Oct
25
to Dec 30

TRANSITION

TRANSITION

We are sad to have to tell you that due to the illness of co-director Graham Jones, we have had to suspend operations for the time being.

The Village Space project, with our social justice plays for High Schools and communities, is not on offer this year.

We hope to produce a public season of our latest version of EMPIRE sometime in 2018.

A sprinkling of music, poetry and experimental performance will be presented in the second half of 2017 (please check events in Kinetic Jazz).

We are in a time of TRANSITION:

- morphing the Company into its next creative form.

- archiving our 40+ year history (to be housed in the National Library in Canberra).

- sorting our manuscripts.

If you are interested in purchasing scripts, some of them are already available:

HOME, THE FREEDOM RIDE, REFUGE and SHAKE-SPEARE Part 1 & 2.

Each play script costs $25 (including postage), except SHAKE-SPEARE Part 1 & 2, which costs $50 (including postage).

Just email us at kineticenergy@iprimus.com.au with your request, and we will get back to you to arrange the purchase.

NB – The plays are available for performance, too. If you want to obtain performance rights to one of our plays, please contact us regarding copyright at the above email address.

Hoping to see you again after some METAMORPHOSIS...

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Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

KINETIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Dear Kinetic Jazz Lovers,

After about a year off the scene, the Kinetic Jazz Orchestra is back again! With the same unique sound and spirit Sydney has grown so fond of, and with some new faces in the line-up. Welcome all.

New work will be premiered, recent pieces revisited, and favourites celebrated. All pieces created by the band’s own composer-players: Justin Buckingham, Miroslav Bukovsky, Mike Kenny, Cam McAllister, Jason Morphett and Don Reid.

Saxes: Justin Buckingham, Scott Kelly, Jason Morphett, Don Reid, Scott Simpkins. Trumpets: Miroslav Bukovsky, Kyle Eardley, Chris Ellis, Mike Kenny. Trombones: Tim Coggins, Luke Davis, Gus Lewis, Lee Tuckwell. Rhythm section: Ed Goyer (Vibes), Matt Lamb (bass), Alex Masso (drums), Jeremy Sawkins (guitar), Amanda Suwondo (piano).

The concert starts at 8pm. The band will play two sets. One interval.

Box office opens at 7.30pm. No eftpos available. Coffee, tea & wine by donation.

Tix: $25 (full waged), $20 (low waged/senior concession), $15 (student concession).

Date: Friday 10th November (8pm).

Venue: St Luke’s Hall, 11 Stanmore Rd, Enmore. Limited parking on site. Second best option in adjacent streets (not in Stanmore Rd).

Reserve your tix: kineticenergy@iprimus.com.au or 0415 391 533.

Looking forward to a wonderful evening of kinetic orchestral jazz with you.

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Apr
1
to Apr 24

Kinetic Energy April Season

Our Kinetic Energy April Season opens on April 1st with two plays: starting with our new show about asylum seekers: R E F U G E and ending with our acclaimed 2015 play about urban homelessness H O M E. Across the entire season we also celebrate Shakespeare Authorship Awareness Month.

Bookings 9665 6489 or kineticenergy@iprimus.com.au

With: Janaka Biyanwila, Che Baines, Jepke Goudsmit, Tiffany Hoy, Graham Jones, Shane Millward, Shani Moffat, Simon Lee, Henriette Tkalec, Forever Tupou. Lighting Design: Sherri Hilario. Both plays written & directed by Jepke Goudsmit & Graham Jones

At: St Luke’s Hall, 11 Stanmore Rd, Enmore.

Box Office opens half an hour before the show starts. Tickets: Full $25, Concession $20. Seating is limited. Please reserve your tickets by phone or email to be sure of a seat. There is no booking fee. All tickets to be picked up and paid for at the door (cash only).

