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A tale of self-discovery and the meaning of life, Night Letters narrates the trials and tribulations of one man as he journeys across Europe and is confronted by questions of his own mortality, masculinity and identity.

A somewhat confronting story greets punters in the Downstairs theatre at the Seymour Centre for this production presented by So What? Productions and 2011 Mardi Gras Festival. Staging enveloping the audience, with the actors in place, scattered throughout the venue before you take your seat. You feel like you are really walking into their existing world.

Sean Ohlendorf, who portrays Robert, the central character, sucks you into his world expertly, with not only a flawless delivery of the material, but with a heart fluttering presence that makes you instantly fall for his character and feel for every story he and his scene partners deliver.

The play itself is a multi arc journey, with actors playing several roles, in seemingly different times in history. At times a little confusing - but it all comes together in the end.

A relatively large cast encompasses some fresh and incredibly talented performances. Their individual commitment to the roles is second to none and they have a fresh, yet seasoned style that works well with the content.

Funny, engaging and disturbing - Night Letters confronts the audience with illness, abuse, love and sacrifice.

This production has definitely left its mark - you know something has effected you when the next day you have flashbacks, goosebumps and you jump on the net to find out more about the cast and crew and the story itself.

Director Christopher Hay
Set/Costume Designer Natalie Smith
Lighting Designer Madison Burkett
Sound Designer Phoebe Williams
Production/Stage Manager Khym Scott

With Alex Cubis, Charlotte Green, Phoebe Hoff, Cale Leslie Hubble, Brydie Lee-Kennedy, Tom Mittelheuser, Tina Moshkanbaryans, Sean Ohlendorf and Eleni Schumacher

GTG What's On Listing for Night Letters


Jersey Boys - Sydney

The amazing musical sensation of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons comes to life in this brilliant fun night at the theatre. Having won the hearts of fans around the world including London, New York and this past year in Melbourne, Jersey Boys now brings the magic to Sydney for a limited season.

The Four Seasons are best known for their hits, Ohh What a Night, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk like a Man. They are the original boy band with their songs lasting the test of time that will put a smile on anybody’s face.

Four young talented Australian men are the forefront of this brilliant production. Bobby Fox as Frankie Valli, Scott Johnson as Tommy Devito, Stephen Mahy as Bob Gaudi and Glaston Toft as Nick Massi. Along with Jeremy Brennan who was amazing in Altar Boyz the musical a couple of years back is also in the production.

The rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is real life story filled with high’s lows and tragedy. From humble beginnings to an ever-changing music industry Jersey Boys is a captivating night at the theatre. Musical theatre fans will not be disappointed as the show is filled with tunes we all know and love.



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'THE BASE' - SPENCER TUNICK, Finally Revealed.

New Mardi Gras (NMG) has revealed the breathtaking premier image from the Spencer Tunick installation “The Base”, that occurred as part of the Mardi Gras 2010 Festival in March this year. Each person who participated nude in the artwork on the Opera House Steps will receive a limited edition print of the photograph.

“The Base” was an art installation, presented by renowned artist Spencer Tunick and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Over 5,000 people from all walks of life arrived just before dawn on Monday 1st March to participate. The stunning image was created in only a few hours, after all attendees stripped off and formed a base of naked skin across the Sydney Opera House steps.

“I’m really excited that the participants will finally get to see the installation they took part in,” said Spencer Tunick. “Thanks to those participants we were able to capture an amazing moment and artwork that to me represents the equality and diversity of the city of Sydney.  I hope the work and the art-action highlighted the city’s acceptance and pride in its gay and lesbian community.”

Several other installations occurred throughout the day, with many participants filling the Concert Hall of the Opera House immediately after the Forecourt installation. Meanwhile smaller male-only and female-only installations took place in the Royal Botanic Gardens, using the lush environment of the gardens as a backdrop.

A second installation took place on Tuesday 2nd March at Lady Bay Beach, for New Mardi Gras members only. The natural beauty of the secluded beach provided the perfect setting for the nude installation, which is also released for viewing on the website today.

“We’re thrilled to reveal the premier image of “The Base”,” said Michael Rolik, CEO. “Not only did the 5,000 participants enjoy a wonderful experience of taking part in a Spencer Tunick artwork, but the ideas of equality the image evokes are central to the reason we celebrate Mardi Gras.”

Commissioned by New Mardi Gras with assistance from the City of Sydney.

Sydney 1, 2010
Spencer Tunick

c-print mounted between plexi
71 x 89.25 in / 180.34 x 226.7 cm
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, March 1, 2010
Courtesy of the Artist


Queens Can Visit A King

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs provides insight into the life of Tutankhamun and other royals of the 18th Dynasty (1555 B.C.-1305 B.C.). All of the 130 treasures in the exhibition are between 3,300 and 3,500 years old. The interesting and unique thing is that you realize how real to life these royals were… Egypt, for me has always been larger than life, grandiose - and whilst it does remain that way in most cases, this exhibition shows the humanity of the man gods, with the size of items depicting how small in stature these people actually were, how intricate and tiny the artisan-ship was, and just how beautiful these historic pieces were and are.

