Behind the Scenes

The Melbourne Arts Community is as diverse as its population.

Monday 9pm, repeated Saturday 6:30pm

The Melbourne Arts Community is as diverse as its population. From traditional fine music concerts and main stream drama to contemporary music and challenging independent theatre groups, and much in between; it seems Melbourne has it in spades. So what goes into making up these various arts groups? That’s where ‘Behind the Scenes’ comes in. Each week the program looks at how people organize and carry out these arts projects. Many stories, both fascinating and amusing are waiting to be told. That’s what makes BTS fun to produce, present and hopefully to listen to.

Monday 29th May 2017

It’s a world where the adults hold all the cards and the youth struggle through the adversity of coming of age in a time when sexual education is non-existent. The setting is Germany in 1891, the setting for the Tony Award winning musical ‘Spring Awakening’.

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00, Robbie Carmellotti from the production company Stage Art is John Sheridan’s guest. As Robbie says, ‘Spring Awakening transports us to a time and place which is almost unrecognizable to today’s society, yet remarkably the show’s contents still strike a resonating chord in all’.

‘Spring Awakening’ is at Chapel off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran until June 4th. Bookings may be made at stageart.com.au

It’s welcome back to film reviewer Chris Thompson who has undoubtedly a bagful of film reviews for us.

Finally the UK Company Action Hero presents ‘Wrecking Ball’ as part of season 1 at Arts House, North Melbourne.

Gemma Paintin joins John Sheridan for a chat about the production which sees a male photographer and a female celebrity question how far we’ll go, how much we think we’re in control and how much we’re prepared to ‘go with the flow’.

‘Wrecking Ball’ is at Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne from 31st May until June 3rd. Bookings may be made at artshouse.com.au or phone 9322 3720.


Monday 3rd April 2017

To look at Sidney Torch in photos, a slightly gaunt yet dignified visage, he could be taken for an actor in a 1930's movie.
Yet he was actually a star thrice over in English popular music, as a conductor/composer of light music, one of the nation's legendary cinema organists and a top recording artist as well.
Monday night at 9, join John Sheridan for a Behind The Scenes special, paying tribute to this man of many recording talents, Sidney Torch.


Monday March 27th 2017

He was as eccentric as they come. He wrote music for ballet, the cinema and the concert hall as well as a number of witty songs.
His output wasn't vast by many other composers standards, but it was none the less thoughtful and delightful.
His name - Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, later known as Lord Berners.
Join John Sheridan, Monday night at 9 for a delightful taste of the music of Lord Berners.


Monday March 20th 2017

On the Monday night edition of Behind the Scenes, it's the music of Bronislaw Kaper.
Kaper is one of the most underrated of Hollywood's great film composers. He wrote the Oscar winning score for 'Lil' plus Grace Kelly's farewell to Hollywood 'The Swan'.
Along the way he scored the Marx Brothers films and Paul Newman's bio-pic about Rocky Graziano 'Somebody up there likes me'.
Join John Sheridan for Bronislaw Kaper - Master of Melody.
Behind the Scenes, 9pm Monday on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday March 13th 2017

He was one of the great film composers of our time. He won Oscar's for "The Lion in Winter" featuring Katherine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole, "Born Free", "Out of Africa" and "Dances with Wolves". His compositions and arrangements for the James Bond series of movies are legendary.
He was born John Barry Prendergast in York 1933.
We know him best as John Barry.
Join John Sheridan for a Behind the Scenes special - "John Barry - Classic Cinema Music", Monday at 9pm.


Monday March 6th 2017

While John Sheridan is taking a well deserved break, Behind The Scenes will be presenting a series of "specials".

This week it's "North Of Hollywood".
He was renowned for his 'jazzy' film scores.
A Streetcar Named Desire was a classic score and a movie that starred Vivian Leigh and Marlon Brando. His score for Cleopatra revealed the percussive force of one of the great film composers - Alex North.
Join John Sheridan, Monday at 9pm for a Behind The Scenes special - North of Hollywood and enjoy some of the great film scores of Alex North.


Monday February 27th 2017

From 5th to 19th March, Brunswick’s streets, unforeseen spaces and familiar places will come alive. With a program of international acts and some of the best home grown talent, the 2017 Brunswick Music Festival returns with over 40 specially commissioned performances, local record parties, official album launches and even a recording-as-performance experience.

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia radio, Music Programmer Chelsea Wilson is John Sheridan’s guest.  Chelsea chats about the sounds of soul, gospel, Latin, gypsy, jazz, blues and a riot of other musical experiences to behold.
The Brunswick Music Festival for 2017 is on from March 5th to 19th.  For details go to www.brunswickmusicfestival.com.au or visit the BMF Box Office @ The Mechanics Institute forecourt, 270 Sydney Road Brunswick.

Film critic Chris Thompson will be taking a look at some of the offerings of the forthcoming French Film Festival.

They’re ‘Desperate and Dateless’ and they are also part of the Melbourne International Comedy festival for 2017.
Ginger and Tonic specialize in original songs and parodies and the ladies are making their comedy debut at The Coopers Malthouse from 30th March to the 9th April.
Jane Patterson and Laura Burzacott are John Sheridan’s guests and they outline how while they may be gorgeous and vivacious, their relationships just never work out.
‘Desperate and Dateless’ is at The Coopers Malthouse – 113 Sturt Street Southbank.  For bookings phone 9685 5111 or  www.malthousetheatre.com.au/whats-on/desperate-and-dateless 

Finally Australian/Maori artist Victoria Hunt presents a richly detailed, large-scale work exploring mythology, cosmology and traditional wisdom in ‘Tangi Wai…the cry of water’.
Victoria joins John Sheridan in conversation about this merging installation of theatre and dance where audiences are transported to the Maori realm of the spirits Te Arai.
The performances are from 14th March to 18th March at the Arts House Meat Market, enter 36 Courtney Street North Melbourne.
For bookings go online to www.artshouse.com.au or phone 9322 3720.

‘Behind the Scenes’ for 2017 – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org  on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday February 20th 2017

Old people have wisdom, experience, and are our story keepers. Older women are Matriarchs and authority figures. So when did becoming old mean becoming obsolete? Many cultures celebrate the ageing process and venerate their elders, but here in Australia, where youth is fetishized, aging can become a shameful experience; more so if you’re a woman. Camilla Blunden premieres her powerful new work ‘All This Living’ at the Butterfly Club from 22nd to 26th February. Camilla is John Sheridan’s first guest on the next edition of ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio. Camilla Blunden brings us the enigmatic Jay, and Jay’s head is buzzing. Is she the incredible shrinking woman? Why is she ignored – is because she’s just another old woman? ‘All This Living’ is at the Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne from 22nd to 26th February. For bookings you may phone 9663 8107 or go on line to www.butterflyclub.com The BAFTA’s have been and gone, the Oscar’s are almost upon us and our film reviewer Chris Thompson is up to date with all the news. Finally, Cirque du Soleil is back in town with a new program, ‘KOOZA’.

Artistic director Dean Harvey is my final guest and he joins me for a chat about this extraordinary production. ‘KOOZA’ is at Flemington Racecourse until March 26th. For further details and booking information go to www.cirquedusoleil.com

‘Behind the Scenes’ for 2017 – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday February 13th 2016

Ronnie Minder is a Swiss-born Australian composer. His score for the movie ‘The Legend of Ben Hall’ has been short listed for a best original score Oscar.

Ronnie Minder is John Sheridan’s first guest next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio. Ronnie talks about the film composers who inspired him in his work and what he hopes the future holds for him.

‘High Risk Dressing/Critical Fashion’ examines the continued influence of the legendary Fashion Design Council (FDC) on today’s fashion practice.

Based in Melbourne from 1983 to 1993, the FDC was a membership-based organization established to promote and support and provoke avant-garde Australian fashion.

Using the FDC materials housed within the RMIT Design Archives as a leaping off point, the exhibition opens up and queries ideas promoted by the FDC while looking at the relevance of the Council to contemporary practice today.

One of the curators of the exhibition, Professor Robyn Healy, joins John Sheridan in a conversation about the exhibition which is being held at the RMIT Design Hub, Project Rooms 1 & 2, Level 2 RMIT Building 100, corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton. Design Hub opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday Noon until 5:00 pm.

Finally Geelong Gallery presents the exclusive Victoria showing of the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition ‘Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists’.

The exhibition draws from the extensive collection of NGA, Canberra, to showcase the astounding contribution women artists have made to the development of abstract art in Australia. NGA curator Lara Nicholls speaks with John Sheridan about the importance of women artists in this abstract field.

The exhibition runs from February 25th to May 7th at Geelong Gallery, Little Malop Street Geelong. The gallery is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and admission is free.

