This series of truly epic human stories told in unexpected ways by extraordinary artists in intimate settings is scattered throughout the region. Intimate Epics brings vast themes – the Trojan Wars, the sweep of contemporary history, bloodshed and betrayal, and the spiritual mysteries of life and death – to surprising performance spaces.
Anna Gibbs, Elizabeth Day, Julie Gough and Noelene Lucas
Tasmania’s vicious colonial past is laid bare in a raw and riveting expose of historical murders as four Tasmanian artists spotlight brutal killings in and around the now sleepy town of Longford. Within the peaceful heritage Town Hall, the tale of each grisly murder is projected onto a forensic tent alongside crime scene evidence. This interactive exhibition resurrects a frontier world of capital punishment, Aboriginal dispossession, bushranger thuggery and drunken violence. A powerful opportunity for an open and honest investigation into Tasmania’s dark and troubled past.
15-17 MARCH 10AM-5PM
LONGFORD TOWN HALL
Robert Jarman, Blue Cow Theatre
Reflecting on religion, life, death and the importance of tea and cake, Tasmania’s living theatre treasure Robert Jarman returns with his latest solo show about the power of ritual in modern life. The Protecting Veil mixes the richness of the Catholic and Anglican traditions with a generous serve of gay sensibility and a dash of Renaissance Art History to explore how ceremonies help us all make sense of the passage of our fragile bodies from birth to death. With a maximum audience of 25, The Protecting Veil is a secular sacrament, a thoughtful ritual of community.
SAT 16 MARCH
CYCLES CAFÉ, DELORAINE
ROBERT JARMAN ON THE PROTECTING VEIL
Actor and Blue Cow Artistic Director Robert Jarman discusses with Lindy Hume the creation of his new solo theatre work, The Protecting Veil. How does an actor/writer/director/producer separate these roles and stay objective about his own performance? And what are Jarman’s thoughts on the future of theatre in Tasmania?
FRI & SAT 7.30PM, SAT & SUN 2PM
CYCLES @ THE EMPIRE, DELORAINE
This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts
Praised by The New York Times and The Age for her “dynamic” and “powerful” performances, Ukranian-born pianist Sonya Lifschitz is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative and fiercely creative musical voices. Deftly synching virtuoso piano with texts from iconic creative and political figures like Bertolt Brecht, Goebbles, JFK, Ai Wei Wei, Stalin, Sontag, Julia Gillard and Trump, Stalin’s Piano is a captivating – at times devastating, at times tender and humorous – tour de force weaving music, archival video footage and the performer’s own speaking voice to explore big themes in modern history. READ MORE
THE ILIAD OUT LOUD
The Iliad – Homer’s forensic exploration of the battlefields of Troy – is the HBO series of the classics. Over 3000 years since The Iliad was first performed, the brilliant Australian actor and playwright William Zappa now thrillingly brings this epic poem back to life for modern audiences. In the tradition of oral storytelling, Zappa delivers a contemporary rhythmic adaptation that reveals once again the ancient themes of human folly and passion, the pain and brutality of war, and the meddling arrogance of the gods. Zappa presents The Iliad Out Loud as a solo reading in three parts, in three intimate settings across North East Tasmania.
SUN 17 MARCH
HOTEL GRAND CHANCELLOR, LAUNCESTON
WILLIAM ZAPPA ON THE ILIAD OUT LOUD
Balancing a successful career spanning film, televisions, musicals and theatre, Anglo/Greek Australian actor William Zappa has spent the last seven years creating an adaptation of Homer’s Trojan War epic The Iliad into a nine-hour version designed to be spoken out loud – as it was ‘performed’ originally! Presented at the recent Sydney Festival The Iliad – Out Loud met with standing ovations and critical acclaim.
PART ONE FRI 15 MARCH, 7.30pm
CLARENDON ARMS HOTEL, EVANDALE
PART TWO SAT 16 MARCH, 7.30PM
ROSEVEARS HOTEL, ROSEVEARS
PART THREE SUN 17 MARCH, 2PM
ENTALLY LODGE, HADSPEN
FULL $29, CONCESSION $26
ALL THREE FULL $65
ALL THREE CONCESSION $58
DURATION 2HRS 20MINS including interval
This performance can be enjoyed if you dip into just one evening, or plan an epic weekend and see all three parts over three nights. Plan your adventure across the North East of Tasmania and save by buying all three tickets.BUY BUNDLE
Artists: Anna Gibbs, Elizabeth Day, Julie Gough and Noelene Lucas
Image: Courtesy of the artist
THE PROTECTING VEIL
Creator/Performer: Robert Jarman
Musician: David Malone
Image: Oliver Berlin
Composer: Robert Davidson
Performer: Sonya Lifschitz
Image: Paul McMillan
THE ILIAD OUT LOUD
Writer/Performer: William Zappa
Image: Hugh Hamilton
Longford Town Hall
67 Wellington St
Cycles @ The Empire
19 Emu Bay Rd
2 West Barrack St
Clarendon Arms Hotel
11 Russell St
The performance is on the second story of the hotel and requires you to walk up a flight of stairs to attend.
28 Rutherglen Rd
215 Rosevears Dr