large Scale Musicals. Easy to watch. Enough to entice a return to the theatre. Avenue Q which I just saw is a really good example of a modern musical which is full of comedy.

    *Local theatre. Cannot stress enough just how much is out there. Check out:

    community theatre

    For a list of heaps of theatre groups, and the shows they are doing

    *Variety. Different companies will put on different things. Check out Griffin Theatre Company, Impro Australia, Comedy Store, IPAC, PACT. They all put on different things. I'm sure you can find something you'll like at one of them.

    *Newspapers. Look at the arts guide to see what shows are coming up. The Herald will have a section called Spectrum, which gives a good overview of what is on in the arts.

    People who are in to the theatre often forget that most people don't know about the shows that are on, or how to get tickets to them. Once you get involved in seeing them, you'll find that they're pretty easy to find. You'll run out of time to see them all.

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    Re: Theatre Thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by six demon bag View Post
    I wanted to see Dylan Moran so bad! Speaking of comedians, I saw Danny Bhoy and Adam Hills - best night in the world. He took me and two of my friends up on stage - most embarassing thing ever cos I was a little drunk and he accused us of "toilet sex" but it was wicked fun! he also serenaded my friend Elle, ":Lady in Red" because she was wearing a ridiculously short red dress. The show was supposed to run for just over an hour, but it went for free because he did so much with the audience
    Oh m god I love Adam Hills...
    Omiigod I LOVE Adam Hills too! I have all his DVDs and I actually spent last Christmas with my family watching the Charaterful and Joymonger. Youtube simply does not have enough Adam Hills clips. Plus, his version of the national anthem is forever embedded in my head.

    When did you see Adam? I was actually going to see him during Easter, but then I wasn't sure if I was going to be overseas. Turns out, I never did leave the country and then it was too late. Hopefully, I can go next year, that is, if he does a show.

    In other news, I just came back from seeing Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, a New Zealand soprano, at the Sydney Opera House. I set way up at the back, so my ticket was only $35, but it was a great seat nonetheless. In fact, I was closer to the stage than I was at Phantom of the Opera at Lyric Theatre. She sang with the Sydney Symphony, which was amazing and performed in between her performances. To be honest, I felt Dame Kiri's performance was way too restrained, and the Sydney Symphony really carried her through. However, her rendition of Korngold's Mariettas Lied was really heartfelt and none of the recordings I have in my media library match up to it. The Sydney Symphony also performed a piece from Aida, which got me so pumped up about the opera, so now I'm trying to find tickets to the show in the next two weeks. Opera is generally expensive, but I've decided to spend my birthday money from this year on theatre.
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    Re: Theatre Thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Absolutezero View Post
    *Subscriptions are a good way to start. Check out season tickets for STC.
    Definitely. Subscriptions are a good way into the theatre's backstage as they always offer specially discounted prices and early sales to new shows. Also, you save a lot on transaction fees. The STC YAP group is talking about an alternative ticket package for youth. Instead of having you buy a whole lot of tickets at the start of the year, we're thinking of doing this thing where if you buy a certain number of tickets as you go along the year, you can get the next one free. Kind of like a coffee club card, you know?

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    Re: Theatre Thread!

    You guys! I've got news! The next YAP event is Accidental Death of an Anarchist on Tuesday, 7pm, 29 September (which is the last week of the school term and around the mid-semester break for uni students) - Accidental Death of an Anarchist. We'll have 100 specially priced tickets, which will be released shortly and I'll post it on Facebook soon. And now, for even better news: Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton will be chatting with all of us before the show to give us a quick preview of the 2010 program launch and also a little a bit about STC's greening efforts. As usual, there'll be free snacks for the show. I'll let you know more as soon as we get closer to the date and organise ourselves.

