BRINGING YOU BEST THEATRE FROM ROUND THE WORLD
Dear <<First Name>>,
I was mowing the lawn yesterday when I started thinking about this: why is it that I programme Live Performance on Screen? Well, firstly, and very practically, many theatre productions simply won’t fit on our stage whilst many productions will never tour around or even come to Australia. However, they are still amazing pieces of theatre that entertain, have amazing performers and tell incredible stories and I want to make sure Cowra audiences can access these.
We have partnered with Sharmill Films, the distributor of titles from the National Theatre in London as well as special musical theatre events from the West End and Broadway. We also work with Australian Theatre Live / Act 2 Distribution who fly around Australia capturing some amazing productions from the major and independent theatre companies like Sydney Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Windmill Theatre, Red Stich, Pinchgut Opera and many more. These partnerships allow audiences in Cowra to access some truly wonderful Australian and international theatre experiences.
Some people may think “Live Performance on Screen is not as good as being there”. Yes, this is true BUT it is very close to it. And unless you’re planning on flying around the world and Australia to see all of these productions, the $25 ticket price is a very affordable way of accessing brilliant theatre.
So I programme these films to ensure that audiences in Cowra don’t miss out, to be able to see absolutely top-notch theatre, and to enrich their live through the arts by doing so.
And this week we present the first of 4 sessions of the latest offerings from the National Theatre with Jack Absolute Flies Again - a rollicking comedy that will be make you laugh, be uplifting and appeal to young and the young at heart.
I will be announcing a couple more titles soon but for now, I hope you enjoy this one as well as the many other films and live performances we have available at Cowra Civic Centre.
We hope to see you soon!
Cowra Civic Centre
THIS WEEK AT THE MOVIES
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE:
JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN
E – Exempt | 180mins | $25* | Live Performance on Screen
A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean and Oliver Chris
★★★★★ ‘The perfect comedy’ Daily Express
★★★★★ ‘An enormously lovable show’ Sunday Times
★★★★★ ‘A snortingly good, crowd-pleasing comedy’ Daily Mail
After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms. This production is a hilarious wartime farce, with plenty of heart. Filled with wonderful performances, 1940s style and charm, and World War II period nostalgia.
Wednesday 19 October at 10am
Saturday 22 October at 7pm
Wednesday 26 October at 10am
Sunday 30 October at 1pm
The second film in Disney’s Villains Film Festival is Hercules with screenings this weekend.
DISNEY’S VILLAINS FILM FESTIVAL: HERCULES
G | 99 mins | $10* includes popper and popcorn
Taken from the gods as a newborn and adopted on earth, Hercules becomes an awkward teenage pillar of strength. He discovers he has a place on Mount Olympus with his dad Zeus—if he can endure his growing pains and move from "zero" to true hero. Along with Pegasus, the flying stallion, and Phil, a feisty personal trainer, Hercules is on a mission to stick it to Hades once and for all.
Saturday 22 October at 12:30pm
Sunday 23 October at 12:30pm
Cowra Musical & Dramatic Society presents
by Robert Harling
Hilarious and touching, this critically acclaimed play for six women is set in a beauty parlour. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice. Best known for it’s Golden Globe Award winning adaptation with a stellar cast, Cowra’s own star-studded line up take to the stage in this new production from the Cowra M&D.
Friday 21 October at 7:30pm
Saturday 22 October at 3pm
Sunday 23 October at 3pm
St Raphael's Catholic School Cowra presents
THE LION KING JR
Adults $18, Children $12
Based on the 1994 animated film of the same name, featuring music by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice
Featuring songs Circle of Life, I Just Can't Wait to Be King, Hakuna Matata, and Can you Feel the Love Tonight, the production is full of singing, acting and dancing. The Lion King Jr will be a show you will never forget.
Don't miss your chance to see the incredibly talented students of St Raphael's Catholic School.
Friday 28 October at 6:30pm - SOLD OUT
Saturday 29 October at 1pm and 6:30pm
LIFE ON LAND’S EDGE
A musical odyssey to the ends of the earth and back, this Coffee Concert celebrates Australian birdlife with a very special and unique concert – a blend of live music and stunning visuals.
From the creators of Where Song Began (★★★★★ Limelight Magazine) this performance will take you on an epic journey alongside migratory birds as they connect continents and cultures.
