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Be taken on a journey of
Hobbiton Movie Set, from
its beginnings where Director
Sir Peter Jackson spotted the
Alexander Farm through to the
construction of the first set in
1999 for The Lord of the Rings
trilogy and the rebuild to a
permanent attraction for The
Hobbit feature films.
1 Get up close and find out
more about why foodies
are fascinated with truffles.
The Truffle Festival Canberra
Region is on until August 16.
There are 60 venues
participating in the festival
so dive in, soak in the
aromas or gorge on a truffle
degustation. Details at
2 Diabetes Australia is
hosting a jelly bean
picnic on ice at Garema Place
on Saturday. Children living
with type 1 diabetes and
their siblings have free
entry, tickets for parents are
$15. Picnic lunch is provided
along with a professional
skating performance and a
skating session. Bookings
and details at diabetes-
3 If galleries are a
challenge because you
want to touch all the
artwork, ANCA Gallery has
the perfect exhibition for
you. sPIN, launching at 6pm
artworks. With a broad
range of makers, materials,
concepts and prices, you can
pick up the perfect pin or
brooch to take home with
you. sPIN runs until July 5.
4 Canberra melodic death
metal band Immorium
launch their album
Universum on Saturday from
8pm at Transit Bar. They will
be supported by Sydney
band Gods of Eden and
Newcastle outfit The Seer.
Tickets $10 at the door.
5 Check out an Art Song
Canberra recital at the
Wesley Music Centre in
Forrest from 3pm Sunday.
Baritone Chris McNee,
sopranos Rosanna Boyd and
Ruth Crabb and pianist Colin
Forbes will perform lieder by
Schubert, Wolf, Brahms,
Beethoven and Loewe
together with songs by
Michael Head and Canberra
composer Calvin Bowman.
An afternoon of songs
depicting love, loss and
Steven Rooke portrays the famous bushranger Ned in the stage play Kelly.
Photo: Rob MacColl
Through the eyes of the other Kelly
In a dank and dingy cell of Old Melbourne
Gaol the night before Ned Kelly's
execution, his brother Dan pays him a
The Queensland Theatre Company's
Kelly, opening at Canberra Theatre Centre
on Wednesday, casts a new light on the
Ned, played by Steven Rooke, believes
his brother had died at the siege of
Glenrowan before Dan slinks into the jail
disguised as a priest.
"It very quickly turns from joy at seeing
his brother to this tension-filled argument
about who was responsible from the way
certain events happened," he said.
Police killings at Stringy Bark Creek,
and the siege at Glenrowan are coloured
by insights into the rivalry, love and sense
of betrayal between the siblings.
"It's a story that has been told so many
times in so many ways that it is robust
enough [to] have a bit of fictional
exploration around it," Rooke said.
"With this version, we are able to look
at the grey area between - in the middle of
him just being a hero or just being a
While the play is set on Ned's last night
before he was hanged, the 90-minute
drama delves into the story of the
younger, less famous Kelly brother.
Dan is seeking Ned's blessing to run
away to Queensland, to desert their family
and move on with his life.
However, Ned can't forget the shots
Dan fired in his direction as police were
"It's really a story about family love,
loyalty and arguments," Rooke said.
"The big question he has to answer in
this play is why he would try and kill Ned
because that is the way Ned perceives it."
Brisbane playwright Matthew Ryan
artfully creates suspense for audiences as
they begin to question what of the story
about the Kelly hang is fact, rumour or
Rooke said he and Kevin Spink, who
plays Dan, had their work cut out for them
in re-imagining the wild history of the
Kelly gang on the minimal set.
Director Todd MacDonald makes
clever use of a four-by-five metre floating
steel stage and the two lead actors have
just blankets and a Bible as props.
"We have to earn every single moment
of the hour and twenty minutes,'' Rooke
It's a tricky play and a marathon effort
every time you do it."
Kelly runs from June 24-27 at The
Playhouse. Tickets $40-$55 at
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