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    Re: Theatre Thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by jaimebien View Post
    You guys! I've got news! The next YAP event is Accidental Death of an Anarchist on Tuesday, 7pm, 29 September (which is the last week of the school term and around the mid-semester break for uni students) - Accidental Death of an Anarchist. We'll have 100 specially priced tickets, which will be released shortly and I'll post it on Facebook soon. And now, for even better news: Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton will be chatting with all of us before the show to give us a quick preview of the 2010 program launch and also a little a bit about STC's greening efforts. As usual, there'll be free snacks for the show. I'll let you know more as soon as we get closer to the date and organise ourselves.
    I AM SO THERE. I'll keep checking this thread/YAP facebook page On the STC site it says tix are limited - is that because there are ones put aside for the event or because they just all sold super fast? Eitherway, I'll be lurking around STC that night haha.
    And in the morning it was morning and I was still alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaimebien View Post
    Omiigod I LOVE Adam Hills too! I have all his DVDs and I actually spent last Christmas with my family watching the Charaterful and Joymonger. Youtube simply does not have enough Adam Hills clips. Plus, his version of the national anthem is forever embedded in my head.

    When did you see Adam? I was actually going to see him during Easter, but then I wasn't sure if I was going to be overseas. Turns out, I never did leave the country and then it was too late. Hopefully, I can go next year, that is, if he does a show.
    Ahh he's wonderful! Around mid-April when we saw him. We lucked into the best tickets - twas fantastic! Here's an extended recount of that fateful night Boring damned people.: i'm smitten! I can't wait until he tours again - definitely the best stand-up show I've seen.
    And in the morning it was morning and I was still alive.

    I SHOULD BE STUDYING.

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    Re: Theatre Thread!

    just bought concession tix for the 29th - didnt want to miss out! haha
    excitement!
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    Re: Theatre Thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Absolutezero View Post
    *Subscriptions are a good way to start. Check out season tickets for STC.

    *Large Scale Musicals. Easy to watch. Enough to entice a return to the theatre. Avenue Q which I just saw is a really good example of a modern musical which is full of comedy.

    *Local theatre. Cannot stress enough just how much is out there. Check out:

    community theatre

    For a list of heaps of theatre groups, and the shows they are doing

    *Variety. Different companies will put on different things. Check out Griffin Theatre Company, Impro Australia, Comedy Store, IPAC, PACT. They all put on different things. I'm sure you can find something you'll like at one of them.

    *Newspapers. Look at the arts guide to see what shows are coming up. The Herald will have a section called Spectrum, which gives a good overview of what is on in the arts.

    People who are in to the theatre often forget that most people don't know about the shows that are on, or how to get tickets to them. Once you get involved in seeing them, you'll find that they're pretty easy to find. You'll run out of time to see them all.
    thanks man, will rep whe i can

    Quote Originally Posted by jaimebien View Post
    You guys! I've got news! The next YAP event is Accidental Death of an Anarchist on Tuesday, 7pm, 29 September (which is the last week of the school term and around the mid-semester break for uni students) - Accidental Death of an Anarchist. We'll have 100 specially priced tickets, which will be released shortly and I'll post it on Facebook soon. And now, for even better news: Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton will be chatting with all of us before the show to give us a quick preview of the 2010 program launch and also a little a bit about STC's greening efforts. As usual, there'll be free snacks for the show. I'll let you know more as soon as we get closer to the date and organise ourselves.
    and thanks to you too, so ... keep us updated yeah? I haven't got facebook

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    Quote Originally Posted by six demon bag View Post
    just bought concession tix for the 29th - didnt want to miss out! haha
    excitement!
    Ahah you're ahead of everyone else! Yes, I believe the seats are listed as limited because the YAP has booked 100 of them for sale, though we haven't actually started releasing them yet. Did you get the $20 concession ticket? Usually our tickets are around that price without transaction fees, so I don't think you were paying much more when you bought the ticket just now.

    lychnobity, will do! Another thing I do is I go to all the various theatre websites (Sydney Opera House, STC, Opera Australia, etc) and just sign up for their newsletters. They're free and I've gotten some pretty good deals so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaimebien View Post
    Ahah you're ahead of everyone else! Yes, I believe the seats are listed as limited because the YAP has booked 100 of them for sale, though we haven't actually started releasing them yet. Did you get the $20 concession ticket? Usually our tickets are around that price without transaction fees, so I don't think you were paying much more when you bought the ticket just now.