‘Behind the Scenes’ for 2017 – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday December 12th 2016

Earlier this year on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, John Sheridan recorded an interview with author Robert Gott, aka as the creator of ‘The Adventures of Naked Man’ that appears in The Age on Friday’s.

One of Robert’s literary creations happens to be William Power, actor, sometime private inquiry agent and a general pain in the neck!...oh, he imagines he looks like Tyrone Power as well.

Apart from his talent for writing crime-caper novels, Robert has also published many books for children. Recently Robert released the fourth volume in his William Power series, ‘The Serpent’s Sting’. The setting is late 1942; Australia is at War with Germany and Japan and in what he sees as a demeaning sideshow to the war, Will Power finds himself playing a pantomime dame. If this was his only worry, but as his hero Shakespeare noted ‘When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions’. Can William finally overcome his tendency to be the living embodiment of Murphy’s Law!

Come Monday night and you’ll have another opportunity to catch an entertaining conversation with Robert Gott.

As the year draws to a close, our film reviewer Chris Thompson has been busy dashing around the numerous cinemas in town, gathering the various movie-threads together. Watch this space!

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday December 5th 2016

McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery at 390 McClelland drive, Langwarrin, is committed to the presentation and promotion of Australian art and sculpture. The current exhibition ‘Human/Animal/Artist: Art Inspired by Animals’ by guest curator Janine Burke is on until February 19th, 2017.

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, Deputy Director from McClelland, Lyn Johnston, and Senior Curator Penny Teale, are John Sheridan’s guests on the program. They discuss how the current exhibition explores the exquisite, elaborate and sophisticated works of animals and how they have a fecund and illuminating relationship with contemporary art.

McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For further information go on line to www.mcclellandgallery.com

Last year Sam Valavanis and his parents were guests on the program. Sam was born with a rare eye cancer and following years of treatment lost his sight when he was 4 and a-half years old. Sam is now in Year 8 at a mainstream school and living life to the fullest.

Sam’s parents have written and published a book about the family’s journey over the past 14 years, and Sam’s mother Lisa shares that journey with John Sheridan.

Finally, with Christmas almost on the doorstep, Celebrazione presents a series of concerts ‘From Bach to Bing’ featuring David Hobson and Georgia Wilkinson.

David Hobson chats with John Sheridan about the program which ranges from ancient carols through selections from Bach’s Oratorio, the Messiah along with modern carols and Bing Crosby favorites. All performances commence at 7:00 pm: they are at Hamilton Performing Arts Centre on December 9th: bookings www.hamiltonpac.com.au All Saints’ Church in St Kilda East on December 10th: bookings www.celebrazione.sproutix.com.au and St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat on December 14th: bookings www.hermaj.com

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday November 28th 2016

Water – 70% of the Earth’s surface is water, 60% of our bodies consists of water, and that life as we know it is infused with water, from the cells of organisms to the clouds in the sky.

Monash Gallery of Art is the country’s leading exponent of photographic art and their December exhibition ‘Life Aquatic’ explores underwater landscaped where life forms are suspended, interconnected and bubbling with quiet potential.

Stephen Zagala, curator from MGA, is John Sheridan’s first guest on the next edition of ‘Behind the Scenes’, 9:00 Monday night on Vision Australia Radio. ‘Life Aquatic’ features the work of three contemporary photographers, Narelle Autio, Ruth Maddison and Catherin Nelson who will introduce us to the amazing undersea life of the oceans and the creatures that inhabit it.

This family friendly show opens on December 10th and runs through until February 26th next year. There’s coral reef-making activity for the youngsters, using recycled materials, as well as a sea-weedy play space with fish shaped helium balloons.

Monash Gallery of Art is at 860 Ferntree Gully road, Wheelers Hill: for further information go online to www.mga.org.au

Film reviewer Chris Thompson has been seen ducking in and out of various cinemas around town, and no doubt has a bagful of movie goodies for one and all.

Finally Celebrazione Presents brings you a Christmas treat like no other – a trio of concerts featuring singers David Hobson and Georgia Wilkinson in a feast of Christmas carols both old and new, with a little bit of Johnny Mathis and Bing Crosby for good measure.

The performances are Hamilton Performing Arts Centre on 9th December, All Saints’ Church, St Kilda east on 10th December and St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat on 14th December.

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday November 21st 2016

Imagine walking down a residential street in Boronia surrounded by gardens, parked cars and brick veneer houses. Suddenly, as you look at your neighbour’s front lawn you realize that while their well-maintained garden looks the same…their house has been irreversibly changed. It’s entire outside surface is covered in thick gloss black paint.

Welcome to ‘Section 32’, a powerful new piece of art created to encourage a conversation about the future of the suburbs.

Creator Clare McCracken is John Sheridan’s first guest on the next edition of ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio. Clare is a mixed media artist and PhD candidate at RMIT University. Clare explains how she and her collaborators came to create this amazing work in a quiet suburban street.
Bookings are limited: only 10 people per session and the sessions are FREE: book online at www.section32art.com

Where do the spirits go when the water rises? Welcome to the world of ‘Caliban’ where the battle ground of global climate politics is seen through the eyes of those on the front lines.

‘Caliban’ is a local re-imaging of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ where Ferdinand is an oil baron, Prospero a scientist and Ariel is an artificial intelligence system with the power to save the world.

Cast member Natalie Lucic from Edge Ensemble talks with John Sheridan about how the company explores voices we don’t often hear in climate discourses.
The season runs from November 24th to 26th at the Malthouse Beckett Theatre.
Bookings: www.thecoopersmalthouse.com.au Or phone 9685 5111.

Finally, when Anna Davern was on the program a few weeks back, she spoke about the Christmas Artists market and the Indoor Forest Launch out Brunswick way.

Anna is back with more details and ideas for possible Christmas gifts at Northcity4 Studio, 61 Weston Street Brunswick. The market and Indoor Forest launch is on November 27th.
For more details go to www.Northcity4.com

 ‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday September 19th 2016

‘Everyone wants a piece of Malta’! Danielle Asciak debuts her internationally acclaimed one woman cabaret show ‘Everyone wants a piece of Malta’ in the inaugural Melbourne Fringe program at The Basement at Hawthorn Arts Centre.

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, Danielle Asciak is John Sheridan’s guest. Danielle knows what it means to be exotic in Australia as well as the coming-to-terms experience she had when travelling back to her ancestral land Malta for the first time.

‘Everyone wants a piece of Malta’! at The Basement at Hawthorn Arts Centre 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn from 27th September to 2nd October. Tickets – online at www.melbournefringe.com.au

Film reviewer Chris Thompson has been seen scouting around the cinemas of Melbourne-town, and he has a few surprises in store.

What happens when three friends who loved to eat, dance, party and sleep together turn on one another? Set between a prison cell and a bedroom, ‘Saving Spiders’ looks at how the three deal with betrayal and guilt.

Director of the work, Brigid Gallacher, is John Sheridan’s final guest on this week’s program. Brigid outlines how the program seeks to explore the expectations people are supposed to live up to at a certain age.

‘Saving Spiders’ is part of Melbourne Fringe Festival at Northcote Town Hall-Studio 2, 189 High Street, Northcote until 24th September. Bookings: www.melbournefringe.com.au

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday September 12th 2016.

‘When a man has lost all happiness, he’s not alive. Call him a breathing corpse’ – so wrote Sophocles.

‘One Little Room Theatre’ presents the Victoria Premiere of Laura Wade’s play ‘Breathing Corpses’ – Amy cleans hotel rooms, and she keeps finding bodies in the hotel bedrooms. Jim’s been trying to ignore the smell coming from one of his self-storage units, and Kate’s annoyed she had to waste her whole day talking to the police. As the separate stories become linked, so the worlds around Amy, Jim and Kate begin to fall apart.

Director of the play, Brenda Addie, is John Sheridan’s first guest on the next edition of ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.

Performed in Thornbury’s new Candyland Arts Space – 224 Normanby Avenue, Thornbury – it’s the maiden voyage for this Melbourne Fringe production. The production runs from the 15th September until 1st October and the cast includes Jaq Avery, Jordan Brough, Alice Daly and Stephen Frost. Bookings: www.melbournefringe.com.au or phone 9660 9666.

Fictional SCRABBLE World Champion, Austin Michaels knew over 200,000 words. Then he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Since then Austin has been in a race against time to document his memories, his greatest achievements, before they fade from his mind and the world forever.

Performer Dylan Cole uses intelligent, satirical writing and playful characters to produce a unique style of comedy that combines theatre and storytelling.

