Tag: sydney festival

  • Pigalle


    “I really love French disco from the late 70s to the early 80s”, I whispered into the ear of my friend, Sue, as we watched and listened to the DJ, and waited for the show to start, a production called Pigalle at Sydney Festival.

    DJ warms up the crowd at Pigalle at Sydney Festival

    As examples, here’s a few clips from the period.… Read the rest “Pigalle”

  • A Life in Three Acts – Bette Bourne

    A Life in Three Acts – Bette Bourne

    “OMG, I’ve been there”, I whispered in the ear of my friend, as an image of the The Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London flashed on the screen. We were sitting watching the play, “A Life in Three Acts” at the Sydney Theatre Company this afternoon.

    Even a couple of hours before going to see the play I had little idea of what it was about.… Read the rest “A Life in Three Acts – Bette Bourne”

  • Name in Lights

    Name in Lights

    It’s not a very good photograph, is it? If you squint hard enough, though, you might be able to recognise the name “Kate Croll“. Along with myself, Kate’s name has been “up in lights” as part of a project that’s part of the Sydney Festival.

    According to the associated festival blurb…

    Iconic American conceptual artist John Baldessari is looking for people, who want their name in lights, but just for 15 glittering seconds.

    Read the rest “Name in Lights”

  • Festival First Night

    Festival First Night

    “She looks a bit bored”, my friend Kate said to me, referring to the expression on the face of Emmylou Harris, as she performed tonight at Sydney Festival First Night. I’m not a huge fan of Emmylou Harris, but I was keen to see her perform. I thought she looked more like Deborah Harry, actually.… Read the rest “Festival First Night”

  • Sat On My Lap

    Sat On My Lap

    As Kate and I walked around the streets of Chippendale, we noticed posters featuring artwork by Luke Temby.

    I noticed another one tonight as I came home from dinner at Emad’s on Cleveland Street.

    The art group I belong to has bought a couple of works by Temby, and he has created this crazy kind of universe called Cupco.… Read the rest “Sat On My Lap”

  • Hot in the City

    As I listened to the radio this morning, Liz Ellis played the classic summer song, “Hot In The City” by Billy Idol. Twelve hours later, and as I walked home, the song was back in my head. It was appropriate for the weather. Also as I walked home tonight I found myself stuck behind a series of tall women, all of whom walked side-to-side across the footpath.… Read the rest “Hot in the City”

  • Festival Party

    Festival Party

    “Did you see Grace Jones” was the most popular conversation opener at last night’s “Sydney Festival Opening Night Party” at Hyde Park Barracks.

    Damo and I arrived there just after eleven. Quite early really, as the main crowd didn’t really arrive until about 11.30. Once inside, we had a bite to eat, a drink, and a wander around to see who we knew.… Read the rest “Festival Party”

  • Here’s Grace

    Here’s Grace

    Grace Jones was just a tiny spot on the stage last night, but she still managed to fill The Domain. She was, of course, the star attraction for the Sydney Festival First Night. And for me, the main attraction.

    In common with a lot of similarly aged poofs, I’ve been a Grace Jones fan for a long, long, time.… Read the rest “Here’s Grace”

  • Weekend


    It’s an absolutely beautiful summer day in Sydney, though I wasted half of it by sleeping in until lunchtime! Last night, a friend and I went to the Sydney Festvial First Night and had an absolute whale of a time. And then we had a few drinks afterwards, as you do.… Read the rest “Weekend”