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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!!!
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!
Local band Viola Dana will be presenting the Perth premiere of their new soundtrack for the silent horror film Nosferatu live at Luna on SX as part of this year’s Fremantle Festival.
Fremantle Festival-goers would remember Viola Dana’s sold out performance in 2013 of their live soundtracks for two Buster Keaton silent films and that of local student filmmaker, Oscar Cook, at Fremantle Prison.
Returning to the Festival for 2015, Viola Dana will present the Perth premiere of their new soundtrack for Nosferatu for one screening only, not coincidently chosen for the evening following Halloween.
Despite being made 93 years ago, Nosferatu seems as spooky as ever and even fairly thematically relevant today. The rich and soulful combination of the cello, viola, guitar and drums that makes up Viola Dana’s sound naturally lends itself to illuminating Nosferatu’s dark and brooding imagery.
Sunday 1 November, 7pm Venue: Luna on SX, Essex St, Fremantle Tickets: $30 standard /$20 student, senior or concession card holder plus $1.50 booking fee available for purchase at http://www.lunapalace.com.au
There are a few, only about a trillion, people who believe I only write negative things about Fremantle and do not positively contribute, so let me beat my own drum for a nano second, about one of the very many things I am involved with in beaut Freo.
As president of the Roundhouse volunteer guides and then vice president of the Fremantle Society I attended the first City of Fremantle meeting on Integrated&Coordinated Promotion of Fremantle’s History and Heritage. During that meeting I suggested it would be good for visitors and locals if we had an information page on what is on in Fremantle each week. I was surprised and delighted to receive an email from Director Tom Griffiths of the Economic Developments and Marketing Department today that the City has added such page.
And none of the many people who attended that meeting, to make a difference to our city, got paid for it. That’s the things some of us do to make Freo a better place and a better experience for our visitors.
FOX is Fremantle’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre‘s latest production, so make sure not to miss it>
Adapted from the award winning book by Margaret Wild & Ron Brooks, this riveting fable will take you on a journey through scorched scrubland and ochre deserts to discover the meaning of loyalty, companionship and betrayal.
Told through a fusion of puppetry and dance, Fox highlights the constant battle between remaining faithful and falling for temptation, and reminds us that the strength of friendship can give us the courage to get through difficult times.
Fox, Dog and Magpie’s timeless story will leave you with questions that may take a lifetime to answer…
Duration: 50 minutes. Suitable for all ages, perfect for ages 6+
September 26- October 10. 10am & 1pm daily
Plus 6:30pm performance on September 30 & October 9
No Performances Sundays or public holidays
ROEL FOR FREO!. BEACONSFIELD WARD. TRULY INDEPENDENT.
Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162