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The Rock-itt : June 2010
This production was written by David Page in collaboration with Louis Nowra and directed by David's little brother. Stephen Page is also the artistic director and choreographer of the Bengarra Dance Theatre, which was one of the first theatres to bring indigenous stories to the stage, when asked about Page 8 he stated -- "I guess Page 8 is like a love letter really, to our family our history and our culture. It's about courage, vulnerability, love, pain and loss. Above all it's about keeping happy and sane, loving yourself and finding your path in life without compromise." The Glen Street Theatre was the venue for the official launch of the 10th anniversary Guringai Festival -- a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in the Northern Sydney region. The festival started on 21st May and finishes 13th July. A booklet giving event details is available at Councils or Libraries. The festival embraces all councils with events up the line to Hornsby and along the northern beaches. The theme for this year is "living language". When the first fleet arrived in 1788 there were over 250 languages -- 220 years later the number has dropped to 9 full languages, plus another 30 under different endangerment levels. The day started with a panel discussing the achievements in Indigenous Performing Arts over the past 10 years and looking forward to future opportunities. The panel consisted of Susan Moylan-Coombs, Co-Chair of the Guringai Festival and an executive with the ABC's Indigenous Programs Unit Emma Donovan singer/composer, who sells her CD's in indigenous language; Lydia Miller Director of the indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders Arts section of the Australian Arts Council and Neil Armfield the director of the Belvoir Theatre, were many plays performed by indigenous actors have been shown. The Festival started on May 21st with the opening of an art exhibition at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum -- the theme Saltwater Country with photographs and art works from the Dampier Peninsular WA. The program runs to 13th June. Another celebration of indigenous culture was on May 20th at The Tea Room Gunners' Barracks, Georges Heights, when Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashair AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, launched a book produced by the Sydney harbour Trust called "The Story of Bungaree" This venue reminds one that Governor Lachlan Macquarie granted Bungaree and his people land in this vicinity to start a farm. It was one of the first attempts by government at reconciliation between indigenous Australian and Europeans. To make sure support would continue one of Macquarie's last acts before returning to England was to take Governor Brisbane to Georges Heights. Bungaree was initially from a Broken Bay tribe, who, after the decimation of tribes, moved towards Sydney town and became a prominent person. He accompanied Matthew Flinders in circumnavigating Australia -- 1802 -- 1803. THIS MONTH AT GLEN STREET Artistic Director: Alex Broun Producer: Karen Keegan Executive Director: Mark Cleary Running Time: 90 minutes plus 20-minute interval One of the most exciting innovations in Australian theatre in recent years has been the explosion of the short play genre, developed under the banner of Short+Sweet. Each play runs for a maximum of only ten minutes and this year Glen Street is proud to present nine of the best national award-winning plays. In just one night you will enjoy an amazing range of variety and drama. Comedy, romance, betrayal, sex, murder and true love -- and that's just the first ten minutes! Shorter+Sweeter showcases some of the very best works from recent festivals, written by Australia's hottest writers, presented by our finest directors and starring a cast of brilliant actors. The selection features the controversial, the rib-tickling, the absurd and the sexy in a unique 10-minute play formula that is bound to engage and entertain. Shorter+Sweeter includes Mandragora by David Sharpe, Trough by Richard Graham, 10,000 Cigarettes by Alex Broun, Perfect Stillness by Jane Miller, Hi, it's me, I'm on the train by Victorian writer Cerise de Gelder, 49 Stories about Brian Mackenzie by US writer Gregory Hardigan, The Rehearsal by Michael Kalenderian, Upwardly by Mark Clearly and Sleepless Night by Jonathon Gavin. SHORTER AND SWEETER 1-12 JUNE Have a great night out by dining at Sorlies Restaurant, then a few steps and into the theatre for one of our great live shows. Generous subscriber disc ounts, just give us a c all and let us be your hosts. Great grand niece of Lachlan Macquarie