‘Blank Tiles’ by Dylan Cole is at the Fringe Hub – Son of Loft – Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne on the 16th to 18th September, and the 20th to 23rd September as part of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival. For bookings phone 9660 9666 or on line www.melbournefringe.com.au

Elissa Goodrich has taken inspiration from the likes of John Cage, Xenakis and Schoenberg to create a new contemporary composition ‘The Gene Tree’. It features the interesting combination of DNA and music.

Elissa is working with evolutionary biologist Dr. Anna Syme and Dramaturg Nadja Kostich to present the performances at LAB-14 Carlton Connect Initiative, 700 Swanston Street, Carlton on Friday 23rd September at 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm. The event is free.

Finally, ‘Theatre-maker’ invites audiences to look again at Australia’s ‘crime of the century’ with the Daniel Santangeli’s production ’Blind Spot’. Among the events the project draws on, is the 1972 Faraday School Kidnapping and the ensuing conviction of Robert Boland and Edwin Eastwood. In the program audiences hear recreations consisting of court trial excerpts, newspaper articles and Eastwood’s little read biography. Daniel is assisted by composer Rosalind Hall.

‘Blind Spot’ is presented by Darebin Art’s Speakeasy as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival through to the 1st October at Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote. Bookings: 9481 9500 or www.darebinarts.com.au

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday August 22th 2016.

Lea LaRuffa is a Melbourne-based author who’s just released her latest novel ‘A Message from Freedom’.

It’s a gripping story of one man’s struggle to come to terms with the loss of his family and his own ultimate journey of self-discovery.

Lea LaRuffa is John Sheridan’s first guest on the next edition of ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio. The story is an incredibly personal one for Lea and was not easy to tell.

Film reviewer Chris Thompson has another couple of reviews – ‘The Shallows’ – the new shark movie, and ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’ – the documentary on the famous interview, and finally - what happens when ‘Two Jews walk into a theatre’?

Featuring 2 of Melbourne’s most fascinating performers, Brian Lipson and Gideon Obarzanek, the two artists present themselves as their respective fathers, on stage.

It’s probably a good thing that Zenek Obarzanek and Laurence Lipson never met in real life, but the fictional meeting of these two irascible old men makes for entertaining and provocative theatre.

‘Two Jews walk into a theatre’ is part of Arts House Season 2 at North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne from 23rd to 28th August. Bookings: 9322 3713 or online at www.artshouse.com.au

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday June 20th 2016.

In the final hour of April 14th, 1912 the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton England to New York, collided with an iceberg and the ‘unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic events of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.

Move forward 104 years and on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio director of ‘Titanic: the Musical’ James Cutler, joins John Sheridan in conversation.

This London Chamber Revival production has its Australian premiere at Chapel off Chapel on Thursday July 7th.

Chapel off Chapel is at 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran and the season runs from July 7th to July 24th. Bookings: 8290 7000 or online www.chapeloffchapel.com.au

Metanoia Live Works launches with ‘Cut, Copy, Post’ at the Mechanics Institute 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick on 25th June.

The program invites 10 female artists of different ages and from different disciplines to partake in a live-art experiment exploring the complexity of making meaningful self-portraits in today’s Instagram age.

Paula van Beek explains the background behind this fascinating concept. Entry is free and for further information on the programs go to www.metanoiatheatre.com

The New York Times dubbed him the Crown Prince of Cabaret – STEVE ROSS – and he returns to Melbourne in characteristically sophisticated style, with a swag of witty songs ‘Takin’ a Bath in the Blues’, ‘Have some M’deira my dear’ and ‘Lydia the Tattooed Lady’, Steve promises a delightful and gently naughty evening.

Steve is the final guest on tonight’s program. He is appearing at Chapel off Chapel June 23rd to 25th, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran. Bookings: www.chapeloffchapel.com.au or phone 8290 7000.

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday May 30th 2016

Tofu, or bean curd, is generally thought of as an Asian food dish made from Soy Milk. So when one of China’s acclaimed contemporary artists, Chen Quilin, performs a tofu carving at Shepparton Art Museum, curiosity is aroused!

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ 9:00 Monday night on Vision Australia Radio, John Sheridan chats with Dr. Rebecca Coates, director of SAM about this fascinating project.

For the carving, a tofu block the size of a large cushion is being created especially for Chen by Richmond’s Tofu Shop International, into which she will carve the name of Ah Wong, a Chinese immigrant who set up a market garden on the banks of the Goulburn River, and sold vegetable produce to Mooroopna and Shepparton residents.

Fascinated by the way that our senses trigger memories of place, Chen has created a new work using six evocative smells that connect with Shepparton – apples, pears, eucalyptus, wood-fire smoke, garlic and chilli. As SAM director Dr. Rebecca Coates says, ‘Through her ongoing interest in food and scent, she reflects on the smaller things that remind us of home’.

The exhibition at Shepparton Museum of Art opens on June 4th and runs until July 24th. The Tofu Carving Performance is on Saturday June 4th from 4:00 pm. SAM is at 70 Wellsford Street, Shepparton.

Chris Thompson has a bagful of movie goodies to share and finally, Melbourne audiences will experience the phenomenal skills and imagination of Australia’s next generation of circus stars when the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) presents ‘Things NOT of this Earth’, an exuberant production of elite-level circus, set against the backdrop of a sci-fi inspired ‘B’ movie.

Twenty Two year old Hugo Bladel from Tasmania came to NICA after having played Soccer at the highest level for Tasmania. He pairs two specialties, clowning and soccer ball juggling to create a unique act combining soccer, circus and comedy.

Melbourne born and raised, Tara Silcock (20) began practicing circus at age seven after seeing a man balance 4 chairs on his face. Her performance sees her submerged in a giant cocktail glass, juggling large cocktail umbrellas with her feet!

‘Things NOT of this Earth’ is at NICA, 39 – 59 Green Street Prahran from the 8th to the 18th June. For bookings go online to www.nica.com.au

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday May 16th 2016

After the sell-out success of their inaugural Q & A event for 2016 Melbourne Playback Theatre acknowledges the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum with ‘SticksnStones on the Birrung Marr’; a cultural development that will enlighten, intrigue and entertain you.

Running on the 27th May at Deakin Edge Federation Square, this powerful evening brings together a highly respected indigenous panel to discuss perspectives of home and work life, history, place-making, legal practice, and significant movements that are occurring right here in Melbourne.

On ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9.30 on Vision Australia Radio, Creative Director of SticksnStones, Lenka Vanderboom, joins John Sheridan for a chat about the Q & A.

Friday 27th May, SticksnStones at Deakin Edge, Federation Square. For Bookings phone 9690 9253 or on line at www.melbourneplayback.com.au.

Chris Thompson has a fair bit of catching up to do with the movies, so he’s back again this week with more treats.

A 22 year old from Adelaide has quit his job to focus full-time on learning about publishing. Knocked back by half a dozen banks for a loan, he faced his own nay-sayers and bullies and eventually made it happen.

William Reimer has self-published his book ‘A Ferret Named Phil’, a story about a small ferret who over comes a big bully without resorting to violence.

William is the final guest on the program this week and he chats about his trials and tribulations of being an independent publisher.

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday March 21st 2016

‘Somewhere in France’: there were many Australians on the Western Front.

One hundred years ago thousands of Australians enlisted and were sent to Europe to fight ‘for the Mother country’. Many never returned.

The University of Melbourne presents a remarkable exhibition ‘Somewhere in France: Australians on the Western Front’ that explores what Australians did in France during World War 1 when they were not fighting or mired in the trenches – when boredom was their worst enemy.

On ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, curator of the exhibition, Jenny Long joins John Sheridan for a small glimpse into the lives of young Australian soldiers, nurses and volunteers on the Western front.

The exhibition ‘Somewhere in France: Australians on the Western Front’ is at the Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library University of Melbourne until June 26th.  Entrance is FREE.  For further information, go on line to http://library.unimelb.edu.au/france.

Film reviewer Chris Thompson has a classic pair of movies lined up for this week: ‘Son of Saul’ and ‘The Witch’, both films a touch on the scary side.

Finally artistic director of the ‘Next Wave Festival 2016’, Georgie Meagher outlines some of the fascinating artists that will be featured in the festival from Thursday May 5th to  Sunday May 22nd.  ‘Next Wave Festival 2016’ will see 36 world premiere works.

Next Wave Festival is Australia’s biennial festival of the new generation in art.

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org  on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday March 14th 2016.

He had a sell-out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival - now it’s Melbourne’s turn.

Isaac Lomman presents ‘Comedy Hypnosis! ENTRANCED’:  part of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Isaac joins John Sheridan for a conversation about the program on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.