A cinematic concert experience, Life on Land’s Edge draws on art, science, and music from across the ages. Spectacular footage and soundscapes set the scene for two of Australia’s most adventurous musicians. The 60-minute performance is followed by a Q&A and proceeded by a delicious morning tea which is included in the ticket price.
Wednesday 2 November – Morning tea at 10am, concert at 11am
ENTRIES CLOSING SOON
SHARP SHORT DANCE
Presented by FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres
in association with Cowra Civic Centre
Sharp Short Dance is an annual youth dance festival featuring short works by choreographers and dancers under the age of 21.
Sharp Short Dance inspires young performers to strive for their own artistic excellence and encourages active youth participation in all genres and traditions of dance and media.
Sharp Short Dance is a Western Sydney-based event that celebrates young talent. Entries however will be accepted from across Australia.
Regional NSW young artists are encouraged to apply, notably from the Central West region with our partner Cowra Civic Centre hosting a regional heat. Registrations are open now until October 20.
Visit tinyurl.com/CCCSSD22 for more info.
Regional Heat Saturday 12 November at 7pm
OTHER EVENTS COMING SOON
SEE HOW THE RUN
M – Violence | 98 mins | $14*
★★★★ "lots of laughs, oodles of style and played with verve by a quality cast. It also reconfirms Saoirse Ronan as a comedy god." EMPIRE MAGAZINE
In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after the film’s Hollywood director is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard and eager rookie Constable Stalker take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theatre underground, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril.
Friday 4 November at 7pm
Saturday 5 November at 4:30pm and 7pm
Sunday 6 November 4:30pm
Wednesday 9 November at 10am
MA15+ - Strong injury detail and occasional drug use | 134 mins | $14*
An original romantic crime epic about three close friends who find themselves at the centre of one of the most shocking secret plots in American history. Based on facts that meet fiction, the film stars Academy Award® winner Christian Bale, two-time Oscar® nominee Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Alessandro Nivola, Andrea Riseborough, Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Rock, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Shannon, Mike Myers, Taylor Swift, Timothy Olyphant, Zoe Saldana, with Oscar winner Rami Malek and two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro.
Friday 11 November at 7pm
Saturday 12 November at 12:30pm
Sunday 13 November at 5pm
Wednesday 16 November at 10am
Live & Kicking
MATT BOYLAN SMITH
With support Chloe Swannell
With a familiar sound that could be compared to Mumford & Sons, Matt Boylan Smith is a singer songwriter with a smoky voice and a contemporary acoustic sound. Best described as fitting into the alternative Indie rock folk genre while blending into blues and country, be swept away by the original lyrics of this natural storyteller and his band hailing from the Central West. With great success across Europe and the US, Matt sings every song as though it is his last - full of feeling and with full commitment.
Don’t miss him as he performs at Cowra Civic Centre for the first time as part of Australian Music Month made possible by the Live & Kicking program from Arts OutWest.
Sunday 13 November at 2pm
BOOK LAUNCH: WILLINGLY CAPTURED
by Emily Kandelas
Crime lovers - be ready! Join Emily Kandelas as she launches her first published novel into the literary world.
This thriller will be sure to make you quiver. A story of just how dangerous love can be for women, entwined with the success story of how a man got away with the most heinous crimes. Meet the author behind this twisted tale.
FREE but bookings required
Monday 14 November at 11am
MRS HARRIS GOES TO PARIS
PG - Occasional mild coarse language | 115 mins | $14*
Hold onto your dreams, you never know where they’ll take you! In partnership with the House of Dior, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris tells the story of a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own. After she works, starves and gambles to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure to Paris which will change not only her own outlook, but the very future of the House of Dior.
Friday 18 November at 7pm
Saturday 19 November at 2pm & 4:30pm
Sunday 20 November at 5pm
Wednesday 23 November at 10am
Live & Kicking Playlist
Listen to this playlist on Spotify of original local musicians who are coming to stages around the Central West during Ausmusic Month. This includes Smith & Jones, Cletis Carr, Genni Kane, Raptor County, Matt Boylan Smith, The Dave Webb Project, CJ Stranger, Montgomery Church and plenty more.
For show details check Arts OutWest website
by Miriam Toews
The internationally bestselling novel based on real events. Now a major motion picture from writer/director Sarah Polley, starring Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, with Ben Whishaw and Frances McDormand.
One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. They are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.
While the men of the colony are off in the city, these women-all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in-have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they've ever known or should they dare to escape?
Based on real events and told through the "minutes" of the women's all-female symposium, Toews's masterful novel uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.
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