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Post-work arts activities

Get out in the city after your day’s hard slog and experience these performance pieces, indie theatre shows and music events

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Songs from Movie Musicals
Photograph: Supplied Pictures: Songs from Movie Musicals at the Hayes Theatre

After you’ve waded through the trenches of meetings, technical issues and creativity blocks at work, you’ll often have the urge to head home and veg out. But we implore you to aim for more glorious heights than a night in front of the telly.

We’ve found some brilliant new theatre, unusual performance pieces and live music that you won’t be able to stop singing along to. And we’re particularly excited about this stellar list of artsy after-work adventures, as it has a worthy focus on powerful female creatives.

They’ll be setting up in some of our favourite indie theatres and community arts hubs, so you can come see them after work and spark some creative flows that may inspire your working self the following day. And besides the entertainment and inspiration factors, there’s also the proven benefit of interations with the arts improving your wellbeing day to day and into the future.

Arts events to see in Sydney in late April

Salon Flamenco Annalouise Paul
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Salón Flamenco

What: Four solo flamenco dance pieces.
Where & when: East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, Fri Apr 26. 

Explore the world of Spanish traditional dance at this evening showcase of new works by flamenco performers from around the country (Annalouise Paul, Maree Laffan, Tomas Arroquero and Lisa Maris McDonell). While each artist will take a different approach to their performance, they will all centre their practice around flamenco. The four performances are being hosted by the Flying Nun, and there will be an accompanying talk and vintage film showing after the dance experience.

City of Forking Paths
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The City of Forking Paths

What: A free twilight tour blending fact and fiction.
Where & when: Starting at Customs House, throughout Apr. 

You might think you know the historic streets of the Rocks, but in this free audio-visual tour, you’ll hear a few wild stories about those cobbled lanes. Artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have created fictional tales set in the Rocks and will take you on a storytelling journey through the well-trod alleyways. It won’t be a follow-the-leader scenario: the twilight tour is experienced virtually though your mobile device. After your fictional wanderings, stop in for a very tangible sunset drink at Quay Bar. It's a free experience, but you have to book ahead online.

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Songs from Movie Musicals
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Pictures: Songs from Movie Musicals

What: A stage diva delivering a movie soundtrack marathon.
Where & when: Hayes Theatre, Apr 26-28.

She belted out confessions of lonely love in her Helpmann Award-winning role as Eponine in the Australian production of Les Misérables, and now Kerrie Anne Greenland is showing off her vocal chops in a solo show. Pictures: Songs from Movie Musicals is based on her album of the same name, which soars through musical tales from the stage and silver screen. You’ll recognise numbers from Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia!, Dreamgirls, A Chorus Line and more.

Prima Facie Griffin Theatre
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Prima Facie

What: A play that holds our legal system to account.
Where & when: Griffin Theatre, May 17-June 22.

Suzie Miller is an award-winning playwright who’s had plenty of plays produced around Australia in recent years. But she’s also a lawyer and in this play argues that Australia's legal system isn’t providing reliable pathways to justice for women in rape, sexual assault or harassment cases. This is a work of fiction that follows criminal lawyer Tessa (Sheridan Harbridge), who defends clients accused of sexual assault, when she finds herself suddenly on the other side of the equation.

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Generation Women Giant Dwarf
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Generation Women

What: Women of diverse ages talking openly about their bodies.
Where & when: Giant Dwarf, Apr 18, May 23 & Jun 20.

In this monthly event, six women of six different ages – representing the twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties and seventies plus – share original pieces of writing on a theme. In April, they’ll be tackling their relationships with their own bodies. Women are bombarded with messages about how they must present and monitor their bodies, and everyone’s experiences of biology and identity will divert from society's expectations. These speakers may present challenging material or aim for laughs, but all draw upon lived experience.

Miriam Waks
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Miriam Waks – This Woman’s Work: An Incomplete Anthology of the Great Female Songwriters

What: A concert tribute to great female musicians.
Where & when: Venue 505, Sat Apr 27.

She's calling it an ‘incomplete anthology’ because there are simply too many great female songwriters and performers from the last century to cover in one night. New York-based artist Miriam Waks will be sharing the female perspective and experience in a performance of songs by artists like Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Carole King and more. With Waks’ adaptable musical style, she’ll be able to take on anything from fierce political protest to love songs in this one-off show.

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Little Green
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Little Green Launch Party (with Sofya from Saturn and Studio9)

What: A night of women making uplifting music.
Where & when: 107 Projects, Fri Apr 26.

Meet Little Green: she’s a multi-instrumentalist from Sydney looking to bring us all a little closer to heaven with her angelic sounds that mix jazz, folk, pop and blues. For her launch party, expect a harmonious presentation of past tracks along with her 2019 EP ‘Sweet Pain’. She has teamed up with a similarly serene artist, Sofya from Saturn, and lady-powered trio Studio9 Music for the evening. You’ll also get to enjoy an art show with snacks and beverages before the show.

harpsichord
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The Animated Harpsichord

What: 16th-century music meets 21st-century visuals.
Where & when: East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, Sat Apr 27.

These days you don’t hear a lot of harpsichord – the Baroque precursor to the piano that has an evocative, trebly, twangy sound. So why not take your music appreciation to a new realm and hear harpsichordist Heath Henn perform late-Renaissance Venetian keyboard works? To keep it fresh, Sydney artist Todd Fuller will be animating a short piece that will flow alongside Henn’s melodies.

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