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Dreaming Up The Vision: Interview with Leah Purcell, 11th October 2010 – LifeMusicMedia Interviews

Dreaming Up The Vision

Actor/Director Leah Purcell talks to Life Music Media about character, coming home, and the joy of performing in The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table.

In 2008 actress Leah Purcell was honoured with Australian theatre’s highest recognition the Helpmann Award (Australia’s version of the Tony Award) for her role in Wesley Enoch’s The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table. Produced in Sydney as a Hothouse Theatre/Griffin Theatre Company production and directed by Marion Potts, the play was critically acclaimed, making its mark as an important piece of contemporary Australian theatre. Now a new production, presented by QPAC and staged by Purcell’s Bungabura Productions, brings this quintessentially Queensland story home.

While deep into the plays rehearsal period, the actress, who is also directing this version, took time to answer some questions for Pepa Wolfe.

What is the play about?
Well there’re two story lines. There’s the history of the table – it was my Great-great Grandmother’s birth tree. When settlement happened on this island they cut down that birth tree and turned it into a table. As a little girl she followed the table and got a job as a cook in the house where the table ended up. And throughout the lifetimes the table has been passed down…

…To the present day story about my character Annie and her estranged son Nathan. They’ve been estranged for 25 years. She had him when she was 13 and she left because of the talk around the incident where she fell pregnant, and the lies around that. [Annie’s] mother Faith passes away, which brings Nathan and Annie back together. The surface story is to argue and discuss who gets the table, but though that discussion we learn more about each individual character.
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The Jezabels “Dark Storm Tour” – November 2010 [Tour News]


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  Due to the sudden closure of The Troubadour, The Jezabels shows will now be one show only at The Zoo on Sun Dec 5th.

Tickets for both Troubadour shows will be valid for The Zoo. And extra tickets are now on sale as a result of the extra space.

Refunds are available from point of purchase for the Saturday night tickets if they’re not able to make the Sunday Zoo show.

The Jezabels Dark Storm Tour Sold Out Shows!

The good news is that The Jezabels have a brand spankin’ new film clip for Mace Spray. The bad news is that all of the capital city shows on their imminent Dark Storm Tour have hung up the SOLD OUT sign. The best news… now you have an excuse for a summer road trip to see them live!

This month The Jezabels delivered their new EP, Dark Storm, which hit #1 on the iTunes album charts this week. The third and final release in a trilogy of EPs that began with 2009’s The Man Is Dead, its five songs represent the band’s most confident outing to date – moody, mysterious and epic, yet buzzing with the quartet’s ever-present knack for an irresistible pop hook.
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Watch Gwar’s Epic Halloween Night Performance Live From The Rave In Milwaukee!

  Every year on Halloween, GWAR takes to the stage to put on a spectacle that only certain fans in certain cities have gotten to witness. But this year, GWAR is giving human scum across the globe the chance to watch their Halloween show streaming live from The Rave/Eagle’s Club in Milwaukee. The event will be a Pay Per View extravaganza and is scheduled to kick of at 11:00 PM Eastern Halloween night. Make sure to head over to GWARLive.com to sign up for the Pay Per View event of a lifetime today!

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RED INK – ‘CATCHING A KILLER’ EP LAUNCH!

RED INK – ‘Catching A Killer’ EP Launch Double Pass Giveaway: See below for details.

  RED INK are not your average band, they are not here for a quick rise to the top, to jump on a style trend or to ride a wave of hype. These guys are musicians, good ones. And over the last four years they have proved that they are here to do the hard yards. Their hundreds of gigs across the country and thousands of hours crafting their sound have paid off in the form of a strong underground following across Australia and sinking its claws in across the world.

The groups latest killer track is 3 minutes of violence, pop and adrenaline, with a chorus that will jam through your mind for days. The slurred audacity of John Jakubenko’s vocals takes your mind straight back to your craziest house party and that teetering feeling that things could get out of control – but no matter what, you’re gonna have a blast.