Along with giving audiences a good dose of solid belly laughs, Isaac’s shows are a great example of the power of the human mind and imagination.

Isaac Lomman’s ‘Comedy Hypnosis! ENTRANCED’ is playing at the Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne from March 23rd to April 17th. For bookings phone 132 849 or go on line to www.isaaclomman.com.au or www.comedyfestival.com.au

Still with the comedy theme – CJ Delling returns to the 2016 Melbourne Comedy Festival with a show packed with tried and true audience favorites: ‘Funny Bits’.

CJ chats with John Sheridan and tells of her life, on arrival from Germany 10years ago, as a Bondi lifesaver.  English as a second language is a challenge at the best of times; throw Australian lingo into the mix, and it’s a whole new game!

‘CJ Delling – Funny Bits’ at The Bull and Bear Tavern, 347 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, as part of  the  comedy  festival  from March 23rd until April 3rd.  For bookings phone 1300 660 013 or www.cjdelling.com/tickets or www.comedyfestival.com.au.

The Darebin Community and Kite Festival is back, Sunday March 20th at Reservoir’s picturesque Edwardes Lake Park, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Originating in 1997 from a unique collaboration between City of Darebin, the North Eastern Melbourne Chinese Association and the Australian Kite Association, the festival brings together local communities and helps foster their traditions and promote their culture.

The 2016 festival features live music and performances, workshops, community and food stalls, a pet expo roving entertainment and of course kite flying.

MC of the program, comedian Nelly Thomas outlines all the fun of the day – the Darebin Community and Kite Festival, a FREE event, at Edwardes Lake Park, corner of Edwardes and Griffiths Streets, Reservoir, Sunday March 20th, 11:00am to 6:00pm. For the full program go online www.truenortharts.com.au.    

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday March 7th 2016

‘This has been a Crawford Production’ is a tag line that still resonates with generations of Australians who grew up with Hector Crawford’s cops, the Sullivan family or any of the long line of productions that flowed from his legendary company.

Rozzi Bazzani has written a book ‘Hector’, published by Arcadia, and Rozzi joins John Sheridan next on ‘Behind the Scenes Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.

Hector Crawford’s public façade is part of our collective memory, but the man behind it, and how his passion and drive changed Australian culture, is revealed in the book ‘Hector’.

‘Hector’ is now available in bookshops priced at $39.95.

Ok – the dust has settled on the latest Oscars, the winners and losers have been declared and cinematic life has resumed normal transmission – or something like that.  Film reviewer Chris Thompson is back on the reviewing beat and he’ll have a bagful of movies this week.

THE SUBSTATION at 1 Market Street, Newport is celebrating its 100th Anniversary, with a new approach.

As the building celebrates 100 years under the leadership of new director Brad Spolding, THE SUBSTATION introduces a new program building on the foundations of its unique architecture and key collaborations with audiences, communities and artists.

Redeveloped in the late 1990’s as an arts and culture venue, THE SUBSTATION’s new program respects the original vision for the building as an asset for artists and audiences.

Brad Spolding talks with John Sheridan about his ideas for the venue and how he intends to invite artists and audiences to experience the development and presentation of new artistic works created by some of the sharpest and most curious minds from across Australia and the world.

For more information and details on THE SUBSTATION go online to www.thesubstation.org.au 

 ‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org  on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday February 29th 2016

‘True North’ is a celebration of community within the culturally diverse suburb of Reservoir. What better way to celebrate that diversity than on leap year day, the 29th February.

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night at 9:00, John Sheridan joins DJ Emma Peel as she takes listeners on a tour of vintage Reservoir. The diverse year long program seeks to celebrate all that is unique about this thriving suburb.

As part of its True North Arts Program, Darebin Arts has recorded four audio tours to celebrate this much loved northern suburb.

The People’s Tours of Reservoir is now available for download from www.truenortharts.com.au

Celebrated for its handcrafted boutique wines, Helen’s Hill Estate is renowned for thinking outside the box. That innovative thinking has led to a new collaboration, with an unlikely partner – the maverick theatre ensemble Present Tense. Together they present The Major Bruce Sessions on March 5th, an evening spectacular at the award-winning Helen’s Hill Estate.

‘The Major Bruce Sessions is designed to be a damned good time. Fresh from our critically acclaimed season of ‘Ricercar’ at Theatre Works, we want to take an audience on a journey for classic pop and rock, to create a rocking event’ says Present tense Artistic Director Nathan Gilkes.

Helen’s Hill Estate, located just 45 minutes from Melbourne at the start of the Yarra Valley, will provide a gorgeous backdrop for the evening spectacular.

For bookings go online to www.helenshill.com.au/shop 
Two brothers: One Ball: So Much Lost. THE UNDERARM – the story of two brothers ripped apart by the most infamous act in trans-Tasman sport.

When the Aussies committed what Rob Muldoon later described as ‘an act of cowardice appropriate to a team that wears a yellow uniform’ the MCG ignited: Kiwis v Aussies, Aussies v Aussies, and Colin and Dons’ drunken parents violently versus each other. Kiwi Mum drags Colin, screaming, off to live in Wellington NZ. Don marinates with Dad at home in Brisbane. 

As adults, Don and Colin are reunited at the Basin reserve in Wellington, and they put on trial the very man responsible for their separation – the Australian Cricket Captain in 1981, Greg Chappell.

Presented by Silly Mid On Productions in association with HIT Productions, THE UNDERARM is at the Alex Theatre, 135 Fitzroy Street St Kilda Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March at 8:00 pm. Bookings: on line www.ticketek.com.au or telephone
8534 9300.

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday February 22nd 2016

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is just around the corner and that means – MOOSEHEAD!

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, John Sheridan chats with Laura Davis, recipient of a Moosehead Grant, not an award, so she may create and perform her comedy show.

The ‘Mooseheads’ are named after Brian McCarthy, a young pioneer of theatre sports who died at the young age of 23.  Brian was a motivator who pulled together the core elements of comedy performance and believed that anything was possible.  The ‘Moosehead’ awards were named after his favorite beer!

Laura Davis will perform ‘Marco. Polo.’ at the ACMI Games Room, Fed Square from 24th March until 17th April.  ‘Marco. Polo.’ is a game played amongst friends in backyard pools where someone swims blindly, but keeps their ears open to find the other players.  Laura invites audiences into a mysterious swimming pool illusion to participate in a high-stakes game of Marco. Polo.  It’s challenging, provoking and silly – just right for the comedy festival.

For bookings phone 1300 660 013, or on line www.ticketmaster.com.au or www.comedyfestival.com.au   

The BAFTA’s are over and the Oscars are on the horizon. Film reviewer Chris Thompson has a bagful of movies to think about plus a review of a new film coming to Melbourne soon – ‘Theeb. Wolf’, a fascinating film from Jordan!

Finally, Amy Amos Gebhardt has an exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary in Fitzroy.

‘There are no others’ explores the raw articulation of humanness in the natural world while traversing multiple art forms including dance, documentary and performance.

‘There are no others’ is at Gertrude Contemporary, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy until March 5th.  For more information go on line to www.gertrude.org.au 

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, featuring comedy, film and contemporary art, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org  on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday 15 February 2015

What’s in a Marathon? Try a classical music Marathon for size! Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night at 9:00, artistic curator Chris Howlett talks with John Sheridan about the logistics of organizing a 12 hour long music marathon 09:30 am to 09:30 pm for Sunday February 28th at Hawthorn Arts Centre.

Chris is joined by 3MBS General manager Anne Frankenberg for a rundown on the 3MBS Mendelssohn marathon. Seventy of Australia’s finest musicians gather to present a range of delightful music by composer Felix Mendelssohn PLUS some of the rarely heard works by his sister Fanny.

Artists have donated their time to help 3MBS with the marathon; there’ll be unusual music combinations with some of the finest music to flow from the pens of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn.

The Marathon is on Sunday February 28th from 0930 in the morning until 0930 at night.  For tickets phone 9278 4770 or go on line www.hawthornartscentre.com.au Hawthorn Arts Centre is on the corner of Glenferrie Road and Burwood Road Hawthorn.

Continuing the fine music theme, Seraphim trio is one of Australia’s best ensembles respected for the virtuosity and joy they bring to their performances. Their 2016 program is one for lovers of Schubert’s music.

In 2016 there will be series recitals in Ballarat and Melbourne. Anna Goldsworthy from the trio joins John Sheridan in conversation about the first Schubert program along with details of the venues for Series 1 at Macedon, Ballarat and Melbourne.

Along with Anna Goldsworthy, the Seraphim trio includes Helen Ayres and Tim Nankervis.