    lychnobity, will do! Another thing I do is I go to all the various theatre websites (Sydney Opera House, STC, Opera Australia, etc) and just sign up for their newsletters. They're free and I've gotten some pretty good deals so far.
    Yeah we got the cheap tickets Oh, I'm excited! Will we still be able to see Blanchett/Upton talk without getting them through YAP though?

    lychnobity: Yeah, signing up to theatre site newsletters makes life a lot easier. Also, look in Drum Media (free music publication) I've also found some good stuff in there
    And in the morning it was morning and I was still alive.

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    ADOAA looks great. Might try and book in for early Oct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaimebien View Post
    You guys! I've got news! The next YAP event is Accidental Death of an Anarchist on Tuesday, 7pm, 29 September (which is the last week of the school term and around the mid-semester break for uni students) - Accidental Death of an Anarchist. We'll have 100 specially priced tickets, which will be released shortly and I'll post it on Facebook soon. And now, for even better news: Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton will be chatting with all of us before the show to give us a quick preview of the 2010 program launch and also a little a bit about STC's greening efforts. As usual, there'll be free snacks for the show. I'll let you know more as soon as we get closer to the date and organise ourselves.
    oooh lovely, something i can probably attend! i'll see if i can scab free tickets via griffin, otherwise i'll buy the yap allocated ones. looks really good.

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    STC is taking a while to set up the special link to get the ticket, but I should get it within a few days, then I'll post the Facebook event.

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    Re: Theatre Thread!

    First show for this semester at Wollongong University:

    Pigeon: 1st year performance students - Faculty of Creative Arts @ UOW

    FCA Performance presents

    Pigeon

    Directed by Deborah Pollard

    Devised in collaboration with 1st year performance students

    Inspired by Patrick Süskind’s novella, The Pigeon, director Deborah Pollard set first year students the task of devising a movement-based performance work. The outcome is Pigeon, a practical exercise in dance-theatre for non-dancers.
    Described as tense and disturbing, Patrick Süskind’s novella The Pigeon, tells the story of a day in the meticulously ordered life of bank security guard, Jonathan Noel, who undergoes an existential crisis when a pigeon roosts in front of his one-room apartment's front door.

    Pollard says,
    Our version of The Pigeon is not so much a retelling of Süskind’s tale but a response to a very human story of fear, obsession and tiny epiphanies. Students draw upon their own experiences to devise and choreograph a portrait of modern day maladies.

    As part of the research process students were exposed to notions of task based devising, composition and choreographic strategies and story telling.
    Pina Bausch and DV8 physical theatre influence the style of the work. It also draws upon contemporary staging strategies by Belgium companies Ballet C de la B and The Need Company.

    Deborah Pollard is a performer, artist and director whose work focuses on collaborations with a variety of arts and non-arts practitioners. Since graduating from the Faculty of Creative Arts where she trained in theatre as a performer and director, Deborah’s practice has shifted over the past fifteen years to a hybrid form between performance and visual arts.

    Deborah was the recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2000 and awarded the Rex Cramphorn Fellowship in 2001. She was a New Media Arts Board Fellow in 2002/3. As a contemporary performance practitioner, she pursues collaborations that disrupt and challenge her notions of performance, theatre and the artistic process. Deborah also works as a freelance director, dramaturge and performer. She has worked extensively with Urban Theatre Projects, Performance Space and Version 1.0.

    The Faculty of Creative Arts is delighted to welcome Deborah back to the Faculty to work with current performance students.

    Season: Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 September @ 8pm
    Saturday matinee @ 2pm
    Bookings:
    02 4221 4889
    Tickets:
    $20 full, $12 concession, $10 FCA students
    Performance Space:
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    Re: Theatre Thread!

    Absolutezero, I won't be able to make it! Any updates on Angels in America?

    Ooo, finally, news about Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

    Sydney Theatre Company's Youth Advisory Panel invites you to an exclusive YAP event. A personal briefing from Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton about the 2010 Season plus a evening full of laughs!

