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SSC Newspaper : July 2010
By Bernadette Chua IT’S not often Australian colonial history comes vividly to life in the theatre but Alex Buzo’s does this to perfection with his award-winning play Macquarie, which opens at the Riverside Theatres for a new season. The play, part of the bicentenary celebrations of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s 1810 inauguration, documents the rise and fall of this illustrious figure. Macquarie was the fifth governor of New South Wales and one of the most respected, serving an 11-year term. Directed by theatre veteran Wayne Harrison this interpretation features Jack Campbell as Governor Macquarie and Underbelly III’s Megan Drury as Mrs Elizabeth Macquarie. Macquarie follows Governor Macquarie’s efforts to emancipate the convicts of New South Wales and create equality among them and the free settlers. This inspiring tale also documents the governor’s forward- thinking building policies which gave Sydney some of its finest buildings. But like any story, there are always obstacles to overcome. The play also details Governor Macquarie’s fight against the bureaucratic regimes of John Macarthur and “the flogging parson” Reverend Samuel Marsden. Ultimately, the play concludes with the Governor attempting to clear his name from chargers that followed him to his grave. This heartfelt story not only provides a historical account of the man known as the “Father of Australia”, but also to celebrates the remarkable changes he brought about in New South Wales, and beyond. The play received the Australian Literature Society ’s Gold Medal award and is considered to be a masterpiece of Australian theatre . Where: Riverside Theatre, Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta. When: July 15 – 31. 11am, 2:15pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8pm. How much: Adults $52, Conc $47, 30 and under $39. www. riversideparramatta.com.au A man called Macquarie Cast member s from the Riverside Theatres’ production of Macquarie (pictured right). Actors Jack Campbell and Megan Drury (above left) play the two lead roles. WHAT do you get when you combine seven of the world’s top Muslim singers with Human Appeal International? The answer is the Sounds of Light, a massive charity concert designed to help the world’s orphans. The event is organised by Muslim charity organisation Human Appeal International. Launched in 2007, it is now the biggest Islamic concert in Australia. The Sounds of Light concert features a style of Islamic vocal music called Nasheed, which can either be sung unaccompanied or with percussion instruments. Money raised at previous concerts has been used to support 3000 orphans around the world. Funds buy food, clothing, health care and education for these unfortunate children. At Acer Arena, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park, July 25. Tickets: Platinum $60, Gold $30. Contact Ticketek on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au Raising money for the world’s orphans. Advertise with us and be seen in the Scene – The most cost effective rate of all inner west publications Readership exceeds 30,000 Marketing and advertising advice from highly trained consultants Guaranteed distribution to all strathfield residents We are also seeking sales professionals. Call to discuss. our readers support your business call Today foR a veRy special offeR call Martin curnow or peter Wagstaff on (02) 9299 8697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 18 Strathfield Scene The Sounds of Light concert features a style of Islamic vocal music called Nasheed, which can either be sung unaccompanied or with percussion instruments. JULY 2010 what’s on Sounds like a good idea