For program details, venue dates and bookings and further information, go on line to www.seraphimtrio.com 

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, featuring a treasure trove of music, Monday night at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org  on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday February 8th 2016

It was one of the most loved and defining musicals of the time – on its release as a film in 1977 the songs from the Gibb Brother’s thrilled lovers of dance: ‘Saturday Night Fever’ is coming to town and on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, Robbie Carmellotti from StageArt, the production company presenting the stage revival talks with John Sheridan about the production, the cast, the dancing and those songs!
The cast includes Mike Snell, Sheridan Anderson, Emma Russell, Daniel Ham and loads more talented performers.  The production is directed by Luke Alleva from the 2005 West End production.

‘Saturday Night Fever’ opens at Chapel off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran 11th February.  For bookings phone
8290 7000 or on line www.chapeloffchapel.com.au 

Chris Thompson is back for 2016 with lots of films to talk about.

Louris van de Geer has established a reputation as one of Australia’s best young writers.  Adding to her reputation as one of the most thrilling and imaginative new voices in theatre comes the latest play ‘Triumph’.
The questions: why do we make celebrities out of victims?  Why do we give more love to those in pain?
The answers: find out with ‘Triumph’ at fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane City from February 19th.
As the final guest on ‘Behind the Scenes’, director of the production, Mark Pritchard talks with John Sheridan about the world of famous frauds – those who play the victim in order to gain the sacred status of being a ‘survivor’.

‘Triumph’ by Louris van de Geer at fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, City from February 19th.  Bookings: 9662 9966 or on line www.fortyfivedownstairs.com  

‘Behind the Scenes’ – with John Sheridan, Monday nights at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast at www.varadio.org  on Vision Australia Radio.



 

Monday February 1st 2016

‘Behind the Scenes’ returns for 2016 and the first program features music treats for all tastes.

On Monday February 1st at 9:00 pm on Vision Australia Radio, John Sheridan chats with 2 members from the Arcadia Quartet.

Last year, the Quartet was named the first ‘FutureMakers’ by Musica Viva.    Guided by one of Australia’s finest musicians, Genevieve Lacey, ‘FutureMakers’ has been designed around project-based learning.  The musicians will have chamber music mentoring, they’ll present diverse performances, create education and community engagement projects, devise collaborations at the highest level and develop business skills critical for success in the industry.

Last year 2 members of the Quintet appeared on the program and spoke about their plans and aims with ‘FutureMakers’.  To find out how things are progressing, we invited them back for a chat.  Oboist David Rewichelt and French horn player Rachel Shaw join John Sheridan in conversation.

Australian Art Orchestra and Ensemble Offspring join forces to present ‘Exit Ceremonies’, a fascinating project that brings together entrancing and unfamiliar music involving classical, jazz, and experimental music along with the wonderful Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ.

Australian Art Orchestra Director Peter Knight chats with John Sheridan about the performance which is for one night only – Saturday February 6th, 7:30 pm at Melbourne Town Hall.

Tickets at the door or on line: www.aao.com.au/exitceremonies 

Finally, from the City of Stonnington ‘The Classics: Opera’.
Throughout February the City of Stonnington present a series of free outdoor concerts featuring some of Australia’s most acclaimed musicians and vocal artists.

On Saturday February 6th from 7:30 pm at Victoria Gardens, 361 High Street, Prahran, you may enjoy the music of Mozart with selections from some of his operas including ‘The Mariage of Figaro’, ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’, ‘Don Giovani’ and many more.

Artists include Antoinette Halloran, Joselyn Rechter, Andrew Jones, David Hibbard, Michael Petruccelli with the orchestra directed by Raymond Lawrence.  The evening is under the direction of Suzanne Chaundy and is hosted by ABC Classic FM’s Mairi Nicholson.



Monday December 21st 2015

Summer is well under way and there’s a myriad of things happening around town.  On the final ‘Behind the Scenes’ for 2015, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, John Sheridan explores the world from PlanetSOL at the Butterfly Club, to Cinema, the Peninsula Summer Music Festival and ‘The Measure of a Man’, part of Midsumma Festival.

Charlotte Roberts has a new show about musical adventure, feeling, connection and the power of music.  In ‘Sounds from PlanetSOL’ Charlotte tells her story through song, spoken word and movement.

The show is at the Butterfly Club, Carson Place Melbourne from 13thto 16thJanuary 2016.  Bookings: 9663 8107 or online at www.thebutterflyclub.com

Chris Thompson makes his final appearance for 2015 and serves up the best and worst of 2015’s movies plus a couple of reviews.

If you’re looking for fine music with a summer setting, then look no further than the 9th Peninsula Summer Music Festival to be staged across the Mornington Peninsula from January 1st to January 10th, 2016. 

Artistic director, Julia Friedersdorf joins John Sheridan for a conversation about the diverse program that ranges from the rich Baroque music of 17th century England, France and Italy, to contemporary jazz, fiery gypsy melodies, the intoxicating rhythms of the Middle East and the transcendental beauty of the Indian Bansuri flute.

For further information on programs and venues go online to www.peninsulafestival.com.au 

Finally, Gavin Roach has ‘The Measure of a Man’. Part of Midsumma Festival, it plunges deep into the heart of one man’s sexual anxieties. As Gavin says, ‘stories like ‘The Measure of a Man’ are, sometimes, rarely spoken about. They’re often shrouded in embarrassment or shame.  There have been many times when I have spoken with others about the show and the themes and they suddenly become wide-eyed and say “I thought I was the only one”. I don’t think my story has any more gravity than anyone else’s, but if it gets people talking then that’s not a bad thing’.

‘The Measure of a Man’ is at Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park from 1st to 6th February as part of Midsumma Festival. For bookings: phone 8606 4200 or go online www.gasworks.org.au

That’s the lineup for the final ‘Behind the Scenes’ for 2015 with John Sheridan: Monday night December 21st at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.

For 5 weeks over the summer break Vision Australia Radio presents ‘Behind the Scenes – Summer Season’, a collection of program featuring Australian musicians in conversation with John Sheridan plus Mike Finch & Circus Oz and a tribute to Bing Crosby.

‘Behind the Scenes – Summer Season’ may be heard Monday nights at 9:00, repeated Saturday evening at 6.30, plus the usual podcast on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday December 14th 2015

The early days of summer in Melbourne mean among other things: holidays, relaxation, music, carols by candlelight, movies and jazz. On ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, John Sheridan chats with Michael Tortoni, artistic director of Melbourne International Jazz Festival.  Once again MIJF presents the Summer Sessions of Jazz throughout January. The much loved and reopened Bennetts Lane Jazz Club will play host to the Vince Jones Quartet, Etjhio-jazz giant Hailu Mergia, Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and KAZE and many others. For further information and bookings: www.melbournejazz.com.  We welcome new film reviewer Chris Thompson; Chris has been out and about the cinemas these past couple of weeks and has managed to catch up with ‘The End of the Tour’, ‘The Danish Girl’ and ‘The Big Short’.

Finally, a couple of weeks back Vision Australia, in association with telecast partners Nine Network, launched the 2015 Carols program at Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood.

Among the guests was young singer/songwriter Taylor Henderson. Taylor, apart from performing at the Christmas Eve ‘Carols by Candlelight’, is also Vision Australia’s Carols Ambassador.  

Taylor joins John Sheridan for a chat about what will be happening at the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ celebration at the Myer Music Bowl on Christmas Eve, plus what his Ambassador role involves.

If you’d like to be part of the festivities at the Myer Music Bowl on Christmas Eve, go the www.carolsbycandlelight.com.au.

Jazz, Movies and Christmas Carols on ‘Behind the Scenes’ with John Sheridan: Monday night December 14th at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday December 7th 2015

Christmas is but days away and what better way to celebrate than with a new fast-paced, sharp comedy!

On ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, playwright Sam Floyd chats with John Sheridan about his new play ‘Affair Play’ coming to the Brunswick Mechanics Institute.

The play is presented by Freshly Ground Theatre and builds on their earlier successes ‘Not Axel Harrison’, .My Brain Made Me Do It’ and ‘Every Base Covered’.

Infidelity is the most universally disapproved of, yet popular, pastime on earth: by a mile.  It’s as old as sex.  Take 2 jaded couples, 4 lovers, and one absurd web of infidelity and ‘Affair Play’ unravels over the course of one turbulent dinner as 4 would-be adults scheme their way into each other’s pants!

‘Affair Play’ is a Brunswick Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick from December 9th to 19th. For bookings phone 9387 3376 or on line www.freshlygroundtheatre.com  

The much-loved company Circus Oz reflects the diversity of modern Australia.  Their performances at home and abroad are legendary. A major program with the company is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program and young Davey Thompson is the program manager.

Davey joins John Sheridan for an outline of what the program is about and what Circus Oz has planned for 2016.

