It’s a bumper month in May, with new and large scale major works taking the stage here and abroad, impacting audiences in many ways, from inspired hearts to vibrant cities. We report back on the Australian premiereThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which Culture Count estimates generated $10.7 million in economic benefit for Victoria.
Theatre is huge this month with colourful themes veering wildly from the 2015 NRL Grand Final (Queensland Theatre’sThe Longest Minute)to a hallucinogenic trip of self-discovery (Malthouse Theatre’sBliss). In between, the Sydney Theatre Company delights us with the wit and finesse of Austin’sSense and Sensibility, Black Swan outdoesSex in the City with Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Melbourne Theatre Company whisksThe House of Bernarda Alba from Spain and sets it in rural WA, and Belvoir Theatre Company follows Sydney’s social elevation from her working class roots inThe Sugar House.
Dance is set to explode with energy and passion. Sydney Theatre Company’s season opens with the World premiere of Rafael Bonachela’s electrifyingab [intra],The Australian Ballet enchants delighted audiences with The Merry Widow, and Bangarra’s EORA– Dark Emu will paint dancers with light atVivid Sydney.
It’s all happening in Hobart when for the first time ever, indie rock band Eskimo Joe perform their massive hits with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and in Adelaide, when State Opera SA recreates exotic colonial Ceylon inThe Pearl Fishers.
State Theatre Company SA and Windmill Theatre Co.’s Rumpelstiltskin is set to dazzle audiences in London, while the West Australian Symphony Orchestra chorus is off to woo China. Closer to home, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s hugely popular Herman and Rosie will once again tour metropolitan schools.
What a feast!
Bethwyn Serow Executive Director
Australian Major Performing Arts Group