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NOTHING MISERABLE ABOUT FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

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There is always something going on in Fremantle and this morning proved it again.

When I walked out of Chalkys after my routine daily espresso there, I noticed a lot of young people in period costumes, so had to find out what was going on of course.

It was O’Connor-based  MSJ Productions doing a Les Miserables music video with their students.

MSJ does vocal, dance and theatre classes, so if your kids are interested have a look at the website.

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NOT SWEARING, JUST LAUGHING!

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on July 3, 2017

 

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Stand-up comedian Sean Choolburra will be performing at the Hilton PCYC for NAIDOC Week this Friday July 7 from 7 pm and tickets are only $ 10.00, and $ 5.00 for concession holders.

The show is nearly sold out, so n=book your tickets immediately or you’ll have to miss out! http://www.trybooking.com

Choolburra has performed in front of Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama and used to dance with the highly-acclaimed indigenous Bungarra dance group.

Good news is that contrary to far too many so-called comedians Choolburra does not like to swear when on stage, so that will make for a nice change.

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SPARE PARTS THEATRE RENOVATIONS

Posted in culture, fremantle, spare parts puppet theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2017

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WA Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has announced a $ 400,000 upgrade of the Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre at Pioneer Park.

The upgrade is only exterior with a so-called exo-skeleton being wrapped around the back of the building to strengthen it, but I hear that there might be more extensive plans, which I can not disclose yet.

Spare Parts will temporarily move to the Dolphin Theatre at the University of Western Australia in July and August.

Shaun Tan’s The Arrival will be the first performance at the Dolphin Theatre from July 1-15.

More info and tickets: http://www.sppt.asn.au

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ROUNDHOUSE FRINGE FESTIVAL THEATRE

Posted in art, fremantle, fringe festival, roundhouse by freoview on January 17, 2017

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Western Australia’s oldest public building the historic Roundhouse goal at Fremantle’s Arthur Head took on a whole different look last night when the dress rehearsals for the FREO ROYALE fringe festival show Out Of The Cave went under way.

The play takes a raw and honest look at youth culture, the beautiful and brutal, the drugs, alcohol, relationships, and the ever looming threat of sliding down into the dark from where there is no return.

I liked the show a lot and the young actors did a splendid job, so I hope the Freo community will head out to the far west of town from Saturday on to see the show. It is well worth it!

Check out http://www.freoroyale.com.au for information about all the shows.

Tickets: https://www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/event/out_of_the_cave/4951e146-b4d0-423c-b615-2429bd331dd1/

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SPARE PARTS PLAYS NOBODY OWNS THE MOON

Posted in art, children, culture, fremantle, theatre, western australia by freoview on September 18, 2016

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The great Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has a world premiere this school holidays, so parents make sure you take your kids there for the performance of Nobody Owns The Moon, a play adapted from the book by Tohby Riddle.

The timeless themes of Nobody Owns the Moon will make you think twice about the place you live and might even encourage you to stop and say hello to your neighbour.

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This urban tale of friendship is perfect entertainment for children aged 5 and above, this joyful show will spark conversations about belonging and acceptance that will resonate with children and adults alike long after you leave the theatre.

It runs from September 24 to October 8. Get your tickets fast!

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HAVE YOU SEEN SPARE PARTS SPLAT YET?

Posted in art, family, fremantle, kids, theatre, western autralia by freoview on July 1, 2016

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School holidays are starting in WA so check out the latest show by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle. It is one big SPLAT! the kids and parents will no doubt enjoy.

It runs from July 2-16. Check out the Spare Parts website for details and bookings!

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PUPPETEER NORIKO NISHIMOTO DIED

Posted in art, fremantle, spare parts puppet theatre, western australia by freoview on May 20, 2016

Noriko Nishimoto

 

I am sad to hear that charming Fremantle puppeteer Noriko Nishimoto has died from cancer at the age of 75.

Many people will remember the diminutive and elegant woman from her days at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre where she was the founding puppetry master.

Over the last few years I often saw Noriko on her walks through Freo in her white sneakers, always with that gentle smile on her face, and she performed in the first ever Spare Parts show I watched many years ago.

May she rest in peace.

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LITTLE PRINCE PUPPET SHOW AT SPARE PARTS

Posted in art, fremantle, theatre by freoview on April 5, 2016

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School holidays are fast approaching at a speed of 24 hours a day, so Fremantle’s  SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE is of course doing a new show for the kids, their parents and everyone else who loves great puppet shows.

The Little Prince is on from April 9 to 23 every day but Sundays. Performances at 10 am and 1 pm, so don’t miss it!

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GET READY FOR THE GREAT FREO STREET ART FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, fremantle, street arts festival by freoview on March 14, 2016

 

The yearly Fremantle STREET ART FESTIVAL is on again on the long Easter weekend, March 24 to 28, so don’t leave town! If you are not from Fremantle you need to visit for at least one day of the weekend and country people should stay all weekend in one of our many B&Bs, hotels or backpackers. It will be well worth it!

From France come FLAQUE, the cutting-edge juggling rubber men, and the English WHEEL HOUSE brings us poetry in motion on the road to nowhere. From Niger, Kabylia and France come EZZA with their sound of Tuareg music that is a blend of modern rock and African pulse.

Dutch ‘Barbie’ LISA LOTHE has awesome flexibility and does incredible things with hula hoops and from the UK come LEAP, emancipation at its best,  a very strong lady and graceful man.

USA’s POGO FRED holds many Guinness Book of Records for his gravity-defying pogo stick stunts, while THE BED from Spain is all about looking for a place to sleep.

Quite clearly THE ENGLISH GENTS from Australia are not republicans, but their acrobatics are world class.

Italian HANGER shows pantomime with a coat hanger and combines that with physical theatre and juggling, and from Argentina come KINEMATOS who will be suspended six metres in the air to share their sweet naughtiness and humour.

LORDS OF STRUT are Ireland’s most loveable idiots. Their show is Bonkers!

One never has to stay hungry long in Fremantle, but DINO”S RESTAURANT from Italy serves up a different kind of buffet with breathtaking balancing acts, dance and acrobatics.

And there are many more performers and also the STREET ARTS FOOD VILLAGE at Kings Square where food trucks offer yummy treats every day of the long weekend from 11am to 9pm.

Down in High Street the WEST END WEEKENDER will be on again with stalls, live music, fashion, art and craft activities.

I adore the Street Arts Festival. It is my very favourite Festival in festival city and I highly recommend to do nothing else over Easter but come to Freo for three days of pure fun, and it is FREE!!!

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CONCERT JUNKETS FOR COUNCILLORS A NO NO!

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, council, local government by freoview on March 2, 2016

It appears that Fremantle Councillors were offered free tickets for the Missy Higgins concert at J Shed last Friday. I know that generally the City of Fremantle will make free tickets for one-off events part of the approval process and that those tickets are also offered to charities. All fine and good so far.

I would however disagree if free tickets are given for all concerts at J Shed, as they will have 12 events a year at that venue and there is no reason Councillors need to check out every time how it is run. The first one was fine, but from now on elected members will just have to pay, like the rest of us, and not accept VIP treatment either.

I doubt they get free tickets to all Spareparts Puppet Theatre events or for other venues where regular concerts are being held.

The perception is bad, so get rid off it. I can’t afford buying concert tickets so I miss out on great music, but that is just the reality. Junkets for elected members are basically a bad look, so stop the practice!

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