Exhibitions and Events
Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court Belconnen
May 2 – 13
A silent auction of donated artworks to raise money for the gallery@bcs Community Art Support Program (CASP).
Over the years gallery@bcs has developed a number of community driven exhibition series designed to provide opportunities for disadvantaged or emerging artists to exhibit their work. The Springboard Series provides opportunities for artists either studying or recently graduated from tertiary art institutions while the Piece of Mind series is geared towards helping people living with Mental Illness or Disability who use art as therapy. The RESPECT series, developed as part of the BCS Reconciliation Action Plan, exhibits artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in celebration of Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week. With the aim of expanding the level of support available to these artists, the gallery holds this annual this fundraising exhibition in which local artists will donate a piece to so be sold at silent auction at a fraction of recommended retail price.
Official opening and silent auction 5:30pm Wednesday May 4
Insane Championship Wrestling
Carnage: Saturday May 7
Chill Factor: Saturday June 4
5:30 – 8:30pm
All ages welcome. Cash ticket sales at the door.
Adults: $10 / Students: $8 / Children: $5
Canberra’s own pro-wrestling group Insane Championship Wrestling have been performing their daring and death-defying shows in theatre@bcs since 2009. See Russell the Love Muscle versus. Devious Dave; Crofty versus. Marvin The Morphman and much more.
Dead Men Talking
11am Tuesday May 10
7.30pm Wednesday May 11
Tickets $35 Concessions $29
Book your tickets at Belconnen Community Centre reception 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday
Dead Men Talking is a 90 minute stage musical scripted and performed by Max Cullen and Warren Fahey in which they play iconic Australian poets, Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson.
Max Cullen is a multi-award-winning, stage and screen actor whose credits read like a history of Australian film, from My Brilliant Career (1979) to The Great Gatsby (2013). Warren Fahey AM is a renowned folklore collector, cultural historian, author, broadcaster, record and concert producer, songwriter and a performer of Australian traditional and related historical music. He says:
“Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson left extraordinary legacies to Australia and they should never be forgotten. As the world increasingly succumbs to the never-ending and somewhat inevitable pressure of ‘one world culture’ it is vital that small nations like Australia fight back to show their uniqueness.”
Art of Living Presents: Musical Concert With Vikram Hazra
Thursday May 12, 6:30pm
Adult: $15, Couple: $20, Family: $30
Vikram Hazra is a writer, philosopher, social activist, corporate trainer and a media producer. He is one of the foremost singers of devotional music in the world. With 12 albums and packed concerts in more than 47 countries, he is credited as being the first to introduce the electric guitar to this genre, imbuing ancient sanskrit chants with jazz-rock sensibility. Be there to sync with yourself and sink into bliss!
May 16 – June 3
A collaborative exhibition of wearable art, by Nathan Carter of Scar Tree Gear, and Radayne Tanna in celebration of Reconciliation Week.
Scar Tree is the union of past and future, to create the present. In this exhibition Nathan Carter has joined forces with Radayne Tanna to create an exhibition of original wearable art.
Nathan has Yalanji, Cherokee, Irish, and African American heritage. A successful musician, having won a Deadly Award for most promising new talent in music, he is also an accomplished visual artist, designer, carpenter/builder, and comedian, having recently earned himself a spot at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Radayne has Yalanji and Torres Strait islander heritage. He is a visual artist, dancer, and yidaki player, who has travelled the world sharing his art forms. He’s currently working on a new comic book series.
This collaboration showcases timeless, iconic, Australian imagery presented on high quality streetwear, representing the integrity of one of the most ancient continual cultures.
Official opening 5:30pm Wednesday May 25
Tempo Theatre presents: Death Trap
May 20th – 28th various times
Tickets: $35 or $30 concession
canberraticketing.com.au 6275 2700
Well known murder mystery playwright Sidney Bruhl has lost the plot. He hasn’t written a hit for years. Along comes Clifford Anderson, one of his students with a fantastic play. Can Sydney take the play and publish under his own name? Or, can he take away Clifford? And what does Sidney’s wife Myra think about it all, will she help him? Who will survive the ordeal? The Deathtrap is set.
Long running local company, Tempo Theatre presents this well-crafted comedy thriller, directed by Tempo stalwart Kim Wilson. Deathtrap is written by Ira Levin who gave us such hits as Rosemary’s Baby, The Boys from Brazil and The Stepford Wives.
June 6 – 24
An exhibition of paintings by Margy Duke
Everywhere the Universal Life Force foot prints have been left. Creation’s evolution eternally sparks, from heartbeat to heartbeat, it does not lie dormant in the distant past. The Dreamtime is living and breathing.
Official opening 5:30pm Wednesday June 8
Aboriginal Pathways, Communities and Knowledge
June 27 – July 15
A mixed media exhibition by Lynette Talbot in celebration of NAIDOC Week
Lynette Talbot is a Jerinja woman from the Yuin Nation on the South Coast of New South Wales. She is employed at the Burrunju Aboriginal Art Gallery and teaches skills with fabrics and needles as part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts program at the Yurauna Centre, CIT. Lyn is a painter, a coil basket weaver, glass artist, and a producer of fine soft sculpture and multimedia works, she also portrays cultural storytelling or storylines through dance in her artworks. Although this is her first solo exhibition, she has exhibited widely in the ACT and region and has artwork at Calvary Hospital, and a number of other government institutions and private collections.
Official Opening 5:30pm Wednesday July 6
Dr Doolittle’s Circus
July 7-9 and July 13-16, at 10.30am and 2pm
For Bookings call 6257 1950 (Weekdays 10am – 4pm)
or visit www.canberrarep.org.au
Cash sales of tickets are available at the door one hour before each show.
Child Players ACT is a family run children’s amateur theatre group that delivers quality, drama-based programs and productions for children aged between eight and 18. Their next production is Dr Doolittle’s Circus, adapted by BJ Anyos from the books by Hugh Lofting.
Child Players have been part of our community for over nine years and their July school holiday shows in theatre@bcs always bring crowds of enthralled children and their families to the community centre.
Ghawazee Moon Belly Dance presents: “Under a Ghawazee Moon”
Tickets $17 – $7
Fantastic costumes, dances and family-friendly fun! This student showcase features pieces performed by beginner to advanced students, as well as pieces choreographed and performed by advanced level students. Styles vary from Folkloric through to Fusion. Each year Ghawazee Moon Belly Dance invites a local school or performance troupe to be special guest stars.