Good Reading : December January 2011
What's on this month gr event guide gr promotion BELVOIR -- THE DIARY OF A MADMAN Back in 1989 two young fabulists, Neil Armfield and Geoffrey Rush, spun Nikolai Gogol's famous story into a landmark piece of Australian theatre. This year, still fabulating, they're doing it again. The Diary of a Madman is Neil's feast of laughter, rage, sadness, loss, love, joy, hope and the eternal possibility that we're on the verge of something tremendous. SELBY & FRIENDS Kicking off the first tour, titled Vitebsk (after the Copland composition), Selby joins her friends, the brilliant cellist Emma-Jane Murphy and guest virtuoso violinist Natsuko Yoshimoto, in an iconic program of gorgeous compositions by Joseph Suk, Aaron Copland, Debussy and Beethoven. Visiting Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Bowral and Turramurra. A YEAR OF NOVEL WRITING -- WITH ALAN MILLS Do you have ambitions to write a novel? Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name on the cover of a book? Make 2011 the year you finally make it happen. Internationally published author and teacher Alan Mills condenses his decades of writing experience into a three-phase course series designed to teach you the secrets of writing bestselling fiction. In company with other like-minded and enthusiastic writers you'll learn exactly what it takes to write a successful novel and how you can do it. SYDNEY SYMPHONY -- TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR When it comes to heartfelt emotion, no one can match the genius and passion of Tchaikovsky. Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony invite you to a Tchaikovsky Spectacular as their 2010 season draws to a close. Experience Tchaikovsky's ballet masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty and revel in his soaring and timeless violin concerto performed by the sensational James Ehnes. BY Nikolai Gogol ADAPTED BY David Holman with Neil Armfield and Geoffrey Rush DIRECTED BY Neil Armfield STARRING Geoffrey Rush and Yael Stone DATES 4 December 2010 -- 6 February 2011 VENUE Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills NSW BOOKINGS www.belvoir.com.au or call 02 9699 3444 -- December is sold out but there will be a limited number of tickets released every day in January for each January's performance. Check out Belvoir's website for more details. DATES 27 February -- 6 March 2011 VENUES Adelaide Sunday 27 February -- 2:30pm Canberra Monday 28 February -- 7:00pm Sydney Tuesday 1 March -- 7:00pm Melbourne Wednesday 2 March -- 8:00pm Bowral Saturday 5 March -- 5:00pm Twilight Series Turramurra Sunday 6 March -- 2:00pm TICKETS Single tickets $42 -- $58 Children 12 and under: free BOOKINGS www.selbyandfriends.com.au or call 02 9969 7039 DATES PHASE ONE: THE NOVELIST'S BOOT CAMP 10 x Saturday mornings: 5, 12, 19, 26 February; 5, 12 & 26 March; 2, 9 & Sunday 17 April, 9.30am - 12.30pm VENUE NSW Writers' Centre, Callan Park, Balmain Rd, Rozelle TICKETS Full price $900; NSWWC member $640; NSWWC concession member $545 BOOKINGS www.nswwriterscentre.org.au or call 02 9555 9757 DATES 9 -- 11 December VENUE Sydney Opera House TICKETS start at $35* BOOKINGS www.sydneysymphony.com or call 02 8215 4600 *booking fee of $6 -- $8.50 may apply.