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It is our Radiothon Edition of Sunday Arts Magazine!  Radiothon is the most important week in Joy’s calendar where we strongly encourage people to become members and/or donate so as our community radio station can continue running. People can join as an individual, concession, under-18, family or business and can contact us via the phone 1300 569 949, or online via our website. David talks about a man from Perth who loves the station and is a member. He wrote to Sunday Arts about an e-book he wrote which has a foreword by Debbie Reynolds and will soon be on Sunday Arts Magazine to talk about it. Brendan reviews one movie–Now You See Me 2, the sequel to Now You See Me (2013)which he considered a lot of fun.  It is about illusionists who are recruited to pull off a heist. It has many good actors and a new addition is Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe. Brendan enjoyed it and gave it 3.5 stars. Brendan also reviews the MTC production of Double Indemnity which is based on the novel and not the 1940s film. It was good but….it left him pining for the film. 2.0 stars.

Special Guests today are:

10:19 to 26:30 mins–Jordan Revell and Charice Rust are 3rd year students from NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts) and are here to talk about their production called Things NOT of this EARTH on from 8 to 18 June at NICA in Prahran.  Charice worked on her grandmother’s sheep farm when young and became aware of her bodily strength and mental resilience. She discovered Circus Oz where- girls being strong- was encouraged. This empowered her and gave her a creative goal and physical challenges. She did Arts after high school but circus was her passion.  She thought NICA was out of her reach so she trained for a year and then auditioned. She feels the course is very well put together. Her specialty is aerial straps–a male-dominated apparatus–which suited her perfectly.  Jordan loved music, musicals, dancing and jumping around as a child in Sydney and started ballet, and then other dance.  He left high school and went to a dance school for 2 years where they noticed his interest in contortion and recommended he audition for NICA. This he found a perfect fit. His specialty is aerial contortion which he performs on an aerial ring.  The performances the 3rd years do are their own concept, which a director helps them develop and then it is meshed together with an overall theme. Things NOT of this EARTH has the theme of B-grade sci-fi films. Students also learn business skills and self-promotion to take advantage of all the opportunities in the world.

28:30 to 44:39 mins–Director Emily O’Brien- Brown and actress Madeleine Jevic are here to talk about a play they’re both involved in– David Auburn’s Tony Award Winning Proof on at the Alex Theatre in St Kilda 9-19 June. Emily has visual artist parents and has had a nomadic childhood. She wasn’t into painting, so she followed her heart into dance, acting and now directing. She prefers directing as she gets to work with the overall story rather than just one part. Her acting background greatly helps her communication with the actors. Madeleine was interested in acting from childhood so she did classes and later went to an Adelaide acting school and did some short films. She moved to Melbourne and did a course at 16th Street Actors Studio. Interestingly, Emily works there as a studio manager which both stimulates her and gives her the money for bills and art projects.  Emily describes the play, Proof,  as very witty, incredibly touching and also relatable– in that it’s centred around a family which we get to know behind closed doors. It’s the story of Catherine (Madeleine) whose father dies.  The father was once a great mathematician but also had a debilitating mental illness, and Catherine goes on a journey to discover how much of his genius and madness she may have inherited.  Both guests think the story is incredible, the writing stunning, and the cast excellent. The production Company involved is Artefact Theatre an independent company, so not much money is made but there’s the advantage of complete creative control and offering shows not normally seen.

45:51 to 1:09:08 mins–Linda Roberts is Program Manager for Public Art at the City of Melbourne.  She is here to talk about the inaugural Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab.  She is passionate about Public Art and working for the city and the public. She came over from Sydney where she was in Architecture. There are architects, in fact, that are working with them on the Biennial Lab project.  This is a significant project that looks at the city every 2 years. Linda is part of a team at Arts Melbourne working on this project, which was conceived over 2 years. There’s also the ‘stakeholders’ talking to them about what they want to see in the city including–developers, arts organisations, artists and people who live in the city. The Biennial lab is curated by Natalie King and the art will be in the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) area.  2 UK artists are the conveners of the lab and are working with the artists chosen for the project.  They will also do a talk at the Wheeler Centre on 14 June. There are 10 ‘ideas’ and at present, 14 artists working on artworks to be ready for launch at the end of the Melbourne Arts Festival. They aim for all 10 to be ready then. Linda explains the intricacies of the ‘unfolding’ of the public art. Linda talks about her background as a volunteer on community radio and arts and the importance of something like Radiothon. Then she and our hosts discuss the artists, the future of public art and how the public can get involved. For more info on Biennial Lab see the website.

1:09:26 to 1:20:24 mins–Artistic  Director and Conductor Pat Miller and Director Lara Kerestes are from Lyric Opera and are here to discuss their latest opera– Rossini’s one act Il Signor Bruschino— on from now until 12 June at Chapel off Chapel. Lyric Opera is a boutique company based at Chapel off Chapel.  Pat talks about how they use the space there for staging operas–using a ‘round’. Pat had been taken to operas as a child and loved the combo of theatre and music and the experience of dressing up and attending. Lara loves music too. She started out as a cellist and then fell into singing in the children’s chorus for Opera Australia. She became a singer and then a director and moved from Sydney to Melbourne. This is her first opera as a director which has been challenging but good fun too. She’s found that for opera singers/performers, singing and the music is number one, with the movement and scenario etc coming afterwards.  For actors using text, she does body work first. Lara has worked with a mentor, provided by Lyric Opera, to help her through the process including using the round and working with the orchestra.  She loved watching the performers ‘grow’ throughout.  Lara changed the setting from 19th Century French countryside to a 1960’s fashion house.  So the costumes are very glamourous. They’ve found their niche among the audience in that they do small, boutique, lesser-known works of opera and ‘the crazy things’. This opera is only 1 hour 15 mins and is sung in English.


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