 

R E F U G E

take a look behind fences and facades

April 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 – Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 6.30pm

Australia’s Refugee Policy has long been a great worry for many people. Refugees and asylum seekers have been used as a political football by both major parties. Since 1992, when mandatory detention was introduced, successive governments have toughened up on border protection. Boat people in particular have been singled out for harsh treatment. Our current Government keeps a lid on what is happening, while the public are misled by misinformation and myths. Many refugee support organisations, including the UNHCR, have taken Australia to task for its inhumane treatment of asylum seekers. REFUGE is an immersion into the haunting reality lived by those who are suffering at the hand of a flawed and cruel system. REFUGE aims to debunk the myths, undo the demonisation, and does so in a clear and often humorous way, in spite of its serious and complex subject matter. REFUGE allows us to be moved, reclaim our humanity and take action: standing up for human rights. To this end, we enact true stories, based on extensive fieldwork, facts and eyewitness reports, particularly the perspective of the victims. REFUGE tells the stories of children in detention, of boat people forced into off-shore detention, of stateless persons caught in endless red tape, of ethnic minorities trapped by discrimination, of people kept in limbo indefinitely, and of the whistleblowers who bravely try to stop the litany of injustice.

The storylines in REFUGE are woven together to create a wide spectrum. Using dance, song, drama and poetry, Kinetic Energy’s team takes the audience on an engaging and intimate journey. Our company of nine will be augmented by a few audience members who like to put their hand up for a small part (be there 15 minutes before show starts, to be briefed).

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H O M E

a real look at the surreal world of the homeless

3 shows only: April 22, 23, 24 – Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 6.30pm

Set in Sydney, the colourful characters of H O M E  paint a multi-dimensional perspective on homelessness. Their stories are told with much humour, and use a wide range of musical and dramatic imagery. Stories of defiance and resistance, of pain and pathos, of kindness, vitality and love. The play seamlessly interweaves dramatic, poetic and musical textures, with pearls of wisdom gleaned from Australian folk song, Shakespeare and Henry Lawson, and placed in a filmic soundscape ranging from jazz classics by Bryce Rohde and Gil Evans, to contemporary rap and spoken word poetry.

The gap between rich and poor is widening. Homelessness is on the increase, especially among young people and families. Lack of affordable housing, a poverty-line existence, poor job opportunities, often coupled with drug & alcohol abuse and domestic violence: these are the circumstances taking young people down the gurgler and onto the street. One in two homeless youth is turned away from emergency shelters every night because services are full. Families are living in cars or yo-yo-ing between caravan parks and motels. Governments are cutting down social services and women’s refuges.

How do you give shape to your hopes and dreams when you’re pushed down the rungs of the social ladder? When the world seems to be against more equitable models of community?

Just because I’m homeless, just because I’m poor, can you throw away the key after locking the door! 

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SHAKESPEARE AUTHORSHIP AWARENESS MONTH

Dear Shakespeare lovers: this April 23rd is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakspere of Stratford. To help celebrate the occasion, Kinetic Energy Theatre Company’s co-directors have declared the month of April to be Shakespeare Authorship Awareness Month. Being fervent Shakespeare lovers ourselves, we think it is of great importance that the ‘Truth about Will’ be investigated, discussed, researched and explored freely and abundantly, in the theatre, in schools and in universities, and not treated as a taboo subject as is all-too-often the case today. Inspired by the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition (SAC) and its 'Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare,' we are joining the SAC (and authorship doubters worldwide) in drawing attention to this often suppressed side of the Shakespeare story. There are good reasons to doubt the authorship of the works, as you will see if you read the Declaration yourself. During our April Season of “REFUGE” and “HOME”, from April 1st until April 24th, you can see the magnificent Declaration of Reasonable Doubt on display at our theatre in Enmore, obtain information about it, and be inspired to sign it yourself. The Declaration, launched in 2007 by Shakespearean actors Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance, has been signed by 3,300 people - 1,260 with advanced degrees and 560 current or former college/university faculty members. A list of recommended books and sites on the topic will be provided. Scripts of our own two-part play about SHAKE-SPEARE will be available for sale (you may remember our dramatic investigations when we performed the plays in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2008). If you are curious and would like to read the Declaration online now, you will find it at: DoubtAboutWill.org. We highly recommend that you enter this amazing detective story. Be prepared to be moved, invigorated, shocked, stirred or disturbed, but above all to have some serious literary fun!