Finally news about Vision Australia’s ‘Carols by Candlelight’ held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl each Christmas Eve.

A few days ago Vision Australia, in association with telecast partners Nine Network, launched the 2015 Carols program at Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood.

John Sheridan chats with some of the folk who will be there on the night to entertain you at the bowl, including children’s entertainer Sam Moran and song-writer/singer and Vision Australia Carols Ambassador Taylor Henderson.

For bookings for Vision Australia’s ‘Carols by Candlelight’ go to www.carolsbycandlelight.com.au    

Theatre, Circus and Christmas Carols on ‘Behind the Scenes’ with John Sheridan: Monday night December 7th at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday November 30th 2015

When it came to art, Howard Arkley pursued a singular vision incorporating aspects of high art and popular culture, such as punk and pop; a love of urban and suburban imagery and architecture; an ongoing preoccupation with pattern and colour; and a life-long dialogue with abstraction. Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, John Sheridan talks with TarraWarra Museum of Art curator Anthony Fitzpatrick about the latest exhibition at TarraWarra, ‘Howard Arkley (and friends)’.

Co-curated with TarraWarra Artistic Director, Victoria Lynn, the exhibition features many works that have not been seen before along with some of Arkley’s most quintessential and iconic images. The exhibition also considers the influence of music on Arkley’s work and reveals how the artist incorporated elements of rhythm, tempo, notation, sequencing and sampling within his work. Arkley was influenced by music ranging from Nick Cave to Billie Holiday, Iggy Pop, Charles Mingus and Eric Satie.

‘Howard Arkley (and friends)’ is at TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville from December 5th 2015 until 20th February 2016. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 1:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information go to
www.twma.com.au

The movie review(s) tonight are a somewhat sad occasion, for after 4 years we say farewell to young Dave Hoskin.  At the same time it’s welcome to Dave’s successor, Chris Thompson.  Will John Sheridan get a look-in with the film reviews?  Maybe!

Finally a 21st Century opera event is coming to Theatre Works: Bryce Ives from ‘Present Tense’ chats with John Sheridan about the intriguing work ‘Ricercar’.

Do you remember the last musical from ‘Present Tense’ – ‘Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert’!  It was a run-away hit, bringing Margaret Fulton to the attention of a whole new audience.

In ‘Ricercar’, the ordered artistry of J. S. Bach meets the energy and mania of contemporary theatre.

The production features Melbourne Music legend Rosie Westbrook, opera singers Shauntai Batzke and Simon Gilkes, actors Laura Burzacott and Danial Han. It’s directed by Bryce Ives and Nathan Gilkes.

‘Ricercar’ is at Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda. For bookings, phone 9534 3388.

The World of the Arts on ‘Behind the Scenes’ with John Sheridan: Monday night November 30th at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday November 23rd 2015

Almost anything can and does happen in the world of fashion, so when David Bardas and Sportsgirl came on the scene ‘Anything Can Happen’ literally became the mantra!

Vicki Stegall has written a fascinating book, ‘Anything Can Happen’ about the Bardas years at Sportsgirl, and Vicki is John Sheridan’s first guest on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.

From 1948 until 1994, the Bardas family ran the fashion business known as Sportsgirl.  In 1959 after the sudden death of his father, David Bardas was entrusted with turning Sportsgirl around and with his outrageous marketing campaigns and lavish promotions, the world of women’s fashion was off and running.

For nearly 50 years Sportsgirl was known as the place where ‘Anything Can Happen’ and it did. Vicki Stegall’s book is published by Hardie Grant and is available now in book shops.

Continuing the link with books, we next look at the Australian Bookplate Design Award.  Robert Littlewood is the convenor  of the award which offers $15,000 in prize money, and Robert talks with John Sheridan about the background of the award and its importance in the world of art.  

So what is a bookplate?  Bookplates are personalized artworks fixed inside a book to identify the owner and they’re a particular genre of art that commands ongoing recognition.  Many renowned Australian artists who have created bookplates include Tom Roberts, Lionel Lindsay, Norman Lindsay, Pro Hart, Adrian feint, Helen Ogilvie, Kenneth Jack, Pixie O’Harris and Irena Sibley – to name a few!

Winners will be announced at the end of the month and a series of public exhibitions will commence in December.  For details of these exhibitions: www.bookplatedesignaward.com 

Finally, the National Gallery of Victoria has announced the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2016.

‘Degas: a new vision’: in June 2016, an exhibition of one of the world’s most loved artists. Edgar Degas’ will open to the public. In a world-first exhibition ‘Degas: a new vision’ will offer the most significant international survey of Degas’ work in decades, presenting more than 200 works from over 40 galleries across the globe. The works showcase the artist’s talent in a new light, not only as a great master of painting, but also as a master of drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography.

Senior curator at NGV, Ted Gott, chats with John Sheridan about the background to this Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2016. The exhibition opens on 24th June, 2016.  For more information go to www.ngv.vic.gov.au 

The World of the Arts on ‘Behind the Scenes’ with John Sheridan: Monday night November 23rd at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.

Monday November 16th 2015

Cameras were banned at the Western front when the ANZACS arrived in 1916.  Correspondent Charles Bean argued continually for Australia to have a dedicated photographer. He got his wish – George Hubert Wilkins.

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00, author Jeff Maynard talks with John Sheridan about the exploits of polar explorer and World War One photographer George Hubert Wilkins from 1917 until the end of the War.  

Wilkins’ exploits on the Western front were legendary. He did what no photographer had previously dared to do.  He went ‘over the top’ with the troops and ran forward to photograph the actual fighting.  He led soldiers into battle, captured German prisoners, was wounded repeatedly and was twice awarded the Military Cross – all while he refused to carry a gun and armed himself only with a bulky glass-plate camera.

Yet by the time he died, in 1958, he was virtually forgotten – why?  Jeff Maynard’s book ‘The Unseen Anzac’ reveals a fascinating story of the life of the man who became Sir Hubert Wilkins. His photographic work, today, is on display for all to see at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

‘The Unseen Anzac’ is published by Scribe and is now available in book shops.  For further information go online to www.scribepublications.com.au

Dave Hoskin joins us for film reviews and a somewhat sad occasion – after 4 years it’s Dave’s final regular appearance on ‘Behind the Scenes’. Film maker and playwright Chris Thompson takes over from Dave from November 30th. So, on the 16th join Dave Hoskin for his farewell and perhaps a brief look back at the world of film during that time. 

The World of the Arts on ‘Behind the Scenes’ with John Sheridan: Monday night November 16th at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday November 9th 2015

Celebrating its tenth festival, the biennial Big West Festival is opening up its house – literally – throughout Footscray from 20th to 28th November 2015.

Located in the heart of Footscray at the Big West Village, corner of Paisley and French Streets, HOUSE will be the hub and centre of the nine day festival featuring dozens of events, many free.

Kerensa Diball and Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez join John Sheridan on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio for a chat about NEIGHBOURS, Footscray style. You can join them for a guided walk along Nicholson Street and meet some fascinating people.

Neighbours – a part of the BIG WEST FESTIVAL, that runs from November 20th to the 28th; for more details go to www.bigwest.com.au

Ballarat has been in the News of late over the running of a certain important horse race. Now you have a chance to experience many of the artistic and other aspects of Ballarat life with ‘The 24 Hour Experience Ballarat’ featuring remarkable stories from the everyday.

Gorkem Acaroglu designed the concept and is curator of the Experience which runs for 24 hours from noon November 21st until noon on 22nd November. Gorkem outlines some of the many features that will take place around Ballarat within the 24 hour time frame.   

For further details go online to www.24hourexperience.com.au or on Facebook www.facebook.com/24hourexperienceballarat

Season 2 for 2015 at Arts House continues with 2 performances back to back.  In the first Nicola Gunn chats about her world premiere performance ‘Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster’. It’s a riveting new show about a man, a woman and a duck!  It outlines the excruciating realms of human behavior and an attempt to navigate the complexities of trying to become a better person.

‘Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster’ is at North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne from 11th to 15th November. Bookings: phone 9322 3713 or go online to www.artshouse.com.au

The second work at Arts House comes from the Australian/UK group Ridiculusmus.  ‘Give Me Your Love’ is an exploration of the effects of combat stress.  The production is the second installment of Ridiculusmus’s three-pronged investigation into innovative approaches to mental health.

Writer, Director and Performer David Woods outlines the background to the production which is also at Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne from 18th to 22nd November. Bookings: phone 9322 3713 or online www.artshouse.com.au

The World of the Arts on ‘Behind the Scenes’ with John Sheridan: Monday night November 9th at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday November 2nd 2015

Who IS Edmund?  Does anybody really know?  Perhaps one man does, but how does he explain Edmund?

