How you feel about Julian Clary probably depends on how you feel about what's perhaps best described as "rectal humour".
Agrim humour colours many of the scenes in this engrossing account of soldiers on the frontline and the emotional toll of their injuries as they try to recover back home.
City walls the world over are increasingly being seen as canvases ripe for art. Many wear epic murals, some have seething political commentary and others human- scale images pasted, sprayed, painted and stencilled on.
More than three decades after the death of Guy Grey-Smith, Art as Life has opened as the biggest retrospective of his work. This title is apt for an artist whose life became so deeply and seriously lived through the lens of art.
Epitomising the brash, in-your-face nature of much of the orchestral music of 20th-century US, Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story came across in high style. Here, the players of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra seemed positively to revel in Bernstein's lavish orchestration and gutsy climaxes. Throughout, the players sounded in their element especially the brass section with trumpeter Brent Grapes in exceptional form.
Although for years after 1891, Dvorak's Eighth was known as the "English" symphony because it was linked to his being awarded an honorary doctorate in music by Cambridge University, it is drenched in the rhythms and harmonies of his native Bohemia.
There's no doubt about A Streetcar Named Desire. Its impact on the American stage and its cinema, and the consequences of its writing and performance, are still with us 67 years after its debut.
The first round of productions at the WA Academy of Performing Arts is like the first round of the footy season.
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