To an egypt-novice, only doing a few semesters of study on Ancient Egypt in high school - you have an 'a-ha' moment at this exhibition. The lineage, the scale of lifestyle and the reality of time and place are well shown.

Not all treasures are "solid" gold - in fact the miracle of wooden objects preserved for eons is the fabulous calling card of this particular exhibition.

More than 5,000 artifacts were found in Tut's tomb, but only 50 artifacts from Tut's tomb are shown in conjunction with over 80 from other royal plots.

The exhibition is well laid out, and you can even get an audio tour for those wanting a bit more of an in depth experience. (There is also a special ticket offer for those wanting to visit the Top Of The Rock observation deck too - which is a great bargain!)

NYC is the last stop on the world tour for this particular exhibition - and whilst it does not instantly transport you to Egypt - it really is a fascinating and must see item to add to your New York City experience, especially as the show now includes all the new data - and specially added portions of Tut's lineage, family history etc - which was only recently discovered. A new 3D replica of Tut's mummy has also been included, a spooky addition that really brings you face to face with the boy king. A real treat seeing as the actual mummy has never left the Valley of The Kings.

A portion of the proceeds from this exhibition is helping to fund antiquity conservation efforts in Egypt, including the building of a new Grand Museum in Cairo that will provide a world-class home for the country’s treasured artifacts.

More information is available at, where tickets can be purchased.
Tickets are also available by calling 1-888-9-TUT-NYC (1-888-988-8692)

Discovery Times Square Exposition Box Office
located at 226 West 44th Street.

Individual ticket prices are:
Adults $27.50
Seniors $25.50
and Children ages 4-12 $17.50.

Tickets for children age 4 and under are free.
Families can save on the price of admission with the purchase of a Family pack (2 adults, 2 children ages 4-12) priced at $79.
Special pricing is also available for groups of 15 or more.
The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday (last admission one and a half hours prior to closing).


Wicked Celebrates 1m Tickets sold in Oz

Last night a swarm of celebrities, media and special guests were treated to a one off performance of the smash hit musical WICKED at Sydney's Capitol Theatre.

This was to celebrate the Australian productions 1 millionth ticket sold - and over 790 performances of the massive show.

Wicked continues to wow audiences in Sydney, and as Producer, John Frost said last night, will continue for a while in Sydney - but all good things must eventually come to an end.

Rob Mills who plays Viero, will be stepping down at the end of this month to peruse other opportunities, where he will be replaced by our good mate Tim Campbell.

Tim will be joining a "family tradition" of sorts, as he will be joining the same production his partner, Anthony Callea was in.

Anthony was the original Boq, until leaving the show after its Melbourne run.

Wicked tickets are still selling fast, and can be purchased online or at the Capitol Theatre box office.


Kahlil Ashanti's Basic Training

BASIC TRAINING: One man, so many personalities
Kahlil Ashanti

How can you not love a show that says ‘pussy’, ‘nigger’ and ‘arse’ at least ten times in the first few minutes? I guess if you struggle with political correctness and don’t subscribe to the ‘if you can’t laugh at your self who can you laugh at school’ then you may find this one man tour de force a bit too in your face. Oh yeah, and he flips the bird twice just for good measure.

Kahlil Ashanti delivers a rapid fire semi autobiographical journey through the mine fields of a military career and wacky family relationships. His four years in the US Air Force entertaining the troops is the framework for this brilliant comedic tale. As a black man growing up in Iowa, who cut his teeth teenage in stand up, he sure knows know how to use comedy to pin point the absurd and incongruous to perfection.

Man. This guy can bring it. He’s all singing, dancing, acting and sweating. Yes, Sweat. He puts push ups and old school rap into the one show and they are not out of place. This is physical comedy at its finest with pectoral ripples and face twitching that would scare a Tourette’s sufferer.

This man is talented. He is a linguistic genius and you are going to leave with a new kit bag of snappy one liner to out bitch your “worm sperm” friends.

His twists and turns through the black pop vernacular will leave you with pains in your sides. The weaving of Negro historical and cultural references into the absurdity of ill defined wars shows the greater madness of the ‘big picture’ of world whilst highlighting the personal conflicts we face. When he tells you his Southern Baptist pastor “had a stage name” you know Kahlil has been splitting his sides all his life about the funny in the every day experience.

Kahlil jabs at racial supremacy movements and black conspiracy theory as he works his way through over a dozen characters, each a rich stereotype played to perfection. The man is full on energy for 1 hour and 10 minutes and leaves you wanting more. Lucky for us he is working on a big screen project that will see his crazy characters become as well know as the nutters that morph from the schizophrenic brains of Sasha Baron Cohen and Mike Myers.

If you miss this show “My arse bleeds for you!”

