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The Chronicle Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas as
Canberra comes alive from
Friday, 11 December to
Wednesday, 23 December
Join us in the City to celebrate with night markets, Taste
Canberra, Santa Claus Lane markets, children's activity hub,
Christmas camels, petting farm, Santa Claus, and Flip Out
surrounded by fabulous shopping, restaurants and bars.
Marvel at the magical GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM
breaking Christmas tree and 70 metre light tunnel as part of
the SIDS & KIDS ACT Christmas Lights Display.
For more information
CONTEMPORARY VERSE PLAY
Marital comedy spilled over coffee
Peter Robinson as Barry in Cara Carissima on show at the Canberra
Theatre Courtyard Studio from December 17-19.
It s a tale of desire, revenge and public
service coffee culture that will have
The Acting Company in association
with Shadow House Pits presents
renowned poet Geoff Page s latest
verse play, Cara Carissima,atthe
Courtyard Studio from December
The production, spoken by a five-
strong cast in contemporary verse, tells
the story of a senior public servant
Barry (Peter Robinson) involved in an
acrimonious separation from his wife
Sarah (Nikki-Lyn Hunter).
After kicking him out Sarah
discovers Barry has taken up with his
recently-single executive assistant
Cara (Cara Irvine), and calls on her
sister Jane (Kate Blackhurst) to get
back at Barry for his apparent
Directed by Tanya Gruber the
production taps into how people tend
to spill their beans and talk through
their troubles over a cuppa for the
entire world to hear.
In almost Shakespearean style the
action is hooked together through
narration by the all-seeing Barista
Bruno (Bruno Galdino) who watches
on with cynical bemusement.
Robinson said that while the cheeky
Christmas play had a lot of satirical
appeal it was filled with relatable
scenarios and honest emotion.
"On the one hand it s the
stereotypical thing of a man trading a
wife in for a new model, but on the
other hand you relate to the
idiosyncrasies and how they are
dealing with life s little cataclysms,"
"It s quite interesting as there are no
saints and no devils in the play."
The cast have rehearsed intensively
since late October, mastering the
"Geoff Page has written this one
almost entirely in eight syllable lines,
with the rhyming pattern being ABCB
so every second line rhymes," he said.
"The trick for us actors is not to
devolve into sing-song."
Robinson said the challenge of
mastering the lines to ensure the
rhyming worked had all theatrical
challenge of a Shakespeare.
"I certainly feel this is a rich play,"
he said. "You can imagine someone
writing this in such a way that it s so
satirical it s not real but Geoff has
struck a lovely balance. It s delightful
as there is a glimmer of satire but there
is some genuine emotion, humour and
the characters each face interesting but
ALBUM: A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS/ARTIST: COLDPLAY
Coldplay's latest proves unexpectedly predictable
The most annoying aspect of
Coldplay s seventh studio album A
Head Full of Dreams is that it sounds
a lot like Mylo Xyloto. The music on
offer here is formulaic Coldplay with
all the bells and whistles in its armory
to help reclaim the King s throne.
Chris Martin wants you conversing
about them, radio stations filling its
frequencies with songs which are
joyous, bloated and able to capture
attention in a nanosecond.
The record is at odds with
Coldplay s more experimental work
(Viva La Vida) and in some ways
sounds like a stale stadium album. But
the pop hooks here are also immediate
(except for the awful duet Fun) and
just when you think you could head-
butt a wall, these songs reel you in as
they are so confident, grand and solid.
And that s cause Coldplay do what
they do: which is being so adept at
making music with emotional high
rises and instant gratification: Johnny
Buckland s U2-like riffs fill this
crazily addictive album and the slower
songs build into a warm, melodic
comfort zone where potent
contemplation is the name of the
So it s another Coldplay album,
really! Good -- but not something to
write to your grandmother about as
these British lads deliver an album that
is a bit predictable at times.
over for fans
of Star Wars
One of the biggest movie events of the
year will be held early Thursday
morning with the newest Star Wars
instalment hitting the silver screen.
Star Wars: Episode VII The Force
Awakens will screen first at 12.01am
on Thursday at Hoyts Belconnen and
Woden, Palace Electric Cinema in
New Acton and Dendy Canberra City.
Hot on the trail, Events Cinema
Manuka has listed the debut screening
The opening week is jam-packed
with sessions so there is plenty of
opportunity to catch the newest flick in
2D, 3D or for die-hard fans both.
The trailer has titillated Star Wars
fans across the world, as new
characters come together with old
legends of the intergalactic adventue.
Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher
return to their roles of Han Solo and
Princess Leia, and J.J Abrahams takes
his seat in the director s chair for the
new chapter of the saga.
REVELLERS GET MERRY
TO SUPPORT CAUSE
Keep your eyes peeled for who is
being naughty or nice this Saturday as
a sleigh full of jolly participants get
involved in the annual Canberra Santa
Now in its third year, the event
embraces seasonal sentiment of the
more the merrier and raises money
for the Cancer Support Group
Canberra. Participants dashing about
Braddon and Civic will be dressed as
elves, reindeer, christmas gifts and as
the jolly man in red.
The crawl begins at Debacle on
Londsdale Street at 6pm and tours via
Civic Pub, Digress Lounge and Bar,
Treehouse and finishes at Mooseheads
Pub and Nightclub at 11pm.
Tickets $10 (include drinks
specials at venues) at
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