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Live & Unlocked - a Series of Music and Cabaret Events at The Joan

By Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Posted: 15 Aug 2020
No Cabaret for Old Men Jonathan Biggins & Phil Scott
Welcoming audiences back into theatres with smaller-scale live entertainment
21 August | 28 August| 11 September | 25 September | 9 October | 16 October

The Joan is rebooting 2020 and breathing life back into its spaces with a season of live performance and entertainment over six Friday nights from 21 August through to 16 October. The series is a chance for audiences to emerge from a winter of isolation, get out of the house again, and fill hearts with the joy of a shared live experience. With safety in small numbers, a full COVID-safe plan in action, and a commitment to keeping our community protected, The Joan is ready to welcome audiences back.

The line-up includes No Cabaret for Old Men on 21 August with stars of the Wharf Revue Jonathan Biggins & Phil Scott, bringing you a masterclass in cabaret – with neither the mastery nor class. The following Friday 28 August Chliean-born Daniel Rojas & his String Quartet present Saltango; a lively evening of Salsa, Tango and Peruvian/Andean music performed with all the natural warmth and charisma of a Latin American Salsa band.

On Friday 11 September, comedian and TV personality Gretel Killeen will host a special evening of laughs and light-hearted creativity with Life Drawing – Burlesque in the Borland. Modelled by local artist Will Tredinnick and themed within the playful atmosphere of Burlesque, the bar will be open throughout with materials supplied or the option to bring your own.

Friday September 25 sees The Waldo Fabian Sextet take the stage with international recognised local musician Waldo Fabian Garrido presenting cross-genre jazz/fusion with his band of talented musicians on drums, trumpet, vibraphone, bass and piano in a relaxed space to help you forget about the outside world for a while.

The cabaret-theme continues throughout September with Curtains - a live show where vocalist Meredith O’Reilly & renowned pianist John Martin explore in detail thirty-five years of the ups and downs of showbiz. They’ll perform songs from smash hit Broadway performances such as Les Miserables, Hello Dolly! Rocky Horror, The Producers and more – and dish out the dirt where fact was truly stranger than fiction.

The last event in the Live & Unlocked series is a kaleidoscopic ride through folk tunes, jazz and fresh compositions in Visions of Nar, with saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose (of The Vampires) and winner of the 2020 ABC music grant, pianist Zela Margossian, fusing an alluring combination of their styles with influences from around the world.

Details for the Live & Unlocked event series are as follows:

No Cabaret for Old Men
Friday 21 August 7.30pm
$50 Standard | $45 Concession
Jonathan Biggins & Phil Scott

Saltango
Friday 28 August 7.30pm
$40 Standard | $35 Concession
Daniel Rojas and Ensemble Apex

Life Drawing – Burlesque in the Borland
Hosted by Gretel Killeen & Will Tredinnick
Friday 11 September 7.30pm
$50 Standard | $45 Concession

Explore your creative side with a night of burlesque life drawing with food, drink and socially distanced friends.

The Waldo Fabian Sextet
Friday 25 September 7.30pm
$40 Standard | $35 Concession
Exceptional talent led by internationally recognised local musician Waldo Fabian Garrido

Curtains
Friday 9 October 7.30pm
$40 Standard | $35 Concession
Meredith O’Reilly (vocals) & John Martin (piano)

Visions of Nar
Friday 16 October 7.30pm
$40 Standard | $35 Concession
Jeremy Rose (saxophonist/composer) & Zela Margossian (pianist)

Special Package Deal
3x Music Performances
$100 Standard | $90 Concession

While The Joan has a focus on safety, the Live & Unlocked event series has a focus on fun. It’s filled with joyous sounds, celebratory rhythms, raucous laughs and lively experiences. Book now to secure your ticket as numbers are limited.

Saltango, Daniel Rojas. Photo credit: Mike Chesworth 2018
Life Drawing. Photo credit:GettyImages-980582984
The Waldo Fabian Sextet
Curtains: Meredith O’Reilly
Curtains: John Martin
Visions of Nar: Zela Margossian
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