Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, but a new play that’s about to hit The Butterfly Club in Melbourne – The Nursery Web – uses all three parts to frame a bigger story about the nature of romantic relationships. Red Magpie sat down for a chat with the talented all-woman team behind this intriguing production – writer and director Kotryna Gesait, and assistant directors Genevieve Neve and Lulu Jemimah – as they tell us about the play and their backgrounds ahead of The Nursery Web’s opening night tonight.
Walking into the Phoenix Bar in Canberra on a Wednesday night, you might be surprised to find a room full of people paying rapt attention to a screen at the back of the stage normally reserved for musicians and performers, with a little theatrette in front. But on the first Wednesday of each month, something new and unique is happening: Jumpcuts, an open mic night for short film, run by local filmmakers Elise Dare and Dom Northcott, with hosts Ellie Windred and Nick Delatovic.
Belinda Barnes is a Canberra-based Australian painter originally from South Africa. The moody colouring of her work evokes landscapes and natural shapes seen as memories, while her use of perspective gives a simultaneous feel of the aerial and the microscopic. There is a distinctly Australian quality about her work – the earthy orange and red palette, combined with striking blues, summon extremes of Australian bush and water. Belinda has had several exhibitions and sold numerous works, and took the time to talk to us about her artwork, her process and her story.
Lee Hooper and Carly Godden have launched their Melbourne true crime podcast series Dead & Buried. The pair are the creators, researchers, writers and hosts of this podcast, and are more than well-placed to research a series showcasing underground history and true crime in and around Melbourne.
Her Sound Her Story is a narrative exhibition, documentary and live performance that spans generations and has taken two years to compile. It features interviews and photographs of 50 Australian musicians with a unifying factor: they all happen to be indomitably talented and hard working members of what Claudia affectionately refers to as “the mob” – the mob of women reclaiming space and utterly killing it in the music industry.
Homer is an online journal which creates conversations about masculinities and alternative male role models. The website was officially launched in September, and we spoke to founder and editor Ashley Thompson about how he’s feeling about things so far, the difficulties with creating a space that invites men to be vulnerable, and where he’d like to see Homer going in the future.
I never learnt how to ride a bike as a child. The older I became, the more the two-wheeled enigma became an impenetrable fantasy mode of transport, and the more estranged I felt from “normal” people who took this skill for granted. But my god, the rush when I managed to peddle for the first time! I screamed inwardly, “I’m a cute girl in an A-line smock riding a bicycle in Berlin!” and, with the stupidest grin plastered across my face, cycled for about three metres – before crashing into the side of a stationary car.
Gabriella Moxey is a visual artist specialising in oil-based portraiture. Her portraits are convincingly human, intimately conveying the personality of the subject to the viewer. Gabriella’s work also includes landscapes and animal life portrayed through a variety of materials, such as a striking charcoal series reminiscent of fossilised fish. While painting and drawing are her primary mediums, Gabriella also dabbles in sculpture and photography. She is currently undertaking her Masters in Fine Art at RMIT.