Watch a fairytale unfold in The Australian Ballet’s production of Cinderella and catch the hit improvisation duo The Bear Pack in action. Here’s your guide to Sydney events this week.
Revisit a classic family favourite fairytale with The Australian Ballet’s production of Cinderella. The much sought-after Russian-American choreographer Alexei Ratmansky — who is an artist in residence at the American Ballet Theatre — brings the classic tale about love and an evil stepmother to Australian audiences — with a twist.
This funky, modern production also features the work of acclaimed set designer Jérôme Kaplan with a beautiful but dark score by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Some of the show’s highlights include Cinderella’s exquisite golden ball gown, the comedic fashion choices for the stepsisters and the intoxicating music. This fresh take on a much-loved story was a hit in London and around Australia and is now being performed in Sydney until December 19 at the Sydney Opera House. Tickets $43-$286.
THE BEAR PACK
Fresh off the back of a sellout run in London and a hit season at the Edinburgh Fringe, improvisation duo The Bear Pack are doing an exclusive one-night show tonight in Sydney. The Barry Award-nominated duo of Steen Raskopoulos and Carlo Ritchie will be accompanied by Ange Lavoipierre on the cello for the 60-minute show of improvised storytelling tonight at the Enmore Theatre at Newtown. Tickets are $36.95.
The Bear Pack, enmoretheatre.com.au
ALL MY SLEEP AND WAKING
Mary Rachel Brown revisits — and has rewritten — her debut play, All My Sleep And Waking. The award-winning writer once again tells the story of a complex family dynamic in which three siblings are all struggling with their differing perceptions of their dying father. It’s running from now until December 22 at the Old 505 Theatre at Newtown.
Tickets are $30-$45.
All My Sleep And Waking, old505theatre.com
This is a bold, re-imagined take on the 1977 classic by legendary Australian playwright David Williamson, which tells the story of a football club in crisis — except, this time, with an all-female cast. This production has the same themes of innovation versus tradition but focuses particularly on the evolving role of women in the club. It’s showing from now until December 22 at the Belvoir Street Theatre at Surry Hills. Tickets are $25.
The Club, belvoir.com.au
FOOD AND DRINKS
To celebrate new Indian restaurant Don’t Tell Aunty’s one-month anniversary, Sydney foodies will get $25 all-you-can-eat Sunday feasts of unlimited curry and rice. The delectable menu includes unique curries such as “unauthentic butter chicken” as well as classics including chana masala and palak paneer. Most tables are set aside for walk-in customers. All-you-can-eat is on Sunday evening at Don’t Tell Aunty at Surry Hills.
All You Can Eat Sundays, donttellaunty.com.au
ETELEK POP UP
After a successful three months, chefs Adam Wolfers and Marc Dempsey are continuing the
run of their pop-up restaurant Ételek until New Year’s Eve. The extended pop-up will have new dishes including scallop puff with mullet roe, fermented potato pancake with asparagus and green chilli, wattleseed honey cake and more. The popular pop-up is at Potts Point.
Park Hyatt Sydney’s latest dining concept takes share plates and dessert to new heights. Immerse yourself in a three-course experience set by the waterfront, with unparalleled views of the Opera House. Try a little bit of everything from Sydney rock oysters and Hervey Bay prawns to fresh seasonal produce curated daily. Table 100’s main drawcard, a theatrical dessert, is a work of art prepared at your table. At $195 per person, there is one sitting for groups of six to eight each night Tuesday to Sunday at The Dining Room, Park Hyatt Sydney.
Table 100, hyatt.com
THE BIG DESIGN MARKET
If you want make Christmas shopping a fun, family day out, this market combines designer goodies with delicious food and drinks as well as free activities for the kids. On the food front, you will find Gelato Messina, Fishbowl, Young Henrys and more while shoppers can browse for presents from a range of designer homewares, ceramics, fashion, jewellery, stationery, toys … and the list goes on. The market is open today and tomorrow at the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park. Entry is $2.
The Big Design Market, sydney.thebigdesignmarket.com
The Tramsheds will celebrate Christmas with artisan markets, workshops and a special guest from the North Pole this month — along with dazzling lights and a floating wreath of 10,000 xerochrysum flowers. From now until December 22.
Unwrap Christmas At The Tramsheds, tramshedssydney.com.au
The much-loved Christmas Fare by Sydney Living Museums is getting set to bring festive cheer for another year. With more than 40 stalls including gourmet food vendors, a pop-up bar and live entertainment inside the heritage-listed grounds of the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, you can pick up presents or goodies for the Christmas table from Makers Lane, which has a selection of artisan food items. It’s happening on December 13.
