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Journeys : April May 2009
Craig WellingtonAmazing May One of the world’s most popular operas and the story of a woman who was a man make for fascinating theatre – these shows are only on stage briefly so booking early is advised. La Traviata 2 May, Theatre Royal, Hobart performed and most popular operas in the world. This new production, performed in English by Melbourne Opera, will be exciting for an opera-starved Tasmania. As the producers say, La Traviata is ideally suited to the intimate splendour of the beautiful Theatre Royal. This production promises glamour – it is set in Paris at the turn of the century – and will be a rare treat in the Tasmanian theatre calendar. Verdi’s wonderful score contains some of themost famous and moving music in all opera, as the Italian master traces the downfall of the fascinating courtesan Violetta just as she has love within her grasp. This one-stop touring production will definitely sell out and is the perfect introduction to opera for anyone who has not experienced it. Book at the Theatre Royal. L iterally translated, La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi means ‘the woman who strayed’. Verdi’s opera remains one of the most- I Am My Own Wife 6 – 8 May, Earl Arts Centre, Launceston I Am My Own Wife tells the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf and her escape from persecution during the Second World War. What makes her story so astounding is that Charlotte was actually a man and lived her defiant, distinctive life adamantly on her own terms. She survived two of the most repressive regimes of the 20th century, the Nazis and the East German Communists, outrageously providing refuge for Berlin´s avant-garde. I Am My Own Wife showcases outstanding Tasmanian actor Robert Jarman, who plays nearly forty characters, treading the fine line between reality and impossibility. The 2004 world première season won 14 major awards including two Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. Written by Doug Wright and directed by Annette Downs, the show contains adult themes. Book at the Princess Theatre. T he Tasmanian Theatre Company presents one of the most extraordinary pieces of theatre written in the last few decades. Cruising south A new cruise has taken to the waters off Bruny Island. The Bruny Wildlife Adventure Tour starts in Hobart, with a morning voyage aboard Peppermint Bay II to the ferry terminal at Roberts Point, where there’s a bus transfer to Adventure Bay. Here, passengers meet the fast cruiser Adventure for the wildlife- spotting tour alongsidemighty sea cliffs to the seal haul-outs at The Friars, where Storm Bay meets the Southern Ocean. The views are spectacular, above and below the surface – an underwater camera captures fascinating scenes of fish life and curious seals. Back in Adventure Bay, the bus returns cruise 66 April / May 09 passengers to Roberts Point where Peppermint Bay II awaits. After a delicious onboard lunch of regional specialties, there’s an enjoyable hour ashore at Woodbridge, wandering through the landscaped grounds of Peppermint Bay, purchasing something tasty from the Providore or sipping a chilled wine on the terrace. Then it’s a relaxing cruise back to Hobart through the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and into the harbour of the Derwent, gliding into the scenic and colourful port at the end of a memorable day. More: www.peppermintbay.com.au
June July 2009
June July 2008