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Sep
18
to Sep 27

40 year Celebratory Anniversary Season

KINETIC ENERGY Theatre Company turns 40 years!

That means four decades of creation & performance. Of exploration, innovation, cultural activism, education and boundary breaking initiatives. And sometimes going against the wind…  We're celebrating the occasion across two weekends: September 18-20 & 25-27. 

The first weekend features our versatile group in our most recent music theatre piece: HOME. The Friday and Saturday of the second weekend you can see excerpts from our long history, both live and on film: ILLUMINATE. Our special guests: Kevin Hunt (25th), and Don Reid (26th). And on the last Sunday you can TUNE IN to a one day Kinetic Jazz event with four bands: Divergence, AustraLYSIS, The Polymorphic Orchestra and The Kinetic Jazz Orchestra.

Come and join the celebration! Seating is limited, so we recommend you reserve your tix, at no extra cost, by email or phone.

 

Venue: St Luke’s Hall, 11 Stanmore Road Enmore (opposite 7/11)

Tickets:  $25/ $20/ $15 on all nights except on 27th: $30/ $25/ $20

Starting times: Fri/Sat at 8pm, Sun 20th at 6.30pm, Sunday 27th at 4pm.

Bookings & inquiries: 9665 6489, or email kineticenergy@iprimus.com.au

More information about the program:

 

September 18 – 20. Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 6.30pm.

HOME    music theatre with a punch: a real look at a surreal world

How to give shape to your hopes and dreams in a world gone mad? The gap between rich and poor is widening. Urban homelessness is increasing at an alarming rate. It's so easy to be pushed down the social ladder. Equal opportunity seems to be more and more like a myth. Set in Sydney, in the now, the play paints a multi-dimensional perspective on the question of homelessness. Stories of defiance and resistance, of pain and pathos, of kindness, vitality and love. Told with much humour, by a host of colourful characters, and placed in a filmic sound-scape, ranging from jazz classics by Bryce Rohde and Gil Evans, to contemporary rap and spoken word poetry. And sprinkled with references to Australian folk song and bits of wisdom gleaned from Shakespeare and Henry Lawson. In true Kinetic Energy style, the play seamlessly interweaves dramatic, poetic and musical textures.

With: Demitra Alexandria, Janaka Biyanwila, Melanie Eden, Jepke Goudsmit, Robert Gray, Graham Jones, Shane Millward, Henriette Tkalec and Forever Tupou. Written & directed by Jepke Goudsmit & Graham Jones

 

September 25 & 26 at 8pm

ILLUMINATE    images and signature pieces

A selection of excerpts from our body of work, some performed live, others on film, and strung together by stories and images spanning 40 years. Performer/creators Graham Jones & Jepke Goudsmit will be joined live by two long standing associate artists: pianist/composer Kevin Hunt on the Friday, and reeds master/ composer Don Reid on the Saturday. Footage from the archives is curated by Jola & Saha Jones.

 

September 27 (Sunday) from 4pm

TUNE IN    a one day Kinetic Jazz event featuring four bands

4.00 pm - DIVERGENCE

The Divergence Jazz Orchestra showcases music created by its own members and by other Australian composers. The band is made up of 19 accomplished young Sydney musicians led by Jenna Cave (conductor/composer) & Paul Weber (trombone). At this concert, Divergence will be joined by Australian jazz legend Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet) as guest soloist and will present new arrangements of some of Bukovsky’s classic tunes for Ten Part Invention, plus compositions penned by Divergence members. Divergence players: Trombones - Paul Weber, Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis. Trumpets - Dane Laboyrie, Paul Murchison, Luke Stephens, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert. Reeds - Justin Buckingham, Loretta Palmiero, Dave Reglar, Louis Klassen, Tim Clarkson. Rhythm - Luke Liang, Andrew Scott, David Groves, James McCaffrey.