Writer, Designer and Performer Brian Lipson has created a new show for Arts House and Antechamber productions, and Brian is John Sheridan’s first guest on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.

Brian Lipson is fondly remembered for his acclaimed solo show. ‘A Large Attendance in the Antechamber’ and with his new show ‘Edmund, the Beginning’ Brian promises a disordered array of characters from the impatient past and the murky present; some are familiar, some are famous, some are known only to Lipson – none are comfortable.

‘Edmund, the Beginning’ is at Arts House North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne from November 10th to the 22nd.  Bookings: 9322 3713 or go online www.artshouse.com.au 

The movies are calling and Dave Hoskin is there with an answer – he’ll have all the reviews on the program.

Finally, what is the future of Festivals in Victoria?  We have so many; it seems there’s almost another festival every couple of weeks. Can they all survive?  Victoria University in association with Maribyrnong City Council presents a panel of creative thinkers behind some of Victoria’s premiere festivals in the final Game Changers Conversation for 2015.

Ian Pidd is well known in festival circles; he’s worked with Moomba, Melbourne Fringe, Falls Festival, Back to Back and many others.  Ian is chair of ‘Future of Festivals’ in the Game Changers Conversation Series on November 24th.

Speakers include Simon Abrahams, Creative Director and CEO of Melbourne Fringe, Marcia Ferguson, Artistic Director of the Big West Festival – and a guest on ‘Behind the Scenes’ next week – Jonathon Holloway, the Artistic Director Designate of the Melbourne Festival, Martin Patten, Director of the Castlemaine State Festival and Hai Pham, director of East Meets West Lunar New Year festival.

The program is on Tuesday November 24th, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm – Pop-up Bar opens at 5:30 pm.  It’s at VU MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray and entry is FREE.

The world of the Arts: that’s next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night November 2nd at 9:00 with John Sheridan on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday October 26th 2015

As the 2015 music scene around Melbourne and Victoria draws to a close, lovers of fine music are looking to what lies ahead in 2016.

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ on Vision Australia Radio, Carl Vine, Artistic Director of Musica Viva joins John Sheridan for a look at the program for 2016 including the popular Tuesday morning ‘Coffee Concerts’.

For a brochure and further information on Musica Viva, phone toll free 1800 688 482 or www.musicaviva.com.au

Earlier this year the penultimate Brian Stacey Award was announced.  The Awards were established in memory of Brian ‘Stace’ Stacey, one of our great musicians, to help emerging conductors gain experience in particular by crossing art form barriers such as classical, ballet, opera, choral and music theatre genres.

The 2015 Award went to Jessica Gethin from Perth, and on the next program there’s another opportunity to hear Jessica chat about the award and what it means for her career.

The world of music: that’s next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night October 26th at 9:00 with John Sheridan on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday October 19th 2015

It’s the nation’s most coveted photography prize – the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize worth $25,000; and it’s currently on display at Monash Gallery of Art.

Curator Stephen Zagala joins John Sheridan next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio to chat about the award winning entry by Joseph McGlennon and also talk about some of the other 46 entries in this the 10th anniversary of the prize.

Monash Gallery of Art is at 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill and is open Tuesday to Friday – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and weekends 12 noon to 5:00 pm. For more information ring 8544 0500 or go online to the Monash Gallery of Art website.  

Dave Hoskin is forever hot on the trail of movies, both good and bad, and he’ll have another couple of reviews to report.

Christmas fast approaches and with it comes music that we’ve learnt to appreciate and enjoy over the years. Many community choirs will celebrate the season and one interesting group is ‘The Coryule Chorus’ based on the Bellarine Peninsula.

‘The Coryule Chorus’, who sing in 4-part harmony, have just released their first CD, and they’re coming to Melbourne for a performance at St Leonard’s Uniting Church, Brighton on November 22nd at 2:00 pm.

Founder of the choir, Joy Porter, chats about how the choir came about and what they’ve been up to since beginning in 2010.

Photography, movies and music: that’s next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night October 19th at 9:00 with John Sheridan on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday October 12th 2015

From the mythical winged horse Pegasus to Par Lap’s victorious Melbourne Cup, three thousand years of the horse are currently on display at NGV International St. Kilda Road, Melbourne.

‘The Horse’ includes 250 works of art exploring the role of the horse in myth, legend and miracle.

Laurie Benson, Curator of International Art at NGV is John Sheridan’s first guest next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.
Laurie explains how the exhibition ‘The Horse’ takes the viewer to ancient times, through Greek, Indian and Chinese mythology, also showing how the horse enabled dynasties, including the Egyptian pharaohs and European rulers to expand and maintain their rule.  The exhibition looks at Australia’s relationship to the animal, which arrived in small numbers with the First Fleet in 1788.  Then there’s the Sport of Kings – Horse Racing, and so the list goes on.

‘The Horse’ is at NGV International, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne until November 8th.  Entry is FREE.

Polish actor, director and playwright Lech Mackiewicz has created a new work – ‘NaGL’ – short for not a good look.  What does it mean?
Lech’s fellow director and collaborator Greg Ulfan outlines the background of the play in conversation with John Sheridan.
The play is based on personal experience and tells the story of what happens when a family unit from another country comes up against Australian culture.
‘NaGL’ – not a good look, is at Metonia at the Mechanics Institute Brunswick, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick until October 17th.
Bookings at the door or www.trybooking.com  
Art with ‘The Horse’ at NGV plus theatre: that’s next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night October 12th at 9:00 with John Sheridan on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday October 5th 2015

The music of Claudio Monteverdi and art inspired by his music: a treat for sure during the 2015 Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia radio, John Sheridan chats with Mary Lou Jelbart about this stunning combination of art and music ‘Canzone – Music as storytelling’ coming to fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, City.

Multi-award winning artist Angela Cavalieri returns to Australia from Venice with monumental linocut prints based on Monteverdi’s final opera ‘The Return of Ulysses’.  Cavalieri has also spent four years exploring the Madrigals of Monteverdi and the program includes two music programs ‘Variations’ and ‘Cantations’.

The Art Exhibition runs until 24th October and the music program 13th to 15th October and 20th to the 22nd October – both part of the 2015 Melbourne International Arts festival at fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

For further information and bookings phone: 9662 9966 or go online to www.fortyfivedownstairs.com 

The footy season maybe drawing to a close, and daylight saving is upon us, but still Dave Hoskin goes in search of movies to review.

Wealth, poverty, privilege, neglect – ‘Grand DiVisions’ is a new work about falling in and out of love with Australia presented by Outer Urban projects, Newsboys and Arts Centre Melbourne.

Irine Vela, composer and director talks about the collaboration between writers, musicians and performers in this balletic and symphonic concept.

‘Grand DiVisions’ is at the Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne from 14th to 17th October.

For bookings and information: phone 1300 182 183 or Ticketmaster 136 100.

Music, dance and cinema: that’s next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night October 5th at 9:00 with John Sheridan on Vision Australia Radio.



MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28th 2015.

Music is on the minds of many folk out Monash University-way; they’re celebrating 50 years of Music making at the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music.

Last week on ‘Behind the Scenes’ on Vision Australia radio – Monday nights at 9:00 -  Professor John Griffiths Head of the School of Music spoke about those celebrations.  Next on the program the great international Melbourne-born pianist Leslie Howard talks with John Sheridan about his days at the Monash School, the performance he’ll be giving there on September 29th and his love of Liszt and Grainger.

John Cunningham recently took over as Director of McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery at Langwarrin. John chats about the plans for the future, the $250,000 Peninsula Link Sculpture Commission and lots more.

McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery is at 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin.

Music and art: that’s next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night September 28th at 9:00 with John Sheridan on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday SEPTEMBER 21st 2015

They’ve been making music at Monash University for 50 years, and what better way to celebrate than with a series of performances from local and international artists across the campus at Monash and the City of Melbourne.

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, Professor John Griffiths, Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, chats with John Sheridan about the program currently running until October 6th.  Artists include New York bassist Mark Hellas, Australian-born pianist Leslie Howard, Chicago Jazz trombonist Ray Anderson and Paul Dyer from the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

For information on dates, venues and booking details go to www.monash.edu/mapa or phone 9905 1111.

The weather maybe warming up, but that hasn’t cooled Dave Hoskins passion for film.  Dave will have another couple of reviews for you on the program.

Finally, Melbourne-born musician Rae Howell has a couple of new CD’s just released.  You probably remember Rae with the group Sunwrae – they’ve enjoyed success world-wide these past few years and Rae is back home, briefly for concerts and to launch the CD’s.  Rae is one of those wonderful musicians who refuse to be ‘categorized’ in music style; Rae’s music is what you want it to be. 

