5 September

The Agent of Change principle is enforced in Australia

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After a hard-fought battle, as of Thursday 4th September the agent of change principle will be enforced in Victoria meaning our cherished live music venues will no longer be threatened by noise complaints from residents and businesses moving in around them. Up until now the onus – and expense – of soundproofing has been placed on the venue, which has threatened some with closure. In July, Cherry Bar was forced to launch a crowd-funding campaign to raise the cash for their soundproofing. Thanks to 11 years of campaigning, an army of supporters marching on parliament and a whole lot of love for live music the onus has finally been flipped to stun those naysayers into silence.

The Save Live Australia’s Music team announced: “It’s been a long and hard road to get here. Activists like Dr Kate Shaw and Jon Perring from Fair Go 4 Live Music have been working on this publicity and butting heads with governments for 11 years.… Read more

5 September

Melbourne Theatre Company announces 2015 season

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MTC must be acutely aware that it’s never had a female Artistic Director in its history, and next year’s season clearly aims to redress this, featuring several plays with women in key creative roles. The result of a welcome cultural shift in the medium as much as the fruition of its inaugural Women Director’s Program, exactly half of the 2015 season is written, adapted or directed by women.

Opening play Jumpy, by British playwright April De Angelis, stars Jane Turner in a comedy about a fractious mother–daughter relationship. No doubt trading on audiences’ fondness for Kath and Kim, it will be directed by MTC royalty Pamela Rabe, and comes off a highly successful West End run.

An alumnus of the Cybec Electric series of play readings is playwright Kylie Trounson, the daughter of the “Father of IVF” Professor Alan Trounson. Her play The Waiting Room explores the profound changes in society’s notions of family and fertility brought about by her father’s pioneering work on IVF.… Read more

4 September

Chrissy Amphlett’s lane: the story behind it

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Note: the author of this article is involved in Amphlett Lane.

On Tuesday night, the usually stuffy Council Meeting Room at Town Hall rang out with Divinyls puns as councillors unanimously voted in favour of Amphlett Lane taking the place of Corporation Lane 1639. It was a moment we – the campaigners – had been waiting for since July last year.

I read a statement from Chrissy’s husband, Charley Drayton, and her cousin, Patricia ‘Little Pattie’ Amphlett. Sally Bruen read another statement on behalf of Jessica Adams, who began the laneway petition that gathered over 7,000 signatures, but who is currently in the UK. When we finished, the councillors were all smiles. A cheer went up when the laneway was approved.

“Well done… It must have been a real Pleasure and Pain,” noted Councillor Richard Foster. He was quickly admonished by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle for bad punning, but Doyle then left his chair to offer us his congratulations and support. Councillor Rohan Leppart, who had been supportive of the campaign from day one, made a moving speech.… Read more

4 September

The Basics pause music for politics

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When music meets politics it’s usually in the form of a song that captures the groundswell on movements of change and catapults it into the hearts and households of many. Think Yothu Yindi or Midnight Oil.

This time the musicians are setting there instruments aside (momentarily) and putting themselves forward for your vote. The Basics band members, Wally De Backer (Gotye), Kris Schroeder and Tim Heath have formed a political party based on what many people have been thinking – that there’s too much inbreeding in politics. The Basics Rock’n’Roll Party (BRRP) are centring their philosophy around grassroots decision making and finding practical solutions to enduring problems.

Their specific policies for the Victorian State Election include Indigenous local learning in schools, compulsory first-aid training for high school students and the preservation and expansion of music facilities across Melbourne and throughout regional Victoria. The Party have expressed support for placing humanity before commerce, banning explicit alcohol advertising at live music events and valuing accountability, integrity and honesty in decision making.… Read more

3 September

Malthouse Theatre 2015 season launched

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Launched on a surprisingly balmy September evening, the Malthouse Theatre 2015 season boasts a healthy mix of new faces and Malthouse favourites, dance and theatre, text-based work and more exploratory, devised pieces. There’s tragedy and comedy, world premieres and worthy revivals.

The year opens with the return of Blak Cabaret, followed by a swag of new dance pieces as part of Dance Massive 2015, including work from Kate Champion, Anouk van Dijk and Victoria Chiu. Deeper into the season, there’s new theatre from Malthouse regulars Lally Katz, Declan Greene, Jane Montgomery Griffiths and Ash Flanders.

Looming as a season highlight, Caryl Churchill’s most recent play, Love and Information will get its Australian premier in a co-production with the Sydney Theatre Company in June. Nicola Gunn and David Woods collaborate on a new work about class and privilege. The year then rounds out with newcomers Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton, and holiday favourites The Listies.… Read more