5.30 pm - AustraLYSIS Electroband

Formed by Roger Dean in 1970 as the innovative European group LYSIS, austraLYSIS has played in thirty countries, made more than thirty commercial recordings, and is critically acclaimed as “one of the best improvising bands in the world”. The Electroband repertoire is based around free and process/interaction improvisation and comprovisation, mainly using compositions of Roger Dean, many written in the programming platform MAX/MSP. Novel computer interaction, real-time computational sound processing and generation is used to complement and extend the acoustic instruments (primarily piano, saxophones), and often to form a complete continuum with them. Electroband: Roger Dean (piano, computer); Sandy Evans (saxophones); Greg White (computer).

7.00 pm - THE POLYMORPHIC ORKESTRA

Lee McIver (Trumpet/flugelhorn/laptop/samples/FX), Ed Goyer (Vibraphone/ Mallet Kat/Samples and Ed Rodrigues (Drums/Samples) will take you on a sonic journey. The three musicians interface with each other, their instruments and a battery of technology.  With the stage as their shed, they build music using the tools at hand. Traditional and non-traditional instruments meld with sampled spoken word, audio stems, FX in pure improvisation exploring texture, tension, melody, colour and release.

8.30 pm - THE KINETIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Formed in 2011 as a Composers Orchestra, this versatile 18-piece organism has developed a unique body of work with a distinct dynamism and feel, focusing on the creation of original work, and nurturing each member’s individual talents. The Orchestra has established itself as a force majeur in the Sydney music scene. At this concert, several new works will be premiered, along recently launched compositions. All by KJO members. And we welcome two guest composers conducting their own work: Niels Rosendahl, fresh from completing his Masters at North Texas University, has written a new piece specifically for the KJO. And sound master Roger Dean, who has an ongoing relationship with the KJO experimenting with improvisation for large orchestra, will conduct his: 'BiKinetic'.  The KJO: Reeds - Don Reid, Tim Clarkson, Justin Buckingham, Jason Morphett, Scott Simpkins. Trumpets - Mike Kenny, Chris Ellis, Cam McAllister, Paul Meo. Trombones - Matt O’Brien, Gus Lewis, Nich Polovineo, Lee Tuckwell. Rhythm - Hugh Fraser, Ed Goyer, Jeremy Sawkins, Alex Masso, Wilbur Whitta.

 

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May
15
to May 31

THE FREEDOM RIDE

Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of that legendary bus trip which Charles Perkins called “a turning point in race relations in Australia”

In 1965, a group of Sydney University students went on a bus trip through NSW to expose racism against Aboriginal people. Their action drew national and international attention to Australia’s version of Apartheid. Our powerful play taps right into the spirit of the revolutionary '60-s. It brings into focus what this historic event achieved, and inspires debate on the struggle against racism now.

MAY 15 - 17, 22 - 24, 29 - 31 

Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sun at 6.30pm

St Luke’s Hall, 11 Stanmore Road, Enmore

Duration: 70 minutes. No interval. No booking fee

$25 full/ $20 conc/ $15  students & groups of 10 +

Box office & café open half an hour before the show starts. No eftpos service available. Limited seating. Booking recommended: phone 9665 6489 or email kineticenergy@iprimus.com.au

Theatre is a wonderful tool to raise awareness, to shed light on complex issues by bringing them closer to both mind and heart. The historical Australian Freedom Ride is a story of shared activism by Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal campaigners against racism. Our team of actors, augmented by some volunteers from the audience, will re-enact pivotal events and bring to life the people who were there: the great Aboriginal leader Charles Perkins, Pat Walford from Walgett, student activists Ann Curthoys, Jim Spigelman, Darce Cassidy, Wendy Golding, Pat Healy and many other freedom riders and Walgett townsfolk. We look at the tools of the global peace movement: non-violent direct action, as initiated by Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King. And we are left with the question: Does the reality lived by Aboriginal people today correspond with their rights won then, and since then

The play is interactive, with some direct audience involvement. This participation is fun and a great way to get immersed in the story. Scenes with volunteers are always together with our actors. Those who want a volunteer part are kindly asked to turn up 20 minutes early, to be briefed. The rest of the audience is also encouraged to engage at certain points in the play, and will be instructed just before the show starts.

