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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert
The third film in the original Star Wars Trilogy is arguably the most powerful of the lot. Luke confronts his father and the Emperor. Leia, Lando and Han confront Jabba the Hutt. Boba Fett confronts the dreaded sarlacc. And the might of the Imperial army confronts an army of cute teddy bears (never underestimate an Ewok). Yes, 1983's Return of the Jedi is an awful lot of fun, and can hold its head up high in the Star Wars pantheon. This August, it's Jedi's turn to be given the live symphony orchestra treatment as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra plays the score live on stage, conducted by Nicholas Buc, as the movie unspools. This kind of film score is perfect to enjoy live, with thunderous horns, romantic strings and the famous Star Wars themes we know and love. Get ready to hiss Emperor Palpatine, laugh at Salacious Crumb, and cry at Vader's redemption. Just don't forget to grab popcorn and a drink and settle in for a night at the movies you won't forget in a hurry, powered by hyperdrive – and the full force of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Brace yourself: fearless firebrand director Adena Jacobs is coming to Bell Shakespeare, and she’s taking on one of Shakespeare’s goriest tales. Astonishingly, the company, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year, has never programmed the gruesome revenge tragedy, which was one of Shakespeare’s earliest smash hits. Packed full of corruption, rape, cannibalism, mutilation and murder, it’s generally considered to be Shakespeare’s most violent play and tells the tale of two families locked in a cycle of bloodthirsty vengeance during the Roman Empire. “Titus Andronicus is a nightmare – a grotesque examination of reciprocal violence and histories doomed to repeat themselves,” says Jacobs, who will direct Jane Montgomery Griffiths (MTC’s Macbeth) in the title role, alongside Catherine Văn-Davies, Melita Jurisic, Tariro Mavondo, Jayna Patel, Josh Price, Tony Ray Ray, Daniel Schlusser and Grace Truman. Given that Jacobs isn’t afraid to be a little confrontational, this should be a match made in Shakespearean heaven.
St-Germain Wellness Weekend
Trust the French, a nation that has good living down to an art, to come up with a philosophy of mindful drinking. According to Camille Vidal, a French wellness advocate and hospitality industry professional, living well means eating and drinking well. And that includes enjoying a quality cocktail from time to time. In that low ABV spirit, Vidal has partnered with French liqueur St-Germain for a “Wellness Weekend” at Paramount Recreation Club in Surry Hills. Guests can take part in two-hour sessions mixing health and hedonism: yoga and meditation led by Vidal, followed by brunch or snacks over St-Germain cocktails. Healthy hedonism might sound like a contradiction in terms, but Vidal insists it’s not. Balance, says the yoga teacher, isn’t about abstention; it’s about enjoying the good things in moderation. Tickets for each session are $28 and include take-home goodies such as a sports bag, sports towel, two St-Germain glasses, and a 50ml bottle of elderflower liqueur.