After a successful premiere at Bondi Feast Festival in July this year, Blush Opera brings its new operatic comedy, How To Build A Billy, to Armidale. Billed as a show with big voices, big banging and more than a few screws loose, this madcap contemporary opera requires two singers to build flatpack IKEA furniture from scratch at the same time as telling the story of two siblings struggling to cope with their newly widowed mother’s ever-growing book collection. It’s a race against the clock as the siblings’ competitive spirit takes over. Who will fall apart? Who will put one of the pieces on back to front by accident? This is a show for anyone who has lost it trying to save money by building their own furniture.
How to Build a Billy was written by UNE music lecturer Paul Smith and stars Jermaine Chau and Rebecca Moret. Jermaine returns to Armidale after her acclaimed performance as Carmen with Opera New England in 2015. Rebecca is a Sydney-based soprano who last toured to Armidale with vocal group Voci Stupende. Paul and Jermaine are co-artistic directors of Blush which is a Sydney-based ensemble dedicated to expanding types of opera by incorporating elements of comedy, cabaret, musical theatre and physical theatre. They have performed at festivals around Australian and bring their unique opera aesthetic to diverse communities.
Alison Hoddinott writes about the history of crime fiction set in Oxford from the early decades of the 20th century to the present. Her emphasis is on novels written by women and the ways in which their fiction deals with both the mystery and its solution and with the situation of women within the university and in the wider community.
This event will be held at Charlie's Last Stand (cnr Beardy and Jessie Streets)
The Fashion Revolution is a global movement that promotes transparency, ethical practice and sustainability throughout the fashion industry. The movement aims to show that change is possible and encourages those who are on a journey to create a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion.
Fashion Revolution Week runs from the 23rd to 29th of April, a week where consumers and brands alike, are encouraged to think about and ask, who made my clothes?
In Response to Fashion Revolution Week, The Habadashery Club is hosting a series of hands-on, introductory workshops. These workshops focus on sustainable design ideas to encourage a more conscious approach to consuming fashion and textiles.
12:00pm Information session on ‘Intro to Fashion Revolution’ and the fashion industry's impact on the environment.
12:30pm How to use natural based dyes. Dying using natural bits and pieces from within our backyards.
1:30pm How to use patching, embroidery and appliqué to mend clothes and give new life to an old garment.
2:30pm information session for those wanting to learn the basics of sewing.
3:30pm Clothes Swap (going to be super fun - keep a look out for more info about this soon!)
* All workshops are walk-in based and no bookings are required.
* There is no cost to take part, although a gold coin donation would be appreciated to cover basic admin costs.
* All workshops are on an introductory level, but we would love as many people as possible to get amongst this!
* As the workshops are being held at Charlie's Last Stand, this is an 18+ event.
We are going to wrap up the day with a fun evening at Charlie's Last Stand - More details about this as we approach the date.
Come and meet the author of the memoir "Wish you were here".
Sheridan was presenter on numerous TV programs, including Simon Townsend's Wonder World! and Good Morning Australia. She was a director of the film company Latent Image Productions which produced the award-winning film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Since 2000 she has co-written screenplays with director Stephan Elliott for Disney, Warner Bros, Working Title, Hopscotch and Ealing Studios.
We will be set up in the Kombi in the mall.