A celebration of music and cinema: that’s next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night September 21st at 9:00 with John Sheridan on Vision Australia Radio.



Monday September 14th 2015

Take a walk on the Boardwalk and you never know what you may encounter!  

‘The Boardwalk Republic’ is part of the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival and next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, you’ll hear all about the 13 companies who come together for this lolly-jar of works covering circus, theatre, comedy, cabaret, burlesque and magic.

Francesco Minniti is a performer/creator/director with the project and he talks with John Sheridan about what you can expect to see and hear.

‘The Boardwalk Republic’ is at Gasworks Art Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park until October 4th. For details on events, bookings and further information go to: www.gasworks.org.au

Musica Viva’s popular Tuesday morning ‘Coffee Concerts’ continue on September 22nd with performances by the young Australian ensemble ‘Orava Quartet’.  Helenka King from Musica Viva has news of this and other Musica Viva activities coming up at Melbourne Recital Centre.

For bookings for the Melbourne Coffee Concerts and other Musica Viva details phone the toll free number: 1800 688 482.

‘John & Jen’ is an original musical that follows the story of a woman torn between the two Johns in her life – the brother that died in the Vietnam War, and his namesake, her son.

This intimate and poignant musical tells of the connections, commitments and the healing of the human heart. Performer Jaclyn De Vincentis joins John Sheridan for a look at this musical playing at Chapel off Chapel from 18th to the 27th September.

For bookings: www.chapeloffchapel.com.au or phone 8290 7000.

Finally, Rebekah Marks from the State Library has news of Audio described tours now being conducted at the State Library of Victoria.  Rebekah explains what’s involved.  Meanwhile, if you’d like to find out more about the scheme you may phone 
Linda Wheeler at the Library for information or bookings on
8664 7447.
 
That’s next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night September 14th at 9:00 with John Sheridan on Vision Australia Radio.



Monday September 7th 2015

Musica Viva Australia has just announced a new artistic development program ‘FutureMakers’. The initiative aims to help leading young virtuosi to become Australia’s next generation of outstanding musical performers. One of Australia’s leading musicians Genevieve Lacey, steps into the role of ‘FutureMakers’ artistic director.  Musica Viva have selected the young Melbourne-based Arcadia Quintet as the first ‘FutureMakers’.

Flautist Kiran Phatak and Oboist David Reichelt join John Sheridan in conversation about the two year fellowship which commences this month, on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio.

Dave Hoskin continues his foray into the world of Cinema with more reviews.

Finally, David Paterson explains what’s behind the comedy ‘Reserved Seating Only,: is it really about life, love and footy? The production by Boxing Day productions in association with Regional Arts Victoria is currently touring the state until the end of this month. For performance details and locations go to the Regional Arts Victoria website.

Fine music, Cinema and Theatre: that’s next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night September 7th at 9:00 with John Sheridan on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday August 31st 2015

His recordings of classical music are world renowned and much loved.  He was a great encourager of young musical talent and audiences flocked to his concerts.

Sir John Barbirolli, or JB as he was known to his orchestra players, committed himself to resurrecting the Halle Orchestra of Manchester. He was known world-wide, from the Americas to Europe and in the 1950’s, Australia.

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, Dr. Raymond Holden,  Barbirolli Lecturer in Music at the Royal Academy of Music, London, chats with John Sheridan about the influence John Barbirolli had on Australia’s orchestras.

‘A Cockney Down Under’: Sir John Barbirolli in Australia 1950 to 1955.

‘DanceHouse’ in North Carlton continues to explore and promote contemporary dance.  Angela Conquet, artistic director talks about forthcoming programs including applications for the Keir Choreographic Awards and news of the latest Housemate, Matthew Day. For further information and details, go to the Dancehouse website.

Fine music and contemporary dance: that’s next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Monday night August 31st at 9:00 with John Sheridan on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday August 24th 2015


She was a true innovator and visionary in the world of Art: Catherine the Great of Russia.  Her inexhaustible passion for the arts, education and culture heralded a renaissance, leading to the formation of one of the world’s great museums, the Hermitage in St Petersburg.

As the 2015 ‘Winter Masterpiece’ at the NGV International on St Kilda Road, Melbourne is fortunate to have a rare glimpse at the world of Catherine the Great and her magnificent art collection.

Next on ‘Behind the Scenes’ with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio, curator Ted Gott from NGV takes us on a journey through this marvelous exhibition.

The exhibition is on at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne until November 8th. The gallery is open 10:00 am until 5:00 pm daily. Tickets on sale at the gallery or online

Come rain, hail or pestilence, Dave Hoskin has what it takes to gather forth his film reviews, and he’ll have another couple for you this week.

Finally, continuing Season 2 for 2015 at Arts House – Kate McIntosh is ‘All Ears’ with her new work created from unusual recordings, acoustic experiments and much more.  
Kate joins John Sheridan for a chat about what can be created from everyday sounds and outlines a distinctive journey that includes jokes, human and animal behavior, politics, birds and traffic jams.

‘All Ears’ is at Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne from the 3rd to 6th September. Book at the Artshouse website or phone 9322 3713.    

The worlds of great Art, film and sound; that’s next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, with John Sheridan Monday night August 24th at 9.00 on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday August 17th 2015

They’ve been thrilling Melbourne and Australia for 11 years with their exotic and erotically charged electrifying acts that shove a fork into the toaster of cabaret, circus, burlesque and performance art.
Moira Finucane and Jackie Smith are back at the Melba Spiegeltent with ‘Glory Box La Revolucion’ just what you need to warm things up for the winter.  
Moira Finucane is John Sheridan’s first guest next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia Radio. Moira reflects back on past successes and chats about this latest program. ‘Glory Box La Revolucion’ is at the Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood, from August 20th to 13th September. For bookings and further information go to finucaneandsmith.com

One of Australia’s leading contemporary choreographers, Jo Lloyd, returns to Arts House, North Melbourne with a World Premiere as part of Arts House Season 2, 2015.
‘Confusion for Three’ uses complex choreographic parameters and a set of highly physical and mentally demanding tasks to explore the notion of order and disorder.  Jo Lloyd explains the background to her latest work that features traces of folk dance with idiosyncratic body rhythms.

‘Confusion for Three’ is at North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne from 26th to 30th August. For bookings go to the Arthouse website or phone 9322 3713.
Finally, a touch of Paris comes to the Monash Gallery of Art, Featuring over 120 prints, posters and photographs drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. ‘Impressions of Paris’ is the gallery’s major international exhibition for 2015.  
Senior curator at the gallery, Stephen Zagala talks about the artists works on display: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier, Atget and others, plus the contribution they made to French art. ‘Impressions of Paris’ is at Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill until September 20th.  The gallery is Open, Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Saturday and Sunday, Noon – 5:00 pm. 

That’s next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, with John Sheridan Monday night August 17th at 9.00 on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday August 10th 2015

A story of two Grandfathers: one a singer turned ASIO spymaster, the other, one of Australia’s earliest Middle Eastern immigrants.

That’s the setting for the first conversation on the next edition of ‘Behind the Scenes’ with John Sheridan, Monday night at 9:00 on Vision Australia radio.

In this solo theatre show David Joseph outlines the background of his grandfathers in the program ‘Deceptive Threads’.

‘Deceptive Threads’ is at the Metanioa Theatre 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick from August 12th until 23rd. Book tickets online.

Dave Hoskin has sat in the Cinema through our coldest July in 20 years and managed to thaw out three movies for your delight.

Finally, creator, performer and former soccer player Ahilan Ratnamohan has created a startling, solo dance-inspired work, SDS1, from his experiences in the sweaty, physically skilled and demanding world of soccer.

Ahilan is John Sheridan’s final guest this week; SDS1 is at Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne from August 19th to 22nd.  For bookings got to the Artshouse website or phone: 9322 3713.

The worlds of theatre and cinema, next on ‘Behind the Scenes’, with John Sheridan Monday night August 10th at 9.00 on Vision Australia Radio.


Monday August 3rd 2015

Earlier this year, artistic director of Circus Oz Mike Finch announced after 17 years with the top performance-circus company, he was retiring.

Over the years Mike has been a regular visitor to Vision Australia Radio and ‘Behind the Scenes’, so we enticed Mike along for a lengthy conversation, looking back on his years at Circus Oz and also where it all began for him, in Bathurst, New South Wales.

Mike joins John Sheridan in a 60 minute reflective conversation, complete with some of his favorite music on ‘Behind the Scenes’, Monday night August 3rd at 9.00 on Vision Australia Radio.


 

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