Town Hall Ruins lights up for evening of poetry, prose, theatre and lights 

Narrator Rory O'Donoghue and the Sydney Guitar Trio

The Town Hall Ruins will provide the unique backdrop for two special outdoor concerts this Friday 6 July in an 'Evening of Poetry, Prose, Theatre and Lights'.

The first concert commencing at 6 pm will have a hint of theatre as the Sydney Guitar Trio and narrator Rory O’Donoghue (of Aunty Jack fame) present Once Upon a Time. A number of poems will be performed to music with Rory O’Donoghue adding that special touch of theatre.

Local Darwin composer and musician Cathy Applegate has written a special work titled Town Hall Ruins. Set to the music Delta, composed by Venezuelan Elvis Suarez, the piece has been written to acknowledge the special site of the dual-concert event.

Banjo Paterson’s poetry will also make a stirring appearance in the form of his well known poem The Geebung Polo Club. This work is humorous and lighthearted with a quintessential 'Australian' feel. True to the concert’s title Lewis Carroll will also be making an appearance in a setting of extracts from Alice in Wonderland with music composed by Richard Charlton.

The second concert commencing at 8pm, titled Guitar and Light, will bring together renowned Australian guitarist Karin Schaupp and Sydney-based lighting designer and composer Mary-Anne Kyriakou and promises to be an innovative cross-media performance, dramatically enhanced by the evocative venue of the Town Hall Ruins. Minimalist and dreamy landscapes are one of the many moods that will highlight the poetic relationship between sound and light.

This concept moves away from over stimulating and garish styles of pop music stage lighting and towards a new aesthetic that has developed through a need for sustainable lighting design.

This will be Karin’s only solo recital during the Festival and not to be missed. She will perform several works by Australian composers, including Philip Houghton’s Shakespeare inspired work Ophelia and Portraits of Four Australian Women by Mary Doumany for guitar and spoken word.

The concert will be held at the Town Hall Ruins on Friday July 6, as part of the Seventh Darwin International Guitar Festival. Tickets for individual concerts or both concerts are available from the CYM Shop, phone 8946 6860 or at the gate.