Gig Guide

May 18, 2004

Gig Guide

The De La Guarda troupe
De La Guarda
The Big Top
Luna Park, NSW

It?s described as ?Theatre that Falls from the Sky? and they ain?t wrong. This brilliant Argentinean show is a fantastical experience. It?s a mixture of acrobatics, physical theatre and dance that is punctuated with a live and incredibly rhythmic percussion set. You will stand there mesmerised as women climb walls, as actors jump from the ceiling and as couples enact the most passionate of love scenes. You will dance like a maniac with the hundreds of other punters as the actors/singers/dancers around you perform their hearts out. And you will be shocked, touched and totally taken out of your comfort zone. It will be unlike anything you have ever seen before, and you truly won?t forget it.

Buy tickets from Ticketmaster

Tony Llewellyn-Jones in Amigos
Sydney Theatre Company
The Opera House, NSW

Amigos is the latest work by classic Australian playwright, David Williamson. It is based around 4 friends, who were the bronze medallists for rowing in the 1968 Olympics. They were The Four Amigos. Young, successful and ready to experience what life had to offer. But it?s 35 years later, and their worlds have changed.
Jim (Gary Day) and Dick (Tony Llewellyn-Jones) are the only two left in contact. The feign a deep friendship however the truth of their relationship comes out when they speak later to their respective partners, (played by Natasha Elisabeth Beaumont and Wendy Hughes). They are both using each other to get what they want. We watch these pitiful characters as they argue about money, their children and their behaviour in the last 35 years. It?s interesting, but the real show begins when Stephen (Garry McDonald) enters the fray. McDonald steals the show with his brilliant portrayal of a man trying desperately to recover from his son?s death. Like most Williamson shows, The Amigos has its mix of humour and drama with a little bit of thought provocation thrown in. It isn?t as encapsulating as some of his shows, but it?s definitely well worth seeing.

Sydney season, buy tickets from Sydney Opera House

After its Sydney season Amigos tours to the Civic Theatre Newcastle from 18 June bookings (02) 4929 1977; The Playhouse, Victorian Arts Centre from 23 June bookings Ticketmaster7; the Canberra Theatre Centre from 4 August bookings (02) 6275 2700 and Parramatta Riverside Theatres from 18 August bookings (02) 8839 3399.

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