Performing Arts

Chung Ling Soo, the Marvellous Chinese Conjurer ALMA 93.2/34

The life and death of master magician Chung Ling Soo

September 20, 2017

Arts, Our stories, Performing Arts:

Magician William Ellsworth Robinson left behind his plain name and New York background and reinvented himself as the Chung Ling Soo, the Marvellous Chinese Conjurer, complete with an imaginative and fictitious life story, In the great days of vaudeville he achieved world fame and in 1909 embarked on a wildly successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. A decade later, still at the height of his career, Chung Ling Soo was mortally wounded on stage undertaking his sensational bullet catch trick.

Engraved from the "Chandos" portrait by H.S. Sadd, 1860

Shakespeare 400

May 6, 2016

Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Theatre:

The works of William Shakespeare remain so fresh, and so fundamental to our culture, a mere 400 years after his death.

Naxos/Broadway Theatre Archive, 1973

It’s a wonderful world; so many videos to enjoy, here or there!

October 16, 2015

Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Television, Theatre:

Some more great performances and documentaries courtesy of our video streaming services, not to mention a flashmob Choral Symphony to bring a tear to the eye.

William Morrow Publishers, 2014

Strutting and fretting their hour; new books in the performing arts

August 21, 2015

Arts, Film, Performing Arts:

Sometimes the goings on behind the scenes are a whole lot more fascinating than what goes on out the front……

From the Outer Circle to Heavy Metal on DVD

From the Outer Circle to Heavy Metal on DVD

April 9, 2015

Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Popular music:

New DVDs arriving into the collection include releases in rock, opera, ballet, popular music, magic and documentary.

Fantastic Voyage with King Kong & Queen : new listening in Arts.

Fantastic Voyage with King Kong & Queen : new listening in Arts.

September 12, 2014

Arts, Film, Music, Musicals, Performing Arts, Popular music, Theatre:

Some new CD arrivals feature on the Listening Posts in Arts. They include recent releases in film soundtracks, pop, rock, classical guitar, and musical theatre. The online catalogue indicates which… Read More ›

New DVDs: Reef, Seashore, Shrek & Vali.

New DVDs: Reef, Seashore, Shrek & Vali.

August 23, 2014

Arts, Dance, Music, Musicals, Painting, Performing Arts, Popular music, Television, Visual arts:

New DVDs arriving into the collection include the following releases in rock, popular and classical music, opera, dance, musical theatre, televison variety and visual arts. Gene Kelly : anatomy of a… Read More ›

Happy birthday Shakespeare; 450, but who’s counting?

Happy birthday Shakespeare; 450, but who’s counting?

May 9, 2014

Arts, Film, Performing Arts, Theatre:

William Shakespeare isn’t looking too bad for 450……. Henry IV, parts 1 & 2: Shakespeare’s Globe To many people the plays Henry IV  and Henry V hold a special place… Read More ›

New DVDs: Bolshoi, George Harrison, Superstar & Shakespeare in Italy

New DVDs: Bolshoi, George Harrison, Superstar & Shakespeare in Italy

April 27, 2014

Arts, Performing Arts:

New DVDs arriving into the collection include the following: Bolshoi : a renaissance. Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet by The Australian Ballet.   George Harrison: living in a material world.… Read More ›

Arts on Film : Shakespeare screening.

Arts on Film : Shakespeare screening.

April 30, 2013

Arts, Performing Arts, Theatre:

As you like it : a comedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, is the next program in the Arts on Film series, to be screened this Wednesday May 1 in… Read More ›