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The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table @ QPAC, Brisbane 14-30 October 2010


A powerful play about family and culture and the ways in which storytelling binds people together” – The Australian

Purcell delivers a startlingly powerful performance” – Daily Telegraph

Award-winning Queensland actor and director Leah Purcell (Box the Pony, King Lear, Black Chicks Talking) will direct and star in Bungabura Production’s new presentation of Wesley Enoch’s powerful drama The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table at Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Cremorne Theatre from 14 – 30 October 2010.

This powerful family saga spans four generations and is a moving testament to culture lived, lost and found and the strength of a family adapting and gathering together.

First produced by Griffin and Hothouse Theatre Company, this new production of The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table offers a compelling theatre experience that encapsulates themes of ownership, heritage, culture and sexuality.

QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said that QPAC is very pleased to be presenting this work because of its cultural significance for Queensland and the Centre’s longstanding relationship with Bungabura Productions.

The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table is an immensely important piece of theatre –a story about families that transcends cultures,” said Kotzas.

In the 1870s a girl is born under a tree, which is cut down to become a kitchen table. Generations later, a young man and his mother fight for ownership of the table.

Winner of Patrick White Playwrights Award 2005 and short listed for both the New South Wales and Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table was written by renowned Queensland-born director and playwright, Wesley Enoch, who was recently appointed as the new Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company.

Wesley Enoch said the Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table has a mix between a strong naturalistic narrative of connection and a long imaginative storytelling about family and heritage. I was trying to write a piece about the emotional power of stories to bind a family together through hardship and adversity. Leah Purcell is one of the country’s best actors and she has created a character in a way that goes beyond what I could imagine as a writer,” said Enoch.

Director and lead actor Leah Purcell, whose portrayal of Annie has been described by reviewers as startlingly powerful, received a Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Play in 2008.

“I am very proud of winning a Helpmann Award because I worked extremely hard to bring Annie to life, but being conscious of not making her character a cliché.

“This play is a universal story for all. It’s gutsy, it packs a punch or two, it’s laugh-out loud funny and takes you on an emotional journey as Annie and Nathan re-connect from being estranged for many years,” said Purcell.

“The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table is a great yarn and a theatre experience worth seeing, whether you are a regular to the Arts or if you are experiencing theatre for the first time, this is something worth seeing,” she said.

QPAC presents
Wesley Enoch’s
THE STORY OF THE MIRACLES AT COOKIE’S TABLE
A Bungabura Production
Starring and directed by Leah Purcell

Winner Patrick White Playwrights Award 2005
Winner Helpmann Award Best Actress in a Play 2008

WHEN 14 to 30 October
WHERE
Cremorne Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Centre, South Bank
TICKETS*
Adult $49 Concession $39
Matinees – Adult $39/Concession $29
Schools $18
BOOKINGS 136 246 or www.qpac.com.au

*Ticket price includes GST and Booking Fee. Please note transaction fees may apply

Please note this performance contains strong language.


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Open Arms Festival 2010 – 2nd Stage Line Up Announced

Open Arms Festival 2010 – Double Pass Giveaway: Click Here For Details!.

  Returning to the sunny mid-north NSW coast town of Coffs Harbour and proudly presented by triple j, The Open Arms Festival is back for 2010; hitting The Coffs Harbour Showgrounds Sat November 20th. Spread across two stages, Open Arms showcases Australia’s biggest artists together with a blend of our best young bands. From Rock, Indie and Hip Hop to Electronica through to Roots artists, DJ’s and local performers – it’s all inclusive.

 
A holiday destination renowned for its surfing beaches, Coffs Harbour sits almost dead in the middle between Brisbane & Sydney and weekend Accom is plentiful…

The ‘Enchanted Woods’ Stage
On top of the already announced The Living End, Birds Of Tokyo, Grafton Primary, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Horrorshow, Behind Crimson Eyes, City Riots & Metals, the ‘Enchanted Woods’ Stage has now been announced and features a who’s who of Australia’s finest up and coming acts: Continue reading Open Arms Festival 2010 – 2nd Stage Line Up Announced

DESPISED ICON AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2010 – November 2010

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  DESPISED ICON AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2010
with Special Guests The Red Shore and Thy Art Is Murder

Australian metal better watch its collective backs as Montreal’s masters of brutality, Despised Icon, have marked Australia as the next target on their final world tour before the band ends. In a moment of bittersweet irony, November 2010 will also be the first time that the deathcore six-piece hit these shores, for a run of six shows Australia-wide.

