The week in arts: Bell Shakespeare at 25, Dirtsong, Droga and From the Rubble

Bell Shakespeare at 25

Bell Shakespeare has been reinvigorating Shakespeare for Australian audiences for a quarter of a century. In one of his final appearances, founder John Bell will be joined by co-artistic director Peter Evans to discuss the challenges and successes they’ve faced and what the theatre world holds for emerging performers and directors. Zahra Newman also gives a showcase of the company’s current production, As You Like It.
All the world’s a stage: celebrating 25 years of Bell Shakespeare, Parliament House, Canberra, 29 March

Black Arm Band’s Dirtsong

Black Arm Band’s Dirtsong


Musician Paul Dempsey joins the Black Arm Band musical collective for a special performance of Dirtsong, a journey through Aboriginal culture and identity inspired the writing of novelist and Miles Franklin award-winner Alexis Wright. The concert features Indigenous musicians including Emma Donovan and Yirrmal who perform in 11 different Aboriginal languages, set against a stunning visual backdrop.
Dirtsong by Black Arm Band, Darebin Arts Centre, Melbourne, 26 March

Droga architects at the Opera House

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Architects Johannes Molander Pedersen and Morten Rask Gregersen will take part in a Sydney Opera House lecture


Scandinavia has had an enormous impact on design worldwide. As part of an Australian Institute of Architects residency, Copenhagen architects Rask Gregersen and Johannes Molander Pedersen will speak in – where else ? – the Utzon room at Sydney Opera House, discussing their design influences and the ways architecture can create collective impact and social change.
Droga architects in residence, Sydney Opera House, 30 March

Anne Zahalka’s artist talk

Contemporary photographer Anne Zahalka speaks about her work in A Time and a Place at Griffith University arts gallery. The exhibition of historic and contemporary acquisitions explores how Australian art influences our understanding of the land. Zahalka will also discuss how her work sits within the context of Australian art.
Anne Zahalka, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, 26 March

From the Rubble at PICA

Walkley award-winning journalist Sophie McNeil had many intense experiences in her time as a foreign correspondent, some of which have inspired this production about women in conflict zones, which uses paper, projection, puppetry and live footage to tell these powerful stories.
From the Rubble, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, until 28 March, with a post-show Q&A on 25 March