Arts Centre Melbourne, The Playhouse Theatre
29 Jan – 4 Feb
The Brothers Grimm meets Ziggy Stardust. A dark fairy-tale for grown-ups, a song cycle, a thrilling piece of solo performance, Little Bird is a gripping story of how people can transform many times over the course of a lifetime.
Little Bird looks at the journey of young boy, Wren, from his parents’ isolated cottage all the way to the lights of the big city. Along the way a series of startling transformations occur, blurring the lines of identity, gender and reality as Wren searches for self, for love and for a place to belong.
Little Bird has been created especially for Australian stage legend Paul Capsis by multi-award winning playwright Nicki Bloom (Tender, Land and Sea) and features songs by Cameron Goodall (The Audreys) and Quentin Grant (When The Rain Stops Falling) who collaborated on the Adelaide Cabaret Festival hit, You Me and the Bloody Sea.
The production promises to be a rich and powerful theatrical experience. Drawing upon fable, mythology and song to create a compelling dramatic and musical journey, Little Bird will leave you transported, uplifted and with tears in your eyes.
Sidney Meyer Music Bowl
Brit-pop revivalists, The Kooks, will be returning to Australia for their most monstrous tour of the antipodes to date! Having toured Australia many times, the last being a sold out tour around Groovin’ The Moo in 2013, these are the largest headline shows they've played here, and are set to be huge.
The Kooks released their eagerly anticipated new album Listen (Virgin/EMI) earlier this month, with Q Mag stating “This is a very good album. The Kooks sound like a band rejuvenated”. Produced by Luke Pritchard and young hip hop pioneer Inflo, it showcases a new direction and sound for the multi-platinum selling UK act. They already laid down the gauntlet with swaggering first taster Down, then followed up with second single Around Town, which was another shift away from classic Kooks into unchartered territory and was the first track written for the forthcoming album.
Joining The Kooks are special guests The Griswolds, recently returned from 6 months of touring and festival appearances in the USA, and Welsh indie-rock four piece, Catfish & The Bottlemen, who have made a huge splash onto the scene with their current single Cocoon sitting on high rotation on triple j.
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse Theatre
Closing 18 January
Hold onto your biscuits! The tea-guzzling Tiger roars into Melbourne this summer in this mischievous musical play brought to you by the team behind We're Going on a Bear Hunt.
Join Sophie and her unexpected guest for some tea-time mayhem packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. This stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale is adapted for the stage by David Wood, deemed the UK’s ‘the national children’s dramatist’ and the undisputed leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. Direct from a sell-out season in London’s West End, where it broke box office records. Kids will “squeal with delight!” (Daily Mail, UK).
One of the best-selling children’s books of all time, Judith Kerr’s picture book has played a special role in the imaginations of children around the world since 1968. So pull the book from your shelf and book tickets now to share the magic of this modern classic with your family in this summer school holidays kids’ show.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
16 – 25 January
The biggest magic show on the planet returns with a brand new show; a stunning sequel featuring seven new masters of mental and optical illusion.
The Illusionists 2.0 propels the audience into the future of magic using cutting-edge visual effects including giant 3D projections and tricks that take crowd participation to a whole new level. A sophisticated, high-energy, powerhouse performance, The Illusionists 2.0 is your chance to witness the magical genius of seven of the world's greatest stars of their genre, each with a unique skill that has won them countless fans globally.
Whether it's the high-risk stunts of The Deceptionist and The Weapons Master, or the magical world of shadows created by the Unusualist, you’ll be gasping in disbelief!
Edgy, exciting and most of all fun, The Illusionists 2.0 is the summer blockbuster you've been waiting for.
Sidney Meyer Music Bowl
1 January 2015
Above & Beyond will deliver their iconic live performance that take fans on an interactive and immersive adventure this New Year’s Day at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The iconic trio will be spreading their magic with fans to reign in 2015.
The intense atmosphere at Above & Beyond’s live performances has redrawn the parameters of the DJ set much to fans delight. While so many superstar DJs place themselves at the heart of their performance, Above & Beyond’s focus is always on getting closer to their crowd and making them part of the action.