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HELLFEST 2011 First Announcement

  Summer 2010, which was more than ever filled with extreme music, is over and we’re all back at work getting ready for a new season! We hope that you all found the time and energy to visit lots of festivals and get your dose of decibels to go back to work feeling good and revitalized!

After a great edition in 2010, all the Hellfest team is back in business and working hard on the next festival. We would like to remind you that Hellfest 2011, which will be held on the 17th, 18th and 19th of June, will be the last on these grounds. In 2012, Hellfest will move to a new place… We will not say anything else today but you can expect some great surprises…
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The New Pornographers – “Together” Australian Tour November 2010 [Tour News]

  In celebration of their fifth album, “Together”, Canadian-US super-collective The New Pornographers are primed to make their return to Australia this November. As perfect a pop outfit as you’re ever likely to find, The New Pornographers have always dreamed of finding a middle ground between Led Zeppelin and The 5th Dimension, which as it turns out is actually quite a good way of describing their mix of deceptively complex songwriting combined with glimmering hooks and arena-like power.

And as Australian punters are more than aware the bright yet often bittersweet nature of what they do, including all those wonderful vocal harmonies, is an even better experience in the live setting.
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Interpol Melbourne & Sydney Sideshows Announced!

  Interpol – Australian Tour December 2010 / January 2011
Having been announced as headliner of Falls Festival, Sunset Sounds and Southbound this Summer, Handsome Tours are very pleased to announce that Interpol will be performing two exclusive sideshows in support of their highly-acclaimed, self-titled fourth record.

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Philadelphia Grand Jury ‘Save Our Town’ Australian Tour – Nov/Dec 2010

  By the time Philadelphia Grand Jury come back to Australia in November for the ‘Save Our Town’ tour they will have spent the 6 months prior to that doing the following: living and recording in London; setting up a studio; they will have crossed the USA no less than 3 times; played over 50 dates in the UK; toured South Africa; and even ducked back to Australia to play the main stage at Splendour in the Grass.

Now the Philly Jays are set to release their newly recorded single ‘Save our Town’. The track will be side A on a limited edition seven inch vinyl release, which will also feature as a B side the newly recorded version of a live crowd favourite – the punk cover version of Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems’.
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Open Arms Festival 2010 – Double Pass Giveaway!

Open Arms Festival 2010 – Double Pass Giveaway: See below for details.

The Open Arms Festival is back for 2010; hitting The Coffs Harbour Showgrounds, Coffs Harbour NSW on Saturday November 20th 2010 with an awesome band lineup and we have Double Passes to giveaway!

Returning to the sunny mid-north NSW coast town of Coffs Harbour and proudly presented by triple j, The Open Arms Festival showcases Australia’s biggest artists together with a blend of our best young bands. From Rock, Indie and Hip Hop to Electronica through to Roots artists, DJ’s and local performers – it’s all inclusive.
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Island Vibe 2010 – Island Vibe 2010 Festival Pack Giveaway!

Festival Pack Giveaway: We’ve got a fantastic “Island Vibe 2010 Pack” giveaway to Island Vibe 2010 – North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)! … See below for details.

  Island Vibe 2010 returns to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) for 3 magical days *Friday 29th, Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st October* of celebrating music, dance, arts and Island Culture and we have a fantastic “Island Vibe 2010 Pack” to giveaway!

The Island Vibe 2010 Pack contains:
1 x Island Vibe Ticket valid for all 3 days *camping NOT included*
1 x 2009 Compilation CD
1 x 2010 Compilation CD
1 x Island Vibe t-Shirt


Artist Lineup:
Ladi6. Groundation, King Kapisi , Paula Fuga, Opiuo, MIsta Savona, Bunna Lawrie

