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Thursday, February 7th, 2013 09:25 am
Fringe festival event - there are still tickets... *hints*

The outrageous, larger-than-life, operatic star of La Soiree, LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT makes his solo debut!

Arriving with oversized suitcases jam-packed with 160 pounds of drag, LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT will unleash a delectable confection of mesmerising songs in his exquisite baritone voice.

This charming, opera-loving maestro, with a penchant for lycra, delivers beautiful renditions of Pop, Jazz and Musical Theatre, carrying his audience from Puccini to Pet Shop Boys, Radiohead to Madonna; infusing the stories of these songs, with his own incredible tale.

A whirlwind of endless costume changes, a healthy dose of honesty, and a collective show-stopping climax like no other; this is one emotional kaleidoscope of a journey through the life of LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT, the Nigerian-born, London boy with a law degree and a big heart.

From the London Royal Opera House and Britain’s Tate Museum, to Alternative Miss Ireland competitions and performing live with Basement Jaxx, LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT has delighted them all! – so go on, treat yourselves to a scrumptious slice of Gateau.


I will add that he is a beautiful man, his voice is amazing, as is his performance, and after having seen it I would really like to buy him a coffee and ask to hear his stories.
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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 11:02 am
Shakespeare WA is doing The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and may have referred to it as 'the good, the Bard, and the ugly - you decide which is which.'

Shakespeare in Kings Park. We did a group booking, ordered a lot of pizza and met with our assorted picnic blanket collection and arroted cushions. It's a great opportunity to have a picnic and loll about on a hillside under the trees which I don't nearly enough of.

The Comedy of Errors was fun, it's an 80s version tweaked for Perth with ridiculous over the top performances. I haven't timed out on this play yet (I think I'm 'done' for A Midsummer Night's Dream), it's still funny and interesting and this performance was attended by two Auslan interpreters who were almost more interesting to watch than the performance.
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Friday, July 1st, 2011 09:05 am
My love is undiminished.

*hums badly*
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Friday, October 15th, 2010 08:32 pm
I had tickets that were a birthday present from back in June and had forgotten they existed - it was like getting a present twice!

It turns out West Side Story is a sort of racist Romeo and Juliet with a bonus gang rape scene - it was a bit confronting. I went in with no expectations and I'm glad I had a chance to tick another musical off my list. The music and dancing was great and I loved Anita. I choose to live in a world where she then went on to become Batwoman. If there's good fic out there I'd love to hear about it *hints*
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Saturday, January 16th, 2010 11:03 pm
I love our annual summer picnic in the park to see Shakespeare performed. No offence to Shakespeare WA who were doing a great job but I couldn't face watching Kate get tortured. [personal profile] maharetr, [personal profile] cupidsbow, grouchy and I left during the intermission. I'm crossing it off the list of plays I'm willing to see performed; it's a hideous paean to the physical and psychological abuse of women and I don't have the wherewithal to stay and bear it.
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Saturday, December 12th, 2009 07:26 pm
I am impressed, I am awestruck. I am so glad we went, I would go again.

The Capitol Theatre is a lovely venue; the lady I sat next to told me it was restored after being abandoned and they did an excellent job. It reminds me a little of the Regal in Subi but with better bathrooms.
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 12:25 pm
  • Launched AO3 Open Beta and helped coordinate some bug fixes
  • Fixed the shade sail that wore through it's mooring
  • Did a 3 hour exam and finished my first MBA unit (1/12th of an MBA done!)
  • Delivered birthday presents to brother J.
  • Avenue Q - saw with no prior knowledge at all and loved it
  • Monthly slash gathering - have now seen pilot for White Collar and fully understand the enthusiasm
  • Holiday in one week!
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 11:19 am
  • Saw the new Shakespeare WA launch itself with A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Kings Park and they did a fine job. Hermia was a little weak but Helena more than made up for it and what I think of as ‘the dwarf scene’ was hilarious.
  • AD&T and Swancon2009 meetings this weekend, I don’t know what I’d do without my awesome committee members.
  • Bought a mop and cleaned the laundry floor.
  • Marathoned all four Alien movies, still love Aliens the most (because I love muscle-y running and explosions) but was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Alien 3 which I usually think of as the weaker of the quartet.
  • Wrote an application for a job that looks rather cool and anguished to people about the submission rules *flings self into the hands of fate*.
  • Decided to switch the house hot water system to solar rather than gas and did some exciting calling and spending of money *is limp*
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, March 14th, 2008 02:07 pm
Bold the ones you've seen stage productions of, italicize the ones you've seen movies of, underline the ones you've read or listened to, and add a star to any you've performed in, done readings of or otherwise theatrically participated.