Christmas Fare 2018, sydneylivingmuseums.com.au
Buy local unique gifts or designer labels at the inaugural Chippendale Christmas Market with 15 boutiques such as Ellery, White Rabbit Gallery, AryPlants and Millie Hall, curated by Something For Jess cafe. The first 100 people get a vegan gift hamper, today in Sutherland Lane at Chippendale.
Chippendale Christmas Market, 0468 602 770
Celebrate Japanese culture and the friendship between Australia and Japan at the Matsuri Festival today. Learn about the traditional practices of Japanese people — such as calligraphy, flower arrangement, origami and tea ceremonies — while you also try new and interesting food offerings. There is also a beer garden, and you can shop for traditional arts and other goodies. The live entertainment on stage will feature karate demonstrations, wadaiko drums, J-POP (Japanese pop) and cosplay. The one-day festival is on today at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour. Entry is free.
Matsuri Festival Sydney, matsurisydney.com
HERBARIUM ON STAGE
Fuel the imagination of your budding young plant-lovers with this hands-on workshop. Kids get to play botanist for the day by exploring the Herb Garden, participating in a potting session — after which they get to take a seedling home as a memento — and creating their own plant specimen with a dried flower or leaf to start their pressed plant collection. Register online for this free workshop tomorrow at The Calyx in The Royal Botanic Gardens.
Herbarium on Stage, rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
MEET THE LEAGUE
If your kids are fans of superheroes, head to over Madame Tussauds at Darling Harbour where Aquaman is set to join Justice League favourites including Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash and Superman on display. There are plenty of other characters — both fictional and real — for kids all of ages to discover. Aquaman swims in from December 13 until January 29. Tickets $31-$44.
Keep the family entertained while you get your Christmas shopping done thanks to Market City’s virtual reality winter wonderland. The retail centre will be transformed into a fun holiday-themed game once participants don special VR glasses. Frosty The Snowman’s younger brother Grumpy is trying to destroy Christmas and the gamers — both young and old — have to defeat him. There will be prizes awarded daily from now until December 26 at Market City shopping centre at Haymarket.
Market City Virtual Reality, marketcity.com.au
Australia’s beloved pastry queen Anna Polyviou has whipped up a four metre-long gingerbread train and carriage for the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney. Festive revellers can enjoy the pop-up treat made from 1000kg of gingerbread bricks, 500kg of lollies, 100kg of fondant, giant lollipops, candy canes, and more sweet goodness.
Gingerbread train, shangri-la.com
The Brandenbrug Choir’s Noel! Noel! concert combines traditional melodies such as O Come All Ye Faithful and Stille Nacht with music for audiences of all faiths, at City Recital Hall on December 12 and 15 and also at churches in Sydney and Wollongong.
Noel! Noel! Follow Your Star, brandenburg.com.ausydneyoperahouse.com
VOICES OF ANGELS
More than 300 young musicians from Gondwana Choirs and the Voices of Angels Orchestra will delight audiences at the City Recital Hall. The 120-minute performance, conducted by Lyn Williams, aims to transport audiences to a traditional alpine Christmas — even in Sydney’s summer. The concert is on December 10 and 11. Tickets $50-$65.
Voices Of Angels: In The Land Of Silent Night, cityrecitalhall.com
English singer/songwriter Anne-Marie is coming to Sydney next year on her biggest Australasian tour to date.
The success of her debut album Speak Your Mind has made this young star the UK’s best-selling debut artist of 2018, and the 27-year-old has already sold out her upcoming UK tour. Her hits — which have also rocketed her onto Australian charts — include 2002, Rockabye, Don’t Leave Me Alone and FRIENDS. Anne Marie will perform at the Enmore Theatre at Newtown on March 31, 2019. Tickets are now on sale.
PARKES ELVIS FESTIVAL
The much-loved celebration of Elvis Presley is back in the new year, coinciding with the musical legend’s birthday. Featuring tribute artists, buskers, markets and more, the festival is on from January 9 to 13 at various locations across Parkes. Tickets now available.
Parkes Elvis Festival, parkeselvisfestival.com.au
The chart-topping Canadian rock band is coming Down Under next year with their “biggest production yet”, performing tracks from all nine albums including favourites How You Remind Me and Far Away, and latest hits from Feed The Machine, at Qudos Bank Arena on
February 15. Tickets are now on sale.
Surfest Newcastle Australia is the nation’s largest festival dedicated to surfing — with plenty of action in the ocean and out. There will be 11 different surfing events across Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens.
Surfest Newcastle Australia, surfest.com
This annual water ski race draws hundreds of competitors and spectators from Australia and overseas to the banks of the Murray River, where the race happens across 80km from February 8 to 10 in the Echuca-Moama region.
Southern 80, southern80.com.au