Add to that a massive rollcall of Australia’s finest bands, musicians and DJ’s: The Versionaries, Spankinhyde, Ali Baba feat. Greg Sheehan, Mr Percival, The Nomad, Kooii, Darky Roots, Spacifix, Saritah, Cheap Fakes, Raz Bin Sam and The Lion I Band, Rhythm Hunters, Impossible Odds, Paua, Djambouki, Sandridge Band, Yindi Band, Ida, Bobby Alu, De La Haye, Erther, Resteteser, Rhythm Collision Sound, Andy Dub, 20,000 Leagues, Flowkab Deuce, One Time, Bird Fire All Stars, Juddah, The Flumes, Anarchist Duck, Nuff Ska, ‘n’ Rocksteady, Billy Dread, Sistas Moocha, Afreeka Earth Dance, One Rude Ape feat. Sunny Dread DJ Mustaphaa, Landsoaken, DJ Catkid, Clara Durbidge, Midjimberry Road feat. John Malcolm, Pippi Lips, Straddie Island Songwriters Coillective, Straddie Island Singers and Quandamooka
Island Vibe 2010, borrowing a little from its sister festival West End Carnivale, will be injecting a spicy collection of circus, burlesque and more, with the addition of – Tiger Lil, La Viola Vixen, Miss BB le Buff, Ruby Grapefruit, Hoopla Clique, YoYoBanG, Tweet, Little Miss Rampage, Toulouse Mime, Hu La La!, Talitha, Mali de Goey and Percy Valentine

Visit Island Vibe for artists, transport, accommodation, camping and full event details.


Thank you for your entries… this giveaway is now closed and the winners have been notified.

Click HERE to go in the draw* for:

The Island Vibe 2010 Pack contains:
1 x Island Vibe Ticket valid for all 3 days *camping/accommodation NOT included*
1 x 2009 Compilation CD
1 x 2010 Compilation CD
1 x Island Vibe t-Shirt

Note: This giveaway closes at 5pm(EST) on 19th October 2010. Ensure you use a valid email address as the winners will be notified by email after 5pm(EST) on 19th October 2010.
YOU MUST BE 18+ TO ATTEND THIS EVENT!

Special thanks to: Island Vibe, Rudekat Records, Heapsaflash



* Conditions of Entry
1. Winners will be notified by email.
2. Winners will be determined by LifeMusicMedia. All entries become the property of LifeMusicMedia.
3. No correspondence will be entered into and the prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash.
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5. This giveaway is for:
One(1) x Island Vibe Ticket valid for all 3 days *camping/accommodation NOT included*
One(1) x 2009 Compilation CD
One(1) x 2010 Compilation CD
One(1) x Island Vibe t-Shirt
6. Entrants must be 18+ years of age.

Open Arms Festival is back for 2010 – Coffs Harbour, NSW – 20th November 2010


Returning to the sunny mid-north NSW coast town of Coffs Harbour and proudly presented by triple j, The Open Arms Festival is back for 2010; hitting The Coffs Harbour Showgrounds Sat November 20th. Spread across two stages, Open Arms showcases Australia’s biggest artists together with a blend of our best young bands. From Rock, Indie and Hip Hop to Electronica through to Roots artists, DJ’s and local performers – it’s all inclusive.

A holiday destination renowned for its surfing beaches, Coffs Harbour sits almost dead in the middle between Brisbane & Sydney. Weekend or overnight accommodation options are bountiful – just hit google up for deets.

The calendar highlight of November for East Coast NSW music fans, The Open Arms Festival is also an arts, lifestyle and youth culture celebration. An all ages licensed event with strong Environmental policies and recognized Indigenous ties, Open Arms brings together all cultural aspects of Coffs Harbour and its surrounding communities.
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The Holidays – Debut Album Release & National Headline Tour – October 2010

Sydney foursome The Holidays’ debut album, Post Paradise, may have been a long time coming, but it has absolutely been worth the wait.


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Post Paradise (Bonus Track Version) – The Holidays
  The band commenced writing the album early last year and a metamorphosis of sorts gradually began to take place. They’ve left behind the simplicity of their earlier indie guitar sound and took aboard new influences where both the groove and layers were equally as rewarding as the glistening pop hooks. A steady guiding hand also came from one of the country’s premier mixers, Tony Espie (Avalanches, Midnight Juggernauts, Cut Copy).

On first listen brand new single Broken Bones is as unassuming as a late summer stroll but then consistently uncovers more and more layers to reveal a luscious, tropical experience.
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