Read more... )
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Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 11:53 pm
Free concert organised by the City of Perth as part of the Arts Festival 2008. [livejournal.com profile] madradish very kindly turned up early and saved a very good spot on the grass in front of the stage and I meandered in to cuddle people ([livejournal.com profile] fred_mouse's progeny seem to regard me as a sort of superior, mobile climbing gym), lie about, appreciate the perfect weather and generally do what you *should* be able to do on weekends. Relax.

Tenor, tenor, tenor, soprano, tenor, tenor, soprano.

I don’t think I’m developing into an opera lover, I’m more attracted to musicals and Gilbert & Sullivan style extravaganzas and I’m not all that keen on listening to soprano voices. Still, lovely evening.
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Saturday, January 12th, 2008 11:56 pm
Go see it! I loved it. It was spectacular, outrageous, completely over the top and the costumes were absurd.

Quite possibly the most ridiculous plot so far; wrestling matches, cross dressing, what appears to be an entire court hiding in what must be a very small forest and Orlando seemingly content to pretend to woo some guy he met in a forest pretending to be his fair Rosalind. Yes that was meant to be confusing.
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Sunday, October 21st, 2007 10:33 am
At the Dolphin Theatre UWA. The season finished last night and [personal profile] cupidsbow and I were up for some cheap entertainment - impulse theater-going - often the best kind. Lear was a reminder of just hilarious Shakespeare can be. Edgar/Tom was laughing-out-loud mad and Lear's outbursts of rage were magnificent to behold.
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 11:36 pm
I fail at being organised but had a good night.

Went to the gym instead of meeting for dinner, arrived with wet hair from shower and was fed by various fabulous people who ordered jinormous meals and couldn't cope. [personal profile] mr_booboo had very good steak. 

Forgot most of the warnings associated with the play and was mentally unprepared for the cursing and nakedness that followed. It was funny, crass, touching and did indeed involve some dreadful wigs.
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Sunday, May 13th, 2007 06:05 pm
Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] mynxii for organising us, I'm so glad we went.

The ballet was funny, interesting and beautiful. I loved the choreography, the simplicity of the sets and the gorgeous costumes. The way that bird like movements were incorporated was great to see and the all male swan troupe were both scary and lyrically beautiful in turn. People being astoundingly fit and flexible are always inspiring!

The forbidden love of man and swan; if it had been penguins it would have been fanfic.
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Saturday, March 24th, 2007 11:26 pm
Is a lot funnier than I realised and also 'Harry' is a right bastard. Young Henry gets sent off to war on the French by the Bishop to distract him from taxing the church. He conquers by 'divine right' and takes princess Catherine as his prize - pitched as a love match for what I hope are reasons of irony.

The New Fortune Theatre was a new experience - the UWA peacocks have claimed it as their sleeping niche so we watched the play to surreptitious shuffling along the rails as they tried to sleep and avoid us at the same time.
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Sunday, January 21st, 2007 05:19 pm
Great weather for a picnic in Kings Park, the little speech about 'our sponsors' included such memorable lines as "watch out for the kookaburra stealing your dinner - they are partial to chicken and pork pies" and "in case of bush fires our handy staff will escort you to safety" which made me feel very Australian.