Seymour Centre 23 June – 4 July
Riverside Theatre Parramatta 6 – 8 July
Bathurst Memorial arts Centre 10 –11 July



The Real Refuses :: T.A.P. Gallery

Having a craving for some culture one lazy Sunday afternoon , and having been invited by Gustave Cauhepe (from Hernandez Cafe on Burton street), I wandered down the street with friends and next door neighbour in tow; and beheld the spectacle of Tap Gallery (corner of Palmer and Burton st) in full exhibition mode.

Not only were they holding the Launch of "The Real Refuses" (running for a week only & now closed for 2009) but were in the last 2 days of the Australia Tibet Council's Photographic Exhibition "Tibet: Never Give up. 50 years of Hope and courage" in the Upstairs theatre space. This runs in Brisbane until April 5th then to Melbourne from April 14th for 2 weeks.

If you listen to the doom mongers you'd think the good old days of artists living & painting in Darlinghurst, Paddington, East Sydney, etc were over - but Tap Gallery and many other local Galleries are still there serving the community . I can count a good half dozen within 5 mins walk, from large commercial to small bohemian ; Tap is a Large , Artist run Gallery - with exhibitions ranging from well known artists including Andrew Logan, Carlos Barrios, Mark Hanham and James Powditch , to local unknowns just starting out.

This was the 13th year of the Real Refuses, now considered a fixture in the "Archibald Season". It’s an exhibition of Artists not selected for the Archibald or other large competitions nationally ....& showcasing a range of artists including many locals. This is the ‘alternative Fringe’ version of the “Salon de Refuses” currently on exhibition till the end of April at S.H. Ervin Gallery in the National Trust Centre on Observatory Hill.

A massive crowd was in attendance, including the guest of honour the Hon Virginia Judge MP (Minister for Fair Trading; Citizenship, and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts) and of course the delightful host, the Gallery manager Lesley Dimmick. Meredith Griffiths from ABC JJJ breakfast news was even one of the artists on show.

The Winner of the Peoples Choice Award , voted on the night and winning $2000 worth of prizes, was Christine O’Hagan. You can see the winner in front of her painting “Illusion: a portrait of Phil Jamieson” with Lesley and Virginia.

This was a great show to see and a fun event to go to – don’t miss it next year.

Their next large project is “Small is Beautiful: 3rd Annual Pyrmont art prize” with over $5000 in prize value, held at Union Square Pyrmont Union Square, (Cnr Harris and Union Streets , Ultimo) on 2nd May 2009 10am -4pm. There will be entertainment, food, wine and of course Art aplenty!

You still have time to enter, so grab the canvas ans drop works into Tap Gallery by 6pm , 17th April. Entry is only $20 ( $15 for students/cons) (+$5 post) which includes the 12”x12” (31cmx31cm) canvas you have to use...although any art can be entered as long as it fits within the canvas.

Art will be on sale also so even if you miss the prize you may still walk away with money in your pocket, See for more info & conditions.


Tap Gallery:
winner :
Australia Tibet Council:

Review: Fuerza Bruta / NYC

Imagine yourself being whisked inside a New York City theatre, where the only knowledge of what you’re about to see was the mere whispers of it being the current “it” show. The buzz was that ‘Fuerza Bruta’ (Brute Force) was indescribable, and that you had to witness it to fully understand what all the fuss was about.

Walking into the theatre I was greeted with the first surprise of the evening. Expecting chairs? Forget it. Expecting a stage? Forget it… Just a large group of theatregoers standing shoulder to shoulder in a massive, empty, warehouse-style room. Oh shit, is this one of those audience participation things? I never do well at those. I am the typical person – although extroverted, I don’t “interact”. As the puzzled crowd stands together, it doesn’t take long for people to loosen up and shake off any inhibitions. Suddenly a silent group of stagehands emerge from nowhere & usher us to either side of the room. The curious crowd splits like a parting of the seas.

Over the course of the evening, we are ushered in, on, around and under the “stage” – which in itself is the entire gutted out venue. The space constantly transforms and evolves, making the show a 360 degree experience. Moving with the elements makes things even more unpredictable and places the audience right in the middle of the action at all times (without danger of embarrassing yourself – like I always fear!)

Put simply, Fuerza Bruta is a visual feast. The show boasts high flying theatrics, as the cast literally crash through walls and swim overhead, as the entire roof is transformed into a pool which lowers above the audience. With its pulsing soundtrack reminiscent of a circuit party, Fuerza Bruta feels like the best Mardi Gras show you could imagine. Its performance art, meets circus act. Its sensory deprivation meets sensory overload. Fuerza Bruta is an experience so unique; you can’t help getting goosebumps every time you think about it.

Check it out here yourself, in this exclusive sneak peak!

Fuerza Bruta is not only a fantastic performance piece; it’s a thrilling night out. Fast becoming New York City’s must-see attraction, Fuerza Bruta is as essential as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State building.

As a unique point of difference, the production also hosts a ‘Boys Night’ performance twice a month, where certain scenes and choreography are “remixed” to place the sexy male cast members in the water and at the fore. The result is a more manly experience that every gay lad will simply die for.

Fuerza Bruta plays at the Daryl Roth Theatre, 20 Union Square East at 15th Street in New York City. For more info log onto