It is a wondrous thing when all meetings and purposes are aligned, as was the experience for me when I was able to meet and interview both the playwright and director of the play Closure.
These very personal moments impacted on my response to this superb piece of theatre now showing at Chelmer Community Centre, Brisbane, revealing how ‘the youngest among us can bring out the best in the oldest’.
Ron Blicq is an inspiration, a remarkably energetic ninety year old citizen of the world. His life is delightfully full of family, writing, education and much more. He is a man of wisdom who generously shares his optimism and experiences to enhance the lives of others.
Gary Kliger, Director of Closure demonstrated his sensitivity to the complexities of family relationships in this carefully directed play. His hard working ethic and attention to detail was rewarded in this very fine production.
His deep understanding, extensive experience and knowledge of the role of a director permeated his outstanding theatre practice. In Gary Kliger’s own words “Closure has been a challenge to direct and I recognised that instantly when I was offered the chance to direct it for the Centenary Theatre Group.
It is a deceptively simple piece, which contains layers of meaning and emotional content. This contradicts the seemingly straightforward story of a man searching to find out if his father is still alive after many years of not knowing who he was”.
Gary Kliger’s direction certainly honoured, extracted and communicated the multi-layered text of the play, ensuring that the dialogue delivered a subtlety that clarified motives and engaged the audience in a deeper understanding of both characters and their motives.
The aftermath of wars is horrifying lives lost, memories tainted, injuries unbearable, destruction widespread, economies decimated and the pain of witnessing death indelibly etched on the souls of both victims and perpetrators.
However an often neglected consequence of war are the children who are born as a result of romantic liaisons between armed forces personal and the citizens of the countries in which they are stationed.
These children, as adults often seek to find closure and discover the identity of their unknown parent.
Ron Blicq has seized this theme and explored the impact of one of these children now an adult, tries to reconnect with his father Gordon Devereaux, who he has never met.
Donald Barlow (Patrick Leo) lives in Nottingham, England with his wife Daphne (Rhonda Wood).
One of my favourite albums is ‘Far Away Places’ and so it was good to hear recent news from “Australia’s first lady of jazz singing” Janet Seidel and her trio, who related tales of their latest adventures in song.
“… we’ve just come back from a concert in Shanghai”, Carolyn she related “…it was an absolute buzz being in China and the concert was packed to capacity”.
Good news indeed and Janet related that the trio also…
“…spent 3 months in the UK last year returning home in November”, revealing how important it is for a musician today that global travel is integral to their daily life.
From recording studios to live radio performances, including ABC, BBC, and from concert halls, theatres, jazz clubs and festivals, to cabaret venues to country halls and private parties, Janet Seidel and her wing men David Seidel and Chuck Morgan win over new audiences time and time and again.
Jazz music as a genre remains a perennial favourite with many people, and Janet and her Trio are great entertainers.
We understand Janet has a birthday bash coming up on 28th May at Colbourne Avenue, Glebe in Sydney before she packs her bags yet again.
Featuring the trio, plus special guest Andy Baylor and with many musician friends sitting in, there will be plenty of candles and champagne.
The benefit will donate proceeds to the Oxfam Nepal appeal.
On the road to Victoria in June, the Janet Seidel Trio; Janet, her brother David and Chuck Morgan on guitar will no doubt receive widespread acclaim for their numerous live performances.
They have the power to soothe and seduce all at once with sensuous sounds, sure to put you under their spell.
Fashion drives the social consciousness of our creators, connoisseurs and collectors world wide, constantly challenging the responsibilities we carry as individuals and as members of a global society.
There is no doubt that wearing a beautiful Chinese style tunic made of colored silk that feels wonderful on the skin and is easy to wear and looks stylish both day and night, will certainly uplift the spirit.
Its style however makes a powerful statement about the past, the present and the future.
This is because costume, with the influence of fashion, fulfills many of our aesthetic dreams and is a worthy medium for artistic expression.
It also allows us to …
Having gained a legion of fans and followers in Brisbane during his student years nearly a decade ago, the Queensland born pianist Jayson Gillham has grown his followers world wide by playing in many prestigious competitions, winning some and receiving honourable mentions in many others. Fans and followers will be thrilled to hear of his three album deal with ABC Classics, recently signed.
His concerts at the Wigmore Hall have garnered many great reviews and in June 2014, Jayson was awarded First Prize in the Montreal International Music Competition – The Montreal Gazette reporting that ‘Jayson Gillham earned his win with absorbing and relentless elegance’. the three album deal with ABC Classics is an important step in expanding his career on the world stage.
His program of masterworks will include works by three composers of the late Baroque and Classical era in music J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849) and Franz Schubert (1797- 1828). His passion for playing pieces by all three of these composer’s greatest works is ongoing. In his latest news he says “Needless to say, it is very exciting and I am looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with ABC Classics,. I’ll be making the recording of the first solo-piano disc in Germany next month”.
At a London salon recital to be held at the home of Bob and Elisabeth Boas at 22 Mansfield St, Marylebone on 28th May, 2015, Jayson will feature some of the beautiful works chosen for his 1st CD with ABC Classics to be released in 2016. J. S. Bach Toccata in C minor, BWV 911, Schubert Sonata in A major, D664, Chopin Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45, Chopin Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58. Jayson urges ‘… if you are in London please do come along’ – to reserve a place, Email [email protected] or Telephone: 020 7436 0344.
Australian born Pianist Jayson Gillham has grown his fans and followers in the last decade who will be thrilled to hear he has a 3 album deal with ABC Classics
On the road to Victoria in June, the Janet Seidel Trio receive widespread acclaim for live performances on radio and in venues from concert halls to jazz clubs
Jenny Eriksson on Viola da gamba and Tommie Andersson on Theorbo, have recorded tracks reflecting their Swedish heritage on The Marais Project's CD Smorgasbord
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra reaches a sublime level of excellence in performance when playing Max Richter's re-imagining of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons
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