The play was funny, well acted and I enjoyed it a lot. I acknowledge that it's not one of his greatest plays but the cast was solid and it ended up on what looked a lot like a bollywood scene which I am susceptible to.

We also snuck off in the intermission to jog up the DNA tower to watch the comet. Oh how I love the comet.
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Monday, December 11th, 2006 08:22 pm
Theatre in the Park this year is A Comedy of Errors. The flyer says to take family, friends or lovers and I was thinking I could take all of you. I think we should all go and picnic and generally make merry whilst hiding from the satanic ducks.

Season is from 12th January to 9th February and I'm currently eyeing off Saturday the 20th January..

Who wants to go?
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Monday, December 12th, 2005 10:09 am
Went back to TKD on Thursday for the first time in almost a year then got all excited and went on Saturday too. Just as well; warmed up everything that went into shock on Thursday. It’s great to be back, am all insecure on account of probably having forgotten everything I know which resulted in some amusing shuffling as we usually arrange ourself in order of seniority and I wasn’t feeling particularly senior. It’s going to take a little time to get back up to speed, have bruise on left elbow called Emmanuel, slightly sore shoulders and a humbling amount of things to practice.

Twelfth Night was most enjoyable. Why, oh why did we do the tragedies in high school when we could have been doing the comedies? I admit a bunch of 16 year olds sniggering ceaselessly would have been a strain but more people would have had fun.

Am reunited with ZombieMud which I can’t really see improving my life but does make me very happy. Spent a cheerful hour going through my collection of weird crap from when I used to play a lot. Have a magnificent virtual stuffed bear collection. Caught up with a bunch of people I’ve never met and was abused for my interest in role-playing a druid. [sigh]

[livejournal.com profile] juffles cracked last years Christmas present from his sister so we’ve a jigsaw puzzle on the library table which has us crouched, mumbling over it late at night. Curse you MC Escher.
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Thursday, December 1st, 2005 12:30 pm
I've tickets for Friday 9th December for myself, [livejournal.com profile] cricketk, [livejournal.com profile] juffles, [livejournal.com profile] japester, [livejournal.com profile] dormant_dragon, [livejournal.com profile] haunted_attics and [livejournal.com profile] special_trille [livejournal.com profile] mr_booboo.

Event starts at 7:30 pm. I suggest we turn up earlier (6:00pm) with blankets, take up a fair amount of space and have a picnic.

You can have your ticket any time between now and then if you can find me. Tickets were $32.40 each, give me the money on the night if that's easiest.
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Saturday, February 5th, 2005 11:07 am
Shakespeare in the Park @ Kings Park in the botanic gardens, Trille cleverly saved us a vast amount of space to snuggle on picnic blankets which given how cool it got was just as well. Never before have I heard quite so much emphasis placed on the word 'come' or seen such enthusiastic gestures with golf clubs. A very funny, rude production with great 1920's outfits and coordinated sock wearing.

The war against terror went to beige alert on account of the local ducks.. clearly stealth ducks with a mission.
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Friday, July 16th, 2004 08:19 am
Saw Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment last night performed by Arena, the same people who did Wyrd Sisters, Lords and Ladies and Carpe Jugulem and now that I think about it they do one a year - much like the Pratchett rate of publication, which means so long as the Pratchettiser is functioning there will be much entertainment. Yay!

Was v. silly and quite funny, which was in keeping with the state of my companions who are also v. silly and quite funny.

[livejournal.com profile] cricketk and [livejournal.com profile] mr_booboo provided navigation on the assumption I was going somewhere I wasn't, this was OK because I thought we were going the right way, there was a scary bit when they shrieked and thumped on the windows but it turned out we had found [livejournal.com profile] special_trille who we had lost or at least couldn't find which counts as lost to me, we also found beastpaul where he was supposed to be but [livejournal.com profile] cricketk wouldn't let him in the car until he posed alluringly for her - was very alluring too.

I shall keep them.