No longer confined to the digital space, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is returning to the platform in City Recital Hall this week (5-11 September) playing to only 400 out of a capacity of 1,238, all in the name of being ‘Covid-Safe’.
But it is a gorgeous program: Mendelssohn’s Quartet Op.44/1 and Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night. It runs for just an hour without an interval; drinks service is not permitted anyway.
Last week I mentioned the Belvoir Street Theatre re-opening. Now Sydney Theatre Company has announced its re-opening also. Both are rather tentative but welcome nevertheless. STC will return to the stage in the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Walsh Bay with a permitted audience of just 147 in a theatre that has a capacity of 880!
STC is presenting a play called Wonnangatta by Angus Cerini. It is a two- hander with Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair playing from 21 September to 21 October. It is described as ‘a gothic fable’. Angus Cerini has previous success with his play The Bleeding Tree at both the Griffin and Wharf Theatres. It is a coup to have two such outstanding actors in a new Australian play just as Belvoir can rightly look forward to its adaption of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.
In any other circumstances it would be unimaginable for all these quality artists to be playing to such tiny audiences.
But they are giving it a go; these first steps back are highly commendable.
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