The Perth Winter Arts Season is upon us again. Where has half the year gone already? As the town settles into winter and the locals’ endless complaints of the crisp mornings are usually accompanied by powder blue skies which hardly threaten to interrupt our endless pursuit of warmth, there is a bit of light on the cultural horizon.
This June I don’t know whether to laugh, swoon or run for cover. If the red dust sandstorm which threatens to erupt delivers, then the latter seems the most likely. Thankfully the storm is fictional. The Black Swan Theatre’s production of Dust is symbolic of the chaos and vulnerability of life and the new red world depicts Perth at its rawest.
Even before the dust has had a chance to settle there’s no time to sit on my laurels as I hear the dinosaurs have come to town. Featuring more than 20 life-size models and using animatronics there may be many a terrified or enchanted toddler as the dinosaurs will be on the move for the unprecedented exhibition of Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous.
Time to swap my running shoes for heels with Adam Hall and the Playboys. After all, who doesn’t love a bit of swing in Perth’s premier jazz club The Ellington? If you prefer the unexpected, and at times the perverse, Barefaced Stories at The Bird should satiate. Drawing its inspiration from New York, Barefaced Stories was created by local performers and producers Andrea Gibbs and Kerry O’Sullivan and has evolved into storytelling at its most compelling.
As winter looms there’s nothing like a good laugh to break the gloom. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow returns to town and promises a night of “comedy without a handbrake.” But if you really want to get down (and no doubt dirty), Downstairs at the Maj delivers an intimate performance with comedians from Australia and around the world.
Maybe we’ll bump into each other or perhaps you’d care to share your own hot tips for June?