    *WHAT*
    2010 STC YAP Season Sneak Peek - with Artistic Directors Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton

    followed by a performance of:

    Accidental Death of an Anarchist - starring STC's new acting ensemble The Residents

    *WHEN*
    Tuesday, 29 September
    5.30pm- 6.30pm - Season Briefing with Cate and Andrew
    7pm – 9.30pm - Accidental Death of an Anarchist

    *WHERE*
    The Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company
    Pier 4/5 Hickson Road Walsh Bay

    *ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST*
    The play is a political satire by Dario Fo that pits a madman against a bunch of policemen. Who will win in this glorious battle with officialdom? The play is based on real events involving Giuseppe Pinelli, who died in a Milan police station in 1969. This side-splitting play is brilliantly executed by STC's permanent acting ensemble, the Residents.

    *TICKETS*
    Tickets for this event are only $20 (including pre-show refreshments). These tickets are STRICTLY LIMITED (seriously) so be quick or miss out!

    Get your tickets in person at the STC box office, or online now: https://secure1.impactdata.com.au/Co...717F3&l=872045

    For more fantastic offers like this, join us on the STC Youth Advisory Panel.
    I've posted this on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=166437182906

    As some of you may have noticed, I actually got the time wrong the first time and put it at 5.30am-9pm TODAY. The length itself would challenge even War of the Roses!

    Anyway, if you can come, let us know! I want to meet BOSers there that night. There are only 100 tickets for this event, so try to book yours ASAP.

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    Angels should be on in about a month. I've been too pre-occupied with the show I'm doing now to find out more info. If you go onto the UOW website, and go to Faculty of Creative Arts, there may be more info there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaimebien View Post
    Anyway, if you can come, let us know! I want to meet BOSers there that night. There are only 100 tickets for this event, so try to book yours ASAP.
    Argh! Why are all these productions on before the HSC exams?! I was all set until I saw the timing -__-"

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    Yeah, I try my best to push for the most convenient times for high school and uni students. In this case, there isn't much we can do, since the theatre season runs on its own time. The upside is...well, isn't it the week before the school holidays?
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    It fits in well with my Uni. I've got a week long recess then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lychnobity View Post
    Argh! Why are all these productions on before the HSC exams?! I was all set until I saw the timing -__-"
    Think of it like this. Sure, those few hours of studying at this point are quite precious, but would 4 hours of cultural enrichment really set you back in the HSC? To be honest, not really. Would you regret not going in order to squeeze in a few hours of study? In my experience, most likely. I missed out on seeing some plays, including Ralph Fiennes' First Love (by Beckett) in 2007, and I still regret it deeply.

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    Think of it like this. Sure, those few hours of studying at this point are quite precious, but would 4 hours of cultural enrichment really set you back in the HSC? To be honest, not really. Would you regret not going in order to squeeze in a few hours of study? In my experience, most likely. I missed out on seeing some plays, including Ralph Fiennes' First Love (by Beckett) in 2007, and I still regret it deeply.
    Very accurate. Especially if you want to continue with Creative Arts after high school. It's really beneficial if you know what is going on in the theatre world. Post-Dramatic theatre is incredibly different to what most of you have probably encountered. I know I hardly knew any of it before Uni.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaimebien View Post
    Think of it like this. Sure, those few hours of studying at this point are quite precious, but would 4 hours of cultural enrichment really set you back in the HSC? To be honest, not really. Would you regret not going in order to squeeze in a few hours of study? In my experience, most likely. I missed out on seeing some plays, including Ralph Fiennes' First Love (by Beckett) in 2007, and I still regret it deeply.
    lol... you are oddly... persuasive.

    That's it. I'm going to guilt trip myself by going, then studying my ass off afterwards. Good plan, yes?

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    The plan was perfect until you hit the word 'study'...

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    It's a good plan! But I think maybe the best approach is to take the 4 hours and divide it over a couple of days prior to the event. So maybe do an extra 30 mins each day during the 8 days leading up to it?

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