Background information:

The play is based on these major sources: Professor Ann Curthoys’ book “Freedom Ride: A Freedom Rider remembers”; Darce Cassidy’s audio recordings of the event, Charles Perkins’ biography “A Bastard Like Me”. From this material, combined with music, jive-talk and other cultural aspects of the time, co-directors Graham Jones and Jepke Goudsmit have created a powerful interactive play.

THE FREEDOM RIDE is a doco-drama in two parts: The first shows the lead up and preparation by the Sydney University students, and the second zooms in on events transpiring in the town of Walgett. It looks at the push for Constitutional change at the time, resulting in the successful 1967 Referendum. This ties in with the current ‘To Recognise’ or ‘Not To Recognise’ issue, whether the Constitution should be changed again.

At the S.A.F.A. meeting in our play, a young Jim Spigelman explains: “As the name S.A.F.A. implies, we’re about Students taking Action For Aborigines. We’re about raising awareness about the serious problems afflicting the Aboriginal people in this country. Once we’ve raised that awareness, we want to create a plan of action that will ultimately empower Aborigines to help themselves”.

What has become of this empowerment, 50 years on? We can fight for justice now, just like the Freedom Riders did then.

Kinetic Energy recognizes the Peoples of the Great Eora Nation as the traditional owners and custodians of the Sydney Basin

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HOME
Mar
13
to Mar 29

HOME

HOME - a real look at the surreal world of the homeless

at the St Luke’s Church complex, 11 Stanmore Road in Enmore

Bookings: 9665 6489 or email kineticenergy@iprimus.com.au

HOME investigates the struggles of disadvantaged youth and of the increasing number of poor in our big cities. Set in Sydney, the play's colourful characters paint a multi-dimensional perspective on the issue of homelessness. Their stories are told with much humour and use a wide range of musical and dramatic imagery. Stories of defiance and resistance, of pain and pathos, of kindness, vitality and love. Placed in a filmic soundscape ranging from jazz classics by Bryce Rohde and Gil evans, to contemporary rap and spoken word poetry.  With references to Australian folk song and some wisdom gleaned from Shakespeare and Henry Lawson.

The gap between rich and poor is widening. Homelessness is on the increase, especially among young people and families. Lack of affordable housing, a poverty-line existence, poor job opportunities, often coupled with drug & alcohol abuse and domestic violence: these are the circumstances taking young people down the gurgler and onto the street. One in two homeless youth are turned away from emergency shelters every night because services are full. Families are living in cars or yo-yo-ing between caravan parks and motels. Governments are cutting down social services and women’s refuges. How do you cope when you’re pushed down the rungs of the social ladder? When your situation makes you cry out: “Just because I’m homeless, just because I’m poor, can you throw away the key after locking the door!”

How do you give shape to your hopes and dreams, when the world seems to be against more equitable models of community, sharing and cooperation?

Our interactive theatre events are designed to engage our audience on many levels, from the feeling heart, to the instinctive gut, to the thinking brain. Over the years we have found that audience participation has a magic effect: the story becomes theirs. So, in true Kinetic Energy fashion, our audience members will have a chance to be part of the action: put your hand up for one of six small roles. For instance, you can be a homeless person in Jo's Soup Kitchen, or a passenger on a bus, or a pedestrian on a busy city street. Your part will have a few words and some simple actions, and in your scene you will always be together with our cast. If you're in for a little adventure like this, you need to book and to be there for instruction half an hour before the show starts.

discover the art of finding pearls in the gutter & music in a soup kitchen

HOME is based on extensive fieldwork and personal meetings with homeless people. It includes many insights we gained from charitable organisations like Missionbeat, Youth Off The Streets, The Salvos, Anglicare, St Vinnies and the Ted Noffs Foundation.

