Luke Lloyd Alienoid @ ATYP

Luke Llyod Alienoid

Luke Llyod isn’t like other boys at school but luckily he knows exactly why he doesn’t fit in: he’s half alien. Being half alien comes with many benefits: he can talk to animals and can become invisible. But when the school ‘fathers vs students game’ comes up, the school bully insists on meeting Llyod’s father. However, contacting aliens is never easy.

Luke Llyod is a great twist on classic story of a boy who is struggling to fit in. While the story is definitely geared to younger audiences, it’s a production that anyone can take something away from. The acting is great, especially from such a young cast and stand out performances are made by the Bully and Luke Llyod. The production uses three projectors that are seamlessly integrated, for a production that feels entirely modern in both themes and technology. I recommend it.

Tickets
Full: $20
Earlybird tickets: $15

Times
Wed-Sat 7:00pm
Sun: 5:00pm
Matinee: Wed and Fri 11:30am

Bookings
atyp.com.au or 02 9270 2400

Venue
ATYP Studio 1 – The Whair
Pier 4/5 Hickson Road

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Art and About Sydney – Opening Night

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The opening of Art and About Sydney was celebrated at Martin Place earlier tonight. The celebration, coined as Friday Night Live, was an evening of cocktails, music and film that set the tone for what is sure to be an inspiring and exciting festival. The event started with a screening of The Arrival by Shaun Tan with a live performance of the score by percussionist Ben Walsh and the 10-piece Orkestra of the Underground. Next The Break filled the audience with trippy space age rock from their new album, Space Farm. Delicious cocktails were on offer throughout the night alongside quirky food trucks. 

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For the night owls the evening was just beginning. Attendees could head to the Justice and Police Museum for part one of Penguin Plays Rough at City of Shadows exhibition. This exhibition/performance/literary hybrid brings together ten writers, comedians, playwrights and other wordsmiths to create a story, over several months, in response to a photo chosen from the Police Forensic Archive.

For those looking for a chilled evening Custom’s House library offered the solution: relaxed music, readings and performance. Other recommendations for the night included seeing the Artists’ Market at the State Library of NSW or taking in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Australian Museum.

Art and About Sydney boasts an eclectic and intriguing mix of artworks and performances that will bring the city to life from the 20th of September to the 20th of October. Have a look at the full spread of events and exhibitions here. In the next weeks I will be trying to see and review as much of the festival as possible! Happy festivaling!

PICTURE 1000 WORDS

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This September my writing will be exhibited in photo-literary collaboration PICTURE 1000 WORDS. The exhibition, which explores the power of images to inspire written creativity, will be exhibited from the 2nd to the 29th of September at the City Library Gallery, Melbourne.

Fascinated by the varying interpretations that people often make of his images, documentary and travel photographer Cam Cope decided to conduct an experiment: to see what happens when authors are invited to respond to his photographs in writing. Playing on the old adage ‘a picture paints a thousand words’, Cam Cope asked each author to respond to a collection of enigmatic photographs from around the world.

None of the writers were told the real world origins of the photos and our imaginations were left to fill in the details (I still do not know where my picture was taken). Each story had to be penned to an exact 1000 word count for authenticity. Which is a detail that I respect but found hard to complete. It was an exciting process to be part of that began back in 2012. My story ‘South Beach’, that will be included, inspired the longer ‘Home’ published in the UTS Anthology.

The exhibition will feature thirteen large print photographs by Cam Cope, paired with thirteen one-thousand-word short stories written by Alice Allan, Andrew Bitfield, Jessie Cole, Rijn Collins, Brett Hamm, Kate Hennessy, Mary- anne Khan, Louise Nicholls, Ashley Orr, Holly Ringland, Luke Wright, Aisling Smith and me.

A short story anthology / photo book of Picture 1000 Words will be launched concurrently to the exhibition in September and be available for order at http://www.camcope.com. All prints are limited edition and available for sale.

Over the next few weeks I will be releasing extracts from the exhibition and hopefully more things along the same vein. Please come along to the opening night! You can RSVP here.

Also check out Cam Cope’s awesome blog: www.camcope.wordpress.com .
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Exhibition Dates: 2 – 29 September 2013
Opening Celebration: Thursday September 5th 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Venue: The Gallery @ City Library 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 8am – 7.45pm, Friday 8am – 5.45pm, Saturday 10am – 4.45pm, Sunday 12pm – 4.45pm (closed public holidays).

CONTACT Cam Cope for more info, images or interview opportunities on contact@camcope.com or 0400 565 558

New Sydney Festival – Bleu Blanc Rogue

French festival1This weekend new festival Bleu Blanc Rouge premiers at the front of Customs House at Circular Quay, Sydney. The festival, which coincides with the anniversary of Bastille Day, celebrates French culture with music, cooking lessons, dancing and food – an idea that would get any francophile frothing.

While the festival is only short, limited to the 12th, 13th and 14th of June, it is already proving to be filled to the brim with attractions. During the festival you can book in for cooking lessons with French cuisine experts John Aymeric Saint-Lannes and John Ralley or try any number of the delicious vendors at the Bleu Blanc Rouge Village. Live performances will be shown throughout the day and night at The Caledonian Stage. On Saturday Night ‘le bal du quatorze juillet’ will be held with french and international beats played by DJ Georgina Sinclair.

For cyclist fanatics looking for a more ‘authentic experience’, make sure you head over to the Bleu Blanc Rouge Village to watch the Tour De France, shown on the big screen courtesy of SBS. French wine tastings are held on Area Bleu from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm. For full program details check the Bleu Blanc Rouge website.


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Festival Details

When:                Between Friday 12 July and Sunday 14 July from 10:00 to 22:00

Sunday 14 July 10am-5pm

Where:              Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000

Cost:                  Free

Website:            http://bbrfestival.com.au

‘Redfern Now’ Premiere

The new drama series from ABC, ‘Redfern Now’ was screened at The Block in Redfern yesterday. ‘Redfern Now’ is the first-ever Indigenous television drama and boasts a great cast including Wayne Blair, Deborah Mailman, Miranda Tapsell, Shari Sebbens, Leah Purcell, Dean Daley-Jones, Jimi Bani and Kelton Pell. The  six-part series was produced by Blackfella Films in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and Screen NSW. The TV series is filmed and set in the suburbs of Redfern.

Last night 3000 people were met with ice cream, sausage sizzles and juice boxes at the iconic Block. Performances were made by Casey Donovan and Marcus Corowa, and despite the strict alcohol ban everyone in the audience seem to have fun. Couples cosied up on their picnic mats and kids ran around on the equipment. It was a wonderful night, mostly for the diversity of people it attracted. I definitely think the night was a great success. It certainly attracted a lot of attention to the show and seemed very well received by the audience. I’m excited to tune in.

All photography by me!