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TAKING THE PUPPETS TO THE BEACH

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, puppets, spare parts puppet theatre, theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on September 24, 2019

 

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Get ready for summer with On Our Beach. This hands-on, shoes-off, mozzie-repellent adventure live on stage, as Spare Parts Puppet Theatre becomes one gigantic play space for the next school holidays from September 28.

Written by award-winning playwright, Peta Murray, On Our Beach uses puppetry, interactivity and immersion to explore ideas of identity, belonging, and our connection to others and to the land we all live on.

In the show, the audience is taken on a journey through the world of a fantastical beach to discover what it is that unites us, and brings us together, that transcends flags and clothes or the colour of our skin.

Writer, Peta Murray said that On Our Beach explores notions of popularity, belonging, and resilience through playing games of fun and adventure together.

On Our Beach is about navigating relationships in a world that is sometimes fair and sometimes not,” she said. “Through games and activities, the production explores the fear that all of us experience at some point of missing out, being left out, or simply, just not being ‘in’.”

The school holidays season of On Our Beach starts on September 28. The show is 50 minutes long and suitable for all ages, but perfect for five and above. Performances are scheduled daily at 10am and 1pm (except Sundays and public holidays), with special twilight shows at 6.30pm on October 4 and 11. Bookings are essential and can be made online 24/7 at www.sppt.asn.auor by calling 9335 5044

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COTTESLOE SCULPTURES BY THE SEA

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, sculptures by the sea, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2018

 

 

It is not often I venture out far north but I always do make the trip to Cottesloe from Fremantle for the annual Sculptures by the Sea.

I was there at 7.30am this morning, so well before the masses arrived and there were still many works being assembled, so this is just a first impression.

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SOUTH BEACH WINTER WORRIES

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2017

 

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Beach erosion is always a problem during the winter season, so it is good to see that serious dune rehabilitation work is happening at Fremantle’s South Beach.

 

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FIRE ENDS BATHERS BEACH SCULPTURE SHOW

Posted in aboriginal, culture, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 12, 2017

 

Local Noongar people created a moving end to the Fremantle Sculpture@Bathers show at Bathers Beach by setting fire at sunset to the Jarrah tree installation by Replants artist Bruce Abbott.

The heavy afternoon rain made the trees too wet to go up in blazing glory, but there was a stunning sunset, a rainbow and a lot of people interested in Noongar culture.

There was also a celebration of the Labor election win and the protection of the Beeliar Wetlands.

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WA ART, SUNSET AND FREO FISH&CHIPS

Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on February 21, 2017

 

There are already many interesting sculptures at Bathers Beach where the installation of the 2017 Sculpture@Bathers show is under construction.

The exhibition that showcases 80 WA sculptors will open this weekend and will be on Fremantle’s inner city beach for two weeks.

Bruce Abbott from REPLANTS has planted some trees in the beach sand, so that is something very different

Many of the works will be lit up at night, as is the cliff face at Arthur Head, so a perfect excuse to go and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean, see some great local art and eat fish&chips.

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FREO J SHED ARTISTS BIG IN WEST AUSTRALIAN

Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, fremantle, j shed by freoview on October 22, 2016

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Fantastic to see Fremantle J Shed artists getting serious recognition in the West Australian today with an entire article by Annelies Gartner on the arts pages about their involvement with the CASTAWAY Sculpture Awards in Rockingham.

Greg James, Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett and David Johansen all work out of Greg James’ J Shed studio at Bathers Beach and are all represented at the Rocky beach show that starts today, so go down south and have a look!

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RUNNING TOILETS AT $ 1.3 MILLION FREO TOILET BLOCK TOO COSTLY

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, western australia by freoview on May 28, 2016

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It is good to see that the Fremantle Herald on-line has taken up my blog story on the lonely single urinal within the $ 1.3 million new toilet block and kiosk development at Fremantle’s Leighton Beach.

I was only yesterday stopped by a Council employee who told me how ridiculous it was and that when his son and fellow nippers came out of the ocean they had the queue to either use the urinal or one of the two other toilets within the 150 sqm male section. Yes, you read this correctly. The City of Fremantle is supplying three toilets only for men in the new complex at one of the most crowded beaches!!

According to Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt Leighton Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Perth, but the City of Fremantle decided just the one urinal would be enough, and you know why? COF assets manager Samual Bryce told the Herald that “The maintenance of sanitary fixtures is a high-cost item in terms of water use, cleaning, and repair so a decision was made to have two male and two female toilets in addition to two unisex/family bathrooms.”

Oh wow! Toilets use water, so let’s not put toilets in the toilet block, but there are heaps of showers which use a lot more water than toilets do. What a ridiculous argument. It is akin to building a restaurant but then not serving food because paying kitchen staff is too costly.

As I said to the Herald reporter, this could be an episode straight from the satirical ABC series Utopia where government officials waste a lot of money.

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JUST PISS IN THE OCEAN AT LEIGHTON BEACH

Posted in city of fremantle, leighton beach, tourism, western australia by freoview on May 13, 2016

 

I went to have a look at the new $ 1,3 million facilities at Leighton Beach this morning, that were opened by Premier Colin Barnett a few days ago, and I am speechless.

The toilet and shower block is large and approximately 45 x 7 metres big, and half of that, approximately 150 square metres of it are the male toilets and showers. There are plenty of showers but there is only a single urinal and only two ‘fully-accessible’ toilets, and the urinal is next to the handbasin. I went back twice to see if I had overlooked the entry to a row of urinals but that was not the case.

According to Mayor Brad Pettitt Leighton Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Perth, but if men and boys need to urinate they will just have to do it in the Indian Ocean or queue up at the one and only urinal. What a waste of money!

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HOT SUNSET AT FREMANTLE BATHERS BEACH

Posted in fremantle, photography, sunset by freoview on March 13, 2016

 

That was a nice hot day in Fremantle and Bathers Beach was full of life around sunset, as these photos show.

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WORLD SAILING AT PICTURE PARADISE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle, world match racing tour by freoview on March 7, 2016

 

Wow! How stunning Bathers Beach looked early this Labour Day morning. I often find it hard to believe I actually live in this paradise, that tourists absolutely love.

While gallery sitting the Glen Cowans Underwater Photography at the Roundhouse yesterday for a few hours, tourists from Poland told me they had totally fallen in love with Australians and how stunning Fremantle is. We who live here need to acknowledge that more often, rather than only seeing the negative things in our city.

Compared to many places on earth we live in heaven and we did not even have to die for it.

The World Match Racing Tour  sailing is still on today, so head out to Bathers Beach!

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