HOME is an ongoing project. The thumbnail photo was taken in 2012, by Corrie Ancone.

With: Janaka Biyanwila, Carolyn Eccles, Melanie Eden, Jepke Goudsmit, Robert Gray, Graham Jones, Demitra Sealy, Henriette Tkalec. Written & directed by Jepke Goudsmit & Graham Jones. Tech: Sherri Hilario

Where: St Luke's Hall 11 Stanmore Rd Enmore
When: March 13-15, 20-22, 27-29  Fri&Sat 8pm, Sun 6.30pm
Tickets: $25 full/ $20 pensioner&low-waged/ $15 students&unwaged
Seating is limited so reserving a seat is recommended:

9665 6489 or email: kineticenergy@iprimus.com.au

 

 

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REFUGE
Oct
2
to Oct 5

REFUGE

refuge, asylum seekers, united nations refugee conventions, australia, australian governments refugee policies, human rights, social justice, theatre, theatre in education 

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May
16
to May 25

Freedom Ride

 

T H E   F R E E D O M   R I D E 

This powerful interactive play is set in the revolutionary '60s. It investigates a pivotal event in Australia’s history: the Australian Freedom Ride. This student action stirred up key questions about racism and indigenous rights, and is regarded as a turning point in race relations in Australia. 

 

at  ST LUKE’s HALL, 11 Stanmore Road, ENMORE

May 16 – 18, 23 – 25 (Fri & Sat at 7.30pm, Sun at 6pm)

 

Theatre is a wonderful tool for raising awareness and to call for action, solidarity and unity. As John Pilger showed in his recent film Utopia, indigenous Australians in general are still severely disadvantaged. The historical Freedom Ride is a story of shared activism by indigenous and non-indigenous campaigners against racism. Our team of nine actors, augmented by seven volunteers from the audience, will take you on this famous trip, as others did nearly fifty years ago, to stop apartheid in Australia. The play is a participatory immersion into the spirit of that time. We re-enact historic moments, bringing to life pivotal events and the people who were there: the great Aboriginal leader Charles Perkins, Pat Walford from Walgett, student activists Ann Curthoys, Jim Spigelman, Darce Cassidy, Wendy Golding, Pat Healy and many other cool freedom riders and colourful Walgett townsfolk.

We look at the tools of the global peace movement: non-violent direct action, as initiated by Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King. And we are left with some nagging questions: What was achieved? Does the reality lived by Aboriginal people today correspond with their rights won then, and since then? Are these achievements just on paper? We hope our play will inspire. You can take up the fight for justice now, just like the freedom riders did then.

THE FREEDOM RIDE is on May 16 - 18 & 23 - 25. Show starts at 7.30 pm, Sundays at 6pm. Tickets: $20 Full, $15 Concession, $12 for folks who take on a small volunteer part. Seating is limited, so we strongly recommend you book. There is no booking fee.

Bookings and inquiries: phone 9665 6489 or email kineticenergy@iprimus.com.au

If you want to volunteer, please BOOK YOUR PART by phone or email and turn up 30 minutes before starting time to be briefed. There are only seven volunteer parts available so get in quick to avoid disappointment. No acting experience required. Be in the adventure!

Our cast: Finn Davis, Angela Fieldhouse, Ruby Foxlewin, Jepke Goudsmit, Graham Jones, Saha Jones, Ashlee Kearney, Floyd Robinson & Godwin Yidana.

United Nations Conventions support the rights of Indigenous Peoples:

- UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007:  Sets out the individual and group rights of indigenous peoples, to their culture, identity, language, employment, health and education.

- UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989, Article 30: Children have the right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

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